With the holidays now in the rearview mirror, DraftKings will return to its conventional 13-game main slate. As the season has gone by, pricing has only gotten tighter. However, this week’s DraftKings Value Plays features a few diamonds in the rough, freeing up some salary to spend on the every week studs.
Josh McCown (v Kansas City) - $5,500
Josh McCown has been rock solid this season and this week is no different. McCown has averaged 21.41 points over his last six contests, finishing with over 18 points in four of these. This week he gets a Kansas City secondary allowing the 7th most passing yards. McCown is an awesome salary saver for those looking to pay down at quarterback in cash and GPPs.
Todd Gurley (@ Arizona) - $8,200
In the top tier of running backs, Todd Gurley stands out as a strong cash play. Gurley has touch counts of 17, 18, and 21 in the last three weeks and averages 91.3% of snaps in that span. This usage stands out amongst the top running backs this week and makes Gurley a strong play despite a tough matchup against the Arizona Cardinals defense.
Carlos Hyde (@ Chicago) - $5,900
For similar reasons, Carlos Hyde looks to be a strong cash option and GPP pivot. On the year, Hyde has a shocking 73 targets, which he translated into 49 receptions. In addition, he averages 14.27 carries per game. Hyde’s overall usage gives him a high floor and ceiling. While the Bears are not the best matchup, Hyde’s volume makes him GPP and cash pivot.
DeAndre Hopkins (@ Tennessee) - $7,300
DeAndre Hopkins ranks second in the league in targets and averages 11.4 per game. Hopkins also averages 20.3 fantasy points a game on these targets. This week he is priced as the 5th highest wide receiver after missing the weekly salary adjustments. His volume combined with a matchup against a Titans’ secondary, allowing the 6th most yards to receivers make Hopkins a cash lock this week.
Dede Westbrook (v Indianapolis) – $4,100
Although he has only played two games, Dede Westbrook has seen 16 targets in that span. He is also $1,100 cheaper than teammate Marqise Lee. This week he gets an Indianapolis defense that has allowed the third most yards to receivers on the year. In a strong matchup, Westbrook is a nice pivot off teammate Lee in GPPs.
Davante Adams (v Tampa Bay) - $6,500
Since his Week 8 bye, Davante Adams has averaged 9.25 targets per game and has scored 20, 23.6, and 19.2 points in his last three games. This week the Packers take on Tampa Bay, who allow the most fantasy points and receiving yards to wide outs. Coming at a modest price, Adams should be a lock for cash and a strong consideration in GPPs.
Jared Cook (v New York Giants) - $5,600
This week it’s Jared Cook’s turn to take on the New York Giants defense, that allows the most fantasy points to tight ends per game. Cook has seen a consistent workload of 5.9 targets per game, including 9 red zone targets (tied for the team lead). Cook could also see an uptick in targets this week with Amari Cooper injured and Michael Crabree suspended. Having exposure to Cook in GPPs looks to be a wise decision this weekend.