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DraftKings NFL Value Plays: Week 6

Oct 17, 2015

Anquan Boldin is a risky value play who could pay off this week

Anquan Boldin is a risky value play who could pay off this week

Here are some players that can outperform their affordable Week 6 salary.

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Blake Bortles (QB – JAX) – vs. HOU – $5,300
Bortles gets to square off against the Houston Texans’ pass defense that has surrendered the sixth most fantasy points to quarterbacks. The aspect of playing Bortles that fascinates me with fantasy sports are his receiving targets. Everyone wants to play Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns, but not much is made of Bortles. Well, if you like Hurns and Robinson to have a big day, doesn’t that mean Bortles has a good shot to do the same? That relationship has a positive correlation for sure. Last week, Bortles went for 32 DraftKings fantasy points against the Bucs. This week, he has a good chance to go over the 300-yard mark for the second time in as many weeks.

Charcandrick West (RB – KC) – vs. MIN – $4,000
West hasn’t done anything to overly impress from a fantasy football perspective, but it’s all about opportunity with this situation. West should receive the bulk of the carries in this situation against the 16th-ranked Vikings’ run defense. What makes West even more palatable will be his ownership percentage. He was the highest priority waiver pick up in season-long leagues this week so he’ll be highly owned in daily as well. There has been a ton of buzz circulating him, which will also jack his ownership percentage up. In cash games, it will be hard to fade him with most others being on him. There is merit to fading him in tournaments, but he’s a great salary saver for head-to-heads and double-up type contests.

Marvin Jones (WR – CIN) – vs. BUF – $3,500
Two weeks ago, Dalton barely looked Jones’ way when I recommended him and I’ll own up to that, but that was because they saw a matchup they liked with the defender that was shadowing Mohamed Sanu. This week the Bengals travel to Buffalo to face the Bills. Buffalo currently ranks 26th in wide receiver fantasy points surrendered which bodes well for the entire Bengals’ passing offense. Dalton hasn’t been locking on any one receiver either this year. He’s going through his reads and finding the open man. At a salary of $3,500, Jones only needs about 10 fantasy points to be worth his price. I can easily envision five receptions and 50 yards for Jones with the upside for some more.

Anquan Boldin (WR – SF) – vs. BAL – $4,300
Can you tell me how to get to Narrative Street? If you’re unfamiliar with this team, it was coined to refer to situations where we point to qualitative information rather than quantitative to recommend a player. In this case, Boldin is coming off a big week, but also gets to play his former team in the Ravens. Many times a team will feed a player knowing he’s going against his old squad. I have no evidence that the 49ers will do this, but it’s not like Boldin is their fifth wide receiver and we’re taking a shot in the dark here. He’d probably have gotten a bunch of targets no matter who they played this week. Baltimore is giving up 285 yards passing per game, so even Kaepernick should be able to have some success against them. This is by no means safe, but Boldin could blow up in this spot.

Owen Daniels (TE – DEN) – vs. CLE – $2,700
Daniels put up a fat bagel last week, but the box score doesn’t tell the whole story. Daniels saw five targets, two of which were in the end zone. They tried to get him the ball, but it just didn’t work out. If he were to have snagged those two end zone targets, we’d all be on Owen Daniels this week. The Browns have the 19th ranked defense with regards to giving up fantasy points to tight ends. He is a tournament play that will allow you to plug in more studs than usual with the saved cap space. Does he have the possibility for another five-target, zero-catch day? Sure. But, I have a feeling last week was an anomaly, and he’ll get some more end zone looks this week.

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Pat James is correspondent at FantasyPros. To read more from Pat, you can check out his archive or follow him @TFC_PatJames.

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