By Jamie Calandro
Jamie Calandro


It’s the first week with byes! Generally this affects season long players more, but DFS players have to adjust too, as ownership condenses more to certain players depending on which teams aren’t playing (and less total games on the slate). This week we’re without the Lions, Texans, Raiders, and Titans, so remember how this affects certain positional plays. As always, @fantasynav and myself (@jac3600) will be discussing it on Saturday night’s show at 9 PM EST. Tune in at www.youtube.com/footballdiehards.




Josh Allen, BUF ($8200)

I’ve been way too quick to dismiss playing Allen in cash this year because of his price tag, and it’s a mistake that has cost me money. Even in a pricing tier of his own, Allen has proven every week to be worth the money (and even showing that he should probably be priced up even more). This game against the Chiefs is the premier contest on the slate with a three-point spread and 54 O/U, so Allen’s volume both on the ground and through the air has a higher floor. Throw in the Chiefs giving up the sixth most FPPG to opposing QBs and Allen could push 40 FPS again.

Other options - Lamar Jackson, Kyler Murray

Mid-tier options - Tom Brady (best value), Aaron Rodgers





Tom Brady, TB ($6300)

Tom Terrific makes the top of my value list for the second week in a row, as his price has only risen $300 from the too-cheap tag last game. He finished as the overall QB7 last week in a soft matchup against Atlanta and now his opponent is Pittsburgh, who has no TJ Watt, has allowed the fifth most FPPG to opposing QBs, and was just decimated by Josh Allen. Brady with his full complement on WRs is a dangerous thing, and the Bucs will be playing to win.

Other options - Geno Smith, Jimmy Garoppolo, Daniel Jones







Saquon Barkley, NYG ($7700)

Barkley is averaging 22.3 DK PPG and is the current RB3 in PPR formats, and also leads all RBs in snap share (88%) and rushing yards (463) and is second in route participation and opportunity share. This Giants team is winning because they’re leaning on their superstar RB, and his price should not have dropped $300. The Ravens have allowed a shade over five YPC and 36 receptions to opposing RBs, the second most in the NFL.

Other options - Christian McCaffrey, Jonathan Taylor, Leonard Fournette

Mid-tier options - Joe Mixon, Alvin Kamara





Rhamondre Stevenson, NE ($6000)

This is the value play of the week, and Stevenson should be the first player you lock into cash. With Damien Harris expected to miss multiple weeks, Stevenson gets the keys to a bellcow role in this New England offense that emphasizes the run. When Harris went down, Rhamondre ran for 25-161, and we already know he’s an adept RB out of the backfield. Cleveland is now the worst-ranked rush defense in the NFL. Don’t overthink this.

Other options - Breece Hall, Raheem Mostert, Kenneth Walker, Eno Benjamin (if Conner sits)







Stefon Diggs, BUF ($8400)

It feels weird not to say Cooper Kupp is the WR1, but Diggs’ floor and ceiling is equal to him this week, and you can have him at a $1300 discount. Diggs is already at 39-508-5 on 52 targets, and is sixth in the NFL in air yards and second in RZ targets. As I mentioned, this game is the one you want to target, and if you don’t use Allen I’d make sure to have Diggs. The Chiefs have allowed the sixth most FPPG to opposing WRs.

Other options - Cooper Kupp, Justin Jefferson, Deebo Samuel, Marquis Brown, Mike Evans

Mid-tier options - DK Metcalf, Gabe Davis, Chris Godwin


Tyler Lockett, SEA ($5600)

Who is pricing Lockett on DK?? There is no more egregiously priced player than this guy, who is perpetually in the mid-5k range despite putting up WR1 numbers (he’s WR8 on the season in PPR!). He has 40 targets through the first five weeks and is 13th in the NFL in air yards, and this game is carrying a solid O/U of 50.5. Arizona’s air defense has tightened up the last two weeks, and Byron Murphy is likely to cover Lockett, but this game has a big fantasy upside and Lockett is simply too cheap.

Other options - Christian Kirk, Diontae Johnson, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Rondale Moore






Mark Andrews, BAL ($7000)

Andrews has double-digit targets in three of the five weeks this season and leads all TEs in receiving yards, air yards, and target share while also ranking second in catches and FPPG. His price is insane at 7k, and he’s more than worth paying for, especially if Rashod Bateman sits again.

Other options - None (Kelce is the GPP pivot at $800 in an awful matchup)

Mid-tier options - Zack Ertz, Tyler Higbee


Cade Otton, TB ($2900)

Would you believe Otton led all Bucs’ pass catchers in routes run? He sure did, and if Cameron Brate sits again I’m not sure I’ll be looking anywhere else at the TE position for cash. Otton went 6-43-0 on seven targets, and really only needs half that to pay off a $2900 price tag.

Other options - Kyle Pitts, Hayden Hurst, Zack Gentry

New Orleans Saints ($2800)
Carolina Panthers ($2400)
Los Angeles Rams ($4100)
Minnesota Vikings ($3400)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers ($3900)