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Last week was another hot and cold week for our daily fantasy picks.
Marcus Mariota played shockingly flat for the Titans, but on the plus side, Joe Mixon had a game so good he promised to buy his offensive line dinner – not an inexpensive meal.
This week, we’re back at it, trying to identify the best, affordable players for your DraftKings lineup. Everyone wants to load their teams with studs sure to light up the box score, but it’s finding the undervalued players that allows you to max out your budget on the likes of Kareem Hunt and Tom Brady this week.
Below we’ve picked some of our best value plays for daily fantasy this week. Consider them when trying to find a few extra dollars to upgrade elsewhere in your lineup.
QB: Tyrod Taylor, $5,400
Tyrod Taylor has been a solid value pick throughout the season, and in his return last week he did just enough to bring the Bills back into the playoff race. Against the Patriots this weekend, chances are Buffalo will need Taylor to air it out a bit to keep things close.
RB: Dion Lewis, $5,500
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While picking a Patriots running back is always a bit of a risk, Bill Belichick likes to ride the hot hand, and right now that is Dion Lewis. Coming off a 112 yard performance last week, it’s not hard to imagine him having another breakout day.
RB: Alex Collins, $4,500
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Alex Collins is one of the most impressive running backs I’ve watched this season in the open field. With touchdowns in two straight games and an increasing amount of carries, he’s a good bet for at least a few points this week, with the potential to break a long run for a score.
WR: Jermaine Kearse, $4,300
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While Roddy Anderson is the clear breakout star of the Jets’ receiving corps, Jermaine Kearse has had a fine season as well. And with Josh McCown throwing footballs better than he has any business doing at his age, he’s a nice, fairly cheap add to your lineup in Week 13.
WR: Josh Gordon, $4,100
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Josh Gordon is set to make his return to the NFL on Sunday. He was a standout talent the last time we saw him play, and while it’s something of a risky play for your lineup, the Browns don’t have a ton of other weapons to rely on, and will likely be looking to kickstart his return.
WR: Seth Roberts, $3,700
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Michael Crabtree’s suspension was reduced to just one game, but he’ll still miss this week, meaning Seth Roberts can expect to see an increase in targets from Derek Carr.
TE: Julius Thomas, $3,500
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The Dolphins haven’t been playing great football of late, but Thomas is still the biggest target on the field for Matt Moore and the Miami offense. Against a Denver Broncos defense this that has fallen apart after the departure of coordinator Wade Phillips, he has a chance to break through.
DEF: Jets, $2,500
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The Chiefs offense was seen as one of the most dangerous in the NFL through the first few weeks of the season, but has failed to keep the magic going as the team has fallen apart down the stretch. The Jets defense plays hungry every week, and this Sunday they have a chance to feast.
Now check out all the best bets for Week 13 of the NFL season
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