Victiv Fantasy Football: 6 Players to Watch in Week 6
If you're looking for a new, unique daily fantasy football experience, it's time to check out Victiv.
Why play on Victiv over the competition? It starts with the in-game experience. The real-time dashboards on Victiv have live animations that effectively alert users to changes with their players and contests on a rolling basis. And this often happens before the TV stations are able to beam the images to your television.
It's not just the in-game experience that sets Victiv apart, either. Victiv brings an innovative perspective to daily fantasy contests from start to finish. Having trouble deciding who to start and who to fade? Just turn to the Victron for help. The Victron is a roster creation assistant that lets you plug in your statistical preferences by using a series of sliders which then builds a customized lineup based on those preferences while staying within the allotted salary cap.
Speaking of the salary cap, Victiv provides the most predictive player salaries in the industry, which means lower minimum salaries, deeper values and the ability to pair stars with your sleepers like no other.
Before turning to the Victron for help, we here at numberFire thought we should give you some advice of our own. We took a look at the Victiv predictive player salaries, compared them with our projections and found you some studs, some duds and a few deep value plays.
Worth The Price
Julius Thomas – Orange Julius has been nothing short of spectacular so far this season. Through the Broncos' first four games, Thomas has posted 20 catches for 226 yards and a whopping league-leading seven touchdowns. The Broncos tight end has caught at least one touchdown in every single game this season and leads the league in that category despite playing one fewer game than most other teams due to Denver's Week 4 bye.
This week, Thomas gets a matchup with a Jets squad who has already allowed 12 receiving touchdowns this season - second most in the league - and is giving up the ninth-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. We have Thomas projected as the number one tight end on the board this week, but at just $4,900 the Broncos' tight end is tied for third most expensive on Victiv and is only costs $1,200 more than the 12th most expensive tight end available. JT is an absolute steal this week.
Matt Forte – Coming off of a magnificent performance against the Panthers where he totaled 166 total yards, adding 12 catches and a receiving touchdown, the Bears' running back could be in for another monster outing this week. Forte gets a matchup with Atlanta's horrendous rush defense, which has allowed the most fantasy points to opposing running backs by a mile so far this season.
Forte is one of the most talented running backs in the league and gets the best matchup on the board. Our algorithms project him as the highest scoring running back on the board by a wide margin, yet he is the third-most expensive running back available. Forte is worth every penny of his $9,000 price tag.
Not Worth It
LeGarrette Blount – There are several reasons why fantasy owners may be considering playing Blount this week. For one, he's averaging 6.4 yards per carry through the Steelers' first five games of the season, which is certainly impressive. Additionally, Pittsburgh is facing off with a Browns' rush defense that has allowed the third-most fantasy points to opposing running backs so far this season.
The issue with playing Blount is simple - he just doesn't get the volume of carries to make him a viable daily fantasy option. Blount hasn't totaled more than 11 touches in a single game this season and has only topped 40 total yards once this season. The Steelers' running back is projected for only 7 total touches this week, so if he does not get an opportunity to convert a goal line carry there is little chance he will be able to return value at his price. At $5,700 Blount is the 13th most expensive running back available, but we don't even have him projected inside the top 30 at the position. Feel free to fade Blount this week in all formats.
Mike Wallace – Wallace has started this season hot, scoring at least 10 fantasy points on Victiv in each of his first four games of the season. The issue with Wallace is that his fantasy value has been very touchdown dependent so far this season. The Dolphins' pass-catcher hasn't had a 100-yard receiving game yet this season and hasn't caught more than 5 balls since Week 1.
Last week, Wallace only caught three balls on three targets in a great matchup against the lowly Raiders and this week he gets a much tougher matchup against a Packers' defense that has allowed the 10th-fewest fantasy points to opposing receivers on the year. It's hard to trust that Wallace will receive the necessary volume to make him a worthy daily fantasy play, especially in a less-than-ideal matchup. Our algorithms do not expect him to do so, projecting Wallace for just 5 catches for 59 yards and they consider him unlikely to secure a touchdown. He is the 11th most expensive option at wide receiver this week with a $6,500 price tag, but we project him to finish outside of the top 30 at the position.
Worth a Shot
Mohamed Sanu – With A.J. Green expected to miss this week’s game with a toe injury and Marvin Jones still out of the lineup with a foot injury Sanu becomes the Bengals defacto number one wide receiver this week. Sanu has made the most of his increased opportunity so far this season, catching 17 balls for 234 yards and two touchdowns in Cincinnati's first four games of the season and should get even more opportunity this week.
Although the Panthers' defense was one of the best unit's in the league last year, they have simply not been very good this season. Carolina ranks 21st in the league in Adjusted Defensive Passing NEP and has allowed the 14th most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season. We project Sanu as the 20th highest scoring wide receiver of the week, but at just $3,700 he isn't even one of the 50 most expensive wide receivers on the board. Given his expected uptick in targets, the plus-matchup against the Panthers and his ridiculously inexpensive price, Sanu makes a great play in all formats this week.
Branden Oliver – Coming off of a game where he torched the Jets’ elite run defense for 182 total yards and 2 total touchdowns, the Chargers’ coaching staff has said that Oliver has earned a bigger role in the offense. With Ryan Mathews still out of the lineup with a knee injury and Donald Brown unlikely to play on Sunday due to a concussion, Oliver’s only competition for carries are plodding veterans Shaun Draughn and Ronnie Brown, so he should be in store for a heavy workload.
With the Chargers headed to Oakland to face the Raiders this week, Oliver gets a spectacular matchup as well. The Raiders are currently allowing the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs while allowing the second most rushing yards per game in the NFL at 158.3. Our algorithms project the Chargers' running back as the 14th-highest scoring running back this week, yet he's priced as the 47th most expensive option available. Starting Oliver is not just valuable because of the number of points we project him to score, but because of his inexpensive price he opens up your roster to fill in with more expensive options at other positions. Oliver is an outstanding play at his price point.