5 NFL FanDuel Value Plays to Target in Week 16
One of the crucial aspects of daily fantasy football is unearthing cheap production.
Our projections can help you do just that by allowing you to sort players by their point-per-dollar value. A lot of times, the top value plays come as a result of injury situations, meaning it's imperative to see inactives on Sunday morning before setting your lineups.
When looking for a salary-saving option, check out one of these main-slate players this week.
Week 16 of the NFL is here! We have a loaded 10-game slate, and there are plenty of options across the board. Let's take a look at some value plays to help you afford the top stars on the main slate.
J.D. McKissic, RB, Washington Football Team ($5,800)
Gibson has now missed each of the last two games and was only able to take part in individual drills at practice last week. We'll have to wait and see the practice reports throughout the week for Gibson, but if he is out, McKissic should be a priority play on this slate. McKissic is coming off a huge game against the Seattle Seahawks where he posted 21.2 FanDuel points on 22 total touches and over 100 combined yards.
McKissic also dominated the offensive snaps by playing on 88% of them, compared to Peyton Barber, who only played on 16% of the offensive snaps. If that trend continues, McKissic is in a spot to absolutely dominate and produce plenty of points against the Carolina Panthers, who are allowing the eighth-most (22.4) FanDuel points per game to opposing running backs. This is a fantastic spot for McKissic, we just need to wait on the injury reports throughout the week.
Dallas Goedert, TE, Philadelphia Eagles ($5,700)
That target total is sitting at 14 in the past two games, which are the two games that Jalen Hurts has started for the Eagles. If a new starting quarterback has a go-to option in the passing game, you want to jump on that before a player's salary increases or anyone else catches on. Now, it should be noted that Goedert hasn't turned the team-high 14 targets into a significant number of fantasy points. He has posted 6.3 and 5.9 FanDuel points, which leaves a bit to be desired in terms of his production.
Goedert is in a spot to break through this week, though, since he is up against the Dallas Cowboys, where the over/under is set at 49.5, which checks in as the second-highest on the slate. The Cowboys aren't a team to worry about defensively, as they are sitting around the league average (10.0) in terms of FanDuel points allowed to opposing tight ends. With a good matchup to attack, a high over/under, and a clear role in the passing game, Goedert is a strong value play this week.
Tee Higgins, WR, Cincinnati Bengals ($5,800)
On Monday night, the Bengals showed they still have plenty of fight left in them and looked good in a win over the falling Pittsburgh Steelers. In that game, the Bengals lost their top wide receiver, Tyler Boyd, to the concussion protocol, and his status is unclear for this week's matchup versus the Houston Texans. Boyd leads the team in targets this season with 107, and Higgins is right behind him with 100. With Boyd out of the game on Monday night, Higgins ended up with six targets, which were the most on the team.
If Boyd is out this week, Higgins should become a bit of a priority due to the matchup versus the Texans' secondary, which is one of the worst in the league. The Texans are allowing 32.6 FanDuel points per game to opposing wide receivers, which is the ninth-worst in the league. The Bengals find themselves at 8.0-point underdogs against the Texans, putting them in a positive game script for passing, and hopefully, plenty of volume for Higgins against this porous secondary.
Darnell Mooney, WR, Chicago Bears ($5,400)
Mooney was $5.3K last week and ended with 14.5 FanDuel points from 4 receptions, 49 yards, and a touchdown. Mooney is now only $5.4K after two straight games with touchdowns and facing the Jacksonville Jaguars, who are a bottom 10 defense against the pass. Mooney is still a clear value play, and with the Bears holding a 27.00 implied team total -- the fifth-highest on the slate -- we should be looking towards him for savings.
He comes in with at least five targets in three of his last four games, which is the second-best on the team behind Allen Robinson. Mooney has a clear role in the passing game for the Bears, and with the Jaguars allowing the eighth-most (32.8) FanDuel points per game to opposing wide receivers, he has a chance to add another touchdown this season.
Tony Pollard, RB, Dallas Cowboys ($6,300)
Tony Pollard is a bit more expensive than a normal "value" play, but it'd be silly not to mention him this week.
Last week, Dallas Cowboys' starting running back Ezekiel Elliott was out and his status for this week is still unclear. With Elliott out, Pollard took control of the backfield by playing on a staggering 90% of the offensive snaps, ending with 21 total touches, 132 total yards, and 2 touchdowns. That's some serious production, and frankly, we don't see that type of volume at this salary point.
If Elliott is out again, Pollard should be one of the most popular plays on the entire slate and be in a spot to see another 20 total touches. So while his salary doesn't scream value, his role in the offense does, and that is what you want in your lineups.