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If you haven’t played in a salary cap format before, here are the basics. Each player has a salary, and you get a fake budget to spend on your team. With your weekly lineup strategy, it’s completely up to you. You can target a group of medium priced players, or play some higher priced studs mixed with value plays. All you need to do is stay under the salary cap. I typically load up on a few stud players, medium valued upside picks, and then gamble on a couple bargain priced or risk/reward players. Here are some value picks I like for Week 12 (based on a $60k budget; sorted by position and price).
Mike Glennon @DET ($7,100) – Glennon has been a bit hit or miss, but his struggles have come against strong defenses. Playing Detroit this week (3rd worst against the pass), Glennon lands in a good matchup that could have him throwing the ball often.
Josh McCown @STL ($5,500) – McCown has a tougher matchup this week, but I’m loving his bargain basement price. McCown may not look overly appealing as a QB play, but the real value for McCown is with all the salary room you’d free up for other stud players.
Frank Gore @WAS ($6,800) – Frank ‘The Tank’ has a good matchup this week. He should be able to rush well and has a strong defense that keeps the game in check. Washington has injuries with Garcon, Hankerson and Jordan Reed. SF may get a lead and run away with this one.
Rashad Jennings vs TEN ($6,600) – As long as McFadden is out again, I like Jennings quite a bit this week. Jennings is at home and playing a Titans team that has been poor against the run in recent weeks. Jennings has put up 100+ yards in each of his last 3 games.
Eddie Lacy vs MIN ($6,600) – The Vikings have been average against the run and Aaron Rodgers is likely out again this week. Odds are good that Lacy gets a heavy workload in this matchup.
Ben Tate vs JAC ($6,500) – This could be the week that Ben Tate breaks out. The Jaguars don’t offer up a strong matchup and I could see Houston ahead early in this game. Considering their QB issues, this could be a good game for Houston to play conservative and lean heavy on the run.
Eric Decker @NE ($5,800) – I’d keep an eye on the Denver injuries this week. Wes Welker could be out (concussion) and even Julius Thomas could be out (knee) or limited. If either Welker or Thomas are out, it could make for a solid boost in targets for Decker.
Nate Burleson vs TB ($4,500) – In an attempt to find a dirt cheap WR play, I’m left with Burleson. If Burleson is practicing well this week, he could be good value play. He was solid in the early season before breaking his arm. Make sure to keep an eye on his player news if you’re considering playing him.
Coby Fleener vs ARI ($5,400) – With Patrick Peterson slowing down the outside WRs, Fleener has the potential to get a good boost in targets this week. The Cardinals are currently the worst in the league in terms of points allowed to TEs.
Carolina Panthers @MIA ($5,700) – Miami could be in trouble this week with their offensive line issues. This could a train wreck for the Dolphins offense and a feast for the Panthers. In terms of matchups, I like the Pathers as the #1 defense this week.
Cleveland Browns vs PIT ($5,000) – The Browns are at home this week and could be a decent value play if you need a bargain basement defense.
My first thoughts for my own lineup this week, is to take value at the RB position. With value in Gore, Jennings, Lacy and Tate for example, I’m pretty certain I stay cheaper at RB and spend that extra budget at WR and/or TE.
Alright FST Community, I’d love to hear who YOU love (or hate) this week. Post your FanDuel stud, dud or value plays in our Fantasy Football Forum.