Week in and week out we are diving into the best value plays at various positions. Each week always plays out differently, especially when deciding what areas to spend down on, and where to spend up. While many articles point out the top values, we hope to guide you in lineup construction as well. Pricing on FanDuel generally ties into fantasy point outcome, where on DraftKings, matchups and ownership are baked into the algorithm a little more. Injuries, seasonal changes, and matchups all create value, and here at DFC we break that down for you. Our content is focused on the Main Slates, but you can find me answering questions in the comments, or on Twitter at @JGuilbault11.
Carson Palmer is the 15th most expensive quarterback on FanDuel this week, and isn't going to appeal to a ton of people. The main reason for that is because pricing of quarterbacks on FanDuel this week is pretty soft. Nobody will have an issue fitting in Aaron Rodgers or any of the top end quarterbacks. Paying down at quarterback on FanDuel will be a contrarian move this week. Palmer is a contrarian tournament quarterback, because people will gravitate towards David Johnson as the top Cardinals option, and they are not wrong. Pairing the two together give you a different look, and Larry Fitzgerald's price is also low on FanDuel this week, who we will get to in a minute. Palmer grades out as one of our top Cafe Values this week, and you can see the high volume he threw last year. The matchup grades out really well for Palmer. Detroit ranked dead last in DVOA against the pass last season, but did start to perform better over the last few weeks of the season. In terms of fantasy points allowed, Detroit allowed the second most fantasy points per game.
At just $6,400, Larry Fitzgerald is a very intriguing WR2 or even WR3 option this week, that's how priced down he is. Detroit struggled against opposing WR1s last season, as you would probably anticipate from their bottom ranked pass defense last year. Fitzgerald ran over half his routes out of the slot, which means he will see an easy target in Quandre Diggs. You can find more info on that in my WR/CB Matchups article. While I do like Fitzgerald better on PPR sites, it is hard to argue against this price. His volume speaks for itself, averaging 9.4 targets per game last season. He wasn't the best fantasy points per target guy in the game, but we can't be baggers here at this price tag.