With bye weeks and an early game in London, there are just 10 games on Sunday afternoon’s main fantasy football slate. Six games are in the early time slot with four games from the West kicking off in the second window. There are some interesting matchups on the board, including the unbeaten 49ers visiting the Rams, Sam Darnold ($5,100) returning against the Cowboys, Minshew Mania and the Jaguars hosting the Saints, and the Texans visiting the Chiefs.
As you look at each of those games and construct your roster, take a look at the following bargain options, who are poised to outproduce their affordable price points.
QUARTERBACK($6,000 and under)
Jimmy Garoppolo, SF at LAR, $5,700 – Garoppolo threw for 181 yards and two touchdowns in San Francisco’s 31-3 romp over the Browns on Monday Night Football. He has been consistent but not spectacular in any game this season, but he might be asked to throw more in what could be a high-scoring contest at the Coliseum against the Rams. Los Angeles has given up four passing touchdowns in each of their past two games, losses to the Bucs and Seahwaks. Garoppolo and the 49ers will look to continue to prove that they are a legitimate contender by picking up a win in one of Sunday’s most interesting matchups featuring young offensive gurus Kyle Shanahan and Sean McVay.
Gardner Minshew II, JAX vs NO, $5,000 – Minshew has at least 16 DKFP in each of his five games this season and is coming off a career-high 374 yards and 27.16 DKFP last week in a loss to Carolina. While the Saints’ defense has been good this season, they have allowed the second-most DKFP to opposing QBs. Minshew has multiple passing touchdowns in each of his past three games despite difficult matchups with the Titans, Broncos and Panthers. He should be able to return good value in this home matchup against New Orleans.
RUNNING BACK($5,000 and under)
Chase Edmonds, ARI vs. ATL, $4,600 – Last week with WRs Christian Kirk ($5,200; ankle) and Damiere Byrd ($4,100; hamstring) sidelined, Edmonds stepped into a larger role and was productive, and he could be in for another big workload with RB David Johnson ($7,600; back) also uncertain for Sunday. Edmonds took his eight carries for 68 yards and a touchdown while adding 18 more yards by catching 3-of-4 targets. His 17.6 DKFP were more than he produced the first four weeks of the season combined, but he’s in a good spot if opportunity knocks this week against a beleaguered Falcons defense that has looked awful this season. If Johnson is out or limited, Edmonds will have a high ceiling in Kliff Kingsbury’s up-tempo attack.
Carlos Hyde, HOU at KC, $4,400 – If Houston is going to follow the formula the Colts used to beat the Chiefs on Sunday Night Football last week, it could be a very busy week for Hyde. Indianapolis ran the ball heavily against Kansas City, and the Chiefs didn’t have any answer for Marlon Mack. On the season, Kansas City is allowing 5.8 yards per carry to opposing RBs. Hyde has been Houston’s primary ballcarrier this season and is coming off 21 carries for 60 yards and a touchdown to post a season-high 12.0 DKFP last week against Atlanta. If he gets a heavy workload again, there is a lot of upside to like, especially if you’re a fan of revenge narratives. Hyde was with the Chiefs this preseason but was traded to Houston just before the regular season kicked off in exchange for an offensive lineman Houston likely was going to cut.
WIDE RECEIVER($5,000 and under)
Courtland Sutton, DEN vs. TEN, $5,000 – Sutton has emerged as the top receiver in the Broncos’ offense, drawing at least seven targets in each contest. He has at least 60 yards in each of his past three games and three touchdowns in his two most recent contests. He had 24.2 DKFP in Week 4 against the Jags and followed that up with a solid 19.2 DKFP against the Chargers last week. The second-year receiver has a tough matchup with the Titans, but his volume as the team’s No. 1 option and playmaking ability make him worth a look at just $5K.
Mohamed Sanu, ATL at ARI, $4,500 – Sanu continued to be a reliable option in Week 5, hauling in five passes for 42 yards, a touchdown and 15.3 DKFP. He has double-digit DKFP in four of his five games this week and more than 13 DKFP in each of his past three games. Sanu has averaged 7.5 targets per game over the past four weeks and should continue to be involved in Atlanta’s game in Arizona.
Devante Parker, MIA vs. WAS, $4,200 – The Dolphins’ WR has a great matchup against the Redskins, who have allowed the third-most DKFP to opposing WR. Preston Williams ($4,100) has been heavily targeted, but I prefer Parker since he has more downfield playmaking ability. Before Miami’s bye week, Parker hauled in a touchdown pass from Josh Rosen ($4,500) while catching all four of his targets for 70 yards and 17.0 DKFP. Parker’s numbers have ticked up with Rosen at QB and hopefully the bye week helped them get more synced up.
Ted Ginn Jr., NO at JAX, $3,600 – Ginn found the end zone last week and finished with 11.6 DKFP, his best total since 20.1 DKFP in Week 1. Ginn should continue to serve as the Saints’ second WR since Tre’quan Smith ($3,500; ankle) still is battling injury. Ginn still is developing a connection with Teddy Bridgewater ($5,300) but could get more attention since Jacksonville likely will focus on Michael Thomas ($7,800).
TIGHT END($4,000 and under)
Gerald Everett, LAR vs. SF, $3,600 – Everett has been targeted 19 times in his past two games and finished with 23.6 DKFP last Thursday against the Seahawks. Everett finished that game with a career-high 136 yards by hauling in 7-of-11 targets. He was stopped inches short of the goal line and could have had a touchdown if the Rams reviewed the play instead of punching it in on the next play with Todd Gurley II ($6,200). Jared Goff ($6,100) usually spreads the ball around pretty well, but Everett definitely is growing into a larger role and could get more looks if Brandin Cooks ($5,400; concussion) isn’t able to make it through the protocol in time for Sunday’s contest.
Chris Herndon, NYJ at DAL, $3,500 – Herndon had a promising rookie season after being drafted in the fourth round before last season. He finished with 502 yards and four touchdowns on 39 catches and showed a solid connection with Sam Darnold. His return from a four-game suspension coincides with Darnold’s return from illness, and he could be one of the Jets’ best weapons in the passing game if he’s ready to jump right into action. He’s high-risk, high-reward since he hasn’t played this season, but he could get plenty of targets as soon as he’s ready.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Herndon (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday and coach Adam Gase didn’t sound optimistic about his chances of playing Sunday.
DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS($2,800 and under)
SF at LAR, $2,700 – The 49ers’ defense dominated Monday night, allowing only three points and forcing four turnovers to go with four sacks on their way to 19 DKFP. They have at least seven DKFP in each of their four games this season and have averaged an impressive 15 DKFP. They have a tough road matchup against the Rams, but Los Angeles has multiple turnovers in three straight games. If you roll with the Niners, you’re getting a solid defensive unit at a great price due to matchup and the fact their big game came after salaries were set.
MIN vs. PHI, $2,600 – The Vikings’ defense has allowed 21 points or fewer in each of their five games this season and have recorded four sacks in three of those five contests. The Vikings finished with 12 DKFP last week against the Giants and only allowed 211 yards. They’ll be in a tough matchup against the Eagles but still can produce thanks to their powerful pass rush. Minnesota is developing into a run-first, defense-reliant team, which makes it low-risk as a DST even in tougher matchups.
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