In our DraftKings Millionaire Maker contest last week, your perfect lineup would have included the 26th QB salary in Austin Davis and 38th WR salary in DeSean Jackson. At the RB minimum of $3,000, you would have also rostered Branden Oliver for the optimal lineup. Less than 4% of people started any of these 3 last week, achieving success by digging deep for value plays.
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Cam Newton, CAR @ CIN, $6,100 – In each of his first 3 seasons, Newton has finished Top 5 in points among QBs in virtually every scoring format. This offseason he underwent ankle surgery forcing him to miss out on valuable reps with an entirely new set of receiving corps. To make matters worse, he suffered broken ribs against the Patriots during Preseason, forcing him to miss his first career regular season game in Week 1. These setbacks likely explain his 21st QB salary rank at $3,300 less than Peyton Manning. Optimistically, Newton turned in his first multiple TD performance last week, clearly a good sign for his future outlook. Entering Week 6, he faces a Bengals defense that Tom Brady recently dissected for his best outing of the year. With A.J. Green sidelined, the pace of the game is likely to slow down, which could benefit Newton on the road. His price should only increase from here.
Percy Harvin, DAL @ SEA, $5,400 – Harvin finished last week with 4 catches for 27 yards and has not topped 59 receiving yards in a contest all year. However, his final line from Monday night could look entirely different if any, or all, of his 3 TDs weren’t called back. After missing all of last season due to hip surgery, Harvin has emerged as a unique threat for the Seahawks in his first full season with the team. With defenses forced to focus their attention on the playmaking abilities of Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch, ignoring Harvin is a mistake. This was evidenced through his unofficial monster day against the Redskins. The silver lining in the lack of production on paper is his affordable price tag as he is the 26th WR salary and $3,000 less than leader Julio Jones. He looks to be a great buy-low candidate.
Justin Hunter, JAX @ TEN, $4,800 – A former track star at the University of Tennessee, Hunter’s speed and big play ability are unquestioned. In his second season, he is still developing into a polished receiver and has not had the benefit of any consistent quarterback play. He also remained behind Kendall Wright and Nate Washington on the Titans depth chart, until last week when he outsnapped both of them. With extra playing time, he posted his best numbers of the year including a 75-yard TD where he torched the Browns secondary on a fly route. With the lowly Jaguars coming to town, Hunter has the opportunity to showcase his playmaking ability yet again and possesses some serious upside. He also won’t cost you much as the 36th WR salary this week.
Joique Bell, DET @ MIN, $3,700 – After being inactive last week from a concussion, uncertainty around Bell’s status has allowed his price to plummet $1,800 since Week 1. Although both players together are fantasy relevant, Bell’s value is directly impacted by Reggie Bush. On Thursday, Bell returned to practice as a full participant while Bush remained sidelined from an ankle injury he suffered against Buffalo. Calvin Johnson is also doubtful against the Vikings, which should lead to an emphasis on the run game. With Bush limited Bell is a great play, and his value would skyrocket if he ends up being inactive. Keep an eye on this up until kickoff, as Bell would emerge as a sneaky value if Bush and Johnson can’t play. He is buried as the 37th RB salary this week putting his price just above the RB minimum.
Larry Donnell, NYG @ PHI, $3,500 – A popular pick last week after his 3 TDs in Week 4, Donnell’s encore performance was a head scratching zero-catch day. This scoreless dud caused his price to bottom out, dropping $2,200 from last week. Perhaps a primetime event is the recipe for Donnell as he seeks his first catch since erupting on Thursday Night Football. He heads to Philadelphia for a divisional matchup on Sunday night, and should benefit from a full slate of receivers, highlighted by the return of their 12th overall pick Odell Beckham Jr. Although a risk, Donnell certainly has redzone upside at the low-cost of the 15th TE, which is priced just above the salary minimum.
5 More to Consider
Kyle Orton, NE @ BUF, $6,000
Mohamed Sanu, CAR @ CIN, $5,300
Bishop Sankey, JAX @ TEN, $3,500
Jerick McKinnon, DET @ MIN, $3,400
Jordan Reed, WAS @ ARI, $3,200
5 Deeper Values to Consider
Blake Bortles, JAX @ TEN, $5,700
Ronnie Hillman, DEN @ NYJ, $3,000
Storm Johnson, JAX @ TEN, $3,000
Davante Adams, GB @ MIA, $3,000
Tim Wright, NE @ BUF, $3,000