We all would like to budget wisely, and it's no different in daily or weekly fantasy football.
If you are playing in a salary capped game at either FanDuel or DraftKings, here are a few value plays and bargains at the quarterback, running back, wide receiver, and tight end positions for Week 9 of the NFL season that should allow you to hold on to some of that money to spend on the big-name studs.
VALUE PLAYS (salaries in parenthesis are that of FanDuel's and DraftKings)
1) Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco vs. St. Louis ($7800/7000)
While Kaepernick is not even playing as QB1 through the first half of the season, the 49ers' signal caller does come off his bye getting to face an NFC West foe that is allowing the eighth-most points to QBs. The Rams have allowed multiple TD passes to QBs in five of seven games, including a season-high three to Kaepernick in Week Six, and have only picked off three passes, which is tied for second fewest.
2) Alex Smith, Kansas City vs. New York Jets ($7100/5700)
The Jets' defense, on the way to allowing the second-most points to QBs, has surrendered multiple touchdown passes in every game this season, including 3+ in five of eight games. The Jets have just one interception this season. Even miserable Alex Smith should payoff on his value this week against a New York team that has seen only rookie Derek Carr in Week 1 score below 20 fantasy points.
3) Ryan Fitzpatrick, Houston vs. Philadelphia ($6400/5700)
Outside of Eli Manning going all Eli Manning in Week 6, the Eagles have allowed 22+ points to every starting QB this season on the way to surrendering the third-most fantasy points to the position. They have given up three passing touchdowns in three games, two in three others, and then Manning happened. It takes a strong person to place Fitzpatrick in your lineup, but the combination of what Philly allows and the "Amish Rocket" having thrown a TD in all but one game this season does mean your bye-week cupboard is not completely bare, and can be one-week filled on the cheap.
1) Alfred Morris, Washington vs. Minnesota ($6800/3900)
Morris had a season-high 91 rushing yards in the only game he and QB Robert Griffin III finished together (Week 1). With Griffin in the game last season, Morris hit 70+ yards on the ground nine times and scored five touchdowns. The Vikings have not played against a consistently productive back the last two weeks, but did allow Joique Bell 74 yards and a score in Week 6 and Eddie Lacy 105 yards and two scores in Week 5.
2) Justin Forsett, Baltimore vs. Pittsburgh ($6500/5300)
The Steelers have allowed the third-most rushing TDs (7) to running backs, and five backs have posted at least 70 yards on the ground. Forsett, playing alongside Bernard Pierce in Week 2, averaged 7 YPC (8-56) and added four catches against Pittsburgh. A leg injury has him a little iffy this week, but he said he plans to play. Forsett has had multiple catches in five of seven games, has rushed for at least 60 yards in six games to go along with three TDs.
3) Denard Robinson, Jacksonville vs. Cincinnati ($6700/4800)
Robinson has put together back-to-back 100-yard games on the ground (108 and 127) with one touchdown. This week, the Jaguars draw a Bengals team that has allowed RBs to rush for 512 yards and five scores over the last four games, which has made them the second-easiest team for RBs to score against in that span.
1) Terrance Williams, Dallas vs. Arizona ($6800/4900)
Arizona has allowed the second-most yards (1,537), third-most receptions (116) and are tied for 10th in WR TDs allowed (9). Williams matched a season high in catches last week (6) thanks to a few check downs in the fourth quarter. Whether it's Tony Romo (back) or Brandon Weeden looking Williams' way against a struggling Arizona secondary, there should be plenty of production for the Cowboys' No. 2 receiver.
2) Marques Colston, New Orleans vs. Carolina ($6700/3900)
It has not been the best of seasons for Colston with just one TD and two games above 65 yards. However, he and the Saints draw a Carolina squad that allows the fifth-most points to WRs. The Panthers have surrendered multiple TDs to the position in four of their last six games, and 220+ yards in three of those six games. Colston has posted double-digit days in five of his last six games against Carolina. He combined for 14 catches, 188 yards, and two scores in last year's two meetings.
3) Mike Evans, Tampa Bay vs. Cleveland ($6000/4700)
The rookie receiver has been nothing if not consistent. He has four catches on the nose in each of the last five games and had five in the season opener. Evans has touchdowns in two of his last three games and averages 66 yards over those three outings. That's a perfect combo heading into Cleveland. The Browns have surrendered six touchdowns to receivers over the last four games, and five receivers have hit 60+ yards in those four games.
1) Travis Kelce, Kansas City vs. New York Jets ($5400/4100)
The only thing limiting Kelce this season is usage, but he continues to produce despite playing just over half the team's snaps per game. Kelce has the most yards after the catches (248) amongst tight ends this season despite being just 13th at the position in targets received. He draws a Jets team this week that has allowed seven TDs to tight ends over the last five weeks and seven for the season.
2) Larry Donnell, New York Giants vs. Indianapolis ($5400/4600)
Paging Larry Donnell. Paging Larry Donnell. Can we stay consistent after another strong performance, Mr. Donnell? The early-season darling of the tight ends after 137 yards and a score over the first two weeks, Donnell posted a season high in yardage and tied a season high in catches Monday night against Dallas. The 7-for-90 effort gives us hope with an Indianapolis team on the horizon that has allowed the sixth-most points to the TE position, including 321 yards and two scores over the last five games.
3) Jace Amaro, New York Jets vs. Kansas City ($5100/4100)
A tight end has scored a touchdown in five of seven games against the Chiefs, and Kansas City has given up seven to the position this season. Amaro, who has one score this season, has posted 50+ yards on four of his last six games.
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