The last week of the regular season is upon us. Most of the teams for the playoffs are now decided, but not all. This will create some interesting matchups as teams fight for survival or are maybe resting some of their key players for the important postseason drive that’s ahead of them. If you are a daily fantasy football fan, hopefully you have had a great season. But even if you haven’t, it’s always good to close the season out on a strong note. We’ve put together some value commentary and analysis here to help you do just that. So, take a look at our breakdown of a few of the top players out there and get ready to rock your league one more time.
Ben Roethlisberger: Roethlisberger is the number one pick this weekend on DraftKings, and his salary of $7,000 reflects that. He does not have the highest average points per game number of all those in the field, but the Pittsburgh Steelers are playing great football right now, and he is certainly turning in great numbers week after week. Big Ben has 19.2 points per week, giving him an average cost per point projection of $364. The big selling point on Roethlisberger is that the Cleveland Browns are ranked #26 in the NFL against QBs from a fantasy point of view. This puts Roethlisberger in a position where he is likely to go above his average. The question that you need to be asking is whether he will be used as much since the Steelers have already cemented a spot in the playoffs. The answer to that question is probably no. He is injury prone, and Pittsburgh is likely to rest him a bit. So, while he looks like an easy QB pick, he’s not as lucrative as he looks.
Cam Newton: Newton is the number three pick on Sunday, with a price tag of $6,800. He has averaged 20.6 fantasy points per game so far, and has a cost per point of $330. He’s already a decent value, but the Carolina Panthers go up against the #25 ranked Atlanta Falcons this weekend, giving Newton a nice cushion that could allow him to boost his numbers considerably. The Panthers already have a playoff spot, and there’s a chance that Newton could underperform as a result of that, but he is more than likely to get the nod on Sunday, and reports say that his backup is not likely to see much playing time, meaning Newton will be seeing more playing time than many others in his position.
QB Start: Newton
QB Sit: Roethlisberger
Le’Veon Bell: Bell is ranked number one at RB this weekend with a salary of $10,000. Acknowledging that this is a huge price tag is the first step to looking at him, and this alone will be a deterrent to most who think of drafting him. If you’re going to draft him, you will need to make sacrifices in other spots. Bell has averaged 23.9 points per game this season, giving him a per point cost of $418, which isn’t too bad. However, Bell will be going against the Browns, and will likely see more rushing opportunities than usual, driving his value down under $400 with ease. In reality, he is far more affordable than he looks.
Todd Gurley: Gurley has been a solid pick all season, and this week is no exception. As the Rams take on the #31 ranked San Francisco Giants, Gurley’s price of $9,800 will be good value to those who draft him. Normally, he’s been averaging 27.1 points per game (a value of $361 per point), and this week, he should be on the higher end of this. There’s a strong chance that Gurley will be up over 30 fantasy points Sunday, driving his cost under $330 per point. Although Bell could be a strong pick here, Gurley allows you to save a few dollars and has a slightly higher value here.
RB Start: Gurley
RB Sit: Bell