Here are a few Fanduel bargains at Running Back and Wide Receiver as we look forward to Thanksgiving weekend. Take it easy on the tryptophan.
Bilal Powell ($4,500) – Chris Ivory is dealing with an ankle sprain and test results were not available at “press time.” If the former Saint is inactive, Powell becomes a very inexpensive source of touches against a Dolphins team that is yielding 4.28 yards per carry on the season and 4.59 yards per carry over the last 5 games.
Montee Ball ($4,500) – The Denver Broncos have a tough matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs this weekend, but with Knowshon Moreno nursing a bone bruise, his prospects for playing in this contest are sketchy. If he’s inactive, Ball (only 3.49 YPC) becomes a bargain even against the Chiefs run defense due to volume in Peyton’s offense alone. Ball found the end zone twice in Week 11.
Andre Brown ($7,100) – Brown is still relatively cheap despite averaging 23 carries and 4 targets per game. Washington is giving up the second most fantasy points to running backs and Eli Manning has been ineffective moving the Giants offense through the air.
Dennis Johnson ($4,600) – We talked about Johnson as a waiver pickup a couple of weeks ago for regular leagues. Think Andre Ellington with a better offensive line. The Patriots are giving up 4.36 yards per carry. Houston figures to be trailing for most of the game, which will likely force the Texans to abandon the run at some point, so don’t expect a ton of carries. DJ has plenty of speed and is very capable of the big play.
Benny Cunningham ($5,800) – The injury hits just keep on coming. Zac Stacy left Sunday’s game against the Bears due to a concussion and his status for Week 13 is not known. This rookie from Middle Tennessee State eclipsed 100 yards against the Chicago Bears porous run defense. Unfortunately, the Rams travel to San Francisco, so the sledding may be tough even if Stacy is out.
Rueben Randle ($5,100) – The Giants’ third wide receiver had 7 targets against the Cowboys with Hakeem Nicks inactive. The Redskins are on tap next. Randle is worth a roll of the dice even if Nicks is active.
Justin Hunter ($5,300) – The rookie from Tennessee caught all 6 of his targets for 109 yards and a touchdown against the Raiders. The Colts secondary has struggled and Hunter has the athleticism to make things happen after the catch.
Percy Harvin ($5,700) – You could argue that someone with only 19 snaps as we head into December is risky at this price, and you’d be right. On the other hand, the Saints put up points, and the Seahawks will have to air it out to follow suit. A fair portion of that responsibility will be put on the shoulders of Russell Wilson. Harvin should be the most targeted Seahawk receiver if healthy.
Mike Wallace ($6,400) – Wallace has been feast or famine this year with an emphasis on famine. He posted just his third 100-yard game of the season against the Panthers, so if you’re chasing last week’s stats you may be disappointed. That being said, he and Ryan Tannehill get the Jets this weekend. Antonio Cromartie left Sunday’s match against the Ravens with a hip injury and may not make this week’s bout against the Dolphins, leaving a weak secondary even weaker.
Tavon Austin ($6,300) – By now, we all know the drill with Austin: low snap count with explosive potential. In contests with 100+ entrants, you need to shoot the moon. Austin can help you get there…or crash back down to earth Kenny Stills style.