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We always want to find bargains for our Fantasy teams. For seasonal leagues, these are sleepers worth taking with late-round picks. For weekly tournaments, these are cheap buys based on lower salaries.
What we're doing here -- besides trying to help you win money -- is looking at the best value for players in FanDuel's Sunday Million Tournament for Week 1. I'll give you some players to target and others to avoid based on their price, and you can use this as a guide to set your lineup.
The tournament is based on a $60,000 salary cap, and you have to fill out a lineup of QB, 2 RBs, 3 WRs, TE, K and D. The scoring is 0.5 PPR, and passing touchdowns are worth four points, with interceptions minus-1 point. All other touchdowns are worth six points. It's decimal scoring for all positions with 0.1 points for rushing and receiving yards and 0.04 points for passing yards.
I'll be playing in this tournament as well, and you can play against me by clicking here. You can see my lineup below.
Now, you don't have to use all these players in one lineup. These are guys to mix and match with some more expensive players because you obviously want some studs. But you always want the best value, and that's what we're here to find.
Jay Cutler, Bears (vs. BUF)
Cutler was great at home last season with multiple touchdowns in his first four games in Chicago. He also rushed for at least 16 yards in three of those games and limited his interceptions to three total over that span. Cutler also has been good out of the gate in each of the past three Week 1 outings with an average of 315 passing yards, two touchdowns and one interception. This will be Buffalo's first game with new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, and he won't have Jairus Byrd or Kiko Alonso at his disposal.
Cam Newton, Panthers (at TB)
Newton comes into this game battered with a rib injury and is still overcoming offseason ankle surgery. He should be tested by this defense, which will be much improved with the additions of Michael Johnson, Clinton McDonald, Alterraun Verner and Mike Jenkins joining Gerald McCoy, Lavonte David, Mark Barron and Dashon Goldson. Newton will find it tough to run on this unit, and he's already expressed an interest in running less this year. And his passing stats should be limited, especially if Verner can limit Kelvin Benjamin's opportunities.
Chris Johnson, Jets (vs. OAK)
Johnson is coming off a solid preseason where he had 23 carries for 107 yards (4.7 yards per carry) and a touchdown and six catches for 52 yards. We'd love to see Johnson do that in this game, but that's unrealistic despite the good matchup. Still, Johnson is a good price and should deliver good production. The Raiders run defense isn't expected to improve much after allowing the fifth-most Fantasy points to opposing running backs last season, and my only real worry for Johnson this week is Chris Ivory, who could vulture a touchdown. But while Johnson is running well and has a favorable matchup he's worth using when his salary is within reason.
Mark Ingram, Saints (at ATL)
The Falcons run defense should be improved this season with the addition of Paul Soliai and Tyson Jackson, but Ingram could be on the verge of a breakout campaign. He closed last year playing on a high level with 80-plus rushing yards in two of the final four games, including the playoffs. He continued his strong performance in the preseason with 22 carries for 156 yards and a touchdown, including two 20-plus yard runs, and he even caught a 23-yard touchdown. If the Saints really want more balance on offense then getting Ingram involved early and often makes sense this week.
Giovani Bernard, Bengals (at BAL)
I like Bernard for the season, but this week doesn't offer a high ceiling based on the matchup and price. He did well against the Ravens last season with 14 carries for 58 yards and eight catches for 37 yards and a touchdown in Week 10 and 13 carries for 22 yards and five catches for 51 yards in Week 17. But Bernard is coming off a disappointing preseason with 20 carries for 49 yards and a touchdown and four catches for 16 yards. He also has to contend with rookie Jeremy Hill for touches, which should impact his workload. That said, I wouldn't be surprised if Bernard has a good game, but I don't like his price as one of the 10 most expensive running backs this week.
C.J. Spiller, Bills (at CHI)
Like Bernard, Spiller is not worth his price tag since he's the No. 15 running back in terms of cost. As long as Jackson is healthy, Spiller's numbers will suffer, and he's basically relegated to only first- and second-down work and in the return game while Jackson works on passing downs and at the goal line. There's always the chance Spiller can break a long run for a touchdown, but the Bears run defense should be drastically improved this year in slowing down opposing ground games. Spiller's time will come, but this isn't the week to use him in your lineup.
Marques Colston, Saints (at ATL)
When Colston is healthy, he's almost a certainty for a good game with the chance for a big performance. He says the foot problems that nagged him in recent years feels good, and he has a good history against the Falcons with three touchdowns in his past five meetings. He scored against Atlanta in Week 1 last year with five catches for 68 yards, and the Falcons should continue to struggle against opposing receivers this season like they did in 2013. This game has the potential for an offensive bonanza, and if that happens look for Colston to be a significant contributor.
Jeremy Maclin, Eagles (vs. JAC)
I'm thrilled to see the No. 1 receiver for the Eagles at such a bargain price, and getting him for $1,300 less than Sammy Watkins is larceny. The Jaguars struggled to defend receivers last season, and Maclin should take advantage of either cornerback in Alan Ball or Dwayne Gratz. Keep in mind this is Maclin's first game back after missing the 2013 season with a torn ACL, and he should be excited to play well in his return. He had a quiet preseason with seven catches for 58 yards, but that was just working off the rust. He'll perform big this week in this matchup at home.
Other good value picks: Eric Decker (vs. OAK) for $6,400, Cordarrelle Patterson (at STL) for $6,400, Emmanuel Sanders (vs. IND) for $6,400, Julian Edelman (at MIA) for $6,300 and Golden Tate (vs. NYG) for $5,000
Bad valueKeenan Allen, Chargers (at ARI)
Allen's price and matchup screams stay away to me because I expect him to struggle against Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson. He is the No. 11 receiver based on his cost, and he won't live up to that lofty billing if Peterson plays as expected. Only one No. 1 outside receiver had more than 100 receiving yards against the Cardinals last season, which was Calvin Johnson. He and Andre Johnson were the only two No. 1 receivers to hurt Arizona since both scored two touchdowns in their respective matchups. Peterson should be able to contain Allen, and he's among the most overvalued players at any position this week.
Sammy Watkins, Bills (at CHI)
Speaking of overvalued, you can't possibly consider using Watkins this week in his first NFL game at the Bears. Chicago's cornerbacks are still solid in Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings, and Watkins comes into this game dealing with injured ribs. The Bills are a mess at quarterback with Kyle Orton now staring over EJ Manuel's shoulder, and who knows how this offense will look after struggling through the preseason, which included Watkins having just three catches for 21 yards. There's no reason to use Watkins even at a minimal price, let alone his cost being more expensive than Colston, Maclin or Tate.
Zach Ertz, Eagles (vs. JAC)
Ertz is slated for a big role this season as the Eagles try to replace the departed DeSean Jackson, and it should start this week. He is coming off a solid preseason when he had eight catches for 110 yards and a touchdown on nine targets, and he should challenge a Jaguars secondary that struggled to defend tight ends in 2013. The best thing about Ertz here is the cost since he's significantly cheaper than a potential bust candidate like Jordan Cameron, who has a much tougher matchup against the Steelers. I plan to use Ertz in my lineup this week.
Jordan Cameron, Browns (at PIT)
As stated above, Cameron is a bust candidate this week with his matchup against the Steelers. While the popular thought might be he will see an increase in targets with Josh Gordon out, Cameron was heavily targeted in two games against Pittsburgh last year and struggled. He had 10 targets in Week 12 and finished with three catches for 32 yards, and he had seven targets in Week 17 and finished with five catches for 69 yards. The volume was there, but the production was not. I'm expecting a similar performance this week, so based on his cost compared to Ertz or even Gates, who has a fantastic matchup against the Cardinals, you can find more value for your salary cap space then spending it on Cameron.
Nate Freese, Lions (vs. NYG)
It's hard to predict how a rookie kicker will do in his first NFL start, but Freese kicked well in the preseason with 6-of-6 made field goals, including three of 50-plus yards. The Lions should be able to put points on the board at home against the Giants, and Freese should benefit. The difference in kicker value is minimal with Freese only $900 less than the No. 1 option in Stephen Gostkowski, but you can use that money elsewhere on other positions, so spend wisely.
Cairo Santos, Chiefs (vs. TEN)
Santos is another kicker making his NFL debut this week, but he has much less firepower in his offense compared to Freese. He's also more expensive, and again you should spend your money wisely at this position. For what it's worth, the Chiefs don't have Dwayne Bowe (suspension), so an already suspect passing game could be further limited. Not to say the Titans are going to shut out the Chiefs by any stretch, but you can probably do better with your money than trusting Santos in Week 1.
Lions (vs. NYG)
The Giants couldn't have looked worse in the preseason as they struggled to learn Ben McAdoo's new offense, and that should lead to some mistakes in the season opener at Detroit. The Lions should also be able to attack Eli Manning with offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz (toe) out, and the defensive line in Detroit is the strength of the defense. The Lions also make for a great value pick since they are actually $200 cheaper than the Cowboys. I might not take the Cowboys defense for free.
Other good value picks: Texans (vs. WAS) for $4,700 and Buccaneers (vs. CAR) for $4,900
49ers (at DAL)
The 49ers defense is going to be challenged by this Cowboys offense in their first game without standout middle linebacker NaVorro Bowman (knee), standout pass rusher Aldon Smith (suspension) and run stuffer Glenn Dorsey (arm). Dallas also has impressive weapons and a strong offensive line, and this game should be a shootout. I wouldn't use the 49ers defense at a good price, and they are actually the most expensive unit. You can do much better with your money.
Other bad value picks: Broncos (vs. IND) for $5,400 and Chiefs (vs. TEN) for $5,400
QB:Matthew Stafford (vs. NYG): $9,300
RB: Jamaal Charles (vs. TEN): $9,800
RB: LeSean McCoy (vs. JAC): $9,400
WR: Emmanuel Sanders (vs. IND) $6,400
WR: Cordarrelle Patterson (at STL): $6,400
WR: Jeremy Maclin (vs. JAC): $5,000
TE: Zach Ertz (vs. JAC): $4,500
K: Nate Freese (vs. NYG): $4,500
D: Texans (vs. WAS): $4,700
I started putting my team together with defense, kicker and tight end looking for the best value at those spots. After that, it was receiver, and I have two guys ranked in my Top 10 for the week in Sanders and Patterson and then a high-end value buy in Maclin.
That left me with $28,500 remaining, and I knew I could load up with some studs at running back and quarterback. Charles and McCoy are my top two running backs for this week, and Stafford is my No. 3 quarterback. Hopefully this lineup is a winner, and good luck to all of you in Week 1.