If you’re a daily fantasy player, before each game I will look at three/four players from the New Orleans Saints and their opponent’s rosters that I would target in daily fantasy (based off their value and potential results). Obviously, Saints QB Drew Brees is a safe QB for daily fantasy leagues, but spending your money on a top-tier starting QB leaves you scraping the barrel to fill out the rest of your roster.
So here are four Giants that provide the most bang for your buck. (Values from Fanduel.)
QB Eli Manning (NYG) – $7,100
After what the Saints have consistently given up through the air, it is absolute shock to me that Eli Manning comes this cheap. He’s $1,800 cheaper than the most expensive QB available, and is in the bottom third of prices for all NFL starting QBs this week. If the Saints defense struggles again for the fourth week in a row, look for Eli to provide incredible value.
RB Saquon Barkley (NYG) – $8,000
Reports of the Saints success against the run have been greatly exaggerated. Yes, the Saints have fared well thus far, but that’s been against two career back-ups in Peyton Barber and Tevin Coleman, and a mediocre starter in Carlos Hyde. Barkley will be the first real test for the Saints run defense, and he’s a threat both catching the ball and running between the tackles. At $1,100 cheaper than the most expensive RB available (Alvin Kamara), he’s a solid value play this week.
WR Odell Beckham Jr (NYG) – $8,600
Odell is another Giant cheaper than the most expensive player at the position who also happens to be a Saints (he’s $400 cheaper than the Saints Michael Thomas). He will likely be lined up against Marshon Lattimore for the majority of the game, but Julio Jones’s game last week shows that an elite WR can still put up big numbers against Lattimore.
WR Sterling Shepard (NYG) – $6,200
Number two wide receivers have torched the Saints number two cornerback all season long – DeSean Jackson, Antonio Callaway, and Calvin Ridley all had monster games. Whether it’s PJ Williams or Ken Crawley lined up as the #2 CB, look for Shepard to spend the majority of his snaps trying to run past Crawley down the seam.
My full daily fantasy lineup this week:
QB: Eli Manning (NYG) – $7,100
RB: Saquon Barkley (NYG) – $8,000
RB: Giovani Bernard (CIN) – $6,400
WR: Odell Beckham Jr (NYG) – $8,600
SWR: ) – $5,000
WR: Sterling Shepard (NYG) – $6,200
WR: Amari Cooper (OAK) – $6,600
TE: Eric Ebron (IND) – $5,500
FLEX: Matt Breida (SF) – $6,400