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Fantasy Football Picks: Top DraftKings NFL DFS Value Plays for Week 13

Steve Buchanan gives his top value plays at each position for Sunday’s main DraftKings NFL slate.

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We can all figure out who the studs are on a football slate. No one has to go out of their way to tell you to play Patrick Mahomes or Josh Allen on a particular slate. What really takes the effort is combing through the player pool and figuring out who are some of the best values on the board ahead of the Sunday slate. That’s what we’ll do in this piece each and every week. I’ll help you save some salary while hopefully not skimping on the fantasy production.

Let’s get into some of the best value plays at each position for the Week 13 main slate on DraftKings.

Week 11 recap:

QB - Baker Mayfield - 15.36 DKFP
RB - Jaylen Warren - 8.2 DKFP
WR - Greg Dortch - 11.7 DKFP
TE - David Njoku - 11.9 DKFP

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Brock Purdy, San Francisco 49ers at Philadelphia Eagles, $6,100 — Purdy is a bit more expensive than someone I usually write up, but I do like this spot a lot for him. The cheap quarterbacks this week are brutal and ownership is going to gravitate heavily toward Russell Wilson ($5,700) at the Texans. Purdy is a good pivot in the same price range in arguably a better matchup. The Eagles have been brutal against the pass and are allowing the second-most fantasy points to the position at 23.5 DKFP. The Niners, of course, are a run-first team and are doing so 50.5% of the time. However, this is expected to be a close game with the Niners as three-point favorites as of Friday. With the offense fully healthy, I think Purdy will be worth the price of admission in a good environment.

Other Option – Russell Wilson vs. HOU

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Running Back

Zack Moss, Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans, $4,600 — This is going to be the most popular cash play on the slate. With pricing already released, it was announced that Jonathan Taylor ($7,100) would need thumb surgery, knocking him out of this game. So now, we have an RB1 priced at $4,600 and expected to be owned at 45%+. Moss is an intriguing tournament fade but for cash, this is your first player added to your lineup. The Titans present an average matchup for opposing running backs, allowing an average of 19.4 DKFP, 88 rushing and 28 receiving yards per game. In three games Moss played without Taylor, he’s averaged 18.4 DKFP and logging 56 carries. Ironically, his biggest game came in the week Taylor returned against this very Titans defense. As they eased Taylor back into action, Moss put up 36.5 DKFP with 165 rushing yards on 23 carries, two touchdowns and two catches.

Other Options – Jerome Ford at LAR

Wide Receiver

Jahan Dotson, Washington Commanders vs. Miami Dolphins, $4,600 — I like Dotson a lot this week. This game has one of the highest totals of the week at 49.5 points. Dotson has the second-highest red zone target share, trailing only Curtis Samuel ($4,100). Dotson’s 32% target share could make him a valuable asset as a way to grab cheap exposure to an expected shootout. Dotson is averaging just under six targets per game and we all know the Commanders love to throw the ball. Sam Howell ($6,200) is averaging a whopping 41 pass attempts per game. They’re currently +9.5 dogs in this game, which should further push the narrative that we’ll see another heavy passing game. At $4,600, Dotson should be a fine value play.

Other Options – Greg Dortch at PIT

Tight End

Hunter Henry, New England Patriots vs. Los Angeles Chargers, $3,100 – I don’t want to write up a Patriots player. But, this is a good matchup for Henry. The Chargers have been one of the most generous teams to opposing tight ends, allowing an average of 14.5 DKFP, 65 receiving yards, and three touchdowns. Henry didn’t draw a target in last week’s disaster against the Giants but before that saw 12 targets in two games. Bailey Zappe ($4,800) is expected to be under center for the Pats, which isn’t an upgrade by any means. Nonetheless, if Henry can hit paydirt, he’ll easily surpass his minuscule $3,100 salary.

Other Options – Tyler Conklin vs. ATL

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All views expressed are my own. I am an employee of DraftKings and am ineligible to play in public DFS or DKSB contests. The contents contained in this article do not constitute a representation that any particular strategy will guarantee success. All customers should use their own skill and judgment in building lineups.