If you haven’t noticed yet, we now have a fun new style of gameplay on Fanball! It’s not your grandpa’s version of fantasy football auctioning like other sites and apps have… we are reinventing the game. You can play for money or just try it out for free! Just click the banner below to go to the auction lobby and jump in one! Every day there is a new player pool full of different players to bid on and win!
Now to take a look at today’s player pool (and the draft I did this morning, I will highlight my winning bids). You have $60 with which to bid.
Average Budget Spent: 15.3%
Once again today, the name of the game is avoid Derek Carr. Joe Flacco is another avoid for me with a top 10 defensive matchup. The other four, pick your flavor. Although every auction is different, I feel like 15% on your QB is fair and I feel like Dalton in a shootout with Pittsburgh is the best value if you can save some money that way.
Average Budget Spent: 42.5%
This is the place to spend up today. For me there are 6-7 great options, and with 6 teams you should be able to get one. My mistake was leaving $14 on the board. You never want to leave an auction with money on the table. It does you no good. The last four running backs up were James Conner, Melvin Gordon, David Johnson, and Kenyon Drake. I got Conner, but only had $16 left. I’d recommend committing to at least one of your running backs early, so you don’t end up stuck being outbid and with no pivot. Spending $3 on both my WRs and TEs still didn’t allow me to get two of the stud running backs. Don’t go in thinking you can get 2. You might, but it’s a poor plan.
Average Budget Spent: 13.1%
I saw this list and thought to myself… I will take any of them. I don’t care. Top to bottom the list is solid. I obviously have a ranking to them and prefer some over others… but was fine with any of them and wanted to spend money elsewhere. I decided to take the last two wide receivers on the board, allowing me to spend just $2 of my $60 budget. Somehow, Antonio Brown didn’t hit the board until everyone else was full up on the position. That’s how I got that steal. He goes up early, he’s a $20 guy.
Average Budget Spent: 19.4%
Travis Kelce is the clear cream of the crop here, but you need to spend a third of your budget to get him. Tight ends can be flukey and even Jared Cook at over 25% of your budget is extreme for me. That 19.4% average budget is top heavy. Kyle Rudolph has been a top 13 TE every week. Vance McDonald will be in a shootout with the Bengals and David Njoku saw 10 targets last week and has been really good since Baker Mayfield took over. Those guys can potentially be had at under 10% of your budget. I’d put a $10 max bid on tight end today.
Once again, try one out today for FREE in the auction lobby!
Each week, as we prepare to make some difficult lineup decisions, our team, which includes Rob Willette, Ryan McDowell, and Sal Leto, will bring you a few sleepers and landmines for each position. Our sleeper picks could be on your waiver wire or a low-priced DFS target or could simply be going overlooked this week. On the other hand, our landmine players are getting attention, too much attention. These are players we feel are being overvalued and overpriced and would avoid for this week.
Javorius Allen $5,300
Although most fantasy players were counting on Alex Collins to be the Ravens workhorse, it has been “backup” RB Javorious Allen who has been the more reliable option. Allen may have a limited ceiling but he also possesses a reliable floor as he’s been a weekly RB35 or better in all five games so far this season. Allen has also become the Ravens preferred red zone weapon, seeing 13 opportunities on the season compared to 10 for Collins. Allen has converted four of those for scores. – Ryan McDowell
Tarik Cohen $5,400
After three weeks of all but being ignored especially in the passing game, Tarik Cohen exploded in week four for 174 total yards and a touchdown. Coincidentally it’s the best the Bears offense has looked all season and I can’t see a reason they would go away from it. Pass catching backs Bilal Powell, Jalen Richard and James White have had success against the Dolphins and they have given up three receiving touchdowns to backs as well. – Sal Leto
Wendell Smallwood $5,200
As Jay Ajayi has popped in and out of the lineup over recent weeks, it has been Wendell Smallwood who has taken advantage. Smallwood has posted at least 54 yards from scrimmage in the past three weeks and posted 13 touches for 91 yards in Ajayi’s absence against the Colts. Philadelphia’s backfield will always pose volume concerns for individual backs – even with Jay Ajayi out for the year – but Smallwood looks poised for double-digit touches Thursday night. With Corey Clement coming off an injury of his own, it should be a Smallwood night (insert laughter here) against a Giants defense which has yielded eight touchdowns to the position thus far in 2018. – Rob Willette
Adrian Peterson $6,400
Through the first four games of the season, Redskins veteran RB Adrian Peterson has flip-flopped elite RB1 games with frustrating flops. He has become completely game-script dependant as the Redskins turn to pass-catching RB Chris Thompson when they fall behind. This week, Washington and Peterson face the Panthers, who allow the tenth-fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs. On top of the imposing matchup, Peterson is also dealing with an upper-body injury. While he’s expected to play through the injury, it could have an impact. – Ryan McDowell
Alex Collins $5,800
It’s been a frustrating year to own Alex Collins. Splitting touches and losing goal-line work because he can’t seem to hold on to the ball, he’s been his own worst enemy. It doesn’t figure to get easier this week with the Titans study rush defense. They’ve given up zero total touchdowns to backs and no one player has gone over 85 yards rushing. Without the added bonus of pass catching the likelihood of a double-digit game seems far-fetched for Collins in this one.– Sal Leto
David Johnson $7,700
David Johnson has been able to avoid the full-blown bust label thanks to five touchdowns in five games. While Johnson scoring touchdowns is no surprise, the 2018 iteration of the Cardinals scoring touchdowns are, and it stands to reason an elite touchdown rate is unlikely to continue given Arizona’s continued struggles. The Cardinals have insisted on using Johnson as a running back from Madden 96, failing to find ways to get him the football in space, lending credence to rumors the coaching staff has been given a mandate to secure the top pick in the 2019 Draft. Minnesota’s step backward defensively has been well-documented, but their biggest issue has been stopping the pass. They have not allowed a rushing touchdown to a running back and they have only allowed 18 receptions to the position. DJ does not figure to provide returns on his draft day cost this Sunday. – Rob Willette
Sal Leto (@LetoSal), Ryan McDowell (@RyanMc23), and Rob Willette (@RobWillette24) are freelance contributors for the SportsHub Games Network, Inc., Fanball’s parent company. Any advice or strategies provided by SportsHub contributors represent their personal opinions; they do not necessarily reflect the view(s) of SportsHub Games Network and are not necessarily reflective of the strategies they may employ in their own lineups.