When choosing DraftKings NFL picks each week, everyone struggles with the desire to stack your roster while staying under that damn salary cap. That is why it is so important to find value players at prices the NFL gurus at DraftKings have overlooked.
This article will cover four DraftKings NFL picks under $5k that could have a big impact on your lineup. These are not plays for the weak of heart or those that want to safely cash in a double up or another multiplier. No, these are for those who want to swing for the fences and try to take home a big payday. They’ll all likely be low-owned and therefore worth a gamble in a GPP. Good luck and happy hunting. We hope you find someone you like.
DraftKings NFL Picks: Best Value Under $5k
Matt Breida – RB, Miami Dolphins $5,000
Matt Breida is set to be the number two back in the Miami rushing attack behind Jordan Howard. But, as we saw last season in San Francisco, Breida is used to breaking out of the pack. He rushed for over 600 yards as a rotational piece alongside Raheem Mostert, and Tevin Coleman.
He’s an intriguing DraftKings NFL pick this week because, as some early reports from camp have speculated, he might be a pass catcher in addition to a runner. His history does not necessarily back this claim. With that said though, the possibility of a dual threat at this price is hard to pass up.
Week 1 pits the Dolphins against the Patriots. Even by their own admission, Miami has the edge in the ground game against their defense. Despite the possibility of work evenly split between Breida and Howard, there should be enough to give the former value. Add a few potential catches to his total, and you should be happy with your decision.
Matt Breida fantasy people, don't panic. Especially if you play PPR. He should get plenty of touches for Miami Dolphins.
— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) September 7, 2020
Anthony Miller – WR, Chicago Bears $5,000
His name has enough positive traction to earn him a spot on this DraftKings NFL picks list. Miller comes in riding the high of a stellar camp. His efforts were enough to land him a spot as the Bears’ number two wideout. There is some trepidation when it comes to who will be throwing him the ball to be sure. But, the young standout has shown that he can make plays in spite of that. Plus, he has impressed his coaches in the process.
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A major factor in sliding Miller into your third wideout slot is his matchup. The Lions were flat out bad defensively in 2019, and 2020 is not looking much better. Mitch Trubisky is not likely to light up the scoreboard against Detroit this week. He still could manage to find enough success to make his receivers relevant. Miller will be one of them.
If you are big on repeating history, one of Miller’s biggest games last season came against the Lions. In Detroit, he made a statement to the tune of 140 yards on 9 catches. Another day like that would equal a return of five times on his price. Sounds like a risk worth taking.
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) September 2, 2020
Boston Scott – RB, Philadelphia Eagles $4,800
The key to finding value on DraftKings slates comes by way of receptions. The points per reception format gives any player who can snag a pass added value. This is true of Scott. Down the stretch run last season for the Eagles, he posted three games with six or more receptions. He was targeted 25 times in the last four games of the year grabbing 24 of them for 199 total yards.
Scott is listed as day-to-day with a lower body injury, but his counterpart, Miles Sanders, is nursing his own wounds. Both are reported to be good to go for the first game. Even still, Scott has seen a few more first team reps as Sanders continues on the mend. He’s as risky a DraftKings NFL pick as you can make this week, but also one that could make a huge difference in a GPP.
Frank Gore – RB, New York Jets $4,000
This is a dart throw and a half. But, if you are looking lower on the food chain for a player that can score points, Gore is it. As you descend into the $4k range and below, you start to run into names that will likely not see a snap. With a name like Gore, you know he will at least see a fair share of work.
Frank Gore 'the most productive back' at Jets camp https://t.co/DpDoQV5iL4
— NBC Sports EDGE Football (@NBCSEdgeFB) August 28, 2020
We know he won’t be the biggest name on the field like he has been in the past. But, given that Le’Veon Bell’s best days are also behind him, Gore could get adequate work. You are certainly not asking him for a 20 point day. Although, he still seems to be capable of having that kind of outing. Not to mention, week one is already a revenge game for the former Buffalo Bill.