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 one Saint and three Vikings that provide the most bang for your buck. (Values from Fanduel.)
QB Kirk Cousins (MIN) - $8,300
This looks to be a prime matchup for the Vikings QB. The Saints are stout against the run, but struggle mightily against the pass. The Vikings don’t really have a running game with Dalvin Cook on the shelf, but the Vikes do have a great set of pass-catchers. Kirk Cousins should have a great game on Sunday, win or lose, and at $900 cheaper than the most expensive QB available, he’s a solid play this week.
RB Alvin Kamara (NO) - $8,000
Alvin Kamara comes a whopping $3,000 cheaper than the most expensive running back available this week, and it’s time he has another big game after the return of Mark Ingram. Look for the Saints to take advantage of lining up Kamara both in the backfield and as a receiver early and often against a struggling Vikings defense.
WR Adam Thielen (MIN) - $8,800
Adam Thielen is actually tied with Antonio Brown as the most expensive wide receiver available this week, but he’s still a solid play. He’s been the most productive WR in the NFL so far this season, and he’s likely slotted up against the debuting Eli Apple of the New Orleans Saints. He has been Cousin’s favorite target thus far, and don’t expect anything to change on Sunday.
WR Stefon Diggs (MIN) - $7,300
Diggs, who was originally thought to be the #1 wide receiver in Minnesota, has taken a back seat to Thielen this year. Diggs will be the one who is still lined up against Marshon Lattimore this game, but Lattimore of 2018 hasn’t played like Lattimore of 2017. If the Saints decide to provide safety help over the top to help cover Thielen, Lattimore could be left on an island covering Diggs.
My full daily fantasy lineup this week:
QB: Kirk Cousins (MINI) - $8,300
RB: Alvin Kamara (NO) - $8,000
RB: Adrian Peterson (WAS) - $7,000
WR: Adam Thielen (MIN) - $8,800
WR: Stefon Diggs (MIN) - $7,300
WR: Jordy Nelson (OAK) - $5,300
TE: Jared Cook (OAK) - $5,900
FLEX: RB Reshaad Penny (SEA) - $4,800