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 two Saints and two Panthers that provide the most bang for your buck. (Values from Fanduel.)
QB Teddy Bridgewater (NO) - $7,300
As it is not expected for Drew Brees to see much of the game this week with home field advantage already locked up, Teddy Bridgewater should see the majority of snaps against the Panthers. At $2,200 cheaper than the most expensive quarterback available this week in daily fantasy, the fact that he’s a back-up shouldn’t make you shy away from slotting him in as a great value play into your daily lineup.
RB Mark Ingram (NO) - $6,600
Mark is another incredible value play this week, coming a whopping $3,000 cheaper than the most expensive RB available this week. With Mark Ingram vying for Deuce McAllister’s all-time franchise rushing record, expect the Saints offense to feed Ingram early and often against the Panthers.
RB Christian McCaffrey (CAR) - $9,400
McCaffrey isn’t quite as cheap as other players (only $200 cheaper than Todd Gurley), but expect to see McCaffrey see a high volume of touches in Week 17. Considering the Panthers will be on their third-string quarterback, it will likely be C-Mac who the Carolina offense runs through (both figuratively and literally).
Saints DST - $4,500
Because the Panthers will be without Cam Newton, it’s actually a great play for the Saints defense this week. Surprisingly, even considering the matchup, the Saints defense is still $500 cheaper than the most expensive defense available for the final week of the NFL season.
My full daily fantasy lineup this week:
QB: Teddy Bridgewater (NO) - $7,300
RB: Mark Ingram (NO) - $6,600
RB: Christian McCaffrey (CAR) - $9,400
WR: Robert Foster (BUF) - $5,800
WR: Nelson Agholor (PHI) - $5,700
WR: Calvin Ridley (ATL) - $5,900
TE: Travis Kelce (KC) - $7,700
FLEX: RB Damien Williams (KC) - $6,900
DFLEX: RB ) - $7,100
DST: Saints (vs Panthers) - $4,500