Any old schmo can load up their DFS lineups with solid producers, but if you really want to grab some top tier players you'll have to find cheaper options at other positions. Monty Andrews is here to help in your search for value.
Here are the top low-cost daily fantasy options for this week's divisional playoff round:
QB - Alex Smith, Chiefs (vs. Steelers, $6,800)
Smith often gets saddled with the dreaded "game manager" tag, but he proved late in the regular season that he can also be a reliable daily fantasy option. The former No. 1 overall pick racked up five total touchdowns over the final two games of the campaign, good for fantasy tallies of 23.36 and 25.66 points. While this weekend's matchup with visiting Pittsburgh is by no means an easy one, Smith should provide a nice, high floor suitable for cash games; that said, he's too big a gamble for tournaments.
RB - Spencer Ware, Chiefs (vs. Steelers, $6,900)
You might be wondering how feasible it is to roster both Smith and Ware - and the quick answer is, it probably isn't. But, while Smith makes for a solid cash-game play, you should consider Ware as a terrific tournament option that allows you to spend up at other positions. Ware has had just one good daily fantasy performance since late October, but he'll be in great position to rack up points in a game the Chiefs should be able to control on the ground. Lock him into your GPP lineups.
RB - Ty Montgomery, Packers (at Cowboys, $6,000)
Montgomery was on his way to a productive showing in the Wild Card win over the New York Giants, but sat out the entire fourth quarter to his owners' chagrin. Head coach Mike McCarthy says Montgomery should be good to go against Dallas, and while the matchup is a challenging one, Montgomery's role in the offense makes him a strong bargain option on a short slate. Keep your expectations in check here, but trust Montgomery to produce enough to be a worthwhile cash-game choice.
WR - Taylor Gabriel, Falcons (vs. Seahawks, $5,500)
Gabriel and Atlanta teammate Mohamed Sanu are just $100 apart in salary this week, but Gabriel represents a much stronger daily fantasy option if he sufficiently recovers from a foot injury. The speedy wideout recorded double-digit fantasy points in six of his final eight regular-season games, while Sanu reached double figures just five times all season. Julio Jones is the locked-in No. 1 in the Falcons' offense, but there's still plenty to go around - and Gabriel figures to see a lot of targets this weekend.
WR - Chris Hogan, Patriots (vs. Texans, $5,200)
There's major risk in rostering Hogan this weekend. The Patriots are a whopping 16-point favorite against visiting Houston, which means quarterback Tom Brady might not have to do much passing. And even when he does air it out, Brady will likely disperse the non-Julian Edelman targets between a handful of options, including Hogan, Dion Lewis, Martellus Bennett and Malcolm Mitchell. Still, you can do worse than take a shot on Hogan in tournament play; all he needs is one big play to pay his modest salary.
TE - Jason Witten, Cowboys (vs. Packers, $4,900)
This isn't the Witten of old, when you could pencil him in for eight targets per week and were often rewarded with enough points to cash in any format. Witten's workload has been frustratingly inconsistent with rookie Dak Prescott under center, though you can't ignore the fact that he is still as likely as any player on the Cowboys to see double-digit targets. Take a shot this weekend against a Green Bay defensive unit that had all sort of trouble defending tight ends this season.