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 Conference Championship games:
QB - Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers (at Patriots, $8,000)
None of the four starting quarterbacks are priced as bargains, but Big Ben carries the smallest price tag of the quartet. He'll be in tough against a formidable Patriots defense in hostile territory, but you can't rule out the possibility of a big game - primarily because he has two of the most dangerous weapons in the NFL in running back Le'Veon Bell and wide receiver Antonio Brown, both of whom have great hands and the ability to break long plays. If you're looking for salary relief, fire up Roethlisberger in tournaments.
RB - LeGarrette Blount, Patriots (vs. Steelers, $6,500)
It was Dion Lewis's time in the divisional series win over the Houston Texans, as he racked up three touchdowns and 23.4 fantasy points to put tens of thousands of daily fantasy players in the money. Who will emerge from the New England backfield to reign in the AFC Championship? It could very well be Lewis, but don't rule out Blount, who remains the Patriots' clock killer of choice. If New England goes up early, Blount could see plenty of action - and carries a smaller price tag than Lewis.
RB - Tevin Coleman, Falcons (vs. Packers, $6,300)
Coleman isn't priced as low as the true bottom-tier players, but there isn't really any running back worth owning at a smaller salary. While Devonta Freeman is the workhorse back in the potent Atlanta offensive attack, Coleman remains a strong complimentary piece - and he has been sensational in the latter part of the season, recording no fewer than 13.4 fantasy points in four of his past five games. Fire him up in all formats as a high-ceiling, high-floor play at a reasonable cost.
WR - Randall Cobb, Packers (at Falcons, $6,500)
With Jordy Nelson aiming to return in time for the NFC championship in Atlanta, the secondary targets will once again be split among Cobb and Davante Adams. Both players are capable of winning daily fantasy championships by themselves, but Cobb represents the better value play by virtue of carrying a salary more than thousand dollars smaller than Adams. This game will feature plenty of passing, so look for Cobb to easily return value in all formats.
WR - Taylor Gabriel, Falcons (vs. Packers, $6,000)
Gabriel had a quiet day in the divisional round win over Seattle, hauling in four of six targets for 71 yards. But aside from Julio Jones, Gabriel is quarterback Matt Ryan's favorite target - and against the 31st-ranked Green Bay pass defense, he's in line for a potentially huge performance. The lack of volume makes him difficult to trust in cash games, but he's the exact kind of tournament play that can help take down even the biggest contests.
TE - Jesse James, Steelers (at Patriots, $5,300)
Tight end is woefully thin this week, and the top-priced option - Green Bay's Jared Cook - is due to lose targets if Nelson returns from injury. James had been largely off the fantasy radar since early October, but burst back into relevance after racking up five receptions for 83 yards on six targets in the victory over Kansas City. You have to roster a tight end, so you might as well take a flier on James in a game where the Steelers will likely have to pass a ton.