This week I have talked about value plays for fanduel.com, draftstreet.com and draftkings.com. Today I am going to take a look at some of my favorite players at each position this week. These players are across the board in the industry that I will be leaning towards this weekend. If you mix and match some of these high priced players with some of the value plays I mentioned you should be able to build a solid lineup this week. Let’s jump right into this and see what looks good for this week.
Tony Romo: If you do not mind spending the money on Romo he should be an outstanding play this week against a Washington secondary that is allowing fifth most fantasy points to opposing QB’s. Romo is putting up some outstanding numbers this season in which he is averaging 304.6 yards per game, 2.6 TD’s per game and is completing 71.8% of his passes. Another thing to consider with Romo is he will be getting Miles Austin back this week and now with his confidence in Terrance Williams it just adds to the weapons he has to pick apart a secondary.
Peyton Manning: I have to bring Manning’s name into this mix because I do like him this week against a horrible Jacksonville secondary. The issue for me with Manning is can I really bring myself to spend more than a quarter of my budget on him at fanduel.com. Manning should pick apart this Jag’s secondary and I would not be surprised to see him with 30 plus fantasy points by the end of the 3rd quarter. I will be thinking long and hard about this over the next 24 hours if I want to spend the money on him.
Joe Flacco: I mentioned Flacco in some of my value plays but he is really getting a lot of attention from me this week as I like his matchup this week. Flacco faces a GB defense that is allowing 307.3 yards per game through the air and 2.3 TD’s per game through the air. Another big key to this play is Clay Mathews being out for GB. Losing Mathews is going to slow the pass rush down which should give Flacco time to pick apart the secondary. If you are looking for a 2nd QB or are playing in a GPP and want to take a risk Flacco should pay off this week.
Adrian Peterson: A lot of us do not know what to take from this horrible tragedy, that happen to AP on Friday with the loss of his son. Before any of this happened to AP I had him pegged as the top scorer this week since Minnesota is going to rely on him to take pressure of the backup QB starting. Now this happens and this can go two ways: AP is going to play and use this as motivation and run wild on Carolina or he is not going to play and take some time to get through this situation. Keep an eye on this situation if he plays look for plenty of motivation from him and a big day should be in line.
Arian Foster: I am high on Foster this week as he gets a matchup with a Ram Defense that is allowing the third most fantasy points to opposing running backs. Foster has started to take more and more carries away from Ben Tate as he gets healthier and healthier. If Foster was able to put up 102 yards against Seattle and 98 against SF on the ground just imagine what he will do to a struggling Rams defense.
A.J. Green: I feel this is the week we see Green and Andy Dalton break out of the slump they have been in. Green will face a Buffalo secondary that is allowing the second most fantasy points to opposing WR’s. The ball is being thrown Green’s way (11.6 targets per game) but he just has not be able to do much with it as he is averaging just 11.65 yards per catch. This week against Buffalo we should see that change and with Green’s price come down a bit (especially at Fanduel) he should be able to return some great value this week.
Calvin Johnson: As of right now Johnson is still questionable to play this week. If Johnson is a go he looks like a great play at draftstreet.com where his salary has fallen below ten grand. I know a lot of people are going to say well Joe Haden will shut him down, take a look at Joe Haden’s career stats against another big receiver A.J. Green (they have not been pretty). Haden stands at 5’11” while Johnson stands at 6’5”. You really think Haden is going to slow Johnson down when Mathew Stafford throws a lob up in the corner of the end zone for Johnson to go up and get. You have to consider Johnson if he plays since he is so dominating in every aspect of the Lions passing game.
Dez Bryant: I always worry when it comes to taking Bryant since Romo has so many weapons and it seems every time I play him, Romo will use his other targets to dominate. I have to mention Bryant though since he is having an outstanding season in which he has 20 or more fantasy points in three of his five games this season. With Dallas playing Washington this week who ranks 28th for fantasy points allowed to opposing WR ,Bryant has to be brought into consideration this week.
Jimmy Graham: Graham is a beast and needs to be considered every week as he is averaging 10.6 targets per game good for 7.40 receptions per game while averaging 118.6 yards per game and 1.20 receiving TD’s per game. This week Graham gets a matchup with the Patriots who are allowing opposing TE’s to average 6.2 receptions per game for an average of 58.6 yards per game. Graham will get his looks and he should continue to put up big numbers with another decent matchup.
Jordan Cameron: With Brandon Weeden getting the start for Cleveland he is going to need Cameron to be his security blanket as Weeden finds himself in trouble a lot. Cameron continues to put up outstanding numbers as he is averaging 9.6 targets per game, 6.6 receptions per game, 79.2 yards per game and 1.0 TD’s per game. Even though Cameron is playing a Lions team that is allowing just 8.6 fantasy points per game to TE’s; we should see Cameron get his looks and touches this week as he has become a big part of this Cleveland offense.