Weekly Salary Cap Bargains: Week Nine
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Josh McCown (Chi, at GB, $5800) – His matchup isn’t great and he’s on the road, but the Packers are still without Clay Matthews, who represents a significant portion of their pass rush. McCown has a ton of weapons, and the system has been very successful, so he’s a good bet to do something of note, and he has a little upside if he’s forced to throw a lot, which he should be.
Ben Roethlisberger (Pit, at NE, $7000) – With Patriot CB Aqib Talib still on the mend from his hip injury, Big Ben could be a decent play this week and this isn’t a bad matchup for the Steelers.
Case Keenum (Hou, vs. Ind, $6100) – Keenum had a solid debut in Week Seven and with the starting job now his, he’ll get to face a Colt defense that has struggled against QBs in the last month.
Zac Stacy (Stl, vs. Ten, $5800) – Stacy is dealing with that ankle injury, but he’s still way underpriced compared to his fellow RBs. The matchup isn’t great at home, but neither was last week’s and he did very well. He also has some legit potential in the passing game. The game should be close with a lot of running, and a healthy Stacy (check status all week) will be a big part of that.
Eddie Lacy (GB, vs. Chi, $6800) – This is more than a fair price for a guy who we have in our top-5 at RB this week. The Bear run defense is a mess right now due to injuries, and they are very easy to run on, so Lacy could go nuts even though James Starks should get a healthy number of touches again.
Danny Woodhead (SD, at Was, $6400) – The Redskins aren’t giving much up on the ground, but RBs are scoring against them and have caught 4/47.7 in the last four weeks, so Woodhead looks like a nice play.
Le’Veon Bell (Pit, at NE, $7000) – With Vince Wilfork and Jerod Mayo out for the season, the Patriots have been vulnerable against the run, so this looks like a juicy matchup for Bell, who should be very active in this one.
Giovani Bernard (Cin, at Mia, $5600) – Bernard’s role isn’t one that’s been easy to predict on a week-to-week basis, but he’ll face a Dolphin defense that’s struggled against RBs in the last month and is allowing 5 catches per game to RBs in that span.
Mike James (TB, at Sea, $4800) – The matchup is brutal in Seattle, but the Bucs want to throw the ball a lot less than they have, and their defense will be all over Vincent Jackson, so James could get 20+ touches. He can catch the ball and contribute as a receiver, so he’s still a good bet to get 10-12 points. At this price, that makes him worthy.
Bilal Powell (NYJ, vs. NO, $4600) – He’s been hard to trust, but at this low price he’s worth a shot this week. The Jets have a lot of injuries at receiver, and they are a good bet to fall behind, rendering Chris Ivory worthless. There’s actually a chance that Powell has a big PPR day in garbage time (FanDuel is .5 PPR).
Donald Brown (Ind, at Hou, $4600) – The Texans are usually pretty good against the run, but the loss of LB Brian Cushing really hurts and they’ve actually allowed 114 YPG on the ground to RBs in the last month. Brown has been splitting snaps with Trent Richardson and is clearly the better value in this backfield.
Golden Tate (Sea, vs. TB, $5000) – As of Thursday afternoon, it was not looking good for Percy Harvin, and Sidney Rice is done for the season. Meanwhile, Tate is coming on. He should see a fair amount of Darrelle Revis, but we highly doubt Revis will be on him all day, since they are still playing some zone. This is a sneaky play at a very low price tag.
Kenny Stills (NO, at NYJ, $5600) – Stills is coming off a huge performance in Week Eight and faces a Jet secondary that looks very beatable. With TE Jimmy Graham still hobbled and WR Marques Colston not performing well, Stills could have another chance to shine this week.
Kendall Wright (Stl, vs. Ten, $5500) – The Rams have been merely average against WRs in the last four games and we’d expect Wright to be active in this matchup, especially now that QB Jake Locker is starting once again.
DeAndre Hopkins (Hou, vs. Ind, $5300) – Hopkins was active back in Week Seven with QB Case Keenum starting and with Keenum now locked into the starting job and the Colts struggling against WRs, Hopkins is a nice play this week.
Dexter McCluster (KC, at Buf, $5500) – McCluster is coming off one of his best games, at least in terms of his contributions to the offense, and if something works, why mess with it, especially against a Buffalo defense that’s been getting killed by WRs in the last month?
Dwayne Bowe (KC, at Buf, $5000) – Bowe makes this list based on a great matchup against the Bills and his cheap price tag since his performance this season has fallen short of expectations. Hopefully, he’ll be able to do something against this beatable secondary.
David Nelson (NYJ, vs. NO, $4900) – Nelson has quietly become a reliable option in a Jet passing game that’s begging for someone to step up. They should be throwing a lot in this one and the Saints have looked more vulnerable against WRs in the last month.
Lance Moore (NO, at NYJ, $4900) – Moore returned from his hand injury last week and while he didn’t go off, he was able to score. The Saints certainly need receivers to step up with TE Jimmy Graham playing through a foot injury and WR Marques Colston continuing to disappoint, so with a nice matchup against the Jets, Moore has a chance to build on his solid performance in Week Eight.
Jordan Reed (Was, vs. SD, $5600) – At this point, we all know he’s a PPR stud, but he’s not priced as one just yet. The matchup isn’t great at the Chargers get solid safety play, but it’s hardly concerning, and the Redskins are home where they tend to play a little better.
Tim Wright (TB, at Sea, $4900) – The matchup is definitely scary, but the Seahawks are going to swarm and try to take Vincent Jackson out, and Mike Glennon looks comfortable throwing Wright the ball. This is a somewhat risky play still, but we think Wright could easily get 10+ targets.
Tony Gonzalez (Atl, at Car, $5400) – Defenses have paid Gonzalez extra attention with WRs Julio Jones and Roddy White out, so he’s been a disappointment over the last two games. However, he’s a nice value here and the Panthers have struggled to stop TEs in the last month, so hopefully he can get back on track this week.
Coby Fleener (Ind, at Hou, $5400) – The loss of WR Reggie Wayne is a big one for the Colts, so others, like Fleener, will need to step up. The Texans haven’t been that great against TEs in the last month and Fleener’s role could increase with Wayne out, so he’s worth a shot.
Anthony Fasano (KC, at Buf, $4500) – Fasano has nearly scored three times in the last two games and while we know he’s at the mercy of QB Alex Smith, this is a very nice matchup with the Bills giving up 3 TDs to TEs in the last two games.
Ben Watson (NO, at NYJ, $4500) – Once again, Watson’s value is linked to TE Jimmy Graham’s status. Graham played through his foot injury last week and while he scored twice, his snaps were limited. Graham isn’t a lock to play this week and even if he does, Watson should see a lot of time against a Jet defense that has been terrible against TEs in the last four games.
New Orleans Saint Defense (at NYJ, $5500) – The Saints are coming off a strong performance against the Bills last week and should be able to get after Jet QB Geno Smith, who has turned the ball over way too much in the last three games (5 INTs).
Dallas Cowboy Defense (vs. Min, $5200) – Dallas is dealing with some injuries, like DE DeMarcus Ware’s quad issue, but with the awful QB situation in Minnesota, the Cowboy defense looks pretty attractive as an option for Week Nine.
Baltimore Raven Defense (at Cle, $5200) – Brown QB Jason Campbell played better than expected last week, but still have trouble trusting him, especially since he seems to do everything in slow motion, which is why the Ravens are worth a look this week, as they should be able to get after Campbell.
Tennessee Titan Defense (at Stl, $5200) – The Ram offense isn’t much of a threat with QB Kellen Clemens starting and Tennessee will make a point to get after him this week, so we’d expect a good number of sacks and turnovers, which makes the Titans a solid option.
Indianapolis Colt Defense (at Hou, $5100) – While rookie QB Case Keenum did have a fine showing in his first start backing Week Seven, he did take 5 sacks and the Colts won’t make life any easier with their strong pass rush.
Guru Challenge Bargains
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Andy Dalton (Cin, at Mia, $15.8 mil) – The hottest QB in the league isn’t really priced accordingly right now, so with a beatable matchup tonight against the Dolphins and with a ton of weapons at his disposal, he’s not a bad option at all.
Russell Wilson (Sea, vs. TB, $16.4 mil) – Wilson’s been on the run a little too much with injuries at both OT positions, but we like his chances to bounce back against a Buccaneer defense that’s given up the most FPG to QBs over the last month.
Terrelle Pryor (Oak, vs. Phi, $14 mil) – Even though the Eagle secondary has been better lately, this is still a nice matchup for Pryor, and he’s always a threat to run, which makes him a nice value at home, in The Black Hole.
Case Keenum (Hou, vs. Ind, $11.5 mil) – See above.
Eddie Lacy (GB, vs. Chi, $9.8 mill) – See above.
Danny Woodhead (SD, at Was, $8.5 mil) – See above.
Le’Veon Bell (Pit, at NE, $8.9 mil) – See above.
Giovani Bernard (Cin, at Mia, $8.5 mil) – See above.
Zac Stacy (Stl, vs. Ten, $8.2 mil) – See above.
Ryan Mathews (SD, at Was, $7.6 mil) – Mathews has looked like a completely different player this season, especially in the last month, and while the Redskins are giving up a lot on the ground, it’s not a scary matchup and Mathews has been getting enough carries to be active.
Donald Brown (Ind, at Hou, $6.9 mil) – See above.
Mike James (TB, at Sea, $6.9 mil) – See above.
Harry Douglas (Atl, at Car, $7.9 mil) – Carolina might be stingy against WRs, but Douglas continues to be very active, as more attention has been paid to TE Tony Gonzalez, so with a cheap price tag, he’s certainly worth a shot, as targets should continue to come his way.
Keenan Allen (SD, at Was, $7.6 mil) – We continue to believe in Allen as the top WR in San Diego, so he should be in for a solid performance against a Redskin secondary that’s struggled to stop WRs.
Golden Tate (Sea, vs. TB, $6.7 mil) – See above.
Denarius Moore (Oak, vs. Phi, $7.5 mil) – Relying on QB Terrelle Pryor is a bit risky, so we’re including Moore here thanks to his value and a very nice matchup against an Eagle secondary that’s shown improvement, but is still beatable.
Dwayne Bowe (KC, at Buf, $7.4 mil) – See above.
DeAndre Hopkins (Hou, vs. Ind, $6.9 mil) – See above.
Vincent Brown (SD, @ Was, $6.8 mil) – Brown hasn’t lit it up and may not be a top option in this offense, but this is a very nice matchup and QB Philip Rivers has made it clear he trusts Brown, so he’s worth a shot as a nice value against the Redskins.
Lance Moore (NO, at NYJ, $6.7 mil) – See above.
Golden Tate (Sea, vs. TB, $6.7 mil) – The Seahawks lost WR Sidney Rice (knee) for the season this week, so it does clear up what’s been somewhat of an ugly WR situation for fantasy. Tate has a beatable matchup against the Buccaneers this week, as they’ve struggled to stop WRs in the last month.
Kendall Wright (Stl, vs. Ten, $6.6 mil) – See above.
Jarrett Boykin (GB, vs. Chi, $6.6 mil) – Boykin continues to get it done and see a lot of targets from QB Aaron Rodgers, which is why he may be one of the top values of the week, even with a tough matchup by the numbers against the Bears.
Dexter McCluster (KC, at Buf, $5.9 mil) – See above.
Kenny Stills (NO, at NYJ, $5.6 mil) – See above.
David Nelson (NYJ, vs. NO, $4.3 mil) – See above.
Coby Fleener (Ind, at Hou, $7.4 mil) – See above.
Anthony Fasano (KC, at Buf, $6.9 mil) – See above.
Ben Watson (NO, at NYJ, $5.6 mil) – See above.
Indianapolis Colt Defense (at Hou, $4.3 mil) – See above.
New Orleans Saint Defense (at NYJ, $4.2 mil) – See above.
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