Weekly Fantasy Football: Bilal Powell A Great Value
By Jake Ciely
Weekly Fantasy Football
We’re into our first week of byes, and hopefully, you don’t need to make any trades yet. However, if you have been hit by injuries and byes together – look over here! – then, you might need a roster overhaul. Either way, we’re on the proverbial tip of the iceberg for player movement, so let’s dig in.
Jamaal Charles – There is a way to get Charles into your lineup and still have a rather strong team. Charles does carry a $14.7 million tag, but he is more than worth it. In PPR leagues, no RB is performing better, and Charles is just the seventh highest priced RB in the system. With a matchup against the Giants awful defense, Charles will rack up plenty of points again this week… oh, and he has a nice 10-day rest too.
Reel Them In
Matthew Stafford – Still love Michael Vick at $15.5 million as one of our QBs, but we’re making a switch to Matthew Stafford over Robert Griffin at flex. RG3 just isn’t running as much or the same QB we knew. No QB slings the ball around more than Stafford, and that won’t stop. The matchup is daunting with the Bears on tap, but Stafford will air it out in an attempt to win, and we are making broad-sweeping changes here, so we don’t want to take a one-week QB play.
Bilal Powell – Powell, along with Brandon Bolden – our other RB – will help us afford two QBs and Charles as a RB choice. We all knew Chris Ivory was fragile, and well, that didn’t take long. Powell ranks in the Top 12 for RBs and has a favorable matchup with the Titans this week. As for Bolden, he is clearly the pass-catching RB of choice for the Pats with Shane Vereen sidelined. Even with Stevan Ridley leading the way (sort of), Bolden will catch enough out of the backfield to make him worth that measly $6.0m price.
DeSean Jackson – How can you not like DJax? So far, the Eagles offense is racking up the points, and we shouldn’t expect any different going forward… well, unless they starting feeling like it’s Week 15 in Week 6. DJax and the Eagles will do their best to keep up with Peyton Manning this week, and Jackson’s $7.3m tag is too good to pass up.
Jordan Cameron – You know the deal by now. Outside of Jimmy Graham, and Rob Gronkowski once he returns, no other tight end deserves mention when you can pick a WR. And truthfully, with Cameron’s price of $6.1 million, he is a must-start every week.
Ryan Broyles – It’s unfortunate that this came at the cost of Nate Burleson, but such is sports and fantasy. Burleson broke his arm in a car accident, and now Broyles sees his chance to step in again. He’s always had the talent; we just need to see those legs/knees hold up. If so, there will plenty of opportunities for Broyles to succeed, and he’s just as cheap as Cameron, which gave us that wiggle room to play two QBs.
Eli Manning – Giants look terrible. Their offensive line can’t stop a five-year-old. The running game can get on track. Manning leads the league in turnovers. Tell me when to stop. Now? Good? There is no reason that Manning should be your QB at this point.
David Wilson – Look, if you’re still holding out hope just stop. Make the trade, move on, stop wasting your potential points. Sure, Wilson’s price is still attractive IF he were actually producing… at all! There are more problems in New York than just with Wilson, and even if he gets on track, that offensive line might not open enough holes for him.
C.J. Spiller – It’s not that Spiller isn’t immensely talented. It’s not that his injury is nothing to worry about. It’s that Spiller’s price just makes him too expensive to own, especially with Fred Jackson staying in the mix, healthy Spiller or not. At $14.9m, Spiller ranks ahead of Charles and LeSean McCoy! If we didn’t already own Vick and DJax, McCoy would be locked in, so either way, you have much better ways to spend your money.
Patriots WRs – Rob Gronkowski is returning and Danny Amendola is around the corner. Even with just Gronk making his return, Julian Edelman is on borrowed time and Kenbrell Thompkins and Aaron Dobson are on life support. The Patriots entire offense is about as unpredictable as you can get, so find more reliable options at WR. After all, I already gave you several.
Dwayne Bowe – I certainly expected better from Bowe with the best QB he’s ever had under center. Alex Smith is extremely accurate, but apparently, he doesn’t care much for throwing to Bowe. I do expect better, but at this point, Bowe’s price of $8.5 million is too great for the lack of production.
Group 1, done. Seriously, are you going to pick anyone besides the Broncos at this point? Didn’t think so. Really, the same has to be said about the Patriots in a group with the Chiefs, Dolphins and Bengals. Look for the Colts to put up a decent amount against the hapless Jaguars, while Atlanta is on the other side of that Patriots matchup. The Eagles continue to be the second biggest lock behind the Broncos, and watch out if Terrelle Pryor is okay for Sunday, as the Raiders get to feast on that Redskins (lack of) defense.