Weekly Fantasy Football: WR Value
By Jake Ciely
Weekly Fantasy Football
Picked up a win even with Tony Romo having a letdown game, even though we certainly expected better from him, and all of the Cowboys and Eagles. Even so, the Jarrett Boykin pick was gold for us, which as you recall, let us hold on to Peyton Manning. That's always a good thing.
Ace in the Hole
Reggie Bush – Since you obviously know I would put Peyton Manning here every week if I could, we'll find someone else. Bush hasn't been consistent, but he is still the sixth highest scoring RB in PPR scoring. The Lions face the Cowboys this week, and guess who allows the most catches to RBs in the league? Yup, the Cowboys. They have already allowed 49 catches for 403 yards and three TDs to RBs, and Bush sits down the list at just $10.9 million.
Five Card Stud(s)
LeSean McCoy – I will stop gushing over the man, but I will mention one more thing about McCoy that makes him a must-start this week. McCoy owns the Giants. Even in low yardage weeks, McCoy finds a way to score against them, and with the game in Philly, McCoy should have another big day.
Harry Douglas – I have serious doubts about Douglas doing well in back-to-back weeks with the matchup on hand. However, Douglas is only $5.0 million and the Falcons second-best receiver, at worst. In fact, if Roddy White even plays, his being less than 100 percent could mean Douglas is the No. 1 option again this week. Truly, the price makes Douglas a good play.
Jordan Reed – From barely talked about to fantasy stud. Reed has blown up and still costs just $5.0 like Douglas. Going back to the matchup-based angle as we did with Bush, the Broncos allow the eight most fantasy points to tight ends, which includes the fourth most receptions and yards. Reed is Robert Griffin's second best receiver at this point, making Reed a must-play.
Jarrett Boykin – Boykin is back again because like Douglas and Reed, he is just $5.0 million. If James Jones plays this week, I would consider tinkering my lineup. However, as we saw last week, Boykin has the ability to put up big numbers with the lack of options in Green Bay. In fact, even if Jones suits up, the loss of Jermichael Finley means Boykin could retain his value, as the Pack will likely run plenty of three-receiver sets.
Tom Brady – He has just one touchdown and three interceptions over the past three games. Let that sink in. If we were talking about most other QBs, people would have sent him to the waiver wire long ago – or cut him from salary teams. It's time to cut bait if you haven't already. It's not that Brady can't put up good numbers any given week, especially with Rob Gronkowski back, but with a decent defense on tap and a $19.0 million price (third highest), there is no reason to risk him on your team.
C.J. Spiller – I still like Spiller as a buy-low option in standard leagues, but when we're talking salary leagues, and Spiller is $14.9 million, forget it. That price makes Spiller the sixth highest priced RB, and he is averaging just 8.9 PPG – 41st overall. The shared carries and lingering health issues, plus extremely high price, make Spiller someone to avoid.
Mike Wallace – An all-AFC East trio. Like Brady, it's not that Wallace can't put up a big game. After all, he has topped 100 yards twice already. It's that Wallace is wildly inconsistent – three games of double-digit points and three of five or less – and costs way too much given that fact. Wallace is $8.4 million, which is more than Antonio Brown, Pierre Garcon, Jason Witten, the Jags WRs, DeSean Jackson, etc. On top of that, the Patriots rank in the Top 10 for most difficult WR matchups based on points allowed. Find a different receiver.
Saints are tempting against the Bills, but sticking with the Broncos. With the Cowboys and Lions facing off, we have a tough call. So, who is going to win? I'll go against the grain and take the Lions to rebound at home. No way you want the Browns against the Chiefs. Hmm, Jaguars against the 49ers? Ha! Vikings against the Pack or Bucs versus the Panthers. Um, give me the non Thursday night game.