Just 4 games on the late slate this week, as we approach the midway point of the 2015 season. Dez Bryant looks to return to action for the first time since Week 1 as the 4th WR salary ($8,000). Two undefeated teams get the Sunday night spotlight as the Broncos host the Packers, with Davante Adams also expected to return.
Andrew Luck, IND @ CAR, $7,400 – Despite the shoulder concerns and criticism over poor play, Luck’s numbers have improved as of late. The past 2 weeks he has thrown for 6 TDs and gone over 300 yards passing in each game. The 3-4 start has caused turmoil in Indianapolis and sparked speculation over Coach Chuck Pagano’s job, yet the Colts still lead the AFC South by a game. Another tough test lies ahead in Carolina against the 6-0 Panthers on Monday night. After back-to-back 30 point games, Luck is trending up once again and is currently priced at a season low. He presents good value this week in a statement game.
Marshawn Lynch, SEA @ DAL, $7,100 – After missing a couple games from a hamstring injury and a sluggish return, Beastmode looks like he has returned to form. Last week he went off for 122 yards and scored for his 2nd consecutive game. On Sunday, he faces a struggling Cowboys team on a 4-game skid. The Seahawks should look to build on their success running the ball and set the tone early. Lynch carried the ball 9 times on the opening drive last week and capped if off with a score. Expect more of the same against the Cowboys for Lynch, as the 6th priced RB this week.
Donte Moncrief, IND @ CAR, $5,500 – Moncrief’s 34 receptions and 381 yards is 2nd to only T.Y. Hilton for the Colts. Hilton will be drawing the attention of Josh Norman who has earned the highest coverage grade of any CB, and notably limited DeAndre Hopkins to just 53 yards in Week 2. Norman shadowing Hilton should create opportunities for Moncrief who has progressed nicely this season averaging 15 PPG. Although his price is up $2,500 since the beginning of the year, it’s still relatively affordable as the 20th WR salary. He is in a position to shine on Monday Night Football with Luck seemingly back to full strength.
Eric Decker, NYJ @ OAK, $5,300 – Week 7 broke a streak of scores 4 consecutive scores for Decker who was held out of the endzone. He did however finish with a strong line of 6 catches for 94 yards. Despite missing a game, Decker has been a productive target of Ryan Fitzpatrick, hauling in 24 passes for 333 yards. He is a big target in the redzone for the Jets who have gone to him often there. Decker has a friendly matchup ahead against a Raiders defense that has surrendered a league-worst 304 passing yards per game. A sore knee has him listed as questionable, which is something to monitor, but he should be able to suit up. He’s priced at a $700 discount from where he opened the year.
Jason Witten, SEA @ DAL, $5,200 – Witten will be working with his 3rd QB of the season this week as Matt Cassel takes the reigns in Dallas. The revolving door under center has not impacted Witten’s numbers very significantly, as the Cowboys main go-to in the passing game. His 73 receiving yards last week were a season high, and he should benefit from the return of Dez Bryant. His 36 receptions are 2nd to only Rob Gronkowski among TEs, with at least 4 catches in every game this season. This production is reflected in his price as the 3rd TE, with his current salary at its highest of the year.
Darren McFadden, SEA @ DAL, $3,800 – McFadden exploded last week in the Meadowlands, rumbling for 162 all-purpose yards. His 29 carries were by far the most in a game all season, compared to a previous high of 10. He has dethroned Joseph Randle as the Cowboys top back, and will see the majority of the work Sunday when Randle is inactive. The debut of Cassel against a stingy Seahawks defense certainly poses a risk, but with this type of volume he will have plenty of opportunities to make plays. McFadden is an intriguing option at just $800 above the RB minimum. He will play a key role for the Cowboys as they chase an NFC East title that is still very much up for grabs.
More to Consider
Emmanuel Sanders, GB @ DEN, $7,500
Ryan Fitzpatrick, NYJ @ OAK, $5,200
Ronnie Hillman, GB @ DEN, $4,600
Jonathan Stewart, IND @ CAR, $4,100
Davante Adams, GB @ DEN, $3,900
Clive Walford, NYJ @ OAK, $2,600