After sitting out the past 2 contests, Andrew Luck is expected to suit up for the Sunday night tilt with the Patriots. Odell Beckham Jr. is iffy for Monday Night Football but is expected to play. Other injuries impacting the late slate include Marshawn Lynch, Steve Smith Sr., Davante Adams, and Ryan Mathews.
Joe Flacco, BAL @ SF, $5,900 – Flacco finished with over 24 points for the 3rd time in 5 games, without the help of his top target last week. Next he heads to San Francisco to face a defense ranked 30th against the pass (299 YPG); a game Baltimore desperately needs to stay in any type of playoff discussion. While Flacco isn’t likely to match his 2 rushing scores from last week, his ability to find ways to get the job done has been impressive. The likely return of Smith Sr. returning will certainly boost his stock and he remains a value as the 12th QB salary this week. He is currently priced at an $800 discount from where he opened the season.
LeGarrette Blount, NE @ IND, $4,400 – While Dion Lewis garners most of the attention out of the Patriots backfield, Blount can be started at $1,400 less this week. Blount has been productive in back-to-back outings finishing with 31 carries for 152 yards and 3 scores. Although Tom Brady is unlikely to relent from airing it out at his league-best clip of 347 YPG, the recipe was different the last time they met the Colts. In Week 11, the Patriots called Jonas Gray off the practice squad to rumble for 201 yards and 4 scores. Blount’s running style draws similarities to Gray but to a more physically punishing degree. The Colts had no answer for the power run game last time around with essentially the same defensive personnel, making Blount’s role relevant this week. Compared to the Top 10 RB salary for Lewis, he offers value outside of the Top 25.
Anquan Boldin, BAL @ SF, $4,300 – The last time these two teams met, Boldin hoisted the Lombardi trophy as a Raven. A month later he was shipped to the Niners for a 6th rounder. Boldin should have a chip on his shoulder in this one, and he’s coming off his best game of the season. He finished with 8 catches for 107 yards and a score as Colin Kaepernick’s clear #1 option last week, drawing 12 targets. While he is very familiar with cornerbacks Jimmy Smith and Ladarius Webb as former teammates, the Ravens still rank 25th against the pass giving up 278 YPG. Kaepernick’s inconsistencies have limited Boldin’s output this year, but he appears to be a bargain at a $1,900 discount from where he opened the season.
Kamar Aiken, BAL @ SF, $4,300 – It is clear that Flacco has developed trust with the 3rd year man out of UCF, as Aiken has led the Ravens in receiving targets the past 2 weeks (16). During this span, Aiken has tallied 9 catches for 155 yards and a touchdown. He had another strong showing in Week 2, when he had 5 receptions for 89 yards. While the return of Smith Sr. limits his upside, he should be worth a flier for at least another week at his current volume of targets. Aiken remains a cheap plug-in as the 35th WR salary this week against a vulnerable Niners secondary.
Shane Vereen, NYG @ PHI, $4,200 – In Week 5, the Giants won their 3rd in a row on a last second TD catch by Larry Donnell. Vereen was a big part of the 30-27 victory, finishing with 8 catches for 86 yards and a score. With Odell Beckham Jr. missing practice all week from a hamstring injury and Rueben Randle also limited, Vereen should maintain this volume in the passing game. Heading to Philadelphia on Monday night, you would expect a high tempo affair and lots of offensive opportunities. This bodes well for Vereen, whose 20 receptions rank him in the Top 10 among RBs. He is a low-cost option this week priced as the 32nd RB salary.
Richard Rodgers, SD @ GB, $3,100 – Rodgers’ price exceeds $3,000 for the first time all year after receiving 14 targets the past 2 weeks, which is more than Randall Cobb and James Jones over that span. Any pass catcher getting looks from Aaron Rodgers warrants consideration, and it appears the Rodgers-to-Rodgers connection is really gaining steam. After being selected with a 3rd round pick last year, Rodgers has made the leap in year 2, and is on pace to best his 2014 totals this week. He’ll look to make his 3rd trip to the endzone on Sunday as the Packers host the Chargers. He remains at a bargain-bin price of just $600 above the position minimum.
More to Consider
Cam Newton, CAR @ SEA, $6,700
DeMarco Murray, NYG @ PHI, $6,000
Danny Woodhead, SD @ GB, $4,700
Ty Montgomery, SD @ GB, $3,500
Dwayne Harris, NYG @ PHI, $3,100
Larry Donnell, NYG @ PHI, $2,800