To fill your roster on our weekly $50K fantasy football salary games, you need to find values. Below are some Week 1 values to consider when constructing your lineups this weekend.
Zach Ertz – $4,100: With the void left by Desean Jackson’s departure to Washington, Ertz figures to be the biggest beneficiary. Chip Kelly knew exactly what he was getting drafting Ertz out of Stanford last year in the early 2nd, targeting a guy with big play ability that he was very familiar with during his time in Oregon. At 11th on the TE salary list, he can be started for over $3K less than Jimmy Graham. Add in an opening day home matchup with Jacksonville and all signs point to a big day.
Julian Edelman – $5,300: The Patriots extended Edelman for four more years, and he should be ready to pick up from where he left off last year when he hauled in a team-best 105 balls. Edelman is ppr gold as Tom Brady’s go-to receiver and he has been the one constant in an offense that has been shuffling its receivers nonstop. At $5.3K and 28th on the WR list, he certainly has appeal to provide low-cost value.
Ben Tate – $5,200: The much-hyped former backup of Arian Foster finally gets his chance as the feature back in Cleveland. When the Browns drafted Terrence West in the 3rd round of the 2014 Draft, the Tate doubters came out of the woodwork and West was on everyone’s sleeper list. Four preseason games later, the buzz around West and undrafted talent Isaiah Crowell has subsided after their mediocre starts. Tate should begin the year as an every down starter, and at 22nd on the RB list ($5.2K), he can be owned at about $4M less than Adrian Peterson.
Matt Ryan – $7,900: The Falcons are coming off an abysmal 4 win season, but anyone who has seen Hard Knocks has to acknowledge they will be a much improved team. The major question is health. If Julio Jones and Roddy White can stay healthy, there might not be a better tandem in the league. Ryan put up 4,500 yards with them rarely on the field. Jake Mathews will provide a big boost to the offensive line and rookie Devonta Freeman should add a spark to the run game. Not to mention they open the season at home against the Saints which has all the makings of a high scoring shootout. Ryan will only cost you $7.9K, 9th on the QB list.
Reggie Wayne – $5,100: Wayne is seemingly a forgotten man outside the top 30 WRs, at just $5.1K. In the 6 seasons before tearing his ACL in 2013, he finished with over 100 catches 4 times. Say what you want about him entering the season at 35 years old, but this is a proven veteran that just gets it done. Expect Wayne and Andrew Luck to pickup from where they left off, and for Wayne to be targeted early and often. Wayne also lines up against his former quarterback in Denver Week 1, which gives him even more incentive to make a splash in his return. Expect another high scoring affair in this one.