Andre Johnson, Keenan Allen, and Pierre Garcon highlight some big name WRs that enter the week at their cheapest prices of the season. These players are down $6,500 combined since Week 1. All 3 offer great buy-low opportunities, along with the players below, as 4 more teams are out of action on bye weeks.
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A.J. Green, CIN @ NO, $6,000 – Green is an incredible bargain this week at 18th on our WR list. He comes at a $1,400 discount from where he opened the year, and they will need to throw the ball more effectively to stay competitive with the Saints. Not many players have more upside than Green, who has scored 32 TDs in his first 53 career games. He has also amassed 283 catches and over 4,000 yards in that short window. After a historically bad defeat where Andy Dalton posted an abysmal 2.0 passer rating against the Browns, the Bengals will have plenty of incentive for a bounce-back game. With the Saints yielding 260 yards per game through the air, this matchup has all the makings of a shootout. Green is an elite option this week and it won’t cost you much to plug him in.
Drew Stanton, DET @ ARI, $5,500 – Carson Palmer went down for the year with a torn ACL, yet the Cardinals still improved to 8-1 in full command of the NFC. Stanton flashed his abilities last week on a 48-yard TD strike to John Brown, leading them to a victory over the Rams. This is the 3rd win for the Cardinals with Stanton at the helm, and he has proven that this stage is not too big for him. Most impressively, he has protected the football when called upon, and has yet to surrender an interception this year. Stanton has a strong supporting cast of WRs along with an elusive Andre Ellington, putting him in a great spot to succeed moving forward. With 4 more teams on byes this week, he is our 29th priced QB and presents a nice value in Arizona.
Tre Mason, DEN @ STL, $4,400 – Fairly discretely, Zac Stacy has become basically irrelevant to the Rams offense, having only participated in 1 of the last 4 games. Mason and Benny Cunningham have surpassed him on the depth chart, and over this span, Mason has 58 carries to Cunningham’s 14. The rookie from Auburn has fared well with his opportunity and has averaged a solid 4.3 yards per carry. He also finished with his first multi-catch game of his career last week, hauling in 4 passes. A heavy underdog at home to the Broncos, his uptick in the passing game should continue. At 32nd on our RB salary list, he has plenty of upside, and is most valuable when the Rams can get him out in space.
Dwayne Allen, NE @ IND, $4,200 – Despite being selected a round later than Coby Fleener in the 2012 draft, Allen has emerged as the top all-around TE threat for the Colts. After undergoing hip surgery last September, he has really hit the ground running this year, scoring 7 TDs over the first 9 games. A redzone beast for Andrew Luck, nearly 27 percent of his catches have resulted in touchdowns. With the high-flying Patriots coming to town Sunday night, he should be in-line for another big day as the winner of this game could truly come down to who holds the ball last. With defensive captain and signal caller Jerod Mayo out for the year, Allen truly creates a mismatch that the Patriots will need to account for. Coming in at about half the salary of Rob Gronkowski, he modestly priced as our 8th TE this week.
Alfred Blue, HOU @ CLE, $3,000 – With Arian Foster recently rumored to be out on Sunday, this would open the door for the Texans 6th round rookie out of LSU. Blue has proven to be a dependable backup capable of taking on a heavy workload, and has tallied double-digit carries 3 times already. If Foster sits on Sunday, he should be the biggest beneficiary against a Browns defense that has been gashed against the run, giving up 134 yards per game. Priced at the RB minimum, Blue would offer great value if you were in a salary cap pinch. With the Texans likely looking to take pressure off of young QB Ryan Mallett, he is likely to be fed early and often in what has the potential to be the best fantasy game of his young career.
5 More to Consider
Andy Dalton, CIN @ NO, $5,600
Keenan Allen, OAK @ SD, $4,500
Bishop Sankey, PIT @ TEN, $4,100
Joique Bell, DET @ ARI, $3,900
Jordan Reed, TB @ WAS, $3,300
5 Deeper Values to Consider
Shaun Hill, DEN @ STL, $5,000
Charles Sims, TB @ WAS, $3,700
Taylor Gabriel, HOU @ CLE, $3,300
Mychal Rivera, OAK @ SD, $3,100
Carlos Hyde, SF @ NYG, $3,000