To put the below values in perspective, Calvin Johnson, Antonio Brown, Le’Veon Bell, and Arian Foster are all priced above $9,000 this week. There are also 4 QBs above that threshold, and there are some pretty steep drop-offs going down the list. Below are some lower priced options to plug-in on Sunday.
Kyle Orton, BUF @ DEN, $5,600 – Orton returns to Denver as the starter for the first time since 2011, after spending 3 years with the Broncos. He got out to a hot start with the Bills leading them to wins in 3 of his first 4 starts. Over that span, he was averaging 282 yards per game and a 105 QB rating. In the 4 games since then, he has struggled with both averages down to 218 YPG and a QB rating of 81. A major factor in this drop-off has been the lack of chemistry between Orton and rookie WR Sammy Watkins. Watkins has managed just 105 receiving yards the past 4 weeks, and needs to get back on track. There should be plenty of opportunity to do so with the Bills likely throwing all day to keep up with the high-powered Broncos offense.
Delanie Walker, NYG @ TEN, $4,200 – After a 5 catch, 155-yard performance in Week 12, Walker struggled last week mainly due to inconsistency at the QB position. He posted these big numbers with rookie QB Zach Mettenberger under center, but couldn’t get on track when Jake Locker replaced the injured starter last week. But all signs point to Mettenberger suiting up this week, which bodes well for Walker. As our 10th priced TE, he certainly has some upside at about half the cost of Rob Gronkowski.
Pierre Garcon, STL @ WAS, $4,000 – With DeSean Jackson out this week, expect an uptick in targets for Garcon and Jordan Reed. New QB Colt McCoy had quite a day last week finishing with 392 yards and 3 TDs, which is a good sign for Garcon. McCoy’s ability to get the ball out quickly and accurately will be key to the Redskins success. Garcon’s last TD came in Week 7 with McCoy as the starter, and is certainly due for a big game. As our 56th priced WR, you will not have to sacrifice much to plug him in this week.
Marqise Lee, HOU @ JAX, $3,900 – Lee had the biggest game of his young career last week, flashing the potential that led the Jaguars to draft him in the 2nd round. He hauled in 6 of 8 targets for 75 yards and a score against the Giants, displaying solid chemistry with 1st rounder Blake Bortles. With the Jaguars searching for playmakers on offense, Lee should provide a boost, after missing games with various injuries. With Texans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick tallying 6 passing TDs last week and Arian Foster looking to be in top form, they will need to throw effectively to compete. Lee is priced just below Garcon as another low-cost option this week.
Terrance West, IND @ CLE, $3,800 – The results for West have been mixed this year, but with Isaiah Crowell ailing, he should be in-line for a big workload even if he ends up playing. If inactive, West would see an obvious boost in touches, especially in the redzone. The murky RB situation this week has been overshadowed by questions at QB, and we could very well see both Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel in this week. Either way, West projects to get the bulk of opportunities and is a cheap play this week. He is our 44th priced RB, down $800 from where he opened the season.
5 More to Consider
Josh McCown, TB @ DET, $5,500
Stedman Bailey, STL @ WAS, $4,300
Steve Smith Sr., BAL @ MIA, $4,300
Dwayne Allen, IND @ CLE, $3,600
Chris Johnson, NYJ @ MIN, $3,400
5 Deeper Values to Consider
Brian Hoyer, IND @ CLE, $5,200
Riley Cooper, SEA @ PHI, $3,200
Vernon Davis, SF @ OAK, $3,100
Knile Davis, KC @ ARI, $3,000
Devonta Freeman, ATL @ GB, $3,000