Each week, I’ll be playing the age old game, NFL style. There are always new faces that pop up, and you’ll need to know which guys to chase or fade. Get me on Twitter – @lonero_justin. Let’s get to it!
Kyle Rudolph – $3,400 (Fade)
It was good to see Kyle Rudolph heavily involved in the Vikings offense in week 11. Rudolph caught 6-of-9 targets for 106 yards and a touchdown. He has become a touchdown dependent tight end this season making him an ultimate boom or bust player. He also has been asked to block a ton more this season which hasn’t given him many down field opportunities. Prior to last week Rudolph had more than two catches only twice. I will say the matchup is a good one. Play him in large tournaments, but tread lightly.
James White – $3,000 (Chase)
Patriots are dropping like flies in New England and they are still undefeated. They drafted James White in the fourth-round in 2014 so he could be used in a Shane Vereen type role. With the loss of Dion Lewis, White is the next man up and they need him to step up big time. He scored twice against the Bills last week in a very limited role. With Danny Amendola now hurt, the Patriots may be forced to use White in an expanded role. At only $3,000 Christmas could come early for us with White in a lineup.
Brock Osweiler – $5,300 (Chase)
How tall is Brock Osweiler 6 ft 7? 6 ft 8? He’s tall enough to start against the Patriots under the lights at home this week. Gary Kubiak confirmed, Osweiler will indeed start over Peyton Manning. He performed well on his birthday completing 20 of 27 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns. He has big shoes to fill ultimately replacing the great Peyton Manning. No one wants to see Manning go out like this, but the baton appears to be Osweiler’s. It’s crazy to think that this is Brock’s fourth year in the league. He seems to be fitting into Kubiak’s zone-blocking offense just fine. Brian Hoyer for $5,000 is a safer and better play.
Javorius Allen – $4,600 (Chase)
I’ll start off by saying I’m aggravated by Javorius Allen’s price tag just a little bit. $4,600 is A range where some what established players sit. Allen has done zero in a lead role. He’s priced higher than Gio Bernard and Thomas Rawls and the same price as Chris Johnson. The Whole Ravens offense is hurt so his price may reflect the volume he could receive. “Buck” Allen will also be featured in the passing game as he was last week (5 receptions) after Justin Forsett went down. The Browns have been dreadful all season against the run allowing 138.8 yards per game. Price aside, the volume should be there and he could easily exceed value this week.
Ahmad Bradshaw – $3,600 (Chase)
Week 11 saw the Ahmad Bradshaw that made Andrew Luck look like Joe Montana last season. Bradshaw caught 4-of-4 targets, two touchdowns, and closed out the game as Frank Gore appeared hurt. Getting the Colts running backs involved in the passing game was a point of emphasis in recent weeks and Bradshaw has seized the moment. We know what Ahmad Bradshaw is capable of. If he’s healthy and on the field he will be a lock for 4-5 receptions. Price, opportunity, matchup fit the bill this week.
Julius Thomas – $3,400 (Chase)
Orange Julius caught 5 of a team high 8 targets last week. Gus Bradley said he felt like Thomas is 100% recovered from the hand injury. Blake Bortles and Julius look like their cohesiveness and timing have finally come together. The Jaguars mustard colored uniforms made it tough to watch but it was nice to see the previously elite tight end healthy again. It might have been a blessing in disguise that JT chased the money and left Denver given the ambiguous quarterback situation. Watch Julius show what he’s capable of.