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!
Jamison Crowder – $3,600 (Fade)
With injuries to wide receiver DeSean Jackson and tight end Jordan Reed, someone had to pick up the slack in the Redskins passing game. Pierre Garcon is not what he used to be so it has turned into the Jamison Crowder show. The fourth-round draft pick has 21 receptions over the last three games, and has solidified a role in this offense. Despite a difficult matchup for week six against the Jets, Crowder should be peppered with targets from here on in.
Thomas Rawls – $4,800 (Chase)
We are bracing ourselves for the end of the Marshawn Lynch era in Seattle and that’s all there is to it. Lynch is pushing 30, and historically, that means the end for NFL running backs. In the meantime his replacement just rushed for 169 yards and a touchdown against the Bengals on the road. I love the volume Rawls is receiving on the ground, but he will remain non-existent in the passing game. We may be able to squeeze another week of value out of him permitting Lynch sits. His price is elevating and in order for him to hit value he may need 150 yards on the ground, or 80-90 with a touchdown. The Seahawks square off against the 26th ranked run defense of the Panthers at home week six.
Marquess Wilson – $4,000 (Chase)
Jay Cutler has to throw it to someone right? While defenses are keying in on the ‘Black Unicorn’ Martellus Bennett, Marques Wilson is starting to eat more often. In recent seasons Wilson has been buried behind Alshon Jeffrey and Brandon Marshall on the depth chart. This week his price, opponent, and opportunity are all perfect. Last week Wilson had six catches for 85 yards and a touchdown. As long as Jeffery and Eddie Royal are banged up, Wilson is going to see plenty of targets at an incredible price.
Kamar Aiken – $4,300 (Fade)
Similar to Jay Cutler, Joe Flacco is running thin on weapons in the passing game. Steve Smith has been injured and Flacco lost Crockett Gillmore for a couple games. These are the situations as DFS players we love to capitalize on. Take advantage of cheap starters with upside because of opportunity. Aiken has 16 targets over the last two games with Smith sidelined. His role could diminish if Smitty returns this week, but if Smith stays sidelined Aiken can be a great play against a leaky 49ers secondary.
Shane Vereen – 4,200 (Fade)
It is apparent that every NFL team is moving in the direction of having a Shane Vereen -type on their roster. A player that is somewhat irrelevant in the running game, but highly involved in the passing game. In week five, Vereen secured all eight targets for 86 yards in a Giants win over the 49ers. He has been quiet over the last couple weeks and sometimes it only takes one solid game for a team to see the player’s importance. He hasn’t shown the week to week consistency for me to do cartwheels yet. Vereen is stil in a crowded backfield. It is certainly a situation to monitor going forward, but I’m not excited about this week’s matchup against the Eagles.
Blake Bortles – $5,200 (Chase)
Rob Perez aka @World_Wide_wob had me laughing like hell talking about Blake Bortles a few weeks ago on my podcast. Excuse me if I have a tough time taking Bortles seriously. Last week he lit up the Bucs throwing for 303 yards and four touchdowns on the road. I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt as he goes through NFL growing pains. The young offensive talent he has around him is tough to overlook. He did hurt his shoulder last week and it still unclear whether he will play or not. If Bortles suits up he has a nice matchup at home against a middle of the road Texans secondary.