Yes, You Can Afford Peyton and Gronk!
Let’s deal ‘em up!
(All prices via DraftKings)
You don’t need to go big as I did, but you certainly can find a way – and I’ll tell you how – but Peyton Manning, at home, coming off a loss and facing the Redskins defense? Tell me you don’t want him in your lineup! Manning is still averaging a ridiculous 31.2 PPG, and even at $10,800, there are just too many reasons for him to be your QB. If you don’t want to go big, Robert Griffin on the other side of this matchup has loads of upside given the need to keep up. He is just $8,000, which is a bargain given his potential. Michael Vick has plenty of upside against the Giants as well, but is a bit riskier, which is why he is $400 cheaper.
Here is where we start saving money, but we aren’t throwing away potential. I’m happy to pair Knowshon Moreno with Manning in this Redskins matchup. Moreno averages 18.9 PPG, costs just $6,000 and is easily a Top 10 RB this week. Unlike the Broncos receivers, we know who is getting the ball out of the backfield, and Moreno is a great bet to score at least once. For our second running back, we’re headed to Green Bay with Eddie Lacy. The Vikings are one of the worst teams against the run (they let Peyton Hillis score!) and the Packers are leaning more on the run with the WR injuries. Like Moreno, Lacy’s $6,100 price and high chance to score make him a great play.
Time to go even cheaper. Finding another Packers player here, Jarrett Boykin has plenty of upside again, as James Jones sounds doubtful to play. Sure, he’s still a bit risky, but being the No. 2 WR in that offense has plenty of potential. The best part about Boykin is that you are getting that value at a low price, just $4,500. Boykin is a Top 20 WR with upside for more. For our other receiver, I’m calling for Marques Colston to finally show up. There is no way a WR like Colston in an offense like that can stay down much longer. The Saints host the Bills, and Colston is prime for a big game. What makes him especially attractive is the $5,200 price, which is over $2,000 less that where he started the season. This is one of those cases where the price almost dictates the use.
Back to that Redskins-Broncos game, I’m telling you Jordan Reed is for real and not just a one or two game wonder. Reed has become RG3’s second favorite weapon in the passing game, and even with barely doing anything to start the year, he is averaging 14.2 PPG. The Broncos rank in the Top Five for receptions and yardage allowed to tight ends. Get Reed in there.
Two tight ends? Yep! After all, when one is Rob Gronkowski, why not? Gronk put up 22.4 points without scoring last week. I’m tempted to use Reggie Bush, Jordy Nelson or Demaryius Thomas, but let me ask you this… of all of those big names, who do you think has the highest floor? Gronk. Who has the highest ceiling? Okay, maybe Bush but Gronk is at least in the conversation. I’m going two tight ends this week, and I am happy about it.
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