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Ben Roethlisberger, PIT, $7,100
Quarterbacks can be expensive; I don’t need to tell you that. If we wanted to do things the easy way, we can just spend just over 10K and get Peyton Manning, that way we are guaranteed 4 touchdowns.
But life can’t always be easy, especially for dumpster diving, penny pinching men like us. That is why Roethlisberger is the value quarterback of the week. At $7,100, it does not get any better. The Raiders won’t really have an answer for Antonio Brown, and Ben is tough as nails so his offensive line won’t ruin his day. Trust him if you are low on cash.
Frank Gore, SF, $7,400
There is no team in the NFL that is worse than the Jacksonville Jaguars, both at stopping the run and as a whole. The 49ers, however, are extremely good at running the ball, and Gore acts as the conductor. So to recap, we have one team who runs the ball early and often, not to mention well, up against a team who doesn’t stop the run at all. Yeah, take Gore.
Le’Veon Bell, PIT, $7,000
The Steelers are another team that likes to run the ball. They need to run the ball to keep Roethlisberger from getting sacked, so you can count on Bell seeing at least 17 carries, with a reception here and there.
Steven Ridley, NE, $6,800
I can understand your reservations about Ridley, but look at his last two games. The yards are mediocre, but the Pats are feeding him the ball at the goal line. Tom Brady owners are taking a beating so you don’t have to, so how can you complain?
Eric Decker, DEN, $6,500
I cannot explain to you how surprised I was to see Eric Decker so far down the list. At $6,500, he is a mega steal, especially against a defense that will make Peyton look like he is practicing against a bunch of college kids. This is seriously a huge discount for someone who is going to produce gaudy stats this weekend. If you don’t grab Decker, you are missing out big time.
Victor Cruz, NYG, $7,200
I still have faith in my salsa dancing friend. Eli Manning is doing his best to ruin his value, but at $7,200, it is hard to pass up. Despite what some people saw last week, the Giants have a lot of defensive issues that need to be ironed out, so they be doing a good deal of throwing. The Philadelphia Eagles certainly are no powerhouse, but they are a better team with Vick. Cruz has disappeared, but he will be back in a big way this Sunday.
Jarret Boykin, GB, $6,300
I already talked about him a little in my sleepers section, and I feel confident enough to put him here as well. The Minnesota Vikings are a mess, in more ways than one and Green Bay is going to pick them apart. Aaron Rodgers does not play favorites, but he is one of the smartest QBs in the game. When he spots an opening, and he will, he will have no problem exploiting it.
Kyle Rudolph, MIN, $5,500
For as much as I talk about the Packers being competent in what they do, I’m afraid the same cannot be said for their defense right now. That isn’t a terrible thing when you find you have $5,500 left over and need a tight end, though. Rudolph can be inconsistent, but anyone can score when they are left wide open.
Caleb Sturgis, MIA, $5,000
Oh, no, Nick Novak is on a bye, what do we do? Good thing Sturgis is so cheap. I don’t think the Dolphins are going to be able to win outright, but they will challenge that poor defense enough to get into field goal position more than a few times. Sturgis will do the rest.
New Orleans Saints, $5,100
When I look for a value defense, I immediately go to the bottom of the list and start scrolling up. All the $5,000 defenses are either complete trash or a decent one playing a really good team, which is no good. But when I got to the first team one tier up, priced at $5,100, I was very pleased.
The Saints have been playing way above expectation on defense this season, but that has little to do with why you need to get them. Any team priced at $5,100 is a bargain against the Buffalo Bills who specialize in turnovers. That just means you are getting an even bigger discount with New Orleans.
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