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The standard salary cap is $60,000. The familiar names and studs will put a dent in your salary cap so you will need to find some value picks along the way.
($8,400) seems to be a clear-cut pick at quarterback since his price and matchup are the best of the group.
Philip Rivers ($8,000) is a solid pick as well and can save you $400, but Wilson can earn you more points with his legs. I understand
Andrew Luck had a great day at home against Kansas City, but anyone spending $10,000 and looking for anything even near last week’s performance is going to be disappointed.
Ryan Mathews cannot play,
Danny Woodhead ($6,200) gets a bump and should be considered for your lineup.
LeGarrette Blount ($5,600) is hot and even though you cannot totally trust a New England running back, Blount could pay off at that price. If you can afford
, he is a solid pick and will not cost you as much as
Shane Vereen ($6,400) could save you $2,000 off Moreno’s price and then you would be able to bolster your receiving corps.
has been a model for consistency for the last six weeks. When he scores a touchdown, he completely exceeds his value. Even when he doesn’t score, he still has the ability to put up close to 15 points. At $7,200 I would try to find a way to squeeze him in my lineup.
Demaryius Thomas ($8,800) will cost you $1,600 more, but he has the three-touchdown ability day that Edelman likely lacks. There are not many cheap wide receivers this week that I would fill in as my WR3 except for
Doug Baldwin ($4,900). I would consider him as my third option because I like his chances to reach the end zone the best.
Boldin at $6,200 seems like fair value. I would not be comfortable with
LaFell even if
Steve Smith does not suit up. If Smith does in fact play, he has value at $4,500 as one long catch-and-run for a score could make his day worthwhile. You will have to keep tabs on the injury report to see if his play is worth it. Your choice at wide receiver could boil down to the combination of Thomas/Boldin/Baldwin or Decker/Edelman/Smith. Like I have said all season when Decker was priced in the $5,000-$7,000 range, he had just as much of a chance to match the production of the higher-priced Welker or Thomas.
matchup is not the best this week in Seattle so I will not be spending the money on him. I would prefer to go with
Vernon Davis or
Julius Thomas. Thomas ($6,800) will be my choice since he is facing the weaker of the defenses, but it’s tough to argue against Davis for $300 less.
*After shuffling my lineup, it appears I can fit Thomas/Edelman/Smith and then Davis at tight end.
KICKERS AND DEFENSES
Roll with the cheapest option at kicker:
Graham Gano – $5,000 – No shame in taking the only $5,000 kicker.
As for defenses:
New England – $5,500 – Go with a mid-ranged option and a decent matchup.
Good luck this week!