Week 17 Draftster Plays
December 26, 2014 | Chet
Friends, Fake Footballers, countrymen, lend me your eyes; this Sunday will end the 2014 regular season. We have all suffered and triumphed through this journey and we will do the same next year. The cycle will continue and we will ride its heights and plummet into its depths, but in this day, in this place, we will make a Week 17 Draftster team.
Chase Daniel KC | $3,000 QB
The lacerated spleen of one Mr. Alex Smith will force backup Chase Daniel into the mix on Sunday, in a game with playoff implications. I of course wouldn’t bother with Daniel if he weren’t priced at minimum salary, but he is and it will be tough for you not to get enough points out of him to reach value in cash games.
Last season Chase played with the second stringers against the Chargers’ first stringers in Week 17 and put up 200 yards, a passing TD and 59 yards rushing, while taking the Chargers into overtime. He’s not blowing the doors off of anyone, but he’s also an accurate short passer and can scramble. We just need him to not turn the ball over and check down to Jamal Charles and Travis Kelce enough to be worth our 3k.
Alfred Morris WAS | $5,000 RB
Alf almost always puts up better numbers when Robert Griffin III is behind center compared to not-RG III behind center. He averaged a measly 3.4 yards per carry and has just two touchdowns when Colt McCoy or Kirk Cousins started this season, while rushing for 4.9 yards per carry with six total touchdowns when RGIII has gotten the call.
Dallas has allowed 4.5 yards per carry and given up the fourth most rushing touchdowns to opposing running backs this year. They also may end up resting some players in the second half if their slim chances of moving their seeding up aren’t looking good.
Le’Veon Bell PIT | $9,400 RB
The last time these two teams met Bell went off for 235 total yards and three touchdowns. We of course can’t expect those insane numbers, but the winner of this game wins the AFC North and doesn’t have to go to Indianapolis, so there’s no doubt they will be going full tilt at home in prime time.
A.J. Green CIN | $6,000 WR
Green is the only receiver Dalton will throw the ball toward and he’ll do it a lot. The last time these teams met Green also had a Le’Veon Bell type game as he caught 11 of 15 targets for 224 yards and a touchdown.
The only worry is Adriel Jeremiah Green’s health, but he is listed as probable and was able to practice on Thursday and Friday. Ike Taylor was able to get in limited practices this week and is listed as questionable. Last time Green destroyed Taylor, so if he can go, that may be better than if he can’t.
Jarvis Landry MIA | $5,000 WR
Jarvis Landry hasn’t caught fewer than 5 passes in a game in over two months and the Jets aren’t the team to end that streak on Sunday. Since Draftster is a one point PPR platform, that sets his floor on solid ground. The last time these two teams met Landry had eight receptions for just 68 yards and no touchdowns, but that right there is pretty much his base over the last eight games and I’ll take those PPR numbers at his price.
Martellus Bennett CHI | $4,300 TE
With Brandon Marshall out Mr. Bennett has been a bigger part of the offense and Jay Cutler may not help the Bears win games, but he does chuck the ball over and over and over again.
Odell Beckham Jr. NYG | $9,600 FLEX
What can you say about Odell Beckham that hasn’t been said already? The guy is just a force of nature right now. And if he’d just had a few blow up games here and there I’d fade him at this price, but his consistent huge games have been too consistent and too huge and as long as I’m getting the Chase Daniel discount I’m playing Beckham against the Eagles poor pass defense.
Connor Barth DEN | $3,700 K
The Broncos haven’t been the touchdown scoring machine they were last season and earlier this year, but they still move the ball enough to get Barth work and at home against the Raiders feels like a nice place for him.
Baltimore Ravens BAL | $4,000
Connor Shaw, Ravens need to win to have a chance at the playoffs, you do the math.