Adam’s Top Draftster Plays- Week 4
September 26, 2014 | adam cook
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Phillip Rivers- San Diego Chargers- $7900
Donald Brown is the only Chargers running back left, so I would expect the Chargers to go a little more pass heavy this week. They also get a home matchup versus the worst defense statistically this year in the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars are allowing 39.7 PPG and 306 YPG through the air. Rivers has a very solid 6 TD’s through the first 3 games. Eddie Royal has been feasting in the red zone and Keenan Allen is due for a bounce back game. Rivers is a very safe play in 50/50 formats with multi-touchdown potential.
Top Value Play
Teddy Bridgewater- Minnesota Vikings- $4700
Bridgewater looked solid in relief of Matt Cassell last week against the New Orleans Saints after not prepping as the starter. He posted a solid 150 yards passing and had a very underrated 27 yards rushing. Teddy gets the friendly confines of being at home in his 1st career NFL start this coming Sunday. The Falcons secondary is porous and has allowed 262.7 passing yards per game so far in 2014. The Vikings should have to air it out plenty to keep up with the lethal Atlanta offense. Bridgewater is a great options this week to save some dough.
Le’Veon Bell- Pittsburgh Steelers- $8000
LaDanian Tomlinson recently said Bell is the best running back in the league and I am tending to find myself agreeing. He is 2nd only behind DeMarco Murray in FPPG averaging 23.7. He gets a home game versus the banged up Tampa Bay defense that just gave up 56 points last Thursday. This same Bucs defense has allowed 125.3 RYPG this year and even allowed a touchdown to the washed up Steven Jackson. Bell is easily my No.1 running back play this week.
Top Value Play
Jamaal Charles- Kansas City Chiefs- $3600
Charles is only $3600? Are you kidding me? He is about as much of a must play as must play’s can get. His price is currently sitting in the same range as the injured Mark Ingram and the plodding Shonn Greene. Charles has been practicing this week and Andy Reid likes his chances of playing. Don’t forget that many people had Charles ranked as the No.1 running back going into this season. He will be 100% owned for sure.
Julio Jones- Atlanta Falcons- $9000
I am trying to fit in Julio everywhere I can this week even though his price has skyrocketed. Jones has been an absolute stud in 2014 averaging a league best 27.5 FPPG. Julio also gets a matchup against the Vikings secondary which has been average this year. Atlanta showed last week that they aren’t afraid to stop throwing the ball when up big, so I wouldn’t worry about a possible blowout limiting his targets.
Top Value Play
DeAndre Hopkins- Houston Texans- $4700
It seems as if there has been a change of the guard as the No.1 wide receiver in Houston. Andre Johnson has still seen more targets than Hopkins, but Hopkins has been much more productive. Hopkins is averaging 16.9 FPPG in 2014 and had a 50 plus yard ridiculous catch called back last week by penalty. The Bills defense has been solid this year, but they can be exposed through the air. They have given up 267.3 PYPG versus only 83.7 RYPG. I like Hopkins’s chances to exploit this secondary as his rapport with Fitzpatrick looks strong.
Rob Gronkowski- New England Patriots- $5800
Gronk’s snap count has been rising each week and he full admitted this week that he is ready for a full workload. I like Gronkowski to show up on Monday Night Football as well as he does sense to have a flair for the dramatic. Even though he has played limited snaps, he is still 2nd on the team in targets. The touchdown potential is always high with him and I expect Tom Brady to have a big game after taking criticism all week.
Top Value Play
Heath Miller- Pittsburgh Steelers- $4000
Heath has struggled in the early going, but he is still seeing a healthy amount of targets. The fact that he has not scored so far this year is limiting his value, but he gets the soft Tampa Bay defense in week 4. This is the same defense allowing 261.7 YPG through the air. Big Ben looked like vintage Big Ben last week and that bodes well for Miller’s chances of finding pay dirt this week.
Houston Texans- $3600
The loss of Jadeveon Clowney has hurt them as a unit, but they still have that one man wrecking crew named J.J. Watt. The Bills offense has been far from dominant and they have to travel a good ways down to Texas. E.J. Manuel is prone to make mistakes and I look for Houston to take advantage of the one’s he does make.
Baltimore Ravens- $3900
The Raven’s defense has historically been much better at home and they host a banged up Panthers offense. You better believe Steve Smith Sr. will have his troops fired up to face his former team. The Panthers offense is just not very good right now as Cam Newton is not healthy, they are down to strictly DeAngelo Williams at running back, and they have a rookie as their best pass catching threat. I am loving the Ravens this week and expect them to “turn up.”