Draftster Plays: Week 15- Breakout of Latavius Murray
December 13, 2014 | adam cook
Week 14 involved a few hits and misses. My Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson stack was a thing of beauty and made me look like I actually have a crystal ball. Rob Gronkowski as the only tight end play was right on point and Justin Forsett found the end zone helping him reach value. Then you have the Jordan Matthews play as I figured he could still produce out of the slot against Seattle, I was wrong. The worst call was recommending Peyton Manning and then he goes out and doesn’t throw a TD pass for the first time since he was out of a diaper. Let’s dive into Week 15’s top plays with a lot of love for Latavius Murray. Dish a comment and let me know who you are playing on Draftster this week. If you like playing daily fantasy football, go check out www.draftster.com!
Jay Cutler– Chicago Bears- $7200
Cutler hasn’t been a good real life quarterback, but he has been a solid fantasy quarterback. He gets a home game against a Saints team who has been benching and releasing players left and right. The Saints rank 29th against opposing quarterback’s and allow 265.2 PYPG. Smokin’ Jay has thrown for multiple touchdowns in 3 out of the past 4. His volume has been great as well attempting 40 plus passes over the same time span.
Top Value Play
Derek Anderson– Carolina Panthers- $3000
It isn’t very often that you can find a top 20 quarterback for the minimum price. Well this is your week thanks to the tragic car accident the Cam Newton suffered. Anderson gets a great matchup at home versus a Tampa Bay defense allowing 249 PYPG. Week 1 versus this same Bucs defense, he posted 230 yards passing and 2 touchdowns. Playing Anderson allows you to fit in Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown in Week 15. I repeat, the guy is only priced at $3000.
Matt Forte– Chicago Bears- $9000
I’m not trying to pick on the Saints defense too much, but they did allow Jonathan Stewart to rush for over 100 yards last week. Forte has the safest floor in PPR settings as he has 86 receptions this year! He has been better at home averaging 80.8 RYPG and 4.3 YPC. The Saints meanwhile are allowing 133.5 RYPG and 4.8 YPC to opposing teams! This is a dream matchup and makes Forte worth the hefty price.
Top Value Play
Latavius Murray- Oakland Raiders- $4100
This may be the first Raiders player I have ever recommended in this column (sorry Raiders fans). Meet the new workhorse in the Oakland backfield after 25 total touches last week versus San Francisco. He faces the same Chiefs team that he torched for 112 yards and 2 touchdowns on only 4 carries in Week 12. The Chiefs struggle against the run as a whole allowing 136.8 RYPG and 4.9 YPC. $4100 is supreme value for such a talented young running back. Murray is a top 15 running back overall in my opinion this week.
Jeremy Maclin– Philadelphia Eagles- $6900
Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham Jr., and Demaryius Thomas are must plays this week if you can fit them in. I will stick with an elite option that is priced well below those players. Maclin gets to tee off against a horrendous Dallas secondary. Dallas’s best corner Orlando Scandrick sticks in the slot most of the time, which means he could see a lot of burnable Brandon Carr. Maclin posted 8 receptions for 108 yards just two weeks ago vs. Dallas on Thanksgiving. His price is deflated after a tough matchup last week versus Seattle. Maclin is a top 8 WR play for a mid range price.
Top Value Play
Marquess Wilson– Chicago Bears- $3500
Have I mentioned how bad the Saints defense is yet? The young Bears wide receiver is stepping into an every down role with the unfortunate injury to Brandon Marshall. The Saints rank 22nd against wide receivers in 2014. Teammate Alshon Jeffery should see all of the attention leaving Wilson with favorable matchups. He had 2 receptions with little chemistry with Jay Cutler last Thursday. I expect an improved performance with the extended week of practice.
Rob Gronkowski- New England Patriots- $7200
Gronkowski is in this spot every week and he will continue to be due to his outstanding consistency. Gronkowski is clearly the best TE in the league right now and should be at least in the $8000 price range. Hey, I’m not complaining, I’ll just keep letting him win me money. He is only $300 more than the inconsistent Jimmy Graham. Gronk has been a beast at home averaging 90.7 YPG with 6 TD’s in 6 games. He has only produced single digit PPR points once this year and that was towards the beginning of the season when he was playing partial snaps. He is a true beast and worth paying for each and every week.
Top Value Play
Travis Kelce– Kansas City Chiefs- $4500
I’m sure since the Chiefs actually figured out that Kelce is the best receiver that they will troll us all and only give him like 3 targets. Let’s just hope Andy Reid wakes up on the right side of the bed. He posted 7 receptions for 110 yards last week and had a fumble called on him that was an absolute terrible call. The Raiders rank 15th against the TE this year. Kelce is averaging a solid 54.5 YPG at home. He is my favorite low/mid priced TE due to his unlimited upside.
Baltimore Ravens- $4200
Picking opposing defenses isn’t that hard, look who the Jaguars are playing and plug the opposing defense in. The Ravens are the lucky dogs this week. They are in full playoff mode and are due for a shutout. They only allow 242.7 YPG at home and are averaging 9.3 FPPG. Elvis Dumervill and Terrell Suggs will be unleashing pain on Blake Bortles all day Sunday.
Seattle Seahawks- $3700
The 49ers are an absolute mess on offense right now and seem to be losing hope on their coach. They now have to travel to rival Seattle facing a Seahawks team riding a lot of momentum. The Seawhawks average 10.0 FPPG at home compared to only 5.9 on the road. They are playing great and Colin Kaepernick looks lost. They are a top 5 defense in Week 15 for a great price.