Draftster Plays: Week 6 – Marshawn Lynch for all the Monies October 10, 2014  |  adam cook



There have been a few injuries to starters this past week who have opened up great value opportunities at the running back position. Rashad Jennings is out for a few weeks and Andre Williams will be owned by most daily team owners this week. Donald Brown and Ryan Mathews are still injured as well, opening the door for Branden Oliver to take the reigns over. I really like my value plays this week and trust me to help lead you to some high finishes in your Draftster contests. Come join me this week and see all that Draftster has to offer. If you like playing daily fantasy football, go check out www.draftster.com!




Top Play

Philip Rivers- San Diego Chargers- $7200

Philip Rivers is 4th at the QB position in fantasy points per game averaging 22.16, yet he is still priced behind Eli Manning and Kirk Cousins! He is tied for the NFL lead with 12 touchdown passes and has plenty of weapons at his disposal in Keenan Allen, Antonio Gates, and Eddie Royal. The Raiders defense is one of the worst in the NFL and I would be the house that Rivers has at least 2 TD’s this week. Rivers at this price is a must play!


Top Value Play

Carson Palmer– Arizona Cardinals- $3300

Carson Palmer has taken some positive steps over the last few days to get himself ready to return in week 6. He threw on Tuesday and Wednesday and his nerve issue seems to have been corrected.  However, you MUST check his practice status on Friday to see if he will suit up. If he plays Sunday, then you have to consider playing Palmer at his extremely low cost and friendly matchup versus the Washington Redskins. The Redskins corners are miserable in pass coverage minus an injured DeAngelo Hall. The Redskins are stout against the run however, so the ball will have to be moved through the air. Palmer is the ultimate value play if he plays this week.


Running Backs


Top Play

Marshawn Lynch- Seattle Seahawks- $7500

Marshawn Lynch is about as consistent as they come at the running back position and he is 2nd in FPPG behind only DeMarco Murray. The Dallas Cowboy defense has been better than people thought heading into the 2014 season, but they have struggled to stop the run. They are also fresh off allowing Arian Foster to top 100 rushing yards with 2 TD’s. I’m looking for Lynch to go full on beast mode and he is well worth the high dollar price. He is an extremely safe play in 50/50 formats.


Top Value Play

Ben Tate– Cleveland Browns- $4900

I would love to go with Branden Oliver, but his price is in the top 10 range. Ben Tate proved last week that he is the clear lead back in the Cleveland backfield as he handled the most carries versus Tennessee last week. He showed he was over his knee injury last week, posting 123 yards rushing and got tackled at the 1 yard line for a near touchdown. He is facing the same Pittsburgh Steeler defense who is decimated with injuries and who allowed Tate to rush for 41 yards on only 6 totes in week 1. The Browns have one of the best offensive lines in football and I look for them to exploit the soft Pittsburgh run defense.


Wide Receivers


Top Play

Brandon Marshall– Chicago Bears- $7000

Brandon Marshall voiced his concerns over his usage this week to head coach Mark Trestman and don’t be fooled if the Bears feed him the rock this week. An angry Marshall is a bad thing for the Atlanta Falcons. His ankle injury has been holding him back some, but he was moving very well last week and seems to be nearly 100% healthy. A matchup versus the terrible Atlanta defense is the cure to all woes. It was Martellus Bennett who went off two weeks ago, Alshon Jeffrey last week, and not it’s Marshall’s turn this week.


Top Value Play

Michael Floyd– Arizona Cardinals- $4400

If Carson Palmer plays this week, Michael Floyd is an absolute steal! I already covered how bad the Redskins secondary is when I talked about Palmer. The only game they have played together was week 1 and Floyd topped 100 yards receiving. Floyd is due to find the end zone and this is the week I see him getting it done.


Tight Ends


Top Play

Rob Gronkowski– New England Patriots- $7000

Rob Gronkowski is back fully as he played a season high in snaps last week and topped 100 yards for the 1st time in 2014. Oh, and he found the end zone as he normally does. Jimmy Graham is on a bye week leaving Gronk as the top dog at the position. Julius Thomas is often the 3rd option in the Denver passing game, where a healthy Gronkowski is the 1st option in New England. The Bills are stout versus the run, so look for New England to attack them through the air. Look for the “Gronk Spike” for the 5th time in 6 weeks.


Top Value Play

Martellus Bennett- Chicago Bears- $4900

If you don’t want to spend heavy at the tight end position with Julius Thomas or Gronkowski, then Martellus Bennett should be your guy. He is the 8th highest priced tight end on Draftster this week, yet he is 3rd in FPPG at 18.04. The Falcons and Bears have one of the highest over/unders in week 6 and the odds of Bennett scoring are good in a potential shootout.


Team Defenses


Top Plays

Denver Broncos- $3900

I don’t typically like playing team defenses in daily on the road, but the Jets are that bad offensively. Geno Smith is playing just dreadful right now and San Diego showed last week that if you can stop their run game, you can stop their offense. Aqib Talib and Chris Harris are very solid, so I look for Denver to bring an extra player in the box. Until Geno Smith proves that he is a competent quarterback, you have to stream defenses against him.


Buffalo Bills- $3300

There are other higher rated road options, but I like defenses at home in daily formats. Buffalo has been one of the best defenses in fantasy football this year and they have historically played New England tough at home. The Bills are one of the lower priced defenses this week yet they are 2nd in FPPG at 11.2. The Patriots offensive line hasn’t been steady and their wide receivers don’t scare anyone. This game has the makings of a low scoring affair.

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