The end is near, my friends. We made it through the so called “end of the world”, but the end of the regular season is still looming over our heads. This weekend, we have a little different schedule. The “Monday” night football game is actually on Saturday night. The fake football season is coming to an end soon, so I won’t waste anymore time. Here are some of this weekend’s interesting match ups, and my opinion of the players involved.
Cam Newton: Cam has been at the top of many lists for a few weeks now. He has been playing very solid ball, and shows no signs of slowing down. This week, he plays a weak Oakland defense. They are giving up an average of 248.3 in the air, and 122.5 on the ground. Cam has thrown for at least 230 yards in 6 straight games, with 12 passing touchdowns, and 3 rushing. This is one of those weeks in which I would want to pay top dollar on a quarterback, and Cam could definitely be that guy.
Tony Romo: Last week Romo had a great game, throwing for a 341-2-0 line. This week, he matches up against one of the worst defenses in the league. New Orleans is allowing 287 passing yards a game, with 27 touchdowns on the year. Tony has actually thrown 12 TDs in his last 6 games, and I am expecting him to add to that total. You can play Romo with confidence this week, for a little cheaper than most.
Sam Bradford: This is a guy who seems to be flying under the radar. Bradford has been playing very good football, as of late. In his last 3 games, his average line is 26.6-44.3 for 269-1.3-.6, with 17.6 rushing yards. Now, these aren’t Tom Brady numbers, but for the price you pay to plug Bradford in a line up, that is a great line. This week, he gets Tampa Bay, who allows 310.6 passing yards a game. This is a value play that I feel great about.
DeMarco Murray: Ever since he came back from the foot injury, the Cowboys have been feeding him the rock. Last week Murray had 14 carries, for 81 yards and a touchdown. Murray absolutely has the ability to break of a long run at anytime, even if he isn’t 100%. New Orleans cannot stop the run, and their average of 146.3 rushing yards a game shows that. Demarco has scored in 3 straight games, and I don’t see anything changing this weekend.
Alfred Morris: Everyone thought that Morris was benefiting from the fact that he shared the backfield with RG3, and that if Cousins started, defenses would shut him down. Wrong. Last week, he had a 27-87-2 line. Now, I agree that 27 carries for 87 yards isn’t too impressive, but the 2 TDs are sweet, and RG is back this week. Philly is giving up 122 yards in the ground a game, with 9 rushing touchdowns on the year. Alf has scored in three of his last 4 games.
Knowshon Moreno: I know that I have been driving the Moreno bandwagon for a couple weeks now, but he keeps producing. He has received 20+ carries in 4 straight games, and his price tag is cheaper than anyone else getting that kind of love. Last week he ended up with a 22-118-1 line. This was his second straight game with a TD. I love the value that this play has, and I also love the match up against a weak Cleveland defense.
Demaryius Thomas: Last week, Decker got all the love, but I’m still going with the talent. Thomas has proven himself to be a 100-1 player, against anyone. The injured shoulder doesn’t have me too worried, and I do not think that is why he had a bad outing last week. In a week with limited options at WR, I’m looking for upside, and hoping for a multiple touchdown game from Demaryius. If you prefer to go with the cheaper Decker, I can understand that, but do not be surprised if he puts up a weak line.
Miles Austin: This is another scenario in which there is talent on both sides of the field. Dez has an injured finger, that should have kept him limited last week, but it didn’t. But because of that injury, Austin received 10 targets last week, catching 7 of them for 79 yards. This week, he has New Orleans, and I love that. I see Miles getting back to the 70-80 yard mark, but I also see a touchdown thrown in there too. Austin is a great value play in a game that should involve a ton of passing.
Danny Amendola: Now that he is healthy, this guy is a PPR beast. He catches a ton of short passes, that absolutely add up to solid production. Last week, he put up a 6-58-1 line, with a 2 point conversion mixed in. Like I said, Bradford has been playing well, and the Rams play the Bucs. That is a great combination that I will want to take advantage of this weekend.
Aaron Hernandez: Since Gronk has been out, and is still out, Hern has been killing it. He had a 10-92-1 line last week, and has scored 3 touchdowns in his last 2 games. Last week Jacksonville allowed Fasano to put up a 6-51-1 line. I can only imagine what Aaron can do to that defense.
Jason Witten: In a game that should see a ton of passing, I love to try and get the quarterbacks safety blanket in my line up. Witten has received at least 6 targets in all but two games this year. He scored last week, and should be looking to do that again this week.
Good luck this week, and make that money.