Week 3 NFL: VICTIV Value Plays
Week 2’s value plays were mixed bag. First the disappointments.
Jake Locker was a flop putting up only 14 points. Shonn Greene at 4 points and T.Y. Hilton at 6.5 were both less than stellar plays.
On the positive side Alfred Morris put up 20.5, Delanie Walker was the 2nd highest scoring TE of the week with 20.2 points. The Cardinals, one of my recommended defensive picks, put up a solid 21 points tied for the second highest scoring defense of the week.
Dez, Forsett and the Texans D were all just OK.
Moving right into week 3, here are the value picks at Victiv:
Geno Smith ($7,100) – One of Smith’s greatest assets from a fantasy perspective is the Jet’s porous secondary. I expect Cutler, with a healthier Marshall and Jeffery, to score quickly, forcing Smith and the Jets to throw the rock to play catch-up.
Marshawn Lynch ($8,100) – Through two games, Lynch is the highest scoring back in fantasy football. While I don’t think this trend lasts all season, in week 3 I expect Seattle to push the run, control the clock, and try to keep Manning’s high-powered offense off the field. More touches for Lynch means good things for fantasy owners.
Pierre Thomas ($6,700) – Thomas has had a rough start to the season, being eclipsed by Ingram who was in top form prior to being injured. With Ingram out in week 3, NO will lean on Thomas and Khiry Robinson to shoulder the load.
Marques Colston ($6,100) – Colston was shut out in week 2 and has been eclipsed by Graham and the rookie Cooks so far in 2014. His price has fallen accordingly. This week NO loses Ingram, and returns home to play indoors where Brees thrives. Expecting a bounce-back performance.
Sammy Watkins ($ 3,800) – After a quiet week 1, Watkins found the end zone in week 2 and potentially some chemistry with EJ Manuel. He’s a very risky deep value play, but the price is right and the upside is real.
Dennis Pitta ($4,000) – Daniels proved he’s not to be ignored in Kubiak’s offense, but Pitta is still the guy in Baltimore. With Cleveland’s Haden distracted by Steve and Torrey Smith, I expect both tight ends to put up decent numbers here.
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