I imagine Peyton Manning ($10,400) has had this date circled on his calendar for weeks. He’s the most expensive player at any position, but he also outpaces the other options by a sizeable gap. Something tells me the former Colt won’t be looking to let up on the gas even with a large lead. The Colts have not yielded many points to immobile quarterbacks, but Ryan Tannehill threw for over 300 yards and I’m betting Manning won’t have any trouble matching that and then some.
Philadelphia has given up 102 receptions (1st), 13 touchdowns (1st) and 1,321 yards (3rd) to receivers this year. Dez Bryant will need Philly to keep pace with the Cowboys for him to be worth his salary ($9,000).
Eric Decker ($6,500) is a good price to complete my Denver QB-WR hookup. Demaryius Thomas has had two consecutive quiet weeks and I have a feeling that he is the Bronco most likely to bust out, but his salary ($8,200) is too rich to roster and still keep my other options.
I’ve heard many doubts about Brandon Jacobs ($5,500) finding the fountain of youth last week. They say lightning never strikes twice. I’m hoping it does. The heavy spending at quarterback and receiver forces me into cheap options in the backfield and the Vikings are surrendering the most points to backs. A decent chunk of that has been through the air, but beggars can’t be choosers and you aren’t going to find many options this inexpensive that have even a prayer of scoring well.
Nick Novak ($5,100) is just another inexpensive leg on a winning team.
On the Fence
RB - DeAngelo Williams ($6,400) has a good matchup against the Lambs.
WR - Alshon Jeffrey’s salary ($5,900) is still skewed low due to some down weeks early in the season but his ceiling is high. Rueben Randle ($5,500), Keenan Allen ($4,500) and Kris Durham ($5,000) are all inexpensive fillers if you spent $ at other positions. Jarrett Boykin ($5,000) is a possible play if James Jones is out Sunday morning.
TE – Jeff Cumberland ($4,600) is at least getting a few targets. Charles Clay ($4,900) has received at least six targets each game and has found the end zone in consecutive weeks. Joseph Fauria ($5,200) scored thrice last Sunday and should continue to get looks in the red zone.