Own The Play Week 9: Top Shelf and Bargain Bin Finds

Odell Beckham Jr

Welcome to Own The Play Week 9: Top Shelf and Bargain Bin finds. This week we look to some familiar names. It also presents an opportunity to fade some guys we have relied upon for the past couple week. As I mentioned on The Angle of Pursuits’ Hard Count presented by FantasyDraft.com, it’s a good week to go away from Todd Gurely and Stefon Diggs. They face each others defense and should present a matchup issue. Both will likely be ok but with better options to use, going elsewhere makes sense. Let’s see who those options are!

Top Shelf Plays

Eli Manning New York Giants $7,700
at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Eli Manning was incredible a week ago passing for over 350 yards and 6 touchdowns. He is incredibly inconsistent and can be hard to trust, but this is the week to do so. He faces a Buccaneers defense that has allowed the 4th most fantasy points to opposing quarterbck. Manning should utilize OBJ early and often in this game along with his other weapons. He is worth a look this week.

Cam Newton Carolina Panthers $7,000
vs Green Bay Packers

Don’t let last week’s performance in the monsoon effect your opinion of Cam Newton. He may not have much outside of Greg Olsen but that hasn’t slowed him down this season. He can score in a multitude of ways and is facing a Packers defense that struggled a week ago. At $7,000 his price makes a ton of sense. He should have to throw to keep up with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense. Expect a nice performance out of Cam this week.

Devonta Freeman Atlanta Falcons $7,700
at San Francisco 49ers

If I am spending up at running back this week, Devonta Freeman is where im doing it. He is facing a 49ers team that is 5th in terms of fantasy points allowed to the opposing running back and 4th in terms of yards allowed. They made the switch from Colin Kaepernick to Blaine Gabbert which should actually help the Falcons have the ball even more. Expect a heavy workload from Freeman this week.

Chris Ivory New York Jets $5,900
vs Jacksonville Jaguars

Chris Ivory is poised to bounce back this week in a big way. He let many of us that used him a week ago down with his poor performance. The Raiders are better against the run than we have believed, and with Ryan Fitzpatrick’s early exit the offense had issues gaining traction before it was too late to utilize him. This week Ivory is at home against a Jaguars team that allows the 8th most fantasy points to opposing running back. He should produce on the ground and via the pass which the Jaguars also have issues defending.

Jeremy Hill Cincinnati Bengals $6,300
vs Cleveland Browns

Much like C.J. Anderson a week ago, this should be the week Jeremy Hill reminds us why he was a first round pick in many season long fantasy leagues. He has the opportunity to face a Browns defense that has allowed 200 more yards on the ground that any other defense. He should get work early and often in this game. Over 100 yards and a touchdown or two feels very possible in this game. Get your team off to a great start with Hill this week.

Julio Jones Atlanta Falcons $9,300
at San Francisco 49ers

Wide receiver is the place to spend your money this week and Julio Jones is a great place to start. He faces a 49ers defense that allows the 4th most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers and one that has allowed double digit receiving touchdowns. Jones should be a monster again this week.

Odell Beckham Jr. New York Giants $8,800
at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Last week was amazing with a 3 touchdown performance thanks to OBJ. While I can predict that will happen again, he has the opportunity to produce in serious way again this week. Tampa Bay is allowing the 5th most touchdowns and 13 most yards to opposing wide receivers. Beckham Jr. proved to be healthy a week ago and when healthy he can be the best wide out in the NFL.

A.J. Green Cincinnati Bengals $7,600
vs Cleveland Browns

The Cleveland Browns allow the 7th most yards and 12 most touchdowns to opposing wide receivers. They will also be without their best cornerback in Joe Haden. This points to firing up all the A.J. Green this week. Green is an absolute beast that has the potential to score on almost any play. Don’t let the fact that he plays Thursday night deter you from using him. You will be very disappointed if you do.

Gary Barnidge Cleveland Browns $4800
at Cincinnati Bengals

I know, I know with Johnny Manziel playing Gary Barnidge may be hard to use in your lineup. But if you’re avoiding Rob Gronkowski and can afford Gary Gronkidge as my podcast partner Dennis Dunbar calls him, you should. The Bengals have allowed the 7th most yards to opposing tight ends. They have yet to allow a touchdown to opposing tight ends but I expect that to change Thursday. Johnny Football should look to him early and often.

New York Jets $3,500
vs Jacksonville Jaguars

The New York Jets got flat out embarassed a week ago in Oakland. This week they go home and look to remind everyone how good they can be. They face a Jaguars team that has talent but one that is prone to turnovers and miscues. The Jets are my defense of choice this week.


Bargain Bin Finds

Marcus Mariota

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Marcus Mariota Tennessee Titans $5,400
at New Orleans Saints

This is working under the assumption Marcus Mariota plays this week. He has practiced full thus far and seems on track to play. With Ken Whisenhunt out of the picture the Titans offense should open up. What a better time to do so than against a Saints defense that has issues playing defense. After Eli Manning dropped 350 yards and 6 touchdowns a week ago the Saints defense is reeling. They are allowing the most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. At $5,400 Mariota makes it easy to load your roster with talent and still have QB upside.

Jameis Winston Tampa Bay Buccaneers $5,900
vs New York Giants

If you’re not going against the New Orleans Saints, the New York Giants are a great second option. They are third in terms of fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. They were on the other end of the 500 yards and 7 touchdown performance by Drew Brees last sunday. Jameis Winston has improved as a passer as the season has progressed. He should utilize Mike Evans quite a bit this week. Evans is another great play this week even though I did not write him up in this article. He should also get ASJ back as well. Winston is another quarterback with upside and a very affordable price tag.

C.J Anderson Denver Broncos $4,600
at Indianapolis Colts

He’s back!!!! Okay, maybe he has not been the absolute monster many including myself thought he would be thus far, but his performance last week was impressive. He averaged 7.2 yards per carry. A vast improvement from the 2 point whatever he struggled to get prior. This week he faces a Colts defense allowing the 6th most fantasy points to opposing running backs. Also one that tends to struggle with bigger, more physical backs like Anderson. His price tag reflects his poor play and not his potential in this match up. Roll Anderson out in lineups this week.

Danny Woodhead  San Diego Chargers $4,800
vs Chicago Bears

Danny Woodhead could be my favorite play this week. He is incredibly affordable and fits perfectly in my stud wide receiver and cheap running back lineup formula. He has also been an elite option in PPR formats. Oh, and Keenan Allen is out for the rest of the season which only means more targets for Woodhead. The Bears haven’t been the most prone to being hurt by opposing running backs, passing on Woodhead just can’t be done in my opinion.

Eric Decker New York Jets $4,700
vs Jacksonville Jaguars

Eric Decker isn’t getting the love and respect he has earned this season. He has only one game without a receiving touchdown. Ryan Fitzpatrick is expected to start this game but even if Geno Smith takes over Decker showed an ability to keep it rolling a week ago. Jacksonville is a middle of the road pass defense that can be had. Expect another solid game from Decker in this spot.

Steve Johnson San Diego Chargers $4,100
vs Chicago Bears

As I mentioned with Woodhead, Keenan Allen will not play the rest of the season for the San Diego Chargers. That opens up major targets for Steve Johnson. He is facing a Bears team that is 7th in terms of fantasy points allowed to opposing wide receivers. Expect Johnson to do work against the Bears this week.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins Tampa Bay Buccaneers $2,800
vs New York Giants

It looked like Austin Seferian-Jenkins may play a week ago but he did not suit up. This week all signs point to him playing and it comes at a great time. The Giants are awful against the pass and Jameis Winston should be really good in this game. With Vincent Jackson out a while, Seferian-Jenkins can step up and perform. He should have red zone looks and be really productive this week.

Carolina Panthers $3,000
vs Green Bay Packers

As the Denver Broncos showed a week ago, if you can rush the center and not let Aaron Rodgers step up in the pocket the Packer offense can be slowed. Josh Norman should be on Randal Cobb most if not all of this game. The other weapons will be forced to make plays. I expect Eddie Lacy to do little in this game. I would avoid the Panthers in cash games but for GPP they feel like an option that will be little used and have upside.

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