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Salary Cap Bargains for Week 3
Wednesday, September 19, 2012By Michael Waters
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Weekly Salary Cap Fantasy Football leagues have been rapidly gaining in popularity over the last few years and it’s easy to spot their allure. Weekly leagues offer a fresh start each week, which is often appealing to fantasy owners who have become disenchanted with their traditional league team. Like their traditional counterparts, successful salary cap teams are built by finding the best value at each position. Each week we’ll be choosing which player represents the best value at each skill position.
Cutler had a very rough night against Green Bay last week, as he was sacked 7 times and threw 4 interceptions. As a result of his struggles, Cutler can be had for far cheaper than he usually is, being worth as low as the 18th most expensive quarterback on some sites. His week 3 matchup will be against the St. Louis Rams, who have had their share of struggles against the pass, giving up 271.5 passing yards per game, good for 9th worst in the league. On a fantasy note, the Rams have also given up an average of 21.47 fantasy points per game to quarterbacks (4th worst in the NFL). Jay Cutler tends to be a volatile fantasy player and it’s worth noting that he had two single digit fantasy performances in 2011 and both times, Jay had big bounce back performances the following week (scoring 16.75 and 27.4 points in those games).
Morris came out of nowhere in week one, beating out Evan Royster and Roy Helu to rush for 96 yards and 2 touchdowns. After being the most added player of week 2, Morris followed that up with another solid performance, rushing for another 89 yards on 16 carries (5.5 yards per carry). The Redskins will be squaring off against the Cincinnati Bengals, a team that finished as the 10th ranked run defense in 2011. That has yet to carry over in 2012, however, as Cincinnati has allowed runners to average 5.5 yards per carry against them; the worst in the NFL.
After failing to get going in week one (3 catches 14 yards), Wes Welker was much more like his old self in week two, catching 5 passes for 95 yards. Despite his return to his usual production, Welker is being valued far below his normal worth, getting to be as low as the 29th most expensive wide receiver at some sites. Welker’s match up for week three is the Baltimore Ravens, which could help explain why his value is so low, as Baltimore has had one of the great defenses in NFL history over the last decade. A closer look at the Raven’s defense, however, reveals that Baltimore is giving up 8.6 passing yards per attempt, which is the 6th worst in the league. Further adding to the intrigue of Wes Welker for this week is the Aaron Hernandez injury. With Hernandez out, there’s less available pass catchers to throw to in the middle of the field, which in turn leads to more overall targets for Welker. In the two games that Hernandez missed last season, Welker caught a combined 25 passes for 375 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Sources: Yahoo, Draftstreet,
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