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Week 7's Most Undervalued Players
Thursday, October 18, 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.
Freeman was exceptional last weekend against the Kansas City Chiefs, throwing for 328 yards and 3 touchdowns, which was good for 26 fantasy points. Kansas City was ranked dead last in passing yards per attempt, helping fuel Freeman’s numbers. Freeman’s week 7 matchup (New Orleans Saints) is equally good, however, as New Orleans is giving up 8.6 passing yards per attempt, second worst in the NFL. Freeman has been inconsistent at best over the last few seasons, both in fantasy performance and on-field performance, but with his favorable matchup, and him being worth as low as 15th cheapest quarterback on some sites, it’s a great time to roll the dice on Josh Freeman.
Before last weekend, Felix Jones had carried the ball only 3 times all season in relief of starter DeMarco Murray. Murray injured his foot against Baltimore, however, and Jones took advantage by rushing for 92 yards on 18 carries to go along with a touchdown. Jerry Jones has already ruled Murray out of the game against Carolina so Felix is likely to get the bulk of the carries. His aforementioned matchup is a favorable one, as Carolina is giving up 4.4 yards per carry, good for 10th worst in the league. Felix Jones is worth as low as the 15th cheapest quarterback on some sites.
Cobb’s value is entirely dependent on Greg Jennings’ availability in this weekend’s game. Jennings has been battling a groin injury that’s kept him out of the last two games, and it’s not looking good for this week, as Jennings has yet to participate in practice. If Jennings is ruled out for the 3rd straight game, look for Cobb to get very involved in the passing game. In the previous two games that Jennings has missed, Cobb caught 11 passes for 184 yards and a touchdown. Cobb is valued as low as the 27th wide receiver on some sites.
Sources: USA Today, Draft Street
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