NFL Week One Moneyball 2016/17.
No you didn’t read that wrong. It’s here. It’s back.
It’s like Christmas, but better because you don’t have to hang out with your weird Uncle and Auntie that pinch your cheeks and stain your face with lipstick.
For those that don’t know me, my name is Woot and i’m from the Woot and Wye Show, Australia’s #1 NFL podcast. Each and every week in the lead up to NFL action, either myself or my podcasting padre, Wye, will be giving our two cents on who we think can help you win some $$$. It might be a list of players that are cheap, players who should be avoided or just must-have players that you need in your line-up.
Okay, well without any further ado here’s a list of guys who I think are cool, oh and obviously deserve your consideration for your Moneyball line-ups.
Matthew Stafford ($7,400) – For those that listen to the podcast, you will know that I struggle to name too many players that play on the defensive side of the ball for Indianapolis. The Colts defence could quite possibly be the weakest defensive unit in the NFL and even without future Hall of Famer Calvin Johnson in the team, the Lions should find plenty of success down the field and in the short passing game for Stafford to rack up some serious points. At $1,300 less than Andrew Luck of the Colts, you could do worse.
Ryan Mathews ($6,100) – NFL players on Moneyball are a savvy bunch. No longer are the days where you can find that sneaky, cheap player and put him in your line-up with no-one else having the same thought. Everyone has been itching for the return of NFL on Moneyball, you don’t think everyone is aware of players that are severely underpriced? This my friends is where Ryan Mathews comes in.
Is he starting? Yes, check. Is his opposition poor defensively? Yes, check. (3rd worst run defence in 2015). Will his team rely on the run game? Yes, check.
With the recent trade of Sam Bradford to the Vikings, the Philadelphia Eagles have made the decision to go with 2nd overall pick Carson Wentz ($5,000) as quarterback for their week one matchup against the Browns. Look for the Eagles to ease the rookie into the NFL with a strong running game from Mathews against a defence that should linger at the bottom of the NFL for yet another season.
Antonio Brown ($9,300) – When it comes to lineup construction on Moneyball, wide receiver is where it all comes down to. If you’re finding cheap players to put in at running back and quarterback, don’t be skimpy when it comes to your receivers. Splurge and nab some of those big names. Antonio Brown is the clear, number one player I want in my lineups for week one. He’s going up against a Washington defence that has improved over the offseason but I feel they will have far too much faith in big, free agent signing Josh Norman to try and cover the best receiver in the NFL. The Steeler’s offense will be a highly productive unit this season and AB will once again be Big Ben’s favourite target.
Coby Fleener ($5,400) – Coby Fleener has a new home this season and that home is New Orleans. After beginning his career in Indianapolis and essentially sharing his role with Dwayne Allen, Fleener is now THE tight end in NOLA.
The tight end has always played a significant part in a Drew Brees ($8,700) lead offense, just take Ben Watson for example. Who honestly thought he was going to be successful?
Approximately $1K less than other tight ends with a similar projection, grab Fleener as a tight end with decent upside, a good price and someone who should see plenty of targets in a new offense that likes to throw a lot.
Eagles ($4,800) – The Eagles are my favourite pick of the defences this week. They’re reasonably priced, have been making play after play in the preseason and are going up against a quarterback that is being welcomed back to the NFL after multiple poor seasons that were riddled with turnovers. The Cleveland Browns’ offensive line might struggle to contain the pressure of the Eagles’ front seven and is a sneaky pick for a few sacks and possibly a couple of interceptions. The score should also be quite low as both offences lack significant fire power.
Roberto Aguayo ($4,000) – Cheapest starting kicker for Week one. He’s going up against a defence that’s not good and he’s on an offense that should be able to move the ball with relative ease. A no-brainer pick for me.
Be sure to check out the Woot and Wye Show podcast for regular previews, recaps and opinions on anything and everything NFL.
Also keep an eye out for our weekly Moneyball podcast where we breakdown our favourite players for the week and the players we think you should avoid.
Best of luck in week one Moneyballers!
See you next week.
Woot and Wye Show – @wootandwye