5 Undervalued Players on OwnersBox This Week
Finding value in your salary cap lineups is essential on OwnersBox. If you want to deploy that Mahomes and Kelce stack this week you’re going to need to save money elsewhere. In this article I’m going to give you 5 undervalued players, with at least one at each position. Target these players when building your SuperFlex lineup on our platform.
Justin Fields ($5900) vs Cleveland Browns
It’s Justin Fields first career start in the NFL and I believe his price is far too low. Fields is being priced amongst Ben Roethlisberger and Daniel Jones. If you look at last week you’ll begin to get an idea of how the Bears will likely deploy him. There wasn’t much of any designed run plays in this game for Fields and he still made some important plays with his legs. Ten total rushing attempts and the biggest was a 3rd and 9 conversion to end the game.
With some time to prepare I’d expect Fields to be on the same page with his best players, David Montgomery, Allen Robinson and Darnell Mooney. Fields hasn’t had nearly enough practice time with the first team and he’ getting that opportunity this week. Robinson and Mooney missed out on a couple of 20+ yard plays, one of which was a 35-yard TD through the hands of Robinson. Fields is a fantastic talent that gives Chicago the opportunity to get more vertical in the passing game and also bring creativity to the running game. I wouldn’t be afraid to start him this week with his rushing upside.
Trey Sermon ($4200) vs Green Bay Packers
As is tradition, the 49ers backfield is the most banged up group in the entire NFL. After losing Jeff Wilson until November and Raheem Mostert for the rest of the season, there were more injuries in week 2. Jamycal Hasty is dealing with an ankle sprain, Elijah Mitchell is dealing with a shoulder injury and Trey Sermon suffered a concussion. Mitchell hasn’t practiced this week and looks unlikely to play while Sermon as participated in a non-contact jersey. If he gets through concussion protocol he becomes an immediate value this week.
The Saints displayed the game plan that can beat Rodgers and the Packers. It’s clock eating drives that limit the amount of scoring opportunities for Green Bay. The 49ers are the perfect team to deploy that with their zone running game. I’d expect this team to ride Trey Sermon against a Packers defensive front that hasn’t been able to get in the backfield through 2 weeks.
Darnell Mooney ($4300) vs Cleveland Browns
Should you deploy a cheap bears stack this week? I think it makes sense. Darnell Mooney is leading the bears in routes run, targets, receptions, yards per receptions and average depth of target. Meanwhile he’s being priced with Darius Slayton and Emmanuel Sanders. Mooney is being seriously overlooked and undervalued at the moment.
Last season Mooney was a averaging 1.4 deep targets per game and was running just 18.6% of his routes from the slot. Now Mooney has been spread out all over the field, running 33% of his routes from the slot. This is a player the Bears are seeing as an important piece of their offense. With Fields as his QB this week he’ll have the opportunity to get more high quality, downfield targets that he hasn’t seen yet this season.
Quintez Cephus ($3600) vs Baltimore Ravens
It’s time to put some respect on the Lions 2020 fifth round pick. Cephus is the Lions number 1 wide receiver and he proved it on Monday. He was targeted 7 times and scored his second touchdown in as many games. Through two weeks, Cephus also has more end-zone targets than TJ Hockenson. Goff is seeing Cephus as a reliable option in important situations.
The Lions wide receiver is being priced among dart throw options like Demarus Robinson and Jalen Guyton. In the OwnersBox PPR format Cephus is much more likely to avoid a goose egg then the likes of Keelan Cole and Marquise Goodwin at the same price.
Austin Hooper ($3900) vs Chicago Bears
With Odell Beckham’s status up in the air this week, the Browns are likely to lean on the tight end position heavily in this game. We saw it last week against Houston, where the Cleveland tight ends combined for 12 targets. It might feel like a sexier pick to go with David Njoku here but Hooper is the clear leader of the group.
Hooper had 69% route participation last week when Landry when down, increasing from 42% the week prior. He’s also been the most targeted player on third and fourth down, at a 27% target share. This is Baker’s most trustworthy target, even when Landry was on the field. Hooper has been running the majority of his routes out of the slot. The Bears pass coverage has a grade of 54.2 per PFF, ranking in the bottom 8 of the NFL. Roquan Smith has been good in coverage but he’ll only play a handful of snaps in the slot. Hooper is a great option to save some money at the position and spend elsewhere.