3 Bang for Your Buck Players for Week 1
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Each week, I will be releasing 3 players that are a steal at their salary cap price. This series will allow the reader to select other players they like while still receiving incredible value for the players listed in this series.
Ryan Tannehill, Getty Images
Ryan Tannehill – QB, $6,800
For only $6,800, Ryan Tannehill is a steal. Last Season, Tannehill threw for almost 4,000 yards with 33 touchdowns, and most of his throws were to star receiver, AJ Brown. This offseason, the Titans added a top 5 receiver in the game, Julio Jones, and yes, Julio does have health risks, but he will be 100% for Week 1. Tannehill and the Titans play the Arizona Cardinals, who have one of the worst pass defenses in the league, ranked at 27th last season. While the Titans are primarily a run-heavy team with Derrick Henry, I do believe that they will utilize their elite receiving core and will lessen Derrick Henry’s workload. Last season, Henry had 378 carries with over 2,000 rushing yards, so they need to ensure he is healthy and not overworked throughout this season to be ready for the playoffs. Wide receivers Julio Jones and AJ Brown will receive targets heavily, and not many defenses will stop them, especially a horrific Cardinals pass defense in Week 1.
Marquez Callaway, Against the Jags Monday night
Marquez Callaway – WR, $4,500
All offseason and training camp, there has been one name that you repeatedly hear from the Saints beat writers, and that is Marquez Callaway. The hype has been growing, and after the first couple of preseason games, it is evident that the hype is real. In the first two preseason games, Callaway has a total of 165 yards, 2 touchdowns, 8 receptions on 9 targets… WOW. It is undeniable that the Saints have something special in this young stud receiver. Callaway was undrafted and, in his rookie campaign, did not get to see the field much, but with the departure of Emmanuel Sanders and the news that Michael Thomas will be missing a significant amount of time, just watch the potential this man blossom. Now we know that Saints head coach Sean Payton said he does not know who will be the starting quarterback, but we all know it clearly should be Jameis Winston. If it is announced that Jameis is the starter, I will be all in on Callaway being a stud for the entire season. Callaway isn’t the fastest player, but he finds a way to get open and has excellent hands. It is prevalent that the connection between him and Winston is legit. His first-week matchup is brutal against the Packers because their pass defense is one of the best in the game. But, we all know Jameis is not scared to throw to wherever, whenever, so I expect Callaway to have more than enough targets to be a solid choice for the price he is going for in Week 1 of the SuperFlex Salary Cap contest.
Ja’Marr Chase, Aaron Conway/Cincinnati Bengals
Ja’Marr Chase – WR, $4,700
Why am I taking a rookie? Because I believe you are looking at the soon to be number 1 receiver in an offense that should be very good this season. Yes, I am a massive LSU fan, but In 2019, Burrow and Chase were the most elite QB/WR duo in college football history. Chase had 1,780 receiving yards and 20 touchdowns, and was undoubtedly the best receiver in college football with a well-deserved Biletnikoff award to prove it. Prior to the draft, Burrow begged the Bengals to select Chase with the 5th overall pick this year when they desperately needed an offensive lineman. The Bengals listened to Burrow and chose his favorite college weapon in a stacked offense in LSU that had current NFL star Justin Jefferson and an absolute monster and incredibly overlooked player, Terrrace Marshall Jr. Chase went against every number 1 DB on opposing defenses in 2019 and dominated them each week. I do not see this changing in the NFL since Chase played against elite defenses in the SEC. Chase’s price will quickly rise after the first couple of weeks of the season, so get him in your lineup now and do not miss out snagging him for only $4,700.