Fantasy
The bargain bin
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Whoever is in charge of filling up the vending machines at TSN is doing a heck of a job.

Dr. Pepper is great and all but it was time for some variety. And you finally gave it to us. Filling the machines up with Snapple was a stroke of genius.

Snapple isn't just a fruity beverage. It's an ocean of knowledge. Just look under your cap. You're telling me snails have teeth? And that a bar of soap lasts twice as long as body wash? I feel smarter already.

The other day as I crammed a few quarters into the machine, I thought back to my auction draft several months earlier. I remembered forking over $29 for Marshawn Lynch and another $14 for Roddy White. But what if I had only spent a dollar, the price of one delicious, 20-ounce Snapple Apple?

Turns out, I could have put together a pretty stacked roster. Here's a sampling of some of the players I could have gotten for a dollar:

Charles Clay

Joe Flacco

Coby Fleener

Brian Hartline

Denarius Moore

Reuben Randle

Zac Stacy

Golden Tate

Kendall Wright

If we had stretched the budget to $2 a player, I could have gotten these guys too:

Le'Veon Bell

Anquan Boldin

Josh Gordon

Shane Vereen

But let's not get off-track. The premise here is to build an entire fantasy team of $1 players, or at least players that we could have gotten for a dollar at the start of the year (who knows how much Josh Gordon would go for if we did a re-draft).

You ready? Let's do this.

Quarterback: Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals

The Red Rifle has been DEALING this season. Dalton's 2013 fantasy campaign already includes a couple of 30-point performances (standard scoring) and two more in the twenties. It hasn't always been pretty (five points at Cleveland in Week 4 and then just eight a week later against New England) but more often than not, Dalton has thrown it like a top-ten quarterback. And he did it from the discount rack.

Running back: Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills

F-Jax has been a revelation this season. The seven rushing scores he's tallied are his most ever and he still has a few weeks left to eclipse his career-high in receiving yards (442). Did we mention Jackson was born a month after Ronald Reagan took office? And you could have gotten him for the price of Mango Madness!

Running back: Joique Bell, Detroit Lions

Two top-20 halfbacks ... in one backfield? Why not? Bell and Reggie Bush have been carving teams up to the tune of 172.5 yards per game this season. Too bad the Lions can't play a lick of defense (478 yards allowed to the Eagles last week).

Wide receiver: Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears

Jeffery practically broke the Internet with his touchdown grab Monday against Dallas. What will he do for an encore? Probably a lot. With defensive ace Joe Haden keyed in on Brandon Marshall, Jeffery is going to have a field day with Cleveland in Week 15. Fantasy owners will too.

Wide receiver: Riley Cooper, Philadelphia Eagles

Cooper hasn't scored a touchdown in three weeks. That's kind of a bummer but the fourth-year wideout has already doubled his yardage output from last season. He should do the same with his reception total over the next few weeks. Best four quarters I've ever spent.

Tight end: Jordan Cameron, Cleveland Browns

"Hey, let's see if this tall dude who used to play basketball can be an NFL tight end."

"Okay."

Works every time! First it was Tony Gonzalez, then Antonio Gates, then Jimmy Graham and now Jordan Cameron is the latest hoopster-turned tight end to steal the spotlight. Cameron is close to becoming the first Cleveland tight end to go for 1,000 yards since Kellen Winslow in 2007. I bet he drinks Kiwi Strawberry.

Flex: Danny Woodhead, San Diego Chargers

One dollar will get you all five feet and eight inches of Danny Woodhead. Thankfully for fantasy owners, that also comes with eight touchdowns and 864 total yards from scrimmage. It's a shame we won't be able to get him for that cheap next season.

Defense/Special teams: Arizona Cardinals

You know who says defense is overrated? People who didn't have to play the Cardinals in fantasy last week. Take it from me, this defense is a well-oiled machine. They're one of only four fantasy defenses to score in the positives every game this season.

Kicker: Matt Prater, Denver

Yup, this one's a bit of a cop-out. The only kicker that went for more than a dollar in my league was Stephen Gostkowski. He's only missed two kicks this year so I guess it was worth it.

Those nine players have averaged a combined 138.2 fantasy points per game this season. The highest scoring team in my league averaged just over 100 (100.4 ppg).

So ... anyone want a raspberry ice tea? My treat.




Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Jesse Pantuosco at jpantuosco@sportsnetwork.com.