Had another great week last week here, so lets just keep that late season ball rolling. You know the drill by now. I list my favorite cash game picks for Sunday below in the order that I like them in the position. Then I give you one of the cash game lineups that I am using out of a combination of the guys listed above. With that out of the way, let's get right into the picks.
Ben Roethlisberger ($8,900) - Roethlisberger has been on a tear since returning from injury. Over the last 6 weeks, he is averaging 24 FanDuel points a game. There has been no slowing Roethlisberger down during this stretch, and I expect more of the same this week. The Ravens have given up the 5th most points to opposing QB's so far this year, and just two weeks ago Russell Wilson threw 5 TD's. Your top cash game QB for the week.
Blake Bortles ($8,200) - What Bortles has been doing not only this season, but recently is remarkable for someone at this salary. Over the last four weeks Bortles is averaging 26.8 FanDuel points a game, with his lowest outing in that span being 23.46 points. This week Bortles is the next QB to step up and face the hapless Saints defense. This game will be high scoring, or at least high scoring on the Jaguars end. With two great QB options this week, you have options depending on what combinations you want to go with at other positions. The decision for your QB will just come down to the salary you have left after filling the rest of your lineup.
David Johnson ($7,300) - This was the guy that you needed to have in your cash game lineups last week, otherwise you didn't cash. I recommended him last week, and seeing what he has been doing as a starter you can't fade him this week for cash games. Since becoming the starter, Johnson has averaged 27 touches a game, and has provided value in each of his games. While the matchup this week isn't the best, the Cardinals offense is so potent and getting Johnson involved in any way possible that it doesn't matter that they don't have an ideal matchup. Play him in all cash lineups and move on to your next pick.
Denard Robinson ($6,400) - The next player to be recommended against the Saints defense. Denard Robinson was solid last week against the Falcons, but not great. He still provided close to value by getting heavily involved in the passing game. The injury that Robinson had appears to be a nonfactor for this game. In each of the past four weeks, the Saints have allowed at least one rushing TD in each game. I fully expect Robinson to find the endzone in this game, along with totaling somewhere near 100 yards.
Tim Hightower ($6,300) - While the touches expectantly came down from 29 to 16 last week, 16 touches is still a decent number. Considering how far behind the Saints got early in that game last Monday, for Hightower to still get 16 touches is great. I think somewhere around 20 touches this week can be expected, which gives him plenty of chances to pile up the yardage. The Jaguars do have a good run defense, holding opposing RB's to just under 3.5 YPC. This is where the volume Hightower will be seeing comes to the rescue. I think about 75 total yards and a TD is about right to expect here for Hightower.
Antonio Brown ($9,300) - There is no way around it, the Ravens have done a terrible job of stopping opposing WR's this year. Antonio Brown has also been on a tear again this year, especially the last 6 weeks. Over that span he has averaged just over 27.1 FanDuel points a game. That is a crazy number for even a QB, let alone a receiver. Antonio Brown seems for a lock to get at least 8 receptions for 120 yards and a TD, and there will be more then that by the end of the game.
Doug Baldwin ($7,700) - You don't need me to tell you why Baldwin is a great play. I will however tell you that you need to monitor his status on Sunday morning. If you can get definitive news that Baldwin is healthy and will play without his injury hindering his play, he is an automatic play here. Because you may not have word by the time lineups lock though, I may be avoiding Baldwin and using both of the next guys.
Jeremy Maclin ($6,900) - These last four weeks Alex Smith seems to have remembered that Maclin was a teammate of his. For that span Maclin is averaging just under 8 receptions, 93 yards, and 1 TD a game.This week the Chiefs are facing the Browns, a team that is allowing the 4th most points to opposing WR's, and was just torched by the Seahawks. Put him in this article last week and it paid off, so keep on riding this streak he is on.
Kamar Aiken ($6,600) - Because of how great the Steelers offense has been, this has been forcing team to throw the ball against them. That is what has led the Steelers allowing the third most points to opposing receivers so far this season. Kamar Aiken has been a steady contributor for the past 7 games. During that span, Aiken is averaging just over 6 receptions, 76 yards and scored in 3 out of the 7 games. The lowest amount of receptions he had during that span was 5 receptions, showing his consistency. With the matchup and how consistent he has been lately, this makes Aiken a nice cash game play in week 16.
Benjamin Watson ($5,600) - Again another guy that makes this article again from week 15's picks. Watson has another great matchup here facing the Jaguars, a team that has allowed 8 TD's to opposing TE's. When the Jaguars have faced teams that feature TE's, they have stuggled to contain them. If you take away the Falcons and Colts game from the last two weeks, the four games preceeding that they have allowed 431 yards and 6 TD's. Watson should find plenty of room to put up another good week here.
Rob Gronkowski ($8,200) - The last time Gronkowski faced the Jets he put up 11 receptions for 108 yards and 1 TD. Again Gronk is a great cash game play as usual.
Blair Walsh ($4,600) - The Vikings are facing the Giants on Sunday night, a defense that has struggled to stop offenses this year. That makes me feel comfortable that Walsh has a nice baseline for this game. 10 points is all you need here, something that takes only a few field goals and extra points to get.
Kansas City Chiefs ($5,400) - For the last 8 weeks, the Chiefs defense has averaged 15.25 FanDuel points a game. During that span they have also only had below 12 points once. A nice safe play who still has upside, especially facing the Browns and Johnny Manziel.
Pittsburgh Steelers ($4,800) - They are facing the Ravens, a team that just allowed the Chiefs defense to score 2 defensive TD's to come up with a final score of 21 FanDuel points. For the past three weeks, the lowest score that a defense has had against the Ravens was 12. Steelers have shown to have a scoring defense that gets to QB's, so expecting double digits out of them this week isn't unreasonable.
My Cash Lineup:
QB: Blake Bortles
RB: David Johnson
RB: Denard Robinson
WR: Antonio Brown
WR: Jeremy Maclin
WR: Kamar Aiken
TE: Benjamin Watson
Kicker: Blair Walsh
Defense: Pittsburgh Steelers