You know the drill by now. I will give you some of the top cash game options that I see for the main Sunday slate, and then give a potential cash game lineup using some of those players. This week with 6 teams on bye, we have less players to work with, but with some great prices, it doesn’t matter.
Aaron Rodgers ($8,800) - Rodgers showed last Thursday night that he is still an elite QB, and is deserving of this price. The Falcons defense, while doing a great job of containing the run, have been allowing teams to throw all over them. Expect Rodgers to be the next to add to that list, especially since they don’t even have a run game to speak of at the moment.
Jameis Winston ($7,400) - Winston against the Broncos and Cardinals, two of the top 3 defenses, he averaged just under 11 points. Against all other opponents, Winston is averaging just over 22.5 points. Winston has struggled against the top defenses, but is feasting on weaker ones. This week against the Raiders defense expect Winston to light it up.
Devonta Freeman ($6,900) - Tevin Coleman has been ruled out for this game, allowing Freeman to be the feature back again like last season. Even with the emergence of Coleman, Freeman was already playing well in his limited touches. This week we should now see Freeman get around 25 touches, and with that he should have no problem getting close to 100 total yards and a TD.
Ty Montgomery ($6,400) - This could be either Montgomery or Jacquizz Rodgers, but because Montgomery is $200 less, he is getting written about. As I mentioned with Rodgers, they will passing the ball all game. When they do run it, Montgomery will see around 10 carries which will allow him a chance to get to around 50 yards. The real damage though is as the pass catcher out of the backfield. Over the last two weeks Ty has been targeted 25 times, and has 10 receptions in each game. Him qualifying now as a RB makes him a great play to rack up the points from receptions.
Devonate Booker ($5,600) - This one is almost a lock this week. Booker is priced as a backup instead of a starter. With C.J. Anderson out, Booker will be seeing the lions share of the carries. Last week we got a taste of what Booker could do in a fulltime role. With such a low salary, you will be able to pay up at other places, making Booker the ideal play.
Julio Jones ($9,200) - He is the top receiver this week, and it isn’t even close. You are going to want to pay up for Jones as everyone will find a way to put him in their lineup. The Packers have struggled against opposing number 1 receivers this year, and this week should be no different.
Mike Evans ($7,900) - I am going to pretty much just sum up what I wrote last week on Evans. With the exception of the game against Denver, Evans has scored a TD in every game. During those games he has averaged just over 20 points, with his low being 16. With his low already good enough to make value, this play is just too good to pass on, especially against a terrible Raiders secondary.
Brandon Marshall ($7,400) - With Ryan Fitzpatrick set to be back under center, Marshall sees his value skyrocket. While it wasn’t pretty to begin the season, Marshall has been targeted too many times for it to not pay off. The Browns secondary has been allowing any and all receivers to do as they please. Brandon Marshall will be the next to do so.
Randall Cobb ($6,800) - Another Packers player I know, but Cobb has really been seeing the volume of work lately. With an average of 9 receptions a game over his last 3, Cobb is as close to a sure thing as you can get below $7,000.
Jack Doyle ($4,900) - As I said after the games on Sunday, you can only feel good about using a Colts TE when the other one is hurt. Well Allen is out again for this game, which gives Doyle another shot of getting all of the short route targets and redzone opportunities.
Gary Barnidge ($5,000) - With Josh McCown back under center, we can finally see the targets go back up for Barnidge. Having yet to eclipse the 10 taget threshold, Barnidge has seen his salary go down to almost comical territory with McCown back. This will be the game that we are reminded of what this guy did last year.
Mason Crosby ($4,600) - While not minimum priced, he is in such a high scoring game that I am willing to pay the extra $100 to go with him.
New York Jets ($4,700) - I don’t like really any of the defenses on this slate, but since we have to use one, why not go with the one going up against the Browns? Josh McCown should be good to go, but really it is a grab bag on which McCown you will get. Maybe he is the one that goes for over 300 yards and 2 TD’s, but he could also be the one who throws 3 picks and can’t run the offense.
QB: Aaron Rodgers
RB: Devonta Freeman
RB: Devontae Booker
WR: Julio Jones
WR: Mike Evans
WR: Brandon Marshall
TE: Jack Doyle
Kicker: Mason Crosby
D/ST: New York Jets