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 4 teams on bye, we have less players to work with, but with some great prices, it doesn’t matter.
Aaron Rodgers ($9,000) - Noticing a pattern the last few weeks? All Rodgers has been doing is playing at an elite level. Even with the constant rise in his salary he is still a good value. The Packers offense has no run game to speak of, which has allowed Rodgers to do it all through the air. He is even doing some of the running himself lately.
Tom Brady ($8,300) - If you want to save a little bit for other positions, I have Brady as almost a 1B to Rodgers 1A this week. Even against the Seahawks defense I believe this. All Brady has done this year is average 26.3 FanDuel points a game. The Seahawks over the last four weeks have allowed 18.66 FanDuel points a game to opposing QB’s. Brady should have no problem eclipsing the 20 point mark in this matchup, making him a nice cash game play.
David Johnson ($9,400) - The best RB is facing the defense allowing the most points to opposing RB’s. I don’t care that his price point is this high, you have to find a way to fit David Johnson in. If you aren’t playing Johnson you are putting yourself at a deficit in cash games.
Melvin Gordon ($8,300) - You know who is ranked 30th against the rush this year? The Miami Dolphins are, yet they are allowing only middle of the road for fantasy points against to RB’s. This is because the Dolphins have only allowed 3 TD’s to RB’s, which doesn’t make sense with the amount of yards they are allowing. You would presume a team would allow something around double the amount of TD’s. All of this is to say that I think this is actually a great matchup, especially for a guy that has been dominant this entire season.
Darren Sproles ($5,100) - You may need to save some cap since you are playing David Johnson. The guy I recommend pairing with him in that scenario is Darren Sproles. He is criminally underrated right now on FanDuel, especially for a back who is touching the ball over 15 times a game over the last two weeks. The Falcons have allowed 71 receptions to opposing RB’s this year, which equates to almost 8 receptions a game. If we can pencil in Sproles for 12-15 carries, and 5-8 receptions, there is almost no way he doesn’t have a good game.
Antonio Brown ($8,600) - Big Ben is back, making Brown the top cash game receiver yet again. A bonus is that the play without Ben has lowered his FanDuel price point to less than the $9,000 plus he was seeing before. This is too good of an opportunity to not use him.
Larry Fitzgerald ($7,200) - All Fitzgerald has done this season is have at least 5 receptions in every single game. On the season he is averaging 7 receptions a game, which is adding extra consistency to his game. As I said with David Johnson, this 49ers defense is just bad, allowing a lot of Cardinals to have good games here. You can always count on Fitzgerald to contribute for you, and this week will be no different.
Alshon Jeffery ($7,200) - Jay Cutler is back, which means we can now trust Jeffery and the production he can bring us. Jeffery finally scored his first TD of the season last week, and he should add more to that this week. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have done a horrible job of defending the pass. With no clear cut shutdown corner on the roster, Jeffery will have more room to work with then he did against Xavier Rhodes from his last game.
Tyrell Williams ($5,900) - It is looking like Travis Benjamin is going to be out for this week, making Williams a good cash game play. While he is usually inconsistent, without Benjamin to take away targets, Williams should continue to build on the great week he had last week. A nice matchup against the Dolphins also awaits him.
Jordan Reed ($7,000) - Over the last two weeks the Vikings have allowed 16 receptions for 193 yards to opposing Tight Ends. Those were against the Lions with Ebron, and the Bears with Zach Miller. Jordan Reed is better than both of those guys. The Vikings defense has been reeling over the middle since Eric Kendricks has been out. While Kendricks might make his return this week, I don’t know if he can be at full strength. If you are gonna pay up a little here, Reed is a safe option.
Lance Kendricks ($4,500) - For those looking for a nice safe value, you can’t do better than Lance Kendricks. Him being at the minimum price for Tight Ends makes no sense to me. Over the last 3 games all he has done is have 19 receptions for 179 yards and a TD. While that may not pop off the page to you, that is good enough for an average of 11.3 FanDuel points per game. He has also been consistent over that span, with his lowest scoring game at 9 points. That alone is enough value for the position that you can use those savings elsewhere.
Nick Novak ($4,500) - Novak is constantly having to kick field goals for the Texans, and the Jaguars have allowed the most made field goals. This seems like a nice mix for a minimum priced kicker.
Arizona Cardinals ($5,200) - The Cardinals are facing the poor offense of the 49ers. Kaepernick has been prone to turning the ball over. This should be an easy game for the Cardinals defense to show just how good they are.
QB: Tom Brady
RB: David Johnson
RB: Darren Sproles
WR: Antonio Brown
WR: Larry Fitzgerald
WR: Alshon Jeffery
TE: Lance Kendricks
Kicker: Nick Novak
D/ST: Arizona Cardinals