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 ($9,100) - Rodgers showed the last two weeks that he is still an elite QB, and is deserving of this price. The Colts defense have been allowing teams to throw all over them. With virtually no running game he will be asked to throw it often, providing the top option for cash games.
Andrew Luck ($8,000) - Last week was tough for Luck, but even against the Chiefs he still managed to put up 19.4 points against that defense. This week we now see Luck face a Packers secondary that has been decimated by injuries. Finally we will also see a fully healthy receiving corps for Luck as well in this game. If you can’t fit in Rodgers to your lineups, Luck is the next best thing.
Ezekiel Elliott ($9,100) - Touches the ball around 25 times per game, and is facing a terrible Browns defense. Don’t overthink this one, he is the clear cut top back.
Charcandrick West ($5,600) - I see Elliott as a chalk play, and I also see West as a chalk play in cash games. Really these are the only two guys you should consider. With Spencer Ware and Jamaal Charles out, West is the only healthy guy in that backfield. We saw how explosive he can be last season, and I think we are going to see that in full display here against a struggling Jaguars defense.
Darren Sproles ($4,800) - I guess if you need a cheaper option, Sproles is a guy to look at. Last week we saw Sproles on the field for 80% of the snaps, his highest total of the season. Clearly the Eagles are shifting there offensive scheme away from the plodding Ryan Mathews to the shifty Sproles. Now factor in that he could play some receiver due to the release of Josh Huff and you have the potential for a cheap back with a lot of touches.
Odell Beckham Jr. ($8,900) - With the top two receivers of the week already playing, we are left with one truly elite option on Sunday. Because of that, Beckham becomes an automatic consideration. Normally not a cash game guy, but he does offer some stability lately, and we have seen that receivers can beat that Eagles secondary.
Jarvis Landry ($7,600) - You know who you can always trust? Jarvis Landry is the answer. So far this season he has had 7 receptions in 5 of his 7 games this season. Now you pair that with facing the terrible Jets secondary and you have a recipe for a high floor performance.
Davante Adams ($7,100) - There is a caveat with this pick. We need more information on Randall Cobb to feel good about this. While I still think he is a decent cash game play with Cobb in the lineup, if he is out Adams becomes the must play receiver. Rodgers clearly has built up a trust with Adams making him a volume receiver that is perfect for cash games.
Michael Thomas ($5,800) - It is almost as if Thomas is being punished for having to face Richard Sherman for most of the game. His salary is just too low right now. He is such a consistent option that I don’t know how you don’t fit him in with the savings you can get. Before facing Sherman, Thomas had 4 straight games of 12.4 points or more, and still put up a decent 9.3 against the Seahawks. This game is looking like a 6 reception, 70 yard, and 1 TD performance.
Eric Ebron ($5,400) - In his first return to action in nearly a month Ebron showed that he is still a focal point in that Lions offense. Playing a tough defense in the Vikings will force Stafford to checkdown often to not only Riddick, but also utilize Ebron as well.
Antonio Gates ($5,500) - 19 targets in the last 2 games, and he once again is playing without Hunter Henry. While the yards haven’t been there yet, I think that will change this week. The Titans have been susceptible to opposing TE’s the last two weeks with Jack Doyle and Julius Thomas both having big games. I think Gates can add his name to that list now as well.
Wil Lutz ($4,500) - Minimum priced and plays for a great offense.
Dallas Cowboys ($4,900) - While I would love to play the Chiefs vs. the struggling Blake Bortles, it may be tough to fit that $5,100 price point into a cash game lineup. So for $200 less you can get the Cowboys vs. the rookie Cody Kessler who I still don’t think is good and will have a blow up game here.
QB: Andrew Luck
RB: Ezekiel Elliott
RB: Charcandrick West
WR: Odell Beckham Jr.
WR: Jarvis Landry
WR: Michael Thomas
TE: Eric Ebron
Kicker: Wil Lutz
D/ST: Dallas Cowboys