You know the drill by now. This week will be a little different though. With most of the top cash game picks being the best players, I will offer up one cash game pick at each position that is more of a value to help you fit in those top players to cash in this week. These picks are for the big slate on Saturday, which is the reason why these picks are also coming to you on Friday instead of its usual day on Saturday.
Matt Barkley ($6,300) - With the exception of the terrible weather game against the 49ers, Barkley has actually been a decent QB for fantasy purposes. The weather is looking decent for this game, so we can expect to see the usual Barkley in this game. The Redskins are going to be up in this one early. This will then lead to the Bears needing to throw the ball more often, like they did last week against the Packers. Consider this, 250 passing yards with 2 TD’s and 2 INT’s. This will lead to a point total of 16, easily clearing what he needs to get his value.
Frank Gore ($6,000) - Most of the time with players like Gore it will take playing a bad defense to have a big game. Last week against the Vikings though he went out and ran all over a tougher defense. This week he gets an even easier matchup against Oakland Raiders. Robert Turbin’s two TD’s on the goaline shouldn’t happen again. I think we can expect Gore though to find the endzone and run for at least 80 yards in this game. That all included without factoring in his receiving makes Gore a terrific cash game play.
Julian Edelman ($6,700) - So I don’t quite understand the pricing on Edelman here. You can count on Edelman to go out and get at least 6 receptions for 75 yards. With that being his floor, all it takes for him to make value is a couple more receptions for 20 yards. Now consider that the matchup is looking great for Edelman to find the endzone and you have your top cash game receiver here at a low cost.
Ryan Griffin ($4,500) - This is the top TE for the week and it really isn’t close if Fiedorowicz isn’t playing. Last week we saw what the potential is of a Texans TE when he has zero competition for looks and has a QB who can actually get the ball to his intended receiver. His 8 receptions for 85 yards is a nice performance for a minimum priced guy. If Fiedorowicz does end up suiting up, you are going to have to pay up a little more at the position to get someone you can trust. My next top options are Kyle Rudolph at $6,000 and then Cameron Brate at $5,600 if you need to cut a little bit of cost.
In all honesty you are going to pay up at defense this week. The Patriots are facing the Jets, and the Rams are facing the 49ers. If you want to play either of those two teams you will have to pay at least $4,900 to get them. I guess if you wanted a real cheap alternative you would have to go with the Falcons against the Panthers.