Week one is underway with an epic upset victory by the Kansas City Chiefs over the New England Patriots in Foxboro. Games like these leave us with many more questions than answers, but one thing is for sure, this game had some fantasy gold in it with both Kareem Hunt and Mike Gillislee netting three TDs. In my “Plays That Pay” article I will give you my cash game plays for each position. Last year I cashed in 14 of 16 weeks, making myself a lot of friends along the way, which affirms the reason why I do this – fun and community, but yes the money is nice as well.
My cash game strategy usually hinges on a few things. high floor, and value are the two things I’m looking at in each position. I will fill my roster with as many players that fit both criteria while also considering matchups’ live predominantly in the FanDuel space, but cash game plays can overflow into other platforms. High floor includes everything from a favorable matchup, a poor opposing defense, targets and/or carries (aka volume), and tracking past usage. If I player is deemed to have a high floor, he will get you a fair amount of volume and produce points accordingly. Naturally we want to find a handful of players with determinable high floors at a discount so we can pick our spots with expensive position players – that’s where identifying value comes in. Let’s Go
QUARTER BACK – Carson Palmer
Palmer gets Detroit on the road with no pass rush and a healthy squad of receivers from Larry Fitzgerald to J.J Nelson. My goal is to find the cheapest QB that’s going to get me 20 fantasy points and make them my QB for the week. I think Palmer barely gets there. He’ll have time to pick apart the secondary as he can’t give the ball to David Johnson every time. The Lions should be able to keep up offensively as well. I like Palmer for 2 TDs and 240 passing yards.
RUNNING BACK – LeSean McCoy
The Bills are 9-point favorites in this game, and I have to think McCoy will have a lot to do with this. They host the Jets, so enough said.
RUNNING BACK -Devonta Freeman
also has a nice matchup at Chicago and comes so much cheaper than Bell and David Johnson. This will be a typical balanced attack from the Falcons .so look for Freeman to get some healthy run and rip off some huge chunks of yardage
WIDE RECEIVER – Antonio Brown
He’s only led the league in receptions, TDs, and yardage for the past three years. I believe AB get’s ten targets in this game against the Browns who have no one that can run with Brown. This game has blowout potential, so I’m literally betting that AB will get his looks in the first half. You could pivot to Julio Jones here if you want, but I’m already going to Freeman for the Falcons, so I have to make a hard choice.
WIDE RECEIVER – Stephon Diggs
In a nutshell the Saints defense is deplorable, but because New Orleans can move the ball on offense, this game has major shootout potential. I’m deploying all Vikings including Diggs, who should get double-digit targets and has looked great this spring. Giddy Up!!
WIDE RECEIVER – John Brown
Many experts will claim this to be more of a GPP pick, but I disagree. When Brown is healthy he is a 1000-yard receiver easily, and right now he’s healthy and much faster than Larry Fitzgerald. Brown is dirt cheap too on FD at only $5700, so he fits in nicely allowing us to roster two stud RBs and a stud WR.
TIGHTEND – Coby Fleener
As eluded to earlier I think this game is a shoot out, but I’m seldom going to spend too much time on TEs. Each week. I want 6 targets, and red zone capabilities and Fleener has both. With no Willie Snead, player like Fleener and Ted Ginn Jr. are in play.
DEFENSE – Buffalo OR Los Angeles
I think Buffalo is the better pick here, but Los Angeles is a couple hundred cheaper. It depends how you feel about their opponents in all reality. Buffalo squares of against the Jets, and the Rams take on the Colts at home. I just don’t want you to think there’s only one possibility with defenses, I think both work.
GLAD TO BE BACK AND WRITING… good luck gamers.