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Joe 2 Pro: Week 4 Recap and Week 5 Plays

First – throughout the season I post my bankroll at the beginning of every article so you can view my weekly progress. This year, my starting bankroll was $18,270. I don’t do this as a way to brag, plenty of other people are playing with much more than I am. I do this as a way to show how your bankroll can go through some valleys and peaks throughout the season. Experienced players aren’t winning 100 percent of the time. We face losing weeks like everyone else. The important thing is to be profitable at the end of Week 17. You need to look at this as a marathon and not a sprint.

Second – this article is simple. I primarily run down my entire cash game thought process for the week. I won’t list plays for the sake of listing them. If I know early in the week which I am starting at QB, he’s the only guy I’ll mention.


Due to life changes and time constraints, there’s going to be a change to the format of this column. I’m going to write up my whole player pool at each position so that you all can have an idea on where I am looking. Then I will write up the one guy at each position I feel the most strongly about. Think of the first article as a rough draft. As news happens throughout the week, I’ll post an updated player pool on Friday.


Week 4 Recap


Week 5 Plays


Aaron Rodgers

Ben Roethlisberger

Tom Brady

Eli Manning – Week 5 is a very odd week from a roster construction standpoint. On both sites, I am trying to roster Antonio Brown with either Odell Beckham Jr or Jordy Nelson. To do this, paying up at QB may not be the best idea. I’m drawn to Eli because I think he’s in a good spot against the Packers. Green Bay currently ranks 2nd in rush DVOA and 22nd in pass DVOA. The Giants are lacking a stable running game and with the Packers being stout against the run, this could set up for a heavy passing for the Giants. The Packers also rank 29th in schedule-adjusted average fantasy points allowed (aFPA) against QBs per 4for4.

Ryan Fitzpatrick

Running Backs

Le’Veon Bell

C.J. Anderson

Jordan Howard

Jerick McKinnon – McKinnon played 62 percent of the snaps for the Vikings Monday night, while receiving 21 total touches and out-carrying Matt Asiata 18 to 6. What’s also encouraging is the fact that he out-carried Asiata three to one in the red zone, along with receiving two red zone targets. For $4,000 on DK and $6,200 on FD, McKinnon will be a core play for me.

Theo Riddick (DK)

DeAndre Washington

Wide Receivers

Antonio Brown

Jordy Nelson

Odell Beckham Jr

Julian Edelman

Quincy Enunwa – It sounds unlikely Eric Decker will suit for Week 5. In Decker’s absence last week, Enunwa played 94 percent of the snaps, while receiving seven targets. The pass volume should be there for the Jets passing game with the Steelers favored by a touchdown. Enunwa has double-digit DK points in three of his four weeks thus far. At $4,600 on DK and $6,200 on FD, he has the perfect combination of opportunity and price to exploit for cash games. He’s one of the keys in trying to fit in some of the top-tier WRs.

Tyrell Williams

Robert Woods

Tight Ends

Zach Ertz – Ertz practiced in full on Wednesday after missing the last two games. He’s currently the only TE I am considering in cash games at this point. The Lions have already allowed six touchdowns to TEs through four games. They also rank 31st in schedule-adjusted aFPA and 29th in pass DVOA against TEs.

Remember – This is my initial player pool early in the week. Be sure to come back on Friday to see my update.

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