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Joe 2 Pro: Week 8 Recap and Week 9 Plays

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 guy I am starting at QB, he’s the only guy I’ll mention.

I’m going to write up my whole player pool at each position. 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 8 Recap


Week 9 Plays

I’m moving to Aaron Rodgers as my preferred play at QB. 


  • Aaron Rodgers
  • Drew Brees
  • Dak Prescott
  • Philip Rivers

Colin Kaepernick – As dirty as I feel recommending Kaepernick in cash games, he looks viable this early in the week. We have two defenses that rank 23rd or worse in defensive DVOA, plus two offenses that rank top-5 in pace. Kaepernick is $600 above min salary on DraftKings and he’s still in play at $7200 on FanDuel. He has also rushed for 65+ yards in his first two starts. If his rushing attempts continue, Kaepernick should make for a solid floor play at minimal cost for your cash teams.

Running Backs

  • Le’Veon Bell (if Roethlisberger back)
  • Devontae Booker
  • Melvin Gordon
  • Charcandrick West (if Spencer Ware out)
  • Theo Riddick

Ezekiel Elliott – Elliott may be one of the chalkier RB plays, and for good reason. He is taking on a Browns defense that ranks 31st in rush DVOA and 29th in schedule-adjusted aFPA. The Cowboys rank third in the league in rush attempts. Elliott represents 32 percent of the Cowboys red zone opportunities and the Browns have already surrendered 10 rushing touchdowns on the year – only the Chargers, Saints and Redskins have given up more. Elliott is a core play for me.

Wide Receivers

  • Antonio Brown (if Roethlisberger back)
  • Jarvis Landry
  • Emmanuel Sanders
  • Davante Adams/Ty Montgomery
  • Michael Thomas
  • Tyrell Williams

Donte Moncrief – Moncrief didn’t appear to be limited in his first game back from his shoulder injury. He played 89 percent of the snaps and was targeted a team-high nine times. The Packers rank 23rd in 4for4’s schedule-adjusted aFPA, and to top it off, T.Y. Hilton is unsure of his status. It sounds likely he’ll miss this week. Moncrief will make for an even stronger play if that’s the case.

Tight Ends

  • Delanie Walker (DK)
  • Dennis Pitta
  • Gary Barnidge
  • Antonio Gates

Kyle Rudolph – On paper, the Lions represent one of the best matchups for TEs. Detroit has surrendered eight TD to TEs through eight weeks, allowing 7.5 targets and 64.8 yards per game to TEs. Combine that with Rudolph’s 37 percent target share inside the red zone, and we’ve got two TD potential at a reasonable price of $4000 on DraftKings and $5000 on FD.

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