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 list 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 or Saturday.
NOTE: PLAYERS ADDED TO MY PLAYER POOL ON FRIDAY/SATURDAY WILL BE IN RED.
Week 15 Recap
Overall, I was happy with my team I put together. It wasn’t an amazing score, but it was a low scoring week overall so it did quite well. It was good enough to min-cash single entry GPPs and I won 78 percent of my head-to-head games. It had potential to be better, but J.J. Nelson dropped a wide-open 56-yard TD pass and Philip Rivers started off with 7.85 DraftKings points after their first drive, but ended up with just 15.24 as he did almost nothing the rest the game and ended it with an interception. I don’t have any regrets about Kenneth Farrow. He was decently high owned in cash games, but the San Diego offense just didn’t look great as a whole. I was banking on him getting some goal line work, but the Chargers didn’t spend much time from in close on Sunday. Sometimes I’ll punt defense If I’m shy of wanting to get my roster to work the way I want it to. So I pick the cheapest defense I am comfortable with. I don’t usually downgrade a player just to get in a “better” defense. For example this week, Baltimore was a chalky defense, but they had just three points. You really need defensive touchdowns for your defense to be a difference maker.
I’ve now strung together three solid weeks and I have netted $4,983 this season. I am fairly content where I am after having some brutal -80 percent ROI weeks thrown into my season. Hopefully, I can keep this momentum heading into the final two weeks and really do some damage. I hope these writeups/condensed player pools have helped your thought process out as much as they help mine.
Good luck in Week 16!
Week 16 Plays
To be honest, I don’t feel more strongly about one of these quarterbacks over the other. QB may be the last position I fill in as I am constructing rosters and then just choosing whichever one of these QBs fit into my roster. Without Le’Veon Bell, Ezekiell Elliott and Antonio Brown not on the main slate, paying up for the top-tier QBs may be quite easy. The trouble with writing so early in the week is lots of news breaks throughout and can change your thought process. So be sure to check my Friday update to see where I am leaning. With the main slate starting on Saturday, my update will be posted on Friday.
Drew Brees is currently the QB I have locked into my cash team.
- Drew Brees
- LeSean McCoy
- David Johnson
- Jordan Howard – Howard is in one of the best spots on Saturday against a Washington defense that ranks 26th in rush DVOA and 27th in aFPA against opposing running backs. In the last four weeks with Matt Barkley behind center, Howard is tied for third in the league with 80 carries and ranks sixth in fantasy points among running backs. Howard also leads the Bears with 34 percent of the red zone market share opportunities. This should be a good spot for him to capitalize.
- DeMarco Murray
- Ty Montgomery
- Jeremy Hill
- Bilal Powell
- Jordy Nelson
- DeAndre Hopkins
- Robby Anderson (if Bryce Petty starts)
- Michael Crabtree – Crabtree continues to be cheaper than Amari Cooper despite Crabtree having much higher usage and out-producing Cooper on almost every level. Over the last six weeks Crabtree owns 26 percent of the Raiders’ target share (16 percent for Cooper), he also has seen double the red zone targets compared to Cooper. Only Jordy Nelson (12) has more targets than Crabtree (10) in the red zone over the last six weeks. Crabtree is in a good spot against a weak Colts defense that ranks 27th in pass DVOA.
- Michael Thomas
- Brandin Cooks
- Cameron Meredith
- Julian Edelman
- Cameron Brate – After using him in Week 15, I am doubling down on Brate once again. Over the last six weeks, Brate is within one target of Mike Evans (6:7) in red zone opportunities and they have almost the same fantasy output during that six-week span. Evans has 14 more targets than Brate, but he’s only outscoring him 55 to 53 fantasy points. The Saints rank 11th against No. 1 WRs in pass DVOA, while they rank 25th in pass DVOA against TEs, allowing 7.8 targets and 56.4 yards per game to opposing TEs. Brate is still at an affordable price across the industry and currently the only TE I am looking at for my cash teams.