This week there is a lot of value to be found in cash games for your line-ups. I am going to explore the playing field on FanDuel, and give my readers some insight on players I suggest you should start in cash line-ups this week.
Drew Brees – $9,300 – Mr. Brees at home is obviously the top play for the weekend at the QB position. Drew at home is lights out; He even found a way to score above 20 FanDuel points against tough defenses at home (Seattle, and Denver). Detroit is not a very good defense at all, and the only thing that has saved them from being exposed on a weekly basis is the fact that they have an offense that likes to chew the clock. I am predicting that will not be the case this weekend because they will be forced to play catch-up which means the Saints, and especially Drew Brees’ fantasy owners, will not have to worry about a team that will try to hold the ball on offense. Drew Brees has monster upside at home, and is a virtual lock to go over 300 passing yards and have at the very least 2 passing TDs. Fading Drew Brees in cash game lineups this week can be a fatal error. How brave do you feel this week to do that?
Ben Roethlisberger – $8,300 – Big Ben is the only QB I am willing to fade Brees for this weekend. I do not care how well the Giant corners are playing right now. When you go to Heinz Field it’s just a given that Big Ben and company are going to make opposing secondaries look foolish. If the Steelers were able to light up the eventual Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos last season at home, then why can’t they light up the New York Giants at home? What makes me like this play even more is the fact that the Giants play offense at an extremely fast pace (top 5 in the NFL). This means Big Ben owners do not have to worry about the Giants playing keep away this weekend. Do not over think this play; according to my projections, Roethlisberger has a 22-point floor for this matchup against the Giants.
David Johnson – $9,200 – David Johnson is as safe as they come when it comes to cash game plays. He is going to be playing this weekend with a dislocated finger but it will not bother him at all because he wasn’t even listed on the injury report for Week 13. Johnson will also be going up against the worst rush defense in football (according to Football Outsiders they rank dead last in Rushing DVOA). What makes Johnson even safer for cash game lineups however is the fact that he is also a focal point in the passing game as well. Johnson has a very safe 20-point floor on FanDuel, and will be an extremely tough fade this weekend for a team that has a high projected scoring total according to Las Vegas.
Jeremy Hill – $5,800 – I understand Hill isn’t the sexiest option to have on your team. However, Hill has a very safe floor, and his cheap price tag will make it easier for you to fit in great players like David Johnson and Julio Jones in your lineups. Hill also had a relatively good game against an elite Ravens defense at home that really never gave the Bengals any chance of winning last week. Hill did not have as many snaps as I would have thought he would last week. However, he still had a firm control in the backfield with more than enough rushing carries and receptions to distance himself from Rex Burkhead. Look for Hill to have one TD and over 90 yards from scrimmage in this game.
Julio Jones – $8.300 – Julio Jones is the best play of the weekend in my eyes. If he was $10,000 on FanDuel this weekend I would have rostered him. This is going to be a bloody massacre and Jones has 200-yard upside in this one. The Chiefs really struggle against No. 1 WRs because they do not shadow Peters vs. top WRs (and even if they did shadow WRs with Peters it wouldn’t really matter anyway). The Falcons know that the weakness of the Chiefs defense is the secondary. Look for Kyle Shanahan to take advantage of the Chiefs’ secondary issues this weekend. The way he will take advantage of the secondary will most likely occur with Julio Jones catching a couple of BOMBS in the Georgia Dome. Look for a game that will feel, and lok like the game Julio had back in the beginning of the season against the Carolina Panthers.
Michael Thomas – $6,900 – Michael Thomas has been Drew’s favorite target on offense this season and I am expecting that trend to continue this weekend against a Lions defense that has struggled against opposing offenses through the air. Cooks can cry and moan all he wants about his targets, but Sean Payton will still feed the rock to the very talented Thomas the most out of all the receivers on the team. Michael Thomas also has monster TD upside for this game and is a virtual lock to score a receiving TD this weekend at home. Look for Big Mike to have north of 80 receiving yards, and at the very least 1 receiving TD.
Travis Kelce – $6,300 – Simple addition by subtraction play. If Kelce was able to have a big game away from home at Denver then you better believe Kelce will once again have a big game against a team that hasn’t been able to cover the tight end position at all this season. The Falcons made random TE players look like Hall of Famers against them. Heck! If Coby Fleener and Cameron Brate can light up this team then just imagine what Baby Gronk can do to them. I’m predicting at least 80 receiving yards from Kelce and 1 TD. Look for the Chiefs very smart coaching staff to get Travis Kelce involved early, and often.
New England Patriots – $4,600 – When I look to play a defense on DFS I look for 2 things. 1) Is the defense I’m thinking about playing home this weekend, and 2) Who is the QB for the opposing team? Now that I got that out of the way I have my eyes set on no other defense but the New England Patriots. They will be at home this weekend against a very shaky offense led by future bust Jared Goff. I’m looking for the Patriots to tee off on this offense in a big way, and I will not be surprised if they have a defensive touchdown this weekend at Gillette Field.