Brian Hoyer ($5,000) seems like a strange cash game play, but his matchup and six teams getting removed from the Sunday-Monday slate because of the Thursday games, makes Hoyer an elite cash game play. New Orleans is the team we like to pick on with our cash game quarterback plays, and it’s for a good reason. New Orleans ranks as the easiest team for a quarterback to go against. Six straight quarterbacks have had at least 295 passing yards, and all six of those quarterbacks have had multiple touchdown passes as well. With the lack of a run game from Houston, Hoyer will need to keep throwing like he has all season. Hoyer is my top cash game play of the weekend.
Carson Palmer ($7,100) is probably the safest cash game quarterback around. He has exceeded his salary expected points per game in every game this season. Palmer had 311 passing yards and two passing touchdowns when Arizona played San Francisco in Week 3, and San Francisco has only gotten worse since then. Palmer has been on fire the last three weeks with 11 total touchdowns and all three games breaking the 300-yard passing bonus mark on DraftKings. Palmer might not have as big of a game as he has the past few weeks since Arizona won’t need to pass as much to beat San Francisco, but he should still be able to pay off his salary for you.
Brock Osweiler ($5,300) playing New England might scare you a bit, but New England is much better on offense than on defense. New England also sports a tough run defense so Denver will have to pass to score. Osweiler doesn’t have a lot of stats to back up his projection but he has spent multiple years backing up Peyton Manning in Denver. He was also a second-round draft pick so it’s not like this is a guy who didn’t have a lot of talent coming into the NFL. To me, Osweiler’s situation feels a lot like Aaron Rodgers taking over for Brett Favre. I’m not saying Osweiler is the next Rodgers, but he does have a lot of talent and a good grasp of the NFL to jump into a starting role. Feel free to start him this week and you’ll be happy you did.
The way to beat San Diego is to run the ball and run it a lot. That’s good news for T.J. Yeldon ($4,800) this week. Yeldon hasn’t been able to come close to his Week 7 performance against Buffalo but that’s because he’s faced the New York Jets, Baltimore and Tennessee, who all rank in the Top 10 as toughest defense against running backs. San Diego is the easiest for a running back to face. San Diego also plays the pass tough, so this is an ideal situation for Yeldon. I’m expecting a really solid game from Yeldon this weekend and you should be starting him in your cash games as well.
In its last four games, San Francisco has been giving up yards and points like crazy. Marshawn Lynch (27 carries, 122 yards, TD), Todd Gurley (20 carries, 133 yards, TD) and Thomas Rawls (30 carries, 209 yards, TD) ran all over the San Francisco defense in recent weeks. That’s why I really like Chris Johnson ($4,600) this week. When Johnson faced San Francisco in Week 3 he had 22 carries for 110 yards and two touchdowns. San Francisco seems to have given up on the season with the injuries to all a lot of players, and seems like a broken team. That’s something I’ll be taking advantage of until it appears that that has changed. I especially like Johnson against San Francisco this week.
I’m expecting a solid week from Javorius Allen ($46,00) for two main reasons. One, Cleveland is really bad against the run. Two, because I don’t know how else Baltimore is going to move the ball down the field. Baltimore is an injury-riddled team and Allen seems to be the best of whose left. Matt Schaub hasn’t started a game since the end of the 2013 season, and hasn’t had a meaningful fantasy game since Week 4 of the 2013 season. The receiving corps for Baltimore is depleted, and Allen seems to be the only bright fantasy spot left, so I’m expecting him to be a solid play this in this game.