Thursday, December 10, 2015

Staff Thursday Cash Plays - Week 14

Week 15 is here and the Footballguys staff has put together some Thursday cash play lineups for FanDuel and we’ve picked out a few things that jumped out at us which we thought might be helpful.

You can see all the staff picks here to get the full view of who did what.

Staff Trends

“The Other Guys” at Quarterback

So far Thursday lineups feature all lower tier guys. Jameis Winston ($7800) leads the way with a couple of Ryan Fitzpatrick ($7800) starts and one Tyrod Taylor ($7500). All three are good value plays, where you get plenty of bang for your buck. Yes, you can spend more, but when you can spend less at quarterback and still get solid production, you should as it gives you the flexibility to go big elsewhere.

David Johnson again

He got some run last week and while his price went up, three staff members added him to their lineup. He’s almost the only player from Thursday night to get any nods, which is interesting given how consistent Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald have been, as well as a matchup against a defense missing up to four starters. Johnson should get plenty of carries and have plenty of success against this depleted defensive front.

A Week for Top WRs

Alshon Jeffery, Odell Beckham Jr, Antonio Brown, A.J. Green and DeAndre Hopkins all got starts in this grouping (sometimes more than one of them in the same lineup), as the staff took the money they saved at quarterback and plugged it in at receiver. While the price tags are higher, so is the production and all those players consistently put up big points. They are also probably all significantly owned and that’s fine—in cash games you don’t have to hit a home run—you just need to keep up with the crowd.

Sammy Watkins and Brandon Marshall are pretty strong plays as well.

Diamonds in the Rough

All the quarterbacks mentioned are values, as is Patriots tight end Scott Chandler ($5800) if Rob Gronkowski doesn’t play. As it stands, Gronkowski is practicing with a brace. As bad as the offense looked against the Eagles last week, it’s hard to imagine the Patriots are not pushing for him to play. The problem here is at Fanduel you cannot do late switches. So if Gronkowski plays, you’re hosed and have to pray Chandler gets a lot of run anyway.

Delanie Walker ($6100) should, as most tight ends do, find a lot of room to work against the Jets. At that price, it’s a pretty good bargain for what should likely be solid production.

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