As primarily a cash game player, I wanted to start this series so we can go over my NFL cash lineup from the weekend before. This could show my process to everyone reading over the course of the week and might be able to help me and everyone else get better on a week-to-week basis. We could potentially pick out what we did right, what we did wrong, and be better for it.
Week 9 lineup
QB Cam Newton, 21.18
RB Christian McCaffrey, 32.7
RB Alvin Kamara, 33.6
WR Marvin Jones, 12.6
WR Anthony Miller, 10.8
WR Courtland Sutton, 8.6
TE Kyle Rudolph, 4.8
Flex Todd Gurley, 19.9
DST Broncos, 5
Roster construction seemed pretty straight forward again in week nine and it led to our third straight profitable week and a cash record of 7-2 on the year. Getting three stud running backs is always a great route if you can get them in and luckily we could this week. We did very well in head-to-heads, but unfortunately fell out of our double ups when Marcus Peters forgot to cover Michael Thomas at the end of the Saints/Rams game. There weren’t really any second guesses, more so plays didn’t really work as well as intended.
- I mentioned in my article this week that it was absurd to fade Todd Gurley after he scored 35 points and his price lowered, he was the first player I locked in for the week. Well we finally saw his floor which was still 20 points. He didn’t kill us but you’re looking for that 30-40 point effort. The Rams got behind in the first half and he was sort of game-scripted out of it. We will definitely be going back to the well again this week with his price getting even lower.
- The second two I used was the stack of Cam/CMC. Tampa Bay has one of the worst defenses in the league so far this year, allowing an average of over 30 points per game to opposing teams. CMC was an absolute smash play, while Cam was average. Cam still hit what we needed him to hit which was 3x his salary, but TB was allowing an average of 29 DK points per week to opposing QB’s. My second favorite QB, Jared Goff, would have been the better call as he scored 13 more points than Newton did. Something to note with this is to never make QB’s locks. I loved Cam all week and ignored the right process of going to Goff.
- My two receiver locks of the week were Sutton for the value and Jones for the volume. Both were put in expanded roles after their teams traded away receivers at the deadline. Sutton almost hit value and his 8 point effort didn’t kill us for a 3,900 salary. He did what we expected him to do for the most part and it allowed us multiple studs with his salary relief. On the Detroit side, I was always team Jones over Golladay and didn’t see it the other way around at all. Jones leads the league in red zone targets and Golladay has just been super inconsistent the last three or so weeks.
- Kamara was someone I wanted to get in cash all week but couldn’t seem to fit him in. He smashed like I thought he would and he was way too cheap for the player he is. Sunday morning the news that Anthony Miller would start for Allen Robinson made it easy to go from Adrian Peterson/Davante Parker to Kamara/Miller. This worked out extremely well as it was a 36.3 point difference as both AP and Parker were duds. That would have killed my cash day if I didn’t make that swap. I came off Parker because Kenny Stills was ruled active on Sunday morning which gave me the money to get to Kamara.
- Tight end, as always, is a wasteland. I had no idea what to do all week. I liked OJ Howard a lot but couldn’t get up to him unless I lost CMC or Gurley and I wasn’t willing to do that. I also played around with the idea to pay up for Travis Kelce and play Nick Chubb over Kamara but I think that also wouldn’t have worked out. I landed on Rudolph who I liked with Stefon Diggs being out. Rudolph was someone I knew was TD dependent but thought he’d get more volume after that news. Unfortunately, he had a 1x game but luckily it didn’t kill me.
It was a great week for me once again and the process was sound. We could have had an even bigger week if Cam hit his ceiling and Gurley hit his 30 point floor but over 70 percent is a great number still. The process to go from AP/Parker to Kamara/Miller saved my fantasy day and that just speaks to how important it is to get volume running backs. We will continue to look for 70 touches and 20-25 targets this week.
Results (7-2 record)
Week 9: 149.28 points, won 76 percent of head-to-heads
Week 8: 148.9 points, won 83 percent of head-to-heads
Week 7: 122.2 points, won 64 percent of head-to-heads
Week 6: 144.5 points, won 48 percent of head-to-heads
Week 5: 121.52 points, won 22 percent of head-to-heads
Week 4: 213.18 points, won 79 percent of head-to-headsFantasy Football