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Fanduel NFL Cash Game Lineup | Week 13
Russell Wilson, SEA ($8200)
Wilson is only available on FanDuel (since DraftKings still eliminates the Sunday night game), and he’s a great late night hammer to your cash lineups (although he’s not 100% necessary like top-end QBs usually are). The matchup is difficult this week against the Eagles who are fourth in pass defense DVOA, but Wilson being the main proponent of both the passing AND running game for Seattle has made it so he’s accounted for almost 90% of the Seahawks’ offensive TDs (to put that into perspective, Aaron Rodgers is at about 80% since the beginning of last year). Wilson’s 5.3 FPPG just on rushing alone is enough to call him the top QB option any week, and he’s a great play in all formats.
Other options – Tom Brady, Philip Rivers, Drew Brees, Cam Newton, Carson Wentz
Jameis Winston, TB ($7300)
Winston has been plagued by a shoulder injury for the past several weeks, so the risk of re-aggravating keeps him out of the cash conversation for me just yet. However, he’s a phenomenal GPP option against the Packers’ D who rank 22nd in pass defense DVOA and have allowed the third most FPPG to opposing QBs. Pairing him with Mike Evans (and even Cameron Brate who will rejoice Winston’s return) is a solid route to go in tournaments.
Other options – Matt Ryan, Alex Smith, Marcus Mariota, Tyrod Taylor
Brett Hundley, GB ($6400)
If you go cheap at QB, Hundley is the way to go. It’s tough to say this since he already burned me once this year, but Hundley’s passer rating over the last two weeks is actually higher than both Drew Brees and Cam Newton (among others). Hundley has shown a lot more poise in the pocket lately and gets a horrific TB defense that ranks 30th in both overall DVOA and in pass defense DVOA. He’s established a nice rapport with Davante Adams (more on him later) and the successful running of Jamaal Williams (more on him later too) has prevented a total passing attack from opposing defenses.
Other options – Mitchell Trubisky, Blaine Gabbert, Jimmy Garoppolo, Trevor Siemian
Todd Gurley, LAR ($8800)
With LeVeon Bell not available on the Sunday slate, this is an easy call. Gurley has received 204 carries this year which is second only to the mighty Bell (252) and beats Bell in YPC (4.24 – 3.89). Gurley is also heavily involved in the passing game and his 45.6% RZ market share is also second in the NFL (also to Bell). With cheap options at QB, WR, and TE, Gurley looks like a cash must this week.
Other options – Leonard Fournette, Alvin Kamara, Mark Ingram, LeSean McCoy
Melvin Gordon, LAC ($7900)
I have to admit that I don’t have a beat on Melvin Gordon’s ownership this weekend. The game script strongly favors him but Austin Ekeler has cut into snaps and the Browns rank second in rush defense DVOA. That said, they have allowed two 100-yard rushers the last two weeks (Fournette and Joe Mixon) while allowing far more rushing plays per game than their season rate. At under 8k, Gordon is viable in all formats with his team favored by 13 points with an implied team total of 28.
Other options – Jordan Howard, Christian McCaffrey, Carlos Hyde, Kareem Hunt
Jamaal Williams, GB ($5700)
Much like Tevin Coleman last week, Williams is going to be the chalk at the RB position this week, and rightfully so. He has 59 carries over the last three weeks to go along with 11 targets in the passing game, and the matchup with Tampa Bay rocks (27th in overall DVOA, 20th in rush defense DVOA). There is mild concern that Aaron Jones is practicing on a limited basis, but right now he’s not expected to play. Lock Williams into all lineups.
Other options – Lamar Miller, Dion Lewis, Rex Burkhead, Alex Collins, Marshawn Lynch, Kenyan Drake
Julio Jones, ATL ($8600)
Julio might be a popular play this week after he crushed last Sunday for 44.8 FD points. The matchup with Xavier Rhodes looks imposing but Jones leads all WRs in yards per route run and the Vikings have allowed 7.5 YPT which is fourth in the NFL. Ultimately I’d lean towards Jones in GPPs since there are several mid-tier and cheap WRs that warrant attention, but don’t be scared to pull the trigger just because of Rhodes.
Other options – Keenan Allen, DeAndre Hopkins
Brandin Cooks, NE ($7600)
Cooks has been a mainstay in my cash lineups for the last 3-4 weeks and it won’t change this week. Cooks has averaged nine targets per game with Chris Hogan on the shelf which has translated into a 27% market share of targets. The one knock on Cooks in his career has been inconsistent usage, but with New England his efficiency has been an insane 10.73 YPT (a full yard higher than Adam Thielen who is the captain of efficiency). Buffalo will not stop the Pats offense, and Cooks is locked and loaded into cash.
Other options – Adam Thielen, Doug Baldwin, Michael Thomas, Mike Evans, Larry Fitzgerald
Davante Adams, GB ($6500)
I hate that I’m this high on a Brett Hundley-led offense, but I will likely have 2-3 pieces of it against the rotten Bucs D. Adams is the one guy that hasn’t taken a hit from the loss of Aaron Rodgers, as he’s received 37 targets over the past four weeks from Hundley and scored in two of them. Adams is priced as if he’s getting a downgrade from Hundley, and it’s just not the case. He’s another cash staple for me.
Other options – Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, Cooper Kupp, Jermaine Kearse, Bruce Ellington, Seth Roberts, Cordarelle Patterson, Dede Westbrook, Danny Amendola, Dontrelle Inman
Rob Gronkowski, NE ($8100)
Gronk went batty last week and should again this week against the Bills who rank 11th in pass defense DVOA but are 23rd against the TE position. He’s also benefitted from the absence of Chris Hogan (particularly in the red zone), and New England has (surprise!) one of the three highest implied totals of the week. There is no need to pay for him in cash with the value play below, but Gronk is the highest upside GPP target at the position almost every week.
Other options – Travis Kelce, Zack Ertz, Jimmy Graham
Jared Cook, OAK ($5500)
Just play Cook in cash games on FanDuel. Yes, I realize that he has three receptions COMBINED over the last two weeks, but he’ll be better on Sunday. Michael Crabtree is suspended and Amari Cooper (concussion) looks doubtful to play, which will leave Cook as the top target in the Oakland offense. The Giants’ season is lost, and they rank 23rd in pass defense DVOA and 19th against the TE, and they’ve allowed a TE to score in 10 of 12 weeks this year. Janoris Jenkins is now on IR, and I have a feeling the Giants will be totally dead after Eli Manning was benched on them.
Other options – Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Austin Hooper, Hunter Henry, Jack Doyle
TOP FIVE DEFENSES FOR CASH GAMES
Jacksonville Jaguars ($5600)
Los Angeles Chargers ($5300)
Tennessee Titans ($4700)
Los Angeles Rams ($5000)
Baltimore Ravens ($4600)