Salary Cap Fantasy Values: Week 10
Weekly salary cap games are a great addition to the NFL season. For those of you who have never tried it, the rules are fairly simple. Every player is assigned a monetary amount based on personal statistics and national hype. The trick is to combine the best lineup of players to score the highest total of the entry pool. This game is legal in the U.S. because it is considered a game of skill.
During the season, you will not see very many quarterback values. The NFL is a quarterback-driven league where quarterbacks are the stars and the most consistent producers. Pick the elite quarterback with the matchup you like the best. For the purposes of “elite” I include Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford, Matt Ryan, and newly, Robert Griffin III. It is important to note a couple names might be fluid and will provide some value in itself.
Defenses are easy to pick. Find the best defense playing a rookie or backup quarterback. You need turnovers and going against Joe Flacco or Jay Cutler might produce a couple points, but there is no need to leave points on the table. The same goes for kickers. Find a decent team against a tough matchup. Defenses and kickers are not the 2 spots you want to roll the dice on.
All that to say that, for now, the values are best found at running back and wide receiver. It is important to note that most salary cap games score receptions as 0.5 (1/2PPR). Here are some players that could be a great value for salary cap games to start the season:
Given the matchups this week in addition to injuries, I highly recommend spending more money on running backs and leaving values to wide receivers.
It looks like I’m going back to the well on Steven Ridley. Luckily, he has already been to the Buffalo Bills’ well and tasted success. In the game earlier this year, Ridley had 22 rushes for 106 yards and 2 touchdowns. Brandon Bolden, serving as Ridley’s backup that day, ran the ball 16 times for 137 yards and his own touchdown. There is no reason to think it won’t happen again.
In the last 2 games, Ridley has rushed the ball 32 times compared to 15 for Shane Vareen. Ridley has 6.0 yards per carry over that span. On the season, his 2.53 yards after contact ranks 20th while his 36.4 breakaway percentage ranks eighth. He has 13 runs of more than 15 yards, which only trails Adrian Peterson thus far.
The Bills have given up the most points to opposing Running Backs. In their last five games, three have seen opposing running backs score 32 or more fantasy points against them. That includes 10 touchdowns surrendered in the last 5 games. DraftDay will charge you $12,850 while FanDuel is more of a deal at $7,100.