Salary Cap Fantasy Values: Week 11
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:
Why Morris is so cheap on daily game websites, I am not sure. However, that means more value for you. Morris has earned a 53.8 elusive rating this year which is sixth among running backs. My favorite stat on ProFootballFocus, yards after contact, has Morris at eighth with 3.03 yards. He has 12 runs of 15 yards or more, which is only behind Stevan Ridley and Adrian Peterson. In his last two games he racked up 5.2 yards per carry but with no touchdowns. I bet that changes versus the Eagles this weekend.
The Redskins are coming off their bye and have a home game against the Vick-less Eagles. The Eagles have given up 100+ yards rushing in each of their last five games. DraftDay has Morris at $9,800 while FanDuel has him at $6,800.