Salary Cap Fantasy Values: Week 12
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:
Paying attention to injuries is the best source for daily-league values. While a lot of fantasy players are hoping LeSean McCoy returns to action soon, his backup is a solid choice to stick in your lineup.
Even though Brown has 33 carries this season, he does have some decent numbers to go with them. His 3.67 yards after contact is 1.18 yards more than McCoy (2.49), which is elite status if sustained. He also has 53.9 elusive rating which is 12.8 higher than McCoy at 41.2. On his 33 carries, he is averaging 4.1 yards per carry and 3 have gone over 15 yards, which puts him at 55.6 breakaway percentage. The Eagles, with a rookie quarterback and running back, will have to lean on Brown against the Panthers, who have given up the 10th-most points to opposing running backs. DraftDay has him at $9,100 while FanDuel has him at $5,800.