Salary Cap Fantasy Values: Week 13
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:
This is a call based on three things: his 2010 productivity, there are no other running backs on the team, and the match up.
In 2011 Rashad Jennings missed most of the year due to injury. However, in 2010 he put up some great numbers. His 3.55 yards after contact per attempt is among elite status. Also, his 45.2 elusive rating, which measures the ability of a runner past the help of blockers, was quite nice.
While Maurice Jones-Drew continues to deal with injury, the only competition for Jennings in the back field is Montell Owens and Jordan Todman. Both Owens and Todman have yet to carry the ball for the Jaguars. This year Jennings is only averaging 1.89 yards after contact and an elusive rating of 18.6. His 2.7 yards per carry doesn’t bode much confidence either. Luckily, the cure is the Buffalo Bills.
Over the season of 11 games, the Bills have given up 14 touchdowns to opposing running backs and average 5.0 yards per carry against. They have also given up 118 yards on the ground in 6 of 11 games while giving up 2 or more touchdowns in 4 of 11 games. DraftDay has him at $8,050 while FanDuel has him at $5,800.