Salary Cap Fantasy Values: Week 14
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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:
Do you remember when Daryl Richardson was in a committee with Steven Jackson? That notion is clearly over as Jackson has seen 102 snaps while Richardson has seen just 29 over the last 2 games. So far Jackson has 2.61 yards after contact per attempt which ranks at 17th among running backs. While he has decent yards after contact, his 20.3 elusive rating is rather low, which explains his 3.9 yards per carry.
Jackson has seven runs of 15 or more yards on the year to go with his healthy 21.2 breakaway percentage. For the last three games he has averaged a nice 4.6 yards per carry, despite San Francisco and Arizona being 2 of those opponents. He has also averaged 3 targets in those games. This week St. Louis gets to play Buffalo, who has given up the third-most fantasy points to opposing running backs. Buffalo has given up 30 or more points in 4 of their 12 games this year. DraftDay has Jackson at only $8,800 while FanDuel only has him at $6,200.