Salary Cap Fantasy Values: Week 15
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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:
Putting Reggie Bush in your daily lineup is more about the Jaguars defense and Bush’s amount of carries than Bush’s talent. The last game alone saw Bush on the field for 44 snaps compared to just 13 for Daniel Thomas. Over the last three games Bush has 43 carries and 5.0 yards per carry. He also had 10 targets during that span, with Seattle and San Francisco being two of the three teams. The last time Bush received 20 or more carries, back in week 2, he rushed for 172 yards and two touchdowns. If he receives a similar workload, he could easily put up numbers close to week 2 again.
The Jaguars have given up an average of 136 yards and 1.2 touchdowns per game to opposing running backs over the last six contests. Over the course of the season, the Jaguars have given up the fourth most fantasy points to opposing running backs. Bush is worth a gamble on DraftDay for $8,500 and on FanDuel for $6,000.