Salary Cap Fantasy Values: Week 17
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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:
Week 17 in salary cap games is, in my opinion, the most fun. Figuring out who is injured, what teams do, and what teams still have motivation will can lead to great rewards. Sticking Jackie Battle into your lineup is based on his production and the lack of competition for carries on the Chargers.
In his first game without Ryan Mathews, Jackie Battle had 19 carries for 49 yards. His 2.25 yards after contact are average while his 20.7 elusive rating, which measures his ability past the help of blockers, is below average. However, since Ronnie Brown is the only other running back on the roster that is taking any snaps, he is a safe conservative choice to pair with an elite running back. This year Battle has caught all eleven targets for 77 yards and one touchdown.
Oakland, Battle’s week 17 opponent, has surrendered the fifth most fantasy points to opposing running backs. They have given up 23 or more points in six of their fifteen games and at least 100 yards in seven of their fifteen games. Battle is a steal on DraftDay at $5,550 and a solid value on FanDuel at $5,400.