For anyone who knows me, they know I tend to focus over 90 percent of my Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) action on cash games. … Cash games are generally any contest that gives you around a 50 percent chance of winning some money. This includes double-up games, head-to-head contests and 50/50s, all of which pay ~50 percent of the field.
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There is an ongoing dialogue regarding floor vs. upside when picking cash game players, but we should focus on a much simpler philosophy – just play the best values. You can find mine at each position for the second week below…
Josh McCown ($5,000)
At the bare minimum cost for a quarterback on Aces, Josh McCown is almost a must play in cash games on a site where you need to roster two quarterbacks. He is facing off against a Baltimore defense he lit up twice last season. He averaged 28.43 PPG against them in 2015 and the defensive unit has not changed much since then. Fire him up.
Trevor Siemian ($5,900)
Another interesting matchup is Siemian against the Indianapolis graveyard that is also known as their secondary. The Colts are fresh off allowing 340 yards and three touchdowns to Matthew Stafford in Week 1 and it doesn’t look like their passing defense is going to improve any time soon. Siemian is not very talented, but he has two receivers in Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas who will do the majority of the work for him. It makes a lot of sense to use both Siemian and C.J. Anderson in a cash game lineup this week.
Brock Osweiler ($6,100)
Osweiler had a fairly decent outing with his new NFL home, throwing for 231 yards and two touchdowns. The Bears defense played a lot better than everyone had expected, but luckily Brosweiler gets a chance to face a Kansas City defense that was abused by Philip Rivers, prior to Keenan Allen’s injury. The Chiefs lack the pass rush that made them dominant in years past and Brock should be able to take advantage.
C.J. Anderson ($5,700)
We got a taste of what a healthy Anderson can do when given a bellcow role and it was awesome. The Colts allowed Detroit’s running backs to rush 24 times for 116 yards, averaging 4.83 YPC. Anderson is arguably the top RB play on the board this week regardless of price and is worth serious consideration in cash games.
Lamar Miller ($5,200)
Miller did not enjoy a very strong game against the Bears, but he did carry the ball 28 times and saw four targets. We want that kind of usage in our cash games. Miller is not priced as a 32 touch back on Fantasy Aces this week and should have plenty of opportunity against a Chiefs defense that allowed Melvin Gordon to rush for 4.1 YPC and two touchdowns last week.
DeAngelo Williams ($4,950)
We saw on Monday night exactly why the Steelers running back role is the most valuable role in fantasy football. D-Will received 26 carries and nine targets in this game and rushed for two touchdowns. He will get fed in the passing game when they are behind, he will get fed in the running game when they are winning, AND he will get all of the goal line carries when they are in the five-yard line. Locked into my cash games, Williams should be priced in the upper $5k-to-$6k range this week.
Jeremy Langford ($4,800)
Langford is a back with questionable talent, but he does not have a questionable role. In our cash games we want running backs that are going to touch the ball a ton – that’s Langford. He saw 17 carries and four targets and played on 96 percent of the Bears’ snaps in Week 1. Now he gets to face an Eagles defense that allowed Isaiah Crowell to average over 5 YPC last week. I love this spot for Langford.
Antonio Brown ($6,450), Odell Beckham ($6,350), and AJ Green ($6,000) are the top wide receivers this week and cash game lineups are truly going to need to have at least one of these guys to feel safe. AB is AB. OBJ faces off against a Saints defense with three cornerbacks who are playing in their second NFL game ever. AJ Green has torched the Steelers in the road throughout his career and looks to be a target monster in 2016.
Marvin Jones ($4,700)
Jones was disappointing in Week 1 statistically, but he saw 10 targets and has seemingly solidified himself as the WR1 in that offense. I will continue to take a guy that is priced under $5,000 who looks like he is going to see 8-12 weekly targets. On top of his pricing, he faces the Titans, who were just obliterated by the Vikings last week.
Will Fuller ($4,500)
Seeing 11 targets in Week 1 (three more than DeAndre Hopkins), Fuller looks like someone who Brock is going to continue to heavily target as the WR2 in this offense. A threat to catch a long touchdown every game; the price does not reflect the volume he saw last week.
Tajae Sharpe ($3,950)
Sharpe is super cheap again in Week 2, but he draws a pretty tough matchup against the Lions’ secondary. He will probably run most of his routes, if not all, against Darius Slay, who is insanely talented and should give Sharpe some trouble. His price is still too cheap to ignore, but temper expectations.
Jeremy Kerley ($3,000)
Cash Game Kerley is a must play this week for his price. He saw 11 targets a week after signing with the 49ers and taking over the slot role that was vacated by Bruce Ellington. This role is insanely valuable in the Chip Kelly offense and should continue to pepper Kerley with volume. None of the Panthers cornerbacks are particularly imposing and their pass rush should lead to more passes going into the middle of the field. Just plug Kerley into your cash lineups.
Antonio Gates ($4,400)
With Keenan Allen lost for the season, Antonio Gates looks to be the main beneficiary. He only saw four targets in Week 1, but that number should increase against Jacksonville. Against this defense last year, Gates scored two touchdowns and should have a good shot to score again this week.
Jesse James ($3,600)
When we are looking for cheap tight end production, we want to focus on volume. Even though he saw seven targets last week, James is still priced similarly to backup tight ends. He looks to have solidified himself in the Heath Miller role and should continue to see 5-8 targets a game.