Cash Games are daily fantasy contests that have a flat pay-out structure and tend to generally pay out roughly 50 percent of the field. … The same prize is awarded to all “winners”, regardless of relative score. Because you’re winning the same amount of money whether you finish ahead of the cash line by 1 point or 100 points, you’re not necessarily looking to put together a lineup filled with massive upside and boom-or-bust options. You should look for the best value — picking players most likely to give you solid fantasy production relative to their salaries. With that said, let’s take a look at my favorite Week 8 Fantasy Aces Cash Game Picks…
Matt Ryan ($7,100)
Even though he’s coming off of a bit of a down week, Matt Ryan has been the top-scoring quarterback in fantasy football this season and has top-12 finishes in five of his seven games this season. The Falcons’ 27.5-point implied total is currently the highest on the slate.
While the Packers defense (unsurprisingly) had a strong performance against Matt Barkley in Week 6, before that they were giving up the 11th-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, which included allowing 18-plus fantasy points to the likes of Dak Prescott and Sam Bradford. The Packers’ secondary is thin, missing Sam Shields and Damarious Randall, and Ryan should continue his strong fantasy pace this week.
Jameis Winston ($6,550)
Winston has thrown for three-plus touchdowns in three of his six games this season, and has been a top-six fantasy quarterback in half of his games this season. He brings that success into a great match-up this week, against an Oakland defense that ranks 26th in FootballOutsiders‘ pass defense DVOA and has allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, putting him in a great spot to turn in another excellent fantasy week.
Kevin Hogan ($4,900)
Check out the news later in the week, but so far Kevin Hogan is in line to start for the Browns in Week 8. I’m not exactly expecting big things from Hogan, but this play is all about his price tag. At $4,900, he is priced like a backup, and he is almost a full $1,000 cheaper than any other starting quarterback on the slate. He has a good match-up — the Jets rank 31st in pass defense DVOA — and even if he struggles through the air, he showed rushing ability that gives a nice boost to both his floor and ceiling, rushing for 104 yards in his season debut last week.
Christine Michael ($4,800)
Michael is hugely under-priced on FantasyAces this week, and he is one of the top running back options of the week, regardless of price. He has seen a consistently large workload this season, with 18-plus carries and 3-plus targets in each of his last 4 games, posting 18.35 fantasy points per game in that span.
He has one of the best match-ups you could ask for this week, against a New Orleans defense that ranks 28th in run defense DVOA and has allowed the league’s most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs.
Jacquizz Rodgers ($4,600)
Rodgers’ price has been increasing with his recent performances, but it hasn’t yet caught up with his absurd workload. With Doug Martin and Charles Sims out, Rodgers has 56 carries and 7 targets — tallying 292 yards from scrimmage — over his last two games.
Martin looks likely to remain sidelined, and Rodgers should once again garner 20-plus carries, this time against a Raiders defense that has allowed the 10th-most fantasy points to running backs and ranks 27th in run defense DVOA.
Mike Evans ($5,650)
Evans has averaged an absurd 13.9 targets per game over his last five, seeing at least 11 targets in each of those games. He has also accounted for 28.1% of Tampa’s targets this season, the sixth-biggest market share in the league, and has only failed to reach 15 fantasy points once in six games.
As I touched on for Winston, the Buccaneers’ passing offense is in a good spot this week against a Raiders’ defense that ranks 26th against the pass, and they have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.
Amari Cooper ($4,950)
The Oakland/Tampa Bay game has a hefty 49-point over/under, and with only a one-point spread, there should be plenty of offense on both sides of the ball.
Cooper was quiet last week, but played against Jalen Ramsey and the Jaguars, who have held other big names like Alshon Jeffery, T.Y. Hilton, and Jordy Nelson to fewer than 15 fantasy points. Before that game, Cooper had posted 125-plus yards in back-to-back weeks.
Jordan Reed ($4,900)
Reed has been cleared to return to practice, and looks on pace to return to action in Week 8. Before missing two weeks with a concussion, he had at least seven targets in every game, averaging 9.2 per game.
Despite missing two games, he ranks seven in fantasy scoring among tight ends, while he is second in fantasy points per game. His price seems to have taken a bit of a dip with his missed time, but Reed comes in as only the third-most expensive tight end of the week despite a good match-up against a Bengals team that has allowed the league’s eight-most fantasy points per game to tight ends.
C.J. Fiedorowicz ($4,000)
Targeting tight ends against the Lions has been a winning move this year. Detroit has allowed the third-most fantasy points to tight ends, giving up 5.7 receptions, 60.4 yards, and 1.0 touchdown per game to the position.
The Texans’ passing offense hasn’t exactly been clicking lately, but they should be able to turn it around against the Lions, who rank dead last in pass defense DVOA. Fiedorowicz has 22 targets over his last three games, while playing at least 60 percent of the team’s snaps in each of those games. This week’s match-up should help him bounce back from a down-game against the Broncos.
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