Week 15 is here and so let’s jump in and take a look at some of the top cash game plays at each position.
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Ben Roethlisberger(DK - $6,600 FD - $8,600)
Big Ben suffered a rib injury last week against the Raiders and even missing 19 snaps was very effective completing 25 of 29 passes(86%) for 282 yards and two touchdowns(19.3 fantasy points). It doesn’t appear that he will be missing any time which is good news as he is in a great spot this week against the Patriots in the highest projected scoring game of the week(52.5). Volume is always something I am looking for in a cash game quarterback and Ben offers that as he leads the league in pass attempts(546), is second in yards(4,227), and 6th in touchdowns(28). He now gets a matchup against a Pats defense that is fresh off giving up 265 passing yards and three touchdowns against Ryan Tannehill and rank 23rd in passing yards per game and have given up the 7th most fantasy points per game to the position. Double check on the injury status closer to Sunday but assuming he is a go, Ben is a top target at the position if paying up this week.
Derek Carr(DK - $5,400 FD - $6,800)
If you are looking to save some salary at the quarterback position this week, Derek Carr is in a terrific spot and very cheap on both sites. After somewhat of down season, Carr has been much better in his last two games completing 54 of 72 passes(75%) for 607 yards and five touchdowns. He now gets an elite matchup against the Bengals who have given up a league-high 30.5 points per game, the 4th most passing yards per game(273.8), and the 2nd most fantasy points per game to the position. What I like most here is that Carr’s price helps us get two or three elite players in our lineups without damaging the overall floor of our lineups to terribly much.
Also Consider: Tom Brady(NE)
Running Back Targets
Ezekiel Elliott(DK - $9,000 FD - $8,800)
Zeke was examined on the sideline last week after lowering his head to initiate contact on a run but returned to action and was in full beast mode once again. He ended up with 192 total yards(113 rushing, 79 receiving) and after rushing for 100+ in four of his last five games, now leads the league with 1,262 on the season. Volume is never an issue for Elliott who also leads the league with 268 rushes and a 92% touch share overall. While the Colts rank inside the Top 10 in rushing yards against(102.9) they have allowed the 5th most receiving yards to running backs and Zeke leads all running backs with 8.3 targets per game over the last four weeks. All things considered, Zeke has a high floor for cash games and tons of upside in GPP formats as well.
Dalvin Cook(DK - $6,500 FD - $6,200)
With the offensive line struggling, the Vikings have tried to get a healthy Dalvin Cook more involved in the offense to take the pressure off Kirk Cousins. While he has only rushed it 22 times in the last two games, he has added 17 targets, catching 13 of them and has averaged 19 fantasy points per game. What stands out more than anything here is that he Vikings are seven-point home favorites which presents a nice game script and they face a Dolphins team that has allowed the third-most rushing yards per game(139.5). I like Cook on both sites in all formats but his best value is, by far, on FanDuel where he is the 17th most expensive running back on the main slate.
Also consider: David Johnson(ARI) if he is a full go in an elite matchup against the Falcons who have given up the fourth-most fantasy points per game, the second-most receptions, and fourth-most receiving yards to running backs
Wide Receiver Targets
Devante Adams(DK - $7,900 FD - $8,500)
The Bears have an elite defense overall but it is much harder to rush on them as they have allowed the second-fewest yards on the ground(83.2 per game) and least amount of fantasy points per game to running backs. That alone has teams throwing more on them and while they have allowed the 10th fewest passing yards per game(226.7) they have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points per game to wide receivers. With Thielen a bit overpriced relative to recent production, Julio down with the Flu, and OBJ a game time decision after missing last week, Devante Adams sits at the top of my wide receiver targets in Week 15. Adams has been terrific lately with touchdowns in three straight games and has double-digit targets in the three of his last four while averaging 102.3 yards per game and 23.0 DraftKings/18.5 FanDuel points per game. The best news of all is that his price dropped on both sites. Lock Adams into your cash lineups this week.
Calvin Ridley(DK - $5,000 FD - $5,700)
I normally wouldn’t go this route in cash games with a rookie who has been understandably inconsistent but the wideout position is a mess this week when looking for value. There is more to like about Ridley and it starts with a salary that has dropped to its lowest point on both sites since early in the season(Week 3/4). The other thing that stands out is that Julio Jones is expected to play after sitting questionable all week with a foot injury and mid-week illness. This is a bump to Ridley as Julio will most likely be shadowed by Patrick Peterson leaving Ridley to be covered by David Amerson who has rated out very poorly since returning to the lineup in Week 12. Atlanta is a nine-point favorite and relies heavily on the passing game to get things done on a weekly basis so the opportunity is there for Ridley to meet and exceed value in Week 15 warranting a spot on my cash game roster at his price.
Also Consider: Tyler Lockett(SEA) if Doug Baldwin is ruled out as he would see a boost in targets against a 49ers team that ranks 21st in fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers
Tight End Target
Jared Cook(DK - $5,600 FD - $6,300)
When breaking down the tight end landscape this season we have Zach Ertz and Travis Kelce in a tier of their own as both are averaging over nine targets per game. Unfortunately, both are playing primetime games this week so we will have to turn elsewhere on the main slate. After those two, things really tighten up with Kittle(7.8 per game), Ebron(7.4), and my top tight end target on the main slate, Jared Cook who is averaging 6.8 targets per game. This is in large part as Kittle gets a tough matchup and Cook is the cheapest of the three but that is not the only reason. He also gets a plus matchup against the Bengals who have allowed the fourth-most passing yards per game(273.8) and fourth-most fantasy points per game to the position. Cook is one of Derek Carr’s favorite targets and it has shown lately as he has tallied 100+ yards receiving in back to back games. Fire him up in all formats this week.
Also Consider: Eric Ebron(IND)