Alex Smith continued his torrid pace last week against the Texans, putting on another dominant display and rewarding any FanDuel believers with 26.86 points. He still represents tremendous value this week at $7,500 and makes for a terrific cash game play due to his high floor. Now, that price is likely building in the fact that he takes on Pittsburgh's number one ranked pass defense (139.6 yards against per game) but look at Pittsburgh's opponents; Cleveland, Minnesota, Chicago, Baltimore and Jacksonville. It would be tough to compile a worst combination of passing teams. Don't count on a huge day, but Smith is a great value play.
Based on volume alone, Lamar Miller is a worthy high floor cash game choice. He is averaging 19 touches per game, and is a central part of a budding Houston attack. Cleveland's defense is surprisingly effective against the run (76.6 ypg) but in a likely blowout, Houston will pound the rock for a considerable amount of the game. Miller should put up good numbers at a reasonable price.
With Dalvin Cook out for the season, Monday night's game against the Bears was a litmus test for how the backfield would shake out in Cook's absence. And Jerick McKinnon was the clear winner. Latavius Murray got the start and almost as many touches, but McKinnon did far more damage, playing the closer and busting big plays with regularity. Add in that fact that he is the third down and pass catching option in what could be a shootout with Green Bay, and there is a lot to like for McKinnon. Pick him as a cash game money saver and a boom candidate in GPP tournaments.
Ameer Abdullah continues to dominate almost all of the rushing touches in the Lions offense, and he will see most of them again against a mediocre Saints run defense. But Theo Riddick reestablished himself as part of the passing offense last week with four catches and 45 yards. The Saints have been torched by passing catching backs James White and Christian McCaffrey, something that the dink and dunk Lions will happily exploit. Theo Riddick makes an excellent GPP Tournament play that will allow you to go big on premium players.
I'll preface this choice by saying there isn't a ton of value available within the wide receivers this week. It would be smart to spend up on this position. But if you are looking for a flyer, JuJu Smith-Schuster is a good choice. He has carved out a nice 5 target-a-game niche within the Pittsburgh offense, even if he is behind Brown, Bryant, and Bell in the pecking order. His 6 red zone targets are tied for 9th best in the league and since he has been inserted into the lineup he has shown a decent floor. This pick lends itself much more to a GPP Tournament differentiator, but could pay big dividends if he finds the end zone for the third time this year.
Eric Ebron is the more well-known tight end in Detroit, but the tides are turning. The drops that have plagued Ebron his entire career are reaching critical mass. Additionally, Detroit has turned to a more run based approach, something they will probably continue against the Saints. These factors have led to Darren Fells reaching a virtual 50/50 snap split with Ebron. He has capitalized on the playing time, catching 6 passes for 64 yards and two touchdowns in the past two weeks. This is another boom bust pick more suited for GPP Tournaments, but Fells will be given the opportunity to make impact next week against the Saints.
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