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If you haven’t played in a salary cap format before, here are the basics. Each player has a salary, and you get a fake budget to spend on your team. With your weekly lineup strategy, it’s completely up to you. You can target a group of medium priced players, or play some higher priced studs mixed with value plays. All you need to do is stay under the salary cap. I typically load up on a few stud players, medium valued upside picks, and then gamble on a couple bargain priced or risk/reward players. Here are some value picks I like for Week 14 (based on a $60k budget; sorted by position and price).
Alex Smith @WAS ($7,700) – Alex Smith has thrown 2 or more TDs in 4 of his last 5 games and is quietly putting up a solid 2nd half of the season. His rushing yards are always a nice bonus.
Ryan Fitzpatrick @DEN ($7,400) – Would you believe Fitzpatrick has been a top 5 QB over the last 5 weeks? Odds are good that Fitzpatrick is playing catch-up and passing plenty this week.
Eddie Lacy vs ATL ($7,000) – The Packers were a disaster last week. I like the matchup this week for Lacy and a good chance at rebounding. Lacy should be in for a large workload against an ATL run defense that is the 3rd worst in the league.
Fred Jackson vs TB ($6,400) – Fred Jackson could offer up good value for a RB2 play this week. While C.J. Spiller is the bigger play maker, Spiller may have had a setback with his ankle issue. Fred Jackson gets a majority of the red zone work.
DeSean Jackson vs DET ($7,000) – I wouldn’t read too much in to DeSean Jackson’s slow week 13 (against Patrick Peterson). Jackson has a good passing matchup this week and always has big play potential.
Julian Edelman vs CLE ($4,900) – For a bargain basement price, I like value with Edelman this week. Edelman has been Brady’s go-to slot WR over the past 2 weeks. With a .5 PPR bonus and solid upside, Edelman will be in my lineup this week.
Ladarius Green vs NYG ($5,100) – Antonio Gates is banged up with a nagging hamstring and looks a bit slower with age. I like the chances for Ladarius Green to stay active as the more dynamic TE for Phillip Rivers.
Delanie Walker @DEN ($4,800) – Walker is coming off a concussion, so there is a chance he may not play this week. If he plays, he could be a good value considering his low price in what should be a high passing matchup.
Oakland Raiders vs NYJ ($5,100) – The Raiders could be a good value play against a Jets team that is a mess at QB. Geno Smith has thrown for 0 TDs and 10 INTs over the past 5 weeks.
Baltimore Ravens vs MIN ($5,000) – The Ravens are strong against the run and face a Vikings offense that is lacking in the passing game. Not bad for the cheapest defense available.
My first thoughts for my own lineup this week is I’ll likely stay cheap at QB. I haven’t decided yet, but I’ll likely use that savings to afford Gronkowski. I don’t mind having the Gronkowski/Edelman combo in my lineup for a stud and value play mix.
Alright FST Community, I’d love to hear who YOU love (or hate) this week. Post your FanDuel stud, dud or value plays in our Fantasy Football Forum.