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If you are new to a salary cap format, here are the basics. You get a fake budget to spend on your players/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.
Here are some value picks I like for Week 1 (based on a $60k budget; sorted by position and price):
While Matt Ryan isn’t as cheap as some of the bargain basement options, he offers a ton of upside in what could be a shootout. With both Julio Jones and Roddy White healthy, I like the value for Matt Ryan this week.
It wouldn’t surprise me if Eli is forced to pass a lot in what could be a high scoring affair. Eli can be a bit hit or miss, which is the usual risk anytime you play Eli Manning. It’s worth noting that interceptions are only -1 in this scoring format.
Whether or not he’ll get goal line duties is up in the air, but Ellington should get a big workload. Ellington should be good in the passing game for extra value in this .5 PPR scoring.
Editor’s note: Andre Ellington aggravated his left foot in practice on Thursday and it is reported that he could miss a significant amount of time. Be sure to check his injury status before setting your lineup.
Odds are good that Gerhart will find his way into my lineup this week. The Jaguars may not have a good offense, but they will have to lean on Gerhart for a heavy workload. As an every down back that carries a low price tag, I like Gerhart for a RB2 with upside.
I see the bargain basement alert here. Maclin hasn’t been the most durable of WRs in his past, but as long as he’s healthy, I love the cheap price. I view this as a WR3 price tag with WR1 upside.
With defenses keyed in on Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate will benefit from lesser coverage all season. I’m always cautious of a WR on a new team, but Tate could be well worth the minimal risk.
Hunter is firmly on the radar after his big pre-season. The safer play would be to wait and see how many targets Hunter commands before counting on him as a starter. I can’t resist putting him on the list considering his price is under $5,000.
On the clearance rack, Kenny Britt sits. It’s a risk/reward play starting him with backup Shaun Hill at the helm, but Britt offers WR1 upside if Shaun Hill can deliver.
With Josh Gordon out, I’m expecting Jordan Cameron to command a lot of targets. The medium price for Cameron may be a steal. I’ll be looking to play Jimmy Graham or Jordan Cameron (for value) in my lineups this week.
Carolina Panthers @TB ($5,500) – With Josh McCown still getting his bearings and an offensive line that has struggled in the pre-season, Carolina could be on a feeding frenzy in this game. Even as a medium priced DST, I like their value.
Kansas City Chiefs
While I don’t think the Chiefs will live up to their big season a year ago, they still land in a favorable matchup this week. They’re also playing at home, which tends to bring out the best in a defense.
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.