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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. Your weekly lineup strategy is completely up to you. You can target a group of medium-priced players, or play some higher-priced studs mixed with lower-priced value plays. All you need to do is stay under the salary cap.
You’ll need to save money on at least a couple of positions if you want to roll with any high-priced studs in your lineup. With that in mind, let’s take a look at several bargain bin picks that I like for Week 5.
Facing Atlanta, Eli Manning lands in a juicy matchup this week. The Falcons tend to put up points, while allowing plenty in return. While I’m never overly trusting of Eli Manning, I feel he’s worth the risk this week due to the potential shootout.
Coming off a bye week, Hoyer has an extra week of preparation and a soft matchup. Jordan Cameron should be close to 100%, giving the passing game a strong boost. If there’s a downfall to Hoyer this week, it may be that Cleveland can rely on their defense and run game to win this one.
Set to reclaim his starting gig, Ben Tate should shine in this matchup. The Titans are a mess on offense, which could keep the Browns offense on the field considerably more this week. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Browns run 40+ times this week, which could leave a lot of opportunity knocking on the door for Tate.
The Saints fell behind last week, but it was clear that Robinson has a solid role in this offense while Mark Ingram is out. Even with a slow Week 4, Robinson still managed 11.5 points Not bad for bargain basement price. Considering this game should be much closer this week, the ceiling is even higher for Robinson.
Will Brandon Marshall finally rest his ankle and sit out this week? If Marshall is out or looking limited, Alshon Jeffery could get a ton of targets this week along with Martellus Bennett. The Carolina defensive front should keep the Bears run game in check and force plenty of passing this week.
Vincent Jackson and the Tampa Bay offense has been tough to trust so far. With that said, I like Jackson for double digit targets this week with Mike Evans out. Jackson is also the superior red zone target in this offense. I’m viewing Jackson as a risk/reward play this week.
Coming off a slow game last week, the price for Olsen took a drop. Considering the receiving options are limited in Carolina, Olsen is still likely to get 2nd looks in this offense. It’s a good value for Olsen, but I’m likely to take a similar play that’s cheaper with Travis Kelce.
On the list again this week, Kelce is looking like a a great value at $5,200. The Kansas City receivers are a bit shaky and now Donnie Avery is likely out. Kelce has a good shot at leading his team for targets again this week.
Playing at home this week, the Lions face off with Kyle Orton as the newly anointed starting QB for Buffalo. The Lions have been strong against the run, which should put extra pressure on Kyle Orton this week. For a defense under $5,000, I like the value here.
Coming off a bye week, The Browns have extra preparation for a Titans team that is a mess at QB. The Browns should be tough in this matchup. I’m 50/50 between the Lions and Browns for my own lineups.
Punting on 3rd Down
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This week’s punting challenge will be with Kyle Orton ($5,000). The challenge is to play a $1.00 game with Kyle Orton at QB. I’ll be posting my punting lineup in the forum later this week. Highest score wins bragging rights as the Week 5 Champion!
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