Cracking FanDuel: Week 16

A weekly overview on cash game strategy, bankroll strategy, and sample cash game lineups.

Sunday Morning Update

The Browns will be missing Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins, Donovan Peoples-Jones, and KhaDarel Hodge due to Covid. This will leave the Browns with just Marvin Hall, Ja’Marcus Bradley and Derrick Willies as healthy wide receivers. Let’s look at the potential impact that this might have.

Nick Chubb- Chubb should see a lot of extra work as the Browns turn to more of a ground and pound type offense. The problem for Chubb continues to be the price, as he is just too expensive at $9,000 to be cash game viable on this slate. Chubb is an excellent cash + or GPP play this week.

Kareem Hunt- Hunt becomes extremely intriguing here. Hunt spent time as a slot wide receiver in the pre-season, so he could see some extra snaps in this one. The problem for Hunt is also the price. At $7,200 he is still more expensive than Austin Ekeler who is going to be the only guy in town in Los Angeles with Hunter Henry and Keenan Allen out.

Austin Hooper- The top receiving threat on the Browns this week should be tight end Austin Hooper who is in a tremendous spot this week as he is facing the Jets who are the worst team to opposing tight ends. At just $5,100, Hooper is a tremendous value and if there were other ways to spend our salary might be a strong cash game contender. However, the reason we are not going there is pretty simple. Travis Kelce is on this slate and Tyreek Hill is dealing with a hamstring injury that seems to be worse than what the industry had thought it would be as Hill will be “monitored” which is never a great sign.

All in all, there are some GPP plays and in a normal week, we likely would have one or two cash game plays, but expect this to be a low scoring game as the Jets defense continues to be underrated as we saw with them shutting down Cam Akers last week.

Other Injury news:

Tyreek Hill will be active, but will be “monitored”, this should increase the opportunities for Travis Kelce, but also increase the workload for both Demarcus Robinson and Mecole Hardman both who are tremendous GPP plays this week.

Keenan Allen is expected to miss this week, as we thought yesterday in the article.

Antonio Gibson is expected to play which should eliminate J.D. McKissic as a cash game consideration.


The lineup has stayed the same, and the biggest worry here is no David Montgomery, but I contend that the floor is still too low for the running back even in a tremendous matchup. With the Bears having playoff aspirations, do they want to ride Montgomery hard again after a 32 carry performance, or do we see more of Cordarrelle Patterson especially if the Bears get up early. This may be a week where you consider splitting some of your action between the two lineups, especially if you're worried about Montgomery's upside. I'm personally willing to take the risk of the first roster that if Montgomery or Hurts have monster days than I'm likely to lose most of my entry fees.


SAMPLE ROSTER 2 ($60K) – SECONDARY CASH Jalen Hurts-Chalk Lineup (DD PROJECTED POINTS = 133.9)


Saturday Night Update

The Browns might have a disastrous situation starting to develop. Jarvis Landry, Donovan Peoples-Jones, and Rashard Higgins have all been deemed close contact for Covid and are out. It remains to be seen if there are more players impacted here or not, but that is what we know as of now. If it is just those three, Austin Hooper gets a significant bump and becomes one of the top plays on this slate. Both running backs should also get a bump in Chubb and Hunt, although Chubb still is too expensive on FanDuel, but a great play on other sites.


  • Kansas City (vs ATL) – 32 points
  • Cleveland (at NY Jets) – 28 points
  • Baltimore (vs NY Giants) – 27.5 points
  • Chicago (at Jacksonville) – 27 points
  • Houston (vs Cincinnati) – 27 points


Last week was one of the easier weeks we’ve had. With the Tony Pollard news, it forced Derrick Henry into the lineup which ended up working tremendously. With Jalen Hurts only being 25% rostered in cash games, it made for an easy week finishing in the top 5% of most contests.

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