Cracking FanDuel Conference Championship
With this only being a two game slate, we are going to do this article a little bit differently this week. A two game slate is difficult, and not really advisable for cash games, but since this is primarily a cash game focused article, we’ll do our best to try to cover it. We will have a Sunday Morning update if there is breaking news.
Mistakenly, the primary cash game lineup had 5 Buffalo Bills in the lineup which is against FanDuel rules. The recommendation here is to swap John Brown for Allen Lazard. Originally, I had Lazard slated as a GPP flyer, however, after looking into this just a little bit more, I think he could be in a good spot to catch a deep pass this week. He will have a 5 inch height advantage over either Carlton Davis or Sean Murphy-Bunting, and the Buccaneers have been susceptible to the deep plays as evidenced by Tre'Quan Smith's two deep touchdowns last week and Tyreek Hill's 269 yard performance earlier this season. Lazard who has dealt with injuries for most of the season had his best game of the year last week against a good Rams secondary.
While I would still much prefer John Brown, I don't think there is another build I could do within cash that would make me feel more comfortable. The Bills defense is a tough one, but because they're so cheap, it is difficult to upgrade without going to a backup running back such as Darrell Williams or Ronald Jones II.
There really are only two choices this week at the quarterback position. Based on the price, there is not enough of a discount to consider Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady in cash games compared to Patrick Mahomes II or Josh Allen’s upside. Both players are in tremendous spots, as this is projected to be the highest scoring game of the day. Rodgers has upside, but is a better GPP play mostly due to the running backs that could steal some of his upside on this slate.
Allen is the preferred option on this slate as the team has all but abandoned the run as their first 20 plays they did not call a scripted run to Devin Singletary. Allen provides a rushing upside that Mahomes likely doesn’t have with him dealing with a foot injury as well as the head injury that knocked him out of the game last week. It seems unlikely that the Chiefs will run many plays that give him the opportunity to scramble in this one.