After 3 straight losing weeks that could have been winners when it boiled down to my final decision of the week went bad I really dug in and got back to the basics. I had not been prioritizing the running back position in my cash lineups and was determined to correct that. With pricing tight it was going to be difficult to fit three high priced RB’s in the lineup without finding value. I had decided pretty early to lock in James Conner as the anchor of lineup because Atlanta has been convulsing points to opposing RB’s and this was just good to pass up. I really liked Christian McCaffrey and his passing game usage so I pinned him as my second RB. TJ Yeldon was some nice value that I had been considering but when Green Bay was down two WR’s (Cobb and Allison out), it became vital to lock in on Valdes-Scantling at $3300 in a starting role playing in a game with a 50 point expected total. Getting that value allowed me to get a third high-volume, high-priced RB in Gordon who has been consistently good this year and had a nice matchup against the Raiders.
The rest of plays kind of fell in place based on available money left to spend and what the models on FantasyLabs were showing. Marvin Jones was popping as a top value at WR and I wanted to have another piece of the ATL-PIT game so Vance McDonald was enticing. I should have considered Austin Hooper more but I let recency bias keep me off of him after he had disappointed the week before. Matthew Staffod made sense at QB as he looked to have a safe floor playing in a game that had a high total and being at home. He could have had a much better day if not for 2 goal line TD rushes from Blount. The Lions defense really started making sense to me with Aaron Rodgers being limited by having to use so many rookie WR’s and Davante Adams being banged up even though he ended up playing. Cooper Kupp was the WR who fit as the last piece and I really like his floor as Jared Goff has a nice chemistry going with him. He would have likely gotten the 100 yard bonus if he hadn’t been concussed.
This week got back on track as I booked a small win. Took down 22 out of 30 H2H’s and cashed the one double up I played. Had zero success in tournaments this week which is what limited the total upside. Need to consider throwing the cash lineup in a tournament or two each week. Got the needle pointing in the right direction now so I’m excited for week 6.
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