Coming into week 7 I was riding a little higher. There were a few tough weeks in a row and then week turned the tide as the research starts to pay off now that we have good information on all of these teams. As the pricing on these slates gets tighter, the edge goes up to for those of us who are putting in the extra work. This was an interesting slate to approach being only 10 games and missing many of the high priced superstars that we like to play. As I dug in it became apparent that locking in Gurley at $9800 was the key to starting any lineup for cash. David Njoku was the only TE that made sense to me this week because there was no way I was getting up to Ertz at $7100 and I wanted a piece of the passing game in the CLE-TB matchup.
When the Browns traded Carlos Hyde it gave way to a full boat load for Nick Chubb making him a solid start at depressed pricing. I originally wanted to put Zeke Elliot in my lineups but his price would prevent me from getting Adam Theilen in who has become the most consistent player in the league at WR this year. I also wanted to get a piece of Robert Woods who was going to see more slot work with Cooper Kupp out for the week. When we learned that Theo Riddick would be out it led us to Kerryon Johnson at $4200 and made fitting the 2 higher priced WR’s a workable solution.
Then it came down to fitting a QB another WR and a defense. Defense is always last for me. I thought I could get a reasonable floor out of Beathard but should have looked for a little higher ceiling than a backup QB on a short week playing against the best team in the NFC. After getting peppered with targets the previous couple of weeks I was comfortable with Taylor Gabriel. It turns out that Trey Burton finally stepped into the role many were predicting preseason for the Bears which cut into the underneath passes for Gabriel.
This lineup was good enough to win 20 out of 30 H2H’s and end up in the money for both large field double ups it was entered in. Just missed out on the money in tournaments but game allocation heavier on cash allowed us to book another winning week as we inch our way back up for the year. The research is paying off and having an edge makes it more comfortable to continue playing a higher volume of cash.