Coming into week 8 I had a bit of confidence in my process as I had started to build wins in cash. As opposed to last week, this week we had a lot of different lineup construction options that made sense. After some early season losses I had decided that I would work to prioritize the running back position as that is where the touches are most predictable and along with that I wanted to get the best at the position as often as possible. Todd Gurley has proven to be the best back in the game but to get him in I would have had to sacrifice at the other spots and I really liked the matchups for Kareem Hunt and James Conner. I locked those 2 in and chose to see where I could get. Steelers D was a no-brainer this week at $2300 versus a rookie QB in a divisional road game. I tinkered with Joe Mixon who also had a great matchup but when Phillip Lindsay ended up as a viable option to get the full workload for Denver I decided to go with him so I could balance the lineup a little better.
Odell Beckham became a very attractive option with a low price for him of $7500. I was also pretty sure I wanted Woods in a game with a 56.5 O/U and an expanded role with Cooper Kupp still sidelined. Anthony Miller came into play when Allen Robinson was ruled out and vaulted him into a starting role for $3400.
This brought me down to trying to settle on a QB/TE pairing. There were a lot of QB’s that I could have lived with but not a lot of TE’s in the sub-$4000 category. I boiled it down to Jared Goff/OJ Howard or Aaron Rodgers/CJ Uzomah. Ultimately I went the Rodgers route because I felt he had a higher floor and ceiling than Goff and the two TE’s both had dream matchups against teams ranked bottom 2 against the position. Uzomah ends up with zero catches on four targets and Rodgers had a floor game. Had he gotten one more possession (thanks a LOT TyMont!) he likely gets the 300 yard bonus and Gurley doesn’t get his which changes the script on my week entirely for the positive.
Results for this week had me winning 17/35 H2H’s but the 153.94 was good enough to cash both single entry double ups I played. Overall I had a small loss on the slate as I still struggle to put a good tournament lineup together. Perhaps a little more work on that part of my game.
How did you do this week?