Last week was a pretty straightforward when it came to cash game lineup construction. We nailed most of the hits here, and kudos to those who found themselves on Keenan Allen and his 43.2-point offensive breakout. I’m not sure if it’s because of the Thanksgiving slate or not, but Week 12 pricing seems very soft compared to other weeks. We can go any number of directions at several positions this week, which makes it a much more entertaining slate to dissect.
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Paying down at the quarterback position is a common move to provide some salary relief on tightly priced weeks. We don’t necessarily need to do that this week with so many backups playing who are capable of hitting our 3x goal. For example, there are somehow three starters priced at just $4,400 this week, but I won’t be looking their direction when I can find value elsewhere this week.
The cash game option I find alluring is the matchup that Andy Dalton ($6,000) against the Browns. In their earlier Week 4 matchup, Dalton threw for 286 yards and four passing touchdowns. Cleveland is currently allowing the fourth-most passing touchdowns and eighth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Their stout run defense forces their opponents to throw against them and their pass-funnel defense. Dalton should have little difficulty reaching cash game value as he enters this matchup on a bit of a hot streak, throwing multiple passing touchdowns in four of his last five games.
Temperatures are starting to drop as we transition into the later part of the NFL season and that means Russell Wilson ($7,000) is a player I want a ton of exposure to in both cash and tournaments. After a slow start to the season, Wilson has scored at least 25 fantasy points in six of his last eight games, and now draws a great matchup here against a struggling 49ers secondary. San Francisco has allowed multiple touchdowns in five straight games to opposing quarterbacks (13 total), with opposing quarterbacks posting the sixth-highest passer rating against them. With the Seahawks running game nearly non-existent, Wilson should have little resistance carrying the offense and picking apart this inefficient and injury-riddled secondary.