In cash games you want a lot of safe, low-floor plays. By that we mean players like to meet at least the low end of our expectation. Julian Edelman is a good example, so is a top-tier running back like Le’Veon Bell and Jamaal Charles.
They’re going to get 20-30 touches (or 10 targets or throw 25 passes) every week.
And, really, those players aren’t awful to roster in tournaments either. But if we want to win the tournament, take the top spot, we need to figure out which of those players also has a chance to score three touchdowns and how we can roster as many of them as possible. That means we need to mix in minimum priced player or two that should have big opportunities … who also have a chance to score three touchdowns.
Look at it this way, if anyone is going to score 301 points this week and your goal is to win a big tournament, your team has to be the one to score 301 points. Not 299 or 275, you want the 300.
That means taking chances that will make you cringe.
I will consider the following players for tournament only. You probably shouldn’t build a full team out of just these players. Please reference our rankings, DK and FanDuel sleepers and cash game plays while building your lineups.
Andy Dalton, Tyrod Taylor, Eli Manning, Marcus Mariota, Jameis Winston, Blake Bortles
Top-shelf plays: Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Drew Brees
Thomas Rawls, Ronnie Hillman, Matt Jones, Joseph Randle, Andre Ellington, Chris Thompson, DeMarco Murray, Duke Johnson, LeGarrette Blount, C.J. Spiller, Jeremy Hill
Top-shelf plays: Le’Veon Bell, Jamaal Charles, Matt Forte, Devonta Freeman, Justin Forsett
Julio Jones (supposed to be injured/limited), James Jones, Rueben Randle, Travis Benjamin, Kenny Britt, Kamar Aiken, Allen Hurns, Kendall Wright, Anquan Boldin
Top-shelf plays: Odell Beckham Jr., Demaryius Thomas, Julian Edelman, Larry Fitzgerald, A.J. Green
Jimmy Graham, Tyler Eifert, Antonio Gates, Gary Barnidge, Zach Ertz
Top-shelf plays: Rob Gronkowski, Martellus Bennett, Travis Kelce