I really cut down on my cash game list this week. You’ll find a couple cash game-type plays in this list. I moved them over here, however, because they are either hurt or they haven’t been performing as well as I deem necessary to consider them “safe.”
While we want safety in cash games, we can roll the dice a bit in tournaments. We want massive upside if we’re going to take down a tournament.
I believe there’s a misconception around the industry about contrarian plays and upside. Contrarian plays are low-owned players. In order to take down a large tournament you usually need at least one low-owned player who exceeds his sleeper value. You don’t, however, need a roster full of contrarian plays.
One will do. If one or two contrarian players allows you to get a pile of chalk plays and a top-tier quarterback in your lineup, then that could make your lineup just different enough from everyone else’s to win. One or two contrarian players might also change your roster construction to force you to take a few just-under-the-chalk plays who have a bit more upside.
Contrarian plays aren’t only about their own value — which you also need to win a tournament — but they are more about forcing you to zag while most of the players in the tournament zig.
Here are my top tournament-only plays for Week 6.
Week 6 cash tournament-only plays
Eli Manning, Andrew Luck, Cam Newton, Blake Bortles, Marcus Mariota, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Alex Smith, Brian Hoyer, Teddy Bridgewater, Ryan Tannehill
Le’Veon Bell, DeMarco Murray, Justin Forsett (if he plays), Giovani Bernard, Duke Johnson, Chris Ivory, Chris Johnson, Marshawn Lynch, Shane Vereen, LeSean McCoy, Theo Riddick, C.J. Anderson, Melvin Gordon, LeGarrette Blount, Shane Vereen, Chris Thompson, C.J. Spiller, Antonio Andrews, Jeremy Hill
Randall Cobb, Odell Bekham Jr., Brandon Marshall, T.Y. Hilton, Anquan Boldin, Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, Keenan Allen, Jeremy Maclin, Antonio Brown, Kamar Aiken, Allen Hurns, Rishard Matthews, Sammy Watkins, Travis Benjamin, Jamison Crowder, Andre Johnson, Eric Decker, Mike Wallace, Keshawn Martin, Josh Huf, Donte Moncrief, Marquess Wilson, Rueben Randle, Dwayne Harris, Stefon Diggs
Martellus Bennett, Travis Kelce, Jimmy Graham, Charles Clay, Jordan Cameron, Dwayne Allen, Zach Ertz, Vernon Davis
I use the same kickers in tournaments and cash games
Justin Tucker, Brandon McManus, Robbie Gould
I use the same defenses in tournaments and cash games
Jets, Bengals, Broncos, Packers, Vikings