Whew, the off-season is waaay too long but here we are week one of the 2019 NFL season. So let’s get straight into the week one cash lineup.
QB: Carson Wentz
Quarterback is a position to pay down for in cash games. Wentz is way underpriced. Even though the Eagles are favored by 10 points, the game flow shouldn’t hurt us. He’s capable of throwing for 300 yards and a couple touchdowns and will be a great value play and saves money for other positions.
RB1: Saquon Barkley
He’s a one man team at this point and will have to do a lot. Usually I would hate the game flow. Cowboys will take the lead early and we’d expect a bunch of passes but Barkley can be just as dangerous through the air as he is on the ground.
RB2: Dalvin Cook
Taking running backs (especially receiving backs) was a strategy used all last season against the Atlanta Falcons. Running backs were targeted 9.12 times through the air last season and got 20.69 carries. at $6,000 I’ll take that volume.
WR1: Chris Godwin
The Bucs/49’ers game should be a shoot out with an implied total of 51 points, the highest on the main slate. We expect to see a lot of passing and little defense. Both Godwin and Mike Evans should be great options but I’ll take Godwin with the price given.
WR2: Christian Kirk
It’s been talked about all season how Kliff Kingsbury is going to make this one high powered offense. Everyone on this team has seen a stock increase. The Cardinals are expected to be playing from behind giving us a lot of passing this game. Does this become the season where Fitzgerald is no longer WR1?
WR3: Dede Westbrook
Westbrook should be the top owned wide receiver taken. Another slot receiver looking to get quite a few looks. Westbrook has already improved in his first two seasons even with Blake Bortles at quarterback. Now Foles is the starting quarterback who threw to his slot receiver 70.9% of the time last season.
FLEX: Chris Carson
The Seahawks don’t pass a lot and are expected favorites. Carson is somewhat involved in the passing game and should see a good share of carries in what I expect to be an easy game for the Seahawks at home. Take the lead and hold the lead by running the clock out with the running game.
TE: Evan Engram
It’s quite known that the Giants are hurting for pass catchers. Sterling Shepard and Cody Latimer are the teams top wide receivers with Golden Tate suspended. Targets are hard to find with tight ends unless you want to pay up for Kelce, Kittle, or Ertz but with Engram as one of the only threats beyond Barkley we should see Engram get plenty of opportunities.
DEF: Seattle Seahawks
Defenses are always picked last. They are hard to predict and the spread usually isn’t too large. In a cash game lineup I want to pick one that shouldn’t give up a lot of points. The Bengals simply aren’t good and are playing on the road. Plus the Seahawks are home favorites.