Each week I breakdown what the optimal lineups are for the main slate. I tend to run these Friday afternoon or Friday night to get the closest to final weekend projections and managing to get this some view time for you folks. Our optimizer constantly updates projections, so you may see some changes from what you find here. I highly encourage playing around with the optimizer, running models, changing projections, locking, excluding, and building various ways. These optimal lineups can be a base to your personal lineups, or to suggest what plays the optimizer is really keying in on. Below are Cash, GPP, and Stack lineups with brief thoughts on the potential success of the lineup. Premium users access all three, while non-premium will find just the cash lineup.
I am glad to see the optimizer go a different route in in cash games than Russell Wilson. Philip Rivers had a let down week last time out, but gets another rebound spot. Rivers has actually been playing well down the stretch, which is where we usually see him fade away. Given him and Keenan Allen are on a real hot streak, that should continue against an average Washington secondary.
Much like everyone else, given the price tag of Giovani Bernard, and now stepping into a larger role, he will be a very popular play. Chicago has allowed over 24 points on the road this season, which is essentially cut in half when playing at home. Cincy should manage, despite not playing well on the offensive side as a whole. Carlos Hyde is always a tough sell for me, especially fading any real top tier running back. Houston is middle of the road against the run, and Hyde's workload is still in place.
DeAndre Hopkins is in a prime spot against San Francisco's bottom five secondary, and the optimizer is deciding to pay up at the wide receiver position. Adam Thielen is also plugged in, who is not in a bad one on one matchup against Captain Munnerlyn. Carolina doesn't appeal to people as a team to target, so we should get lower ownership.
Jack Doyle has been the go-to guy for Jacoby Brissett this season, and Doyle is cheap enough on FanDuel this week where he really stands out. Greg Zuerlein has been one of the highest scoring fantasy kickers in quite a while, and Green Bay against Cleveland is a little pricey, but in play.