DraftKings Week Two Cash Plays
Week one was very profitable for us here at FTA, including a 10k Yahoo GPP winner! We will look to continue that success this week with week two of the NFL season. At first glance, lineup construction looks a bit tougher with less values to pick on. I will be on twitter to answer questions, @NotMyCousin, and in chat throughout this week and on Sunday morning.
These picks are based on DraftKings 1pm Sunday main slate.
Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints, $7,200
With both Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers in bad matchups, Brees is in a league of his own this weekend as the only QB over 7k. He threw for over 400 yards and three touchdowns last weekend for 34.56 DK points against Tampa Bay. He arguably has an even better matchup against the leaky Browns defense. If you’re trying to spend up at QB, look no further then Brees.
Alex Smith, Washington Redskins, $6,000
At the moment the guy I’m looking at this weekend in cash is Alex Smith. Smith has a fantastic matchup at home against the Colts, a team that just let up 17.5 DK points to Andy Dalton this past week. Smith looked solid in his Redskins debut, throwing for two touchdowns and 255 yards. He also has small rushing upside, he had 8 rushing attempts last week for 14 yards on the ground.
Other options: Ben Roethlisberger $6,900, Phillip Rivers $6,700, Cam Newton $6,600, Kirk Cousins $6,400, Pat Mahomes $6,100
Tyrod Taylor, Cleveland Browns, $5,900
Taylor always has a solid floor due to his rushing upside. He is just 100 cheaper than Smith so it’ll be a tough choice that’ll likely come down to lineup construction. This weekend he goes against the Saints defense who just gave up a whopping 45.3 DK points to Ryan Fitzpatrick. I’m more on the side of the Saints defense being that bad as a week one enigma, but Taylor should hit value against them.
Other options: Matt Ryan $5,700, Mitchell Trubisky $5,200
Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints, $9,500
Kamara’s price rose a cool $1000 from week one and for good reason as he exploded for 46.1 DK points last week. Like Brees, he has a great matchup against the Browns and should see game-script more in his favor as the Saints should be leading in most of the game. Unfortunately, his price might be too hard to get to this week and you’re going to want to prioritize the two backs I’m about to talk about.
Other options: Todd Gurley $9,200
Melvin Gordon, San Diego Chargers, $7,400/James Conner, Pittsburgh Steelers, $6,700
In my opinion, these should be the first two players you put in your cash lineup this weekend. Both have tremendous matchups and huge workloads ahead of them. Gordon saw nine catches last week, a career high. I don’t think it will reach that again but it’s definitely nice to see that the Chargers want to use him in the passing game. Last season, Gordon had ridiculous home/road splits seeing 23.5 DK points per game on the road as opposed to a little over 13 at home. Meanwhile, Conner was heavily relied on in the Le’Veon Bell role for the Steelers last week. He saw 36 touches last week and should see about that same number this week in the highest team total matchup of the week at 53 o/u.
Other options: Christian McCaffrey $7,000, Dalvin Cook $6,500, Jay Ajayi $6,300, Devonta Freeman $6,000 (better if Tevin Coleman is out)
James White, New England Patriots, $4,500
At the time of this article being written the Patriots might only have one back healthy for Sunday’s game against the Jaguars. Rex Burkhead is dealing with a concussion, Sony Michel is still questionable and they lost Jeremy Hill last weekend for the season. That leaves White as the lone back in New England. With superior PPR upside and potentially all the rushing work, White is a virtual lock at this price.
Other options: Chris Thompson $5,900, TJ Yeldon $5,600 (only if Fournette is out), Adrian Peterson $5,500, Bilal Powell $5,100, Matt Breida $4,800, Isaiah Crowell $4,600, Alfred Morris $3,600
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers, $8,800
AB quietly had a great game last week despite being in terrible conditions and having road Ben to deal with. This week the Steelers will be home and have the advantage of playing the Chiefs in the highest O/U in the slate. If you can get up to him he is a fantastic play at sub 9k.
Other options: Michael Thomas $8,600, Deandre Hopkins $8,000, Tyreek Hill $7,600
Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos, $5,600
Last week we touted Sanders and Keenum, this week Thomas looks like a solid play at a sub 6k price tag. He was targeted 10 times last week by Keenum which resulted in six catches for 63 yards and a touchdown. With the lack of value on this slate, Thomas should be a solid floor play with good upside at his price.
Other options: Juju Smith-Schuster $6,400, Jarvis Landry $6,300, Emmanuel Sanders $6,200, Josh Gordon $5,800, Cooper Kupp $5,500, Pierre Garcon $5,000 (if Goodwin is out)
Devin Funchess, Carolina Panthers, $4,700
There are a few guys I like in this range but if hard pressed to make a decision I think Funchess is the guy. Last year he saw immense usage once the Panthers lost Greg Olsen and shipped Kelvin Benjamin to Buffalo. The Panthers really only have Cam, McCaffrey and Funchess as their playmakers now with Olsen out again. He didn’t have the greatest of games last week but with the lack of talent on that Carolina offense, I expect Cam to target him a good bit this week.
Other options: Kenny Golladay $4,800, Quincy Enunwa $4,700, Chris Godwin $4,600, Jakeem Grant $3,900 (if Parker is out), Mike Williams $3,700
Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots, $7,000
As long as Gronk is healthy you will always see him in this spot. He was targeted eight times last week and amounted seven catches for 123 yards and a touchdown. The problem is his price and that there will always be good value to be found at tight end. For me he is an elite GPP player with great upside, but this weekend he doesn’t have a great matchup with Jacksonville’s fast linebackers.
Other options: Zach Ertz $6,100, Travis Kelce $5,900, Jordan Reed $5,000
George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers, $3,800
Kittle was targeted a team high nine times last week by Jimmy G and hauled in five of those passes for 90 yards and almost came down with a huge touchdown as well. If Marquise Goodwin is out this weekend, Kittle should be a great play at a great price again this week.
Other options: Jack Doyle $4,000, David Njoku $3,000
Defenses to consider
Rams $3,700, Chargers $3,600, Broncos $3,300, Redskins $2,700, Texans $2,600, Jets $2,500Fantasy Football