Last week was a tough week to decipher for cash lineups as there were a lot of overlap in terms of who people played. I think this week will be a little different with a lot more values to choose from than there were last week. Seven of the thirteen games have a implied total of 47 or more points so there will be plenty of options to target this Sunday. I will be in chat Sunday morning and the rest of this week to get through what seems to be a tough week. You can also find me on Twitter @NotMyCousin if I’m not around chat.
These plays are for the DraftKings 1pm main slate
Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs, $7,000
Mahomes has been by far the best quarterback this season in terms of fantasy relevance, really in a league of his own, and we get him at a slight discount this week. He has yet to score under 20 DK points in any game this season and is averaging 31 points per game, but is going against a really tough Baltimore defense. Still, he is priced down $600 from last week and should be considered in cash even in a tough match-up. He easily has the highest ceiling of any quarterback on the slate and can be had with the multiple values there are this week if you want to pay up for him.
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers, $6,000
If you had told me at the beginning of the season that Aaron Rodgers would drop down to only $6,000 I wouldn’t have believed you. Sure he and the Packers are having a down year, but this price is absurd for maybe the most talented quarterback in the whole league. Not to mention he’s facing one of the worst defenses in terms of points allowed in the Atlanta Falcons. The big risk here is that we don’t know how the Green Bay offense will play with a new head coach. Rodgers has been priced below $6,300 four times this season and in those games has averaged 21.4 DK points, while also topping 30 once. I’m not calling Rodgers a lock with other good options, but this is a spot you need to think about.
Other options: Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, Cam Newton, Jameis Winston
Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills, $5,500
It’s always gross rostering a Buffalo Bill in cash but Allen’s play cannot be ignored. Since he’s come back from injury two weeks ago, he’s totaled 57.4 DK points in that span. He has a very consistent floor with his rushing ability averaging almost 50 rushing yards per game. The real question is can you stomach playing him in cash? The Bills cut loose both Andre Holmes and Kelvin Benjamin yesterday so he will be without a couple weapons (if you even want to call them that). In my opinion it’ll really be about who you want to pay up for. There are multiple skill players to look at at the 5k and under range so you may not need Allen to fit guys in.
Other options: Andrew Luck, Lamar Jackson, Baker Mayfield, Dak Prescott
Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys, $8,600
Here’s where roster construction starts to get fun. There are a lot of studs in great spots that you’ll want to look at and Zeke is at the forefront. This week it’ll be tough to get two top backs, something we’ve done almost every week this season, and there are four very viable backs in this range. I’m highlighting Zeke not because I don’t like the other guys, it’s because he’s blowing the other guys out in terms of volume. He’s scored no less than 25 DK points in the last four weeks and has also averaged almost 29 touches and hit 30 or more three of the last four weeks. He is very utilized in the passing game, seeing the most targets he’s seen in any year since he came into the league. Philadelphia has been very giving to opposing running backs the last four weeks allowing 15 (Peterson), 22 (Barkley), 17.8 (Kamara), 25.3 (Ingram) and 39.7 (Elliott) DK points in that span. At a slight discount to guys like CMC and Barkley, Zeke is a good way to get insane volume at a cheaper price.
Other options: Christian McCaffrey, Saquon Barkley, Alvin Kamara
Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers, $7,200
Like Rodgers, Aaron Jones is in a prime spot and is way under-priced but we still don’t know how Green Bay will run their offense. The Falcons have been a spot we’ve targeted all year with running backs as they just hemorrhage points to the points to the position. They rank dead last to opposing backs and Jones is very utilized on the ground and through the air. The problem was Mike McCarthy seemed hellbent on splitting time between him and Jamaal Williams, so we’ll have to see if that continues with the new head coach.
Other options: James White, Davis Johnson, Phillip Lindsay, Sony Michel, Mark Ingram, Lamar Miller, LeSean McCoy
Jaylen Samuels, Pittsburgh Steelers, $3,700
Unfortunately for me, James Conner will be out for my season long team but luckily as a DFS player, I can take advantage of the supreme value Samuels gives us. Mike Tomlin came out this week and said the position will be a committee with Samuels and Stevan Ridley but we want to target Samuels because of his usage in the passing game. Also, Ridley has the propensity to put the ball on the ground, A LOT, so if that happens I could see him being phased out altogether. At a sub 4k price tag, Samuels doesn’t have to do a whole lot to hit value and the Steelers are a team that love to involve their running backs.
Other options: Adrian Peterson, Jeff Wilson Jr., Justin Jackson (if Melvin Gordon is out)
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers, $9,000
Last week, people started to talk about how Brown was falling off a cliff during a down year and Brown responded to those criticisms with a 10/154/1 stat line in prime-time. AB is the highest salaried receiver and with good reason as he is facing a terrible Raiders defense who are allowing over seven yards per play to every position. It’ll be tough to get to him in cash with the other studs on the board, but if Samuels isn’t playing well and the Steelers decide to abandon the run, AB could be targeted over 15 times again.
Other options: Michael Thomas, Davante Adams, Odell Beckham Jr., JuJu Smith-Schuster
Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers, $7,400
I’m going to keep forcing Allen into my lineup every week he’s under 8k as DraftKings just isn’t catching up to how good he’s been over the last month. He has averaged over 11 targets per game in the last five weeks and got a staggering 19 targets last week against Pittsburgh. This week, he’ll be going up against a terrible Cincinnati secondary that have allowed an average of 18.3 DK points to receivers that have accrued seven or more targets. Allen hasn’t hit under seven targets in that five week span and is one of the few guys I’m locking in this week as he is simply way too cheap.
Other options: Julio Jones, Amari Cooper, Kenny Golladay, Emmanuel Sanders, Jarvis Landry
Adam Humphries/Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, $4,900
In my opinion, at least one of the guys need to be in your lineup and I wouldn’t argue it if you played both. Humphries is close to a lock for me as he is seeing a lot of volume as the Bucs WR2, Godwin is better if Desean Jackson sits again. We mentioned last week that the Bucs throw the ball over 80% of the time and they are currently eight point underdogs in a implied total of almost 59 points against the Saints. The Saints defense has been much better the last four to five weeks but this is a spot that is much different that any they have faced in recent weeks.
Other options: Larry Fitzgerald, Courtland Sutton, Zay Jones, Bruce Ellington, Chris Conley (if Sammy Watkins is out)
Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs, $6,700
For the first week this season, I’m paying up at tight end. Kelce has just been a monster and really just needs to be treated as a mid-tier wide receiver for the amount of routes he runs and the volume he sees in the passing game. The Baltimore defense is very good but where you need to target them is at tight end. They rank 16th against them and don’t really have anyone that can cover Kelce. It’s a tough way to build your lineup but that’s why I mentioned it’ll be hard to get two top backs this week. In my opinion, a core of a 8k or more running back, Keenan Allen and Travis Kelce is what you want to start with in cash.
Other options: Zach Ertz, Eric Ebron
Vance McDonald, Pittsburgh Steelers, $3,800
The third Steeler to make this article really shows just how bad the Oakland Raiders are. If you elect not to play Kelce there really aren’t any values I love outside of McDonald. He has seen at least five targets in the last three weeks, which isn’t the highest number but is acceptable for a guy under 4k in a cushy match-up.
Other options: Cameron Brate, Chris Herndon
Defenses to consider
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