I hope you have been using these plays because through nine weeks we have been absolutely smashing, cashing seven of the nine weeks for great profit. Fantasy Team Advice as a whole has just been killing it lately with NFL, NBA and NHL slates, shameless plug I know, and you can hop on board for just $15 a month. All that being said, we have what seems to be another straight-foward week in cash which is always a good thing. I will be in chat Sunday morning to help dive through cash plays and you can find me on twitter, @NotMyCousin, for any other questions over the week.
These plays are for the DraftKings 1pm main slate
Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons, $6,200
With DK’s tight quarterback pricing this year, I’m going to set this section as a minimum of $6,000 because it seems like Patrick Mahomes is the only player that’s going to be above $7,000. Ryan is having quietly the one of the best years of his career, the best since his MVP year in 2016, and no one seems to be on him. He is averaging 27.1 DK points per game and has hit 30 or more in five of nine games. The Falcons are only 3.5 point favorites which means this game should be competitive enough for Atlanta to keep throwing.
Other options: Patrick Mahomes, Aaron Rodgers, Jared Goff, Drew Brees, Phillip Rivers
Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns, $5,400
On the other side of that matchup is number one overall pick Baker Mayfield. We still have yet to see Baker’s ceiling but in a new offense that dropped him back 29 times last week, we could see that on Sunday. Atlanta has been awful against opposing quarterbacks, ranking second to last in fantasy points allowed. They are also super susceptible to attack in the middle of the field, where the Browns three best playmakers (Landry, Njoku, Johnson) will attack. This is the range you’ll want to be in for cash and Mayfield is a terrific option.
Other options: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Russ Wilson, Andrew Luck, Marcus Mariota
Melvin Gordon, Los Angeles Chargers, $9,000
If you’re asking why this isn’t Todd Gurley it’s because I feel like I shouldn’t have to keep saying to play him when his price keeps lowering. Don’t fade Gurley. It is extremely easy this week to roster both 9k running backs and have a well rounded team. Gordon missed the Chargers game before the bye but had a full compliment of carries last week which makes me think he is full go. He’s been second only to Gurley this season in terms of usage, especially in the red zone. He “only” scored 22 points against Oakland in week five which gives you a nice established floor for a guy with a 40 point ceiling.
Other options: Alvin Kamara, Kareem Hunt, Joe Mixon
David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals, $6,800
I’ve been a DJ truther since he took over in Arizona and it’s honestly sad what the coaching staff in Arizona made him this season. There is hope, however, as newly appointed offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich, relied on DJ for 20 touches last week. This is a great spot for him as the slow Cardinals will need to up their pace as road underdogs in order to keep up with the dynamic Chiefs offense.
Other options: Nick Chubb, Tevin Coleman
Duke Johnson, Cleveland Browns, $4,700
I’m not usually a guy that plugs in running backs in my cash team that don’t see upwards of 20 touches, but this is a tough spot to ignore. The Atlanta Falcons have absolutely hemorrhaged fantasy points to pass catching running backs this season. Not only are they allowing almost 19 DK points per game to opposing running backs, but they are allowing an average of 28 DK points per game to running backs who have three receptions or more. This play is purely reception based as Duke has never been a run between the tackles back. Duke figures to be a larger part of this new Cleveland offense, as we saw he caught nine passes on nine targets last week. That’s great efficiency and we could see even more this week.
Other options: Jordan Howard, Dion Lewis, Mark Ingram, Mike Davis (if Carson is out), Isaiah Crowell
Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals, $7,500
Flat out, Boyd has been much better than AJ Green this season. He has become one of Andy Dalton’s most trusted targets, seeing 49 receptions on the season with five games having five or more receptions. Green will be out the next couple weeks so Boyd should see even more marketshare. The Saints are also dead last two opposing wide receivers in terms of fantasy points allowed and second to last in terms of passing yards allowed.
Other options: Julio Jones, Michael Thomas, Keenan Allen, Tyreek Hill, Mike Evans
Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Green Bay Packers, $5,000
We talked about MVS a few weeks ago as a potential punt play in case both Geronimo Allison and Randall Cobb were out and that worked out way better than we expected as he scored 19.8 DK points at a $3,000 salary. Since then, he hasn’t hit under double digit fantasy points in any week he’s started opposite Davante Adams and is becoming a great option for Aaron Rodgers. Allison was put on injured reserve this week and MVS should factor into having another great game.
Other options: Cooper Kupp, Jarvis Landry, Josh Gordon, Marvin Jones, Larry Fitzgerald
Chris Conley, Kansas City Chiefs, $3,200
This play is only if Sammy Watkins is ruled out but as of Thursday he hasn’t practiced yet this week. Conley isn’t the greatest football player by any means but this is purely a savings play. I mentioned earlier that you could easily fit both Gordon and Gurley in your line and if Conley is viable, you could afford a top to mid-tier receiver as well. He doesn’t have to do much to hit value and he gives you a super affordable way to get exposure to the fantastic Chiefs offense.
Other options: Christian Kirk, Corey Davis, John Ross, Adam Humphries, Maurice Harris, David Moore (if Baldwin is out)
David Njoku, Cleveland Browns, $4,200
I want to preface this as saying Travis Kelce is the “top play” but this is for cash purposes and he’s too expensive to get there. Njoku has been a staple of my tight end player pool this year with his steady stream of targets as Baker Mayfield’s safety blanket. He’s a bit on the more expensive side for what you’d like to spend in cash but at a position with so much volatility, it’s nice to have safety.
Other options: Travis Kelce, Jimmy Graham, OJ Howard, Jack Doyle
Vernon Davis, Washington Redskins, $2,800
Alex Smith/Vernon Davis was one of the best QB-TE combo’s for a few years with the 49ers and it looks like Smith is favoring going back to old faithful again this season in Washington. Jordan Reed is currently questionable for Sunday’s game, shocking I know, so this would make Davis uber-chalk at the thin tight end position. This play is only viable if that’s the case, but lock him in if it is.
Other options: Trey Burton, Austin Hooper, CJ Uzomah, Chris Herndon
Defenses to consider
Chicago Bears, New York Jets, Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, Los Angeles Rams