DraftKings Cash Game Lineup
Welcome to the fourth installment of a weekly series where I provide you with what I think is the optimal cash game lineup. All prices, fantasy points, and analyses are based on DraftKings’ DFS platform. If you are unfamiliar with what cash games are, or if you are interested in my basic strategy, click here.
My cash lineup in Week 3 scored a respectable 118.20 fantasy points, a solid score considering the relatively low-scoring week we had. I dipped my toes into the head-to-head realm to try and switch things up and it went well as I won 83.3% of those. Hitting on Hurts and Olave helped this past week, especially when the chalk of all chalk, David Montgomery, left the game early with an ankle/knee injury. Most of the other positions in my lineup performed at or slightly below expectation, which was fine because of the Hurts/Olave performances.
Let’s keep this momentum going into my cash lineup for Week 4.
Similar to last week, I think all three of the top 3 QBs in salary are smart plays, so I’m selecting the one who makes the most sense given my cap situation, Lamar Jackson. DraftKings is starting to bump up his price to where it should be, but I think it’s still a couple of hundred bucks too low, so I’ll happily take the (slight) discount on the current #1 scorer in fantasy.
With RB being such a mess across fantasy this year, I’m going to target two mid-range guys who have plenty of floor and enough ceiling. The first is Khalil Herbert, a chalky, but good play. Many speculated throughout the offseason that Herbert was the most talented RB on the Chicago Bears, but HC Matt Eberflus seemed to disagree. His hand was forced to give Herbert more reps after Montgomery left the game with an injury, as I mentioned above. Herbert took this opportunity and ran with it. The sophomore RB delivered a massive stat line of 20-152-2 on the ground and 2-12-0 in the air, good enough for 33.9 DK points. If the Bears continue to establish it, Herbert will be one of the best plays at his salary of $5,700 this week.
The second RB is Josh Jacobs. I know, it’s gross. Unlike Herbert, I think Jacobs is a cash-only play because of the high floor he offers. Although he is averaging just 10.7 DK PPG, he is yet to score a TD and he is also coming off of a 5 target game, a feat he’s accomplished just 9 times in his 3+ year career. He’s one of the cheapest clear team RB1s at just $5,500, making him an easy addition to my cash lineup.
CeeDee Lamb is way, way too cheap. Lamb has the 2nd best target share in the NFL through 3 weeks, yet is priced at $6,700. His efficiency has lagged, but it likely won’t stay as low as it’s been so far. The Cowboys also host the Commanders in Week 4, a team that has averaged 21.0 PPG, a solid number. The Cowboys will be kept on their toes all game and will be put in lots of situations where they need to throw. $6,700 for 10-11 targets is a no-brain pick.
Here come the fun picks. These next two WRs are what make my lineup work.
One of the biggest storylines over the fantasy offseason was “Who will be Aaron Rodger’s No. 1 target?” The answer might be Romeo Doubs. The rookie has amassed a team-high 16 targets, with half of them coming in last week’s low-scoring win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I fully admit that there’s a lot of variance with him, and with Green Bay’s offense in general, but a $4,500 price tag makes it an almost risk-free investment. Doubs only needs 10 or so points to pay off his salary, and he’ll do that if he garners another 6-8 targets in Week 4.
The other punt WR, who I like even more than Doubs, is Richie James Jr. The Giants WR is a mess. Sterling Shepard tore his ACL, Kenny Golladay is dust, Kadarius Toney is in the doghouse, Wan’Dale has been injured, and Darius Slayton is a non-factor. Therefore, this likely leaves Richie James Jr. as the Giants WR1, at least this week. He’s coming off of a 5-target, 8-point game, which feels like his absolute floor this week. With Shepard out, James has an easy path to 6-8 targets on a salary of only $4,000. He is the easiest and best play in cash this week. I’m planting my flag.
It physically pains me to admit that I will not be punting on TE this week. Trust me, I want to, but there just aren’t any clear punt plays. Instead, I’ll pay up for Dallas Goedert. This is probably the component I feel least great about, but he’s still only $4,500, so a dud performance won’t sink my lineup. The Eagles play the Jaguars this week, a game that could feature a lot of points. Goedert is the TE6 in DK points, so his salary is fair. He’ll provide me with a decent floor and a good ceiling as well if he starts seeing more targets.
Stefon Diggs didn’t blow up nearly as much as I thought he would last Sunday, but DraftKings did still increase his salary from $7,700 to $8,400. Even with this increase, I think he’s still a value. Diggs is currently the WR1 in DK PPG, yet his salary of $8,400 is much below what we tend to see last year’s WR1, Cooper Kupp’s salary at. The Bills will square off against Baltimore in a game that profiles as a shootout, so there is no doubt in my mind Diggs will see plenty of targets, and in turn, fantasy points.
Alas, I am forced to play (and write about) DST once again. There are not any great options this week, at least at cost, so I’ll save some money by playing Houston at $2,400. They welcome a beat-up Chargers team to town, and even with limited defensive talent, we could see them put pressure on the banged-up Just Herbert if Rashawn Slater’s replacement at LT turns into a human turnstile.
DraftKings has started to catch up to the market with their pricing, but they’re still trailing on a few guys that I’m playing. Playing two sub $5,000 WRs allows me to pay up for the likes of Diggs and Jackson, while my two mid-range RBs offer a good floor/ceiling combo. I’m feeling great about this week, especially considering the lack of obvious options.
Here is the final lineup:
Jacob White is an avid fan of all things NFL, particularly fantasy football and the Chicago Bears. He is currently studying Economics at Wabash College where he hopes to learn the skills to further his career in the sports entertainment industry. He specializes in redraft, DFS, and best ball, where he routinely finishes at a profit, including a 2020 13-0 finish on the high-stakes KFFSC platform. You can find him on Twitter @FF_JacobWhite for additional advice on all things football and the semi-occasional homer tweet.