DraftKings Cash Game
Welcome to the seventh 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.
Finally, my lineup fared well and I got a little lucky with my matchups. I won 85.7% of my head to heads, easily my best finish this year. I ran into the nuts at DST with the Jets and Allen and Andrews proved why they were worth paying up for. Lockett, Pickens, and Benjamin were a little disappointing, but the rest of my lineup carried the load and I had a successful week.
Let’s build upon last week and try to replicate that success in Week 7.
Between the cap not being too tight this week and the other elite mobile QBs off of the main slate, Lamar Jackson ($8,000) is the obvious choice in cash this week. He had been dealing with a hip injury earlier in the week, but he practiced in full on Thursday and Friday and now has no injury designation. With J.K. Dobbins out with a knee injury and the Browns ranking dead last in Rush EPA/play, Lamar could see an increased role in the running game, giving him an even higher floor than usual.
As I mentioned earlier, I didn’t find myself too constrained with salary this week and that’s largely due to D’Onta Foreman ($4,000). We rarely get to play a team’s starting RB at the stone minimum, but with Christian McCaffrey being traded after prices locked, we now have that opportunity. Some people will beat the drum for Chuba Hubbard over D’Onta Foreman, but I like Foreman more for three reasons: 1) I think he’s more talented, 2) Chuba is more expensive ($4,600), and 3) Foreman has out carried Chuba by a factor of two this season. Foreman is a must-play in cash this week.
I’m going back to the well this week and playing Kenneth Walker ($5,800) again. As I mentioned last week, the dude is good at football. He also scored 19.0 DK points last week and his salary only increased by 400. He’s still a bargain and I’ll be playing him in cash until he gets too expensive. For now, he’s a great value, so he’s in my cash lineup.
I had no intention of playing Amon-Ra St. Brown ($7,100) in cash this week until I saw his salary. Before his injury, he was priced at $7,600, which was still probably a little low. He has been a full participant this whole week in practice so I don’t anticipate this injury to affect his play. Therefore, we’re getting an awesome discount on the second-year breakout star WR and he’s a great cash play.
It feels like CeeDee Lamb ($6,800) has been a value every week this year, yet he still hasn’t had an amazing game. This could change this week as QB Dak Prescott will return for the Cowboys. Lamb has had plenty of volume this year but lacked efficiency, likely due to Cooper Rush being his QB for most of the season. I expect Lamb to return to his old ways and obliterate the Lions’ horrible secondary.
Like Lamb, it seems like Brandin Cooks ($6,000) has been in the conversation for cash weekly. Also similar to Lamb, he has received plenty of volume but has been inefficient. It’s hard to see this part increasing since Mills is still the starting QB, but he will be playing against the only secondary in the NFL better than Detriot, namely the Raiders secondary. If the Raiders secondary continues to struggle, we could finally be presented for the big Cooks game we have been waiting all season for.
This is my favorite part of the cash lineup and the reason I could play so many guys in the $5,800-$7,1000. Greg Dulcich ($2,500) is coming off of his first career NFL game where he tallied 2 catches for 44 yards and a TD on 3 targets and we get to play him at the minimum salary. Dulcich was selected as the 3rd TE off the board in the 3rd round in this past year’s draft and was viewed by some as the best TE in the class. After bursting onto the scene on primetime, Dulcich will likely only see his role increase. He was the first player I put in this lineup for a reason. He, like Juwan Johnson and Cade Otton a few weeks ago, is the key to the cash slate.
Josh Jacobs ($6,500) probably has to come back to Earth at some point, but hopefully, it’s not in Week 7. Even if it is this week, he has been getting so much volume lately that a lack of efficiency won’t hurt his value too much. Jacobs is as safe a play at RB under $7,000 this week and because of the relative abundance of cap I have this week, he’s an auto play in cash this week.
Playing a punt DST paid off in a big way last week as the Jets went off for 20.0 DK points, but with no clear punt D this week, I’m paying up a little to get the Broncos DST ($3,300). With all of the drama surrounding Russell Wilson and the Broncos, most fans aren’t aware that Denver has one of the best defenses in the NFL, ranking second in defensive EPA/play. The Jets haven’t been spectacular this season and could get truly shut down by the Broncos this week.
This lineup is one of my favorites so far. Most weeks I don’t feel “in control.” Either salary is too tight or there are too many obvious plays, meaning you have to play all those players (at least in cash) to keep up. This week, the cap was a little looser and there were only a few obvious plays, so I felt like I got to build the lineup exactly how I wanted to. Guys like Lamar, St. Brown, Lamb, and Jacobs will give the lineup a solid floor and pave the way for Dulcich and Foreman to deliver as the true value plays.
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.