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I hope everyone had a happy holiday season and a wonderful start to their new year! Loved seeing all of the screenshots of wins last week. Always nice to come back to see everyone winning! Lets get back to it and are dive into a crazy 15-game Week 17 NFL DFS main slate.
The purpose of this article is to identify my top plays for a NFL DFS cash game lineup on DraftKings and FanDuel Sunday Main Slates (also known as a double-up). Players in this article are usually a mix of the following:

  • High-floor/high-volume “safer” players (players with a very low bust-rate)
  • VALUE PLAYS
  • Not a part of a stack – Stacking is great for GPPs, but if you stack in cash games, your lineup is entirely too dependent on said stacked team. If that team does poorly, your whole lineup does… Not a risk we need to take in a cash game. QB/WR pairing is fine, but unless there’s extreme value in a 3-man stack, let’s keep it to QB/WR or QB/TE at most.
  • Extremely chalky for the week… in GPP’s I’ll usually always fade volatile players at > 40% ownership, but in cash games, it’s usually best to eat the chalk. If that player underperforms, it does not hinder your ability to cross the pay-line as 40% or more of the field is in the same boat. If you fade this player(s) and he has a great game, your lineup is likely toast… as you’re now behind 40% or more of the field. Make sense? If not, hit me up on Discord/Twitter to discuss further.

In my opinion, cash games are extremely important for long-term bankroll building and sustainability. I’ll consistently use at least 50% of my weekly bankroll towards cash games. It’s not sexy, but it works and allows me to take big shots in high dollar GPPs.

Long story short, if we hit our cash games each week, the worst we can do is break-even (not counting your GPP shots with the remaining 50% of your weekly bankroll). The weeks you hit both, you smash. The weeks you miss your GPPs, your cash game lineup will carry you. It’s my job to ensure you always hit those cash games.

If you haven’t yet, I would strongly advise giving my NFL DFS Strategy article I published this offseason before diving into the 2020 NFL DFS season. If you have any questions or would like some further help when building your lineups, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly on Twitter. Without further ado, let’s do this thing!

*Some notes on what I believe to be the “optimal” roster build for NFL DFS Cash Games. I’ll include this in all the Checkdown articles moving forward. For Week 17, please see below for my notes on roster construction:

  • CHALK REPORT: Ty Montgomery, Derrick Henry, Jon Taylor, Alexander Mattison, Davante Adams, Justin Jefferson, and George Kittle project to be incredibly high in cash game ownership (over 40%). I think we’ll likely want to lock in AT LEAST THREE of them in our NFL DFS cash lineups. 
  • Small player pool this week and you’ll notice that in the article.
  • Just because a player is not mentioned in this article, does not mean they are not cash viable.
  • AETY Model Projections change throughout the week, please ensure you check out our final projections before lock!
  • I update this article periodically through the week. Be sure to check back on Saturday night / Sunday morning for any additions/revisions!!

NFL DFS Quarterbacks

Crunched for time this week so just listing off the players in my cash pool:

Top QB Targets

  1. Lamar Jackson – save for cash, but blowout potential in this one. Lamar will go balls to the wall to win this game, let’s just hope it stays close to keep him in all four quarters.
  2. Ryan Tannehill – Top play for me. Houston’s defense is awful, we just smashed with Brandon Allen last week, lol.
  3. Aaron Rodgers – No one as safe as Rodgers in hopes to close out his MVP season and a first round BYE.

Value QB Targets

4. Drew Lock – Any opportunity to pick on the Raiders’ defense

5. Kirk Cousins – Expecting a Vikings’ pass attack onslaught

Running Backs

  1. Derrick Henry
  2. Jonathan Taylor – Has the ability to put up Henry-like numbers today against a Jacksonville team that has no interest in winning a football game.
  3. Myles Gaskin – AETY Model likes his chances at garnering the third most touches on this slate in a must-win game for the Dolphins. Workload/Volume is incredibly important in NFL DFS cash game builds.
  4. Melvin Gordon – Don’t use him with Drew Lock in cash, but great price for a three-down back against arguably the worst run defense in the NFL (it’s them or Houston, lol).
  5. Wayne Gallman – Vander Esch is one of the key run-stoppers for Dallas and he again will miss this game. Expect the Giants to lean on Gallman for 16+ touches in a must-win game.
  6. Ty Montgomery – Disgusting, but there’s no running back healthy for New Orleans. He should be a lock for 3-5 catches, but don’t be surprised if Taysom Hill gets the goal-line work.
  7. Malcolm Brown – Cam Akers may suit up but my guess is that’s for an emergency backup role. Brown should get a ton of touches in a game the Rams must win to have playoff hopes.

    Honorable Mention: D’Andre Swift, Nick Chubb, Rodney Smith, Ty Johnson

Wide Receivers

  1. Davante Adams
  2. Justin Jefferson
  3. Robert Woods – only game in town for the Rams if you’re not using Malcolm Brown
  4. AJ Brown – matchup against Vernon Hargreaves in the highest total game on the slate… yes, please.
  5. Tyler Lockett – San Francisco secondary is extremely banged up and this is the perfect buy-low week for Lockett who’s price dropped significantly on NFL DFS slates.
  6. Laviska Shenault – Too cheap for the WR1 in JAX in a game they’ll be chasing points from the get-go.
  7. Jerry Jeudy – AETY expects his target share to be ~30% for the day… at $4,200 on DraftKings sign me up.

    Value WRs
  8. Marquez Callaway – my preferred punt at the WR position.
  9. Josh Reynolds – meh
  10. Richie James

Tight Ends

  1. George Kittle
  2. Darren Waller
  3. Jonnu Smith
  4. Irv Smith
  5. Jordan Akins
  6. Noah Fant

*Defense is all over the board today with multiple teams sitting their starters. Most of my builds go to Jets or the Browns*

NFL DFS Sample Lineup

QB: Ryan Tannehill
RB: Derrick Henry
RB: Ty Montgomery
WR: Justin Jefferson
WR: Tyler Lockett
WR: Richie James
TE: Jordan Akins
Flex: Jonathan Taylor
DST: New York Jets

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Thanks a ton to Adam for filling in the past two weeks while I was out of town for my bachelor party then strictly prepping for the DraftKings World Championship! I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a wonderful holiday season thus far! Lets get back to it and are dive into a nice 10-game Week 16 NFL DFS slate. Also, good luck to everyone who made their season long Championships!!

The purpose of this article is to identify my top plays for a NFL DFS cash game lineup on DraftKings and FanDuel Sunday Main Slates (also known as a double-up). Players in this article are usually a mix of the following:

  • High-floor/high-volume “safer” players (players with a very low bust-rate)
  • VALUE PLAYS
  • Not a part of a stack – Stacking is great for GPPs, but if you stack in cash games, your lineup is entirely too dependent on said stacked team. If that team does poorly, your whole lineup does… Not a risk we need to take in a cash game. QB/WR pairing is fine, but unless there’s extreme value in a 3-man stack, let’s keep it to QB/WR or QB/TE at most.
  • Extremely chalky for the week… in GPP’s I’ll usually always fade volatile players at > 40% ownership, but in cash games, it’s usually best to eat the chalk. If that player underperforms, it does not hinder your ability to cross the pay-line as 40% or more of the field is in the same boat. If you fade this player(s) and he has a great game, your lineup is likely toast… as you’re now behind 40% or more of the field. Make sense? If not, hit me up on Discord/Twitter to discuss further.

In my opinion, cash games are extremely important for long-term bankroll building and sustainability. I’ll consistently use at least 50% of my weekly bankroll towards cash games. It’s not sexy, but it works and allows me to take big shots in high dollar GPPs.

Long story short, if we hit our cash games each week, the worst we can do is break-even (not counting your GPP shots with the remaining 50% of your weekly bankroll). The weeks you hit both, you smash. The weeks you miss your GPPs, your cash game lineup will carry you. It’s my job to ensure you always hit those cash games.

If you haven’t yet, I would strongly advise giving my NFL DFS Strategy article I published this offseason before diving into the 2020 NFL DFS season. If you have any questions or would like some further help when building your lineups, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly on Twitter. Without further ado, let’s do this thing!

*Some notes on what I believe to be the “optimal” roster build for NFL DFS Cash Games. I’ll include this in all the Checkdown articles moving forward. For Week 16, please see below for my notes on roster construction:

  • CHALK REPORT: David Montgomery, Austin Ekeler, Le’Veon Bell, and Travis Kelce project to be incredibly high in cash game ownership (over 35%). I think we’ll likely want to lock in AT LEAST ONE of them in our NFL DFS cash lineups. It’s surprisingly a decent spread on ownership this week.
  • Small player pool this week and you’ll notice that in the article.
  • Just because a player is not mentioned in this article, does not mean they are not cash viable.
  • AETY Model Projections change throughout the week, please ensure you check out our final projections before lock!
  • I update this article periodically through the week. Be sure to check back on Saturday night / Sunday morning for any additions/revisions!!

NFL DFS Quarterbacks

  1. Patrick Mahomes ($8,500 DK / $9,400 FD) – He’s the most pricey quarterback on the slate and likely the highest in ownership. We don’t care about either of those things this week. It’s Patrick Mahomes, at home, against a banged up Atlanta Falcons secondary who are giving up an expected minimum of 290 passing yards. Not to mention the Chiefs just lost their lead running back, Clyde Edwards-Helaire.

    Mahomes and this passing attack are going to go nuts.
  2. Jalen Hurts ($7,000 DK / $8,200 FD) – If you need some savings, ride the hot hand of Jalen Hurts against Dallas. Both of these teams have been playing and an impressive quick pace and should offer little-to-no defense. Hurts clearly is a more than just a Taysom Hill like quarterback as Pederson and company called over 40 pass plays last week. They trust this kid and so should you.
  3. Mitch Trubisky ($5,700 DK / $7,200 FD) – If you need a value play, look no further than Trubisky against the 32nd ranked pass defense (DVOA). Jacksonville is an absolute trash football team right now and clearly will be trying to lose this game to sure up the #1 overall draft pick.

    Honorable Mention: Justin Herbert

Running Backs

  1. David Montgomery ($7,700 DK / $7,800 FD) – Extremely valuable on FanDuel as opposed to DraftKings, but likely to be the highest owned running back on both sites. Montgomery has been on fire lately and likely won’t be slowed down in this matchup against Jacksonville. I don’t think Montgomery is a must-play (on DraftKings), but he’s likely the top-dog running back on a small Week 16 NFL DFS slate.

    Personally, give me the guy below him.
  2. Miles Sanders ($7,000 DK / $7,300 FD) – On a small slate with not a whole lot of running back talent, I will make sure to roster one of the most talented runners on the slate (toss up between Sanders and Nick Chubb). In this case, I’m going with Miles Sanders on both sites due to the significant discount. Doug Pederson is done getting cute and not unleashing Miles Sanders as he’s racked up over 80% of the snaps in the past two weeks.

    In a game with no defense, give me all of the Miles Sanders I can get against the 25th ranked run defense (DVOA).
  3. Melvin Gordon ($5,600 DK / $6,400 FD) – ALL THE WAY IN ON MELVIN GORDON.
    – Revenge game
    – No Philip Lindsay
    – The Chargers are one of the worst run defenses in the NFL
    – The Meme Play of Week 16
https://twitter.com/StixPicks/status/1342876494297767942

4. Le’Veon Bell ($5,800 DK / $6,400 FD) – With no CEH, Le’Veon Bell is an easy freesquare this week. Personally, I don’t think he’s a must play either, but this is a very affordable way to get exposure to the best offense on this slate (by a mile). If he’s going to be 40% or higher in NFL DFS cash game ownership, it won’t hurt to roster Bell. A double-digit, home-favorite running back is something we always invest in.

5. Gio Bernard ($4,800 DK / $6,000 FD) – Way too cheap on DraftKings against a Houston defense that absolutely bleeds fantasy points to opposing running backs and ranks 29th in run defense DVOA. Yikes.

Honorable Mention: Nick Chubb, Austin Ekeler, Kareem Hunt

Wide Receivers

  1. Calvin Ridley ($8,500 DK / $9,400 FD) – Too expensive for me, but it’s hard not to love the only game in town for the Atlanta Falcons, especially when they’ll be chasing points all game long.
  2. Allen Robinson ($7,700 DK / $7,500 FD) – His pricing on FanDuel makes zero sense so absolutely lock him in over there and likely do the same on DraftKings. This is a must-win game for the Bears (I find it very hard to believe this game will even be close) but they’ll get Allen Robinson going early in this game and take advantage of the worst secondary in the NFL.
  3. Jarvis Landry ($6,900 DK / $6,500 FD) – Keep an eye on this game’s status with Cleveland having COVID-19 issues, but if it goes, Landry is in another elite spot on the inside of the Jets’ 29th ranked pass defense. Cleveland is in a must-win game and won’t hesitate to score at will to start this game.
  4. Robert Woods ($7,000 DK / $7,300 FD) & Cooper Kupp ($6,600 DK / $6,800 FD) – We have picked on Seattle’s secondary all year long and I refuse to quit now after a few poor weeks from the Rams’ offense. McVay will be on a mission to right the ship this week and I’m expecting a big output for the Rams’ passing attack with Cam Akers out with an injury.
  5. Tee Higgins ($4,700 DK / $5,800 FD) & AJ Green ($3,400 DK / $5,500 FD) – No Tyler Boyd = load up on Tee Higgins and/or AJ Green. I strongly prefer the upside in Tee Higgins who will see a lot of Vernon Hargreaves in coverage, but you can certainly punt down to AJ Green as well if you don’t use Higgins. Houston’s defense as a whole is trash.
  6. Jamison Crowder ($4,500 DK ONLY) – Not in love with the play, but if this game stays on schedule for Sunday, Crowder’s price is way too low for the expected target share against a poor Cleveland secondary.

    Honorable Mention: Brandin Cooks, Tyler Lockett, Mike Williams (if Keenan Allen is OUT), Cam Sims

Tight Ends

  1. Travis Kelce ($8,500 DK / $8,800 FD) – It’s Travis Kelce and it’s a matchup against the Falcons (27th in DVOA against opposing tight ends), but most of all, it’s Travis Kelce.
  2. Mark Andrews ($5,700 DK ONLY) – He needs to be priced up over $6K. If you can’t afford Kelce, Mark Andrews is a clear number two option here at the tight end position.
  3. Logan Thomas ($4,900 DK / $6,000 FD) – Helluva price hike over the past few weeks but this dude is just an absolute target machine (regardless of who plays QB). Better yet, Terry McLaurin is likely out for this matchup. Thomas will be a busy man on Sunday.

    Honorable Mention: Noah Fant, Hayden Hurst, Dallas Goedert

Defense / Special Teams

I’ll rarely write about defense and special teams in the Cash Game Checkdown. I believe it’s much more important to lock in your key skill position players and hopefully a solid defense fits your build for NFL DFS cash games. Prices considered, here’s who I’ll take a look at:

  1. Chicago Bears
  2. Cleveland Browns
  3. Washington Football Team
  4. Houston Texans
  5. Carolina Panthers
  6. Denver Broncos

NFL DFS Cash Game Sample Lineup

QB: Patrick Mahomes
RB: Giovani Bernard
RB: Melvin Gordon
WR: Tee Higgins
WR: Jamison Crowder
WR: Cooper Kupp
TE: Mark Andrews
FLEX: Miles Sanders
DST: Denver Broncos

Good luck this week!

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Another great week for Week 11 NFL DFS Cash Games! I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving and are ready to get right back at it for a solid Week 12 slate (without a lot of terrible games that are easy fades and just a few up-paced games where we really want to invest). Let’s go.

I’ve been under the weather recently so won’t be writing a whole lot about each player. Just DM on Twitter/Discord this week if you need to talk over your build with someone.

The purpose of this article is to identify my top plays for a NFL DFS cash game lineup on DraftKings and FanDuel Sunday Main Slates (also known as a double-up). Players in this article are usually a mix of the following:

  • High-floor/high-volume “safer” players (players with a very low bust-rate)
  • VALUE PLAYS
  • Not a part of a stack – Stacking is great for GPPs, but if you stack in cash games, your lineup is entirely too dependent on said stacked team. If that team does poorly, your whole lineup does… Not a risk we need to take in a cash game. QB/WR pairing is fine, but unless there’s extreme value in a 3-man stack, let’s keep it to QB/WR or QB/TE at most.
  • Extremely chalky for the week… in GPP’s I’ll usually always fade volatile players at > 40% ownership, but in cash games, it’s usually best to eat the chalk. If that player underperforms, it does not hinder your ability to cross the pay-line as 40% or more of the field is in the same boat. If you fade this player(s) and he has a great game, your lineup is likely toast… as you’re now behind 40% or more of the field. Make sense? If not, hit me up on Discord/Twitter to discuss further.

In my opinion, cash games are extremely important for long-term bankroll building and sustainability. I’ll consistently use at least 50% of my weekly bankroll towards cash games. It’s not sexy, but it works and allows me to take big shots in high dollar GPPs.

Long story short, if we hit our cash games each week, the worst we can do is break-even (not counting your GPP shots with the remaining 50% of your weekly bankroll). The weeks you hit both, you smash. The weeks you miss your GPPs, your cash game lineup will carry you. It’s my job to ensure you always hit those cash games.

If you haven’t yet, I would strongly advise giving my NFL DFS Strategy article I published this offseason before diving into the 2020 NFL DFS season. If you have any questions or would like some further help when building your lineups, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly on Twitter. Without further ado, let’s do this thing!

*Some notes on what I believe to be the “optimal” roster build for NFL DFS Cash Games. I’ll include this in all the Checkdown articles moving forward. For Week 12, please see below for my notes on roster construction:

  • I’m narrowing down the player pool a lot this week. I see a ton of different cash lineups in the discord with way too may different players in the builds. With this article, we should all be honed in on educated plays and smash this slate.
  • CHALK REPORT: Josh Allen, Dalvin Cook, Nyheim Hines, James Robinson, Brian Hill, Justin Jefferson, Stefon Diggs, Keenan Allen, Travis Kelce, and Darren Waller ALL project to be incredibly high in cash game ownership (over 40%). I think we’ll likely want to lock in AT LEAST FOUR or FIVE of them in our cash games.
  • Just because a player is not mentioned in this article, does not mean they are not cash viable.
  • AETY Model Projections change throughout the week, please ensure you check out our final projections before lock!
  • I update this article periodically through the week. Be sure to check back on Saturday night / Sunday morning for any additions/revisions!!

NFL DFS Quarterbacks

  1. Patrick Mahomes ($8,000 DK / $9,000 FD) – Always my favorite quarterback play on any slate. There’s really no one as safe and as consistent as Patrick Mahomes. I don’t think he’s a must play in cash this week, but I do think Travis Kelce is. Use one or the other or a combo of the two in your NFL DFS cash game lineup.
  2. Josh Allen ($7,600 DK / $8,600 FD) – By far the highest owned quarterback on this slate in a high total game against a Chargers’ defense that will be missing both Casey Hayward and Melvin Ingram. Chris Harris does return, but I don’t think this Chargers’ defense can stop a nosebleed these days, it’s wheels up for Allen and the Bills.
  3. Ryan Fitzpatrick ($5,500 DK / $7,400 FD) – Hello, sweet, sweet savings (on DraftKings). Fitzpatrick gets the nod as Tua was recently ruled out with injury and also will be missing any threat of a quality running attack with no Salvon Ahmed or Myles Gaskin. This matchup against the Jets is the best matchup on paper for opposing quarterbacks (ranked 32 in pass defense DVOA) and will pose no threat for Fitzpatrick getting to 3x value on DraftKings.

    As of now, he’s my personal cash game quarterback.

    Honorable Mention: Justin Herbert, Kyler Murray, Teddy Bridgewater

Running Backs

  1. Dalvin Cook ($9,500 DK / $11,000 FD) – It’s Dalvin Cook in one of the best matchups all season. He’s on fire and a core piece of my DraftKings’ cash build. As for FanDuel, he’s hard to fade there as well (-400 odds to score a TD, lol), but he’s very expensive. If you can afford him, use him.
  2. James Robinson ($6,300 DK / $7,400 FD) – Simply priced way too low for the workload he’s likely to receive with Chris Thompson out and Mike Glennon now under center. Cleveland’s defense is not what is was earlier in the season and will again be missing Myles Garret.

The Value Backs

  • Nyheim Hines ($4,600 DK / $5,700 FD)
  • Brian Hill ($4,000 DK / $5,100 FD)
  • Wayne Gallman ($5,000 DK / $5,700 FD)

Honestly, I’ll be locking in two of the above value backs because I’m locking in Travis Kelce and Dalvin Cook. If you don’t want to do that, I suggest you just use Hines and get creative with your build elsewhere.

Honorable Mention: Gio Bernard, Kareem Hunt, Josh Jacobs

Wide Receivers

  1. Keenan Allen ($8,000 DK / $8,200 FD) – Keenan is simply on another planet this year and just insane weekly rapport with Justin Herbert. You all know how much I love to load up slot receivers against Buffalo’s Taron Johnson, so this is a matchup that should be fruitful.

    I am interested to see how Sean McDermott and this defense try to scheme away Keenan Allen. There’s no chance they just let Taron Johnson get worked for four straight quarters. I’d imagine McDermott watched the Miami/Buffalo film and took notes on how Brian Flores used safeties to help out their awful slot corner, Nik Needham.

    I think I’ll fade Keenan at 20% ownership in GPPs, but I’ll be quite interested in using him in NFL DFS cash games.
  2. Stefon Diggs ($7,600 DK / $7,900 FD) – Getting exposure to this Chargers/Bills game is going to be one of my higher priorities in all of my DFS lineups regardless of cash or GPP. You cannot go wrong with Stefon Diggs, especially when John Brown is out.
  3. Justin Jefferson ($6,300 DK / $7,000 FD) – Jefferson is likely to be the heaviest owned wide receiver on this slate with Adam Thielen likely missing this game due to COVID-19. I will likely fade him in tournaments but eat the chalk in cash games here against a well below-average Carolina secondary.

    I don’t love using he and Dalvin Cook together but many times this year the double stack has been on the winning side of cash game lineups. It’s probably best you eat the chalk here as well.
  4. DeVante Parker ($5,900 DK / $6,500 FD) – Simply way too cheap of a WR1 price-tag against the Jets’ secondary.
  5. Jarvis Landry ($5,200 DK / $5,700 FD) – Well, if you saw my whiskey-infused tweet the other night, you know how high I am on Jarvis Landry this weekend, lol. Tre Herndon is literally the only starting cornerback left on this active roster in Jacksonville… that is a problem. Landry should bust out in a massive way on Sunday as long as the Jaguars can keep this one somewhat close.
  6. Laviska Shenault ($3,300 DK / $5,000 FD) – He’s damn near min price on both sites with a 4.5 receptions prop. Despite what the quarterback situation is here, Shenault should be the focal point of whatever is left of the Jaguars passing game. We just need 10 points, Laviska!

    Honorable Mention: Calvin Ridley, Robby Anderson, Antonio Brown, Michael Pittman, Gabriel Davis

Tight Ends

  1. Travis Kelce ($7,000 DK / $8,000 FD) – No need to say anything.
  2. Darren Waller ($6,000 DK / $7,100 FD) – The only tight-end that is anything close to the fantasy producer Kelce is. I’d much rather have Kelce at the slightly higher price-tag, but this should be a great game environment in Atlanta for Darren Waller.
  3. Evan Engram ($4,500 DK / $5,600 FD) – Really my only “value” tight-end this week.

    Honorable Mention: Kyle Rudolph, Jordan Reed

Defense / Special Teams

I’ll rarely write about defense and special teams in the Cash Game Checkdown. I believe it’s much more important to lock in your key skill position players and hopefully a solid defense fits your build for NFL DFS cash games. Prices considered, here’s who I’ll take a look at:

  1. Miami Dolphins
  2. New Orleans Saints
  3. Los Angeles Rams
  4. New York Giants
  5. Denver Broncos

NFL DFS Cash Game Sample Lineup

QB: Ryan Fitzpatrick
RB: Dalvin Cook
RB: Nyheim Hines
WR: Justin Jefferson
WR: Laviska Shenault
WR: Stefon Diggs
TE: Travis Kelce
FLEX: Brian Hill
DST: Broncos

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Another great week for Week 10 NFL DFS Cash Games. Let’s get right back at it for a solid showing yet again in Week 11, which is shaping up to be a really nice slate without a lot of headache decisions. A slate without Wilson, Kyler, and Mahomes should make your roster builds much less of a headache.

The purpose of this article is to identify my top plays for a NFL DFS cash game lineup on DraftKings and FanDuel Sunday Main Slates (also known as a double-up). Players in this article are usually a mix of the following:

  • High-floor/high-volume “safer” players (players with a very low bust-rate)
  • VALUE PLAYS
  • Not a part of a stack – Stacking is great for GPPs, but if you stack in cash games, your lineup is entirely too dependent on said stacked team. If that team does poorly, your whole lineup does… Not a risk we need to take in a cash game. QB/WR pairing is fine, but unless there’s extreme value in a 3-man stack, let’s keep it to QB/WR or QB/TE at most.
  • Extremely chalky for the week… in GPP’s I’ll usually always fade volatile players at > 40% ownership, but in cash games, it’s usually best to eat the chalk. If that player underperforms, it does not hinder your ability to cross the pay-line as 40% or more of the field is in the same boat. If you fade this player(s) and he has a great game, your lineup is likely toast… as you’re now behind 40% or more of the field. Make sense? If not, hit me up on Discord/Twitter to discuss further.

In my opinion, cash games are extremely important for long-term bankroll building and sustainability. I’ll consistently use at least 50% of my weekly bankroll towards cash games. It’s not sexy, but it works and allows me to take big shots in high dollar GPPs.

Long story short, if we hit our cash games each week, the worst we can do is break-even (not counting your GPP shots with the remaining 50% of your weekly bankroll). The weeks you hit both, you smash. The weeks you miss your GPPs, your cash game lineup will carry you. It’s my job to ensure you always hit those cash games.

If you haven’t yet, I would strongly advise giving my NFL DFS Strategy article I published this offseason before diving into the 2020 NFL DFS season. If you have any questions or would like some further help when building your lineups, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly on Twitter. Without further ado, let’s do this thing!

*Some notes on what I believe to be the “optimal” roster build for NFL DFS Cash Games. I’ll include this in all the Checkdown articles moving forward. For Week 11, please see below for my notes on roster construction:

  • ON FANDUEL: LOCK in Taysom Hill at Tight End. It’s embarrassing that they haven’t changed his position, but take advantage of that freesquare. If you don’t play him in FanDuel cash lineups, retire from DFS, yesterday.
  • I’m narrowing down the player pool a lot this week. I see a ton of different cash lineups in the discord with way too may different players in the builds. With this article, we should all be honed in on educated plays and smash this slate.
  • CHALK REPORT: Taysom Hill, Dalvin Cook, Duke Johnson, Giovani Bernard, Jakobi Meyers, Keenan Allen, and Mark Andrews all project to be incredibly high in ownership. I think we’ll likely want to lock in at least two or three of them in our cash games.
  • Just because a player is not mentioned in this article, does not mean they are not cash viable.
  • AETY Model Projections change throughout the week, please ensure you check out our final projections before lock!
  • I update this article periodically through the week. Be sure to check back on Saturday night / Sunday morning for any additions/revisions!!

NFL DFS Quarterbacks

  1. Lamar Jackson ($7,300 DK / $8,400 FD) – On a slate with no Kyler Murray, Patrick Mahomes, and Russell Wilson. Lamar Jackson is clearly the top dog at the Quarterback position. Mike Vrabel will likely have a good game plan to slow down the quarterback that posted over 500 all-purpose yards against him in the playoffs last year, but this Tennessee defense is bad, so Vrabel doesn’t matter to me at all.

    In addition, this price-tag on Lamar Jackson is way too low for the upside he possesses. Great option for cash game and NFL DFS GPP builds this week.
  2. Cam Newton ($6,200 DK / $7,600 FD) – Holy savings on DraftKings! Houston’s defense is absolutely atrocious rating 32nd against the run in DVOA and 22nd in pass defense DVOA. Cam should have a field day in both categories at a very affordable price.
  3. Andy Dalton ($5,300 DK ONLY) – If you need the savings, you can’t really go wrong with using Andy Dalton as your DraftKings quarterback. This game has sneaky shootout potential and this price is fantastic.

    Honorable Mention: Taysom Hill (DK), Justin Herbert, DeShaun Watson, Matt Ryan

Running Backs

  1. Dalvin Cook ($9,000 DK / $10,500 FD) – Expensive as hell, but if you can afford him, you play him.
  2. Alvin Kamara ($9,200 DK / $9,700) – Kamara is much more appealing this week on FanDuel but similar to Cook, if you can afford him, you play him in cash.

    I don’t think it’s 100% necessary to use one or the other in cash, but it’s clearly doable with all of the savings around both sites this weekend.
  3. Miles Sanders ($6,900 DK / $7,700 FD) – Way too cheap for one of the few running backs in the NFL that is not in a timeshare. Cleveland’s run defense is extremely banged up and have been getting worse at defending the run on a weekly basis. With a close spread and an upper-40s point total, this should set up nicely for a very busy Miles Sanders day.
  4. Kalen Ballage ($5,600 DK / $5,800 FD) – If you need to go dumpster diving, it seems like the whole field is going to Kalen Ballage against the Jets. With Ekeler and Justin Jackson both injured, Ballage is clearly the number one running back (played over 70% of the snaps last week) and should be considered for salary relief in your cash game builds.
  5. Kerryon Johnson ($4,000 DK / $4,800 FD) – D’Andre Swift is out, so it’s wheels up to Adrian Peterson and the forgotten Kerryon Johnson. It’s disgusting, but as you saw last week with Mike Davis, you can cash a cash game lineup with 7-8 points out of your running back punt play.

    Honorable Mention: Duke Johnson, Ezekiel Elliott, Giovani Bernard, Mike Davis, Antonio Gibson

Wide Receivers

  1. Davante Adams ($8,600 DK / $9,500 FD) – Adams is matchup proof and offers the highest floor on this slate against Indianapolis’ Xavier Rhodes and Rock Ya-Sin.
  2. Calvin Ridley ($7,000 DK / $7,800 FD) – You’re going to want exposure to this Atlanta/New Orleans shootout and no better way to do so on the Atlanta side with Calvin Ridley coming back at 100% health. Julio Jones is absolutely in play here, but I’ll take the savings with Ridley and a great matchup against Marshon Lattimore and Janoris Jenkins.
  3. Keenan Allen ($7,400 DK / $8,000 FD) – Keenan Allen will likely always make the cash article on a weekly basis. Hard to avoid this target share and consistent double-digit floor. Pair all of that with a matchup against the Jets’ dead last ranked pass defense and you’ll do just fine in a cash build.
  4. Amari Cooper ($5,400 DK / $6,900 FD) – Absolute freesquare on DraftKings against this Vikings’ secondary we pick on weekly. No need to over think this one, this is a great buy-low spot for Amari Cooper (and any Cowboy receiver for that matter) with Andy Dalton coming back under center.
  5. Diontae Johnson ($5,900 / $6,400 FD) – This dude is incredible. When he’s on the field, he collects damn-near a 30% target share. Big Ben loves throwing him the football and for good reason… he produces! Diontae Johnson against the 2nd worst secondary in the NFL is a perfect recipe for NFL DFS cash game success.
  6. Jakobi Meyers ($4,900 DK / $6,000 FD) – On DraftKings, I think rolling out Jakobi Meyers is a lock-button for me. Meyers is still well below what his price should be and he’s built a strong chemistry with Cam Newton over the past month while racking up 37 targets in his last four games.

    Honorable Mention: Terry McLaurin, Justin Jefferson, Tyler Boyd, Marvin Jones, Jarvis Landry, CeeDee Lamb, Denzel Mims

Tight Ends

Tight end seems like an absolute wasteland this week with no Travis Kelce or Darren Waller. I don’t have a great read on where I’m going yet (on DraftKings, because remember, you’re using Taysom Hill on FanDuel), but here are my top options on the slate.

  1. Mark Andrews ($4,900 DK)
  2. Dallas Goedert ($3,800 DK)
  3. Logan Thomas ($3,300 DK)

Defense / Special Teams

I’ll rarely write about defense and special teams in the Cash Game Checkdown. I believe it’s much more important to lock in your key skill position players and hopefully a solid defense fits your build for NFL DFS cash games. Prices considered, here’s who I’ll take a look at:

  1. Los Angeles Chargers
  2. Baltimore Ravens
  3. Washington Football Team
  4. Denver Broncos
  5. Atlanta Falcons

NFL DFS Cash Game Sample Lineup

QB: Lamar Jackson
RB: Kerryon Johnson
RB: Miles Sanders
WR: Diontae Johnson
WR: Jakobi Meyers
WR: Amari Cooper
TE: Logan Thomas
FLEX: Dalvin Cook
DST: Washington

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It was refreshing to see a normal (if not below-average) pay-line in our NFL DFS Cash Games in Week 8, to say the least. Let’s get right back at it for another solid Week 9.

The purpose of this article is to identify my top plays for a NFL DFS cash game lineup on DraftKings and FanDuel Sunday Main Slates (also known as a double-up). Players in this article are usually a mix of the following:

  • High-floor/high-volume “safer” players (players with a very low bust-rate)
  • VALUE PLAYS
  • Not a part of a stack – Stacking is great for GPPs, but if you stack in cash games, your lineup is entirely too dependent on said stacked team. If that team does poorly, your whole lineup does… Not a risk we need to take in a cash game. QB/WR pairing is fine, but unless there’s extreme value in a 3-man stack, let’s keep it to QB/WR or QB/TE at most.
  • Extremely chalky for the week… in GPP’s I’ll usually always fade volatile players at > 40% ownership, but in cash games, it’s usually best to eat the chalk. If that player underperforms, it does not hinder your ability to cross the pay-line as 40% or more of the field is in the same boat. If you fade this player(s) and he has a great game, your lineup is likely toast… as you’re now behind 40% or more of the field. Make sense? If not, hit me up on Discord/Twitter to discuss further.


In my opinion, cash games are extremely important for long-term bankroll building and sustainability. I’ll consistently use at least 50% of my weekly bankroll towards cash games. It’s not sexy, but it works and allows me to take big shots in high dollar GPPs.

Long story short, if we hit our cash games each week, the worst we can do is break-even (not counting your GPP shots with the remaining 50% of your weekly bankroll). The weeks you hit both, you smash. The weeks you miss your GPPs, your cash game lineup will carry you. It’s my job to ensure you always hit those cash games.

If you haven’t yet, I would strongly advise giving my NFL DFS Strategy article I published this offseason before diving into the 2020 NFL DFS season. If you have any questions or would like some further help when building your lineups, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly on Twitter. Without further ado, let’s do this thing!

*Some notes on what I believe to be the “optimal” roster build for NFL DFS Cash Games. I’ll include this in all the Checkdown articles moving forward. For Week 8, please see below for my notes on roster construction:

  • A handful of different options at the QB position including a few interesting punt plays.
  • I’m narrowing down the player pool a lot this week. I see a ton of different cash lineups in the discord with way too may different players in the builds. With this article, we should all be honed in on educated plays and smash this slate.
  • Chalk Report: Dalvin Cook, Chase Edmonds, Keenan Allen, and Tyler Lockett all project for over 20% in ownership. I think we’ll likely want to lock in at least two of them in our cash games.
  • Just because a player is not mentioned in this article, does not mean they are not cash viable.
  • AETY Model Projections change throughout the week, please ensure you check out our final projections before lock!
  • I update this article periodically through the week. Be sure to check back on Saturday night / Sunday morning for any additions/revisions!!

NFL DFS Cash Game Quarterbacks

  1. Russell Wilson ($7,600 DK / $9,000) – Quite expensive, but is there anyone safer at the quarterback position this season than Wilson? Russ is cooking and is playing in the highest total game on this slate against a Buffalo defense who has surprisingly struggled at all facets of the game. Somehow DraftKings lowered his price from last week?
  2. Josh Allen ($7,000 DK / $8,200 FD) – Allen hasn’t done much lately but for every other quarterback in the NFL, this has been the get-right spot against Seattle’s 30th ranked pass defense (in DVOA). Seattle is the ultimate pass-funnel defense and Allen also offers a lot of upside with his legs. He should have no issues getting over 22 fantasy points this weekend.
  3. Justin Herbert ($6,800 DK / $7,900 FD) – Herbert is absolutely on fire while averaging over 27 DraftKings’ points per game since being named the starter. The Raiders’ defense as a whole is absolute trash and coming into this week ranked 27th in pass defense DVOA. Like Allen and Russ, Herbert offers a lot of upside with his rushing abilities. It’s hard to not love him this week.
  4. Drew Lock ($5,200 DK / $7,200 FD) – If you need the savings on DraftKings, Lock makes a ton of sense against Atlanta and their pass-funnel defense. Atlanta ranks second in opposing quarterback fantasy points per game (over 25 points allowed per game), so if there’s any week to trust Drew Lock, it’s this week. The return of Tim Patrick helps lock significantly as well.

    Honorable Mention: DeShaun Watson, Lamar Jackson, Patrick Mahomes, Ben Roethlisberger

Running Backs

  1. Dalvin Cook ($8,200 DK / $9,300 FD) – It’s Dalvin Cook against Detroit’s run defense. No need to overthink it, you likely must eat the chalk on this one in NFL DFS cash games. He’s pricey and I honestly don’t think he’s a “must-play” as long as the rest of your lineup is sexy.
  2. James Conner ($6,900 DK / $8,200 FD) – The Cowboys are absolute trash as a whole and even worse against opposing running backs (29th in run defense DVOA). Pair that with the Steelers being a 14.5-point favorite and that should equal a ton of James Conner production in Week 9. The only concern here is potential blowout but Conner should be a lock for 3x value no matter how this game unfolds.
  3. Chase Edmonds ($6,800 DK / $6,700 FD) – Way too cheap on FanDuel. Lock him in against the worst run defense in the NFL. Kenyan Drake is out, it’s wheels up for Chase Edmonds at home. He will 100% be in my cash game lineup.
  4. DeeJay Dallas ($5,000 DK / $5,100 FD) – Carlos Hyde is out. Chris Carson is out. There’s really no one outside of a banged up Travis Homer who is going to compete with Dallas for the Seahawks’ backfield snaps. I don’t expect a ton out of DeeJay Dallas, but the savings open up a lot for your NFL DFS cash game lineup against Buffalo’s 24th ranked run defense (DVOA).

    I look at it this way, we’re getting extremely cheap exposure to the 2nd best offense on this slate in the highest total game on this slate. DeeJay Dallas should have no problems getting to 14-15 fantasy points.

    UPDATE: Love Justin Jackson in cash

    Honorable Mention: James Robinson, Josh Jacobs, Justin Jackson, David Johnson, JK Dobbins

Wide Receivers

  1. Keenan Allen ($7,000 DK / $7,500 FD) – The target share is just so elite with Herbert under center and the matchup against the Raiders and Lamarcus Joyner is arguably more elite. 25 targets over the past two games!
  2. Tyler Lockett ($6,800 DK / $7,400 FD) – Our weekly “pick on Taron Johnson” write-up just happens to be Tyler Lockett. Yes, he disappointed a bit last week but Lockett will have a big game on the road here in Buffalo. Taron Johnson is one of the worst cover slot-cornerbacks in the NFL and Lockett is one of the best overall slot receivers in football. Let’s go.
  3. Stefon Diggs ($7,400 DK / $7,600 FD) – On the other side of Tyler Lockett is my favorite route runner in the NFL, Stefon Diggs. You shouldn’t need me to say a whole lot about Stefon Diggs in this matchup against the Seahawks. He’s in line for ~7 catches for 90 yards. If this game stays up-paced, that’s going to be his floor. I don’t care what the coverage scheme is against Diggs, if Allen is halfway competent, Diggs is in for a huge day.
  4. Julio Jones ($7,100 DK / $8,200 FD) – I’m under the impression that Calvin Ridley is OUT. If so, Julio Jones is going to be one busy man on Sunday against a Broncos’ defense that will be without their top cornerback, AJ Bouye.
  5. Marvin Jones ($5,100 DK / $6,100 FD) – No Golladay this week equals Marvin Jones lock button against Minnesota’s poor excuse for a secondary. It’s that simple.
  6. Jerry Jeudy ($4,700 DK / $5,700 FD) – I know Tim Patrick was out last week and that clearly opened up a lot for Jerry Jeudy, but he’s clearly earning more trust and target share with Drew Lock. Against this Atlanta secondary (who we pick on weekly) in the dome, Jeudy’s route running should be on display. He’s way too cheap and offers a nice bit of salary relief for our NFL DFS cash game lineups.

    UPDATE: Sterling Shepard added to cash WR pool

    Honorable Mention: Allen Robinson, Darnell Mooney, DK Metcalf, DJ Moore, Mike Williams

Tight Ends

  1. Travis Kelce ($7,200 DK / $8,000 FD) – There’s no one more consistent at the tight-end position than Kelce. If you can afford him, you play him.
  2. Darren Waller ($5,800 DK / $6,400 FD) – Waller was a bit of a let down last week in the wild weather of Cleveland, but he should be in a prime spot in a shootout against the Chargers with a pre-match total sitting at 52 points. Outside of Kelce, no one has as high of a team target share than Waller.
  3. Noah Fant ($4,600 DK / $5,800 FD) – The Falcons’ secondary gets torched by any sort of pass catcher. Fant is due for a big breakout game in 2020 and that may come in Week 9 if this game can keep a solid pace. Fant looks to be the chalkiest tight end on this slate so if you want to chase that in cash games, I won’t talk you off of it.
  4. Evan Engram ($4,300 DK / $5,500 FD) – The air yards have been through the roof lately with Engram and the targets obviously are climbing up as well (19 combined targets over the past two weeks). I absolutely hate the pace that we’ll likely see in this game, but at this price, Engram is in play.
  5. Hayden Hurst ($4,100 DK / $5,600 FD) – If Ridley misses this game, that should be a decent bump up to one of my favorite tight ends in the NFL (who has seen his target share raise consistently over the past few weeks). If this game has a high pace like I think it will, let’s ride Hayden Hurst.

    Honorable Mention: Hunter Henry, Mark Andrews, TJ Hockenson, Logan Thomas, Jonnu Smith

Defense / Special Teams

I’ll rarely write about defense and special teams in the Cash Game Checkdown. I believe it’s much more important to lock in your key skill position players and hopefully a solid defense fits your build for NFL DFS Cash Games. Prices considered, here’s who I’ll take a look at:

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers
  2. Washington Football Team
  3. Houston Texans
  4. Arizona Cardinals
  5. New York Giants

NFL DFS Cash Game Sample Lineup

QB: Drew Lock
RB: DeeJay Dallas
RB: Dalvin Cook
WR: Stefon Diggs
WR: Jerry Jeudy
WR: Marvin Jones
TE: Hayden Hurst
FLEX: Chase Edmonds
DST: Washington

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Week 7 was an absolutely wild weekend full of insane scoring and all of the chalk players breaking the slate. I believe the NFL DFS Cash Game pay-lines on DraftKings were damn near 195 points! Wild times. Let’s get right to it for what should hopefully be a semi-normal week of DFS.

The purpose of this article is to identify my top plays for a NFL DFS cash game lineup on DraftKings and FanDuel Sunday Main Slates (also known as a double-up). Players in this article are usually a mix of the following:

  • High-floor/high-volume “safer” players (players with a very low bust-rate)
  • VALUE PLAYS
  • Not a part of a stack – Stacking is great for GPPs, but if you stack in cash games, your lineup is entirely too dependent on said stacked team. If that team does poorly, your whole lineup does… Not a risk we need to take in a cash game. QB/WR pairing is fine, but unless there’s extreme value in a 3-man stack, let’s keep it to QB/WR or QB/TE at most.
  • Extremely chalky for the week… in GPP’s I’ll usually always fade volatile players at > 40% ownership, but in cash games, it’s usually best to eat the chalk. If that player underperforms, it does not hinder your ability to cross the pay-line as 40% or more of the field is in the same boat. If you fade this player(s) and he has a great game, your lineup is likely toast… as you’re now behind 40% or more of the field. Make sense? If not, hit me up on Discord/Twitter to discuss further.


In my opinion, cash games are extremely important for long-term bankroll building and sustainability. I’ll consistently use at least 50% of my weekly bankroll towards cash games. It’s not sexy, but it works and allows me to take big shots in high dollar GPPs.

Long story short, if we hit our cash games each week, the worst we can do is break-even (not counting your GPP shots with the remaining 50% of your weekly bankroll). The weeks you hit both, you smash. The weeks you miss your GPPs, your cash game lineup will carry you. It’s my job to ensure you always hit those cash games.

If you haven’t yet, I would strongly advise giving my NFL DFS Strategy article I published this offseason before diving into the 2020 NFL DFS season. If you have any questions or would like some further help when building your lineups, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly on Twitter. Without further ado, let’s do this thing!

*Some notes on what I believe to be the “optimal” roster build for NFL DFS Cash Games. I’ll include this in all the Checkdown articles moving forward. For Week 8, please see below for my notes on roster construction:

  • Looks like the whole field is either going with Wilson or Garoppolo for cash. I’m leaning Garoppolo for the savings.
  • I’m narrowing down the player pool a lot this week. I see a ton of different cash lineups in the discord with way too may different players in the builds. With this article, we should all be honed in on educated plays and smash this slate.
  • Chalk Report: Kareem Hunt, Derrick Henry, Alvin Kamara, and Keenan Allen all project for over 25% in ownership. I think we’ll likely want to lock in at least two of them in our cash games.
    UPDATE: Denzel Mims is > 20% as well.
  • Just because a player is not mentioned in this article, does not mean they are not cash viable.
  • AETY Model Projections change throughout the week, please ensure you check out our final projections before lock!
  • I update this article periodically through the week. Be sure to check back on Saturday night / Sunday morning for any additions/revisions!!

NFL DFS Cash Game Quarterbacks

  1. Russell Wilson ($7,800 DK / $8,700) – Quite expensive, but is there anyone safer at the quarterback position this season than Wilson? Russ is cooking and is playing in the highest total game on this slate against a banged up San Francisco defense who plays a lot of man-to-man (which should open up some rushing upside yet again for Wilson).
    AETY Projection: 24.48 points
  2. Jimmy Garoppolo ($5,400 DK / $6,600 FD) – Probably the best pay-down option on this slate as a whole. This is the best matchup for opposing quarterbacks (Seattle ranks 30th in passing defense DVOA)… the gamescript that likely leads the 49ers in an up-paced shootout, and Seattle’s defense is giving up an adjusted expected 350 passing yards per game. Yikes.
    AETY Projection: 19.36 points

    Honorable Mention: Aaron Rodgers, Ryan Tannehill, Patrick Mahomes

Running Backs

  1. Alvin Kamara ($8,200 DK / $9,000 FD) & Derrick Henry ($8,000 DK / $9,500) – You likely cannot roster both of the high-end studs in your cash game lineup, but you’re going to want at least one of them. At the moment, I’m leaning Henry on FanDuel and Kamara on DraftKings. It’s hard not to love them both for cash as they both have juicy matchups on the road.
    Kamara AETY Projection: 22.70 DK / 19.56 FD
    Henry AETY Projection: 21.75 DK / 20.79 FD
  2. Kareem Hunt ($6,900 DK / $8,200 FD) – Hunt looks like he’s in another smash spot (Las Vegas is 29th in run defense DVOA) this week after a bit of a letdown in Week 7. I trust the AETY Model and I trust the new matchup rating tool; where Hunt and the Cleveland Browns rank #1 in overall run efficiency on this slate against the #2 run matchup with the Raiders (launching on the site soon).
    AETY Projection: 23.16 DK / 21.58 FD
  3. Jamaal Williams ($6,100 DK / $7,000 FD) – Aaron Jones is out again, wheels up, Jamaal Williams. This price is still way too low for the starting running back on one of the best offenses in the NFL. This game should be a Packers’ blowout with a lot of running the ball in the second half. Williams will hit 3x value again at this low price-point.
    AETY Projection: 19.84 DK / 18.13 FD
  4. Darrell Henderson ($5,900 DK / $6,100 FD) – I wish he were a lot more active in the passing game, but Henderson grades out well this week as he’s entering the #1 ranked matchup for opposing running backs. Miami’s defense ranks dead last in run defense DVOA and the Rams grade out #1 in run offense DVOA. My only concern here is McVay getting cute with his timeshare backfield.

    It’s probably best to use Henderson in GPPs, but he grades out as cash viable in my model.
    AETY Projection: 13.25 DK / 12.43 FD
  5. Value Running Back (TBD) – Keep an eye on this throughout the weekend. We currently have a few spots to watch for potential value running backs to pop up:
    – Seattle (DeeJay Dallas)
    – San Francisco (Hasty/Coleman)
    – Denver (Melvin Gordon)


    I’ll update this spot as soon as I have a better read on these situations.

    Honorable Mention: Gio Bernard, Myles Gaskin, Jonathan Taylor, La’Mical Perine

Wide Receivers

  1. Davante Adams ($8,800 DK / $9,100 FD) – Do we need to say anything about Davante Adams against Minnesota’s minor league secondary? No, no we don’t.
    AETY Projection: 23.72 DK / 19.57 FD
  2. Tyler Lockett ($7,100 DK / $7,200 FD) & DK Metcalf ($7,500 DK / $7,800 FD) – Your weekly edition of what Seahawk wideout do you want to play. They’re quite expensive this week and I prefer to stack them both in a NFL DFS GPP lineup, but it’s hard not to want to jam one of these guys in for your cash lineup.

    I think the matchup is advantage Metcalf here who will most likely spend a lot of time burning Emmanuel Moseley in coverage all day long, but you can’t go wrong with Lockett either.

    I don’t think you have to have one of these guys in your cash lineup if you make it a priority to get Adams.
    Lockett AETY Projection: 19.51 DK / 16.34 FD
    Metcalf AETY Projection: 19.60 DK / 16.67 FD

  3. Keenan Allen ($6,200 DK / $7,400 FD) – No idea why DraftKings hasn’t raised his price yet. The dude is seeing over a 30% target share and should be priced near $7K in PPR formats like DraftKings. I don’t love this matchup for Keenan Allen at all this week, but he’s such a special route runner and everyone is going to roster Allen in NFL DFS Cash Games this week.

    I’ll likely fade him in GPP lineups and eat the chalk in cash games.
    AETY Projection: 17.74 DK / 14.26 FD
  4. Tyler Boyd ($6,600 DK / $6,400 FD) – Same story as Keenan Allen except this is a matchup I want to take advantage of against slot cornerback Chris Jackson. The Titans absolutely bleed fantasy points to opposing slot receivers.

    The Bengals o-line is in shambles, so we know Burrow is going to need to get the ball out quickly. Advantage Tyler Boyd. With or without the heavy winds, this game should shoot out and keep Boyd heavily involved all day long.
    AETY Projection: 16.35 DK / 13.18 FD
  5. Brandon Aiyuk ($5,800 DK / $5,900 FD) – With Deebo Samuel out, Aiyuk is the clear-cut #1 wideout for the 49ers. We will see a ton of Kittle and some Kendrick Bourne as well, but at ~20% ownership we likely need to ride with Aiyuk here for some exposure to this afternoon hammer of a shootout.

    Seattle’s secondary is brutal and Aiyuk is a freak talent. I’m genuinely excited to see him shine in this matchup.
    AETY Projection: 14.76 DK / 11.96 FD
  6. Jarvis Landry ($5,600 DK / $5,800 FD) – If you’re not using Hunt, use Landry without Odell Beckham in the lineup for the rest of the season. We will pick on Lamarcus Joyner all year long.
    AETY Projection: 14.01 DK / 11.19 FD
  7. TY Hilton ($4,900 DK / $5,500 FD) – Probably not a safe cash play, but the targets are coming in the boatloads for Hilton as of late. This is likely the lowest we will ever see his price. He’s currently sitting on most sportsbooks with a 4.5 catch prop for 50 yards.

    That’s not quite going to get him to 2.5x value in NFL DFS cash games, but the AETY Model has Hilton for around 60 receiving yards this week against a brutal Detroit secondary.
    AETY Projection: 12.88 DK / 10.42 FD

    PUNTS – IF YOU NEED SOME PUNT PLAYS TO JAM IN TOP TIER CASH PLAYS, HERE’S A LIST OF GUYS I WOULD CONSIDER… DO NOT EXPECT MUCH FROM THEM, YOU’RE JUST HOPING THEY CAN GET CLOSE TO 10 POINTS.

    UPDATE: Denzel Mims ($3,200 DK / $4,900 FD) – Locking in Mims for my cash game lineups. He’s now projected for over 20% ownership. We don’t need much out of him to hit value. Use him and it opens up so much for your build.

    Honorable Mention: Kenny Golladay, AJ Brown, AJ Green, Justin Jefferson

Tight Ends

  1. George Kittle ($7,000 DK / $7,700 FD) – Expensive, but easily the best play for me at the tight end position in NFL DFS this weekend… especially if Jamal Adams misses this game (currently a game time decision).
    AETY Projection: 17.93 DK / 14.87 FD
  2. Darren Waller ($5,600 / $6,800 FD) – Way too cheap on DraftKings. Load him up if you cannot afford Kittle. This matchup is sexy as hell against a banged up Cleveland defense in a game where there will be plenty of scoring and plenty of wind. The wind should not affect Waller whatsoever.

    With his target share, he needs to be priced over $6K on DraftKings.
    AETY Projection: 16.28 DK / 13.20 FD

    Honorable Mention: Hunter Henry, Jonnu Smith, Travis Kelce

Defense / Special Teams

I’ll rarely write about defense and special teams in the Cash Game Checkdown. I believe it’s much more important to lock in your key skill position players and hopefully a solid defense fits your build for NFL DFS Cash Games. Prices considered, here’s who I’ll take a look at:

  1. Kansas City Chiefs
  2. New Orleans Saints
  3. Baltimore Ravens
  4. Green Bay Packers
  5. Chicago Bears
  6. Detroit Lions

NFL DFS Cash Game Sample Lineup

QB: Jimmy Garoppolo
RB: Jamaal Williams
RB: Kareem Hunt
WR: Davante Adams
WR: Keenan Allen
WR: Denzel Mims
TE: Darren Waller
FLEX: Myles Gaskin
DST: Detroit Lions

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Welcome to the NASCAR DFS Pit Stop for Saturday, July 18 Xfinity Series from Fort Worth, Texas! I would also like to welcome you to $17,000 Kyle Busch chalk day! If you are in the WinDailySports Discord channel you saw me mention that we are playing Kyle in the Xfinity and Truck series this weekend even though he is priced WAY up. I will go into detail in a minute. We have a 200 lap race here with 150 dominator points available and I expect the majority of them to be split between two drivers, keep reading to find out who.

Texas Motor Speedway will run similar to what we saw in Kentucky last week with only one real groove on the track so the teams with the best equipment will be the ones we want to target. Obviously we have salary restrictions and cannot get all the top teams in but DraftKings priced the slate in a way that makes it easier to build good lineups with Kyle Busch’s salary.

NASCAR DFS: Dominators

Kyle Busch ($17,000)

Starting Position: 28th

Is Kyle Busch expensive? Yes. Is he worth paying up for? Also, yes. I know it seems like a steep price to pay, but with Kyle starting 28th and being the best driver in this race he will make value. I have no doubt about that (unless he gets wrecked coming through the field) and with his starting position being so far back we can get a top 5 finish from Kyle without dominator points and he’ll still make value. Even though I say we don’t need dominator point from Busch, we will get them as I think he leads the majority of the second half of this race.

Chase Briscoe ($11,300)

Starting Position: 12th

If you are making multiple lineups and want to fade Kyle in any of them, Briscoe is my favorite play after him. Briscoe has 5 wins on the season with 2 of them coming on 1.5-mile tracks. In his seven 1.5-mile races this season, Briscoe also has four top 5’s, six top 10’s, and an average finish of 6.3. Starting in the 12th spot we get the next best place differential after Kyle Busch with Chase Briscoe as well.

Austin Cindric ($10,800)

Starting Position: 3rd

Here is other dominator I mentioned in the open who I think leads the beginning part of this race. Cindric has dominated at 1.5-mile tracks this season and swept both races last week in Kentucky in dominating fashion. This season Cindric has led nearly 400 laps on mile and a half tracks and has 240 fastest laps. I will be pairing Cindric in lineups with Busch in them to try and maximize as many dominator points as I can.

Other Options: Noah Gragson ($10,400)

NASCAR DFS: Mid Tier

Anthony Alfredo ($8,300)

Starting Position: 10th

We will need to focus more on the value tier to fit Kyle Busch into our lineups but if you have the salary to fit Alfredo in, he is a good choice. Anthony Alfredo has been in 5 races at 1.5-mile tracks this season with four of those resulting in top 10 finishes. Alfredo has some great equipment in his RCR Chevy with the team that one back to back Xfinity Series championships in 2018 and 19.

Justin Haley ($8,100)

Starting Position: 11th

Haley is my favorite play in this tier especially since he is starting outside the top 10 and DraftKings dropped his price this week from $9.5K last week. In his last eight races, Haley has four top 5 finishes including a win at Talladega back in June. Haley has a top 5 car seeming every week over the last 4 races and I think another top 5 will happen on Saturday.

Other Options: Brandon Jones ($9,100), Jeremy Clements ($8,700), Tommy Joe Martins ($7,500)

NASCAR DFS: Value Tier Rankings

we are going to live in this tier this weekend, but luckily we have a plethora of options, with Brett Moffitt ($7,100), Ryan Sieg ($6,500), and Colby Howard ($5,700). Moffitt is the riskiest play, making him the best GPP value play and Howard is my favorite value play overall. In his last 6 races, Howard has 5 finishes of 21st or better with four of them being inside the top 20.

Value Tier Rankings:

  1. Colby Howard ($5,700 – P35)
  2. Brett Moffitt ($7,100 – P15)
  3. Ryan Sieg ($6,500 – P18)
  4. Jesse Little ($5,200 – P30)
  5. Stefan Parsons ($4,800 – P26)
  6. Kyle Weatherman ($5,100 – P33)
  7. Josh Williams ($6,400 – P24)

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