Welcome to the Team Rise or Fall DraftKings cash game picks! Before I dive deeper into my plays, I want to make you aware of some guidelines I like to follow when constructing my cash game (H2H, 50/50, double-ups) lineup. When selecting Running Backs, I’m looking for 20+ touch upside and Wide Receivers with 8+ target upside. I’m not looking for correlating plays, i.e. stacking my Quarterback with a Receiver, I’m just looking to make sure I have a high floor with some upside. In cash games, we’re not looking to beat everyone, we just need to beat half the field.
Watson’s defense is as helpless as my grandma – sorry J.J. Watt. This puts the offense in a position where they have to light up the scoreboard in order to stay in games. In the Team Rise or Fall Study Hub, Watson projects to be the highest-scoring quarterback on the slate and one of the best point per dollar values.
The rookie, Burrow, has been impressive this season showing the skills that made him this past draft’s number one pick. The Bengals defense hasn’t put up much resistance making Burrow have to throw to keep the team in games. Burrow has already gone up against the Browns in Week 2 throwing for over 300 yards and 3 touchdowns. The rookie ranks as a top-three point per dollar value in our Study Hub.
Minus the Packers miserable performance this past Sunday, Jones has been touching the ball about 17 times a game. This week he matches up with the Texans defense that is being gashed on the ground giving up 177.5 yards per game via the “Gameflow” tab in the Study Hub. The Texans have allowed the most fantasy points for running backs through the first six weeks of the season. I want all the Aaron Jones this weekend.
The Saints are coming into this game off a bye week, appearing to have a full complement of weapons as long as Michael Thomas stays out of trouble. Kamara has been the team’s top option in Thomas’ absence. The Panthers allow the third-most fantasy points to Running Backs, it doesn’t hurt that DraftKings is a PPR site and Kamara is averaging 7.6 catches per game. Our Study Hub projects Kamara as the highest-scoring back on the slate.
This is a riskier play and may not even land in my cash lineup, however, this is a smash spot for Gibson. The Dallas defense is miserable and can’t defend anything. Kenyan Drake has been a fantasy disappointment to this point in the season had a monster game after a long touchdown late in the game. Gibson has been giving up work to J.D. McKissic but still manages almost 15 touches a game. I haven’t put my ear to the ground but, Gibson may end up as chalk this week as salary relief.
We’re going back to attacking the porous Dallas defense. Even with a change of Quarterback, McLaurin has still been a target monster. Our Study Hub ranks him as the second-best points per dollar value at the position. McLaurin takes up 27.49% of the team’s target market share. He is squarely in play for me.
We are going with another target monster here in Keenan Allen. The emergence of Justin Herbert has brought new life to Allen. He was an afterthought with Tyrod Taylor under center but, Herbert has made a concerted effort to feed Allen the ball. He is coming off a back issue that forced him out of the week 5 game against the Saints, but he’s had an extra week to rest. As long as Herbert is under center his 30.30% target market share should continue.
The Panthers pass catcher’s roles have been somewhat opposite. It’s been Robby Anderson that’s had a majority of the targets prior to last weekend when Moore out-targeted him. The Saints pass defense hasn’t been up to par and with this weekend’s game showing an over / under of 51 Vegas expects points to be put on the board. I’m riding the hot hand banking on Teddy Bridgewater to keep targeting Moore.
Hooper projects as the fourth-highest scoring tight end in our Study Hub. Hooper actually led the team in targets in last weekend’s blowout loss to the Steelers. This game has a total of 51.5 points, in Week 2, they combined for 65. According to our Study Hub, Hooper has a target share of 19.53%, and for his price, I don’t mind rostering him.
This play is solely based on Jonnu Smith missing Sunday’s game. Jonnu left the game early with an ankle issue but, I have yet to see word on his status. If Smith misses the game, I love the salary relief Firkser provides which would allow us to spend up elsewhere.
Washington Football Team
I typically like to punt my defensive spot as there is so much variance when it comes to defenses. Dallas and Washington have one of the lowest implied totals on the slate of games. When we combine that with the fact that Andy Dalton caps the upside of the Cowboy’s offense, I don’t mind spending down here. Washington’s defense ranks the third-best point per dollar value according to our Study Hub.
If you’re looking to spend top dollar for a defense, it’s going to be for the Bills. After struggling for the last few weeks, they face the inept Jets offense which is allowing the most fantasy points to opposing defenses.
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