Taylor shares the DraftKings Cash Game lineup she used on Sunday, and breaks down where it went right and where it went wrong!
Weather was the name of the game this past weekend and it left decisions to be made about which spots to attack and which spots to avoid. My general sentiment on weather is unless it’s a dome team playing in harsh winter conditions, I am not too concerned. In fact, I love weather weeks in the NFL. A lot of DFS players overreact to snow, rain, and wind without factoring in where these teams play, their styles of play, and the conditions these teams have faced over the years. There were some pretty clear stand out plays to me in week 13, and I had a very good week in which there was no contest I played, one either site, in which I did not cash. Here’s how week 13 shook out…
I won’t go too far into Lamar and Mahomes as by now it’s pretty clear that I just flat out refuse to pay up for QB. Didn’t see any issue with Mahomes, good total, healthy supporting cast, no issue if you played him, just not for me. I think weather deterred some from Lamar Jackson, as he came in much lower owned than past weeks, but if anything, tough weather conditions generally bode well for mobile QBs (as they did for Lamar and his 100 yard bonus yesterday), so again no issue with fitting Jackson into lineups either. Digging at the bottom of the barrel, where I usually find myself when it comes time to pick a QB, I narrowed it down to Wentz, Foles, and clearance tag Andy Dalton. With Foles it came down to floor, and then a little wind packed on top. I already didn’t feel great about him, but figured the weather would also cut the ownership, and no reason to lay my day in the hands of a low owned Nick Foles in cash games. I teetered between Dalton and Wentz and for a while. Wentz was truly my favorite signal caller of the week and I ended up rostering him on every other team I made outside of my cash team. Ultimately it came down to price and Dalton allowed me to get the cornerstone pieces of my lineup in.
I’ll spare you the redundant Christian McCaffrey is our Lord and Savior analysis and just say we got the stone floor game from the league’s fantasy friendliest player. The game was treacherous and the red zone usage fell to the wayside. 13 targets for a running back is astronomical and only solidifies that McCaffrey is a week in and week out staple of cash games. Miles Sanders was this weekend’s free square. No Jordan Howard, a sweet matchup, and a gorgeous team total on a week where many of the high total games were being tinkered with by weather. The price and usage were just too great to ignore. Lindsay was really the last man in this lineup and was originally Alshon Jefferey up until 25 minutes before lock. I couldn’t stomach four the four wide receiver lineup (though I tried) and thought Lindsay projected for at least 60% of the team’s rushes and good red zone work. I figured with an inexperienced QB we might see an uptick in dump offs which is invaluable on PPR sites like DK. Obviously should have stuck it out with Jeffrey, but Lindsay just made me feel more comfortable.
$7k Davante Adams is as good of a value as you are going to see this late in the season. Massive target share, massive red zone equity, veteran QB, and a matchup with a fantasy friendly Giants secondary. I saw a lot of wavering on Adams due to weather, but at the end of the day, they’re the Green Bay Packers. They eat their breakfast in 7 feet of snow on a daily basis. If anyone can maneuver winter weather, it’s Aaron Rodgers. Similar thought process on Shepherd. Weather wasn’t a concern, and with all the injuries, Shep stood to reprise his role in the slot where he’d see the least daunting coverage. On weeks where I can’t find a glaring value, I just look for a glaring floor. Cooper Kupp is the dink and dunk, ppr racker that fantasy floors are made of. Arizona is a great matchup for any receiver and being Jared Goff’s safety blanket, even if Goff struggled on the road, Kupp was going to get his.
I don’t fault anyone for slotting Jack Doyle into their lineups yesterday, but I never considered anyone other than Higbee. No Gerald Everett, $2500, and the literal nut matchup for any tight end. It really was as simple as that.
Chargers, Browns and Ravens were all on my radar, and in the end I just played the one that fit. Ravens were at home with some questionable weather and I figured it may to lead to some turn over generation.
2019 Cash Lineup Record: 9-7-1