Taylor shares the DraftKings Cash Game lineup she used on Sunday, and breaks down where it went right and where it went wrong!
Week 17 got me, guys. I put in the research and kept my ears open for information, but ultimately fell victim to some terrible performances from players I was pretty excited to roster. Week 17 is usually a gamble compared to the other 16 weeks of the season, but that’s what makes it so fun. It was fun, it just wasn’t profitable this time around. It’s never fun to end the year on this kind of note, but it wasn’t without lessons learned…
I hated Quarterback this week. It was full of question marks, not knowing if you’d get a whole game out of any of them, and honestly just some gross matchups. In the end, I narrowed it down to two teams with depleted secondaries: The Giants and the Eagles. I took a hard look at Wentz and in a must win game, and so many missing pass catchers, I had a feeling they’d lean on the run as much as they could. While the Giants didn’t have any playoff implications, Danny Dimes still has a lot to prove and I just didn’t see any risk of them sitting him and denying him the reps. Ultimately, I was pretty happy with the outing I got from QB, even though it looked pretty bleak in the first half.
Running back was pretty fun this week. There were a ton of options, some in good spots, some just falling into opportunity. When Devin Singletary was ruled out, I was pretty excited to play TJ Yeldon. His ownership came in pretty low, and I was actually pretty surprised. We had no reason to think Frank Gore was going to get a ton of run in a meaningless game where seeding was already locked up. The word from the beat reporters was also pretty positive, stating they expected Yeldon to get the bulk of the carries AND targets, which really just made him such an attractive play at the stone min for me. But alas, I only got a half out of Yeldon. Zeke was pretty much a must for me this week because of the banged up Dak. He projected for a massive workload and the price just wasn’t prohibitive with all the value that opened up. Last man in was Aaron Jones. I really wanted to target players on teams with motivation and Jones fit the bill. He has 100% market share of running back red zone opportunities, and Jamaal Williams was going to miss the game. He projected as just such a smash. I honestly think we ran pretty badly with a nut low game from Rodgers.
Davante Adams was a lock for me this week in a must win game for the Packers. His target share and usage in the offense is just unmatched. There’s nobody Rodgers trusts more than him and I didn’t see a way to get away from him on a week where wide receiver was so thin. Justin Watson is probably my most regretted play of the week, as relying on Jameis to get the ball to anyone is always an emotional roller coaster. I felt good about him going into the day, but ultimately realized there were better options in more concentrated offenses. The price on John Ross was just too good for me to deny myself his ceiling. After playing almost all the snaps the week prior, I felt Ross had a floor and ceiling that would round out my main lineup pretty well. Of course, I got the floor game to destroy me, but the process was right, the results just weren’t favorable.
When Zach Ertz was ruled out for week 17, Dallas Goedert became the lock and load play at the position. Tight End is the biggest headache of every week, and we truly got saved this time around with such an obvious play. With so many pass catchers sidelined for Philadelphia, in a must win scenario, I had no issue paying the premium price tag of $4900. He’s shown weekly consistency even with a healthy Zach Ertz, so there was just no reason to think he wouldn’t hit value in this dream scenario.
Not much analysis needed here, as the Bears just got overlooked by DraftKings on a week where they got to feast on Sean Mannion.
2019 Cash Lineup Record: 9-7-1