Taylor shares the DraftKings Cash Game lineup she used on Sunday, and breaks down where it went right and where it went wrong!
What a crazy weekend of football. We had the squeaky wheel narrative in Minnesota, Teddy Bridgewater erupted at home in the dome, and Will Fuller made history as the highest NFL DK scorer of all time. It was honestly one of the most fun slates I’ve witnessed. Aside from being fun, it was a very high scoring and chalk resilient slate. A lot of heavily owned guys just went ham and you either had them or you didn’t have any money. Here’s how it went for me…
Oh boy, guys, I played Joe Flacco in cash. Let me tell you this really wasn’t about Flacco himself at all, as it was that I had a handful of skill positions that I wasn’t going to budge on. I flirted with playing Matt Ryan, who I stanned for all week, reveling in his consistency ands scoffing at the disrespect he gets as a high floor/ high ceiling option on a week to week basis. Did you know his lowest output of the season was 19.4 DK points (in a game where he threw 0 TDs?) Then there was Deshaun Watson, who I do not fault anyone for playing and obviously it worked out, but for me, personally, I am never spending that much on a QB in cash. I’m just not. The opportunity costs at other positions are just far too great when considering floors and volume, and let’s not pretend Watson doesn’t have a very, very low floor. Ultimately I went with Flacco because he the last man in and he fit. The LAC DST hasn’t been great this year and I was vindicated a few minutes into the game when Flacco hit Sutton for a 70 yard TD bomb. Obviously the rest of the game didn’t go great and he barely 2xed but he did what I wanted him to do, allow me to fit the guys I had conviction on.
I’ve said it before and I will say it again. Christian McCaffrey is an every week cash play. He has the highest floor and highest ceiling of any player on any team on any slate. He is the best decision you can make and should be the first guy in when building a cash lineup. His ownership each week, in cash, continues to floor me. 30%-40% is too low. He should be above 65% every week, and as long as he isn’t, I will have an edge in cash game. Outside of the McCaffrey free square, I ultimately ended up with Zeke and David Johnson. Zeke holds a similar floor to McCaffrey and is just such an essential part of his offense, that his price makes sense, and in cash I want that safety. I will pay up for running back floor every time as long as I can afford it. With David Johnson, the matchup was fantastic and the price wasn’t horrible. With Arizona missing key players, it pointed to an even larger target share for DJ. With him, you don’t have to worry about game script either. If AZ is up, they’re gonna run him. If AZ is down, they’re gonna pass to him. In the end, Edmonds got the TD and DJ ended with a mediocre day but it didn’t ruin me and I’d play it the same again.
Wide receiver likely made you or broke you yesterday. I had three guys I just wasn’t getting of off. Michael Thomas was a lock and load from the second pricing came out last weekend. $6500 for a receiver of his caliber is nuts, even with unsteady Teddy at the helm. He has a MASSIVE 35% target share, and can rack up those PPRs like no other. Thomas was a floor play, but ended up with a ceiling game. The second guy in was Will Fuller. I have been playing Will Fuller for weeks, and I have been very sad. DK kept leaving him at $4500 and singing a siren song for me to keep mashing him into all of my lineups. He was a top 20 guy in air yards, and just kept underwhelming. As the matchup was great for Watson, it was even better for fuller. The thing about Fuller is, I always want some ceiling in cash game lineups. I want a guy who isn’t just going to get low ADOT targets, and struggle his way to 3x. I want a guy who can explode, and save me, should the rest of my guys pull a dud. Will Fuller was that guy this week and he was only $4500. Last guy up was Auden Tate. Honestly, just an ownership block. He was very cheap, he was poised to see a volume increase, and he was playing the fantasy point sieve, the Arizona Cardinals. That game didn’t quite go the way we thought, but I’d play Tate again and again given the spot and the price.
Just going to be completely honest and say that and I never considered another TE outside of Tyler Eifert. I didn’t like any of the matchups for the more expensive guys, and the same parameters that went for Tate went for Eifert. Cheap, fantastic matchup, Bengals missing players.
I really only had two DSTs in mind this week, Cincinnati against Kyler, and the Panthers against anyone. Carolina has been aggressive, and it’s led to some great fantasy production. It was a plus that they were playing inexperienced Gardner Minshew, and the price was fantastic. They fit my build and I knew I’d probably able to get a solid 7-10 points out of them.
All in all, I had a great weekend. 226 was more than enough to cash every cash game, and even all of the single entries I left it in. My process remains the same, I want to pay for volume, and I want to find cheap upside on weeks where I think ownership will be very concentrated. As always, I will be in the chat tonight to answer any questions.
2019 Cash Lineup Record: 3-1-1