Best Daily Fantasy Football Plays for Cash Games – Week 8
By Ha Kung Wong Daily Fantasy Football
And we’re back for Week 8 of the NFL season and MORE DFS CASH! Hope you followed my advice last week, since most of my lineups CASHED! If not, no worries, we got you covered for this week too.
We all know that DFS is a great way to prove you have serious football IQ and earn you bragging rights among your friends (and if you’re like me, among your family as well!). And heck, if you win cash, that’s just gravy, right? (No need to answer that question, it was totally rhetorical. I know you all like cash. And gravy.)
So before we get to winning you bragging rights (and DFS cash), remember, the point of this article is not just to give you one lineup for each site, it’s to give you examples of one or two POSSIBLE lineups. Getting exposure to a few different lineups is always a good idea, so don’t forget to mix and match additional lineups from my suggestions below. Trust me, it’s a lot more fun that way AND you’ll improve your chances of cashing!
So without further to do, here are my favorite cash lineups for FanDuel, Draft Kings, and Yahoo! DFS, plus a few others suggestions you might consider for your lineups.
Let’s get to winning you some CASH in Week 8 of the 2017 NFL season!
Cash Games, for those who don’t know, are essentially the lowest risk games. They include “50/50” games, in which half the entrants win about 1.8x the entry fee, and “Double Ups”, in which slightly less than half the entrants win 2x the entry fee.
Since there’s so many different sites, and I can’t cover them all, I’ve decided to cover just the most popular sites, including Fan Duel, Draft Kings and Yahoo! Daily Fantasy.
First of all, as a general rule for 50/50 Cash Games, there’s a basic target of points per salary cap spent that you’d like to look for:
- For Fan Duel try to target at least 2 fantasy points per $1000 spent.
- For Draft Kings, try to target at least 2.5 fantasy points per $1000 spent.
- For Yahoo! Daily Fantasy, try to target at least 0.6-0.7 fantasy points per $1 spent.
Remember, this article is not focused on GPP (Tournament) Games, JUST Cash Games. Feel free to use a few of these suggested players as a base when constructing a GPP lineup, but you’ll have to take some chances on a few low cost, upside players as well.
So, without further to do, here are my suggestions for the Best Daily Fantasy Football Plays for Cash Games for Week 7 contests, along with they’re prices on Fan Duel (“FD”), Draft Kings (“DK”) and Yahoo! Daily Fantasy (“Y!”).
To provide you with some diversity, I have two sample lineups this week.
At QB, I like both Carson Wentz and Kirk Cousins.
Amazingly, Wentz is only the 7th most expensive QB on FanDuel. With 6 teams on a bye, and 2 teams out due to the Thursday Night game, that puts him at 7 out of 24 possible QBs. That’s just shocking, as Wentz has been one of the best QBs in the NFL this year. Wentz is having a ridiculous season and now leads the NFL with 17 TD passes. Plus, the San Francisco 49ers defense is one of the worst defenses in the NFL, rated 4th worst against the pass, and they continue to move in the wrong direction after giving up 40 points to the Cowboys last week. With all this, the Eagles have a projected team total of 30 points against the 49ers. Lock in Wentz and move on.
Carson Wentz is proving doubters wrong so far in his second season pic.twitter.com/YZZux7TrWJ
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) October 27, 2017
But if you don’t want Wentz, you can move down the 8th most expensive QB in FanDuel, Kirk Cousins. He’s thrown for 633 yards over the last two games, and Dallas is exploitable via the air being ranked 20th against pass. To top it off, this game has the highest over/under of any game this week at 49.5. I think Cousins will do just fine here.
Kirk Cousins found his groove tonight 👀 pic.twitter.com/um58HdgPsE
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) September 25, 2017
As for WRs, I like Antonio Brown, Keenan Allen, Alshon Jeffery and Josh Doctson.
Brown is easy, as he’s averaged the most targets per game (12), receptions per game (7.4) and receiving yards per game (109.3) of ANY WR in the league this year. Plus he’s facing the 22nd ranked Detroit Lions pass defense. Lock and load, my friends. As for Allen, the Patriots lack elite corners and have already allowed six 300+ yard passing games this year. I like his chances. For Jeffery, I like him for all the reasons I liked Wentz, plus the 49ers have the 5th worst in the NFL defending WR1. I like Nelson Agholor as well, if you’d like to pivot. Last, as for Doctson, although Jay Gruden has said he’ll ride the “hot hand”, he earlier said that he Doctson was drafted to be a #1 WR, and he’s out-snapping Terelle Pryor. He’s cheap, and I think the Redskins will be throwing a lot.
Zach Ertz could arguably be the top fantasy tight end this year. He continues to produce weekly, and I’m not concerned that San Francisco’s defense just happens to be good against TEs.
At RB, I like value from Joe Mixon, who’s already getting the majority of the snaps and has a solid matchup against a weak Colts defense, and might be asked to milk the clock late in the game.
Jalen Richard and Dwayne Washington are also options this week due to Marshawn Lynch’s one game suspension for ridiculously running off the sideline to confront a ref in a middle of a team scrum last week. The Bills have the 7th ranked rush defense, which is pretty solid, but are only 19th against RB receptions. Altogether, with the cheap price, I don’t mind picking up value with either Richard or Washington to pay up elsewhere.
On defense, I’m all in with the Cincinnati Bengals against the offensively challenged Indianapolis Colts. Since defenses ave been priced relatively narrowly, there’s no reason to try to save any more money here.
In full PPR sites like Draft Kings, I like Alvin Kamara. Ingram split snaps almost evenly with Kamara last week, but their getting plenty of snaps either way. Kamara gained a solid 107 total yards on just 14 touches (nine carries and five catches) last week, which at this point is likely his floor.
I also like Jimmy Graham, as Seattle’s pass offense has been clicking of late, and Houston is not the same without J.J. Watt on the edge. Russell Wilson had a great second half last week finishing with over 300 yards through the air and three TDs in the game. I suspect this will continue, and you can bet that Graham is going to be part of that.
With Yahoo, I’m looking for value. And it just so happens that there are a few underpriced values as compared to the other sites.
LeSean McCoy has some of the most secure volume in the NFL and is coming off his best game of the season where he had 23 carries for 91 yards and 2 TDs, while Mike Tolbert saw only 3 carries. McCoy also gets you receptions and receiving yards, and for some reason is priced down on Yahoo.
Marvin Jones Jr. could also be value, particularly with Golden Tate limited and potentially out. Just keep a close eye on that.
Feel free to use any of the players that I’ve selected on one site in any other site if you have cap space.
In addition to the above, here are few other suggestions for players to use:
- QB Russell Wilson
- QB Tyrod Taylor
- QB Jamis Winston
- RB Le’Veon Bell
- WR Demaryius Thomas
- WR Doug Baldwin