Best Daily Fantasy Football Plays for Cash Games – 2019 Week 9
By Ha Kung Wong
In the second half of 2018, we were over 80% for cash lineups! And we’re back with more Daily Fantasy Football advice for Cash Games for Week 9!
As usual, before we get to winning you bragging rights (and DFS cash), remember, the point of this article is not just to give you one or two lineups for each site, it’s to give you examples of a few 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!
Let’s get to winning you some CASH in Week 9 of the 2019 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.
And this year, I’m trying something different. I’m going to provide you with a few sample lineups on each site and give you a few notes to consider. You’re welcome. 🙂
So, without further to do, here are my suggestions for the Best Daily Fantasy Football Plays for Cash Games for Week 8 contests, along with they’re prices on Fan Duel (“FD”), Draft Kings (“DK”) and Yahoo! Daily Fantasy (“Y!”).
- Your Free Square of the Week™ is Jaylen Samuels against the 29th ranked Colts run defense. James Conner hasn’t practiced at all this week, which doesn’t bode well for him playing, and Benny Snell has already been ruled out. That essentially leaves Samuels in the drivers seat for near minimum salary across the industry. Even if Conner suits up, he’s going to have nowhere near a full load. Lock and load.
- TY Hilton has been ruled out, so if you’re looking to punt at WR, Zach Pascal is an OK play. Personally, I’ll stay away because I have no idea what target share he’ll get, but if he allows you cram in a few studs at some other positions, I don’t hate the move.
- With Delanie Walker ruled out again with an ankle injury for Week 9. Jonnu Smith stepped in and caught 6 of 7 targets for 78 yards and a TD with over a 73% snap rate. He has a tougher matchup this week, but he’s one of my favorite values at TE this week.
- On of my favorite games of the week for DFS is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Seattle Seahawks. There’s an estimated total of 53 points, which is highest this weekend with the Seahawks favored by 4.5. This is essentially a coin flip between two terrible defenses (22nd for the Seahawks and 15th for the Buccaneers). But most importantly, the Buccaneers are 1st at defending the run but only 26th at defending the pass. So that means I like the following Seahawks in this order: Russell Wilson, Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf, and I like the following Buccaneers in this order: Chris Godwin, Mike Evans and, if you want to save a little money since OJ Howard is out, Cameron Brate.
- Another of my favorite games of the week for DFS is the Detroit Lions @ Oakland Raiders. There’s an estimated total of 50.5 points, which is the 2nd highest this weekend with the Raiders favored by 2.5. This should also be a close game between two bad defenses (23rd for the Lions and 28th for the Raiders). So I like Matt Stafford, Kenny Golladay, Danny Amendola and Marvin Jones Jr., and I like Darren Waller (who has the 4th most receiving yards per game of any TE in the league – 70.9).
- Christian McCaffrey has been in on 93.5% of the Panthers offensive snaps so far this season, which is good for second most of any RB in the NFL, the 2nd most rush yards per game of any RB and 3rd most receiving yards per game among RBs (49). Simply put, he’s match-up proof. Feel free to pay up in FanDuel or Yahoo, but he’s quite a but more expensive than any other player in Draft Kings, so I might fade him there. But if you’d like to take further advantage of the Titans’ 20th ranked pass defense, I really like the value you get with Greg Olsen.
- But if you don’t want to pay up for Run CMC, how about some Dalvin Cook? He has the 3rd most rush yards per game (102.9) and has the most rushing TDs in the NFL (9). And he gets to face a Chiefs’ run defense which is 3rd worst in the NFL this season.
- Why Le’Veon Bell? Opportunity, value and match-up. He’s been in on 91.2% of the Jets offensive snaps so far this season, which is good for 4th most of any RB in the NFL, his price is still reasonable, and he’s facing the Miami Dolphins’ LAST ranked defense. And with that said, I don’t mind firing up Robbie Anderson and Jamison Crowder either, as both should get plenty of targets and opportunity in the one game that the Jets should be able to win.
- Keenan Allen is inexplicably priced down this week after a performance marred by injury coming into the game, so it’s time to take advantage, particularly on Draft Kings. Green Bay has a decent defense ranked 13th overall, but the Chargers will have to throw to keep up and Allen has the 5th most targets (80) in the NFL among WRs and is in on 89.1% of Chargers’ offensive snaps this season. In the same vein, I don’t mind playing Hunter Henry either, who has the most yards per game (76.0) of any TE in the NFL this season.
- Speaking of the Packers, Aaron Rodgers started the season off slow, but has been explosive over his last two with 734 total yards and 8 TDs. Rodgers now has the 4th best passer rating among starting QBs (106.7) and faces a Chargers defense that’s only 25th against the pass. He’s my favorite QB play this week outside of Matt Stafford.
- I wouldn’t blame you for going with the New England Patriots Defense, who are near the most expensive, but have the MOST takeaways of any defense in the NFL (25). But facing a Ravens team coming off a bye at Baltimore seems like a trap game to me, so I probably won’t pay up. I prefer to go with the the Buffalo Bills Defense against the languishing Washington Redskins, who are now starting rookie Dwayne Haskins, with the 9th most giveaways this season (14), the Cleveland Browns against the Denver Broncos, now starting their backup QB, Brandon Allen, with Joe Flacco on IR, the Seattle Seahawks Defense against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who have the 4th most giveaways this season (17), and if you want to save money, feel free to punt with the Carolina Panthers Defense at home, who has the 3rd most takeaways (16) this season, against the Tennessee Titans, who are on a roll, but are still starting Ryan Tannehill.
Good luck everyone, and I hope you all win DFS Cash in Week 9!