Best Daily Fantasy Football Plays for Cash Games – 2019 Week 15
By Ha Kung Wong
We’re back with more Daily Fantasy Football advice for Cash Games for Week 15!
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 15 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 15 contests, along with they’re prices on Fan Duel (“FD”), Draft Kings (“DK”) and Yahoo! Daily Fantasy (“Y!”).
- The Free Square of the Week™ this week is Eli Manning. Sounds crazy, but he’s the 27th priced QB on Draft Kings at $5200 and on FanDuel at $6800, and the 20th priced QB on Yahoo at $26, and his value this week is sky high at home against the Dolphins. The Dolphins are the LAST ranked pass defense per DVOA in the league and allow the 3rd most fantasy points to opposing QBs. On top of that, and in addition to having a full complement of receivers at his disposal in Darius Slayton, Sterling Shepard and Golden Tate (who I also like this week, in that order, as the Dolphins allow the 4th most fantasy points to opposing WRs), Eli has narrative in his favor as this quite possibly could be his final Giants home game of his illustrious career. Hard to go wrong at that price point, plus it opens up plenty for you to pay up at RB this week. Feel free to throw in Saquon Barkley as well (particularly on Yahoo where his price is particularly low), who should continue to see receiving work in addition to his ground workload with Evan Engram out.
- On the other side of the ball, Patrick Laird is a cheap option at RB seeing as how he’s essentially the last man standing and is getting the majority of backfield looks for Miami. And if DeVante Parker is ruled out, Allen Hurns becomes an interesting WR punt play with upside.
- One of those RBs I’m definitely paying up for is Chris Carson, who gets to face the worst run defense in the NFL in the Carolina Panthers. In addition, Rashaad Penny is now on IR, which opens up plenty more carries, and none of the sites across industry adjusted his price for that, leaving him a solid mid-priced option.
- On the flip side of that game, the Panthers are also interesting. First, there’s Christian McCaffrey because he’s been in on 94.8% of the Panthers offensive snaps so far this season, which is the most of any RB in the NFL, the 3rd most rush yards per game of any RB (93.8), tied for the 2nd most rushing TDs (12) and 2nd most receiving yards per game among RBs (55.8). He’s a little too expensive for my lineups this week in light of other RBs I like from a value perspective, but if you find room in your lineup, go for it. I also like DJ Moore, who’s priced down across industry for some reason even though he’s getting the 4th most targets and 4th most receiving yards in the NFL, and Ian Thomas or Greg Olsen depending on who ends up starting at TE.
- Another RB I like is Leonard Fournette, who has been in on 87.5% of the Jaguars offensive snaps so far this season, which is the 2nd most of any RB in the NFL, has the 9th most rush yards per game of any RB (79.9) and 7th most receiving yards per game among RBs (35.2). He’s getting loads of volume in both the ground and pass game plus is going to face a Raiders defense now 27th against the run per DVOA.
- One of my favorite games of the week for DFS is the Houston Texans @ Tennessee Titans. There’s an estimated total of 51.5 points, which is the highest this weekend with the Titans favored by 3. Plus, there are playoff implications in play as the Texans and Titans are tied atop the AFC South. This should be a shootout between a bad defenses (27th for the Texans and 18th for the Titans). So that means I like the following Texans in this order (based on value and upside): Deshaun Watson, Deandre Hopkins, and if you’re looking to punt at RB, Duke Johnson. And I like the following Titans in this order (based on value and upside): Ryan Tannehill, AJ Brown and Derrick Henry.
- Kylar Murray has had a brutal stretch facing tough defenses over his last 5 weeks, including the 49ers twice, but he still managed to pile up fantasy points, as he’s had at least 2 passing TDs or a rushing TD in each of those games. Plus he’s averaging just over 5 rushing attempts per game over that same time frame, which gives him a little more floor. The Browns defense is a more neutral matchup and the total implied points for the game of 49 is the second most this weekend, so there’s definitely some upside, particularly in light of Murray’s mid-tier price across industry.
- Travis Kelce has the most receiving yards per game (76.1) and the second most receptions (75) of any TE in the league. I’m always happy to pay up for him.
- But if you want to save money at TE, Tyler Higbee is a great value now that Gerald Everett is out again. He’s piled up 14 receptions on 19 targets for 223 yards and a TD over his last 2 games.
- Julian Edelman has the 2nd most targets of any WR in the NFL (135), and the Patriots have a bounce back game against the Cincinnati Bengals on tap. He gets plenty of volume being Tom Brady’s favorite target and is fairly priced across industry.
- I’m taking a chance this week at defense, and am paying down wherever possible to make room for skill players in my lineup. So I’m looking at the Kansas City Chiefs Defense (who are tied for the 7th most takeaways this season and have the 2nd most fantasy points of any defense over the last 2 weeks) against the Denver Broncos, the Arizona Cardinals Defense against the Cleveland Browns (who have the 7th most giveaways this year) and the Philadelphia Eagles Defense against the Washington Redskins (who allow the 6th most sacks this year).
Hope you all win DFS cash!