Best Daily Fantasy Football Plays for Cash Games – 2019 Divisional Round Playoffs
By Ha Kung Wong
We’re back with more Daily Fantasy Football advice for Cash Games for the Divisional Round Playoff games!
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 the Divisional Round Playoff games!
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 Divisional Round Playoff contests, along with they’re prices on Fan Duel (“FD”), Draft Kings (“DK”) and Yahoo! Daily Fantasy (“Y!”).
- The Free Squares of the Week™ this week Damien Williams. After coming back from a rub injury, Williams piled up 246 total yards and three touchdowns in the last two games, which includes a spectacular performance in Week 17 where he rushed for 124 yards and 2 touchdowns on 12 carries adding 30 yards on four receptions. He’s going to lead backfield touches for the Chiefs against the the Houston Texans, who are 25th against the run, and in a game that holds the highest total estimated points of any game this weekend (51). That’s pretty good for the cut rate price across industry.
- Honestly, I’m otherwise paying up at QB and RB this week. Lamar Jackson is amazing, and I won’t bother reiterating how good he is numerically (though you’re welcome to check it out in my breakdown of the Ravens v. Titans game), but I will mention that his rush yards provide a terrific floor while his TD upside provides the highest ceiling of any QB this week. The only other QB I’m considering this weekend is Patrick Mahomes, who is a good amount cheaper while holding just as much upside against a Texans team that 29th against the pass.
- The next decision to make is whether you want to play Derrick Henry or Dalvin Cook or both. Henry has been a monster with the MOST carries (20.2), MOST rush yards (102) and 2nd MOST rush TDs (1.06) per game of any RB in the NFL this season. Clearly, the Titans offense runs through Henry, and they’re not afraid to feed him, as we saw when he rolled up over 200 total yards against the Patriots. Similarly, Cook is the focal point of the Vikings offense and he faces a 49ers team that is sub-par defending against RB receptions.
- If you play both, then you’re going to have to go cheap on WRs. Luckily, you have plenty of cheap options. Here are my favorites in order of value and upside:
- D.K. Metcalf (TDs in 3 of the last 4 games, 13 of 21 targets for 241 yards in last 2 games, facing an exploitable Packers secondary),
- Stefon Diggs (top receiving option and Thielen dealing with a foot injury),
- A.J. Brown (Titans likely will be playing catch up, Brown is Tannehills favorite target, four 100+ yard games and 5 total TDs in last seven),
- Deebo Samuel (exploitable Vikings secondary, plenty of PPR potential underneath, 5 for 5 and a 100 yards in last game, underpriced),
- Marquise Brown (very underpriced against Titans 24th ranked pass defense with huge big play upside),
- Mecole Hardman (cheap way to get exposure to game with highest projected total points and against Texans that are 29th against the pass) and
- Allen Lazard (WR2 in Packers offense against Seahawks that are 27th against the pass).
- Clearly, Travis Kelce is the top play at TE. He’s the number one TE this season in terms of fantasy points and it’s not close. But he’s also expensive, and very difficult to play if you’re also paying up at QB and RB. Same is true for Mark Andrews and George Kittle, who are great plays (and, in fact, I don’t even mind playing 2 TEs this week if you want to play 2 of the 3 top options). But if you can’t force them in, and you have to go cheap, I like the following value TEs:
- Jonnu Smith make for cheap punt plays if you need to save some cap space. Smith has caught a TD in 2 of his last 4, giving him some upside.
- Daniel Fells, as long as Jordan Atkins remains out with a hamstring injury and Fells doesn’t get scratched for his hip injury. He played an every down roll in the Wild Card game and the Texans are likely going to be in a shoot out with the Chiefs. Note that I like him a little less if Will fuller is clear to play. UPDATE: Atkins is OUT, solidifying Fells as an option.
- Jimmy Graham hasn’t been great, but the Seahawks are the second worst in the NFL defending against opposing TEs. There’s plenty of upside here, particularly with the state of the Packers receiving options. Not to mention the #RevengeGame narrative with Graham facing his former team in the Seahawks.
- I like the Baltimore Ravens Defense the most (Titans allowed the 3rd most sacks in the league this season), but they’re also expensive. So if you want to save money to pay up at the skill positions (like me) I’m in on the San Francisco 49ers Defense (6th most takeaways this season) against the Minnesota Vikings, the Kansas City Chiefs Defense (5th most interceptions this season) against the Houston Texans (Texans allowed the 8th most sacks in the league this season). The next level down would be the Green Bay Packers Defense (7th most takeaways this season) against the Seattle Seahawks (Seahawks allowing the 10th most sacks in the league this season and the 3rd most fumbles lost) and the Minnesota Vikings Defense (highest scoring fantasy defense from Week 14 to 17, 4th most takeaways the season) against the San Francisco 49ers.
UPDATE – SUNDAY ONLY LINEUPS
- For Sunday lineups, feel free to pay up for Aaron Jones or Davante Adams, as there’s no RBs to pay up for with Henry and Cook off the board. Jamaal Williams should play, but Jones has been a beast of late, and should continue to roll against the Seahawks 22nd ranked rush defense. And of course, everything I like about Lazard goes double for Adams, who has the 3rd most receptions per game (6.91), 2nd most targets (10.58) per game, and 5th most receiving yards (83.08) per game this season.
- And after locking in Williams, if you don’t want to pay up for Jones, I don’t mind playing Carlos Hyde. He’s had a TD and at least 17 touches in 3 of his last 4 games and now faces the 26th ranked Chiefs run defense.
- Also, with the WR pool narrower, Sammy Watkins also a cheap way to get exposure to the Chiefs passing offense against the Texans 29th ranked pass defense.
Hope you all win DFS cash!