Best Daily Fantasy Football Plays for Cash Games – 2019 Wild Card Playoffs
By Ha Kung Wong
We’re back with more Daily Fantasy Football advice for Cash Games for the Wild Card 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 Wild Card 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 Wild Card 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 Greg Ward. Nelson Agholor has been ruled out for the Wild Card game leaving Ward as the de facto WR1 in the battered Eagles offense. In addition, Zach Ertz is dealing with cracked ribs and a lacerated kidney, and although he might play, he’s not going to have a full complement of snaps. Miles Sander doesn’t carry an injury designation coming into the weekend, but did suffer an ankle sprain last week that required him to sit out part of the game, so who knows how he’ll hold up as well. With all these question marks, Ward is guaranteed to get work and is cheaply priced across industry. He’s averaged just over 5 receptions on 7.5 targets over his last 4 games and will likely carry at least that much usage with TD upside in the Wild Card against a Seattle defense that is only 27th against the pass.
- In the same vein, with Ertz ailing and alack of proven receiving options, Dallas Goedert is likely to also get a full complement of targets. He’s caught 13 of a whopping 22 targets over the last two games for 156 total yards and TD. He’s my favorite TE of the week, particularly with the game against the Seahawks shaping up to be a shootout with the Seahawks favored by just 1 with an O/U of 45.
- On the other side of the ball, I like Tyler Lockett, DK Metcalf and Jacob Hollister to take advantage of the 19th ranked Eagles pass defense. Travis Homer can also save you some cap space as he’ll remain the de facto RB1, even with Marshawn Lynch back in town.
- Derrick 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. The Patriots have one of the best defenses in the league, but their more vulnerable against the run and you can bet, particularly with soggy weather on tap, that the Titans will feed Henry as much as possible.
- In addition to Henry, with Stephon Gilmore likely to keep AJ Brown in check, Corey Davis and Jonnu Smith make for cheap punt plays if you need to save some cap space. Davis averaged 5 targets a week over the last 3 games and could see a few more this week as Tannehill spreads it around, while Smith has caught a TD in 2 of his last 4, giving him some upside.
- On the other side, I really like the Tom Brady, Julian Edelman and/or James White stack. Brady is the cheapest starting QB on the slate and provides excellent value against the Titans’ 24th ranked pass defense. Edelman, even injured, is his favorite target having the 5th most receptions on the 4th most targets of any WR in the league this season. White is also active in the pass game, which makes him valuable in light of Tennessee’s top 12 rush defense, and he’s relatively cheap across industry.
- My favorite stack, though, is Drew Brees and Michael Thomas. Brees has the most passing TDs (2.45) and the 9th most passing yards (270) per game this season and Thomas has the most targets (11.56), most receptions (9.31) and most yards (107) per game of any WR in the NFL. The game against the Vikings has the highest O/U of any game this weekend (49.5), so I like the upside. Feel free to also use Alvin Kamara, who’s scored 4 TDs in his last 2 games.
- Finally, if you’re feeling saucy, Houston’s 26th ranked pass defense may be vulnerable to Josh Allen, John Brown and Cole Beasley. Beasley has the PPR edge in terms of floor while Brown has the big play upside.
- I’m in on the New Orleans Saints Defense against the Minnesota Vikings. Kirk Cousins doesn’t seem ready for prime time and the Saints actually have been the 4th best scoring fantasy defense from Weeks 11 through Week 17.
- With Will Fuller not expected to play, Kenny Stills can be used as a low end punt at WR.
Hope you all win DFS cash!