“Buy or Bye”™ – Daily Fantasy Football Plays for Wild Card Sunday 2020 Cash Games

By Ha Kung Wong 

Twitter: @FBGarbageTime

In 2019, we were over 70% for cash lineups and we’re back with more Daily Fantasy Football advice for Cash Games for Wild Card Sunday!  We’re 72% on lineups so far this year, but we’re looking to win even more!

You’re welcome. 😎

As usual, before we get to winning you more 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 Wild Card Sunday of the 2020 NFL season!

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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.

As per usual, 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 Sunday, along with they’re prices on FanDuel (“FD”), Draft Kings (“DK”) and Yahoo! Daily Fantasy (“Y!”).

FanDuel 

Draft Kings 

Yahoo! DFS

Game Notes:

  • For those new to this column, note that I never advocate against you paying up at any particular position.  We all know that the likes of Patrick Mahomes is probably going to have the most consistent upside in terms of potential fantasy points from week to week.  But remember that DFS is a salary cap game.  You can feel free to sprinkle high priced players into your lineups, but you can’t pay up at every position because there’s simply not enough salary to go around.  I try my best each week to provide my thoughts on how you might want to balance your cash lineups in terms of points potential and salary.
  • Unfortunately, no “Free Square of the Week”™ for Sunday.  But if there’s one guy I like to pay down for to save cap space, it’s Rashard Higgins.  Over his last 4 games, he’s averaged almost 7 targets and had 2 total TDs.  Higgins has also become a big-play receiver for the Browns as he ended the regular season ranked 2nd in yards per target and registered an average of 16.2 yards per catch.  For the price, he offers some upside in a game that the Browns will probably have to play a little catch up (or at least keep up).
    • And speaking of the Browns, I’m all in on Nick Chubb, who has the 3rd most rushing yards and 6th most rushing TDs per game among all RBs in the league.  If the Browns want to win, they’ll have to feed Chubb.  And on the other side of the ball, I like Ben Roethlisberger and Diontae Johnson, as the Browns defense couldn’t even contain Mason Rudolph in Week 17 (having the 23rd ranked pass defense) and Big Ben is well rested.  That being said, I don’t mind paying down for Chase Claypool as well if you want to save cap space.
  • The Baltimore Ravens @ Tennessee Titans game has the highest over/under of the Sunday games (54.5) and both teams are stacked on offense, the Ravens having the most rushing yard per game and the Titans having the 2nd most rushing yards per game.  I break this one down in detail on our podcast earlier this week, and I can’t wait to watch what I expect to be a shootout.  For the Ravens, I’m in on Lamar Jackson, JK Dobbins and Mark Andrews.  I’m really all in on Jackson, as he’s been on fire with the 2nd most rushing yards per game (67) and a healthy 2.19 total TDs per game, so he provides a terrific floor with lots of upside, particularly against a 22nd ranked Titans pass defense.  For the Titans, you have to believe that they’ll need to air it out at some point, so I like AJ Brown and Corey Davis.  Both have been getting plenty of opportunities, and Davis honestly is too cheap across industry for his upside.  Of course, you can’t forget the NFL rushing leader King Derrick Henry, but he’s pretty expensive, so I’ve been using him sparingly in my lineups.
  • The Washington Football Team has a legit defense, but with Mike Evans playing through a knee injury, I like Antonio Brown and Ron Gronkowski. Brown took over as Brady’s top target last week against Atlanta when Evans went out with an injury, piling up with 14 targets, 138 yards and 2 TDs. Brown’s ability to get open on quick screens should be a big asset against Washington’s pass rush, and his pricing is discounted below Evans and Godwin.  Brady loves to target Gronk in the endzone, and he should benefit from even more targets if Evans is hampered.  As a side note, on the other side of the ball, I like Logan Thomas and JD McKissic.  Thomas has been among the best TEs in the league over the last month plus, and with Antonio Gibson hampered, McKissic should have plenty of opportunities, not to mention being in a likely negative game script.
  • Michael Thomas is back this week from a high ankle sprain, and Alvin Kamara returns from COVID, but I still prefer to play Jared Cook.  Cook averaged 16.22 yards per catch over his last four games and leads all Saints non-RB receivers in red zone targets this season, plus the Bears are vulnerable against opposing TEs.  Thomas is cheap enough to sprinkle in though, if you want.  On the other side of the ball, I like Allen Robinson who has the 5th most receptions (6.37) on the 6th most targets (9.43) per game among WRs, particularly here where the Bears are likely to be in a negative game script.  I’m not sure I trust any other Bears in this game, even with Mooney out.
  • On defense, I like taking the Baltimore Ravens defense.  I broke down their accolades on our last podcast, but the bottom line is I don’t really care to pay up for any defense as they all have their warts, so might as well take the cheaper option.

Good luck everyone with your Wild Card Cash Lineups, and I’ll see you next week for some Divisional Playoff Cash Lineup suggestions!

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