“Buy or Bye”™ – Daily Fantasy Football Plays for Divisional Round Playoff 2021 Cash Games

By Ha Kung Wong 

Twitter: @FBGarbageTime

In 2020, we were over 70% for cash lineups and we’re back with more Daily Fantasy Football advice for Cash Games for the Divisional Round Playoffs of the 2021 season!

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!

And this year, we’re also adding our ThriveFantasy prop picks to help you win even MORE money!

Let’s get to winning you some CASH in the Divisional Round Playoffs of the 2021 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. ?

ThriveFantasy is actually quite a bit different.  There you have your choice of various player prop bets to pick from.  You can enter a traditional contest where you pick the Over or Under on 10 of the available prop bets, getting more points for risker picks, and compete for the most points in the contest.  Or you can just select two, three, or four player prop bets to create a custom lineup from the list of player predictions. Pick 2/2 correctly, win 3.6x your entry amount ($10 entry wins $36). Pick 3/3 correctly win 6.2x your entry. Pick 4/4 correctly win 11x your entry amount. The only limitation is that you choose athletes from more than one team to be able to enter.

I’ll be providing my 2 way prop bet picks each and every week!

If you’d like to try ThriveFantasy, go to www.ThriveFantasy.com and use code GARBAGETIME to get an instant deposit match up to $100! 

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 their prices.


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 for DFS.  We all know that the likes of Josh Allen and Davante Adams are 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.
  • I don’t have a “Free Square of the Week”™, but I do think there’s some value to be had at RB and WR.
    • Devin Singletary is in control of the Bills backfield and has exceeded 80 rush yards in each of his last 3 games with 6 total TDs over that span, including 2 last week in the Wild Card Playoff against the Patriots.  He’s still mid-priced and has a nice floor facing the Chiefs seeing as how he gets plenty of touches on the ground and through the air.
    • Giovanni Bernard should maintain some of his expanded role with Ronald Jones ruled out, even with Leonard Fournette coming back from a hamstring injury.  Fournette had his worst game of the season in Week 3 against the Rams with 34 total yards, but Bernard excelled with 9 receptions for 51 yards and a TD on 10 targets.  In the Wild Card game, Bernard had 13 carries for 44 yards and a TD, along with five receptions for 39 yards on 7 targets.  With Fournette likely not 100% yet, I like the value from Bernard.
    • Gabriel Davis has been a favorite target of Josh Allen.  He’s averaging 7 targets per game over his last 5 and has 4 total TDs over that span, including one last week against the Patriots.  He’s discounted across industry and is a great way to save on cap space.
    • Byron Pringle has 26 total targets over his last 4 games averaging over 11 yards per reception over that span.  And he managed to snag 2 TDs in Wild Card Weekend against the Steelers.  Mahomes seems to like him, which means you should too for his rock bottom price.
  • At QB, I like mid-priced options Joe Burrow and Matthew Stafford.  Burrow has been on fire of late with over 900 total yards and 8 total TDs in his last two regular season games.  He kept it going in the Wild Card game against the Raiders putting up 244 passing yards and 2 TDs.  The Titans are only ranked 26th against the pass, so there’s plenty of opportunity here for Burrow to keep rolling.  Stafford has been hit or miss recently in terms of efficiency, but he’s still averaging the 4th most yards (287) and 2nd most TDs (2.41) per game of any QB in the league this season.  He did well against the Cardinals where he didn’t have to do much, still piling on 202 pass yards, 2 receiving TDs, 22 rush yards and rushing TD and he’ll need to do the same or better this weekend against the Bucs.
  • With regard to ThriveFantasy, I’m in on the Ja’Marr Chase receiving yards prop and Aaron Rodgers passing yards prop.  Want to know why?  Check out our “Scares & Dares”™️ podcast episode, and also get Joanne’s player prop bet picks of the week!

Good luck everyone with your Divisional Round Playoff Cash Lineups, and I’ll see you next week for some Conference Championship Cash Lineups!