“Buy or Bye”™ – Daily Fantasy Football Plays for Week 5 2022 Cash Games

By Ha Kung Wong 

Twitter: @FBGarbageTime

In 2021, we were over 70% for cash lineups and we’re back with more Daily Fantasy Football advice for Cash Games for Week 5 of the 2022 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!

Let’s get to winning you some CASH in Week 5 of the 2022 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 and player props for Week 5 contests, along with they’re 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 Patrick Mahomes and Christian McCaffrey 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.
  • My approach to DFS in Week 5 is to rely on two solid top end WRs to anchor my team, and to pay down at RB, as I think there’s some value this week.
  • No real “Free Square of the Week”™, but I do like the opportunity for Tyler Allgeier, who is almost minimum cost across industry and will likely lead the Atlanta Falcons backfield with both Cordarrelle Patterson and Damien Williams on IR.  He had a terrific preseason and finally managed to get involved with the offense with 11 touches for 104 yards from scrimmage last week.  Caleb Huntly will likely also be involved, but I’m banking on Allgeier picking up the larger portion of that share.
  • My favorite QBs this week are Tom Brady and Justin Herbert.  Both allow you to pay down a little, which saves some cap space for those two stud WRs.  Brady wasn’t great to begin the season, but when he finally got all his targets back in Week 4 (Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Julio Jones) he got back to being Tom Brady hanging 385 passing yards and 3 TDs on the Chiefs.  This week he gets to face the Falcons 25th ranked pass defense.  I love his chances to repeat. Herbert is priced down due to the rib injury, but he’s been practicing and playing without restriction and has the most passing yards (312) and 5th most passing TDs (2.25) per game of any QB in the league.  I’ll take the discount on Herbert and move on.
  • My favorite RBs this week are Rhamondre Stevenson and Dalvin Cook.
    • Stevenson has had an increased share of the backfield for the Patriots each week, with 19 total touches for 89 yards from scrimmage in Week 4, up from 17 total touches in Week 3.  This week he faces the Lion’s 30th ranked run defense and has rookie QB Bailey Zappe under center.  The Patriots won’t need to pass much to keep the game close, so I can see Damien Harris also getting plenty of run, but I’ll take the discount on Stevenson along with the increased share of touches.
    • Cook isn’t usually a value, but he finds himself discounted mostly across industry likely due to the shoulder injury.  He played through without issue in Week 4 and now he faces the last ranked Bears run defense.  He couldn’t ask for a better matchup since the Bears are 4th ranked against the pass, meaning the Vikings will likely be able to win this game on the ground alone.
  • The Atlanta Falcons @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers game has the 4th highest over/under of the weekend (46.5), and you know I’m already in on Brady, but I’m also very much in on his WR targets, particularly since Cameron Brate is out this week.  I like Chris Godwin, Mike Evans and Julio Jones in that order.  I’m a little less in on the Falcons, but with Kyle Pitts ruled out, I don’t mind playing London Drake.  And you know I already like Allgeier.
  • For other stud WRs, I’ve had so much cap space left that I’ve paid up for Cooper Kupp and Stefon Diggs.  Regardless of the Rams offensive issues, Kupp still has the most receptions (10.5) from the most targets (13.5) for the 4th most receiving yards (100) per game among WRs this season.  You can’t ask for a better floor with TD upside.  Diggs isn’t far behind with the 2nd most receptions (7.75) for the 2nd most receiving yards (101) and most receiving TDs (1) per game, and gets to face the 24th ranked Steelers defense in Week 5.  My only concern here is that the Bills get up big fast and resort to killing the clock, but Diggs should still get plenty even if that happens.
  • On defense, I love taking value and paying down for the Dallas Cowboys Defense against the Los Angeles Rams who shockingly have just the 28th ranked offense in the NFL after an abysmal Week 4 showing.

Good luck everyone with your Week 5 Cash Lineups, and I’ll see you next week for some Week 6 Cash Lineup suggestions!