“Buy or Bye”™ – Daily Fantasy Football Plays for Super Wild Card Weekend 2022 Cash Games
By Ha Kung Wong
In 2021, we were over 70% for cash lineups and we’re back with more Daily Fantasy Football advice for Cash Games for Super Wild Card Weekend!
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 Super Wild Card Weekend!
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 Super Wild Card Weekend contests, along with they’re prices.
- 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 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.
- For Super Wild Card Weekend, feel free to try a couple different slates. The Main Slates are typically just the 3 Sunday games, but there are also slates for just Saturday. I’m providing sample lineups for the entirety of Super Wild Card Weekend (Saturday through Monday) so you can see how I’ve prioritized players, but definitely mix your entries among the different slates.
- No real “Free Square of the Week”™ this week but if you’re looking to punt at RB or Flex, I like both James Cook and Elijah Mitchell, but for different reasons.
- James Cook’s role in the Bills backfield has been steadily increasing throughout the season. He’s essentially the 1B to Devin Singletary’s 1A. He hasn’t been consistent, but he’s been much more efficient with his touches, and unlike Singletary, he doesn’t fumble. Last time he faced the Dolphins, Cook put up 39 total yards and a TD on just 7 touches. With Tua and Teddy Bridgewater on the sideline, the Dolphins are going to struggle to score points, which I think means more time for Cook to grind out yards at the end of the game. His heavily discounted price and decent upside gives you a chance to fit in more expensive players elsewhere.
- Elijah Mitchell returned from injury last week to join Christian McCaffrey in the backfield and still put up 55 yards and 2 TDs. The 49ers are still a run first team with Brock Purdy under center and will look to keep CMC fresh through what they hope to be a deep playoff run, so I like Mitchell to get his fair share of carries at a discounted price, which will be particularly valuable against the Seattle Seahawks’ defense that is only 30th against the run.
- The New York Giants @ Minnesota Vikings game has the highest over/under (48.5) this weekend, but I’m going to temper expectations as I don’t necessarily trust both teams from a consistency perspective. I don’t mind using Richie James Jr. and Darius Slayton if you’re looking save some cap space since both have been involved in the Giants passing attack and the Vikings ranked just 31st defending against the pass. And I don’t mind using Saquon Barkley as well if you have cap space since the Vikings are just 20th defending against the run. As for the Vikings, Justin Jefferson is always worth rostering and I like T.J. Hockenson who Kirk Cousins has locked on to in recent weeks, but both are relatively pricey.
- The Los Angeles Chargers @ Jacksonville Jaguars have the 2nd highest over/under (47.5) this weekend and both defenses are mediocre at best (Chargers are ranked 20th and the Jaguars are ranked 24th). For the Chargers I’m in on Austin Ekeler, Keenan Allen, Josh Palmer (since Mike Williams is out with a back injury) in that order. The Jaguars have given up the 7th-most rushing yards in the red zone this season (263), which bodes well for Ekeler, who finished the regular season with the most red zone rushing yards among all running backs (185) with an impressive 50% touch rate. For the Jaguars, I’m in on Travis Etienne and Evan Engram. I really like Engram since his price is reasonable throughout industry and he’s set new career-highs in receptions (73) and receiving yards (766) this season. He also caught 4 TDs and had two 100-yard receiving games in December, so he’s definitely trending up.
- The Baltimore Ravens get to face the Cincinnati Bengals again and sport a similar over/under (40.5) to last week. With the Raven without Lamar Jackson, I don’t have a lot of confidence that they’ll move on, but I don’t mind sprinkling in JK Dobbins, who should have plenty of work as the Raven try to grind this one out. If you want to play Mark Andrews, who has the 3rd most receptions (4.86) on the 3rd most targets (7.53) for the 3rd most receiving yards (56.46) per game among TEs this season, I don’t mind sprinkling him in as well as the Bengals are only 17th defending against the pass. For the Bengals, I like Joe Burrow, Ja’Marr Chase, Joe Mixon and Tee Higgins, but have been leaning towards Higgins to save some cap space and because I think the Ravens will focus on keeping Chase in check. Burrow has the second most passing TDs per game (2.18) this season, so I don’t mind playing him.
- I’m fading all the Dolphins with Skylar Thompson starting under center. I wasn’t terribly impressed with what he did in Week 18 in a must-win game against the Jets. But I like the Bills, including Josh Allen, Stefon Diggs, Gabe Davis and Dawson Knox (in addition to James Cook who I mention above). Allen in particular has a terrific floor with the rushing yards (45.64 per game) and terrific TD upside (averaging 2.46 total passing and rushing TDs per game), particularly against the 27th ranked Dolphins pass defense.
- UPDATE (1/15/23) – With Raheem Mostert ruled out, I’d don’t mind sprinkling in some Jeff Wilson Jr., who should be heavily involved with both the ground a pass game.
- Chris Godwin has quietly had the 6th most receptions (6.93) on the 7th most targets (9.46) of any WR in the NFL this season. Tom Brady is rounding into playoff form, and even with the reemergence of Mike Evans, I like the consistency we get from Godwin at a reasonable price.
- If you have cap space, I’m never talking you out of playing Christian McCaffrey. In fact, if you’re playing a Saturday slate, I don’t mind playing Brock Purdy to get some value and pairing him with CMC. As for their opponent, I’m not too high on most of the Seahawks, considering how solid the 49ers defense is, but while they’re ranked 2nd against the run, their ranked only 21st against the pass, so I don’t mind investing in DK Metcalf at his discounted price.
Good luck everyone with your Super Wild Card Weekend Cash Lineups, and I’ll see you next week for some Divisional Playoff Cash Lineup suggestions!