“Buy or Bye”™ – Daily Fantasy Football Plays for Super Bowl LVII 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 Bowl LVII!
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 Bowl LVII!
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 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 Super Bowl LVII 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 the Super Bowl slate, the key is the MVP/Captain/Superstar position which score 1.5x fantasy points. The biggest difference is that the MVP and Superstar position on FanDuel and Yahoo don’t require you to pay more, so I generally favored Patrick Mahomes, Jalen Hurts or Travis Kelce in that spot for cash games. But for Draft Kings, the Captain spot does cost 1.5 times the typical price, so I paid down at Captain with a player I think has upside and added the high-priced players at regular price.
- No real “Free Square of the Week”™ this week but I like getting value at RB from Isiah Pacheco and Kenneth Gainwell.
- Isiah Pacheco has really come on in recent weeks. He’s had at least 70 yards or a TD in 8 of his last 9 games, putting up 85 total yards on 15 touches in the AFC Conference Championship. Against the Jaguars in the Divisional Round, Pacheco had 13 total touches for 101 total yards and against the Bengals in the Conference Championship, Pacheco had 15 touches for 85 total yards. Eagles allowed the 16th most rush yards per game (121.6) and the 9th most yards per carry (4.6) to opposing teams during the regular season. And although the Eagles allow the least receiving yards to opposing teams this season, they allow the 13th most receptions and 18th most receiving yards to opposing RBs. With injuries across the board for Mahome’s recievers, including JuJu Smith-Schuster, Kadarius Toney and Mecole Hardman, even if some of them play, Mahomes can’t win targeting Travis Kelce alone. We all thought Jerrick McKinnon was the receiving back, but Pacheco has had 6 total receptions in the playoffs while McKinnon has had only 2. I’d be surprised if the Chiefs don’t continue to rely on the run more to take pressure off Mahomes against the Eagles and their top-rated pass defense, and Pacheco’s price is still reasonable across the industry.
- As for Kenneth Gainwell, the Chiefs allowed the 8th least rush yards per game to opposing teams in the regular season (107.2), but the 4th most receiving yards to opposing RBs. Against the Giants in the Divisional Round, Gainwell had 13 touches 121 total yards, and against the 49ers vaunted defense in the Conference Championship, Gainwell had 16 touches for 74 total yards. Mile Sanders just isn’t used in the receiving game having only 1 reception so far in the playoffs, and even on the ground he’s only had 28 carries for 132 yards as compared to Gainwell’s 26 carries for 160 yards. Gainwell gets all the RB passing targets, has a near 50/50 split on carries compared to Sanders and has outgained him by 28 rush yards in the playoffs. I suspect the Eagles will continue the timeshare, so I’m onboard with Gainwell as a cheap option in the Super Bowl.
- For the Chiefs, I’m on board with Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce, Marques Valdes Scantling, JuJu Smith-Schuster, and the aforementioned Isiah Pacheco. Although the Eagles have the number one pass defense, the Chiefs have the number one pass offense in the league, and I see them needing to keep pace in the Super Bowl. For the Eagles, I like Jalen Hurts, Dallas Goedert and the aforementioned Kenneth Gainwell. I’m not opposed to AJ Brown and Devonta Smith, but I’m not sure how much work they’ll get as the Eagles like to strike fast in the first half and salt away games on the ground in the second half. And I like Goedert as the Eagles tend to use him throughout the game, regardless of game script. Check out my Super Bowl LVII Preview and Prediction for more info on why I like these players.
Good luck everyone with your Super Bowl LVII Cash Lineups, and thanks so much for reading my column this season! I’ll see you next season for more DFS Cash Lineup suggestions!