Cash game scoring is astronomical on DraftKings this season. It looked like I was going avoid a sweat, then Alvin Kamara romped for a 44-yard touchdown late against the Giants…
The sweat was on, but my 208 in cash was able to hang out, but it felt like it was by just a thread.
It’s the second time this season my cash game lineup has scored above 200, which used to be enough to win you a large-field GPP.
But the league is changing, philosophies are changing and new rules are affecting that play.
We have 7 games with totals of 50 or better this week. SEVEN.
Pass catching running backs are the big key to giving your lineups high floors, but it also might be key to giving your team some ceiling. If this keeps up, you are going to have to be nearly perfect in your lineup construction.
But I was able to survive with a 208. Our image uploader is not working properly, so here’s the written version of my cash lineup:
QB – DeShaun Watson
RB1 – Ezekiel Elliott
RB2 – Gio Bernard
WR1 – Julio Jones
WR2 – Sterling Shepard
WR3 – Tyler Boyd
TE – David Njoku
FLEX – Tevin Coleman
D/ST – Chicago Bears
Analysis: I wrote last week that Russell Wilson might take me off of DeShaun Watson. Because of my salary, I almost went off script again and took Drew Brees. Taking Brees, and going off script, would’ve destroyed my lineups. But as I wrote last week, I and you have to stick to the script. And it paid off here. Tevin Coleman was the big dud. Ito Smith vultured a TD and he isn’t getting the usage we wanted. Julio continues to avoid the endzone at will (guess who is on this list again?). Watson and Elliott were great and the Bears DST was the easiest free square imaginable. Shepard and Boyd were in great spots and paid off big.
We are into Week 5 now that the Pats and Colts have completed their game on Thursday night. There’s lots of news that could come down between now and Sunday morning. So I want to preface that if something comes out that changes everything for a team or a player, then I might be forced to go off script.
We will see.
I am not sure which way I will go at RB at all. I have a list of QBs that I love below, but a few stand out above the others that I am interested in. Let’s take a look at this week’s cash game plays for full PPR sites. Good luck this week. Please send out screen shots to me for cash lineup questions or successes! Would love to hear from you.
Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – $6,400
Analysis: Don’t mind that Drew Brees line against the Giants. Don’t mind that Dak Prescott line against the Giants. Brees has lots of weapons, Dak plays for the Cowboys. Enter Cam Newton and the Panthers coming off a bye and lots of rest, also at home. Cam soaks up all of the production the Panthers will likely have this week offensively. He rushes the ball, scores goalline TDs and of course throws the ball. Lots of high floor and ceiling possibilities. Just hope the offensive line holds up.
Kirk Cousins – Minnesota Vikings – $6,000
Analysis: I think the Vikings/Eagles game goes undervalued this week. Cousins and the Vikings are averaging 277 yards passing per game. The Eagles are giving up 271 passing yards per game. See how those pieces fit? The Vikings defense has been blunderful (made up word) on the road, forcing the Vikings to throw and into shootouts. The Eagles are fifth in fantasy points allowed to QBs through 4 weeks. Diggs and Thielen should eat.
Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – $5,900
Analysis: Dalton and the Bengals offense has been so much better this season, averaging 28 points per game and 303 passing yards. Miami is allowing 284 yards passing per game. The Bengals get Joe Mixon back this week, which should really open things up all over the field even without Tyler Eifert.
Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – $5,700
Analysis: At home, in a high total, against a busted Green Bay secondary and facing Aaron Rodgers. This has all the makings of a shootout and the Packers won’t be able to cover all of his weapons running around all over the field.
Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars – $5,500
Analysis: No Leonard Fournette means Blake Bortles is going to throw. Bortles stood out to me outside of the guy rounding out this list. Mostly because of his matchup, but then Fournette’s status sealed the deal for me with Bortles. He’s probably the chalk in cash games this week as the Jags travel to Arrowhead to take on Kansas City. The caution here is that it is Bortles, he’s going to be popular and he’s playing in a tough place to play. KC’s defense has been getting torched by QBs, allowing 328 yards passing and 2 TD’s per game. That’s a pretty ridiculous floor for Bortles if this is the average for KC.
Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – $5,100
Analysis: Another QB on this list in a high total game. Coincidence? Wilson’s on this list mostly because his price seems so ridiculously low. The talent of DangerRuss and his usual price tag stand out here with this nearly sub-$4K tag. I know it’s the Rams, but you probably expect a mudhole to be stomped into Seattle by the Rams, right? Then what are the Seahawks going to do? Throw the damn ball. They have Doug Baldwin back and some capable pass catchers out of the backfield, but it is hard to trust this offense.