Cash Pool: Below are the players that I consider to be viable plays on DraftKings in Cash Games (H2H, Double-Ups, 50/50s). An updated version of this article will be published on Sunday at 12:00 PM EST to account for inactives and late-week news.
UPDATED 9/13, 11:40 P.M.
In: Alvin Kamara, Boston Scott
Out: Miles Sanders
Lamar Jackson ($8,100) –Lamar Jackson is a fantasy football phenomenon. In 2019 on DraftKings, he averaged 29.8 FFPG and offered the perfect balance of high floor and high ceiling. He went for over 30-points in 9/16 games and only finished with less than 26-points three times all year. Baltimore has the second-highest implied team total on the Main Slate (28). Inarguably one of the best pure plays on the slate; the <$8,000 price tag will make the choice of rostering Jackson a difficult one.
Matt Ryan ($6,700) – Matt Ryan is a particularly strong play on DraftKings because of the frequency at which he hits the 300-yard passing bonus. In 2019, Ryan threw for 300-yards or more in 11/15 games (73.3%). The Falcons host Seattle in Week 1 as +2.5 dogs in the game with the highest O/U (49) on the Main Slate. The Seahawks experienced a great deal of defensive turnaround and realistically could be forced into a back-and-forth shootout with ATL.
Josh Allen ($6,500) – NYJ @ BUF having a slate-low total of 39.5 may deter some people from plugging in one of the best QB plays on the slate. Josh Allen’s floor/ceiling combo makes him an appealing DFS play in all formats. Allen went for at least 18-points in 70% of his games last year. The offseason addition of Stefon Diggs provides him with a true #1 WR for the first time in his young career. The Jets project to have one of the worst secondaries in the NFL after failing to retain Jamal Adams. The sprouting of Allen’s fierce new mustache can also not be ignored.
Tyrod Taylor ($5,600) – Tyrod Taylor is the best pay-down option on the slate. The Bengals allowed the most rushing yards-per-game and the 2nd most rushing TDs to quarterbacks in 2019. Even with Mike Williams listed as a game-time decision for Week 1: Taylor’s rushing floor and familiarity with Anthony Lynn system make him a solid play against a shaky defense.
Christian McCaffrey ($10,000) – Not much needs to be said about CMC. Averaging a prolific 31.0 FPPG on DraftKings in 2019, McCaffrey is deservedly the most expensive player on the slate. A dual threat, game-flow independent player who scores touchdowns like it’s his life’s mission; CMC is an elite play. With shockingly few viable punt-plays available for cash games in Week 1, you won’t be able to jam McCaffrey in without sacrifice.
Alvin Kamara ($7,200) –Tampa Bay’s imposing front seven originally gave me pause when considering Alvin Kamara for cash games in Week 1. However, his price and upside should not go overlooked. Kamara has one of the higher week-to-week ceilings of any player in The NFL, and an equally appealing floor because of his guaranteed role in the pass game. While the total in TB @ NO is falling (47.5, down from 49.5 open), paths for this game to shootout can still be seen. Averaging 7.5 receptions over his last four meetings with The Buccaneers, Kamara is squarely in cash consideration.
Josh Jacobs ($6,800) – While concerns about Jacobs’ role as a pass catcher made him an easy fade in the second round of best ball drafts – all systems are go in this enticing Week 1 matchup. After spending their entire 2020 draft on defensive rookies, The Panthers should immediately struggle to make up for the lost production of players like Luke Keuchly, Gerald McCoy, Mario Addison, Eric Reid, Bruce Irvin and others who departed from Carolina in the offseason. Jacobs’ has a strong guaranteed workload, a solid offensive line, and positive projected game script working in his favor.
Joe Mixon ($6,700) – Volume will not be an issue for Joe Mixon in Week 1. Cincinnati cut the check and the “migraines,” that had been keeping Mixon out of camp have subsided. Despite the defensive talent on the Chargers roster, the team has largely failed to efficiently stop the run during Gus Bradley’s tenure as defensive coordinator. Mixon averaged 23.7 touches-per-game over the final 9-games of 2019. If the offense improves with Joe Burrow under center, Mixon will have the best season of his career.
Boston Scott ($4,800) – Miles Sanders has been ruled out of Philadelphia’s opening game, leaving Boston Scott in line to handle the majority of Week 1 touches. Corey Clement ($4,000) will play a complimentary role, but The Eagles have shown a willingness to let Scott handle lead back duties in the past. After closing 2019 with 6 or more targets in 4/5 final games, Scott’s dual threat ability and affordable price makes him the best point-per-dollar running back on the slate.
Davante Adams ($7,300) – Over the last 2-games Adams’ played against The Vikings: the prolific receiver averaged 12.5 targets, 10 receptions, and 111-yards per-game. The $1,700 price gap between Adams and Michael Thomas ($9,000) is one of the most glaring misprices on the entire slate. The Vikings simply lack the secondary talent to slow Davante Adams down. Easily projectable for 10+ targets with little competition from other skill players in GB, Adams is the top WR play on the slate.
Allen Robinson ($6,500) – Despite his seemingly cursed destiny to catch balls from terrible quarterbacks, Allen Robinson is looking like a delectable play in Week 1. While The Lions may have found a future stud in CB Jeff Okudah, I’m expecting the rookie to have a difficult first day in the NFL trying to stop Chicago’s WR1. With David Montgomery banged up and Mitchell Trubisky (aka Trashbiscuit) fighting to maintain his starting role, expect Allen Robinson to be the focal point of The Bears offensive attack this week.
DK Metcalf ($5,800) – The Seahawks are road favorites in a game with the highest total on the Main Slate (49). Offseason quotes from Seattle’s OC detailing plans to expand DK Metcalf’s versatility in the offense, combined with whispers that the ‘Hawks may be planning to let Russell Wilson loose, make this passing attack one of the premier targets in DFS for Week 1. While Tyler Lockett ($6,500) is also a very strong play, the $700 discount on DraftKings makes Metcalf the more appealing cash game option.
Terry McLaurin ($5,600) – The only receiver worth mentioning in Washington: McLaurin’s share of team targets should rival the truly elite WRs in The NFL this season. Scary Terry is overflowing with talent and is on one of the most talent-depressed teams in the league. As a rookie in 2-games against The Eagles last year: McLaurin was able to produce a combined stat line of 10-255-2. While I respect newly acquired Eagles CB Darius Slay’s impact on opposing WRs, F1’s price is just too good to pass up.
Marvin Jones ($5,500) – With Kenny Golladay ($6,200) ruled out with a hamstring injury, Jones has the opportunity to be Matthew Stafford’s primary target at WR in Week 1. Any expectations for Detroit’s defense to improve should be tempered after the loss of Darius Slay and no tangible reasons to predict this team will consistently generate pressure.
Marquise Brown ($5,100) – Hollywood Brown is a player who may not be priced in the low 5k range for very long. With This matchup is appealing with The Browns down multiple starters in Week 1 (Williams, Johnson). Brown’s role in the offense should expand in his sophomore season. The biggest cause for concern will be whether or not Cleveland can put enough pressure on Baltimore to keep their starters on the field for four quarters.
DeSean Jackson ($4,900) – I am skeptical of this one. “Revenge games,” and narratives surrounding DeSean Jackson’s Week 1 production in years past are not enticing reasons to roster 33-year-old deep threat WRs in cash on DraftKings. However, the matchup is good and Carson Wentz and The Eagles could be without Alshon Jeffery and Jalen Reagor to start the season. It may be necessary to embrace the wide-range of outcomes that DeSean Jackson will introduce into your lineup if Christian McCaffrey is a player you can’t live without in cash.
George Kittle ($7,200) – Regardless of Deebo Samuel’s and Brandon Aiyuk’s Week 1 availability – Kittle figures to be the focal point of The 49ers passing attack. He comes into the season facing 2019’s softest matchup for opposing TEs. Tied with The Ravens for the highest implied team total (27.75), George Kittle is the best pure play at TE on the slate. His $7,200 price tag will be difficult to make fit into Week 1 cash lineups.
Zach Ertz ($5,800) – With the concerns that I noted above for both DeSean Jackson and Miles Sanders, Ertz projects to be the highest floor option on The Eagles in Week 1. As Carson Wentz’s primary target, facing an exploitable group of Washington linebackers and safeties, Ertz offers fantastic leverage off of two shaky pieces of Philadelphia chalk. As is the case with Kittle, price is the only reason to feel cautious about playing Ertz in cash.
TJ Hockenson ($4,200) – Marvin Jones does not figure to be the only beneficiary of Kenny Golladay’s Week 1 absence. Hockenson has declared himself “100% healthy,” following the ankle surgery that ended his rookie campaign. Over the past few months, multiple reports have corroborated that the second year TE projects to have a major role in The Lions passing attack. With enough talent and potential opportunity to warrant the top-10 pick that Detroit invested in him, Hockenson is my favorite mid-range play at fantasy’s shallowest position.
Chris Herndon ($3,300) – Herndon is a salary saver with some potential upside in a game that The Jets figure to be playing from behind in start-to-finish. A decent bet to finish second in targets behind Jamison Crowder ($5,200), Herndon’s rapport with Darnold should make him fantasy viable. The Bills defense has traditionally excelled at stifling TE production, but at $3,300, Herndon won’t have to do much to hit value.
Priority Plays: Davante Adams, Josh Jacobs, Terry McLaurin, Boston Scott
Fade Of The Week: Antonio Gibson