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.
Lamar Jackson ($8,200): The biggest threat to Lamar Jackson’s fantasy production on a week-to-week basis is the opposing team’s inability to keep games competitive enough to force Jackson into four quarters of play. After averaging 29.8 FFPG on DraftKings in 2019, Jackson showed no signs of slowing down in 2020. He completed 80% of his attempts for 275 yards and three touchdowns. Jackson was held in check on the ground (by his standards), rushing for 45 yards on 7 attempts. Baltimore is in a three way tie for the highest implied team total on the main slate (28.75), and should have no problem steamrolling Houston’s mediocre defense.
Dak Prescott ($6,800): Dak Prescott headlines the premiere fantasy game of Week 2. ATL @ DAL (53) profiles as a fast paced shootout between two high-powered offenses. After facing constant pressure from Aaron Donald and The Rams in Week 1; Prescott can be expected to bounce back in a major way. The Falcons milquetoast defense will struggle on all levels trying to contain the ultra-talented Cowboys offense.
Matt Ryan ($6,600): Inexplicably, Matt Ryan’s salary dropped $100 after 4.16x for 27.9 DK points in Week 1. You could make the case that this is an even better spot for Ryan. The Falcons are +4.5 point underdogs on the road in Dallas. Atlanta got down early to Seattle in Week 1 which led Ryan directly into the nut game script. While his Week 1 total of 54 pass attempts could be an outlier, The Falcons will likely struggle to keep this game script neutral. The Cowboys offense is ready to rebound and I’m projecting Ryan to once again hit the 300 yard DraftKings bonus – a feat that he accomplished in 73.3% of his 2019 outings and again in Week 1. In terms of raw projection, I like Prescott for $200 more, but Ryan gets us access to the entire Falcons passing attack and with players like Ezekiel Elliot and Amari Cooper, essentially being stone cold locks in cash this week (read below), I think you get a decent amount of exposure to Dak’s production without actually rostering him.
Kyler Murray ($6,100): The Cardinals came out firing in Week 1, running the second most plays in The NFL (78). Murray averaged 7 yards-per-carry on 13 attempts, good for an NFL lead of 91 rushing yards at the quarterback position through one week. Instantly finding rhythm with DeAndre Hopkins (14-151), putting up points won’t be difficult for Murray as Arizona faces the nameless football team. If not for Amari Cooper ($6,300), Kyler Murray’s 6.1k price tag on DraftKings would be the most blatant misprice on the entire slate.
QB Positional Notes: Kyler Murray is a great play, but I struggle to see a scenario where The Washington Football Team pressures The Cardinals into a legitimate back-and-fourth. If I need the savings, I will feel fine playing Murray in cash. My preference would be getting exposure to ATL @ DAL through one of Dak Prescott or Matt Ryan.
Christian McCaffrey ($10,000): McCaffrey is priced fairly for his role, but too highly to jam in without sacrifice. A myriad of rock solid RB plays on the slate makes CMC a tough play in Week 2 on DraftKings. While his every-snap role remains unquestioned, it’s hard to justify the 5-digit price tag with some of the other options available this week. McCaffrey is not a bad play, but he is not a necessary one either.
Ezekiel Elliot ($8,200): Elliot is a premier play in Week 2’s premier game. In 2019, Zeke averaged 22.2 touches-per-game. In Week 1, he touched the ball 25 times and projects for a similar workload as a three-down running back, home favorite in a game with a 53 point total. I believe Elliot to be the best pure play at RB in Week 2.
Derrick Henry ($7,900): Henry caught the wrong side of variance in Week 1, only managing 19.1 DK points on 34 touches. Vultured at the goal line two separate times by two different TEs, Henry is looking like a great bet to rebound in Week 2. The Jaguars run defense is shaping up to be a highly suspect unit in 2020. After an abysmal 2019 (5th in rushing yards allowed, 2nd in Y/A allowed, and 2nd in touchdowns to RBs allowed), the defense surrendered 218 total yards to The Colts trio of backs in Week 1. Derrick Henry has owned The Jaguars in recent years, averaging 25.4 DK Points against the division rival over their past 4 matchups. As a massive home favorite (-9), Henry should see 25+ touches in a positive game script and better matchup than what he saw last week. AJ Brown was ruled out Friday which only increases The Titans dependence on Henry to generate a solid offensive outing.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire ($7,400): Coming off of a 25 touch NFL debut which included a league-high 10 attempts inside the red zone, Edwards-Helaire seems poised to pay off his exorbitant season-long ADP for drafters who were bold enough to invest a first round pick on the rookie back. If CEH continues to dominate goal line work for The Chiefs offense, he will have slate-breaking upside on a weekly basis.
Aaron Jones ($7,100): Not all touches are created equally. While Jones only managed to account for 54% of Green Bay’s running back touches in Week 1 (20), he dominated the valuable touches. He out carried Williams 3:1 inside the 10 –yard-line. 4 of his 6 targets came in the red zone (T-1). As -6 point favorites with the fifth highest implied team total on the slate (27.75), Jones is in a great position to decimate the pathetic Lions defense in Week 2.
Miles Sanders ($6,000): Miles Sanders proclaimed himself to be “100 percent, ready to go,” on Friday, a claim that was substantiated by three full days of practice throughout the week. The Rams were eviscerated by Ezekiel Elliot for 127 total yards and 2 touchdowns in Week 1. After suffering an embarrassing loss to The Washington Football Team in Week 1, The Eagles will look to their most talented playmaker to get the offense back on track this week. As a home favorite (-3) and with RT Lane Johnson on track to return, Sanders has a chance to be the best point-per-dollar play at the RB position in Week 2.
Jonathan Taylor ($5,700): Find somebody who loves you the way that Philip Rivers loves throwing to his running backs. While Nyheim Hines ran more than double the routes that Taylor did (28-13), Taylor was targeted on 46% of his routes to Hines 29%. Taylor’s Week 1 touch count of 15 might be a season low with Marlon Mack now out for the year. Taylor is a high floor/high ceiling value play in Week 2.
RB Positional Notes: Ezekiel Elliot and Jonathan Taylor are essentially free-squares. The choice between Derrick Henry and Miles Sanders will by my biggest decision point for cash games in Week 2. The 2v2 combination of Derrick Henry + Amari Cooper vs. Miles Sanders + Davante Adams is separated by exactly $0 ($14,200).
Davante Adams ($8,100): Adams looked absolutely unstoppable against the underprepared Vikings defense in Week 1. He saw a league-high 17 targets and enters another cake matchup in Week 2 vs. a depleted Lions secondary. With Desmond Trufant unlikely to play, Justin Coleman on IR, and Jeff Okudah on track to make his NFL debut, The Lions secondary appears destined for long, disappointing game as they try to slow Adams down on Sunday.
DeAndre Hopkins ($7,700): Offseason concerns surrounding Hopkins target share in The Cardinals offense quickly evaporated when Kyler Murray peppered the star WR 16 times in his first game with the team. With no reason to think that Nuk can’t sustain that level of involvement, he will be a rock solid, matchup proof, pay-up option at WR each and every week.
Calvin Ridley ($6,800): Ridley was one of three Falcons WRs to see 12 targets in Week 1. He will be heavily involved in Week 2’s premiere game and is making a solid case to be considered the 1B to Julio Jones’ 1A. I would be more interested in Ridley if not for the overwhelming amount of cheap WR value on this slate.
Amari Cooper ($6,300): Prior to being added to the injury report (ankle) on Thursday, I viewed Cooper as the easiest slam dunk play on the entire slate. The Cowboys WR1 saw more targets than Michael Gallup and CeeDee Lamb combined (14-11) in Week 1 and should remain a focal point of Dallas’ passing attack. Cooper benefited from DraftKings prices coming out before his 14 target performance. After returning to practice in full on Friday; Cooper looks to be healthy and in position to deliver a monster fantasy performance.
Will Fuller ($6,300): My offseason take that Brandin Cooks had a legitimate chance to outshine Will Fuller as Houston’s primary WR is looking to be way off the mark. Fuller saw 31% of The Texans Week 1 targets (10). Deshaun Watson will have to rely on Fuller’s playmaking ability to keep this game close. As touchdown underdogs (-7), we can expect passing volume to be up for Watson and The Texans in this game. Fuller’s target share makes him safe enough to play in cash, but Amari Cooper at the same price point may relegate him to strictly being a GPP pivot in Week 2.
CeeDee Lamb ($4,700): The talented rookie WR saw encouraging usage in his NFL debut as he dominated slot snaps for Dallas (91%). Lamb offers cheap exposure to a Week 2’s mouthwatering Dallas passing attack. While Lamb managed to out-target Michael Gallup (6-5) in Week 1, that situation seems like one that could be fluid on a week-to-week basis.
Parris Campbell ($4,500): After missing the majority of his rookie season, the sophomore pass-catcher immediately flashed the talent that led to Indianapolis investing a second round pick in him last year. While I believe that TY Hilton remains The Colts WR1 (for now), In Week 1, Campbell led the Colts WRs in yards (71), catches (6), and snaps (83%). He was also tied for the lead in targets (9). Jack Doyle was ruled out on Friday and Michael Pittman appears questionable for Week 2 with a mid-week toe injury. Campbell is my favorite WR play in a price range loaded with value.
Dionte Johnson ($4,500): Johnson struggled to get into rhythm early in Monday’s game against The Giants. However, he ended the day with over 30% of The Steelers targets (10) and was a clear focus of Big Ben in the pass game. The Broncos shaky defense got shakier after placing CB AJ Bouye on IR early in the week. I don’t expect Johnson to out-target JuJu Smith-Schuster (10-6) on a regular basis. Still, at $4,500 The Pittsburgh WR is a strong value play.
Scottie Miller ($4,100): Miller could see an increase on the 66% of snaps that he played in Week 1 with Chris Godwin in jeopardy of missing Sunday’s matchup against Carolina. His chemistry with Tom Brady was apparent in the season-opener; Miller was tied for the second-most targets in the offense (6). The Tampa Bay Buccaneers implied team total has risen to 28.75 (T-1 with The Cowboys). The potential scoring environment and slight bump in projected role makes Miller an intriguing play in a dense price range.
WR Positional Notes: The value at WR on this slate feels like an embarrassment of riches. Cash Games will be won and lost off the strength of the choices we make between which two (or three) of these > $5,000 WRs we play. If I were to rank the top-5 guys in this price range, my list would be: Parris Campbell ($4,500), CeeDee Lamb ($4,700), Dionte Johnson ($4,500), Scottie Miller ($4,100), and Mike Williams ($4,200).
Logan Thomas ($3,600): Co-Founder of The DFS Dose and noted TE Whisperer Joey Carrion, has been touting Logan Thomas as a breakout candidate for months. After leading The Washington Football Team in targets in Week 1 (8), Thomas may legitimately live up to hype of being referred to as “The Next Darren Waller,” on this site. The stars have aligned for Thomas to continue his breakout campaign in Week 2 as he enters a matchup overflowing with DFS Twitter’s favorite narratives; including the #FlowChart (TEs vs Arizona) and being in a revenge game (The Cardinals drafted Thomas in 2014). I can’t imagine plugging a different TE into my cash game lineup this week.
Chris Herndon ($3,400): If for some reason, you hate money so much that you don’t want to play Logan Thomas, Chris Herndon is a viable pivot. Jamison Crowder has been ruled out of Week 2 and Herndon is coming off of a 7 target Week 1 performance, good for second most on The Jets.
TE Positional Notes: You may notice that seemingly strong plays such as Travis Kelce ($7,000) and Mark Andrews ($6,300) are not included in my Cash Pool. This is not a week to pay-up for TE in cash. This is a week to plug in Logan Thomas.
Priority Plays: Ezekiel Elliot, Jonathan Taylor, Parris Campbell, Logan Thomas
Fades: Christian McCaffrey, Christian Kirk
Cash Game Results 2020:
Week 1: 185.10 Points. 87% Win Rate (83.3% of 78 H2Hs, 100% of 22 DUs)