DRAFTKINGS CASH POOL: NFL Week 3 DFS CASH GAME Picks

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.

QB

Russell Wilson (7,300): Mr. Unlimited enters the week on absolute fire after back-to-back 34-point fantasy games to start the season. Facing a team with an offense that can match their output, Wilson may be forced to throw more than his 31.5 att/pg average. The Cowboys defense has struggled to get pressure through two games and Wilson with time and a clean pocket is a scary thought. The Seahawks implied total has risen to 30.75, highest on the slate, and Chef Russ looks to be ready to continue cooking on Sunday.      

Dak Prescott ($7,200): Fresh off of a 43.8 point DraftKings performance in Week 2, Dak Prescott once again finds himself in the premiere game of the week. Everything broke right for Prescott in Week 2. Multiple early game fumbles led to a 29-10 halftime deficit for Dallas. Prescott accounted for three of The Cowboy’s four rushing TDs, and the nut-game script pushed him to attempt 47 passes. The Seahawks defense (which just lost Bruce Irvin) has allowed top-7 finishes to both quarterbacks they’ve faced in 2020. The Cowboys are expected to be trailing (-5) in the highest totaled game of the week (56.5).   

Kyler Murray ($6,800): Kyler Murray will be the highest owned quarterback on DraftKings in Week 3 and for good reason. The Lions defense, an under-talented and poorly schemed outfit, has little-to-no hope of slowing down Murray’s lethal combination of explosive running and efficient passing. Through two games, Murray is averaging 16.9 fantasy points as a rusher. The return of Kenny Golladay for The Lions is a subtle boost for Murray as the chances of a complete blowout are slightly reduced. If Murray continues to be as dominant as he’s been to start 2020, his price will rival peak 2019 Lamar Jackson’s before long.    

QB Positional Notes: I am expecting <60% of the field to play one of the three quarterbacks listed above in DraftKings cash games this week. This is a spot where we eat the chalk. While paying down for QB is generally good practice, the high-end popular plays of Week 3 are in such good spots, fading them could be a costly mistake. There is more than enough value on this slate to spend $6,800-$7,300 at QB this week.

RB

Ezekiel Elliot ($8,300): Despite being a road underdog (-5), Ezekiel Elliot is a high-floor, high-ceiling option for Week 3. Dak Prescott ran like God himself in Week 2, scoring three goal line touchdowns. On a weekly basis, we can expect those attempts to predominantly belong to Elliot. DvP numbers would indicate a tough matchup for Elliot against Seattle, but small-sample size combined with context (SEA has faced Todd Gurley, Sony Michel, and Rex Burkhead so far) tells us that we should not fear playing an elite back against this defense. Averaging 26.5 touches-per-game and playing on <90% of snaps, Zeke is a monster play in all formats.

Jonathan Taylor ($7,000): DraftKings bumped Jonathan Taylor’s price up $1300 following his 28-touch Week 2 performance. Still, Taylor profiles as a bargain after forcefully dispelling any thoughts of a perceived RBBC, out-touching Nyheim Hines 28:1. The Colts have the third highest implied team total on the slate (28.25) and are massive home favorites (-9.5) vs. a Jets team that is crumbling in on itself. Taylor is a sure-fire RB1 with a strong guaranteed workload.  

Miles Sanders ($6,400): After making his 2020 debut last week and playing on 77% of snaps, commanding a 17% share of the team targets, and earning 23 touches, Miles Sanders appears to have conquered the hamstring injury that kept him out of Week 1. $6,400 is an embarrassingly low price tag for a player of Sanders’ caliber with Sanders’ projected workload. This should be a fast-paced game environment and The Bengals are an enticing matchup after allowing Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt to combine for over 200 yards against them in Week 2. Miles Sanders should be the first player plugged into every cash game lineup on DraftKings in Week 3.     

Kenyan Drake ($6,000): Box score watchers may not be encouraged by the 13 FPPG that Kenyan Drake has averaged through two games to start the year. Fear not; that number will rise this week. Drake has averaged 20 touches-per-game and enters a mouthwatering matchup against a Detroit Lions defense that graciously allowed Aaron Jones to have his way with them for over 200 yards last week. The Cardinals are home favorites (-5.5) with a massive implied total (30.25). A 30+ point performance is not out of the realm of possibility for Drake this week.  

Devin Singletary ($4,900): On Friday morning, Zach Moss was ruled out of Sunday’s game which leaves Devin Singletary in position to handle the bulk of Week 3’s RB touches. Singletary has yet to handle <60% of RB snaps in 2020 but The Bills showed a willingness to give him that work in the past. Over the final six games of 2019; Singletary played on 78.5% of snaps and averaged 19.5 touches-per-game. A proven pass-catching asset in-line for every-down work, Singletary is the best pay-down option at the position in Week 3.       

RB Positional Notes: This is a week that you can jam 60-70 high-quality running back touches into your lineup without paying over $7,000 on DraftKings. Singletary offers the necessary salary relief to spend up for DeAndre Hopkins ($7,900) in cash if you can’t stomach fading him. Still, the mid-range is loaded and my preferred cash build this week includes three backs between $6,000-$7,000.   

WR

DeAndre Hopkins ($7,900): DeAndre Hopkins is leading the NFL in catches (22) and targets (25) and gets a cake matchup against an undermanned Lions secondary in Week 3. He is the week’s clear-cut top WR play on DraftKings and will undoubtedly be a popular play in cash games this week. Christian Kirk has been ruled out of Sunday’s game which only increases Hopkins’ target projection. The Lions will need to keep this game close enough for The Cardinals to keep their foot on the gas for four full quarters in order to see a ceiling game out of Nuk.

Amari Cooper ($6,500): Amari Cooper is still seeking his first 20+ point fantasy performance of 2020. This might be the week. Averaging 11.5 targets-per-game, Dallas’ WR1 will look to become the fifth receiver in three weeks to post 100+ yards against Seattle’s secondary.    

DK Metcalf ($6,500): Metcalf reminded the nation of his status as a grown ass man in Week 2 after he torched 2019’s DPOY Stephon Gilmore for a 54-yard TD on Sunday Night Football. With Russell Wilson playing at an elite level, Metcalf will be a threat to score multiple touchdowns on a weekly basis. The Seahawks big-bodied receiver has gone for over 90-yards and a touchdown in back-to-back weeks. Dallas doesn’t have a cornerback on their roster to feel good about matching up against Metcalf.  

Tyler Lockett ($6,400): Like Metcalf, Lockett finds himself in a great spot for Week 3. Leading The Seahawks in targets (16) and facing an impending matchup with The Cowboys, who lost starting slot CB Anthony Brown, it would not be a surprise to see Lockett post his best game of 2020 this week. Choosing between Metcalf and Lockett this week feels a decision you can’t get wrong.

Diontae Johnson ($5,400): After missing Wednesday’s practice, Pittsburgh’s target leader (23) logged back-to-back full practices to close out the week. The Texans secondary is an unimposing matchup for The Steelers at home. Getting the ball in Johnson’s hands is clear a priority for Ben Roethlisberger and The Steelers. Johnson is one of the best point-per-dollar plays on the slate.

CeeDee Lamb ($5,400): Arguably the most talented WR in the league’s most talented offense, CeeDee Lamb is poised to build on his first 100-yard game in the NFL with another strong performance in Week 3. Seattle has been eaten alive in the slot, allowing 17-293 to Julian Edelman and Russell Gage through two games. Lamb has played 89% of his snaps in the slot and The Seahawks will be without their primary slot corner, Marquise Blair.   

Darius Slayton ($4,900): Oh baby. With Sterling Shepard and Saquon Barkley out, it would make sense for The Giants to lean on Daniel Jones and the passing game to generate offense in Week 3. Tied for a team-lead in targets (15) Goatius is in position to absolutely obliterate a 49ers defense that will be without Richard Sherman, Nick Bosa, Solomon Thomas, and Dee Ford. While Golden Tate ($4,500) is the most direct beneficiary of Shepard’s absence, sometimes, fantasy football is not that hard. Are we going to play the 32-year-old brittle boned slot WR who has been on three teams since 2018, or, are we going to play the 23-year-old sophomore breakout that is a downfield nightmare for opposing corners and flashed 30+ point upside as recently as Week 1?  

N’Keal Harry ($4,200): N’Keal Harry saw a career high 12 targets in Week 2 and benefitted from DraftKings releasing prices before his game concluded. Harry played on 86% of The Patriots snaps and will need to remain heavily involved in one of the league’s most talent-deficient receiver cores.  

WR Positional Notes: Differentiating between Cooper ($6,500), Metcalf ($6,500), and Lockett ($6,400) this week is not an easy thing to do. Cooper is my favorite play of the group for cash. However, playing CeeDee Lamb ($5,400) is a viable way to get exposure to the Dallas passing game for cheap. Attacking the $1,200 price discrepancy between JuJu Smith-Schuster ($6,600) and Diontae Johnson ($5,400) is an edge I suspect we won’t have for much longer.     

TE

Darren Waller ($5,700): Concerns of Darren Waller’s target share being reduced following the offseason additions of Henry Ruggs and Bryan Edwards were definitively put to rest following Week 2’s dominative performance. Waller’s 16-target outing accounted for 42% of The Raiders targets last week. With Henry Ruggs ruled out, Derek Carr will once again rely heavily on his most talented pass catcher.

Logan Thomas ($3,700): While the production hasn’t been promising for Logan Thomas, the opportunity certainly has been. Thomas played on 91% of The Washington Football Team’s snaps in Week 2, is third in The NFL in TE targets (17), and is tied with Terry McLaurin for the team lead in targets. Speculation that Cleveland has replaced Arizona as the TE flowchart only boosts Thomas’ Week 3 outlook.   

Drew Sample ($3,500): C.J. Uzomah tore his Achilles in Week 2, leaving Drew Sample the opportunity to establish himself as a legitimate target in The Bengals offense. Joe Burrow’s propensity for targeting the middle of the field is well documented. Burrow has targeted the TE position 22 times through two games and at $3,500, Sample is a strong value play and with a good chance to build on the 7-45 stat line he produced last week.  

TE Positional Notes: I am planning to unapologetically jam Logan Thomas into my cash lineup for the second straight week. I appreciate Sample as a viable pivot if the $200 price difference becomes a factor. Waller is underpriced and a phenomenal pure play, but with QB commanding more salary than usual, I don’t view paying up at TE as the optimal strategy this week.

Priority Plays: Miles Sanders, Kenyan Drake, Jonathan Taylor Diontae Johnson, Logan Thomas  

Fades: Ezekiel Elliot, Calvin Ridley Mike Davis

Cash Game Results 2020:

Week 1: 185.1 Points. 87% Win Rate (83.3% of 78 H2Hs, 100% of 22 DUs

Week 2: 161.9 Points. 91.3% Win Rate (90.3% of 103 H2Hs, 100% of 12 DUs)

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