Listed below are my best week 1 DraftKings Cash Game Plays (Sunday Main Slate beginning at 1:00 PM EST).
These are contests where the goal is to finish in the top 45% of the total standings to win twice your dollar entry. We’re targeting players who will score 2.5 times their dollar value. (Example: an $8,000 player that scores 20 points or better is ideal for cash games (8 x 2.5 =20).
The type of player we want is one that has a “high floor” — meaning we want players who will likely get the most touches in great game specific situations and opportunities to succeed in a particular week. No need to be sneaky and worry about ownership percentages. Simple, right?
Marcus Mariota ($6,800) It’s always nice to have a Quarterback in your cash lineup that uses his legs as an additional weapon to the passing game. It creates a higher floor for Mariota if he can rush for 50+ yards and maybe even take one into the end zone himself. I love the matchup against a Raider defense that will be bottom of the barrel once again this season.
Lesean McCoy $8,200 – The Bills will host the Jets at home and it’s really difficult to see McCoy not dominating touches in this game. They cut his backup, traded their top wide receiver, and the Jets traded away their star defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson to Seattle. McCoy is going to reap the benefits of playing what could be viewed as a JV quality team in the Jets.
David Johnson $9,400/Le’Veon Bell $9,800 – I am definitely playing one of these two along with McCoy as my core. They are matchup proof and will see 20-30 touches each every single week, and if you fade both of them you are already going to be on the outside looking in. I prefer David Johnson this week since Bell missed all of training camp, but both are going to do great.
Larry Fitzgerald $5,900 – The old man is another lock for me this week. He gets matched up with Quandre Diggs for the Lions and holds a six inch height advantage. It’s a perfect spot for Fitz as he’s healthy entering the year and there are a lot of questions surrounding the rest of the Cardinals receivers.Doug Baldwin $6,700 – Another guy with an awesome matchup against Green Bay. He’s Russell Wilson’s favorite target and Green Bay’s secondary is awful. The pace of this game should favor all of the top receivers and Baldwin is as safe as it gets.
Note: I’m not going to write about them but Julio Jones and Antonio Brown are also very secure options. It’s just hard to pay up for receiver when I think it makes most sense to use the salary at running back.
Tight End – Zach Ertz $3,500 I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s 80% owned since everyone I follow in the fantasy industry has been talking him up for weeks. He was the most targeted tight end in the league from weeks 11-17 last season, and the Eagles wideouts have some tough matchups against a pretty good secondary for Washington. He’s so underpriced it’s impossible to not play him.
Value: Charles Clay $3,200
Defense – Rams $3,200 (Top Play) Falcons $3,300 Jaguars $3,700