Listed below are my best Week 9 Draftkings Cash Game Plays (Sunday Main Slate beginning at 1:00 PM EST). We have 6 teams on bye this week, so the slate is much shorter than usual.
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?
Russell Wilson $7,300 The Seahawks are the most pass heavy offense in the league, and Wilson is absolutely on fire. The thing I really love about this situation is the trade for left tackle Duane Brown. It’s going to give Wilson more time in the pocket and should have no problem keeping his hot streak alive against the Redskins who are depleted with injuries on both sides of the ball.
Alex Smith $6,500 The Chiefs head to Dallas this week and are in the highest projected total game of the week. This has been a high powered offense all year long, and Alex Smith is quietly having an MVP caliber season. His price is very generous compared to his production, and should have no problem providing 3x value or more in what should be a shootout.
Other plays: Dak Prescott $6,700 Drew Brees $7,000
Ezekiel Elliott $9,000 This man has nine lives, as he has survived yet another appeal of his six game suspension. He’s the best running back in the league at the moment, as the Cowboys will continue his heavy usage as they anticipate that eventually he will serve his inevitable suspension. He’s averaging 27 touches per game, and faces a Chiefs defense who are close to the bottom of the league in terms of stopping the run.
Todd Gurley $8,100 Coming off of a bye week the Rams will face the Giants, who could be missing 7 defensive starters. This is a great spot for Gurley, as the Rams should have an early lead and will be able to feed Gurley carries to churn out the clock for most of the game. Whether game flow is in his favor or not, the Rams are the top run blocking team in the league, so he’s a very safe bet to exceed value.
Other plays: Leonard Fournette $8,400 Kareem Hunt $8,600 Adrian Peterson $5,600
Tyreek Hill $6,700 This is a gutsy call, but I don’t want to pay top dollar for wide receiver this week, and I don’t think the Cowboys have anyone that will be able to contain Hill. His speed on the turf will be unmatched by any of their cornerbacks. The Cowboys have given up the fifth most fantasy points to wide receivers so far this season. There is no question about Hill’s ability to make big plays and in a back and forth game like this those opportunities will come his way.
Doug Baldwin $6,900 Baldwin put up a bit of a dud last week, but I am going right back to the well here. This again is a great matchup for Seattle at home, and Baldwin should see his usual target share out of the slot, which is where the Redskins struggle to contain people.
Other Plays: Demaryius Thomas $6,000 Devin Funchess $5,400 T.Y. Hilton $4,900
Vernon Davis $4,100 The Redskins will be without Jordan Reed and Jamison Crowder, so Davis is in a fantastic spot. Again, I love this game to see a high total of scoring, and the Seahawks will be susceptible in the middle of the field without their defensive anchor Earl Thomas this week. Davis has been able to produce even with Reed on the field, so this is a safe bet.
Other Plays: Travis Kelce $6,700 Jimmy Graham $5,000 Jack Doyle 4,300
Defense – Jaguars $3,800 Rams $3,100 Panthers $2,700 Colts $2,000