Each Sunday in this spot I’ll list my top five plays at each position. I’ll also offer lineups.
On Thursday I focused more on tournament lineups, today we’ll talk about cash games. For those of you still relatively new to this, cash games are head-to-heads, 50/50s and double-ups. These are the best games for new players, even if (or precisely because) they don’t offer the large payouts that GPPs do.
So what is the difference in my process for determining which lineup I want to play in the different types of contests? For tournaments it’s all about upside and low ownership. I want the guys I believe have the ability to score the most points if things go their way and I try to find guys not on a lot of DFS rosters.
In cash games I still want upside, but a high floor becomes much more important. I want guaranteed volume and I care very little about ownership.
Now that today’s lesson is out of the way, let’s break down the positions.
1. Eli Manning (FD $8,100, DK $7,600)
2. Matthew Stafford (FD $7,800, DK $7,300)
3. Derek Carr (FD $8,300, DK $7,200)
4. Drew Brees (FD $9,200, DK $8,200)
5. Matt Ryan (FD $7,900, DK $6,800)
This is a prime example of the difference between cash and tournament lineups. Eli Manning is a great option for both, but in tournaments his ownership will be so high against that New Orleans Saints defense that you’d really like to find a different option.
For my money the best are Stafford and Carr. We’ve discussed plenty on the website our affinity for Stafford in Jim Bob Cooter’s system but I think there’s a chance Carr flies under the radar. Carr was very solid last week but didn’t get the pub as a great play because he only threw one touchdown pass. That changes in Week 2 against a Atlanta Falcons defense that gave up four touchdowns through the air in Week 1.
1. C.J. Anderson (FD $7,800, DK $6,800)
2. Rashad Jennings (FD $6,300, DK $5,600)
3. DeAngelo Williams (FD $7,600, DK $7,100)
4. Jonathan Stewart (FD $6,700, DK $5,400)
5. Latavius Murray (FD $7,100, DK $5,700)
There are some plays I love so much that I don’t care about ownership. Anderson is one of those plays this week. Anderson is in the perfect spot at home as a favorite against a terrible defense with an inexperienced quarterback. He should get all the touches he can handle and then some.
One name missing off this list from last week is Spencer Ware . Ware was spectacular against the San Diego Chargers but his price has risen, the Kansas City Chiefs offensive line is banged up and the Houston Texans are a much better defense than the Chargers. For just $200 more on FanDuel you can play Mark Ingram , who I have have much higher in my rankings.
1. Odell Beckham , Jr. (FD $9,400, DK $9,500)
2. Marvin Jones (FD $6,500, DK $5,500)
3. Amari Cooper (FD $7,900, DK $7,800)
4. Victor Cruz (FD $5,700, DK $4,300)
5. Antonio Brown (FD $9,300, DK $9,900)
Beckham falls into the C.J. Anderson category in terms of upside this week. I can’t imagine he’s going two weeks in a row to start the season without a touchdown, especially when one of them is against this Saints ‘defense.’
Marvin Jones carried over his status as Stafford’s favorite in Week 1 but he didn’t score. That may help keep his price and ownership down for what should be a monster game against the Tennessee Titans .
1. Jordan Reed (FD $7,400, DK $6,800)
2. Eric Ebron (FD $5,500, DK $3,500)
3. Dennis Pitta (FD $4,800, DK $2,800)
4. Delanie Walker (FD $6,600, DK $4,500)
5. Virgil Green (FD $4,600, DK $2,800)
Yeah, if you have enough money for Reed just play him. The dude is a target monster and I don’t believe the Dallas Cowboys can contain him in the passing game. On DraftKings that’s really tough though because the cheap tight ends are extraordinarily cheap in comparison.
Pitta and Green are my two favorite punts, for two entirely different reasons. Both are facing terrible defenses that did not fair well against tight ends in Week 1 but that’s where the similarities end. Pitta is a more talented player (when healthy) and his Week 1 usage tells me the Baltimore Ravens believe he’s 100 percent. I expect Pitta to have more targets, but Green may have a slight edge in his likelihood of reaching the end zone. Both are huge values on both sites.
1. Baltimore Ravens (FD $4,500, DK $3,000)
2. Seattle Seahawks (FD $5,200, DK $3,800)
3. San Diego Chargers (FD $4,000, DK $2,300)
4. Carolina Panthers (FD $5,300, DK $3,900)
5. Arizona Cardinals (FD $4,800, DK $3,500)
The Ravens are the chalk play on defense and will likely be the only defense I use in cash games. Josh McCown isn’t as turnover-prone as RG3, but this sure looked like a better defense in Week 1 than we gave them credit for.
The Chargers are my favorite tournament DST. Not because I expect this to be a low-scoring game. The Jacksonville Jaguars had to travel cross-country and now Blake Bortles is going to throw the ball 10-plus times at Jason Verrett . I like Verrett’s odds in that situation. Also, The Jaguars gave up three sacks in Week 1, the same number the Chargers had against the Chiefs.
Thankfully you don’t have to use kickers on DraftKings — I wish FanDuel would follow suit and #BanKickers. Since you do have to pick one, I’ve listed one at each price range. Don’t overthink it.
Stephen Gostkowski ($5,200)
Graham Gano ($4,900)
Brandon McManus ($4,700)
Jason Myers ($4,500)
QB Eli Manning $8,100
RB C.J. Anderson $7,800
RB Rashad Jennings $6,300
WR Odell Beckham, Jr. $9,400
WR Amari Cooper $7,900
WR Marvin Jones $6,500
TE Dennis Pitta $4,800
K Brandon McManus $4,700
DST Baltimore Ravens $4,500
QB Eli Manning $7,600
RB C.J. Anderson $6,800
RB LeGarrette Blount $4,000
WR Odell Beckham, Jr. $9,500
WR Marvin Jones $5,500
WR Travis Benjamin $4,400
TE Dennis Pitta $2,800
FLEX Larry Fitzgerald $6,400
DST Baltimore Ravens $3,000
Source: CBS Sports Headlines / Daily Fantasy Football Week 2 DraftKings, FanDuel advice: C.J. Anderson the top option?