One of the ways I manage my money playing DFS is to play 80% of my weekly entries in cash games. For the newer readers, these are the Double Ups and 50/50 contests on both FanDuel and DraftKings where you have a higher percentage of winning a smaller amount of cash. I know what you’re saying, “How am I going to get rich playing Daily Fantasy Sports when I’m barely doubling my entry fees?” Short answer is: You won’t. What you will be able to do is keep playing those big money contests every week because you are managing your bankroll with your cash winnings. Welcome to your week 3 Cash Game Picks!
When you create your cash game lineups, there are a few things you will want to look at. You want to focus on high floor players. Each position have different stats that determine a high floor. Players with good matchups are typically good cash players to use. You can also look at how a player is used in their position. Vegas lines can be a great tool for making your cash game lineups as well as basic football things, like home field advantage. And of course, ownership is worth looking at as well. Lets see who we can use this week. We will be focusing on the Sunday Main Slate for both DraftKings & FanDuel.
Week 3 Cash Game QBs
When I look at QBs for Cash Games, I want to see QBs that throw a lot of passes. Playing at home and being favored to win with a high implied total are important too. One of the most obvious is playing against a defense in the bottom half of the league. Factor in ownership and there we have it. You probably won’t often see me mention no brainer QBs here, so players like Lamar Jackson are probably a good cash QB every week.
Russell Wilson (8.7k FD/ 7.3k DK)
This shouldn’t surprise at all this week as Wilson has been very dominant the first couple weeks this season. He’s leading all QBs in fantasy points. The Cowboys are not the defense to stop this trend from continuing since they have allowed just under 275 ypg and 4 total TDs from QBs. He’s expensive, but could be worth spending up for if you can afford to.
Kyler Murray (8.4k FD/ 6.8k DK)
So Kyler is in a great spot this week against the Detroit Lions. This game is projected as a 55.5 total right now and the Cardinals are only favored by 5.5. that’s a lot of points for the Cardinals to score, especially against the injury depleted Lions DBs. In the age of the mobile QB that we are in he’s a dual threat and could put in a TD on the ground here as well. This may be a play you have to use this week.
Cam Newton (7.7k FD/ 6.7k DK)
This selection doesn’t follow my guidelines complete, but the Patriots offense is capable of moving the ball, and when the get into the red zone, it’s 100% the Cam Newton show. He’s scored 4 TDs on the ground so far this season. Those extra points for rushing TD are huge and can make the difference between a cash win or loss. The Raiders are 2-0, but their defense is horrible…they’ve just been outscoring their opponents.
Week 3 QB Notes
Won’t surprise me if you see some ownership in Daniel Jones this week since SF pretty much is using a brand new defense across the board with so many players out. I love him in GPPs this week, and I think he slides in as cash eligible since he doesn’t have a running game.
Week 3 Cash Game RBs
For Cash Game RBs I like to look for players who are getting a good share of the touches. If they are playing at home and are favored to win by Vegas it typically bodes well for them. I also want poor run defenses and it’s definitely a bonus if the RB is a part of the passing game a few times a game. Christian McCaffrey is a cash game play pretty much every week if you want to fit him in there.
Mike Davis (6.0k FD/ 5.1k DK)
So no CMC for a little while here, but we have his backup to play at a great price!. Mike Davis caught 8 passes for 74 yards after McCaffrey went down last week and added a rushing yard on his lone carry. He’s a great value play for cash allow us to spend up in other positions and doesn’t need a ton of points to hit good cash value. I’m expecting a lot of ownership as well.
Miles Sanders (7.4k FD/ 6.4k DK)
Sanders showed that he was for sure the RB1 in Philly last week after missing game 1 by putting up 131 yards on 23 touches. He looks like the only bright spot for the Eagles so far, with their passing game struggling to start the season. Cincinnati looks like one of those defenses we can attack against the run this year allowing 155 and 215 yards on the ground in their 2 games this season. with the
Jonathan Taylor (6.7k FD/ 7.0k DK)
The RB situation in Indy is interesting, but I think we can play Taylor in games the Colts are favorites and fade him in games they are not. He’s going to see the ball when the colts are winning – plain and simple. That was evident last week when he ran 28 times. We should see more of the same against the Jets, where the Colts are huge favorites.
Week 3 Cash RB Notes
I do like some of the higher priced RBs this week as well, like Derrick Henry. Henry is leading the league in touches and has no one to vulture from him. The Vikings are pretty bad against the run too. Austin Ekeler is a cash play as well against a Panthers Defense I could run through.
Week 3 Cash Game WRs
Your Cash Game WRs are tougher to come by usually, since there is so much variation in this position. You want receivers who get see targets as quantity is often quality with WRs. Sometimes you can play defensive matchups, but general passing defense is worth looking at. Having their team being favored to win by Vegas is always a plus. This is a spot I will often pay up for in my cash games for at least 1 spot.
DeAndre Hopkins (8.5k FD/ 7.9k DK)
See Kyler Murray…
But in all seriousness, Nuk is leading the league in targets and receptions 2 weeks into the season, and that could easily stay that way for the foreseeable future. I mentioned The Lions secondary up above for Murray, which is exactly why Hopkins is a great play. No one on that team will be able to contain him. with the potential for a shootout, this could be a huge game for him.
Calvin Ridley (8.0k FD/ 7.2k DK)
He’s the #1 WR in the league stats wise at this point, and he’s not even technically the WR1 on the Falcons. This is a game you play Ridley in because the Falcons will need to throw the ball to keep up with the Bears. Ridley is pretty much matchup proof, but could draw more attention if Julio doesn’t play. I think we’re OK there though after seeing him put up consecutive 100+ yard/2TD games.
DK Metcalf (6.5k FD/ 6.5k DK)
This is a great value play this week with the Cowboys down their best DB, and DK is going to give the Cowboys defense fits. He face Stephen Gilmore straight up last week in new England and caught 4 for 92 yards and a TD. I’m not sure who will end up covering Metcalf this week, but there’s going to be a drop-off from the DPOY he faced last week.
Week 3 Cash WR Notes
I like a lot of WRs this week, and it all depends on what you can afford if you can plug them into your lineups. Tyler Lockett, Darius Slayton, Dionte Johnson, and Allen Robinson all have great matchups this week and should see some ownership.
Week 3 Cash Game TEs
Some of the things I look for in a Cash Game WR I also look at for Cash game TEs. Some of them are very different, but you’re looking for TDs. Ways to try and find those TDs are by looking at the TE defense of the opponent compared with the WR defense in the passing game. Targets is another great way to look for good TEs to use. I also find that TEs that play at home do better quite often.
Jordan Reed (5.3k FD/ 4.0k DK)
Reed plays again for Kittle this week, and while I won’t say he’s going to see the same stat line this week against the Jets, there’s a good possibility he does see the end zone at least once and should be in line for a bunch of targets. If you used him last week as I recommended, you loved seeing 8 receptions for 50 yards and 2 TDs.
Logan Thomas (4.9k FD/ 3.7k DK)
Thomas moves out of the TE Notes this week after putting up another decent week in cash games with 4 receptions for 26 yards. The Browns have been burned by TEs this season so far, and I’m expecting Haskins to look to Thomas more and more as the season goes on.
Week 3 Cash TE Notes
The Colts TE situation is going to be good for DFS this season, but I need to see it play out fully before I can say to play Jack Doyle or Mo Allie-Cox. I think if Doyle is healthy, as he appears to be this week, he’s a cash play.
Week 3 Cash Game DST
You can go 2 ways with DST for Cash Games. The first way you can go is to play a high priced chalk defense that will hopefully get you a lot of sacks, interceptions and a TD. Another route is you look for the value DST who may not get you as many sacks or interceptions, but will easily hit their price value. Home defenses are often better, but look for struggling offenses to matchup against.
Giants DST (3.6k FD/ 2.7k DK)
I love the Giants DST this week against a 49ers offense that is truly full of backups. It shouldn’t surprise anyone if the Giants win this game.
Cardinals DST (3.7k FD/ 3.3k DK)
Tough matchup score-wise against the Lions, but we should see a ton of sacks and turnovers too. The Cardinals have 7 sacks this season and with the amount of throws I’m projecting could get their first INT of the season.