DraftKings NFL Cash Game Lineup Advice: Week 6
The options on the Sunday main slate of 12 games for Week 6 of the NFL season are a little sparse with the Chiefs, Patriots and Packers playing in primetime games and the Saints on a bye. There are three games on the main slate that feature a Vegas total over 50 points, so it should be no surprise that is where we want to focus most of our attention in cash games.
There are also a variety of injuries to continue to monitor as we work our way towards kickoff as any late scratches or surprising actives could set the path for cash games in a different direction, so be sure to stay flexible as news breaks.
Jameis Winston (TB): $5,800 @ ATL
My QB list for cash games is pretty narrow this week. I will likely go with whichever one of the QBs in the Buccaneers/Falcons matchup fits my build. If I have the salary to make my way up to Matt Ryan, I will. If not Jameis Winston for $1,000 less still a great option playing a Falcons pass defense that has allowed 287 yards and 2.4 TD passes per game while ranking 28th DVOA according to FootballOutsiders. The game features the highest Vegas total on the Sunday main slate, it is indoors, and Winston has put up at least 260 yards and three TDs in each of his last three meetings with Atlanta.
Christian McCaffrey (CAR): $8,300 @ WAS
I originally had Todd Gurley in this spot paired with Latavius Murray. However, with Dalvin Cook looking more likely to play this week and my lack of trust in Tevin Coleman, I’m shifting to rostering two mid-priced backs rather than a stud and value, at least for now. Christian McCaffrey offers a solid floor as he has topped 20 DraftKings points in three straight weeks. He also has some upside if he can find the end zone once or twice this week against a Redskins run defense that ranks 30th DVOA and has allowed 4.42 YPC while giving up an average of one rushing touchdown to opposing RBs per week. Add in a handful of receptions and McCaffrey should be on his way to another good day.
James Conner (PIT): $7,700 @ CIN
Volume is the name of the game with my RB options this week as McCaffrey get almost all of the offensive snaps and touches for the Panthers backfield, so does James Conner in Pittsburgh, at least until Le’Veon Bell returns. Conner has had his ups and downs from an efficiency standpoint this season, but his touch volume has never been in doubt with at least 13 “looks” (carries plus targets) in every game. He’ll face a Bengals defense on Sunday that has allowed an average of 6.8 receptions for 57.4 yards to opposing RBs to go along with 100.4 rushing yards and 0.8 total TDs. If Conner can absorb all of that production, he will be looking at about 27 DraftKings points to easily outpace his reasonable salary.
- Todd Gurley (LAR): $10,000 @ DEN
- Tevin Coleman (ATL): $5,400 vs. TB
- Latavius Murray (MIN): 4,700 vs. ARI (if Dalvin Cook is out)
- Bilal Powell (NYJ): $4,500 vs. IND (if Isaiah Crowell is out)
Julio Jones (ATL): $7,900 vs. TB
Julio is the only repeat player on my Sunday slate writeup from my Full Week slate writeup on Wednesday, so I’ll just repeat what I wrote there as it all still applies.
Did you hear the one about how Julio Jones couldn’t get into his house? Someone painted a goal line in front of his door. That’s an oldie but still makes me chuckle. Anyway, you all know the drill by now, Jones hasn’t scored all season despite piling up 34 receptions for 564 yards through five games. You have likely either completely given up on Jones or are one of the people who keeps saying this is the week. While I’m not going to say “this is the week” as that would be a fool errand at this point, I will say that I have not given up on him. Jones did score two of his three touchdowns last season against the Buccaneers in Atlanta and has scored against them in three straight home games. As luck would have it he will face the Buccaneers in Atlanta in Week 6. Meanwhile, the Buccaneers have allowed the third most fantasy points to opposing WRs. Let me make it clear, I am not predicting or guaranteeing a TD for Jones this week. In fact, I don’t think he will score but he only needs about nine receptions for 150 yards to reach 3x his salary without scoring which are numbers he has already reached twice this season and if he does happen to find the end zone, so be it.
Keke Coutee (HOU): $4,600 vs. BUF
Keke has made an immediate impact on the Texans offense with 22 targets through his first two games for 17 receptions, 160 yards and one score. He handles all the underneath work while letting DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller stretch the field. Coutee will face a Bills defense that has done well against opposing outside receivers but ranks 25th DVOA against opposing team’s number three wideouts this season. Coutee should continue to be a big part of the Texans offensive game plan this week and could reach two times his salary on reception points alone on a PPR site like DraftKings.
- Mike Evans (TB): $8,100 @ ATL
- JuJu Smith-Schuster (PIT): $7,300 @ CIN
- Jarvis Landry (CLE): $6,600 vs. LAC
- John Brown (BAL): $5,500 @ TEN
- Adam Humphries (TB): $3,200 @ ATL
C.J. Uzomah (CIN): $3,000 vs. PIT
With Tyler Eifert out for the season, the Bengals have turned to C.J. Uzomah as their primary TE. Uzomah played on 92 percent of the Bengals offensive snaps last week compared to just 40 percent for Tyler Kroft. Uzomah went onto catch two passes for 43 yards last week against the Dolphins but will get a much better matchup this week against a Steelers defense that has allowed the second most fantasy points to opposing TEs this season. The Steelers have allowed an average of a league-high eight receptions for 84 yards and 0.6 TDs per game to the position. Even if Uzomah only gets three-fourths of that production he will be well on his way to paying dividends on his cheap salary.
Bears (CHI): $3,300 @ MIA
As long as DraftKings keeps underpricing the Bears D/ST, you should keep rostering them. This week they are coming off a bye and travel to Miami to face a Dolphins offense that just allowed two defensive scores to the Bengals last week. While defensive scores aren’t necessarily predictable or repeatable, sacks, turnovers and QB pressure is and the Bears will bring that along with the league-leading 4.5 sacks per game and second-ranked 2.75 turnovers forced per contest to the matchup.
- Texans (HOU): $3,500 vs. BUF
- Jets (NYJ): $2,900 vs. IND