DraftKings NFL Cash Lineup Advice: Week 16 (2019)
On to Week 16 which is the last “normal” week of the NFL season before chaos ensues in Week 17 and then the playoffs. This article will focus on the 11-game Sunday main slate on DraftKings where there is plenty of strong value and mid-priced options available which will allow us to pick our spots to pay up for some players that offer high floors and plenty of upside. Let’s build a lineup that helps put a little bump in our bankroll for the holidays. Happy Holidays!
Lamar Jackson (BAL): $8,000 @ CLE
I’m not messing around at quarterback this week. I don’t care that Jackson costs $1,000 more than the next guy, just lock him in as there is plenty of value on this slate. Jackson has scored at least 20 DraftKings points in all but one game this season, which included a 26 DK point effort against the Browns in Week 4. The Browns have allowed big rushing days to mobile quarterbacks all season including Josh Allen, Kyler Murray, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Jackson the first time around. High floor and a big ceiling make Jackson the lock button pick of the slate.
Joe Mixon (CIN): $6,600 @ MIA
The status of Mixon is one to keep an eye on coming into the weekend. Mixon has produced back-to-back games with at least 135 rushing yards while putting up 21.6 and 30.6 DK points respectively. Next up for Mixon is a very favorable matchup against the Dolphins run defense that ranks 29th Defense-adjusted Value Over Average (DVOA) according to FootballOutsiders and was just gashed by Saquon Barkley for 112 rushing yards and two scores last week. Rain and wind in the forecast in Miami this week could have the Bengals relying even more on the running game. The only thing preventing Mixon from being a sure thing this week is the fact that he popped up on the injury report on Thursday with a calf issue. If for some reason Mixon ends up missing the game this week then Giovani Bernard ($4,100) becomes a sensational value play.
DeAndre Washington (OAK): $4,000 @ LAC
Speaking of value plays at the running back position, we have Washington who should take the lead role in the Raiders backfield this week with Josh Jacobs already ruled out. In Week 14 with Jacobs out, Washington led the backfield with 14 carries for 53 yards and a score while chipping in six catches on seven targets for 43 yards against the Titans. Look for a similar workload and production this week against the Chargers who rank 23rd DVOA versus the run this season and has allowed 1.0 touchdowns per game on the ground to running backs over the last five weeks.
- Saquon Barkley (NYG): $8,300 @ WAS
- Alvin Kamara (NO): $7,500 @ TEN
- Marlon Mack (IND): $6,200 vs. CAR
- Devonta Freeman (ATL): $6,000 vs. JAX
- Melvin Gordon (LAC): $5,600 vs. OAK
Amari Cooper (DAL): $6,700 @ PHI
It can be a little bit scary to use a wide receiver in cash games that are coming off a week where they saw just two targets with one catch for 19 yards. However, last week was an anomaly for Cooper who had topped 80 receiving yards in five of his previous seven games. Look for Cooper to be heavily involved this week in a pivotal matchup with the division title and a playoff spot on the line against the Eagles. The Eagles secondary has been carved up by opposing wide receivers this season including allowing a receiver top 130 yards with at least one score in each of the last three games. Copper himself went for 106 yards on five catches in their first meeting.
Mike Williams (LAC): $5,000 vs OAK
After failing to find the end zone through the first 11 games he played this season, Williams has found paydirt in back-to-back weeks. More positive regression could still be coming for Williams who has seen the ninth most air yards among all receivers this season. He draws a prime matchup to capitalize on those air yards this week against a Raiders secondary that has allowed 15.7 yards per reception (31st) and 1.2 touchdowns (25th) per game to wide receivers this season. It will only take one long ball for a score for him to crush value on a very reasonable salary.
- Michael Thomas (NO): $9,300 @ TEN
- Julio Jones (ATL): $8,000 vs. JAX
- Courtland Sutton (DEN): $6,200 vs. DET
- Tyler Boyd (CIN): $5,800 @ MIA
- Christian Kirk (ARI): $5,600 @ SEA
Austin Hooper (ATL): $4,400 vs. JAX
You will see Atlanta Falcons players littered through the potential plays in this article as they get a juicy matchup at home against the Jaguars fledgling defense and franchise. Hooper returned from injury two games ago and has seen his snap count return to his pre-injury rate, but his production has lagged behind which has allowed his salary to dip to its lowest point since early in the season. Hopper has seen six targets in the last two games and that number could rise in a beatable matchup against the Jaguars pass defense that has allowed 4.6 receptions (16th) for 59 yards (23rd), and 0.4 touchdowns (15th) per game to tight ends over the last five weeks.
Steelers (PIT): $3,900 @ NYJ
This might be a week where you can spend some money on an elite defense due to all of the value available at other positions. The main D/ST to pay up for if you have the funds is the Steelers who have scored double-digit DK points in 10 of their last 12 games. This week they will face a Jets offense that has allowed 3.3 sacks (28th) and 1.6 turnovers (22nd) per game this season. Also, the Jets offensive line grades compared to the Steelers defensive grades offer the biggest gap in favor of the defense for any matchup this week according to ProFootballFocus.
- Broncos (DEN): $3,500 vs. DET
- Colts (IND): $3,300 vs. CAR
- Bengals (CIN): $2,900 @ MIA