DraftKings Week 17 Cash Game Picks and Strategy
Below you'll find my Week 17 DraftKings cash game picks and strategy. By offering a general approach to the week, along with a player pool to consider, you should walk away feeling well-equipped no matter your bankroll strategy or game selection process.
In general, my cash game strategy revolves around the running back position. My main focus is to roster three running backs with workhorse-type roles that simultaneously allow me to build a high-floor lineup at the other positions. Certain weeks, we'll be able to jam in multiple high-priced running backs because of the value that presents itself at quarterback, wide receiver and tight end.
Other weeks we may have to dip into the mid-range at running back because value hasn't emerged at the other positions. Because quarterback is a position with a narrower range of outcomes, it often makes sense to pay down for a signal-caller. As always it will depend on the makeup of the entire lineup, but I'll usually favor spending down at quarterback.
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I'm not opposed to paying up at wide receiver or tight end if the constraints of the week dictate that it's the most prudent lineup construction. However, with the propensity to allot the most salary to the running back position, I usually attempt to roster the most targets per dollar at wide receiver. It often results in rostering mid-tier wide receivers and tight ends. Given the volatility and variance week-to-week in pass-catchers, it makes sense to not use a ton of salary there as a general rule of thumb. Defense/special teams usually comes down to the cheapest defense with a respectable matchup and a relatively high sack rate, as pressure is what creates the plays defenses need to score fantasy points.
Because There are a host of options this week at each position and we'll need to monitor much of what happens in the coming days, the format here is going to be more of a quick-hitter type with a more narrowed update on Sunday.
Kirk Cousins ($6,300) is going to be playing wild and free against one of the worst defenses in the league. Dalvin Cook will be out and the Vikings should still go full throttle with their starters in a likely rout of the Lions. Cousins has quietly been a smash play in fantasy from a points-per-dollar standpoint. Since Week 9 he has multiple touchdowns in every game except one and has never dipped below 18 DraftKings points which is a solid floor.
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