DraftKings Week 2 Cash Game Picks and Strategy
Below you'll find my Week 2 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.
Note: As always, I'll have a Sunday update posted closer to kickoff in the event of any late-breaking injury news or beat reports.
I was initially pretty surprised to see Kyler Murray ($6,100) at his current salary. Don't get me wrong, Washington's pass rush looked legit on Sunday against the Eagles, but Murray's escapability should net him extra fantasy points on the ground. He rushed 13 times against the 49ers, mostly on broken plays, but most importantly he was very effective as a ball carrier. The missing element for Murray from last year has now been added and that's DeAndre Hopkins. Now not only will Murray be lethal with his rushing prowess, but he has that elite wideout to lean on like he did on Sunday against the 49ers. Also encouraging is the pace at which the Cardinals played in Week 1, running 82 plays. In fact, Sports Info Solutions has them at the highest no-huddle rate in the league for Week 1 at 60%. As long as Murray can evade the Football Team's rush, he should be in for a smash spot.
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