Week 7 DraftKings Cash Game Picks and Strategy
Below you'll find my Week 7 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.
UPDATE: A lot of news, injuries, and contact tracing of Covid-19 has come down since the writing of this article. Here who is being added to our cash game player pool
Giovanni Bernard - Bernard figures to assume the lead back role in the Bengals offense. I don't have high hopes for Bernard's ceiling, however when you can project 16+ touches for a 4.5k running back, which includes targets, you basically have to slot him in. Especially since there isn't three locks in terms of pay up options on this slate.
Jamaal Williams - Keep an eye on Aaron Jones status because if he gets the lead back role against a Texans run defense that has been trashed by opposing running backs. Williams is also involved in the passing game when on the field. If Jones is inactive on Sunday, Williams will be in my lineup.
TreQuan Smith and Jared Cook - Michael Thomas still isn't healthy and Emmanuel Sanders will sit out due to C19, that puts Smith and Cook as the primary options in this offense outside of Kamara. At their current prices, they are top value plays at their positions. Brees has targeted smith adequately with Sanders on the field over the last few weeks, so I think Smith being thrust to the forefront makes him a great cash game play at $4,000. Despite his stature he is used near the goal line. Cook hasn't been as active this season, but should see a bump in targets as there isn't many pass-catchers left on the Saints. I think it's feasible to play all three Saints in cash, but I don't think you need to with the value that has opened up at RB and WR, I will be trying to pay up for tight end,
Kyler Murray ($7,100) at home against the Seahawks 31st ranked aFPA to quarterback defense makes the most sense if you are paying up for quarterback this week. Like we always talk about, Murray has the desired rushing floor which he flashed last week. Even when completing nine passes, he saved his day with 74 yards rushing and a touchdown on the ground. Sports Info Solutions provided 4for4 with a great stat, the Seahawks are one of the heaviest zone teams in the league and Kyler's efficiency skyrockets when facing zone. His yards per attempt jumps from 6.1 to 8.2 while his percentage of passes on target jumps from 62% to 69%. According to DraftKings Sportsbook, this game should be one of the highest-scoring on the entire slate at a 56-point total. Murray rates out second in our value metric.
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