Week 8 DraftKings Cash Game Picks and Strategy
Below you'll find my Week 8 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.
With weather impacting a slew of games on the slate, a bit has changed in terms of cash game leans.
- Russell Wilson and Jimmy Garoppolo have become cash game plays due to the wind giving me a bit of pause on the Titans/Bengals and Raiders/Browns game. I think we can still pull the trigger on Burrow, but I feel safer with Russ or Jimmy G at this point.
- Jamaal Williams and Giovanni Bernard resume RB1 duties, which wasn't certain when my article was published. They now vault to good plays in cash. I'm still higher on Kamara and Hunt, but they are in that second tier, probably a notch above Gaskin.
- Kendrick Bourne and George Kittle also enter the cash pool with their quarterback also being in consideration.
I debated Joe Burrow ($6,200) and Ryan Tannehill for a while and I lean Burrow because of the propensity for the Bengals to throw the football. I can see Derrick Henry ripping off some big runs and eating into Tannehill's production, where I can't see that happening with whoever the Bengals trot out at running back. Burrow has really found his groove with Tyler Boyd, A.J. Green and Tee Higgins. He looks like a veteran slinging the ball all over the field. Burrow has hit the 300-yard bonus in five of his last six games and has also added 4.5 DraftKings points on average with rushing production. The Titans rank 23rd in aFPA to quarterbacks and this game is sporting a healthy 54-point total.
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