Week 9 DraftKings Picks: NFL DFS lineup advice for cash games

Our DraftKings cash game lineup really cashed in last week. Bad puns aside, we made it back up to the 3X threshhold in cash games last week. Tyler Boyd kept us on track early on the featured slate before Marlon Mack brought it home late, as my lineup hit 158.7 DraftKings points, a more than solid number in NFL DFS contests.

The cash game log shows an average 156.87 DK and the lowest week still managed 2.65X value. I wouldn’t mind keeping that up. My lineup construction strategy for NFL Week 9 builds off two high-target backs at overly-depressed prices and from there targets other potential value plays at the receiver position.

Week 9 Rankings:
Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST | Kicker

NFL Week 9 DraftKings Cash Lineup

For DraftKings cash games on the Sunday 10-game featured slate.

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, TB @ CAR ($5,500): No team in NFL history has passed for more yards through their first seven games than the the 2018 Bucs, per Scott Barrett of Pro Football focus. Who’s starting game No. 8? It’s Ryan Fitzpatrick and he costs nothing, got it. We’ll take him as a low-cost option that could easily pay off in a solid matchup.

RB Christian McCaffrey, CAR vs. TB ($7,800): CMC only managed 11 receiving yards last week against the No. 1 DK defense against opposing running backs. He did maintain that six-target floor and now faces a defense that ranks 28 spots lower than the Ravens. That makes him a great starting option this week.

RB Alvin Kamara, NO vs. LAR ($7,300): Kamara has disappointed a couple times with Mark Ingram back and DraftKings dropped his salary about $2500. I’d be wary of Kamara in cash games when the Saints enter as big faves with relatively low total. But the LA game has a higher projected total and with the Saints at home, he’s a solid bet to produce.

WEEK 9 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end

WR Stefon Diggs, MIN vs. DET ($6,800): The pendulum has swung the other way a bit, and now Diggs goes $2,100 cheaper than Adam Thielen despite getting eight more targets over the past two weeks. The lower target for 3X in a productive passing offense, plus the value of his overall salary, gives Diggs the edge.

WR Emmanuel Sanders, DEN vs. HOU ($6,400): The Demaryius Thomas trade should theoretically free up targets for both Sanders and Courtland Sutton. We’ll tab Sanders in cash since the target volume’s already been demonstrated at No. 13 among all receivers.

WR Devin Funchess, CAR vs. TB ($5,600): Funchess comes off a quiet week where Carolina secured positive game script and faced the NFL’s best defense in yards allowed per pass. Tampa happens to allow the second-highest passing average, so we’re back on Funchess.


TE Austin Hooper, ATL @ WAS ($3,800): It looks yet another Kelce cliff week at TE, where it’s best to pay up or punt. Hooper offers a nice sub-$4K shot on volume, as he ranked third in TE targets over the three weeks leading into Atlanta’s Week 8 bye.

FLEX Willie Snead, BAL vs. PIT ($4,200): Neither John Brown nor Michael Crabtree lead the Ravens since targets since Week 6. Nope, it’s Willie Snead who has been averaging 10 targets per game recently. This isn’t a bet on him leading rest of way, but he’s a more than palatable $4K flex in a good matchup with Pittsburgh.

D/ST New York Jets @ Dolphins ($2,600): Whether it’s Brocktobervember or Ryan Tannehill, I want in. Osweiler has been sacked six times over the past two games and Tannehill is tied with Jameis Winston for highest rate of turnover-worthy plays.

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