Week 4 Cash Game Locks For FanDuel & DraftKings
For those unfamiliar with the term “cash game”, it refers to the head to head or 50/50 contest type. The best strategy for cash games is to target safe players, and avoid guys who can bust. You only need to beat 50% of the competition in order to win money, so players with a low floor and high ceiling such as D Jax, Winston, and Drake are the archetype you must avoid. For cash games, you need to start players who are a lock to hit at least 2X their price, thus giving you a safe floor. For example, if Keenan Allen costs $8,000 on DraftKings, he would need to produce 16 fantasy points or more in order to exceed the 2X value on his $8,000 price tag. With all that in mind, here are my cash game locks for both FanDuel and DraftKings
RB - Austin Ekeler, $8,100
With news of Melvin Gordon reporting to the Chargers earlier this week, we get one last hoorah of Ekeler being an underpriced beast of a cash game lock. This game is set up on a silver platter for Ekeler as they are playing a Dolphins team who has already given up, and in turn is the worst rated defense in the NFL. News broke today that RB 2, Justin Jackson is injured and will be out for this game. This further increases the potential for Ekeler’s usage, which solidified him as a must have cash play.
WR - Keenan Allen, $8,100
Same game, same team, WR 1 on the year Keenan Allen has the perfect opportunity to keep his hot streak going. Not only is Justin Jackson out, but WR 2 Mike Williams has also been ruled out for the upcoming game. Keenan will most certainly keep up his insane target share and production in this game. He’s locked in as my overall WR 1 this week.
WR - Tyler Lockett, $6,600
Simply too cheap, Lockett is another must-own in cash games on FanDuel this week. Playing against an up-tempo Cardinals offense who is still missing their two starting cornerbacks, Lockett is in line to keep his insane volume and production streak going. As of late, Lockett has silenced his critics who thought he would not be able to command a large target share “because he never has before”. Well, his 26 targets over the last two games proves all his doubters wrong. In high paced game with loads of offensive plays inbound, Lockett is a strong cash game lock.
RB - Kerryon Johnson, $5,400
Priced around guys like David Montgomery and LeSean McCoy, Johnson is vastly underpriced considering his matchup and increased workload. After CJ Anderson’s departure from the team, Johnson saw his snap percentage rise from 55.5% to 75%. It’s safe to say Detroit is confident in their 2nd year ball carrier to be the feature back of their team. Against the high flying offense of the Chiefs, Detroit will need to play catch-up all game. Usually this would be bad for most RB’s, but Johnson is a talented pass-catcher who is utilized in that role. Johnson is too cheap for the production he will give you.
WR - Christian Kirk, $5,100
Although the Cardinal’s air raid offense has underwhelmed from an expectations point of view, the promise of a up-tempo offense was surely kept. Currently running the most offensive plays per game in the NFL, the Cardinal’s players don’t need to score all that often to be productive for fantasy. Averaging 11 targets per game, Kirk is a safe bet for volume at home against a weaker than expected Seattle secondary. Never scoring less than 10.5 DK points this year, Kirk is a cheap, volume play you won’t find anywhere else on the slate.
Dual-Site Ultimate Locks
QB - Patrick Mahomes, FD - $9,200, DK - $7,500
Reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes hasn’t missed a beat from his historic 2018 season. Leading all players in scoring yet again, Mahomes has silenced all his doubters who were screaming regression earlier in the fantasy draft season. There’s really no argument for not playing Mahomes in cash, other than his price. On DK it’ll be easy to fit him in, but FD makes it a little tougher to do so. Mahomes will be the highest scorer on the slate yet again, and with something as surefire as Mahomes is on a weekly basis, I suggest you find a way to fit him in your lineup.
TE - Will Dissly, FD - $5,400, DK - $3,600
Big Montana himself, Will Dissly has been on a tear for the Seahawks since he recovered from his injury in week 2. Since week 2 when he was fully healthy, Dissly has averaged a healthy 17.3 points in a .5 PPR setting. Although it’s a two game sample size, last year when Dissly was healthy, we saw him put up similar numbers. The trend seems to be when Dissly is healthy, you play him. And why not play him against the lowest graded team in defending TEs, the Arizona Cardinals? Dissly is universally too cheap, and he will allow you to afford the higher priced players in this article.