My name is Jordan “SmartWater” Davis and I’m the Community Manager for RotoGrinders. As far as gameplay goes, I’m primarily a cash game player. I have always been a big fan of cash games and still think they can be highly profitable. However, in order to be a good cash game player, you need to understand the basics and avoid common mistakes.
In cash games, the name of the game is to maximize our floor. This will give you a chance to finish in the top half of the field as often as possible. Basically, we want to build a very “safe” lineup. If you’re interested, you can see some of my general cash game tips here. I’ll touch on some broader strategy throughout this article as well.
Here are some of my top plays at each position for DraftKings this week. Please keep in mind that these are not the only plays, just some of my personal favorites.
Tom Brady ($8.1k) - I know that recommending Brady can seem like a cop out but honestly, he is just that good. The Patriots offense looks like the best in the league and show no signs of slowing down anytime soon. The matchup against the Colts on Sunday Night Football should be great for DFS production. The Patriots have the highest team total of the week at 32.25 and seem to be on a mission to prove just how good they are this year. His price is high, I get that, but with some soft pricing at other positions, he easily can be fit in.
Andy Dalton ($5.7k) - I don’t know if Dalton will ever get the respect he deserves and I certainly know DraftKings did not give him any, pricing him at $5.7k. He is averaging 25.6 points per game, which is second behind only the man mentioned above, Tom Brady. He also is going playing against a Bills defense that – while they’ve has been very tough against the run – has been giving up huge games to opposing QBs. Take advantage of the mispricing on Dalton. It won’t be this low next week.
Danny Woodhead ($4.7k) - I watched the Chargers game last week (I was sweating Rivers) and it is very clear that they want to get Melvin Gordon involved. But truthfully, I just don’t think he is very good. (Some could say that the offensive line has a lot to do with that and that is a fair argument.) The Packers are massive favorites this week at -550 and I expect the Chargers to be behind and throwing for most of the game, which fits perfectly into Woodhead’s role, not Gordon’s. Woodhead is averaging 15.1 points per game and I see him having no problem reaching that, with some upside for more. At $4.7k, you could do a lot worse this week.
Chris Ivory ($5.1k) - I will admit, he is neither sexy nor exciting, but we cannot argue that Ivory is simply producing. Yes, the Redskins running defense is not terrible, but I can overlook that due to the pure amount of carries Ivory is getting. He should get around 20 or so carries and will be in for the goal line reps. He does not get the blood flowing, but he could help you win some money this week in cash games, where we need players to be steady.
Donte Moncrief ($5.0k) - This pick depends on whether or not Luck is going to play, although I would be extremely surprised if he did not suite up for this big game on Sunday Night Football. When Luck was playing, he looked for Moncrief often and I do not see that being any different now. The Patriots are expected to win and put up a lot of points, which is music to my ears. This will mean Luck will be forced to play catch up and throw a lot, which is great for his WRs. T.Y Hilton is also reported to be a bit banged up this week, which could mean even more targets for Moncrief.
DeAndre Hopkins ($7.7k) - There is no denying that Hopkins is having a breakout season. He has been a target machine, leading all WRs in that category. On a site like DraftKings where you get a full point per reception, Hopkins is a WR I do not mind paying up for one bit. Did I mention he is averaging 25.8 points per game? Yeah, fire him up this week.
Tyler Eifert ($4.9k) - The common theme here is simply taking what is given to us, and that is players who are mispriced. I recommended Andy Dalton earlier in this article and I think pairing him up with Eifert is a great idea. Eifert has 5 TDs already this year and the Bills defense has been generous to TEs.
Defense/Special Teams (D/ST)
New York Jets ($3.1k) – This is simply too good of a defense against the weaponless offense of the Washington Redskins. The Jets at this cheap price tag are my number one-ranked defense this week.