FanDuel and DraftKings Week 6 Cash Game Picks and Lineup Strategy

FanDuel and DraftKings Week 6 Cash Game Picks and Lineup Strategy

Cash games are becoming increasingly more competitive, but in my opinion $1-$10 head to head contests are still the easiest way to consistently win and build a bankroll on FanDuel and DraftKings. With loads of favorable matchups for big name running backs, and a few clear cash game stacks like Watson/Hopkins and Brees/Thomas, look for scoring to be up again this week.

FanDuel has a 12 game main slate, and DraftKings will feature an 11 game main slate ending after the afternoon games. This will put more of an emphasis on putting your early winnings to work for the Sunday night, Monday Night, Thursday night slate. A few of the better defenses in the league aren’t active in week 6 with Buffalo, Cincinnati, Dallas, and Seattle all on byes.

Here is a look at some of our favorite cash game plays for this week… Tournament picks will post by the end of the day today.

Top Week 6 QB Plays

PlayerOpponentDraftKings PriceFanDuel Price
Deshaun WatsonCleveland$6,700$7,900
Kirk CousinsSan Francisco$6,800$7,800

It seems highly likely that Deshaun Watson will be the highest owned QB for week 6. He faces a Browns defense that is currently giving up the 4th most fantasy PPG to opposing quarterbacks, and comes in on a tear. Despite averaging just 18 completions per game, Watson has averaged nearly 31 FanDuel PPG over his past three.

Another of our favorite cash game plays is Kirk Cousins, who faces a porous San Fran defense making the coast-to-coast trek. Cousins has reached value for his current salary in 13 of his last 20 games, and should be just about a lock to reach 3x value in what is his most favorable matchup in nearly 2 seasons.

Week 6 RB Plays

PlayerOpponentDraftKings PriceFanDuel Price
Kareem HuntPittsburgh$8,200$9,300
Todd GurleyJacksonville$7,700$8,400
Mark IngramDetroit$4,400$5,900

There are several high dollar running backs with favorable matchups in week 6: Hunt, Fournette, Gordon, and Gurley are all candidates for massive week 6 performances against struggling defenses. Kareem Hunt has to be the favorite given his workload and the upside we saw earlier this season. Hunt faces a Steelers defense that is 31st in the NFL in opposing RB YPC, 27th in rushing YPG, and 31st in rushing touchdowns.

Just about the only run defense worse off than the Steelers right now is the Jacksonville Jaguars. As good as the pass defense has been, the run defense has been just as bad. The Jags are 32nd in YPC, 31st in YPG, and 30th in rushing touchdowns allowed, and this week they face Todd Gurley, who entered last week’s tough matchup with Seattle averaging just under 30 FanDuel PPG.

We had Ingram penciled into this article before the Adrian Peterson trade, so don’t think of this as an overreaction to that news. Since losing a good deal of work to Kamara in week 2, Ingram saw his snap count jump to 50% in week 3 to 63% in week 4. The Lions run defense has been tough this season, but there should be no shortage of volume and points in this week 6 matchup. Given his consistency as a pass catcher dating back through last season, Ingram is an extremely safe cash play this week.

Week 6 WR Plays

PlayerOpponentDraftKings PriceFanDuel Price
Keenan AllenOakland$7,900$7,200
Chris HoganNY Jets$7,000$7,500
Marvin JonesNew Orleans$5,900$4,600

Keenan Allen has been a victim of Philip Rivers’ inconsistent play this season, but we are betting the old gunslinger gets it going eventually, and why not against a Raiders secondary that is a complete dumpster fire? The Raiders enter this game giving up an opponent QB rating of 106.6 despite playing the softest DvP schedule in the NFL to date. Look for Allen to put together his first huge game of his 2017 campaign. Allen’s touchdowns are coming, he is currently third in the league in red zone targets.

Admittedly, we are somewhat uneasy about using Hogan in cash lineups this week… Brady has an AC sprain, Gronk will steal back some of the targets Hogan got last week, and this is somewhat setting up as a 25+ carry game for Gillislee as the Pats just try to keep Brady upright and get out of NY with what should be an easy win. That being said, when building a cash lineup, it’s impossible to ignore Hogan’s snap count (100% in week 5) and the fact that he’s been over 2x in 4 of 5 games this season. Hogan is also 6th in the NFL in red zone targets.

Marvin Jones enters his first great matchup of the season overdue for a monster game. The Saints enter week 6 giving up over 28 PPG to opposing receivers, and this is exactly the sort of matchup Jones went crazy in at the start of last season. He was the most productive Lions receiver last week, catching 6 of 8 targets and should see his numbers jump again in what should be a high volume matchup between two high power offenses.

Week 6 TE Plays

PlayerOpponentDraftKings PriceFanDuel Price
Ryan GriffinCleveland$4,000$4,500
Evan EngramDetroit$3,800$5,300

We continue to pick on Cleveland with our weekly tight end plays, but their young linebacker/safety group is still struggling in coverage, and are allowing the 2nd most fantasy PPG to opposing tight ends. Last week it was Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who looks and moves like a tackle, but was still able to catch 6 of 8 targets for 29 yards and a touchdown. Griffin should put up similar numbers to what he did in his debut, and is surprisingly the minimum salary on FanDuel for week 6.

Engram has been productive as a rookie (20 of 35 targets, 2 of 2 red zone targets) and will clearly have to step up with all of the injuries the Giants have sustained over the past week. The Giants are likely going to have to run a bunch of 12 and 13 personnel with their entire receiving corps on the injury report, meaning Engram should see his snap count approach 100% in week 6. The Broncos are a scary matchup, but have a DVOA way above league average vs opposing tight ends, so Engram could be the focal point of this offense this week.

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