Although I didn’t get this out to you all in article form last week, hopefully you saw my tweet thread, as I finally hit in my cash lineups for week 3. Dalvin Cook, Christian McCaffrey, Keenan Allen, and Evan Engram all did their thing. Enough looking back, though, as we’re onto Week 4 FanDuel picks for cash games. #Leggo.
Russell Wilson, $7800 – *Looks at schedule.* *Finds Arizona.* *Checks box next to quarterback’s name.* Truthfully, it is that simple. With the Cardinals’ pace of play combined with their swiss cheese defense, they should be targeted by DFS’ers week in and week out. The only concern here is Seattle just runs the ball at will, but I think Arizona should be able to keep enough pressure on Seattle that Wilson can do damage on limited attempts.
Kyle Allen, $6800 – If you’re looking for a cheaper option, we can go back to Allen going up against Houston. The Texans have surrendered the sixth-most FanDuel points to the quarterback position. This includes the third-most receptions and fifth-most yards to wide receivers. We have to take what Allen did last week with a grain of salt (see Arizona above), but there are enough options in this offense for Allen to return value, particularly at his price tag.
Marlon Mack $7300 – Although Mack was apparently dealing with a calf injury going into Week 3, he was able to put up 74 rush yards on 16 attempts. Another good sign for Mack? He saw three targets to Nyheim Hines’ four, which was a question coming into this season concerning his overall ceiling. A sneaky stat between the two is Mack’s 57 routes run to Hines’ 32. Mack now gets to face off against Oakland who just surrendered 211 total rushing yards to Minnesota. Sitting at 6.5 point home favorites, Mack should easily be looking at 20+ carries and a handful of targets.
Nick Chubb, $7300 – With Baker Mayfield and the passing game struggling, Chubb seems to be taking over as the focal point of the offense. In week three, Chubb played all but one offensive snap and was the only Cleveland running back to run a route. This is an important change from the first two weeks, where Dontrell Hilliard and D’Ernest Johnson were taking away valuable snaps and targets. On paper, the matchup against the Ravens seems to be one to stay away from. Looking closer, however, Baltimore has faced Miami, Arizona (only 11 rush attempts), and Kansas City. The Chiefs backs totaled 116 yards and a touchdown, which came from a hobbled LeSean McCoy and third-stringer Darrel Williams.
Austin Ekeler is obviously in play facing the Dolphins but is more expensive at $8100. For cheaper options, Leonard Fournette is sitting at just $6400. With his opportunity share and usage he’s in play at this price. Darrel Williams’ price hasn’t risen much and is only $5500. Anyone on the Chiefs is a threat to break a long play and find paydirt. At $5500, he doesn’t have to completely go off to hit value for your lineup and give you flexibility to pay up at other spots.
Sammy Watkins, $6900 – This one is simple. Watkins is catching passes from Patrick Mahomes, leads Kansas City in target share and share of air yards, and is in the week’s highest over/under at 54.5. People are fading Watkins because he’s been a relative disappointment with Mecole Hardman and Demarcus Robinson putting up the bigger fantasy points. The matchup against Detroit is nothing to fret over, especially considering he’s lining up in the slot 59% of the time, which means he’ll avoid Darius Slay on the outside. At the very least, he’s not going to completely sink your lineups and has a massive ceiling potential.
Sterling Shepard, $6500 – Maybe this is a bit “point chasy” but if there’s a spot to chase points, it’s going up against the team hemorrhaging production and fantasy points to wide receivers. Shepard went off for 7/100/1 in his first game with Daniel Jones and now the G-Men get Washington at home. With Saquon Barkley sidelined, the Giants’ targets are even more concentrated between Shepard and Engram.
Cooper Kupp is the only trustworthy option for the Rams and is $7000 this week. After a concerning week one, Tyler Lockett ($6600) is back to looking like the receiver we were excited about entering 2019. While his style of play makes him feel boom/bust, Marquise Brown is an option for cash lineups at $5700. The Browns may be without their top two corners again, and Brown is getting the volume and air yards we dream of, he just didn’t capitalize last week. Recency bias is a hell of a drug.
Will Dissly, $5400 – The taste of chalk is gross, but sometimes it makes sense. Priced as the tenth-highest tight end with a dream matchup, Dissly is the obvious chalk this week. His salary opens up more options elsewhere in your lineups as well, making it even harder to move away from him.
As mentioned above with Sterling Shepard, Evan Engram ($6800) is a clear choice as well if you can spend up at the position. In a similar team situation as Engram, you could also consider Darren Waller ($6700) if you feel uneasy about the Dissly Chalk platter being served this week.
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