DFS Cash Game Breakdown 2019 Week 5

By Kyle Dvorchak
Kyle Dvorchak




Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons

Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons are looking like the 2019 version of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Ryan leads the league in pass attempts at 176 and no team has passed the ball on a higher percentage of their total plays. Atlanta passes 72.4% of the time.

This volume has led to Ryan hitting t300 passing yards in all four of his outings this season. He has also thrown for multiple touchdowns in three of his four games.

Now Ryan faces the Texans in a game with a 49-point total. Everything is s up for Ryan to smash this week plus he has one of the highest floors on the slate because of his attempt totals.



Running Back

Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers

There is absolutely no reason to fade Christian McCaffrey until further notice. He went for 179 yards from scrimmage last week and DraftKigns LOWERED HIS PRICE. McCaffrey is on pace for exactly 100 receptions this season and already has two games with double-digit targets under his belt. He's also on pace for

344 carries on the season. McCaffrey is being used at a truly historic rate and his price needs to be well over $9,000 on DraftKings and $10,000 on Fanduel ton consider not playing him in cash games.

Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys

It's a #JamEmIn week at running back. Securing at least two, if not three of the week's elite backs is paramount to building a cash core. Zeke put up a dud in Week 1 going for 13.3 PPR points in his first game back. This was because he was eased back into the game with 13 carries and two targets. Since then, Zeke has averaged 20 carries per game and four targets per game.

Last year, Zeke cost $9,000 to roster on a weekly basis but he's only $8,300. That price will jump in the coming weeks so buy his volume on the cheap now, while you still can.

Wide Receiver

Auden Tate, Cincinnati Bengals

Over the past two weeks, Auden Tate has been targeted 16 times and he's hauled in 10 of those balls. He posted these numbers while John Ross was still in the lineup. Now, Ross is on the IR with a shoulder injury and Tate is expected to become the Bengals' No. 2 receiver behind Tyler Boyd. Because prices were already released when Ross was injured, Tate DFS sites couldn't price up Tate. That makes him this week's free square.

Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints
Michael Thomas has been peppered with target regardless of who they have been coming from this season. In two games with Teddy Bridgewater under center, Thomas has caught four passes and his worst game still netted 16.4 PPR points. The volume he's seeing puts him in consideration regardless of price. However, he's priced outside the top-six wideouts on both major DFS sites.

The discount on Thomas shouldn't exist based on his volume yet here we are. Take the free points with Thomas and move on with your lineup.

Tight End

Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons

If you're playing Matt Ryan, you have to run it back with some form of a stack in this exciting matchup between two high-powered offenses. Austin Hooper is the best way to do that. The Atlanta tight end is top-five in the NFL in air yards (212) and targets (33) among tight ends. Calvin Ridley has been inconsistent this season: He's had as many one-target games as he's had ten-target games. Julio Jones doesn' fit into any reasonable build with two elite running backs. And Mohamed Sanu has shown a capped ceiling throughout his career. That makes Hooper the obvious stacking option with Ryan on the Atlanta side of this game.


Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals face the Cardinals this week in a matchup that features two of the top-three teams in terms of pass to run ratio. The Arizona Cardinals and the Bengals both pass on 70% or more of their snaps.

For Cincy, this means volume as a defense. That volume comes against Kyler Murray and his atrocious offensive line. Murray has been sacked 20 times this season, more than any other passer.

The Bengals are also three-point favorites at home. Everything sets up for them to be the best way to pay down at defense this week.