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DRAFTKINGS NFL DFS CASH PLAYS Divisional WEEK 2022
DFS NFL DRAFTKINGS CASH GAME PICKS - DIVISIONAL ROUND
This will be the last week of cash games in the NFL! There will still be plenty of GPP action to go around for the conference championships and the Super Bowl slate, so make sure to stick with Football Diehards through the rest of the season, and beyond!
Josh Allen, BUF ($7800)
You can’t go wrong with the guys at the top of the QB pool here, but I’m giving Josh Allen the slight edge over the others despite (technically) the tougher FPPG matchup. Besides leading all QBs in air yards and throwing the third most TD passes, Allen adds a unique rushing floor (second among QBs in rushing yards, third in rushing attempts, third in RZ carries). This game features a 48.5-point O/U, which offers shootout potential for upside as well.
Daniel Jones, NYG ($5800)
With the need to pay up for some skill players, I expect Jones will be the highest rostered QB this weekend. Philly’s defense is definitely stronger than Minnesota’s, particularly with their pass rush and perimeter defense, but there are ways Jones can beat them and pay off his price tag. This comes mainly in the form of his legs. Jones has 28 rushes in his past two games played, and the Giants have been highly successful with him adding that second element. To top it off, the Eagles have allowed 6.5 YPC from QBs, the second most in the league.
Christian McCaffrey, SF ($8000)
The Eli Mitchell “risk factor” in the wild card round turned out to not be a thing at all, as McCaffrey was the clear lead dog. Mitchell saw the majority of fourth quarter carries, but the game was out of hand by then. In the first three quarters, McCaffrey had an 84% route participation share and a 78% carry share. Honestly, even if the split evens out more, CMC is still egregious at 8k, and he should be the first player you click into cash lineups for this weekend.
Travis Etienne, JAX ($6400)
Game script should not be a concern at all for Etienne, as he logged a massive 87% snap share even with Jacksonville trailing 27-0. His target share is definitely concerning at a 5% rate since the James Robinson trade, but there are few RBs that we can bank on for the carry share Etienne will have. JaMycal Hasty did not have a touch in the wild card game, and the Chiefs have allowed the 11th most FPPG to opposing RBs.
Ja’Marr Chase, CIN ($7800)
Chase is the most expensive WR, but SOOOOOO worth the extra couple hundred over the other top guys. Since returning from injury, Chase has 73 targets (12.2 targets per game) and leads the NFL in air yards (even over Justin Jefferson). We should see Cincinnati taking to the air in this one, and Chase is the apple of Joe Burrow’s eye.
Richie James, NYG ($3900)
Last week I stated that “either Richie James or Isaiah Hodgins” were fine for cash. Technically that was true, as I started James over Hodgins and still cashed everywhere, but Hodgins was the guy. This week I’m calling James the better play, and he’s 1k cheaper than Hodgins which is even better. James Bradberry and Darius Slay manning the perimeter opens up the slot more, and James went 7-61-1 the last time the Giants’ starters played Philly. James has 38 targets over his last five games.
Travis Kelce, KC ($7700)
This is not cutting edge analysis. Kelce is in a tier of his own at the TE position, and JAX allows the fifth most FPPG to the position. The only issue is that there are viable savings, but there is no more bankable player at any position.
Evan Engram, JAX ($4300)
If you go cheap, Engram is probably the key. Over the past eight weeks, he’s the TE2 in all of football, and even transcended a terrible matchup against Derwin James last week to go 7-93-1 on 11 targets. Expect Jacksonville (+8.5) to be trailing, which increases the floor of Trevor Lawrence’s passing attempts.
TOP THREE DEFENSES FOR CASH
Buffalo Bills ($2900)
San Francisco 49ers ($3300)
Cincinnati Bengals ($2400)