By Jamie Calandro
Jamie Calandro


Can you believe it’s already week four?? It just feels like the football season flies by like no other. Thankfully we now have the extra week to latch onto at the end of the season, but for now let’s dive right into the top cash picks of the week for DraftKings. As a reminder I’ll be back on the DFS show this Saturday night with Eric breaking down the entire slate, and follow me on twitter @jac3600!




Josh Allen, BUF ($8400)

There is a value play the masses will likely be flocking to this week (see below), but if anyone’s paying up the way it’s likely for Allen again. He’s in a tier of his own at the position with his opponent (Lamar) and this game could produce some massive fireworks. Allen is averaging a gaudy 32.3 DK PPG, trailing only Jackson, and the matchup is incredible as the once-vaunted Baltimore defense is currently allowing the second most FPPG to opposing QBs and also the fifth most QB rushing yards.

Other options - Lamar Jackson, Jalen Hurts

Mid-tier options - Justin Herbert


Marcus Mariota, ATL ($5600)

Mariota’s price tag has remained stagnant in the mid-5000s on DraftKings for the entire season, despite the fact that he’s averaging 18.3 DK PPG and is currently the QB13 in all of fantasy football. Mariota has to cut back on the turnovers, but his dual-threat ability gives him a floor/ceiling combo well beyond his price tag. He’s ninth in fantasy points per dropback and also leads all QBs in red zone carries. Against Cleveland, who has allowed the 11th most FPPG to QBs and could possibly be missing Myles Garrett after his car accident.

Other options - Jared Goff, Derek Carr, Jacoby Brissett







Christian McCaffrey, CAR ($8700)

If using Mariota in cash, take the money you saved and get McCaffrey into your lineup. The Panthers offense has been meh with Baker Mayfield who doesn’t seem to fit in it, but CMC’s workload is one thing you can bank on. He’s got an 80% snap share and 60 touches so far through three games, and Arizona has allowed the tenth most FPPG while also allowing 4.7 YPC and four rushing TDs. The explosion is coming, and he won’t be $8700 for long.

Other options - Jonathan Taylor, Saquon Barkley, Austin Ekeler

Mid-tier options - Najee Harris, Javonte Williams, Jamaal Williams (best value)



Jamaal Williams, DET ($6100)

D’ Andre Swift is the current RB5 in PPR, but Williams is the RB8 despite Swift’s successes. He leads the NFL in both red-zone carries and carries within the 10-yard line, and he’s already parlayed that into four rushing touchdowns. This week’s matchup against Seattle is great, as they’ve allowed the fifth most FPPG to RBs and don’t have Jamal Adams. With the expectation that Swift will sit to rest his ailing shoulder, Williams should be considered a cash lock this week at this price tag, which hasn’t adjusted enough on DK.

Other options - Josh Jacobs, Dameon Pierce, Rashaad Penny







Stefon Diggs, BUF ($8400)

DraftKings has finally priced Diggs appropriately, but he’s still more than in play on a slate that won’t have several of the usual top WR options. Diggs is still the overall WR1 at 5.4 FPS ahead of Cooper Kupp, and he’s already racked up 35 targets and four TDs while also ranking ninth in the NFL in air yards. Baltimore has allowed the most FPPG to WRs, and Allen-Diggs stacks are sure to be popular this week.

Other options - Davante Adams, Amon-Ra St. Brown

Mid-tier options - CeeDee Lamb, Courtland Sutton, Amari Cooper, Diontae Johnson, Drake London


Tyler Lockett, SEA ($5900)

It was unclear how Lockett and DK Metcalf would mesh with new QB Geno Smith, but now it seems clear that Lockett is the main beneficiary due to Smith’s lack of deep-ball prowess. Lockett has received 11 targets in back to back weeks and he simply is not priced for that sort of volume (I’m also happy I snagged him late in #SFB12!). The Lions currently rank 31st in overall defensive efficiency and have allowed the sixth most FPPG to opposing WRs

Other options - Brandin Cooks, Curtis Samuel, DJ Moore, Zay Jones, Kadarius Toney, Richie James









Mark Andrews, BAL ($7100)

This pick is super interesting, as the Bills’ athletic LBs and safeties are murder on opposing TEs (fourth fewest FPPG allowed to the position), but does it really matter with Andrews? He leads all TEs in targets, receptions, receiving yards, air yards, route participation, and is third in RZ targets. If he was a WR, we’d be salivating over this price tag. Play him in all formats with confidence, especially as a bringback to Allen-Diggs stacks in GPP.

Other options - None

Mid-tier options - Kyle Pitts


David Njoku, CLE ($3700)

Njoku finally broke out for 9-89-1 on ten targets last week, but it’s fair to say you’re not “chasing” by using him this week as he’s fourth among TEs in snap share (91.2%) and seventh in target share (18.2%). The Falcons have allowed the second most FPPG to TEs this year. DraftKings did not adequately price him up enough.

Other options - TJ Hockenson, Tyler Conklin, Robert Tonyan


New York Giants ($3100)
Chicago Bears ($2700)
Dallas Cowboys ($3500)
Pittsburgh Steelers ($3600)
Arizona Cardinals ($3800)