By Jamie Calandro
Jamie Calandro


My week three cash games were going swimmingly for quite a while there, but getting sucked into the Justin Fields/$5200 vortex wound up being enough to keep me below the profit line for the first time this season. Thankfully I still won a lot of head-to-head contests so the loss was marginal, but let’s look to get back on track this week! We have some significant injuries to wade through (most notably CMC), so make sure to listen to Jason Brady and myself break down each game from a DFS perspective on Sunday at 10 AM EST, and check for my GPP stacking article tomorrow!







Josh Allen, BUF ($8000)

In my early rankings this week I have Allen at QB1, every so slightly ahead of Mahomes in Philadelphia. Allen erupted for four passing TDs and one rushing score against Washington last week, and gets an even softer matchup this week against Houston who rank 30th in pressure rate and have allowed the ninth most FPPG to opposing QBs despite not yet facing a true QB1 (Lawrence, Mayfield, and Darnold have been their opponents). The Bills are rocking a team total of 32 points, and Allen has the upside for another 40-burger on DraftKings in this one. If spending up, this is the route I’d take.

Other options - Patrick Mahomes, Kyler Murray

Mid-tier options - Matthew Stafford, Jalen Hurts, Dak Prescott



Justin Fields, CHI ($5200)

Fields was the sole reason I didn’t hit in my double-ups last week, so going right back to the well is going to take a special kind of discipline. That said, Fields’ matchup can not really have improved any more, going from a road matchup against the Browns to a home tilt against the Lions. Detroit has allowed 89 points and given up 388 total YPG through the first three weeks, and Fields’ should be able to put his deep ball ability on display in this one against Detroit’s utter lack of secondary. Ownership is again going to be a factor, but Fields seems far more likely to pay off his price tag this week than he did last week.

Other options - Taylor Heinecke, Matt Ryan, Jacoby Brissett








Derrick Henry, TEN ($8800)

There is no way I’m fading Henry this weekend. He has touched the ball 72 times over the last two games, and I really think people are glossing over the fact that Henry already has 12 receptions out of the backfield after only having 19 in all of 2020 (which, by the way, was a career high). Henry remains the focal point of this offense and the Titans are 7-point road favorites which is music to the ears of those who roster Henry. The Jets have allowed the sixth most FPPG to opposing RBs thus far, and it’s easy to envision a 30-150-1 line here.

Other options - Alvin Kamara, Dalvin Cook

Mid-tier options - Najee Harris, Jonathan Taylor, D’Andre Swift, Antonio Gibson




Sony Michel, LAR ($5200)

This pick is obviously contingent on Darrell Henderson missing another week (and if Henderson is back he himself becomes a very strong cash play at only $5600). Michel took over as the lead back for the Rams, playing 78% of snaps and out-touching Jake Funk 23-1. He also had four targets in the passing game, and Arizona has given up 177 and 159 rushing yards over the last two games. This game has a three-point spread and an O/U of 54.5, so there are plenty of fantasy points to go around.

Other options - Chuba Hubbard, David Montgomery, Mike Davis, Cordarelle Patterson





Tyreek Hill, Davante Adams, and Cooper Kupp are the three highest-priced WRs who are all worthy of their price tag if you can afford them. For cash priority I’d rank them Adams > Kupp > Hill.





DJ Moore, CAR ($6600)

I’ve been feasting off Cooper Kupp’s incorrect price all season long, and now that he’s priced with the big boys it’s time to find the next underpriced guy. For me it’s DJ Moore this week, who I admit I’ve been slow to come around on. Moore has clearly established himself as the WR1 in Carolina with 20 catches on 31 targets through the first three weeks, and Christian McCaffrey’s absence should upgrade Moore’s stock even more. Moore is 4th in the NFL in completed air yards and is 18th in yards per route run, and the Cowboys back end is a sieve defensively.

Other options - Calvin Ridley, CeeDee Lamb, Terry McLaurin, Amari Cooper, Deebo Samuel




Robert Woods, LAR ($5300)

I just added Woods in a guillotine league with lots of industry people, so I hope it wasn’t wasted money. With Kupp fully priced, it makes sense to grab the cheaper Woods in cash formats this week in the top offensive game on the slate as of right now. Despite taking a significant backseat to Kupp with Stafford at QB, there are still some positives to take away from Woods. He’s still running a 90% snap share and already has four end zone targets (has only caught one). Stafford is capable of spreading the ball around, but Woods still has 15 targets over the last two weeks and his low price tag bakes in a lot of his downside. I like his cash floor in this one.

Other options - Courtland Sutton, Odell Beckham, Cole Beasley, Devonta Smith, Marquez Callaway









Travis Kelce, KC ($8100)

Use Kelce, rinse, repeat. If you can fit him, he’s in a prime spot against the Eagles who are defending WRs well thus far but are getting blitzed by opposing TEs.





George Kittle, SF ($5900)

Kittle’s falling price has me really intrigued in cash this week. The Seahawks just allowed Tyler Conklin to go 7-70-1 on them, and Kittle has played on 97.9% of snaps so far despite taking second fiddle to Deebo Samuel so far. Kittle is third among TEs in receiving yards, second in YAC, and fifth in YPT. At $5900 there’s a ton of upside to unlock with his relatively safe floor.

Other options - TJ Hockenson





Noah Fant, DEN ($4300)

If going a little cheaper at TE, Fant seems to be the best choice right now. With KJ Hamler lost for the year, an already thin pass-catching corps is even thinner now for Denver, and the Ravens have still allowed the most FPPG to opposing TEs this year despite bottling up Hockenson for a 2-10-0 line in week three.

Other options - Tyler Higbee, Dalton Schultz, Evan Engram, Cole Kmet

Detroit Lions ($2200) - only if not using Fields at QB
Dallas Cowboys ($2600)
Buffalo Bills ($4300)
Tennessee Titans ($3900)
Atlanta Falcons ($2300)