By Jamie Calandro
Jamie Calandro


Everything was going swimmingly last week in the early games with Henry, Davante, Mattison, and Fournette locked into cash, but it all went to hell when the late games hit as I had Daniel Jones, and had swapped out Kadarius Toney for Jaylen Waddle. Ultimately it wound up being a net loss that GPPs could not help me recover from, so we’ll look to get back on track this week. Remember, for cash games we’re looking for floor/ceiling combos, not necessarily tournament-winning upside. NOTE: We have our first sets of byes, so act accordingly in your seasonal leagues.




Lamar Jackson, BAL ($7400)

In case anyone forgot what Lamar is, he reminded us all on the national stage on Monday night, accounting for an unreal 504 yards of offense BY HIMSELF. He’s the overall QB3 in fantasy and the bonus rushing upside is gold for DFS. The Chargers have allowed the ninth fewest FPPG to QBs this season but are fresh off a total defensive breakdown against the Browns who were down three starting O-linemen. Their clamps on WRs should open up a ton of opportunity for not only Mark Andrews, but extra rushes for Lamar. He’s a bargain at $900 less than Mahomes and $500 less than Kyler.

Other options - Patrick Mahomes, Kyler Murray

Mid-tier options - Matthew Stafford, Joe Burrow



Taylor Heinecke, WAS ($5800)

I think you want a bit more safety at the QB position this week for cash, so I’m unlikely to dip into this range (especially since it’s failed the last few times). However, if you’re bent on some expensive skill players, Heinecke offers a similar ceiling to players priced well above him. The Chiefs’ defense comes into this game having allowed the most FPPG to opposing QBs, and game script is almost certainly in Heinecke’s favor here (WAS +7). He’s thrown over 40 passes in two of his four full games so far this year, and it stands to reason that he will again in this one.

Other options - Daniel Jones (Q), Carson Wentz, Jared Goff







Christian McCaffrey, CAR ($8800)

I finally don’t have to write about Derrick Henry for a week since he’s not on the main slate, so my attention is fully turned to McCaffrey. We have to wait for his injury reports, of course, but if CMC suits up this weekend there is no way you fade him in cash at $8800. This is a player who is routinely over $10k and even pushed the $11k range two years ago. His dual threat style and 30 touches per game is exactly what you want in cash, and the Vikes have allowed the 12th most FPPG to opposing RBs along with the seventh most receptions to them.

Other options - Austin Ekeler, Dalvin Cook

Mid-tier options - Jonathan Taylor, Joe Mixon, D’Andre Swift



Darrell Henderson, LAR ($6000)

Henderson is always a scary proposition in cash because he never seems to be the posted child for health, but his workhorse role, price, and matchup this week have me just about pushing the lock button. Henderson is the only RB to score 15+ fantasy points in all five games so far this season, and he has played over 90% of the snaps other than weeks 2 and 5 (which he missed time with injury). The Giants are getting torched by RBs (third most FPPG allowed) and there’s no sign that will stop with Blake Martinez gone for the season. The Rams are also 10.5-point favorites which is the game script you want in a RB.

Other options - Josh Jacobs, Devontae Booker, Darrel Williams






Davante Adams, GB ($9000)

The price is getting up there (deservedly so), but if you’re in this range for WR it’s still Davante that you want. Rodgers is targeting Davante Adams on an unbelievable 40% of his throws. He has 61 targets this year, and to put that in perspective, Aaron Jones is second on the team with 19. He’s only scored twice on the year and is still averaging almost 25 DK PPG. There’s a case to be made that this guy has the highest floor in all of fantasy football.

Other options - Tyreek Hill (Q), Cooper Kupp

Mid-tier options - DJ Moore, Terry McLaurin, Ja’Marr Chase, Keenan Allen, Robert Woods



Michael Pittman, IND ($5500)

Pittman is one of the quieter stories this season, as the Colts’ slow start to the year put a bad taste in a lot of managers’ mouths. That said, we have a $5500 player who has a 29% target share and a 41% air yards share with Carson Wentz, and he has 39 targets over the last four weeks following a bust in week one. Houston has actually allowed the fifth fewest FPPG to WRs this year, but a lot of that is because of game script. This, of course, is still a concern in this matchup as well as the Colts are -9.5, but Pittman is cheap enough to take on that bit of risk.

Other options - Amari Cooper, Marquis Brown, Adam Thielen, Brandin Cooks, Kadarius Toney, Jakobi Meyers, Amon-Ra St. Brown, Mecole Hardman






Travis Kelce, KC ($7000)

This is simply a misprice. Kelce should be 8k at least every week, especially when you consider he finished as the WR2 in DK PPG last season. If Tyreek Hill is out or limited, we’ll see Kelce’s 23% target share grow significantly. Washington has allowed the 12th most FPPG to TEs this season. Even though I tend to look the way of punts in cash, I can’t ignore this price tag.

Other options - None. Darren Waller is a great GPP pivot, but it makes no sense in cash to use him when Kelce is only $400 more.

Mid-tier options - Mark Andrews, TJ Hockenson



Ricky Seals-Jones, WAS ($3000)

The punt play is the other TE in this game, who I used successfully last week at $2500. Seals-Jones played all but one snap and received 8 targets in last weeks’ game, and this week will take on a Chiefs team that has allowed the second most FPPG to the position. If the WFT continues to be banged up at WR, that target share should be stable. If you want to save funds with RSJ AND spend up for a cheaper Kelce, the double TE strategy is viable this week (which it almost never is).

Other options - Hunter Henry, Jonnu Smith, Jared Cook

Indianapolis Colts ($3500)
Arizona Cardinals ($2700)
Minnesota Vikings ($2900)
Detroit Lions ($2100)
Green Bay Packers ($3600)