This article is designed to highlight my favorite cash game building blocks. Cash games are the staple of our optimal blueprint and should be anchoring your bankroll. Cash games are classified as head to head contests, 50/50s and double ups. Good luck in your contests this week and remember to tweet us @dfs_karma with your winning screenshots!
Top Tier: Drew Brees- Drew Brees is in an absolute smash spot at him this weekend against the Buccaneers. Tampa Bay ranks 31st in pass DVOA this year and their defense has dealt with the injury bug all season. Drew Brees home/road splits aren't like they have been in the past this season, but we have years of data backing up the claim that he is better at home and I'm going to trust that it will eventually correct back. The Saints have a huge 29 point implied team total and he is one of the safest options on the board, but still has big time upside.
Mid Tier: Dak Prescott- Dak has been Mr. Consistency this season though he gets a slight downgrade with Elliot now going to play this weekend. The Chiefs defense has been legitimately #bad this season ranking 20th in pass DVOA and 31st in rush DVOA. Marcus Peters hasn't looked like himself one time this season, and even with Zeke playing Dak should be able to hit value in a game with the highest O/U and huge shootout potential.
Low Tier: Jared Goff- Ah, the first curveball of week nine. If you're playing on a site like Draftkings and looking to pay down at QB in cash games, I think there's a lot of value to be had with Jared Goff. I normally don't like my QB traveling cross country, but since the Rams were on a bye week last week the concern isn't like it normally is. The Giants rank just 22nd in pass DVOA this season, and now will be without top cover corner Janoris Jenkins due to suspension. Goff has looked like a number one pick under new coach Sean McVay, and I expect him to beat up on the weak Giants secondary come Sunday.
Top Tier: Ezekiel Elliot- COWBOYS ONSLAUGHT! I'm kidding...but only partially. Zeke has had two monster games over the last two weeks and the Chiefs rush defense ranks 31st in DVOA. They're giving up 5 YPC and with Zeke's role in the passing game secure he is a top cash option every week.
Mid Tier: Mark Ingram- This is obvious at this point, right? He lost two fumbles last week, but he has gotten over 100 all-purpose yards in every game since AP was traded except last week when he was halted at 99. The Saints are massive favorites at home in a positive running environment and he has found the box 4 times in the last three weeks.
Low Tier: Lamar Miller- Miller gets boosted to cash game option with Deshaun Watson injured. The Texans should look to ride Miller with bad QB play ahead and the Colts run defense has been breaking down over the last three weeks. Miller quietly played over 80% of the snaps last week and if the Texans offense is going to do anything without Watson it's going to start with Lamar.
Top Tier: Michael Thomas- There really isn't a "high dollar" WR play I love now that Deshaun Watson is injured so I'm just going to list my favorite plays. Thomas is your pairing with Drew Brees should you use him and I have no issues going complete Saints balls to the wall stack in tournaments. Thomas has had some really tough match ups this season and hasn't gotten completely loose like we were used to seeing last season. This is one of the biggest get right spots of the season at home vs a terrible defense and his price is cheap given his recent production.
Mid Tier: Dez Bryant- This was one of my favorite plays of the week before we got the news that Zeke was playing...sigh. Dez has been seeing some red zone usage this season, and he has thrived in the few games that he hasn't had an elite corner opposing him. I touched on Marcus Peters not being the same this season, and the Chiefs are top three in terms of fantasy points allowed to opposing WRs. He's way too cheap not to consider him in cash games on Draftkings this week.
Low Tier: T.Y. Hilton- Ah, the second curveball of week nine. T.Y. Hilton has been pretty much #dead in terms of fantasy this season, but there's reasons to like him this week. Hilton has been in a lot of tough match ups this year, but if you look at the ones that weren't as tough he has absolutely smashed. He does play much better at home, but he will be on the turf in Houston where he has historically better splits. Hilton's price is the cheapest it's been in almost four years and I'm going to have some exposure.
Top Tier: Travis Kelce- Kelce is in the "big three" group when it comes to Tight Ends joining Rob Gronkowski and Zach Ertz. Kelce has averaged over 8 targets over the last four weeks and I've already touched on this being the most juicy fantasy game of the weekend. In a high O/U game like this the Chiefs are going to have to throw the ball and if you can afford him, Kelce is a safe bet.
Mid Tier: Jack Doyle- DOYLE RULES! Jack Doyle has been quietly thriving with Jacoby Brissett at Quarterback. Doyle is on pace for the second most targets in Colts history, yes you read that right, and they should have no issue throwing on this banged up Texans defense. Russell Wilson and Jimmy Graham torched this Texans team last week and I expect Doyle to be popular at his price point in week nine.
Low Tier: Vernon Davis- This is my favorite TE play of the week, and I'm hoping that people are hesitant to click his name since he is playing against Seattle. Davis has looked explosive and healthy, dating back to the preseason and he has a big opportunity to eat this weekend with Jordan Reed and Jamison Crowder both expected to miss the game due to injury. They will need to throw to keep pace with the Seahawks offense, and Davis should be able to pay off his cheap price tag.
Written by Ben Hossler (Follow @BenHossler on Twitter)