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Best options for Week 5 DraftKings cash games

Cash plays to consider for the Week 5 main slate on DraftKings

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott runs the football in the first quarter against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

You’ll find all kinds of DFS fantasy rankings, values, best/worst plays on DK Nation, but what about just identifying the good chalk? I play almost completely in cash games during NFL season, and it’s really important to know who we can trust and who we can’t.

New to the cash game scene? Cash games on DK refer to double-ups, 50-50s and head-to-heads — all of which roughly the top half of the field doubles its money.

I’ve had a good 3-1 season so far in cash games, going a little off the radar in terms of ownership the week I lost. Here are the core plays that I’m considering this week.


Lamar Jackson ($7,100) at PIT — No Mahomes on the board for the main slate this week, so Jackson’s the most consistent option we have. Averaging 29.6 DKFP with at least 21 in each game, rushing ability always keeps his floor high.

Deshaun Watson ($6,700) vs. ATL — Ideal matchup at home against a terrible Falcons defense that just allowed Marcus Mariota to throw all over them at home.

Carson Wentz ($6,100) vs. NYJ — The Jets are one of the worst defenses in football and draw Wentz and the Eagles at home. Only downside here is blowout potential.

Matt Ryan ($5,900) at HOU — Getting overlooked at one of the safest QB plays on a weekly basis. Lack of run game means more passing — 44 attempts per game and at least 300 yards in each game.

Running Backs

Christian McCaffrey ($8,700) vs. JAX — The safest overall cash play in fantasy right now. Saw 37 touches last week, averaging over 150 combined yards per game with a touchdown. Has scored 30-plus DKFP on all three main slates he’s played on.

Dalvin Cook ($8,400) at NYG — Still managed 19 DKFP against the Bears on the road, and this matchup should bring his upside back to what we saw in the first three weeks of the season — all games he rushed for 110 or more yards with a touchdown, before factoring in role in the passing game.

Ezekiel Elliott ($8,300) vs. GBJordan Howard and Myles Sander shredded the Packers’ run defense for 159 yards on 26 carries. ‘Zeke has a ton of upside in this spot.

David Johnson ($7,500) at CIN — The James Conner/Jaylen Samuels duo just torched the Bengals. DJ will be in the workhorse role in a really high upside fantasy atmosphere.

Leonard Fournette ($6,400) at CAR — We saw what Fournette’s ceiling looks like last week, but he didn’t even reach the end zone. The 29 carries for 225 yards were very impressive, and show that this is a guy we can trust to rack up all the backfield touches at a discount.

Jaylen Samuels ($4,100) vs. BAL — It’s a pay up week at RB, but the lone value spot to consider in cash is Samuels. He basically shared touches with Conner last week, and got 10 carries and eight receptions. Baltimore’s defense is overrated.

Wide Receivers

Julio Jones ($7,700) at HOU — The amount Ryan’s throwing the ball gives Julio elite upside in almost any matchup.

Keenan Allen ($7,300) vs. DEN — The Chargers are very thin at WR, and should continue forcing Allen the ball. He saw just six targets in Miami (and did have a long TD called back), but the Chargers could take their foot off the gas against the Dolphins.

Michael Thomas ($6,600) vs. TB — His salary is down $1,400 since Brees got hurt, but he’s still scored 16.4 or more DKFP in every game this season.

Larry Fitzgerald ($6,000) at CIN — The Cardinals will be without Christian Kirk, and face a terrible Bengals defense. Fitz should see plenty of targets.

Will Fuller ($4,500) vs. ATL — Fuller’s come close to hitting a home run a few times this season, but is still yet to put up any big numbers. The Falcons are the perfect defense to go for a big game against.

Auden Tate ($3,500) vs. ARI — The Bengals are very banged up at WR, and Tate has seen 16 targets in the last two games combined. This is a great salary saver spot against the Cardinals.

Tight Ends

Mark Andrews ($4,800) at PIT — This has been Jackson’s go-to-guy, with at least seven targets in each game. High TD upside.

Austin Hooper ($4,500) at HOUHooper’s been a guy Ryan trusts, and the passing volume has really helped him. Hooper’s racked up 18.4 DKFP per game, and is averaging 24.8 DKFP in the past two games.

Tyler Eifert ($3,300) vs. ARI — Like Tate, Eifert should benefit from the lack of pass-catchers in Cincy. The Bengals should still sling it in this matchup, though, which makes Eifert a great target on this slate.

Defense/Special Teams

Patriots ($4,300) at WAS — Averaging over 20 DKFP, and plays an incapable Washington offense.

Bears ($3,800) at OAK (London) — The Raiders have scored 11 total points in their two trips to London the past two years. Bears D/ST is averaging 19 DKFP the past two weeks, and Khalil Mack will come to play.

Panthers ($2,600) vs. JAX — Very underrated defense that’s shown a lot of potential the last two weeks, and now returns home.

Buccaneers ($2,200) at NO — One of the more overlooked defenses in football, averaging 11 DKFP. It’s priced to face Drew Brees in New Orleans here, but Teddy Bridgewater doesn’t present any blowout potential here on the Saints’ side.

I am a promoter at DraftKings and am also an avid fan and user (my username is jedlow) and may sometimes play on my personal account in the games that I offer advice on. Although I have expressed my personal view on the games and strategies above, they do not necessarily reflect the view(s) of DraftKings and I may also deploy different players and strategies than what I recommend above. I am not an employee of DraftKings and do not have access to any non-public information.