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Best options for DraftKings cash games in Week 9

Top cash considerations for the Week 9 main slate

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jaylen Samuels rushes the ball against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first quarter at Heinz Field. Charles LeClaire-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.

Here are the plays that jump out in Week 9:


Russell Wilson ($7,100) vs. TB —At home facing defense that’s allowed the third-most DKFP to QB.

Derek Carr ($5,500) vs. DET — Lions rank 29th in DKFP allowed to QB, shootout potential in this game. Carr is coming off his best fantasy outing of the season — 23.4 DKFP.

Philip Rivers ($5,100) vs. GB — The Chargers just can’t run the ball, which means Rivers will be slinging. That gives him a safe floor at a cheap price.

Running Backs

Le’Veon Bell ($7,700) at MIA — If Bell has a breakout spot this season, it’s against this defense that allows the most DKFP to RB.

Nick Chubb ($7,300) at DEN — Chubb has been dominant on the ground, and Denver’s defense has been gashed by the run this season. Game script sets up nicely.

Aaron Jones ($7,000) at LAC — Jones has seven touchdowns in his last four games, and is playing a huge rule in the receiving game.

Jaylen Samuels ($4,000) vs. IND — James Conner (shoulder) should get ruled out, making Samuels a cash lock in his return from a knee injury.

Wide Receivers

Chris Godwin ($7,300) at SEA — This is a really weird slate, with almost no spend up spots at WR. Godwin’s the guy if you want one, but you probably won’t need him.

DJ Moore ($4,800) vs. TEN — It took Moore and Kyle Allen some time to get on the same page, but he’s now averaging nine targets over the last three games.

Danny Amendola ($4,700) at OAK — Brought in 16-of-19 targets over the last two weeks for 200 yards. This game should be a great fantasy atmosphere.

Mike Williams ($4,600) vs. GB — Putting up solid numbers lately, and he’s due for some trips to the end zone.

Zach Pascal ($4,100) at PIT — No T.Y. Hilton (calf) puts Pascal in a cheap WR1 role.

Tight Ends

Zach Ertz ($4,700) vs. CHI — About as cheap as you’ll find Ertz. Matchup is actually a plus here against an overrated Bears defense.

Cam Brate ($3,100) at SEA —Need to make sure he plays through a rib injury, but in a good spot with O.J. Howard still out.

Jack Doyle ($3,000) at PIT — No Hilton could have a bit of a trickledown effect. Pittsburgh ranks 26th versus TE, and Doyle’s seen five targets in consecutive weeks.

Defense/Special Teams

Browns ($3,100) at DEN — Brandon Allen will be the starting QB for an already brutal Denver offense.

Steelers ($2,400) vs. IND — Averaging 12.5 DKFP at home, and has scored 11 or more in five straight. Great spot at home against a team missing its biggest threat downfield.

Redskins ($1,800) at BUF — Cheapest play on the board, and Washington doesn’t even have a bad matchup. Buffalo’s offense isn’t explosive. Eagles scored 12 DKFP in this spot last week, and Washington has scored 5.0 DKFP or more in six straight.

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