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DFS guide: Week 13 in DraftKings cash games

By Tyler Buecher
Dec 1, 2017

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OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Jared Cook #87 of the Oakland Raiders runs with the ball after catching a pass against the New York Jets during the first quarter of their NFL football game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 17, 2017 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Last week’s diversity in pricing on DraftKings left us with any number of directions to go in cash game lineup construction. As such, I tried to provide plays at varying price levels to help readers no matter how they decided to build their cash game core with some successful end results. Andy Dalton, Russell Wilson, Todd Gurley, Alvin Kamara, Tevin Coleman, Mohamed Sanu, Cooper Kupp, Rob Gronkowski, and Jack Doyle were all strong cash game plays that came through in a big way. Week 12 was a very fun slate that let us shake off the somber mood that the Thanksgiving slate put is in and get right back on the horse. Week 13 isn’t that different, with pricing only being somewhat difficult for us at the tight end position. Let’s dive in.

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Quarterbacks

There are plenty of cheap quarterback options in play this week, providing tons of salary relief and letting you pay up elsewhere.

Josh McCown ($5,500) was the first play I was drawn to in cash games and I’m sticking with my initial intuition with him being a very strong play. McCown has been as steady as they come. He’s scored multiple touchdowns and met cash game value (3x) in six of his last seven games. DraftKings refuses to acknowledge his recent performance, leaving him underpriced at just $5,500 and an ideal cash game candidate. McCown has weapons that he can attack all levels of the defense with Robby Anderson (top-10 in Air Yards), Jermaine Kearse (9.6-yard average depth of target), and Austin Seferian-Jenkins (red-zone leader in targets, receptions, and receiving touchdowns). This Kansas City team has been wildly inefficient since coming off the bye week, and as long as McCown doesn’t foolishly target Marcus Peters’ coverage relentlessly, he should benefit from another quality outing this weekend.

The other cash game option that has grown on me throughout the week is Brett Hundley ($5,100). The Buccaneers pass defense is allowing the most completions and passing yards and ranks top-10 in most fantasy points allowed to the position. Their anemic pass rush ranks second-worst in pressure percentage and they have the fewest sacks in the league. Hundley should have all day to complete pass after pass against them. Nine of the 11 quarterbacks they’ve faced have scored at least 15.3 DK points (3x value), and it wouldn’t shock me at all to see Hundley make that list double-digits long by the end of Week 13.

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