NFL DFS: Cash Game Plays for Week 6 (2021)by Joe Ricotta October 17, 2021 0 comments
Welcome to the Week 6 NFL DFS main slate. I’m finding good success so far this season in head-to-head and double-up contests. Hopefully, you are, too. Before we dive into the Cash Game picks for this week, let’s get a few guidelines out of the way first. The “Cash Game Plays” weekly DFS article has been my bread and butter for the past few years. Evolving a little over the years, I now play almost as many tournaments as I do cash game contests.
The goal of the cash game article is to outline some of the safer plays while also providing options that will help you create the most optimal builds. The whole point of it all is to make some money. Sometimes we won’t, but the most important part is putting ourselves in the best position to do so. That goes without saying, but it can sometimes get overshadowed by the results on a week-to-week basis.
People only want to know how many points a guy scored, not necessarily the route they took to get there. DFS is not only a science but a math equation. Let’s dive in, put the pieces together, and try to solve it. With that said, here are the DFS Cash Game Plays for Week 6. If you’ve been riding with me all along, you know the drill. There will be a lock emoji next to a few of my favorite options. All the players mentioned in the article are viable for Cash Games, but those with that lock emoji will be fixtures in my main lineup(s).
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Lamar Jackson ($7,400 DK, $8,200 FD) –????
Lamar Jackson went absolutely nuclear last Monday Night with his best season of the game, racking up 442 passing yards and four touchdowns with 62 rushing yards to go with it. In Baltimore, there is some wind to be concerned about, but Lamar’s rushing ability gives him an incredibly high floor regardless of the weather. Because of his discounted price from Patrick Mahomes, I’ll roll with Lamar playing in a game with the second-highest total on the board.
Other Options: Mahomes, but I’m really latching onto Jackson in Cash Games.
Kareem Hunt ($6,200 DK, $7,400 FD) –????
The Cleveland Browns will be without Nick Chubb this week, and he’s already been ruled out with a calf injury. With Chubb out of the way, we won’t have to worry about one or the other taking a bite out of the apple so to speak. When both are playing, the Browns use both backs and it mitigates fantasy production. Kareem Hunt should be in line for a massive workload, but Kevin Stefanski did say he doesn’t want to beat up Hunt and has several touches in mind.
Darrell Henderson ($6,000 DK, $7,300 FD) –????
Darrell Henderson has one of the most favorable projected game scripts. The Los Angeles Rams are 7.5 point favorites against the 1-4 New York Giants. Daniel Jones will play this week after suffering a concussion during last week’s game, but how explosive will the Giants offense be without some other key offensive pieces (Saquon Barkley, Kenny Golladay, etc.). The Giants defense ranks 26th in rush DVOA and allows nearly 30 DraftKings points per game.
Khalil Herbert ($4,600 DK, $5,500 FD)
With David Montgomery injured, Damien Williams stepped into the Chicago Bears’ starting running back role. However, Khalil Herbert cut into his workload with 18 carries for 75 yards. Williams was a mid-week scratch, testing positive for COVID-19. In a game where the Bears would love to control the time possession and keep Aaron Rodgers off the field, Herbert should get plenty of work. Based on how the Packers’ defense has performed, you can run the ball on them, and they are 29th in rush DVOA (-2.4 percent).
The one drawback with Herbert is that he hasn’t been targeted in the passing game yet, and he’s still a rookie. Also, the Bears could find themselves playing from behind and he could fall victim to a negative game script. Nonetheless, his price is too cheap for a potential workhorse running back with a pretty sizable rushing yards prop.
Jakobi Meyers ($5,500 DK, $5,800 FD)
I wrote him up last week, and I’m not looking away now. Jakobi Meyers again finds himself reasonably priced. One thing about the Dallas Cowboys” defense, they’ll let you throw the ball against them. To this point in the year, Dallas is allowing the most passing yards per game. However, Trevon Diggs, who was questionable with an ankle injury, is expected to play. That’s not the greatest news for Meyers, considering how tremendous Diggs has looked covering wideouts thus far. But the fact remains, Meyers is getting targeted more than anyone else in this offense and the production needs to come from somewhere in a game with the third-highest points total on the slate. Look for Meyers to catch his first touchdown today.
Tee Higgins ($5,300 DK, $6,400 FD)
Of course, we all want to roster the shiny new toy in Ja’Marr Chase. However, his salary now reflects his performance, and it’s a little costly in Cash Game contests. After coming back from injury last week, Tee Higgins caught five of seven targets for only 32 yards. But the important thing is, he received a lot of targets in his return and is much cheaper than Chase. Getting exposure against the Detroit Lions is smart, considering they are 27th in pass DVOA.
Travis Kelce ($7,000 DK, $8,500 FD)
I’d say Travis Kelce is pretty good, and I’m finding it hard to come up with new ways to describe the best weekly fantasy option at the position. At only $7,000 on DraftKings, it’s the cheapest he’s been since fall season and his ceiling and floor remain unmatched at a very thin position. Kansas City is 2-3 on the season and this is very much a statement game for them after losing to the Buffalo Bills. I expect them to come out firing. Tyreek Hill was questionable and only logged a limited practice on Friday. He’s going to play, but the Chiefs could target Kelce even more than usual if he’s dealing with anything. Kelce is once again a tremendous play.
Ricky Seals-Jones ($3,000 DK, $5,000 FD)
Ricky Seals-Jones found himself in my Cash Game article last week and his price wasn’t increased enough to match his usage in Washington’s offense. He had nine targets in last week’s game, which tied a career-high from 2018. He was on the field for 99 percent of Washington’s offensive snaps, the highest rate of any tight end in Week 5. While he only caught five passes for 41 yards, it was enough to pay off his price tag. In a game against the Kansas City Chiefs where Washington will need to keep pace, RSJ sets up as another solid value option.
Other Options: Mark Andrews, that’s it.
Detroit Lions ($2,100 DK, $3,700 FD)
The Lions aren’t exactly the best option on the board, but I have no issues scraping them from the bottom to make the rest of the pieces I want in my lineup fit. As good as Joe Burrow has played this season, he has thrown six interceptions. Also, the Cincinnati Bengals’ offensive line ranks 27th in adjusted sack rate. Maybe the Lions can get some pressure, pick up some sacks, and force a turnover or two.
Other Options: Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts
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