If you missed my first article introducing the “Joe 2 Pro” series, you can read it here. It gives a brief overview on how to attack daily fantasy sports without feeling utterly overwhelmed, and what I plan to cover in this Joe 2 Pro series.
Cash Game Strategy – Raise the
In cash games, we always want to create the highest possible floor for our team. Playing it safe and minimizing risk is the best way to approach these games. Taking a gamble on boom or bust players is just that–a gamble. In cash games, I always start out by filling my team with high floor players. This means quarterbacks and running backs. While paying less for the more volatile positions like wide receiver and tight end. Even the best WRs can be shut down in a given week. Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas for example probably cost you decent amount of your salary last week, but provided little production to live up to their price tag. The top WRs last week1 included Calvin Johnson, Allen Hurns, A.J. Green, Steve Smith Sr., Brandin Cooks, and Kelvin Benjamin. Hardly what anyone could’ve predicted, aside from Johnson and Green. The top four RBs included Le’Veon Bell, Marshawn Lynch, Matt Forte, and DeMarco Murray. Those names resemble some consistency of RBs you could typically rely on week to week. Aside from Lynch, those three other RBs are also pass catchers, who I typically favor on DraftKings and FanDuel. Forte and Bell had over five receptions and 80 yards last week, which was higher than a lot of WRs. Having a pass-catching RB on your team is like having two players for the price of one.
Cash Game Targets For Week 2
My favorite QB this week has to be Aaron Rodgers. He’s going up against a depleted Jets defense at home and he’s extremely affordable on DraftKings at $7,900. Any time I can get an elite QB for under $8,500, I’m going to take him. I’ll cut Rodgers slack for his Week 1 performance because of the match-up. Although Dee Milliner may return this week, I’m not too concerned about it. The Chiefs also lost some key players on defense last week and you can’t ever go wrong with playing Peyton Manning in a cash game. For some reason, he dropped $1,400 on DraftKings, but he remains the same price on FanDuel. In two games against the Chiefs last year, Manning combined for 723 yards, six TDs, and only two INTs. If you’re looking to go even cheaper at QB, Jake Locker has an inviting match-up or these other QBs that I recommend in my Week 2 streaming column.
Aside from the obvious names at RB to target, I’m also targeting Arian Foster and Giovani Bernard. Bernard saw 38 percent of his team’s targets last week, tied Green in receptions, and finished second on the team in receiving yards. Marvin Lewis said he wants to give Jeremy Hill a larger role, but I still picture Bernard receiving the majority of the work, especially if the Falcons offense is able to put up some points. Foster is another dual threat RB I don’t mind playing when he’s actually healthy. He saw 27 carries for 103 yards on Sunday. Houston is favored by three against an Oakland team that just surrendered 212 yards and a TD to the Jets ground-game.
In cash games, I’ll tend to go cheap(ish) at WR, depending how much I spend at RB. Either targeting red zone threats, target monsters or guys who are opposite of elite No. 1 WRs. Last week I liked Markus Wheaton, Mohamed Sanu, and Justin Hunter. This week, I’m all aboard the Hunter train (again). This Dallas defense is constantly going to get bullied this year. In a low scoring game against the Chiefs, Hunter led the team with eight targets and receiving yards with 63. He failed to score as Delanie Walker and Kendall Wright did so for the Titans. Jordy Nelson and Wright are also guys who I’ll be targeting this week.
Also, one more…. How many of you have bad habits? You’re always doing something even though you know you shouldn’t? You never learn no matter how many times you do it. Initially it feels great, but afterwards you’re not sure what you were thinking? That’s how I feel about using T.Y. Hilton in cash games. He’s burned me so many times. Maybe I’m telling you to start him because I want be in company with others who feel my pain… or maybe I’m telling you start to him so we can all high-five each other on Twitter after he takes the top off the Eagles defense and gallantly trots into the end zone. After debating him all day, I’ve come to the conclusion that I am
not starting him this week. He still saw 11 targets from Andrew Luck on Sunday night, he just failed to capitalize. The Eagles just gave up 266 yards and two TDs to Chad Henne, and 172 of those yards came from a pair of rookie WRs. The Luck and Hilton connection is certainly an upgrade over Henne and his group of WRs. This game is tied with the highest O/U at 55 and Indy is projected to score 31 points. I’ll conclude this rant with my tweet about Hilton’s performance at home last year.
Week 17 and playoff game vs KC (home games), Hilton had 24 receptions for 379 yards and 2 TDs. Topped 100 yards in 5 of 9 home games.
— Justin Bailey (@jBails_3) September 10, 2014
At TE this week, I’m all about the min-salary Jermaine Gresham. Tyler Eifert suffered a gruesome dislocated elbow and now Gresham has this gig all to himself. He only saw three targets last week, but I’d expect that to increase this week against a high scoring Falcons offense and Marvin Jones still out of the lineup. Paying minimum at TE will allow you be more flexible with your roster construction and allocate more of your salary for those alluring pass-catching RBs if that’s the route you choose.
As I stated in my introduction, I was going to allow you to track my bankroll with me each week. Here are screen shots of my starting amount on DraftKings and FanDuel.
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$10 => 30 percent
$25 => 45 percent
$100 => 60 percent
$200 => 75 percent
- PPR (back)