With the final week of regular season NFL at hand, The Fantasy Football Ghost gives us some DraftKings NFL cash game plays to monitor.
Welcome back to the DraftKings NFL Cash Plays series after a presumably happy and profitable Christmas. Week 16 worked out quite well for us with a 3.28 times multiple and the only thing stopping us from an even better outcome was Todd Gurley sitting out his game. C.J. Anderson filled in remarkably well, leading me to believe we could have approached 3.5 times value if Gurley could have made the start.
That said, 3.28 times value is nothing to sneeze at and big performances by Ben Roethlisberger (4.87 times value) and Zach Ertz (6.44 times value) led the way through a fairly tumultuous week. With Week 17 before us and several teams looking to sit their starters, this week will rival only Week 1 in its unpredictability and general wackiness. I will do my best to navigate us through these rough waters but this week, more than any, use caution when making your line up decisions and check, double check, and even triple check your lineups throughout Sunday to make sure everyone you have in your lineup will actually play. Week 17 won’t be for the faint of heart so let’s buckle in and get ready for a bumpy ride.
As a reminder, I will put forth a few players each week that I think you should work into your cash lineups. Some weeks I might only have a single player at a position, the next week I may have three, it is all going to depend on the strength of the slate, the values present on a given week and the matchups. The following week I will recap how my picks fared. A successful week will be determined by the players I suggest averaging 2.5 times their value, while an unsuccessful week will be an average under 2.5 times value.
Another quick reminder, much of the data presented in this piece can be found in Dave Caban’s Weekly Stat Explorer, found here. Check it out to keep on top of all the week’s key matchups!
DraftKings NFL Cash Plays for Week 17
Yep! I’m going back to this well and with good reason, Ben Roethlisberger needs to win this game in order to make the playoffs, and possibly — with a little help in the form of a Baltimore loss to the suddenly red-hot Browns (a phrase I never thought I’d say) — to win the AFC North outright. His goal to make the playoffs will be made a bit easier, barring a spoiler role, by the fact that he faces Cincinnati, who is allowing the most fantasy points in the league to opposing quarterbacks.
The Bengals are allowing an average of 275 passing yards per game, the third-most of all defenses in the league. Roethlisberger, on the other hand, is leading all quarterbacks in passing yards. Cincinnati is also allowing an average of 2.1 passing touchdowns per game, tying them for the second-most allowed in the NFL. This also plays well for Roethlisberger who is tied for the fourth-most passing touchdowns thrown this season. The Bengals are also securing only 0.7 interceptions per game, tying them for the fifth-fewest of all defenses, making the possibility of negative points greatly diminished.
Ezekiel Elliott – $9,000
Robert Woods – $6,900
Travis Kelce – $7,200