NFL DFS: Week 6 Cash Breakdown


CASH Game Strategy Reminders

The first thing to discuss with regards to cash games is contest selection.  What?  Yes, contest selection matters for cash games as well.  Let’s walk through the type of cash game contests that I would focus on for NFL DFS.

Find large Contests.

The 11 man double-ups might seem great as 5/11 will place and you only have to beat 6 people.  Then you really notice the chalk and that two or three “pros” have the exact same lineup minus one player.  It’s not that all of them are sharing lineups, but its that they’ve done this long enough that they have a trusted process that will lead them to the same spot.  Can you beat them?  Yes.  Is it annoying to sweat in an 11 man contest?   Yes.   Go for the larger contest.  Sort by the size of the contest descending and then go from there.

  • 50/50‘s….  Simple math, they’re the best in terms of the pay-line with 50% of the field cashing.  You aren’t pulling back a full 2x but you will want to target the largest 50/50’s you can find.
  • Double-Ups … Same logic here on the size of the contest, find the bigger ones and preferably the ones with SINGLE ENTRY into them.
  • 3-man … Some will enjoy a 5 man contest or even the 10 man leagues, but one alternative to the normal cash games will be the 3 man contests.  Look for ones that arent full close to lock as those generally will give you better variance on the players in them.


  • Remember to focus on trying to get a balanced lineup in cash games.  We take a little less risk with game stacks in cash, but like tournaments we are seeking the best plays each week.  Sometimes with cash we get suckered into playing “must own” plays and when there isn’t obvious value it really makes things risky.  Try to focus on a balanced lineup each week with guys who are going to come through.


  • Each week look at the rankings and determine if the top ranked players are premium players or not.  For example, if you don’t see Gronkowski, Ertz, Kelce, etc. listed as top TE plays then it’s likely a position to pay down for that week.




Each week we are going to post these CASH game plays early in the week.  It’s often a good indicator of the early week rankings but things will change with late week injuries or late scratches.  Monitor the Optimizer and Scout Rankings for updates as the week moves on.

All prices listed below are DraftKings prices.



Scout RankingsPicks of the week
  1. Matt Ryan – $6,800
  2. Jameis Winston – $5,800
  3. Andy Dalton – $6,300
  4. Jared Goff – $6,000
  5. Kirk Cousins – $6,700


  1. Derek Carr – $5,100


Scout RankingsPicks of the week
  1. Todd Gurley – $10,000
  2. Christian McCaffrey – $8,300
  3. James Conner – $7,700
  4. Melvin Gordon – $8,200
  5. Joe Mixon – $7,500
  6. TJ Yeldon – $6,400

Value (Sub 5k)

  1. David Johnson – $5,900
  2. Nyheim Hines – $5,100
  3. Bilal Powell – $4,500
  4. Phil Lindsay – $4,500
  5. Chris Carson – $4,400



Scout RankingsPicks of the week

  1. Julio Jones – $7,900
  2. AJ Green – $8,000
  3. DeAndre Hopkins – $7,700
  4. Mike Evans – $8,100
  5. Keenan Allen – $7,500

Mid Range

  1. Calvin Ridley – $6,300
  2. Tyler Boyd – $6,000
  3. Amari Cooper – $5,200
  4. Robert Woods – $6,900


  1. Chris Godwin – $4,400
  2. Devin Funchess – $4,900
  3. Mohamed Sanu – $4,800
  4. Michael Crabtree – $4,700



Scout RankingsPicks of the week
  1. Kyle Rudolph – $4,400
  2. Jared Cook – $5,000
  3. Austin Hooper – $3,500
  4. Jordan Reed – $5,200
  5. David Njoku – $3,800
  6. Cameron Brate – $3,700


Scout RankingsPicks of the week
  1. Jaguars – $3,600
  2. Rams – $3,100
  3. Texans – $3,500
  4. Vikings – $3,800
  5. Ravens – $2,800


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