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DraftKings Cash Game Plays: NFL Week 5

DraftKings Cash Game Plays: NFL Week 5

The NFL Week 5 slate is ready to be attacked, but first, let’s consider how to react to the latest DFS slates. With just four weeks of data, it’s not hard to overreact to what we’ve seen on the pitch, especially as injuries and outlier performances pile up. Let other people research the result stats, and we’ll focus on usage and opportunity instead.

We’ll be reviewing each position at a variety of salary levels to see which are the best cash games on DraftKings. For these purposes, a cash game is any contest that pays out at least one-third of the field. While these are also viable GPP options, we are primarily looking for safe flooring combined with heavy use that can lead to ceiling gaps.

Week 4 Results

This was my cash game lineup for week 3 for doubles, 50/50 and heads-up for week 4:


  • Massive $25 Double Up (Single Entry) – 1242/6896
  • Giant $10 Double Up (Single Entry) – 1009/4597
  • Giant $10 Double Up (Single Entry) – 1526/8620
  • Giant $5 Double Up (Single Entry) – 1737/11494
  • Giant $5 Double Up (Single Entry) – 2183/17241
  • Giant $2 Double Up – 3622/14367
  • Single entry $2 double – 1224/8257

Last week in DFS it was all about if you had TJ Hockenson in cash game. He was listed at around 40% depending on the contests you entered, and he was the key to unlocking a win. Any other tight end put you so far behind the eight ball that it was nearly impossible to get past his 43 DK points. Ultimately, that move masked the mistake of trying to get too cute with two value wide receivers and paying for Saquon Barkley. In the end, the right call was to play three midrange receivers (Lamb, Cooks, Diontae Johnson, Lockett, etc.) and pay for the volume of Josh Jacobs. I was still able to cash in 100% of my contests thanks to Hockenson and the Giants DST but I will learn the lesson that cheap receivers are cheap for a reason.

Week 5 cash games


Josh Allen ($8,200) continues to be the top cash game option to spend even after a “low” week where he racked up 24.5 DraftKings points against the Baltimore Ravens. Allen’s advantage is that even when the passing game isn’t there like last Sunday (213 yards, one score), he can get you fantastic points in other ways. In that game, he had 11 rushing attempts for 70 yards and a rushing score. In Week 5, he gets a Pittsburgh home defense that is a shell of their own without TJ Watt. I expect a big rebound from Allen and Stefon Diggs this week.

Tom Brady ($6,000) had his big rebound last week against the Kansas City Chiefs when he had 385 passing yards and three scores en route to 29.4 DK points. It’s funny what happens when you pick up guns like Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Julio Jones in the field. Now he’s only getting a $300 raise and getting an elite game against the Atlanta Falcons who are bottom 10 in passing yards and passing touchdowns allowed this season. I also seem to remember that Brady did something interesting with the Falcons several years ago…

Trevor Lawrence ($5,600) gets a pay cut despite going from one of the worst quarterback games last week against Philadelphia to one of the best at home against the lowly Houston Texans. Houston just gave the Chargers 338 passing yards and 34 total points last week. Lawrence is completing passes over 10 yards per attempt this year and starting to look like the number one pick Jacksonville invested in last season.

Ryan Kirksey

Ryan is a 20-year veteran of fantasy league baseball, football, and basketball. He has been writing about fantasy sports, sports betting and DFS since 2018 and is a member of the FSWA and IBWAA. The Houston native is a die-hard fan of the Astros, Rockets and, begrudgingly, the Texans. When he’s not buried under sports analysis, he works full-time in higher education and can be found pursuing his other passions: drinking coffee and writing about investing and speculation in the comic.