Below I will be giving the best cash plays at each position on DraftKings’ main slate. Using a combination of the players described in detail and the other options listed could make for a great Week 7 lineup.
Week 7 DraftKings Cash Game Plays
C.J. Beathard ($4800)
C.J. Beathard has averaged 19.6 fantasy points per game when he has started for the 49ers. He is a deceivingly athletic quarterback who adds a rushing floor of about 20 yards. He also has a rushing touchdown in 4 of his 7 starts. Beathard will be forced to throw early and often against the Rams, which keeps his floor high and saves you a lot of money to pay up at running back and wide receiver.
Other options: Cam Newton ($5900), Joe Flacco ($5400)
Todd Gurley ($9800)
If you have paid up for Todd Gurley each week in cash, chances are your lineup has performed at or above your competition. Wide receiver has been very volatile, but the top-tier running backs have provided both a high floor and high ceiling all season-long. Gurley is averaging the most carries and red-zone touches per game, which should continue with a 31-point implied team total and -10 line for Los Angeles. His lowest scoring game this season is 23 points. Everyone playing in cash should have him in their lineup.
Nick Chubb ($3600)
With the big news of Carlos Hyde being traded to the Jaguars, Nick Chubb makes for the best value on the slate. Chubb, a 98th percentile athlete, has been very efficient in limited touches (10.8 yards per carry, 1.72 fantasy points per opportunity). He should be settling in somewhere close to Hyde’s 19 carries per game. Tampa Bay is above average against the run, but they will be without key defensive lineman Gerald McCoy and Vinny Curry this week. If news comes out that Chubb may get a smaller workload than expected, playing Duke Johnson makes a lot of sense.
Sony Michel ($5500)
People are shying away from Sony Michel because of negative touchdown regression, but there is reason to believe that it’s not coming any time soon. In 2016, LeGarrette Blount scored 18 touchdowns for the New England Patriots. He averaged almost 15 PPR points-per-game while having a sub-4.0 yards per carry and 7 total receptions. As we all know, Michel is much more talented than Blount, averaging 4.4 yards per carry and creating 1.82 yards per carry (8th best, per playerprofiler.com). He already has the Blount role, having the 3rd most red-zone carries this year despite missing his first two games. People might also be intimidated by this matchup, but the only running backs the Bears have faced averaging over 10 carries-per-game are Peyton Barber, Chris Carson, and David Johnson. Khalil Mack is also questionable to play, and when he was hurt last week the Bears gave up 31 points to the Miami Dolphins.
Other options: Kerryon Johnson ($4500), Ezekiel Elliott ($8100), Corey Clement ($4700)
Adam Thielen ($8600)
There are a lot of things going in the favor of fantasy’sNo. 1 WR this week. Morris Claiborne is only playing 3.7 percent of his snaps in the slot (53rd, per playerprofiler.com), so he likely will be on Stefon Diggs most of the game. As of Friday, slot corner Buster Skrine is not practicing. It is likely Thielen will be seeing some of 6th-round rookie Parry Nickerson, who has allowed 19.7 fantasy points-per-game over his last three games. Though his price is high, a great matchup and guaranteed volume (13.5 targets per game) provide an encouraging outlook for Thielen.
Willie Snead ($4000)
With such a small main slate, it is hard not to take Willie Snead for his price and matchup. Snead is receiving 7.2 targets per game, which should increase with Michael Crabtree and John Brown seeing some of Marshon Lattimore. Snead will be going up against Ken Crawley, who has allowed 18.28 points per game to opposing wide receivers. Snead has only had 1 game under 10 points this season, providing a nice floor and huge upside if he performs well against Crawley.
DeAndre Hopkins ($6900)
People are terrified at Hopkins’ matchup this week, but I am not quite sure why. Hopkins managed to put up 36.5 points in two games against Jacksonville last year, even though Watson was not starting in either of those games. Hopkins has also put up 23.1 points against Byron Jones and 17.3 against Tre’Davious White this year. Ramsey has looked great, but the only true No. 1 wide receiver he has faced this year is Odell Beckham Jr. (17.2 points in Week 1).
Other options: Robert Woods ($7000), Taylor Gabriel ($4700), Alshon Jeffery ($6300)
David Njoku ($4200)
David Njoku is one of the few tight ends worth trusting this week. He has averaged 10 targets per game with Baker Mayfield starting, with weekly finishes of 10.2, 12.9, and 18.5 points. The Buccaneers have allowed the most fantasy points to tight end this year, including 22.1 to Austin Hooper and 21.2 to Vance McDonald. With a safe PPR floor, he could also smash his value with a touchdown in the second highest over-under on the main slate.
Other options: Trey Burton ($4300), O.J. Howard ($3600)
D/ST: Whatever fits
It seems even the most obvious plays at this position end up sinking your lineup. Playing Chicago seemed like one of the best plays last week, yet they didn’t even finish with a positive score. I say choose “whatever fits” because this position is very volatile and playing the cheaper options allow for safer plays at other positions. Some cheap defenses worth considering are Buffalo ($2300), Carolina ($2200) and the New York Jets ($2100).