This article aims to highlight some of the best NFL DFS Plays at every position for your cash game lineups. Keep in mind that the following player write-ups were constructed earlier in the week, and sometimes injury situations can alter the fantasy landscape. Monitoring our NFL News & Headlines Feed throughout the week will keep you in the loop while giving you the subsequent DFS consequences of each information piece.
We’ll take a look at the four-game Wild Card slate starting at 4:35 ET on Saturday, January 4.
Drew Brees - New Orleans (vs. Minnesota)
This should come as no surprise, given the Saints check in with the highest team total of Wild Card Weekend. New Orleans is playing at home against a vulnerable Minnesota secondary, opening the door for Brees and company to thrive. The veteran signal-caller will be a chalky DFS option this week, but I believe he’s the best overall choice in cash games. There’s no need to overthink it in head-to-head and 50/50 contests!
Also Consider: Deshaun Watson
Alvin Kamara - New Orleans (vs. Minnesota)
The Vikings have been solid against the run and generous to the pass all season. Kamara should be able to take advantage of the latter, as he’s a reliable stacking extension of QB Drew Brees. Game flow should give him plenty of looks on the ground too, considering the New Orleans checks in as eight-point home favorites. Sure, Brees and Kamara are expensive, but I believe they’ll pay fantasy dividends as the best lifts at their respective positions.
Duke Johnson Jr. - Houston (vs. Buffalo)
In order to fit those aforementioned superstars into your lineup, you’ll need some value to wash it down. That’s where Duke Johnson comes in. Admittedly, his usage isn’t reliable, Johnson could see more opportunities if Buffalo slows down the Texans’ traditional rushing attack. The Bills have a top ten run defense, so that could easily happen. Will Fuller V is doubtful for Houston, which could lead to more underneath looks for Johnson.
Michael Thomas - New Orleans (vs. Minnesota)
It’s possible to roster the “big three” from New Orleans into a quality lineup. In fact, that’s my preferred cash game approach. There’s enough value scattered throughout this slate to make it work. Thomas is far and away the best receiver on this slate, and he just so happens to have one of the best matchups to boot. Minnesota has allowed the 10th most fantasy points to receivers this season, and Thomas should post a huge performance in the dome on Sunday afternoon.
Kenny Stills - Houston (vs. Buffalo)
As mentioned earlier, Will Fuller V is doubtful to play on Saturday. That moves the needle for Kenny Stills, Duke Johnson, and the tight ends of Houston. The matchup doesn’t look great, but Stills is reasonably cheap with a chance at healthy targets. Over his last two games, Stills has caught 8-of-12 targets for 92 yards and two touchdowns. Somewhere in the neighborhood of a 4-50-1 line would suffice for value purposes this weekend.
Dallas Goedert - Philadelphia (vs. Seattle)
This is one of the easiest cash game selections of the slate. Philadelphia TE Zach Ertz is highly questionable for Sunday’s game, and he could be limited even if he suits up. That opens the door for Goedert to see more snaps, targets, receptions, and overall fantasy production. The matchup looks great too, as Seattle has allowed the third-most fantasy points to tight ends this season. This is another situation where you don’t want to overthink it for cash games.
Also Consider: Jordan Akins
Saints Defense (vs. Minnesota)
The Saints Defense makes sense from all angles, as they are eight-point home favorites against a quarterback (Kirk Cousins) who has historically been inefficient in high-pressure situations. I wouldn’t reach for New Orleans in this spot, as defensive production is highly volatile. They are the best “per dollar” play in my opinion, but you could also look towards the Texans Defense if you need to save some cap space.
Also Consider: Texans Defense