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DFS guide: Week 16 in DraftKings cash games

By Tyler Buecher
Dec 22, 2017

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Dec 16, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Los Angeles Chargers tight end Antonio Gates (85) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Value at the quarterback and tight end position last week led to some profitable cash lineups if you were able to avoid a couple of the popular land mines at wide receiver. Devin Funchess and Dede Westbrook both produced low fantasy outings, but the process on them was clearly correct as they were two of the most popular wide receiver plays of the week. You guys know the drill by now. Let’s get right to the good stuff and break down the Week 16 main slate on DraftKings for cash games.

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Quarterbacks

Paying down at the quarterback position is often the way to go in cash. Last week’s cheap punts in Blake Bortles and Nick Foles allowed a lot of elbow room in roster construction and it’s been our go-to strategy for much of the season for cash games.

Perhaps my favorite value quarterback of the week, DraftKings didn’t price Dak Prescott ($6,000) appropriately with the return of Ezekiel Elliott returning to this offense. The return of Zeke to this offense cannot be overstated — Dak has averaged 24.2 fantasy points per game this year with Elliott in the lineup, and just 13.7 without him. He finds himself in a matchup this week against an injury-plagued Seattle defense. In addition to the majority of the Legion of Boom out, we can add Bobby Wagner, Michael Bennett, and Bradley McDougald to the injury list as questionable for Week 16 after DNPs on Wednesday. The Seahawks passing defense has been a shell of its former self, falling from a top-five defensive unit to a middling one at best. Both teams enter this matchup with identical 8-6 records and both teams will by vying for a win to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Priced at just $4,500, Drew Stanton will likely be a popular DFS punt this week at the quarterback position. However, we need to remember to not roster bad players. Stanton’s better known for celebrating touchdowns than throwing them. Instead, I’d rather target Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky ($4,700) for just $200 more. Cleveland’s pass-funnel defense has been one we’ve attacking all year with largely great success. After last week, the Browns have topped Oakland in terms of worst passer rating allowed to opposing quarterbacks (102.7). They’ve allowed the sixth-most fantasy points and second-most passing touchdowns this year. Trubisky has put up 21.3 and 16.9 fantasy points in his last two outings and should be in line for a solid gamescript with the Bears playing as seven-point home favorites.

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