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DFS Guide: Week 2 advice for DraftKings cash games

Dec 10, 2017; Carson, CA, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) throws a pass against the Washington Redskins during an NFL football game at StubHub Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The first week of the 2018 NFL season brought with it some of the highest scores we’ll see all year, both in real football and in fantasy football. The chalk hit like never before and salaries were soft, the combination of which led to explosive lineups.

Week 2 will feel different in comparison. Salaries are more realistic for Week 2 because they weren’t set a month in advance. But there is still value to be found, and we’re here to help give you some thoughts for setting a cash lineup you’ll like.

The “Top Value” charts above show the top values based on projections and salary. However, not all of the players included in the charts should be considered cash game options. The charts are meant to show you — at a glance — which players have the most favorable salary-to-projection ratios, but when selecting players for your cash lineup, other factors need to be considered.


Week 2 cash QB strategy in one sentence: There are options across the spectrum this week, which usually means it’s smart to pay down.

DraftKings – Top QB Values – Week 2
Player Team Matchup $ Projection Value
Alex Smith WAS IND $6,000 21.8 3.63
Ryan Tannehill MIA @NYJ $5,300 17.9 3.38
Patrick Mahomes KC @PIT $6,100 20.6 3.38
Mitchell Trubisky CHI SEA $5,200 17.5 3.37
Kirk Cousins MIN @GB $6,400 21.5 3.36
Andrew Luck IND @WAS $6,200 20.6 3.32
Jimmy Garoppolo SF DET $6,000 19.8 3.30
Derek Carr OAK @DEN $5,500 17.8 3.24
Dak Prescott DAL NYG $5,600 18.1 3.23
Ben Roethlisberger PIT KC $6,900 22.1 3.20

If you’re looking to pay up, Philip Rivers ($6,700) should be on your radar. His price isn’t exorbitant and he’s coming off a 51-attempt, 424-yard, three-touchdown game in Week 1. He draws the Bills, who made Joe Flacco look elite last week.

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