DraftKings NFL Cash Lineup Advice: Week 16 (2020)

We all know Amari Cooper is capable of breaking a slate.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Below are the players that I am considering as my cash game core for this week’s main slate. I value consistency of volume and opportunity combined with potential upside when putting together my cash game lineup. Have a solid process, be sure to have FantasyPros notifications set up for Sunday morning, and remember to have fun!

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Quarterback

Jalen Hurts (PHI): $7,000 @ DAL
People said to play him at $5,100 in his first start two weeks ago and he went for 20.2 DKFP. People said to play him last week at $5,900 and he smashed for 37.8 DKFP. His price is elevated this week but you’d have gladly paid 7K for Kyler Murray or Russell Wilson to start the year. The matchup is great this week and you get a great combination of floor and ceiling with Hurts. If you don’t pay up for Mahomes, then go with Hurts and don’t miss out on another week.

Mitchell Trubisky (CHI): $5,700 @ JAC
In the past, he’s been a better fantasy quarterback than a real-life quarterback. Recently it has been the other way around. He has not been producing big fantasy numbers, but this might be the week for him to break loose. The Jaguars are just allowing quarterbacks to do whatever they want against them this year. He is a great salary saver, though I am not sure you’ll need the salary this week as there aren’t a lot of great options to spend up on. Though he hasn’t been putting up big fantasy numbers, he has still managed 20+ DKFP in three of his seven starts this season.

Others Considering:

Running Backs

David Montgomery (CHI): $7,700 @ JAC
I don’t believe he is a great running back but it’s hard to argue with his productivity recently. He has four straight games of 20+ fantasy points. Even more importantly, he is getting all the usage in the Bears backfield. He is the only guy Matt Nagy is considering right now, culminating in his 33 touches last week against the Vikings. The Jaguars are terrible against the run allowing 29.0 DKFP to the running back position (third-worst in the NFL). I won’t like it but he’ll be one of the first ones into my lineup this week.

Le’Veon Bell (KC): $5,800 vs. ATL
There is no way that I want to play him but with Clyde Edwards-Helaire out, it looks like Bell will finally get his opportunity. I don’t believe he has it anymore. I also don’t believe Kansas City wants to run the ball. However, before Bell arrived, CEH was averaging 21.3 touches per game. He is still serviceable in the passing game and the red zone. He saw 16 touches last week and earned 14.6 DKFP against a very tough Saints run defense. It will probably come down to Bell, David Johnson, or Melvin Gordon for this running back spot in my lineup.

Darrell Henderson (LAR): $4,500 @ SEA
Last week we recommended Cam Akers from this Rams backfield and then he got hurt. I don’t trust any Rams running back, however, Henderson is priced too cheap and if he could rekindle some of the magic, he had at the start of the year then he’s a great value. Three of his first five games resulted in at least 19.0 DKFP. In a very limited role (eight touches) against Seattle earlier this season, he had 10.3 DKFP.

Others Considering:

Wide Receivers

Amari Cooper (DAL): $5,700 vs. PHI
I have been playing him consistently in GPPs at low ownership hoping for one of his patented smash games. We haven’t really seen that, but he’s been unusually consistent despite the poor quarterback play. I am not sure he has that monster upside in him the way the Cowboys are playing but you never know. I do know that he is priced extremely low coming off one of his few bad games of the season. He will be the first person in my lineup this week. He has 12 games of double-digit fantasy points and we all know he is capable of breaking a slate.

Robby Anderson (CAR): $5,500 vs. WAS
This is as low as he has been priced in 10 weeks but yet he keeps seeing targets and producing decent games. He only has two touchdowns all year, which is keeping his salary down. He has seen double-digit targets five times this season, including 12 last week. He has earned 17.7 and 19.4 DKFP in the last two weeks. He has scored 9.8+ DKFP in all but one game this season. His consistent production and price make him a great cash option this week.

Russell Gage (ATL): $5,100 @ KC
He isn’t exciting and most of us would rather play Tyreek Hill or Calvin Ridley from this game, but he is a good value play for cash. Gage has 42 targets in the last five games turning four of those into double-digit fantasy outputs. I am not sure about his ceiling so he’s best used in 50/50s or head-to-heads but he should be fairly reliable in this high-scoring game.

Jamison Crowder (NYJ): $4,500 vs. CLE
He was in the 6k range earlier this season when he was getting double-digit targets. He is not quite back to that, but his eight targets (12.6 DKFP) last week give me hope, especially at only $4,500. He is just a couple weeks removed from a 21.7 DKFP performance against the Raiders.

Others Considering:

Tight Ends

Travis Kelce (KC): $8,500 vs. ATL
You should either go with the clear-cut tight end stud or punt the position. Kelce is the only tight end you should consistently consider paying up for as he has 27+ DKFP in five of his last seven games. I have nothing bad to say about him. He is as “sure” of a cash game play as you can get at the tight end position. You gain a huge edge on the competition if he has a “normal Kelce” game. He has 20+ DKFP in nine of his 15 games this season. The Falcons are giving up the fifth-most fantasy points to the tight end position this season.

Zach Ertz (PHI): $3,100 @ DAL
We like punting the position and to get Ertz at the lowest price he’s ever been is intriguing.  He might be dust at this point, but he has still received at least seven targets in more than half of his games this season, including the last one. I don’t expect much but then again at this price, we don’t need much from a guy that has been selected to each of the last three Pro Bowls.

Others Considering:

Defense/Special Teams

Denver Broncos DST: $2,300 vs. LAC
When it comes to cash, I am definitely punting defense unless there is a team for me to play that’s a no-brainer or I have a reason to fade a low salary option. For instance, none of the top five highest owned DSTs last week topped 10 points. This is a volatile position, so I’ll just save salary and move on. The Broncos are cheap and scored 10 DKFP last week even in a blowout. I’ll take them and move on with the rest of my lineup.

Others Considering:

  • Cleveland Browns DST: $3,700 vs. NYJ
  • Chicago Bears DST: $3,600 @ JAC
  • Houston Texans DST: $2,800 vs. CIN

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Jamy Bechler is a regular contributor to FantasyPros for NBA, NFL, and PGA. You can send him questions and follow him on his DFS twitter @WinningDFS101. When he is not playing DFS, Jamy is an author, host of the “Success is a Choice” podcast, and a leadership consultant, working with businesses and teams across the country (including the NBA). Even though he offers his advice on players and contests, after additional information and consideration, he may end up using different players and strategies than what he recommended in this article.