The Anatomy of a Successful Cash Game Lineup | Success Stories

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 01: Alvin Kamara of the New Orleans Saints is challenged by Cordrea Tankersley of Miami Dolphins during the NFL match between New Orleans Saints and Miami Dolphins at Wembley Stadium on October 1, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Here at the DailyPlayAction, we want to show you the money. 

Our goal at the DPA is to make sure that all daily fantasy lords, nobles, and peasants have the tools, analysis and research necessary to reach the “green” on any given slate. So with that being said, lets evaluate the specs of how our win unfolded and ultimately achieved our goal of monetizing on DraftKings.


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Total Contestants: 88

Finishing Position: 4th

Winnings: $700

As our organization builds momentum, and continues to morph into the massive Daily Fantasy Sports empire that it soon will be, there are small victories along the way that need to be heralded and recognized. Last Friday, I shared my Week 9 DraftKings Optimized Cash Game Lineup with the intent of rewarding our faithful following with some hard earned greenbacks. Rewarding our loyal viewers is exactly what we did, as we put together an impressive 183 point performance – finishing nearly atop nearly the leaderboard in cash games all over the Sunday main slate:

My boy Oaktown knows who to go to for cash games 

Let’s strip down the lineup from Studs to Duds and see how it all panned out:


Dak Prescott

Dak was a pretty chalky play in all formats leading up the Sunday slate, but also a play that I couldn’t afford to snooze on with one of the highest implied totals of the week. In cash games, its imperative to target home favorites that Vegas projects to score points. Prescott checked all of my cash game requirements, and rewarded his fantasy suitors with 3 total TDs (2 via the air & 1 on the ground) as the Cowboys chewed up the Chiefs in Big D.

Stat Line: 21 of 33 – 249 Yds – 2 TDs & 27 Yds Ru – 1 Ru TD 

Alvin Kamara

Mark Ingram – Alvin Kamara? Alvin Kamara – Mark Ingram?  The Saints backfield was in a deadlock of exactly 31 snaps a piece among both talented tailbacks in a Week 8 performance against Chicago. Despite Ingram benefiting from more goal line carries, and ultimately more fantasy points since Adrian Peterson’s departure, it was Kamara that was in a position to prosper. Unless you’re a Saints fan, you probably didn’t know that Mark Ingram coughed up two fumbles in the Saints 20-12 victory against the Bears. Ingram ended up in Sean Payton’s doghouse, and ultimately opened up a huge opportunity for Kamara to dish and dance all over the Bucs middle school defense.

Stat Line: 10 Att – 68 Ru Yds – 1 Ru TD & 6 Rec – 84 Rec Yds – 1 TD 

Doug Baldwin

“Play Doug Baldwin at CenturyLink field,” I said. “You will be rewarded,” I said.

There are few stats more volatile than Doug Baldwin’s home/away splits over the past few years. Getting a juicy matchup with Redskins cornerback Kendall Fuller, while Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland locked down perimeter receivers P-Rich and Tyler Lockett almost guaranteed that targets would be funneled to the slot and #89. Baldwin is another example of a great cash game play as I targeted a home favorite that regularly gets a high volume of targets and red zone looks. I will admit that Baldwin saved me with a late TD in this one, but ultimately, its the stat line at the end of the game that really matters.

Stat Line: 7 receptions – 108 yards – 1 TD

T.Y. Hilton

Cheers to you if you rode the Jacoby Brissett to TY express with me this weekend. DraftKings blessed us with an insane $4,900 price tag for a clear WR1 in Hilton, probably about $1,000 less than he should have been. Coach Pagano made a point to express publicly prior to the Texans game that they needed to get the ball in TY’s hands more often moving forward. Even before Deshaun Watson got hurt, I was all about this play knowing that TY could feast in a matchup with CB Kevin Johnson who has yet to prove himself as a capable defender in this league (34.5 PFF rating). Hilton is an absolute dude in domes as well, so finding out that the game would be played indoors at NRG Stadium was just the cherry on top.

Stat Line: 5 receptions – 175 yards – 2 TDs


Michael Thomas

The wait for Michael Thomas to have his first 100 yard game continues. A game at the Mercedes-Benz superdome with the lowly Bucs seemed like the perfect opportunity to make that happen. The fact that he couldn’t get it done against a group of scrub cornerbacks is more shameful than anything. That group is disgustingly bad. While the Bucs kept Thomas out of the end zone, he still managed a respectable effort, earning about 14 DK points on the day. Still, for the money I spent…I expected better.

Stat Line: 8 receptions – 65 yards 

Dez Bryant

For the amount of red zone targets and enticing matchups that Dez has gotten this year, I’m extremely underwhelmed with his overall output. Bryant tweaked a muscle in the 2nd half against the Chiefs that hindered an otherwise productive performance. If and when Ezekiel Elliott finally has his suspension enforced, Bryant should be able to fulfill his prophecy as a true alpha WR1. This week however, Dez dwells in mediocrity.

Stat Line: 6 receptions – 73 yards

Jack Doyle

Jack Doyle, the pride of Western Kentucky, has been getting an insane amount of looks from Jacoby Brissett lately. The fact that this guy was priced at $4,300 but had been targeted 32 times over the last 3 games heading into Week 9 was more than enough for me to pull the trigger. Doyle actually had himself a nice game, and ultimately paid off his salary. The upward trend in Doyle’s market share has already resulted in a price hike upwards of $900 ($5,200 for his services) in Week 10.

Stat Line: 8 receptions for 63 yards 


Orleans Darkwa

Darkwa seemed like a logical pick against a struggling Rams run defense. What I didn’t know coming into this one was that the Giants were planning to get head coach Ben McAdoo fired. Not only did that plan fail, but they also got mauled by almost 40 points at home. As I feel as though there is some unfinished business here for my boy Darkwa, I’m confident in saying that I’ll be going back to the well on this one against an abysmal San Fran run D in Week 10.

Stat Line: 16 attempts for 71 rushing yards & 2 receptions for 8 receiving yards

Philadelphia D/ST

There wasn’t a tremendous amount of value at this position this week, nor were there many immaculate plays (outside of maybe Jacksonville and New Orleans). Regardless of an 8 point DK showing, I will never cease to advocate for starting a defense against Brock Osweiler. I regret NOTHING!

Stat Line: 23 Points Allowed – 3 Sacks – 2 INTS

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