The goal of cash games is to set yourself up with a high floor, and minimize taking a high amount of risk. In NFL we look towards volume with touches and targets, strong offenses, and obviously we still want to factor in defenses. Factoring in price and lineup construction is also very key towards cash games. While NFL has gotten chalky and you will need to make a few pivots, it is a way to be consistently profitable.
Patrick Mahomes - FD: $9,200 / DK: $7,500 - There is plenty of value and mid-range plays to just once again plug in Patrick Mahomes and then figure things out. There is a monster gap between what he is producing and the rest of the league on a consistent basis. Expensive? Yes. Worth it? Hell yes. Detroit's defense isn't one to pick on with the average quarterback and offense, but this is obviously a different story. Fire up Mahomes, and log out.
Marlon Mack - FD: $7,300 / DK: $6,100 - Marlon Mack is playable in all formats for me this week as a mid-ranged option who is getting a ton of volume. The Colts have been a balanced offense, and get Oakland at home this season. Mack leads all backs in rushing attempts, and the Colts should feed him around 20 times this week as home favorites. While he doesn't have the PPR appeal, the touchdown projection is rather high, and he ranks well in terms of producing over 100 yards this week. This is an Oakland defense that has struggled against the run dating back to last season.
Kerryon Johnson - FD: $6,500 / DK: $5,400 - Kerryon Johnson hasn't put together the big game yet, but 21 touches last week was a big plus. He has found the end zone twice this season, and is actually in a great spot against a pedestrian Chiefs defense. Yes a lot of the production came last week, but Josh Jacobs had 99 yards on 12 carries, Fournette totaled nearly 100 yards all-purpose. I am on board with these value prices.
Tyler Lockett - FD: $6,600 / DK: $6,300 - I don't mind building around a Julio Jones or DeAndre Hopkins this week, but feeding the line of mid-range to value options, Tyler Lockett is one of them. After a non-existent Week 1, he has seen 12 and 14 targets over the last two weeks. Granted last week was a come from behind effort, Lockett has still produced 17 FPPG on the season so far. He will head to Arizona, who has allowed four WR to hit double-digit fantasy points throughout the first three weeks. The Seahawks have one of the top implied totals on the slate.
Terry McLaurin - FD: $6,300 / DK: $4,500 - Wide receivers already have 44-786-6 against the Giants secondary this year. Terry McLaurin is still cheap for some reason, and an excellent cash game value. He will be popular. He has seen 24 targets over the first three weeks, and has posted a 16-257-3 line already on the season. McLaurin is an excellent option given he also frees up some salary.
Will Dissly - FD: $5,400 / DK: $3,600 - If I am paying up or you have the cash to pay up, Evan Engram and Darren Waller are the options to go with. However if you want the chalky value play, Will Dissly makes sense given the matchup. His volume is decent enough to consider, given he has 14 targets in the three weeks. It also helps that tight ends have crushed Arizona this season, going for a 23-348-5 line.
Los Angeles Rams - FD: $4,300 / DK: $3,500 - You can certainly take the Chargers against Miami, but honestly they are a bit overpriced even against Miami. I am going to knock a few bucks off and go with the Rams at home against the Bucs. They have provided a solid floor through three weeks posting no less than eight fantasy points, and get a turnover prone Bucs team at home.