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DraftKings Week 5 Cash Game Plays

The Week 5 slate is trimmed down due to bye weeks and the exclusion of all primetime games, but the pricing on DraftKings remains as tight as ever. Identifying cash game plays took a bit more digging than usual, but here are my favorites.

Week 4 Review

A 4-4 week puts my cash game win-loss record at 19-16 for the season. The plays that hit value (Deshaun Watson, Ezekiel Elliott, DeAndre Hopkins, and Charles Clay) crushed it enough that they made up for the less-stellar plays that did not meet value (Trevor Siemian, Emmanuel Sanders, Rishard Matthews, Larry Fitzgerald). Dalvin Cook gets a “did not finish” tag but was well on his way to value before leaving the game.

DraftKings Week 5 Cash Game Plays

Quarterback

Philip Rivers ($5,800)

Boxes Checked: pace of play, percentage of pass plays, offensive line v. defensive line sack rate, matchup. This one may not be a popular chalk play amongst other daily fantasy writers, but I feel like I’ve found some boxes to check that will put Rivers in a great position to hit value on DraftKings. The Chargers are on the road with a fairly low team total, but that didn’t stop Rivers from hitting value at Denver in Week 1. Both the Chargers and Giants are top 10 in terms of pace of play. They have both played very quickly on offense, averaging approximately 25 and 26 seconds per play, respectively. There should be a lot of possessions and snaps to go around for both teams. On top of that, the Chargers have been calling 70 percent pass plays thus far in 2017. They are having trouble establishing Melvin Gordon, so they’ve been dinking and dunking as a replacement for the the running game. If that wasn’t enough, the discrepancy in line success is fairly wide. The Chargers are the seventh-best offensive line this season in terms of allowing QB sacks, but the Giants are 23rd in getting to the quarterback. Lastly, Janoris Jenkins is a great shut down corner, but the Giants can be exploited everywhere else. They are getting eaten up by the second wide receiver and the tight end. So if we’re giving Rivers a fast-paced game, a ton of pass attempts, time in the pocket, and a defense he can pick apart, he should be able to hit value. Quarterback is tricky this week, but I’m rolling with Rivers. I wouldn’t fault you for dipping into an honorable mention listed at the end of this article however.

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