The Daily Spin – NFL Cash Game Edition – Week 5

Zachary Turcotte
By Zachary Turcotte October 10, 2020 11:30

The Daily Spin – NFL Cash Game Edition – Week 5

Week 4 proved to be a struggle for a lot of owners last week, myself included. The player pool was tricky to work with, we had games get moved around and a few players that badly underperformed in a couple of games. The formula for a winning week was there for us, but if you hit the landmines that I did, it ended up being a frustrating week. I took a loss which I will not sugarcoat. There was really only one play that look back at with any regret, but it is worth mentioning as I review my lineup for the week.

 

Week 4 Team
Ryan Fitzpatrick 5400 26.3
Alvin Kamara 8000 20.9
Mike Davis 5700 22.1
Tyler Lockett 7000 5.9
Tyler Boyd 6100 16.4
Brandin Cooks 4500 0
TJ Hockenson 4800 10.9
Kenyan Drake 6000 3.5
Texans 2500 2
50000 108

 

The first three spots are straight forward. Fitzpatrick was the right move for me at QB and though it took him until garbage time to get most of his points, those do in fact still count for us. Also, the Dolphins left about 10-15 point on the field as they moved the ball up and down the field, but ended up kicking five FGs and throwing two INTs so it would not have taken much for Fitz to have an even bigger game than what he produced.

Kamara and Davis were pretty standard plays that I felt were automatic given the matchups and expected usages. Kamara really should’ve had an even bigger game, but Murray gobbled up a couple of short TDs so that capped him out. Davis played just as expected, giving us big production for his price for the second week in a row.

Unfortunately, the rosy start did not carry over at WR at all. Tyler Boyd played well, catching seven passes for 90 yards and would’ve been over 100 had a TD not been called back due to a penalty which would’ve taken his total to around 27 DK points.

Tyler Lockett was a total bust for us. After being targeted 29 times and catching 24 balls the first three weeks, he saw only 4 targets and caught two passes against a miserable Dolphins secondary. The tough part was that the Dolphins are also awful against the run and Chris Carson was healthier than I expected so he ate up more touches than I would have anticipated. It’s a shame because any of the next five WRs that I wrote up below Lockett all had solid weeks and were either over 100 yards, had a TD or both.

The real killer of the week was the zero I took from Brandin Cooks against the Vikings who were again playing with a beat up secondary and lost Harrison Smith due to a DQ before halftime. Maybe his involvement in the offense will pick up in the weeks ahead, but if he could not put up points against Minnesota, that is a bad sign moving ahead for Cooks.

At TE, we got just enough out of TJ Hockenson to be effective, though he did not get any volume against a depleted Saints secondary. It took two passes around the goal line (one TD, one 2 pt conversion) to get him any points. That’s pretty standard when we pay down at TE, which will often be the case throughout the year.

I made my mistake at the flex position. It likely would not have mattered much overall, but I went with Kenyan Drake against the Panthers. He had started the season a little slow, but was getting a lot of carries. The Panthers have been historically bad at giving up fantasy points to RBs the last two years so I thought this could be the moment when he broke out. You never want to be guessing in your cash game selections. My guess was that Drake would be better after not demonstrating that at all in the first three weeks. Plus, Drake’s involvement in the passing game has been limited which should have been more of a red flag, especially at his price. You become very TD dependent with a RB, especially on DK if they are not catching passes. I’ll own that mistake and keep it in my mind as I draft teams moving forward.


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Zachary Turcotte
By Zachary Turcotte October 10, 2020 11:30

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