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Daily Fantasy Stacks for Week 5

by Matt Barbato | @realmattbarbato | Featured Writer
Oct 7, 2015

Will the Eagles' offense finally live up to expectations in Week 5?

Will the Eagles’ offense finally live up to expectations in Week 5?

My Week 4 stacks all performed modestly. None of them were particularly bad, but none of them really exploded either. Sometimes modest is all right, depending on the format. If you had used those stacks in a 50/50 league, you probably fared just fine. The results might not have been as great if you were playing in a tournament.

Let’s take a look at how my Week 4 stacks did this week. As always, all point values come from FanDuel.

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Week 4 Recap

Premium Stack

Aaron Rodgers – 16.26 points
James Jones – 12.3 points
Green Bay Packers D/ST – 15 points

Rodgers wasn’t quite as incredible on Sunday against San Francisco. He played a good game, but only threw one touchdown pass and it wasn’t even to James Jones. Fullback John Kuhn also vultured a touchdown at the goal line, so blame him. The Packers defense was a pretty good play, however.

Value Stack

Tyrod Taylor – 15.46 points
Karlos Williams – 14.5 points
Buffalo Bills D/ST – 3 points

The Bills defense was my worst pick of the week. They played poorly and were undisciplined against the Giants on Sunday. Taylor and Williams weren’t spectacular, but they did connect on a touchdown pass and that is always great for a stack. Unfortunately, the Bills weren’t quite as productive as I expected.

Risky Stack

Derek Carr – 14.84 points
Latavius Murray – 5.6 points
Amari Cooper – 12.9 points

Murray should have had a better game against Chicago and he proved he isn’t a top fantasy back. Carr and Cooper were decent and also connected on a beautiful touchdown pass. For a risky stack, this could have gone much worse.

Bonus – Martellus Bennett 19.8 points

How could I forget my bonus pick? The Raiders simply cannot defend tight ends and Bennett got an added boost with Jay Cutler‘s return. I’d put the tight end facing the Raiders in my lineup every week.

Week 5 Predictions

Now it’s time to move onto my Week 5 stacks. This week’s slate of games weren’t conducive stacking conditions, but I scrounged up a few teams I like. All prices are from FanDuel.

Premium Stack

Washington RedskinsAtlanta Falcons, (1 p.m. E.T. kickoff)

Players of note
Matt Ryan ($8,300), Julio Jones ($9,200), Devonta Freeman ($7,600)

Rationale
If there’s a week to spend big on Ryan, Jones and Freeman it is this week. The Falcons face a spectacular matchup against the Redskins in the Georgia Dome. Don’t be scared off by Atlanta’s big performance a week ago because Jones barely factored into the victory. Jones caught four passes for 38 yards last week. Ryan and Jones are facing a Redskins’ secondary that has allowed just 210 passing yards per game. But Washington hasn’t faced a great offense yet this season.

Freeman may have some tough sledding against the second-best run defense in the NFL. But once again, Washington has yet to face an offense ranked higher than 22nd in rushing. The Falcons are a great play if you can fill out the rest of your lineup with inexpensive, upside guys.

Value Stack

Chicago BearsKansas City Chiefs (1 p.m. E.T. kickoff)

Players of note
Alex Smith ($6,900), Jamaal Charles ($9,100), Jeremy Maclin ($6,900) and/or Travis Kelce ($6,500)

Rationale
The Chiefs need a win and get a favorable matchup at home against the Bears, who needed a last-second field goal just to beat Oakland at home. Chicago has allowed 10 passing touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks and the Bears are allowing 119 yards per game on the ground. Alex Smith doesn’t jump off the page as a fantasy stud, but he has some value this week. Smith is priced lower than Colin Kaepernick, Jay Cutler, Marcus Mariota and Sam Bradford.

Believe it or not, Smith has been a respectable fantasy QB on FanDuel. He’s posted more than 37.84 combined points the past two weeks. Charles speaks for himself as one of the most versatile halfbacks in the NFL. Deciding between Maclin and Kelce will depend on whether you want to spend a hefty price for a tight end. The Bears are the eighth-best fantasy defense against tight ends thus far, but have only faced one team with a reputable player at the position.

Risky Stack

New Orleans SaintsPhiladelphia Eagles (1 p.m. E.T. kickoff)

Players of note
Sam Bradford ($7,500), Darren Sproles ($5,700), Jordan Matthews ($6,800)

Rationale
I think this is the week the Eagles finally put out a big game. New Orleans doesn’t defend anything well and the Eagles are coming off of a positive performance against Washington on the road. The Saints enter Sunday’s game ranked 20th against the pass. The Saints allow an average of 258 passing yards per game and have not intercepted a pass this season. New Orleans is even worse against the run. They are the sixth-most generous fantasy defense to opposing backfield and have allowed 123.3 yards per game.

I don’t trust DeMarco Murray enough to invest $7,400 into him and Ryan Mathews isn’t good enough to merit a start. Sproles is the guy with the most upside in this matchup and could make a couple of big plays against his former team.

Bradford and Matthews will finally connect for a big game on Sunday. Bradford is coming off of his best game of the season and Matthews has a chance to get going against a mediocre Saints secondary. The Eagles are getting closer to that offensive explosion and I think it happens this week.

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Matt Barbato is a correspondent at FantasyPros. For more from Matt, you can view his archive or follow him @realmattbarbato.

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