DraftKings NFL Lineup Advice: Week 5 (Full Slate)
We had a fantastic Week 4, getting gems from players like Austin Ekeler, Wayne Gallman, Kenny Golladay, and Will Dissly. The only guy we really made a mistake on was Sammy Watkins, but it was shocking he did so poorly in one of the biggest shootouts of the week. We’re going to look to keep that momentum rolling here since we have another fantastic week of football ahead of us!
For the Thursday night tilt, we have an NFC West showdown between the Seahawks and Rams. While I’ll likely be fading this slate, there are some plays I like. The best value is Cooper Kupp, ranking top 10 in targets and fantasy points at the wide receiver position while being priced reasonable on DK. I also believe that Todd Gurley and Chris Carson could be in for good games, but it depends on who you think will win. Whatever side you think will be victorious, pick that running back.
Quarterback of the Week
Jameis Winston (TB) $6,200 vs. NO
I hate recommending someone as volatile as Winston, but there’s some serious upside in a game like this. Let’s begin with this matchup since he gets to face a Saints secondary that’s been struggling all season long. New Orleans is allowing the second-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season. That’s big news for a guy who’s rolling right now, with Winston scoring at least 29 DK points in back-to-back games.
The fact that he’s thrown the ball at least 36 times in three of the first four games shows that they want him throwing at will, especially facing a top-ranked Saints run defense with one of the worst backfields in football. Look for Winston to slang once again here.
Cash Game Running Back of the Week
David Johnson (ARI) $7,500 at CIN
If you watched Monday Night Football, you probably know why this is a good play. Not only is Cincinnati allowing the sixth-most rushing yards in the league this season, but they’re also ranked 31st in fantasy points allowed to them. That means they’ve been allowing tons of passing production to backs as well and that’s huge for a versatile back like DJ. The Cardinals running back has actually been targeted 20 times over the last two games, recording at least six catches in three of the first four fixtures. The rushing numbers are slightly down, but this is still a dude who will see at least 10-15 carries in addition to that receiving production, all while playing all of the red-zone snaps.
GPP Running Back of the Week
Carlos Hyde (HOU) $4,300 vs, ATL
This price really surprised me and it’s really disrespectful to a guy who’s established himself as the top running back for his team. Not only does Hyde lead this Texans backfield in snaps, but he’s also the clear-cut option for carries. That’s evident when you see that he has 52 rushes to Duke Johnson’s 23. He’s also getting all of the red-zone carries and it would seem likely that he’ll see a handful of those here facing a defense like this. The Falcons currently rank 22nd in points allowed and just surrendered 365 yards to a much worse Titans offense in Week 4. Getting double-digit carries makes Hyde a great option at this price, but the matchup makes him hard to avoid.
Cash Game Wide Receiver of the Week
Chris Godwin (TB) $6,900 at NO
If we like Winston this week, we have to love Godwin. This guy has been balling out all season long and it’s clear that he’s in the midst of a true breakout. The 26 receptions for 286 yards and four touchdowns tell you everything you need to know about this guy, making him the WR3 in fantasy right now. The talent has always been there, but it’s apparent that it’s all coming together for this kid. That breakout has to be scary for a secondary like this, with the Saints owning a 29th OPRK against wide receivers this season. He and Mike Evans actually pair beautifully if you want to go with a game stack including Winston.
GPP Wide Receiver of the Week
Robby Anderson (NYJ) $4,500 at PHI
While this is a very risky play, Anderson has a way too much upside to be priced around guys who rarely get off the bench. The simple fact is, he’s the best wide receiver on this team and should fall into production sooner rather than later. He’s actually led all wideouts on this team in total snaps, playing nearly 90 percent of the team’s plays.
The thing I like most is that he leads the NFL with 48 percent of his team’s air yards, which indicates that he’s the focal point of this offense. That’s bad news for a secondary like this, with Philly allowing 327 passing yards per game, the worst mark in football. They also surrender the most fantasy points in the league to opposing wide receivers and that only adds to Anderson’s intrigue with the Jets likely playing catchup in this game as a 14-point underdog.
Snug End of the Week
Tyler Eifert (CIN) $3,300 vs. ARI
If you’re unaware, you need to start tight ends against the Cardinals this season. They are actually allowing 20 DK points per game to opposing tight ends, which happens to be 7.7 points higher than any other team in the NFL. That’s downright atrocious and it definitely puts a talented receiver like Eifert in play. The big man actually leads all Bengals in red-zone targets this season and he should be used heavily with A.J. Green and John Ross expected to miss this game too.