DraftKings NFL Lineup Advice: Week 6 (Full Slate)
We had a mix of good and bad results last week. While Chris Godwin and Carlos Hyde were brilliant values at their price, we ended up getting duds from Jameis Winston and Tyler Eifert. Even saying those names make that all the less surprising. Anyway, we have another great slate ahead of us here, so let’s get into the action.
For the New York/New England matchup on Thursday, you simply can’t trust any Giants. They might be without Saquon Barkley, Wayne Gallman, Evan Engram and Sterling Shepard. That means Golden Tate may see a season-high in targets and he’s the only guy I’d consider on this team. As for the Patriots, I really like Julian Edelman. I anticipate Josh Gordon having to deal with Janoris Jenkins and the Giants have really struggled with slot receivers because of that. Also, Sony Michel may find himself with a couple of goal-line carries despite the recent struggles.
As for Monday, we have the Lions traveling to face the Packers. Green Bay’s run defense is the clear weakness for that D, so feel free to fire up Kerryon Johnson. All of the Packers players are in play but Aaron Jones is likely the best option after scoring four TDs in Week 5.
Quarterback of the Week
Matt Ryan (ATL): $6,400 at ARI
If you don’t already know, Ryan is throwing the crap out of the ball right now. While he hasn’t been playing his best, quantity is really all you can ask for in terms of fantasy production. He’s got just that, leading the NFL with 222 pass attempts while ranking second with 1.655 passing yards and 11 TDs. This terrible Atlanta defense has played a major part of that and we expect this to be yet another shootout, with a sky-high 52-point total. This has been one of the worst defenses in the league too, with Arizona ranking dead-last in fantasy points allowed to opposing QBs.
Cash Game Running Back
Mark Ingram (BAL): $6,600 vs. CIN
Does Baltimore have a home game against Cincinnati? That smells of flowers for Ingram. This dude has established himself as the go-to back for the Ravens and it’s led to a career season. In fact, Ingram has the eighth-most fantasy points of all RBs and he may have the best matchup of the bunch. Not only does Cincy own a 31st OPRK against running backs this season, they’re also allowing the second-most rushing yards too. That’s frightening against the top rushing offense in football, especially against a hound like Ingram. In addition, the Ravens enter this matchup as an 11.5-point favorite, which should force Ingram into even more touches to kill the clock in a game they should be winning handily.
GPP Running Back
Kenyan Drake (MIA): $4,400 vs. WSH
This is the definition of a GPP play. Drake carries about as much risk as four Alka Seltzers could handle but bear with me here. This is undoubtedly the best matchup he’s had all season and the Dolphins will surely feed their best player in a game they have a chance to win. Despite getting blown out seemingly every game, Drake is still averaging 10.5 carries and 5.5 targets over his last two fixtures. More importantly, Kalen Ballage saw just 15 percent of the snaps in their last defeat and it seems likely that Drake could be looking at a season-high in touches and snaps this week. That’s big for a guy who’s been a solid fantasy producer throughout his career. Facing Washington is the icing on the cake though, with the Redskins owing a 25th OPRK against running backs this season.
Cash Game Wide Receiver
Chris Godwin (TB): $6,700 vs. CAR
Godwin was good to us last week, so let’s go right back to the well. One would assume that he’s one of the highest-priced WRs with the way he’s been playing but DraftKings is keeping his price reasonable. In fact, there are still 11 wide receivers priced higher than him, which is downright insulting for a guy who is actually leading the league with 25.8 DK points per game. His recent form is even more absurd, with Godwin accumulating 19 receptions for 197 receiving yards and four TDs over his last two fixtures. While Carolina does have a solid defense, a 15th OPRK against WRs according to DraftKings is nothing we need to worry about.
GPP Wide Receiver
Byron Pringle (KC): $3,500 vs. HOU
Pringle is the best play of the week if both Sammy Watkins and Tyreek Hill are out. I actually like him still if one of these guys is out but we’re going to stray away if both play. Pringle’s Week 5 performance is the reason he remains such a good play, as he led all Chiefs WRs with six catches for 103 yards and one TD. Most importantly, he led them with nine targets while playing 78 percent of the snaps. That boosted him above Mecole Hardman on the depth chart, with Hardman playing 10 fewer snaps. Those brilliant numbers are really all you can ask for from someone priced this cheaply, especially against a defense who has a 31st OPRK against opposing wide receivers in a game that’s expected to be a shootout.
Tight End of the Week
Austin Hooper (ATL): $5,000 vs. ARI
If we like Ryan, we have to like some of his weapons. It would be easy to pivot to receivers like Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley or Mohamed Sanu but let’s go with Hooper. This dude has quietly been one of the best tight ends in football, collecting 34 catches for 364 receiving yards. That equates to 17.5 DK points per game, the second-best mark in the NFL. What really makes him attractive this week is the matchup against the Cardinals. Not only is Arizona allowing the most fantasy points in the league to opposing TEs, it’s actually 4.1 DK points higher than the second-worst mark in the league
D/ST of the Week
Washington Redskins $3,200 at MIA
We’re going to keep this simple. Anytime the Dolphins face a D/ST and it’s not one of the five highest-priced D/STs on the board, get them into your lineup. This Miami team is on pace to set records for yardage and points scored and it’s allowed opposing D/STs to score the most fantasy points against them this season. The spread and total tell us that this is a good play too, with the Redskins entering this matchup as a 3.5-point favorite with a game total of 41.5. That means the Dolphins are projected for just 19 points which is scary considering they rank last with 2.3 turnovers per game and 6.5 points per game. Don’t be afraid to pivot to Miami too, as Washington’s offense is nearly as bad.