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FanDuel NFL Cash Game Lineup Advice: Week 5 (2019)

by Matt Giraldi | @Mgiraldi | Featured Writer
Oct 4, 2019

Deshaun Watson’s rushing ability helps make him an attractive option in DFS this week.

Last week saw some chalk bust and some chalk bust out. Marquise Brown was seemingly in a spot where he couldn’t, and wouldn’t, be stopped. Then the Browns secondary, filled with backups, held him to just 22 yards on four receptions. Keenan Allen finished with just 48 yards on five catches. Of course, Allen also had a 70-yard touchdown called back due to offensive pass interference.

Going running back centric last week was the way to go, with numerous backs eclipsing 20 points. It really boiled down to who you wanted to fit into your lineups. For myself, I didn’t have much intention of playing Wayne Gallman in my cash lineup. It nearly bit me.

When Terry McLaurin was officially ruled out, the debate became a bit more clouded. Instead, I ended spending up at the position across the board with Christian McCaffrey, Austin Ekeler and Leonard Fournette. Much to my chagrin, Gallman had a great day. Of course, then came the afternoon and Fournette racked up 245 yards from scrimmage. I was back in the green again after a rough Week 3.

Sometimes the process leads us astray. Other times tinkering can lead us to making decisions that we otherwise wouldn’t. Trust the information you’re soaking up during the week and have contingency plans in place in the event a surprise happens during the inactive announcements.

During Week 3 I fell victim to making unnecessary changes and told myself I wouldn’t the following week. Sometimes your own logic can help and hinder your ability to be successful. Gallman was a great play at his price and I was stubborn. However, as is often the case, there are several routes to be able to get points in fantasy football.

Here are some of the players I’m targeting for cash game considerations:

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Quarterbacks

Deshaun Watson (HOU): $8,000 vs. Atlanta Falcons
While both quarterbacks in this game are likely cash game considerations, the home favorite can make plays with his legs, and the Konami Code always takes precedence. The health of the Falcons’ offensive line is also a concern as well, considering many members have missed time this week in practice.

Thus far this season, the Falcons have allowed seven touchdowns to opposing receivers. Now they get to face Will Fuller and DeAndre Hopkins in what is projected to be the highest-scoring game on the slate.

Jameis Winston (TB): $7,600 @ New Orleans Saints
Winston has fared well thus far this season after a shaky start. He’s doing so facing immense pressure, both figuratively and literally. When pressured this season, Winston is “leading the NFL in completion percentage (81.8%), yards per attempt (13.9) and TD-INT ratio (6:0), with a perfect passer rating (158.3) on such passes.”

The Saints defense is 26th in pass defense DVOA. Opposing quarterbacks have a 6:2 TD:INT ratio thus far, with Dak Prescott the only QB to fail to register a touchdown against them.
Over his last three games against the Saints, Winston has had 12 rushing attempts for 87 yards and a touchdown. The Saints have allowed four rushing touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks this season. Unfortunately for Winston, he’s only had three rushing attempts in the red zone this season, with none of those carries coming from inside the 10-yard line.
Other notables:

Kirk Cousins (MIN): $6,800 @ NYG

Carson Wentz (PHI): $7,800 vs. NYJ

Running Backs

David Johnson (ARI): $7,500 vs. Cincinnati Bengals
In a battle of winless teams, the Cardinals being at their own stadium might ultimately prove to be the X-Factor. Suffice to say, Johnson has once again become the Cardinals’ X-Factor. With the Bengals coming to town, that’s the perfect recipe for a blowup game by DJ.

Currently, the Bengals rank 22nd in run DVOA and 30th in overall defensive DVOA by Football Outsiders. Opposing backfields are averaging nearly 121 rushing yards and 73 receiving yards with two touchdowns per game to running backs.

According to Pro Football Focus, the Bengals are allowing a 140.3 passer rating to opposing running backs. Additionally, “Johnson is tied with Christian McCaffrey for a league-high 127 routes run while also being used out of the slot (32 routes), where the Christian Kirk injury could spark a slot snap uptick.”

Ezekiel Elliott (DAL): $8,300 vs. Green Bay Packers
The Packers have been atrocious against running backs thus far this season. Now they travel down to Jerry World to take on the Cowboys, with both teams reeling from close losses last week. Over the last three weeks, the Packers run defense has been reeling as well. Since their defeat of the Chicago Bears, the Packers have allowed 529 yards on the ground, worst in the league.

Over the course of the season, they’re allowing five yards per carry. Coincidentally, over his three career games against the Packers, Elliott is averaging 5.03 yards per carry. That sample size is 79 carries for 398 yards (a 100-yard rushing game each time).
Of course, a cause for concern among many Dallas fans is the health of left tackle Tyron Smith and how it will affect the game-plan. If history tells us anything, it’s not going affect Zeke much.

Other notables:

Austin Ekeler (LAC): $7,200 vs. DEN

Mark Ingram (BAL): $7,500 @ PIT

Wide Receivers

Michael Thomas (NO): $7,700 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Pricing is soft enough this week where you can fit an insane amount of studs. Thomas might be the biggest pricing discrepancy of Week 5 however. A home favorite of only three points (Pick-em on a neutral field) against a defense like the Buccaneers? Priced as the WR7? Going against Vernon Hargreaves? Yes, please.

Golden Tate (NYG): $4,500 vs. Minnesota Vikings
This might be a bold call considering it’s Tate’s first action of the season, but a receiver of his caliber at $4,500 seems really tempting to act on. Especially one that should avoid a heavy dose of Xavier Rhodes. Rhodes has played just six snaps in the slot this season, where we should see a bulk of Tate’s work.

Meanwhile, keep an eye on the health of Vikings nickel corner Mackensie Alexander. He was limited in Wednesday’s practice and then missed Thursday’s practice.

Other notables:

DeAndre Hopkins (HOU): $8,300 vs. ATL

Allen Robinson (CHI): $6,900 @ OAK

Tight Ends

Jimmy Graham (GB): $5,500 @ Dallas Cowboys
In the likelihood that Davante Adams misses this game, someone is going to need to catch passes from Aaron Rodgers. Last week Graham was fourth on the team with 53 air yards. He caught six passes for 61 yards and a touchdown. As of late, when Adams went down, Graham stepped up his play.

With the tight end position being somewhat bleak on the main slate, Graham offers a nice floor with high upside at a very affordable cost.

Tyler Eifert (CIN): $4,600 vs. Arizona Cardinals
I absolutely hate suggesting any of the Bengals tight ends. I really do, but the Cardinals are just constantly giving up play after play to opposing tight ends. Maybe this is the week that the streak finally ends. A large part of that might be the inconsistency in snaps and opportunities.

Other notables:

Noah Fant (DEN): $4,900 @ LAC

Darren Waller (OAK): $6,400 vs. CHI 

Defense

New England Patriots DST: $5,500 @ Washington Redskins

Just lock them in.

Philadelphia Eagles DST: $4,900 vs. New York Jets

With Luke Falk starting the Eagles become a viable option in cash.

Other notables:

Chicago Bears DST: $5,000 @ OAK

Buffalo Bills DST: $4,300 @ TEN

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Matt Giraldi is a correspondent at FantasyPros. To read more from Matt, check out his archive or follow him @Mgiraldi.

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