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Week 5 DFS QB Rankings: Mid-Tier Passers to Roster on DraftKings and FanDuel

Tom Brady leads the mid-tier quarterbacks to roster in Week 5 daily fantasy contests.

Last week the Seahawks-Lions game showed the benefit of low-value players within a game stack. In essence, many winning teams used one quarterback, two running backs, three wide receivers, and one tight end from this matchup while adding a flex option and a defense. So here’s a look at the top two quarterbacks and their fantasy points from last week:

· Jared Goff, Detroit Lions (38.00)

· Geno Smith, Seattle Seahawks (34.90)

Josh Reynolds (21.10) and T.J. Hockenson (39.90) combined for 60.00 fantasy points, while DK Metcalf (21.90) and Tyler Lockett (16.80) chipped in with 37.70 fantasy points. The combination of these four receivers plus one quarterback scored more than 132.00 fantasy points.

Here are the top seven running backs last week and their fantasy points:

· Austin Ekeler (34.90)

· Josh Jacobs (34.50)

· Miles Sanders (29.60)

· Rashaad Penny (28.70)

· Dameon Pierce (25.90)

· Christian McCaffrey (25.80)

· Jamaal Williams (23.90)

The million-dollar winner at DraftKings played Jacobs, Penny, and Williams, with the deciding points coming from the back that gained more than 100 rushing yards (3-point bonus in their scoring).

Week 5 Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K I Flex

Here’s a look at the best mid-tier quarterback options for Week 5:

Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (DraftKings – $6,000/FanDuel – $7,800)

The Bucs were down early against the Chiefs which led to a lot of pass attempts from Brady. A healthy group of wideouts helped him regain a bounce in his passing stats. He finished with a season high in passing yards (385) and touchdowns (3) with an excellent completion rate (75.0). Over his first three starts, he averaged about 224 passing yards with three combined scores. Last year, Brady dominated in his two games against the Falcons (276/5 and 368/4). The Falcons have played three teams with questionable quarterbacks (Jameis Winston, Geno Smith, and Jacoby Brissett) while allowing 1,100 passing yards and seven passing touchdowns. Tampa should move the ball well, leading to a winning day from Brady.

Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals (DraftKings – $6,700/FanDuel – $7,800)

Protecting Burrow was a significant issue over the first two games (10 combined sacks), leading to him averaging only 6.0 yards per pass attempt with no completion over 40 yards. The Bengals threw the ball better over the past two weeks (275/3 and 287/2) while playing from the lead in the second half. In his two starts vs. the Ravens in 2021, Burrow gained 952 yards with seven touchdowns. Baltimore slowed down Josh Allen (283/1) last week, which was surprising considering their struggles defending the pass over the first three games (309/1, 469/6, and 321/0). Wide receivers already have 68 catches for 968 yards and six scores. Baltimore wants to control the clock with the run and would rather see Cincinnati take the slow path on offense with Joe Mixon dominating the touches. Burrow has the receivers to test the Ravens' secondary with the deep passing game, but he needs this game to be played at a quick pace to pay off.

Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings (DraftKings – $6,300/FanDuel – $7,100)

Over the first four weeks, the Vikings scored 10 touchdowns over their 44 possessions. Cousins ranks 17th in quarterback scoring (73.55 fantasy points) with no games of value in the daily market. He’s averaging a dismal 6.6 yards per pass attempt (7.9 over the previous three seasons). However, Minnesota averaged 42 passes over the last three weeks, so Cousins does have strength in his passing opportunity. In 2021, he only had 46 combined pass attempts in two games vs. the Bears (87/2 and 250/3). Chicago has tremendous risk defending the run (143/733/5 – 5.1 yards per rush) and their offense can’t score (16 points per game). Their pass defense faced only 101 passes over the first four games against SF, GB, HOU, and NYG. The Vikings need to get Cousins going and the play-calling should favor Justin Jefferson in this matchup.