It was a great Week 4 in Daily Fantasy Football (DFS) as nearly all of my lineup picks, with the exception of Marqise Lee, came through. It was still good enough to earn some cash which is good enough for me since that’s the ultimate goal. Hopefully you have been able to enjoy some success of your own if you’ve been heeding my advice. So let’s keep the positive momentum going!
I will be focusing more on the cash game strategy, and by default may be intending these posts for the more novice DFS players. I am not a high-stakes tout, nor will I pretend to be and I am not intending for someone to read these posts and enter high entry tournaments expecting a big win.
What I will be doing each week is listing some top plays for the week at each position as well as a few value plays to help you start building your DFS lineup(s) for the upcoming week. More often than not I will not focus on the Thursday night games. I will be entering some lineups for those slates as well, but be forewarned this post will not include the New England-Tampa Bay matchup this week.
So, now that my synopsis is out of the way let’s get into my Week 5 DFS Picks shall we? If this is one of your first times playing DFS feel free to check out my "10 Tips to Win at DFS."
As always any questions, arguments, or glowing praise can be sent to me via Twitter @fantsychillpony.
Week 5 Core Plays
These will be my top plays of the week. These are players who I will try to have in as many lineups of mine as possible. If I can, I will use three or all four in one lineup. A reminder that for cash games going with an elite quarterback is typically recommended. If you go value at quarterback he MUST meet value for your loaded lineup to be worth it.
QB: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay at Dallas ($9,500 FanDuel/$8,100 DraftKings)
Rodgers had four touchdowns even though he finished with less than 180 passing yards thanks to some horrendous turnovers by the Bears last Thursday. The combination of a potent offense and great field position still allowed Rodgers to produce in a big way, even with limited opportunity. It may not be another four-TD game, but Rodgers figures to be in a closer game this week on the road in Dallas. He may be without top running back Ty Montgomery (broken ribs), meaning Rodgers will be looking to receivers even more than usual.
If you are looking to pivot in GPPs this weekend I would consider Russell Wilson at $1,000 less than Rodgers or perhaps Carson Palmer, who has been solid as of late and faces Philadelphia’s suspect secondary (30th in NFL in passing defense) on Sunday.
RB: Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh vs. Jacksonville ($9,500 FanDuel/$9,500 DraftKings)
The Jaguars were a chalky and valuable DST last week for sure, but that doesn’t change the fact their run defense is one of the worst in the league right now. Bell is coming off of a vintage performance where he racked up 186 total yards along with two touchdowns. This week he faces the 29th-ranked rushing defense in the league. Chalk or not who cares. He should be a lock, especially in cash games.
WR: Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona at Philadelphia ($6,700 FanDuel/$6,800 DraftKings)
Fitzgerald was having a pedestrian Sunday night until he hauled in a game-winning touchdown in overtime to push him into double digits in fantasy scoring. This week he gets the 30th-ranked passing defense in the Eagles in what has to be one of the more drool-worthy matchups in Week 5. He may not reproduce his Week 3 performance (13-149-1) this season, but the targets have been there for Fitz, and this week especially he is in a great spot. Chalky or not I am playing him.
WR: Jarvis Landry, Miami vs. Tennessee ($6,600 FanDuel/$5,800 DraftKings)
Landry’s strength in fantasy has always been his receptions and volume. This season it hasn’t been much different, but his numbers are certainly down in the early going. Now that Tennessee is expected to be without quarterback Marcus Mariota this Sunday, Jay Cutler and the Dolphins have to like their chances at home. Landry should be a safe bet for at least seven targets, and hopefully one of those gets him into the end zone. The Titans’ secondary has had its issues, as the team currently ranks 28th (274.3 ypg) against the pass.
TE: Jimmy Graham, Seattle at Los Angeles Rams ($5,800 FanDuel/$4,900 DraftKings)
Graham had five fewer targets in Week 4 than he did in Week 3, but he still produced in the yardage category to finish with 10 points on DraftKings. The Rams are most vulnerable in the running game, and their secondary has been sound so far, but Graham is both a vertical and over-the-middle threat. He should be able to do some damage and is significantly cheaper than Rob Gronkowski this week.
Value Plays of the Week
QB: Jay Cutler, Miami vs. Tennessee ($6,700 FanDuel/$5,200 DraftKings)
Cutler was putrid last week, which will understandably steer people away from him. However, I really like his matchup against Tennessee’s 28th-ranked passing defense. If you want to go in a GPP I will be tossing a few Cutler/Jarvis Landry stacks this weekend. Cutler has weapons and he can certainly get back on track and have a big game. This week is as good any to take that risk.
RB: Jonathan Stewart, Carolina at Detroit ($5,700 FanDuel/$3,900 DraftKings)
Stewart is in a tough matchup facing the Lions this week, but I still like his red-zone potential. This price tag is low enough to take a risk and allow us the big hitters mentioned above too. J-Stew hasn’t seen the end zone since Week 1 so I have a good feeling this week. In his last two games he is averaging 4.8 yards per carry and getting around 14 attempts a game. All he needs is a touchdown to meet value.
WR: Jeremy Maclin, Baltimore at Oakland ($6,500 FanDuel/$4,200 DraftKings)
Maclin is consistently seeing 5-6 targets a game. The problem has been his actual receptions. He is still capable of a big play and this week gets an Oakland defense that has been struggling and an offense that will be without quarterback Derek Carr. This game could be close throughout, so there should be plenty of opportunities for Joe Flacco to make some plays through the air. I like Maclin’s reduced price tag and as a WR3 value play this week. Pedigree is certainly here so he’s worth the risk.
— Written by Chris Meyers, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and a member of the FSWA. Meyers' work appears on many other sites, including socalledfantasyexperts.com. Follow him on Twitter @FantsyChillpony.