Week 5 in Daily Fantasy Football (FBS) was one of those forgettable weeks for my lineup picks. Aaron Rodgers was really good... and that was about it. Le’Veon Bell got some yards but no touchdowns. Jarvis Landry and Jimmy Graham each found the end zone, but did little else otherwise. And Jay Cutler... well, Cutler’s team won and let’s leave it at that. The good news is Week 5 is in the past so let's now focus on Week 6.
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 Philadelphia-Carolina matchup this week.
So, now that my synopsis is out of the way let’s get into my Week 6 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."
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Week 6 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: Deshaun Watson, Houston vs. Cleveland ($7,900 FanDuel/$6,700 DraftKings)
Watson has been an absolute monster over the past few weeks with 25.14, 34.72, and 35.54 DraftKings points. A fall back to earth is certainly likely, but this week seems like another high ceiling week for the rookie. The Browns have not been successful at stopping anyone this season.
Watson has two fantastic receiving options, and one of them is a target for my core plays as well. He has been mobile as well with two rushing touchdowns and 25 yards or more which helps pad his stats so he can certainly do more damage this weekend on the ground.
RB: Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams at Jacksonville ($8,400 FanDuel/$7,700 DraftKings)
Gurley was a dud in Week 5, and it largely wasn’t his fault. For some reason he was largely excluded from the game plan. Now he faces a defense vulnerable to running backs most of the season. They somehow slowed the Steelers and Le’Veon Bell to 70 rushing yards last week, but prior to that? Try 256 yards, 134 yards and 179 yards allowed on the ground. Gurley should return to form and heavy usage this week. His usage rate in DFS also may be lower due to recency bias in GPPs.
WR: DeAndre Hopkins, Houston vs. Cleveland ($8,000 FanDuel/$8,100 DraftKings)
Hopkins has been targeted heavily with at least 12 in three of his last four games. Last week he only caught four of 12 targets, but three of those went for touchdowns. Obviously that isn’t sustainable, but it shows Hopkins has been productive each and every week. Hopkins is back, and as safe as they come at this point.
WR: Michael Thomas, New Orleans vs. Detroit ($8,500 FanDuel/$7,300 DraftKings)
Like DeAndre Hopkins, Thomas is a fairly safe bet for both volume AND production as the No. 1 target in the Saints’ offense. He’s also caught a touchdown in each of his past two games so his value continues to climb. The Lions are 29th in the league against the pass so you can bet Drew Brees is going to take his chances. Thomas is my favorite WR play this week.
TE: Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay at Arizona ($5,900 FanDuel/$3,900 DraftKings)
Brate is back to catching touchdowns with three over the past three games. He also is seeing a steady stream of targets with a total of 15 in his last two contests alone. This is always a good thing for tight ends in fantasy, especially given his usage in the red zone and price tag for this week. The matchup’s pretty appealing too.
Value Plays of the Week
QB: Case Keenum, Minnesota vs. Green Bay ($6,700 FanDuel/$5,000 DraftKings)
There should be no way Keenum isn’t starting this week, and even if he doesn’t have Stefon Diggs, he is in a plus matchup against the Packers. He still has some good weapons in Adam Thielen, Kyle Rudolph, Jerick McKinnon and Michael Floyd, who is back from suspension. If the Vikings happen to fall behind the passing game will be a big part of the comeback effort. Keenum is a risky value play, but he’s priced right, and can definitely meet value.
RB: Elijah McGuire, New York Jets vs. New England ($5,700 FanDuel/$4,600 DraftKings)
McGuire may fly under the radar, or become chalky depending how many of the touts hype him up. He is facing a Patriots pass defense that has been struggling, especially against RBs as of late, a role that McGuire has ably filled for the Jets. He’s cheap and risky, which makes him perfect for GPPs, but you may want to go in a different direction in cash games if the budget allows.
WR: John Brown, Arizona vs. Tampa Bay ($6,300 FanDuel/$4,500 DraftKings)
Brown has had seven, seven and nine targets in the three games he has played this season. He had just two catches last week but one of them was for a 13-yard touchdown. So why should you use him in DFS? Because this week he faces a Tampa defense that has been getting destroyed by wide receivers. Brown, although questionable (when isn’t he?) should be ready to go and hopefully will reel in a few more of his targets and meet value. It’s a nice price tag for a WR3 this week.
— 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.