To say Week 4 was a disappointing week for me in daily fantasy football on both DraftKings and FanDuel would be an understatement. Cam Newton looked human once again, and ended up leaving the game hurt. If you didn’t roster Julio Jones, Matt Ryan or Jordan Reed you likely lost plenty of contests.
At least the top plays all panned out very well with Ben Roethlisberger, Melvin Gordon, Antonio Brown and Reed all hitting. The issue of course was the remaining roster spots!
The DraftKings lineup featuring Roethlisberger, Reed and Gordon should have fared well if you plugged in the right pieces. Doug Baldwin wasn’t fantastic as our value play but still managed to scrape up nine points. This was the only lineup of mine that cashed in Week 4.
The FanDuel lineups weren’t nearly the same and fell short. With some solid plays along with some weaker picks. Many of the picks worked well, so if you went a different direction than I likely did, you may have fared well.
This week we have the Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks on bye. This will thin the player pool somewhat but not terribly and as always the right mix of value with chalk will win the day. Let’s just hope we find a Julio Jones this week.
What I will be doing in this space is sharing my top plays for the week, a value play, and most importantly a lineup or two. I will likely be focusing on cash games (50/50 and Double Up) and not GPP (tournaments, multi-player) contests. My Week 5 lineups should work in both formats.
So let’s get into my top plays, value play and lineups for Week 5 shall we? As always any questions, arguments, or glowing praise can be sent to me via Twitter @fantsychillpony.
Week 5 Top 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 all three in one lineup. A reminder for cash games: going with an elite quarterback is typically recommended. If you opt for a value quarterback he MUST meet value for your loaded lineup to be worth it.
QB: Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh vs. New York Jets ($8,600 FanDuel/$7,200 DraftKings)
Roethlisberger had a beyond solid Week 4, and will certainly be looking to keep the positive momentum going. This week the Steelers host the Jets, whose secondary has been anything but a “no fly zone.” Not that it matters for Antonio Brown either way. Le’Veon Bell seemed to get into a groove in his first week back too, which could lead to some cheap passing yards for Big Ben. New York has allowed 228 passing yards per game so far in 2016.
Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady will likely be the quarterbacks of choice for most this week, but I am sticking with Roethlisberger in Week 5. Plus he is cheaper.
RB: DeMarco Murray, Tennessee at Miami ($8,400 FanDuel/$7,200 DraftKings)
Murray has silenced critics saying he was washed up, or worn down from so many carries. He has been spectacular so far, and in what has largely been a horrific offense. This week he gets a defense that allows 108 rushing and nearly 60 passing yards to RBs this season. Murray will be eating, and will serve as a key cog to this shaky offense once again. Pairing him with my Value Play of the Week should equate to good things.
WR: A.J. Green, Cincinnati at Dallas ($8,700 FanDuel/$8,900 DraftKings)
I took a peek at Green’s matchup and the Cowboys’ secondary prepping for this. Let’s just say it was like an early Halloween horror movie. I am most definitely going to be playing Green anywhere I can this week.
TE: Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota at Houston ($5,500 FanDuel/$3,600 DraftKings)
Rudolph has been as reliable as they come with both receptions and the surprising knack for touchdowns this season. Bradford trusts him, and has been playing very well. Toss in Rudolph costing far less than other top options this is a great deal
Value Play of the Week
Theo Riddick, Detroit vs. Philadelphia ($6,200 FanDuel/$4,900 DraftKings)
Riddick has become the primary back in Detroit with Ameer Abdullah’s injury. Riddick does one thing very well and that is catching the ball and making plays. Now he is being force-fed the ball (20 rec. on 26 targets, both are tops among RBs) even more than normal so even on a rough day he will likely get his fair share of PPR points, and meet his value. This is important as you know in DFS that being able to save money in a valuable position like this is a great thing. Oh and the Eagles are allowing nearly 145 rushing yards a game this year.
This week the GPP FanDuel lineup was built with a little help from my friends over at dailyfantasycafe.com. This week in particular I will be looking at some Targets and Touches which look at positional targets, and touches. Finding players who have a high volume of targets such as Theo Riddick (above) only help you in finding value. Try it yourself and find some running backs with increased value due to their abilities to catch the ball out of the backfield!
FanDuel Cash Lineup (I will play this some in GPP as well)
FanDuel GPP Lineup
DraftKings Cash Lineup (GPP too)
GPP Lineup (I will use this in some Cash games too)
— 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.