Week 5 had its ups and downs for me in daily fantasy football (DFS). Many of my Top Play calls were solid while a few stunk it up (A.J. Green, Jerick McKinnon, Kyle Rudolph I’m looking at you). This inconsistency hurt otherwise solid lineups in what was a high-scoring week.
The lineup I presented with Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown headlining struggled mightily with only 106 points, while the Aaron Rodgers-led lineup didn’t fare much better on FanDuel (127.56 points), but managed to cash in most cash contests.
For, DraftKings both Week 5 lineups held their own in cash contests but didn’t make the cut in GPP because it was such a high-scoring week. Plays such as Roethlisberger, Jordan Howard, Theo Riddick and the Vikings DST were gold while Green, McKinnon and Rudolph struggled mightily.
With more teams playing this week than last week (just two on bye in Week 6 compared to four in Week 5), there will be more players in the pool to choose from as well. So after having a few spotty weeks in DFS I am pulling back a bit and only entering a few lineups to see if we can’t get back on track.
Le’Veon Bell has come back with a roar as has Tom Brady and this week they will be appealing plays once again. I am loading up more on running backs this week than I have in the past and taking some more risks in the wide receiver position.
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 6 shall we? As always any questions, arguments, or glowing praise can be sent to me via Twitter @fantsychillpony.
Week 6 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: Drew Brees, New Orleans vs. Carolina ($8,500 FanDuel/$7,900 DraftKings)
Brees gets the surprisingly, well maybe not too surprising, weak secondary of Carolina this week and if Cam Newton (concussion) is unable to play the Saints have a favorable matchup at home. Coming off a bye week should give Brees and his receivers a breather. If Newton comes back I also like him in contests as well. For this week though I am rolling with Brees.
RB: Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh at Miami ($9,300 FanDuel/$7,900 DraftKings)
Bell has been a fireball since returning from suspension and simply put looks like the best running back in the game once again. He should be in line for yet another week in this offense, which looks unstoppable at the moment. Yes, it’s a high price tag, but certainly worth the cost this week against the 15th-ranked run defense. Bell is essentially matchup-proof so play with confidence.
WR: Doug Baldwin, Seattle vs. Atlanta ($7,600 FanDuel/$6,500 DraftKings)
The Falcons have looked fantastic on offense this season but their secondary leaves something to be desired. Ranked 23rd in the league this season and with Russell Wilson and the Seahawks coming off a bye, Baldwin should be once again a reliable WR1 play at a more than fair price on both sites. If Wilson has healed and can play close to his old mobile ways look out for this offense to continue clicking, especially with a resurgent running game.
TE: Zach Miller, Chicago vs. Jacksonville ($5,800 FanDuel/$3,800 DraftKings)
Miller has been a lock for me the past three weeks solely due to volume and his price. Rather than spending up on one of the top three tight ends saving money with Miller has paid off. I will continue to do so until he greatly disappoints us. The Jaguars are seventh in the league against tight ends so there is a little risk here, but again at this price I am willing to take it.
Value Play of the Week
Brice Butler, Dallas at Green Bay ($5,600 FanDuel/$3,500 DraftKings)
Butler is a Hail Mary play this week and is priced the same way. He is facing off against one of the weaker secondaries in the league in Green Bay. Ranked 24th in the league against the pass, Green Bay was lucky last week that the Giants once again seemed off of their game. Butler is no Odell Beckham Jr., and if Dez Bryant can give it a go this play is even riskier. But if Bryant misses another game, Butler is a punt of all punt plays to allow your lineup to be more top-heavy. A touchdown called back in Week 5 prevented a solid week for Butler at minimum cost. Again, if Bryant plays I will avoid, but if he is out I am taking the risk on Butler in many GPP lineups.
This week I am only posting one lineup for each site. After a few weeks of some great plays, and plenty of duds I am hoping thinning out the lineups help us get back to our winning ways. So this week I constructed a lineup I will be playing in both types of game on both sites.
FanDuel Cash/GPP Lineup
DraftKings Cash/GPP Lineup
— 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.