It’s become a trend, but once again Week 6 in daily fantasy football for FanDuel and DraftKings was a mixed bag. With plays such as Sammie Coates, who served as a useless decoy, and Will Fuller (active, but did not get on the field Sunday night against Indianapolis), I am hoping readers made some swaps in time for Sunday.
I fully realize that sharing lineups along with the top plays is the main enticement for returning readers. However, I strongly encourage everyone to build their own lineups using a few of the top plays I suggest. More often than not the plays will hit, but building the roster around these plays is what is critical. Relying solely on a lineup I built as early as Tuesday evening is risky to say the least.
The DraftKings lineup with Drew Brees, Le’Veon Bell, LeSean McCoy, Doug Baldwin and Zach Miller actually cashed for me, as some late swaps of Terrelle Pryor and Michael Thomas helped boost the original lineup to 183.74 points. Again these last-minutes changes on Sunday were the reason for success. The original lineup would have produced 129 points.
As for the FanDuel lineup... well that was the definition of a stink bomb. Racking up 73 points Russell Wilson, Isaiah Crowell, and Doug Baldwin put up weaker performances. Once again some late swaps helped savage this atrocious lineup to allow a few lineups to cash.
But enough dwelling on the past and let’s move forward to an exciting Week 7.
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 7 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.
Editor's note: Some of the players have changed from when this was originally posted on Oct. 19 because of injuries.
QB: Matt Ryan, Atlanta vs. San Diego ($8,700 FanDuel/$7,200 DraftKings)
Matt Ryan has been the top scoring player in fantasy all season long and hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down. This week he gets the Chargers, who have allowed an average of 20 fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. They certainly have a middle-of-the-road secondary, but with Julio Jones and the Falcons’ dangerous pass-catching running backs, Ryan makes a great play this week. This game also has the makings of developing into a high-scoring affair.
RB: Jacquizz Rodgers, Tampa Bay at San Francisco ($5,600 FanDuel/$4,300 DraftKings)
The news of Doug Martin’s setback with his hamstring injury instantly puts Rodgers back in the must-start category for your DFS lineups, especially in light of LeSean McCoy's own hamstring issues (he was initial recommendation here). Martin would have been primed for a big day and although Rodgers isn’t Martin, he can do some damage and the matchup is very, very good. At this price you can definitely do some lineup shifting and add some big hitters at other positions.
WR: A.J. Green, Cincinnati vs. Cleveland ($8,500 FanDuel/$8,600 DraftKings)
There isn’t a wide receiver with a much better matchup than Green, besides Julio Jones. Green faces the 29th-ranked pass defense, and comes at a price tag significantly cheaper than Jones or Antonio Brown, who is without his favorite quarterback. If Green and Andy Dalton can’t connect this weekend I would be completely surprised.
TE: Hunter Henry, San Diego at Atlanta ($5,800 FanDuel/$3,600 DraftKings)
The rookie tight end has really stepped up since Antonio Gates got hurt, and the passing of the torch in San Diego may have already taken place. Henry is affordable, gets plenty of targets and costs less than my initial recommendation of Travis Kelce. I would still be fine rolling with Kelce in some GPP contests, but the safe play is Henry.
Value Play of the Week
Allen Hurns, Jacksonville vs Oakland ($6,000 FanDuel/$5,000 DraftKings)
Blake Bortles is one of my favorite cheap quarterback targets this week, due in large part to the matchup with Oakland. The Raiders are playing well but they have a vulnerable secondary and as you likely already know the Jaguars like to throw the ball plenty. Accuracy may not be a strong suit for Bortles, but with Hurns all you care about is getting enough catches to pile up some decent yards and hopefully find the end zone. The price is worth the flyer.
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.
As a reminder, when looking for your cheaper value plays each week, comparing matchups, cost, and projected outcome can be difficult. This week I utilized the NFL Salary Exploitation Tool over on dailyfantasycafe.com. It helps gauge player projected outcomes with their price, and rates their values each and every week. For example, if you are torn on which $3,400 wide receiver to use, this tool can help you make your decision.
This week I constructed a lineup I will be playing in both types of games (Cash and GPP) on both sites.
Editor's note: Lineups have changed slightly from when they were originally posted on Oct. 19 because of injuries.
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.