We had another strong week in daily fantasy football, as our week 5 FanDuel NFL picks churned out solid performances. One dud (Robby Anderson) kept us from a perfect roster (10+ from every position), but we ended up cashing easily with our lineup.
Brian Hoyer rallied late to pay off at a low $6.5k salary, both Le’Veon Ball and Ezekiel Elliott were serviceable with over 13 fantasy points each, while our kicker and defense both topped 10 fantasy points. Dez Bryant and T.Y. Hilton also were both strong picks, while Austin Seferian-Jenkins topped 10 fantasy points to complete a very strong overall roster.
Unfortunately we weren’t a threat to score big in GPPs due to a lack of true breakout plays, but our week five roster was good enough to make money. We’ll try to make it three winning weeks in a row going into week six:
QB: Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints ($8.6k)
I really only have eyes for Brees this week. Tom Brady has a relatively tough matchup by the numbers and Aaron Rodgers on the road against a solid Vikings defense might not be an ideal play. Brees is, as he’ll be comfortable at home against a Lions defense that grades out as the 28th best unit against the pass these days.
Brees is always in play on the turf at home, but this matchup feels sublime. Brees has an amazing history against the Lions and the Saints need this game, so I’d be shocked if he didn’t continue his recent trend of lighting it up.
RB: Todd Gurley – Los Angeles Rams ($8.4k)
Gurley gets a potentially awesome matchup this week, as the Rams face off with a Jags defense that struggles mightily to stop the run. Gurley was a dud last week (which could lower ownership), but he’s been awesome in 2017, overall.
The price has jumped a bit, but if we’re spending somewhere in week six, it’s at running back. Gurley is a threat to rack up yardage as a runner and receiver and already has scored 7 times this year. Against a defense that ranks 26th at stopping running backs, he looks like one of the best plays on the main slate.
RB: C.J. Anderson – Denver Broncos ($7k)
We get to close out the week with Anderson on Sunday Night Football. Most people will want to spend up at running back at both spots, but we’ll differ from the pack by getting C.J. as our second guy. He has a solid role with Denver and will be at home against a Giants defense that ranks 29th against the run right now. I like his chances to get 100+ total yards and a score.
WR: Adam Thielen – Minnesota Vikings ($6.5k)
Everyone will be all about Stefon Diggs in this matchup with the Packers (and rightfully so), but Thielen tends to spring bigger plays. Green Bay has actually been good against wide receivers for DFS, but I’m attacking this matchup. I see no reason not to do it with Thielen, who should find his first touchdown of the young season this week.
WR: Randall Cobb – Green Bay Packers ($6.2k)
I am loving Cobb this week. Jordy Nelson is dealing with a hamstring issue and whether he plays or not, either he or Davante Adams will have to deal with Xavier Rhodes. That’s a tough matchup, so I’d rather roll with Green Bay’s top slot man in this setting. He was a dud in week five, so maybe that helps lower his ownership.
WR: Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints ($8.5k)
If we’re using Brees, I want his top weapon. It’s true that Thomas could be slowed down by Darius Slay, but we saw Kelvin Benjamin get a score last week in that same matchup. Thomas gets peppered with targets and if we can get him at lowered ownership, all the better.
TE: Eric Ebron – Detroit Lions ($5.1k)
I actually am not enamored with Ebron and don’t feel inclined to force him onto my team this week. Several things are pointing to him, though. Obviously this could be a fast-paced and high-scoring game in New Orleans, while Ebron gives us cheap exposure to that. He’s also a red-zone threat and if there was ever a week to try him, this is probably it.
The big thing for me, however, is how banged up the tight end position is. I don’t really want to pay top dollar for a banged up Rob Gronkowski, while the likes of Travis Kelce and Jordan Reed aren’t healthy, either. There isn’t much to fall in love with at this position in week six, so I’ll take a big target in what could be an explosive setting.
K: Wil Lutz – New Orleans Saints ($4.7k)
We are going to want shares of this Saints/Lions game. The Saints tend to put up points at home and in domes, while the Lions have the better matchup of the two teams on paper. Either way, I expect plenty of yardage and points and Lutz should be kept pretty busy.
I especially like Lutz because he’s on an offense that can move the ball but for much of 2017 has struggled to punch the ball into the end-zone. Detroit has exhibited a pretty solid defense, too, so I like the odds of New Orleans getting into scoring position and calling on their reliable kicker. Lutz has performed well to this point, topping 9+ fantasy points in every game this year. I’m betting he does that for a fifth time this season this week.
DEF: Baltimore Ravens ($4.9k)
I really want Denver in this spot against a dead Giants team, but I don’t mind settling with the Ravens. Baltimore has been rather steady for the most part in 2017 and in week six will be at home against the Bears. Mitchell Trubisky is still raw and inexperienced, so this matchup could be a sea of sacks and turnovers waiting to happen.