James’ DFS Tips – NFL Week 5 by James Platt
My Tips This Week
Mishew had a stinker on Thursday Night Football vs Miami but other than that he’s been a very solid play. He’s quietly sneaked into the No. 12 fantasy QB spot, despite that Miami game and this week he will take on the Texans who can’t stop anyone. I do expect Houston to finally secure a win this weekend, but it will be a shootout and Minshew will embarrass the Texansdefence. I was a little hesitant with his price but all QBs seem to have high prices this season, the price of success I guess.
Teddy B was the No. 3 quarterback in fantasy last weekend when he played the Cardinals and surprisingly won the game. He’s still cheap as he goes up against the Falcons which is a much better matchup than Arizona. The Cardinals are giving up 32.5 fantasy points per game to opposing QBs, mainly because they just fall apart in the second half and give up the most TDS and 2nd most yards. Did you see Teddy B’s wheels on that long run into the endzone last week? He has a solid rushing floor to add to his sky-high passing ceiling against this Atlanta defence. Honestly, the Panthers might want to double down on him for the future because he is playing well under Matt Rhule.
Nick Chubb is set to miss at least a few weeks and that means this is now Kareem Hunts backfield. He was already RB7 this year and having insanely productive weeks WITH Chubb splitting his workload and now he comes up against the Colts who have their top-three linebackers questionable for this matchup. This Browns offence is run-heavy and I don’t expect Stefanski to change that and put the ball in Mayfield’s hands to win games. If Nick Chubb is out he is a big smash no matter the defence he faces and even though his price keeps rising.
I was surprised last week when Damien Harris pushed 100 yards, but I guess it shouldn’t be considering the Patriots quarterbacks were completely trash. Hoyer and Stidham might be forced to step in again on Monday night (Moved due to COVID) and that means another big day for Harris. He was supposed to be the starter coming into the season but was on IR and now Michel is on IR while Harris comes into claim his rightful place. While James White and Rex Burkhead will steal some touches, but he’s cheaper than both of them and he only needed 17 carries last week to score a good amount of points against the Chiefs and he had a beautiful lo
Last week I mistakenly tipped Brandin Cooks who seems to be completely washed up because he didn’t have a single ball go his way. With Bill O’Brien no longer there and calling the plays, who knows, Cooks might come back to life. However, I’m done with him and I’m tipping one of my favourite receivers in the league. Fuller had a big game against the Vikings and he’s not injured himself yet so I’m liking his chances of another one with the Jags this weekend. The Jags secondary probably isn’t as bad as it should be which is saying a lot considering they allow catches at the 7th highest rate in the league. The Texans O-Line should have had it good against the Vikes last Sunday but still gave up three sacks so although the Jags are the 7th worst at getting pressure, they could still get to Watson.
Which receiver has the highest fantasy points per game on this Sunday slate of games? That’s right, Jamison Crowder of the New York Jets. However, he’s only played two games and that was with Sam Darnold. So why the hell do I like him this week when Joe Flacco is stepping in? Well, I like the meme of Flacco putting up a 50-burger on the Cardinals and Arizona have replaced their affinity for giving tight ends a fantasy boost with slot wide receivers this year. Crowder is the only consistent player on the Jets offence and maybe the only healthy one right now, are you going to play Jeff Smith?
Laviska Shenault Jr.
Shenault has disappointed some people but that’s because their expectations are far too high. Out of four weeks he has three with double-digit points and I’ve already told you I love Gardner Minshew this week. Tyler agrees and this week is completely trash for wide receivers. I think Shenault offers insanely high upside in a shootout against one of the worst defences in the league that is going through front office/coaching turmoil. Don’t look past Shenault’s carries in the run game against the Texans either, it’s hard to choose which is worse out of their pass and run defence. This price is good and I fully expect it to skyrocket by about week 8.
As a Higbee owner I was hurt when the Rams gave Everett that touchdown last week. Since his huge three TD game against the Eagles he’s put up 13 points in two games and that isn’t good enough for a tight end at this price range. BUT and it’s a BIG but, I think Washington are going to give up a TD or two to Higbee, it really is touchdown or bust and I wish he was a little cheaper because I do cringe a little bit at how much he costs but it is what it is. Washington have allowed five tight end TDs over three games and the other game was against the Cardinals who have…um…checks roster…Dan Arnold?
As we just said with Higbee, the Eagles gave up three TDs to him and Ebron is a hell of a lot cheaper. With a week off since his best game of 52 yards and a touchdown against Houston he gets this good looking matchup with Philadelphia. At $4,000 he doesn’t have to give you insane points for you to be happy with his value. Even if you think you can look past the Higbee game, look at last weeks 49ers game where Kittle put up over 40 POINTS. Diontae Johnson has recovered with the week off so he Ebron’s target share could have evaporated but I feel like this would be a waste of an amazing opportunity for Ebron to score and insane amount of points.
A lot has been made about the Colts defence and I’m excited to see them against what I count as their first real challenge this season. But this week I’m going with the Browns in what I believe to be one of the best defensive matchups of week 5. On the road, Rivers and Co. have been held under 20 points and the Browns should be able to reverse their trend of being careful with the football. Myles Garrett is on a tear with DPOY votes almost certainly heading his way if he continues, he’s a big reason for their four forced fumbles the last two games, and the secondary has registered four picks in the last two weeks.