James’ DFS Tips – NFL Week 5 by James Platt
After a horrible week 4, I’ve put on my thinking cap and dredged Draft Kings database for the best possible players I could find, instead of going straight to the bargain bin. My bank balance will recover as much as your faith in me as a tipster should. Let’s get diving into this freaky NFL season!
My Tips This Week
I’ve been consistently good at picking an extraordinarily cheap QB and them producing decent points. I like this tip even more because it allows me to shit on Mitch Trubisky. The Raiders and Bears are facing off in London, without Trubisky playing, I like Chicago to win even more. For $4,800, Chase Daniels is going to come out firing against Conley and Worley who have still not gotten any better.
The Raiders aren’t bad against the run which should force Nagy to trust Daniels and make for a lot of volume so check out my honourable mentions this week for a nice stack. This is all about opportunity and England games always produce weird results. If the rest of the UK games are anything to go by then one side will get blown out, pray it’s the Raiders who are flagging.
My higher priced quarterback this week is a surprising one, but don’t worry too much, this game isn’t in primetime. The red rocket, Andy Dalton, has been the epitome of a slightly below average QB over the last few years. However, like last week, when you put him in the spotlight of a big game, he looks worse than Luke Falk. We’ve seen that this offense can have a big day, for instance, week one when Dalton had a career game.
A.J. Green is still lost in another realm and now John Ross is joining him on the side lines. Auden Tate seemed like he’ll be able to step up after last week. I think against this Cardinals secondary that made Kyle Allen look like a god, Andy Dalton can have another great week and produce for his price of $5,700.
I’ve explained before that the Broncos don’t like Phillip Lindsay. They’d prefer Royce Freeman to become a thing, just because they drafted him higher. Phillip Lindsay is by far the better player and has a consistent floor that shouldn’t change anytime soon.
He has an average of 14 points per game and that should give you peace of mind when you pick him up for just $4,900. If we could all just sign a petition for the Broncos to bench Freeman, then I would really appreciate that because it’s disappointing when he comes in the game.
I’ve given you a few weeks of dirt-cheap options at pretty much every position and I think it’s time I give another expensive player that I know you’ll be able to rely upon. He’s fallen to $8,300, the 4th highest priced RB behind Dalvin Cook, Alvin Kamara and Christian McCaffrey. Ezekiel Elliott is facing the Green Bay Packers this week and yes, they do have a much-improved defence in comparison to years past, who knew free agency could help a team get better, eh, Ted Thompson?
However, the Packers are much better against the pass than they are against the run. Tyron Smith may be injured but the Cowboys offensive line is still one of the most talented in the league and they should be able to make a lot of room for Elliott to score a bunch of points. Let’s hope that the coaching staff don’t decide he’s done enough halfway through the game and replace him with Tony Pollard for some reason.
Here is my staple, the bargain guy that could do nothing or could be god tier and win every single league you have him in. I’m going for Diontae Johnson of the Pittsburgh Steelers for just $4,400. I liked him before I learned that JuJu Smith Schuster was questionable against the Ravens.
Mason Rudolph isn’t doing too badly in his first couple of starts but most of his yards are coming after the catch. That’s okay and plays right into our wheelhouse because the Ravens are giving up the MOST yards in the NFL after the catch. Johnson has seen great volume over the last two weeks and if Schuster is on a reduced snap count, he should get even more opportunity to earn us some money.
Another surprising pick here and a player whose price has been bumped since week 1. It’s everyone’s favourite, Larry Fitzgerald for $6,000 against the leaky Bengals secondary. Christian Kirk is out, and Fitz has been looking good, even with Kirk playing.
Murray shouldn’t struggle to have a good game against the Bengals and this whole offense should garner your fantasy attention. Fitz is going for the record books and they love to feed him the ball because he’s so reliable. I think he could have a huge week and he won’t be a player that everyone has.
So, you have the option to just skip over my receiver tips because the last two weeks have been possibly my worst tips ever at this position. I think it may have something to do with most of the players being under $5,000. I’m making damn sure that I score some receiver points this week and if this fails then I might as well never play Draft Kings again. I’m choosing Michael Thomas to drag me out of this bad receiver hellhole.
He’s gone down a lot in price, to $6,600, since Brees went down but he’s commanding a huge target share from Teddy Bridgewater, as he should. It also helps that the Saints are playing the Bucs and they have no competent players that can cover the slot. Thomas may not be a slot receiver all the time, but I think Sean Payton will exploit that matchup all day long and he could be the top receiver of the week, so expect a price bump for week 6.
You may have seen me get burnt last week choosing Phillip Dorsett and it might not be the best idea to go for another Patriots weapon. Alas, we’re going for Ben Watson for the intriguing price of $3,700. Admittedly, Watson could literally do nothing as is the disclaimer you should always give when choosing a Patriots player.
They didn’t have a very good week against the Bills. McDaniel’s is going to want to get them going and have an amazing week against the pitiful Redskins defence. Although Ben Watson might be old and coming off a suspension, he is literally the only option the Patriots have at tight end. It’s obvious that Brady and the entire offense is faltering because they have no viable tight end threat so I think that Brady will be looking to Watson often.
It’s Tyler Eifert. There is no point in me explaining as I’m going to be doing it every week. He’s facing the Cardinals. He’s $3,300. It’d be dumb not to pick him up.
My other option this week is the Buffalo Bills against a Titans offense that isn’t bad but isn’t a road burner. Last week the Bills looked amazing against the Patriots, even if the Pats weren’t looking in best form. When you only allow 16 points to them, that’s a win, even if you lose. The Bills have playmakers at every level and Mariota might find himself in hot water quite a few times and you only have to part with $3,100.
Right, I’m going to get this out of the way, I’m putting the Patriots as an option every single week. Call it gloating, call me biased, call me whatever you want. They are one of the top fantasy options every week. Tyler likes to hate on defences in fantasy, but the Patriots can literally win your DFS contests. Against Colt McCoy and the Redskins expect them to be worth the $4,300 they cost.
QB Jameis Winston $6,200 [email protected]: Haters may say he’s inconsistent but he’s having a big season and his two receivers are producing monster numbers.
RB Mark Ingram $6,300 [email protected]: He’s extremely efficient with his carries and the past two weeks he’s really picked up the pace.
RB Aaron Jones $5,900 [email protected]: An injured Davante Adams gives everyone in the GB offense a bump this week, even if Dallas are a good defence.
WR Allen Robinson $5,600 [email protected]: I like to target the OAK corners each week and Robinson is Chase Daniels favourite target.
WR Chris Godwin $6,900 [email protected]: A nice stack with Winston here, Godwin is finally living up to his potential and Evans is the perfect running mate.