Well, it’s that time of the week again. The working week is behind us and all that’s left to do is sit down and settle on a line-up for NFL Sunday. Trust me, I for one know that this is no easy task.
Again we have a couple of byes to navigate this week as the Vikings and Bucs both get the week off. However, as is the nature of DFS, there is a whole heap of value out there this week. Here’s a couple of plays that I like.
Pay up: Drew Brees ($9,500) is fresh off a bye and back at the Superdome this week. As we know, Brees loves to playing under the bright lights of the dome and is always a high upside play due to the Saints reliance on him to move the ball. This week he comes up against the Panthers, a divisional opponent that Brees has seen a lot of over his career. Vegas has this game as the second highest scoring game of the weekend and given Carolina’s defensive struggles to start the season, QB exposure here makes a lot of sense.
Value play: Brian Hoyer ($6,800) has quickly proven himself as somewhat of a consistent DFS play in his three starts this season. Accounting for over 300 yards and 2 touchdowns on each occasion Hoyer has another favourable matchup this week as he faces Jags, a team that has been mediocre at best to start this season. While the Jags have not given up a heap of yardage through the air, opposing QB’s have found the endzone with ease against them, an area that Hoyer has been efficient in thus far. Again, Vegas predicts this one will be a high scoring affair which is great for DFS.
Spend play: Demarco Murray ($9,200) is my premium play at the running back position this week. While the former rushing leader has been a workhorse for the Titans this season, I did have a hard time separating him from Leveon Bell this week as both should have huge games on Sunday. Murray however, has asserted himself as the centrepiece of the Titans offence and the volume he is receiving on a weekly basis is too hard to look past. Couple this with a prime matchup against the Browns, I don’t see how Murray doesn’t near 20+ fantasy points this week.
Value play: Christine Michael ($6,700) is my non Jordan Howard value play for week 6 as I really cannot plug the same play here for the third consecutive week. With that being said, Howard is still a viable play even with the uptick in price. Now, onto C-Mike. Michael has profited from the injury to Thomas Rawls to start the season and has dominated backfield touches in recent week. With Rawls set to miss again, look for this to continue against the Falcons on Sunday, a team this has given up just under 20 fantasy points a game to running backs.
Pay up: Antonio Brown ($9,500) is playing on Sunday this week and if you are not rolling out Leveon Bell as one of your running backs I would suggest some exposure to Brown. He needs no introduction; he is the best receiver in football.
Value play: Brandin Cooks ($7,100) has only totalled 44 yards in his last two outings and is one of the most frustrating players to own in fantasy football, as an owner I can attest to this. However, to take out a GPP tournament, sometimes you need to roll the dice on a high upside play and that’s exactly what Cooks is. We saw him explode in week one for 140 yards and 2 touchdowns on his way to a monster score, however in recent weeks he has been blanketed by some of the games best corners. With the Panthers up next for the Saints, Cooks should have a little more freedom as Carolina no longer possess an elite corner.
Delaine Walker ($6,500) should have a field day this week against a Browns defence that is allowing over 100 yards a game to opposing tight ends. While Walker is still working back to 100% health following a minor hamstring injury, he has been a consistent pass catcher between the 20’s and in the redzone for Marcus Mariota over past year. Don’t be afraid to stack him with Demarco Murray as the pair should both be in for big games.
At a basement price of ($4,000) either of the Steelers or Titans will allow you to pay up for bigger names at the skill positions in our line-ups. I expect around 10 fantasy points from the both of them as Ryan Tannehill and every Browns QB in the last 10 years are prone to turning over the football.
Until Adam Vinatieri ($5,200) misses a field goal, play him. He has been lights out this season and the Colts offence has been moving the ball just enough to get in field goal range but not quite enough to put up 7. You can’t script it any better than that for kickers.
Be sure to continue the conversation with me on twitter @damonmarcon where we can talk all things NFL as well as those line-ups that are pushing towards DFS glory. Good luck!