Daily fantasy is a strange game at times, the endless tinkering with line-ups and fifty-fifty calls at each position almost always seem to backfire on us. However, the fact that we can start fresh again each week is undoubtedly what keeps us all coming back each week.
Week 5 marks the move into the second quarter of the season and with four weeks in the books, the Browns remain the sole winless team. Week 5 marks another milestone and one that Patriot fans have had pencilled in for a long time. Yes, that’s right Tom Brady is back this week.
Pay up: Tom Brady ($8,300) is eligible to play this week and for that fact alone, he must be considered as a viable DFS option. Coming off a 4-week ban, I don’t see any scenario where he doesn’t take the field to prove a point. There has been a whole heap of talk about Brady being a little bit rusty. Seriously? This guy is arguably the greatest of all time and is priced nicely this week. Couple that with the fact that he comes up against the Browns, it’s a yes from me.
Value play: Carson Wentz ($7,000) is set to face the depleted Lions defence this week. While his price has trended upward since week one, Wentz comes off a bye that followed a stellar performance against the Steelers the week prior. The Eagles are averaging over 30 points a game this season and I don’t see any scenario where this doesn’t continue this week. Given his form and the matchup, don’t look past the rookie if you’re looking to splash the cash elsewhere.
Pay up: Demarco Murray ($8,900) is by no means a cheap option this week, but in DFS you often get what you pay for. Murray has proven himself to be one of the leagues premiere backs so far this season and has silenced any doubters following a horrible season under Chip Kelly. While everyone else in the Titans offence has struggled, Murray has been somewhat of a workhorse and comes up against a Miami defence that has been gashed by the run in weeks gone past. There is no doubt he will get the volume and with his involvement in the passing game, he comes with a very high floor.
Value play: Jordan Howard ($5,100) starred last week in the Bears first win of the season and while he did feature in this column only 7 days ago, I can’t look past him this week. Howard eclipsed 130 all purpose yards and was essentially the focal point of the Bears offence. This week he faces the Colts that surprisingly elected not to take their bye following their game in London. In what is projected to be one of the higher scoring games of the week, Howard will be a very popular play, but also one I cant bring my self to fade.
Pay up: Odell Beckham ($8,800) is just simply too good to go without producing. Yes, we all know about the headlines he created throughout the week and just like all the great ones do, OBJ will look to come out and silence his critics this week. The matchup this week is somewhat favourable as the Packers have given up a heap of yardage through the air this season. While they rank 1st in the NFL against the run, the secondary has not yet held up their end of the deal and with Sam Shields out, this should continue. I also expect Rodgers and Green Bay to take the lead, which may just mean Eli will have to sling it even more.
Value play: Amari Cooper ($7,100) on paper may look to be the second best receiver in the Oakland offence, but make no mistake, he is the real number one. The problem for Cooper has been the lack of chemistry between he and Derek Carr in the endzone thus far. Sure there has been a couple of drops that have been Cooper’s fault, but eventually it’s just going to happen, he’s too talented to go without finding the endzone. With the Chargers on deck this week and Jason Verrett sidelined, this may well be his coming out party.
Hunter Henry ($4,600) is quickly becoming Phillip Rivers favourite target in the passing game and at near basement price, he is just too good to pass up this week. We all know that Rivers loves to spread the field and share the targets amongst all his weapons, but with Allen and Woodhead out, it seems as if Henry will be his safety blanket going forward. There has also been no team in the NFL more susceptible to tight end production than the Raiders over the last couple of seasons. Expect Rivers and Henry to exploit this.
The Steelers ($4,100) are usually a pretty safe bet at home. Couple that with the fact that Ryan Fitzpatrick has thrown 9 interceptions in the last two games, I’m more than inclined to go with the budget option here. If Ben and the Steelers offence can take the lead early, the Steelers pass rush will get their chance to do what they love best. This will only mean more sack points.
Adam Vinatieri ($5,100) has been lights out all season and thats pretty much all we can judge kickers on. There will undoubtedly be points in their showdown against the Bears, so a double digit score is definitely on the cards.
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!