Easy Money: Week 5 DFS Advice
Believe me. Odds are, none of these names are going to get you excited. But one of the keys to DFS success is ignoring flash, and going for value, every time you can. These four guys are as cost-effective as they get and are all set to put up some big numbers this weekend. So, as you figure out the best way to spend your $55,000 Fanball cap, keep this set of players in mind. They’ll give you the best shot to be counting your winnings at week’s end.
Best Value, QB: Alex Smith @ New Orleans – $6,600 – 12% of Cap
All the attention will go to Drew Brees in his quest to become the all-time passing leader. As has almost become his trademark, expect Alex Smith to quietly have a stout game, flying far below the radar, just how he likes it. Smith has been as consistent as it gets in his first season with Washington, throwing for at least 220 yards in every game he’s played. The problem? The famed “Gamer Manager” has yet to truly break out. Smith has yet to throw for either 300 yards nor three touchdowns, but Monday could finally be the night. The Saints have allowed the third-most fantasy points to opposing quarterback this year, allowing an astonishing average of 323 yards, 2.8 touchdowns, and only .3 interceptions per game. Brees will get all the love, but Smith will likely be the better DFS play.
Best Value, RB: T.J. Yeldon @ Kansas City – $5,700 – 10% of Cap
I’m just going to level with you. If you’re not including T.J. Yeldon on your DFS teams this week, you’re building your team wrong. This reaches far past the Leonard Fournette injury that grants Yeldon lead-back status. This is about an opponent that has gotten shredded week after week after week. The Chiefs are allowing over 100 yards rushing yards per game to opposing running backs, on a salivating 5.5 yards per carry. Yeldon already has 125 receiving yards on the season, and that number is bound to go up significantly, as Kansas City is by far the worst in the league at covering backs in the passing game, surrendering 96 yards per game. Spending 13 percent of your cap may still be worth it for Yeldon. Only using 10 percent on him is highway robbery.
Best Value, WR: Mohamed Sanu @ Pittsburgh – $5,000 – 9% of Cap
It’s another Atlanta Falcons game, and we’re inclined to believe this will be yet another shootout. Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley should obviously be monsters in this matchup, but Mohamed Sanu, at a $2500 dollar price reduction, makes the most sense for your lineup. Sanu has been overshadowed by Ridley’s recent breakout but has been playing pretty good football himself over their last two games, totaling 10 receptions, 147 yards, and one touchdown during that span. Pittsburgh has been only better than New Orleans at defending the wide receiver position this year. Through the first quarter of the season, the Steelers have surrendered an average of 221 yards per game, and 1.8 touchdowns to wideouts. Skip the flashier Falcons receivers, and get the best bang for your buck with Sanu.
Best Value, TE: Jared Cook @ Los Angeles (Chargers) – $6,200 – 11% of Cap
Yuck. I don’t particularly like any tight end this week. But since we’re forced to play one, I’m offering Jared Cook as the least of all the evils. Cook wasn’t even rostered in most season-long leagues entering the year. Now, he sits as the number one fantasy tight end in football, and so far shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Cook now has multiple games with over 100 yards receiving, and after not finding the end zone at all through their first three games, scored twice in the Raiders week four win. This weeks’ opponent just let George Kittle go for 125 yards and a touchdown a week ago. But other than him, number one tight ends haven’t done anything against Los Angeles, averaging 23 yards, and zero touchdowns. Cook is a fine play, but if your looking to spend big on an elite player, tight end may be the place to do it this week.
All game log information, and defense against specific position stats courtesy of fftoday.com
All DVOA statistics courtesy of footballoutsiders.com
Bradley Ylitalo (@BradleyYlitalo) is a freelance contributor for the SportsHub Games Network, Inc., Fanball’s parent company. Any advice or strategies provided by SportsHub contributors represent their personal opinions; they do not necessarily reflect the view(s) of SportsHub Games Network and are not necessarily reflective of the strategies they may employ in their own lineups.