Week 5 is here already, and while Week 4’s bargain plays weren’t all sure-fire hits, we did hit big on Nick Chubb and Robert Woods.
Will Dissly didn’t do as good as expected, but it’s the tight end position, and he did record a TD. Daniel Jones hit a rookie wall, Marlon Mack was game-scripted out and Larry Fitzgerald was held in check.
You win some, you lose some and Week 4 was a crazy week when not even the best of the best performed as they should… cough, cough… DeAndre Hopkins, Amari Cooper and so forth.
But we’re set for Week 5 so let’s get some good bargains for you!
Andy Dalton, Quarterback, Cincinnati Bengals ($5,700)
Yes, I know prime time Andy Dalton showed up and pulled the usual prime time Andy Dalton that we have seen one too many times. So why start him now? Glad you asked. Because he gets the horrid Arizona Cardinals at home. Matthew Stafford, Lamar Jackson and Kyle Allen all had huge games against the Cardinals. The only QB not to have a great day against them so far this season was Russell Wilson. Even with John Ross expected to miss a few weeks, Dalton has plenty of weapons at his disposal.
Phillip Lindsay, Running Back, Denver Broncos ($4,900)
This is a tough one to use, but I think with the Melvin Ingram injury that it just bodes well for the Broncos’ running game in general, mainly for Phillip Lindsay. In the three weeks prior to last week’s game, Lindsay had double-digit touches and I expect the Broncos to keep the ground game going with Lindsay getting the goal line carries. He could easily get a touchdown or two in this one. If you feel like it’s a Royce Freeman ($4,600) week, I don’t fault you here because if and when the Broncos fall behind, Freeman could be on the receiving end of this backfield.
Miles Sanders, Running Back, Philadelphia Eagles ($4,500)
If you look at the fantasy box score from last week, Jordan Howard looked like the better back recording three total touchdowns, but if you were like me and watched the Thursday night game, I thought Miles Sanders was the better of the two. This rookie class of running backs hasn’t really done anything special up to this point. But Sanders looks like the special one in this class and should really take off against the New York Jets. They are just as bad as the Miami Dolphins (sorry Ben), and if Sam Darnold is unable to go once again this week, they are using Luke Falk as their quarterback, which is gross enough. Consider this the “breakout” game for Sanders.
Adam Thielen, Wide Receiver, Minnesota Vikings ($6,700)
The squeaky wheel always gets the grease is how the saying goes. Last week against the Bears, Adam Thielen finished with pretty bad stats, something that you would expect from Kyle Rudolph, because we all know how he is with this team. Nothing. That’s exactly what happened with Thielen as he finished with two catches for six yards, while fellow teammate Stefon Diggs went 7/108. After the game Thielen complained about not getting the ball. This week he will get the ball as he will be going up against the Giants in New York. This could be a get-right game for Thielen, like a Mike Evans’ style get right game.
Allen Robinson II, Wide Receiver, Chicago Bears ($5,600)
The main option of this passing attack, Allen Robinson has so far been utilized as the safety blanket. Sure he has Chase Daniels throwing to him this week, but if you paid attention to Week 4, you would have seen that Robinson led the team in targets as Daniels was managing the game after coming in for the injured Mitch Trubisky. He is the clear No. 1 wide receiver on this team and should once again get somewhere in the range of 10+ targets this week as the Bears face the Raiders. I don’t see the Bears having it as easy as they did last week against the Vikings, so I expect a lot of passing this week. Robinson should find his way to the end zone Sunday.
Calvin Ridley, Wide Receiver, Atlanta Falcons ($4,900)
No matter how you look at it, Calvin Ridley is no where near the player he was last year at this time. He is basically the fourth option in the passing game as he was recently passed up by Austin Hooper. But in my opinion it’s the offensive line that is holding Matt Ryan back and not allowing the deep pass that Ridley is so good at coming down with. Let’s hope he gets back on track this week as the running game is a joke and Ryan just keeps dinking and dunking to accumulate all his yards while throwing very few touchdowns recently. Ridley may not get the yards this week, but with the defense (or lack there of) of the Houston Texans, I envision their secondary getting burned by the crafty wide receiver. Something positive has to happen sooner or later with this offense, and I see it happening this week.
Tyler Eifert, Tight End, Cincinnati Bengals ($3,300)
I hate the tight end position. It’s so hard to figure out. Sure the Bengals as a whole looked horrific on Monday night, but Tyler Eifert almost had a touchdown. Sure “almost” only really counts in horseshoes and hand grenades, but when you play the Arizona Cardinals, they are that grenade for tight ends as they are the absolute worst against the position compared to any other team. Let’s hope the trend continues here and Eifert lights it up. Heck, he may not even be a bad cheap stacking option with Dalton.
Carolina Panthers DST ($2,600)
This team has been a sack-producing machine over the last two weeks recording 14 sacks while totaling 18 for the season. They have also held each team they’ve played so far this season to under 200 passing yards. This week they get the Jacksonville Jaguars back at home, and have you seen that offensive line? It’s very offensive (dad joke) and the Panthers should have a field day sacking Gardner Minshew left and right and everywhere in between.
Looking for more DFS content? Be sure to check out the latest episode of the Loaded Box Podcast as the guys reveal their DFS lineups for Week 5 in the NFL.