We had another strong week with bargain plays as Andy Dalton (though it took a while, cashed in), Phillip Lindsay, Adam Thielen, Allen Robinson, Calvin Ridley and the Panthers DST were all successful.
Week 6 is upon us and it just blows my mind how fast this season is going! So sit back, crack a beer, get DraftKings loaded up in your browser and let’s start finding some bargains!
Gardner Minshew, Quarterback, Jacksonville Jaguars ($5,000)
Minshew Mania is in full swing and this kid has definitely been the best rookie quarterback so far this season. He has scored no less than 16.72 DK points and dropped $300 compared to last week. Follow that up with his price tag only going up $1,000 since Week 1 ($4,000). He had 44 attempts last week against the Panthers and I think he will be doing the same on Sunday with the New Orleans Saints coming to town. With the weapons he has at his disposal, this game has definite shootout potential and I can see Minshew adding another three touchdowns to his yearly total. Book it.
Damien Williams, Running Back, Kansas City Chiefs ($5,700)
Sure he only had nine carries last week, but now is the time to get Damien Williams back into your lineups. This week’s game comes with the highest over/under of the week showing that it’s likely to be a high-scoring affair. Expect Williams to get double-digit carries, hopefully a touchdown or two, along with some nice added points via the passing game against the Houston Texans at home. Get him while he’s still a bargain!
Carlos Hyde, Running Back, Houston Texans ($4,400)
Same game, just the other side, you have to find a way to get Carlos Hyde into a lineup. 10, 20, 10, 12, 21 are not his fantasy points, but his carries over the first five weeks. Averaging 8-10 points a week is nothing to really be excited about, but look at what Marlon Mack, Kerryon Johnson, Mark Ingram, and Josh Jacobs have done to the Chiefs. They ran all over them! All of these running backs had 99 or more rushing yards against them and made it look easy in the process. Hyde should be the fifth RB to get over 99 yards rushing and should fall (literally) into the end zone.
Tevin Coleman, Running Back, San Francisco 49ers ($4,400)
Matt Breida may have stolen the show on Monday night with his 83-yard touchdown run, but it was good to see Tevin Coleman back in the lineup, recording 16 carries in a blowout win against the Browns. The nice thing about DraftKings is they always want to be the first to get their next week lineups out as fast as possible, and usually don’t adjust the Monday Night games. This is an opportunity to laugh at his price tag and take advantage of his bargain status as Coleman visits the Rams – a team that just gave up 118 yards on 27 carries to Chris Carson. Sure, this backfield may be split, but Kyle Shanahan knows that Coleman can get the job done.
Larry Fitzgerald, Wide Receiver, Arizona Cardinals ($6,100)
Yes, I know I have already had Larry Fitzgerald as a bargain play this season. But come on, how can you not have him in a lineup this week? Everyone has a good, if not great, game against the Atlanta Falcons’ defense (unless your name is DeAndre Hopkins), but he still didn’t kill you if you used him last week. Kyler Murray has eyes for Fitzgerald, but despite not recording a game over 100 receiving yards since Week 2, I think that streak should come to an end here.
Terry McLaurin, Wide Receiver, Washington Redskins ($6,000)
In Week 4 I recommended Terry McLaurin as a bargain and he didn’t even play, so I want to apologize because this article comes out Thursday afternoons before I really know who is in and out. This week, I know he is in, and playing in a game known as the “Tank Bowl” against the Miami Dolphins. McLaurin is a player I predict to have a nice rebound game and get back on that touchdown streak as long as Case Keenum is in the lineup. But even if Keenum gets pulled at some point, who cares, get McLaurin in a lineup.
Auden Tate, Wide Receiver, Cincinnati Bengals ($4,500)
Over the past couple of weeks Auden Tate has become a big part of the passing game for the Bengals as they lost John Ross III to injury and A.J. Green is still yet to make his season debut. Luckily, this week he gets a horrible Ravens’ secondary who is struggling to stop anyone’s passing game and have given up 50+ yards to the #2 and #3 receiver of opposing teams. With his height advantage and playing in a game they should be trailing in, Tate should see around 10 targets which should lead to around 70 yards and a touchdown. He’s an easy chalk play at his cost.
Jared Cook, Tight End, New Orleans Saints ($3,400)
He has 12 targets over the last two weeks and was finally able to score a touchdown last week against Tampa Bay. He’s not what he was last year in Oakland, but he should have a good chance to put up decent stats on Sunday. It’s so hard to figure out the tight end position as I tend to usually build this last with my defense.
San Francisco 49ers DST ($2,700)
This defense is a legitimate sleeper that everyone may be missing due to their matchup against the Rams. They have had at least an interception and a sack every game and they’re allowing just 178 passing yards and 82 rushing yards per game. Yikes. With the way Nick Bosa played on Monday night, along with how the rest of this defense has played so far this year, they should provide a nice return on investment (especially with Todd Gurley and Brandin Cooks both being tagged as questionable).
Be sure to check out the latest episode of the Loaded Box Podcast as we discuss our top daily fantasy sports bargains, stacks, must use/avoid players, and answer listener start/sit questions!