Phillip Rivers, QB San Diego Chargers: DraftKings - $6,900
Phil got it going a bit last week vs. Oakland and should continue that success this week against Oakland on the road. The Raiders have the worst pass defense in the NFL having given up over 1,300 yards and 8 touchdowns through the air so far. Rivers is moderately priced and this game has the week’s highest over/under at 50. Combine that with the loss of Verrett on the defensive side (stud cornerback) and we should have us a recipe for fantasy success!
Derek Carr QB Oakland Raiders : Draftkings - $6,800
Week 5 provides a matchup against the San Diego Chargers that is exactly what Carr and the Raiders receivers need to keep the momentum rolling from week 4. Already ranking in the lower rung of secondary’s the Chargers lost Pro Bowl caliber CB Jason Verrett to a partially torn ACL last week which should leave the field wide open for the likes of Carr, Crabtree, Cooper and Walford. I expect a shootout this week with both teams putting up plenty of points so if Carr does not walk away with 300 yards along with a couple of scores I would truly be surprised.
Legarette Blount, RB New England Patriots: DraftKings - $5,600
His price has been creeping up there in recent weeks but Blount is still a steal this week at $5,600. The Pats get Brady back this week and I’m sure he’ll want to punish someone for this latest battle with the league - why not the Browns! The spread is now sitting at a whopping 10.5 points! I try not to predict game flow but I expect the Pats to bury the Browns before halftime leaving plenty of time for Blount to lower the shoulder and rumble away that clock. Check the injury report Sunday but if Blount is playing start him with confidence.
Deandre Washington RB Oakland Raiders : Draftkings - $3,400
For as bad against the pass as they Chargers have been in 2016 they have been pretty bad against the run as well. The Raiders seem to already be moving away from Latavius Murray and there is a really good chance he sits on Sunday with a foot injury. Even though Washington has not had loads of touches he has looked like the most effective runner out of the Oakland backfield. Going up a porous defense will get the youngsters confidence going and should finish the day with a nice stat line at a bargain price.
Travis Benjamin WR San Diego Chargers: DraftKings - $6,500
He has underwhelmed lately but Benjamin is due for a big game and this matchup is perfect. This looks like the shootout of the week with a 50 point line (down from 52.5) and Benjamin brings that big play ability to the table. You want home runs in DFS and many will shy away from Benjamin given Rivers’ short passes of late and Benjamin’s struggles the past two weeks so its pseudo contrarian play. If you’ve blown the budget already grab Tyrell Williams ($4,700) he is tied with Benjamin for the team lead in targets at 28.
Sterling Shepard. : Draftkings - $5,500
After watching the game last Monday I wouldn’t blame you if you steered clear of the Giants receiving corp, but this Sunday night is going to be a different story. I know that Seattle and Denver get the most run as the elite defenses in the NFL, but the Minnesota Vikings look like the most complete defense to me. That being said the Green Bay Packers defense is nowhere near that level and it will show as Shepard and Cruz wreak havoc in the secondary while ODBJ is being double covered. To me I see a statement game out of the rookie where he eclipses 100 yards and hauls in a score in primetime.
Greg Olsen, TE Carolina Panthers : DraftKings - $6,300
Not a dream matchup but Olsen has literally been the mark of consistency through 4 weeks. The reason I say Olsen is so many will shy away from Olsen given Cam’s question mark for Monday night. With that said a big, legit tight end is a great target for a weak back up QB like Anderson if he gets the start. Enough people will shy away from Olsen to potentially make him the difference maker in your weekend tournament.
Zach Ertz TE Philadelphia : Draftkings - $3,500
With an extra week to recover from a rib displacement Ertz is coming back in a week that has a tailor made matchup for him. The Detroit Lions literally cannot contain the receiving TE position as they have given up touchdowns in every game this season to them. Without their playmaker in Deandre Levy it is going to be another tough week as Ertz will be going over the middle and underneath for all 60 minutes. 7-8 receptions combined with 85 yards and a score (maybe two) sounds about right on Sunday.
New England Patriots Defense: DraftKings - $3,700
Yep, I’m taking the Pats defense two weeks in a row. They are among the more expensive options but I expect them to absolutely pile-drive the Browns this week. They are heavily favored and that gap is growing. This is also the week Crowell gets exposed, sell him now if you own him in your weekly fantasy leagues! you’ve been warned.
Minnesota Vikings Defense: Draftkings - $3,400
Week 5 brings the Houston Texans to Minnesota on Sunday afternoon and by Sunday evening those same Texans are going to be wishing they didn’t make the trip I’m afraid. Collectively this Vikings defense has been the best I have seen this season. Someone is always stepping up and making plays, they smother the run, suffocate QBs and don’t allow the deep play. I would not be surprised at all if they take a couple of turnovers back for points this week.
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