FanDuel: $2,000,000 Week 5 Fantasy Football League
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Enter the $2,000,000 Week 5 Fantasy Football League
- Starts Sunday 1pm ET, ends Monday
- $2,000,000 cash prize pool
- First place wins $150,000
- Top 90,800 teams paid, only $5 entry
- Pick anyone you want - stay under the salary cap
Welcome to week 5 of our FanDuel cash game advice. Last week was a bit down scoring wise on FanDuel. While you usually need 120 points to put yourself in the money for cash games, you merely needed 100 in week 4. This was a strange week where the elite receivers performed way below expectations. I doubt we will see a week where the score that is needed will be this low again, but it goes to show the variability of the amount you may need in any given week. Sometimes that number will be lower as we saw, or it could be slightly higher 120's for you to cash. Sticking with a lineup that you feel confident can get you 120 though is a great baseline, as a majority of the time, think 80% or so, this will put you in the top half. My picks below are minimizing risk, while also holding some upside to help in case we have a week where scoring is up.
I will give you a few options at positions, and then at the end say who I am going with for my main cash game lineup. Now let us jump into the picks. Players are listed by position, and then ordered by the ones I like most.
Tom Brady ($8,800) - Is there anything Brady can't do this year? He has looked in prime form the first three weeks of the season, distancing himself from all other QB's. So he has to be the most expensive QB on FanDuel right? Nope, Aaron Rodgers still holds that title, and it is by $400. While Brady's price does keep going up, it isn't going up fast enough. By stepping on the field, Brady is almost assured to get 20 points every week. Insert him in your lineup, and look for a bargain or two elsewhere to fill out your roster.
Philip Rivers ($7,500) - If you want to go with an elite receiver, or two higher priced Running Backs, Rivers is a nice cost efficient alternative. While the offensive line is still a little shaky, Rivers has been doing a better job of getting the ball out of his hands quicker. This worked for him last week, and should again with the Chargers playing the Steelers. The Steelers did shut down the last two Quarterbacks they played, but those were Nick Foles, and Joe Flacco on a Thursday night game, where scoring always seems to be down. The first two weeks this defense got picked apart, expect that to happen again here.
Le'Veon Bell ($9,000) - As we were just talking about the Monday night game, the guy lining up in the backfield for the Steelers is my second guy this week. Brady was my first lock into my lineup, and Bell was right after him. It doesn't matter who the Quarterback is for the Steelers, as Bell will get his. The Steelers will force feed Bell the ball, almost guaranteeing his success. Factor in the Chargers have given up the second most points to opposing RB's, and you have a perfect matchup. Start Bell with confidence and watch him put up 20 plus points for you.
Justin Forsett ($7,200) - It took till the Thursday night game last week to see the Justin Forsett of 2014. If it were not for that game, he would be nowhere near this list. Forsett would have been GPP only then, but watching him run last week has given me some confidence he can do it again this week. The Browns have been poor against the run this year, giving Forsett more traction to being a cash game option. With no Steve Smith Sr. this week, the Ravens will need to run the ball as much as possible.
Danny Woodhead ($6,000) - A beneficiary to the Philip Rivers passing game this season. It isn't even just solely his production in the passing game, as he has also ran the ball well. Expect Woodhead to continue to run routes out of the backfield, line up as a receiver, and help produce numbers for you in a variety of ways. At $6,000 he is a bargain, and should find his way to doubling up his salary.
Two other cheap plays at the Running Back position are due to injuries from the starters in front of them, Anthony Dixon ($4,500) and Roy Helu Jr. ($5,700). Dixon is slated to start with both Karlos Williams and LeSean McCoy ruled out this week. Roy Helu Jr. is only a good play if Latavius Murray is ruled out. Right now it doesn't appear Murray will miss the game, but he has only had limited practice so far this week, so I wouldn't be surprised if he is ruled out just before the game.
Julio Jones ($9,200) - Sure he had a down week last week, but don't let that cloud your judgement. He is still the top receiver option for cash games this week. DeAngelo Hall will be out for Sunday's game, meaning they will need to a lesser corner his way. Expect Jones to have a nice bounce-back week here with over 100 yards and at least one score.
Jeremy Maclin ($6,900) - This salary is just too low. I was surprised that Maclin hasn't raised his salary higher with the last two weeks he has had. The Chiefs have finally figured out how to properly use there newest free agent acquisition. Alex Smith has been looking directly for him the last two weeks, and there is no reason to see that changing here. The Bears defense has been getting torched by receivers this year, and Maclin will be the next to add his name to that list.
Julian Edelman ($7,700) - With how Brady is playing, I have to recommend his top wide receiver. Edelman is as steady as can be for DFS, with the volume of receptions he gives you on a week to week basis. The upside may not be there, but his downside is higher than almost everyone. Start him, and watch as at least 8 receptions and 100 yards are accumulated against the Cowboys.
Larry Fitzgerald ($7,400) - I recommended Fitzgerald last week, and I will do it again here. The salary is exactly the same, and everything I said last week still stands. Getting Fitzgerald at this price is almost a steal. Palmer has been reviving his career, getting him back into prime Fitzgerald form. Good matchup against the Lions and what the has done this year make him a great Cash Game play this week.
Kendall Wright ($5,900) - A terrific matchup play for this week. Wright comes in below $6,000, and provides similar stability to Julian Edelman. While the floor is lower for Wright, that is factored into his salary here. I didn't expect Mariota to be playing too well to start with, but I have to admit he is doing well enough to make his receivers worthy of starting. The Bills have consistently been allowing points to receivers. This allows a greater opportunity for Wright, and is a nice cheaper alternative if you are trying to fit in Julio Jones, or maybe a Gronk play.
Rob Gronkowski ($8,400) - Basically a reminder that the Patriots don't have a bye this week, and is back to being the first guy you should always consider as your Tight End. This week with most of the guys I have recommended above, it is difficult to fit him in, but if you can, do it.
Owen Daniels ($4,900) - (Insert Tight End playing against the Raiders here). That is pretty much what I am going to keep doing here in this column. Until the Raiders can figure out how to defend the Tight End position, it is almost a lock that you should be playing that opposing Tight End. Sure Daniels hasn't been involved as much as we would like, but has scored in each of the last two games. With a total of 6 TD's allowed to the Tight End position, and at least one in each game so far this year, it isn't hard to envision Daniels finding himself with a TD at the end of the game.
Josh Lambo ($4,500) - He was my minimum priced kicker recommendation last week and it worked out. I figure why not recommended him again, he fits my criteria for kickers in DFS. He is the minimum price, and on an offense that will have opportunities to score on Monday night.
Denver Broncos ($4,900) - The best fantasy defense so far this season, and the train will keep on rolling this week. While the Raiders have been surprisingly good this year, it is hard to not succumb to this Broncos defense. Derrick Carr has been playing well, but does have a tendency to try and force the ball into tight spots. Denver will make you pay for that. Denver defense should be good for at least 10 fantasy points, and probably will end the game between 10 and 15.
New England Patriots ($4,700) - While the Patriots defense hasn't been setting the world on fire like the Broncos, the matchup they have is better. The Patriots get to play against a Cowboys team that has lost three of its best offensive playmakers. Not only will the Cowboys be starting Brandon Weeden still, his safety net Lance Dunbar is out. I think this is the game that we see the old Weeden, which gives the Patriots plenty of turnover opportunities. Not unreasonable to think 3+ turnovers could happen here.
My Cash Lineup:
QB: Tom Brady ($8,800)
RB: Le'Veon Bell ($9,000)
RB: Danny Woodhead ($6,000)
WR: Jeremy Maclin ($6,900)
WR: Julian Edelman ($7,700)
WR: Larry Fitzgerald ($7,400)
TE: Owen Daniels ($4,900)
Kicker: Josh Lambo ($4,500)
DEF: New England Patriots ($4,700)