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FanDuel DFS Football Tournament Plays for Week 5

Armando Marsal goes over some tournament plays to consider in Week 5.

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Stud: Matt Ryan $8,300 vs. WAS

Ryan has thrown the second most passing yards in the first four weeks and is quietly having himself a nice season. Based on Thursday night’s slate, his average ownership percentage is 7.6 percent. He has scored fewer than 18 points just once this season and has a favorable matchup ahead of him. Coming into this game, the Redskins are struggling against the pass as they’re allowing 231.5 passing yards and 31.5 passing attempts per game. They defend well against the run, forcing opposing quarterbacks to throw. The Redskins have also surrendered five passing touchdowns in the last two games and are dealing with injuries to the secondary. Ryan is averaging nearly 36 passing attempts per game and should be able to pick this weak and banged up secondary apart.

Other Studs: Aaron Rodgers $9,200, Tom Brady $8,800, and Peyton Manning $8,200

Value: Philip Rivers $7,500 vs. PIT

If you’re looking for a more economical quarterback with plenty of upside, you should consider Rivers. In two home games this season, he is averaging 380 passing yards per game, has thrown five touchdowns, and is averaging over 25 fantasy points per game. He also has an impressive 112.9 QB rating.  The Steelers have surrendered seven passing touchdowns, are allowing 252 passing yards per game, and a QB rating of 100.4. Take into consideration that the Steelers haven’t faced many quarterbacks of Rivers’ caliber. In fact, the only time they faced a high end quarterback this season, they got torched for 288 yards and four touchdowns. This is a great spot for Rivers and he should be a great return on investment this week.  Not to mention, you got yourself the Monday night hammer by plugging him in. He’s my top play at quarterback this week.

Other Values: Sam Bradford $7,500 and Blake Bortles $6,900

Running Backs

Stud: Jamaal Charles $9,100 vs. CHI

If you’re paying up for a back this week, it should either be Charles or Bell. Charles leads all running backs in targets (26), is averaging five catches per game, is averaging 114.25 total yards per game, has scored three touchdowns, and receives 72.7 percent of the rushes in the red zone for Kansas City. In addition, he averages 20.4 fantasy points per game. The Chiefs are a heavy favorite in this game, which is always something I look for when selecting my backs. Running backs that are favorites have a tendency to score more fantasy points and have a higher chance at scoring a touchdown. The Bears are allowing over 100 rushing yards per game to opposing backs and 4.45 rushing yards per attempt. They’ve yielded three touchdowns to opposing backs. This is a great spot for Charles.

Other Studs: Le’Veon Bell $9,000

Value: Danny Woodhead $6,000 vs. PIT

Woodhead has been a running back that I’ve leaned on often this season because of his price and his volume. At only 10 percent of your salary you’re getting a back that averages 13.7 fantasy points per game, four catches per game, plays in 51.1 percent of the team’s offensive snaps (leads backs on team), and receives 87.5 percent of the team’s rushing attempts. The Steelers have not allowed a touchdown to a receiver this season, but did give up over 150 rushing yards last week and are surrendering 123.25 total yards per game to opposing backs. Woodhead is heavily involved in this offense and with Steve Johnson unlikely to play, he could see more targets. He’s a safe and affordable option at running back.

Other values: Dion Lewis $6,900, T.J. Yeldon $6,600, and Ameer Abdullah $6,100

Wide Receivers

Stud: Julio Jones $9,200 vs. WAS

Jones is coming off of his worst performance of the season, catching four of his six targets for 38 yards. A lot had to do with game flow as the Falcons were able to take an early lead against the Texans by running the ball. However, this week could be a huge week for Jones. The Redskins are actually the best run defense in the league through the first four weeks, which will force on the Falcons to rely on the pass. They’re allowing just 59 rushing yards per game and 3.37 rushing yards per attempt. Their weakness is stopping the pass and like I mentioned above they’re also dealing with injuries in the secondary.  Receivers are averaging 154.25 yards per game, 13.7 yards per catch, and have scored six touchdowns against the Redskins secondary. If I had to choose a player who has the best potential this week to score the most fantasy points, it would be Jones. He’s my top play this week at all positions.

Other Studs: Odell Beckham $9,000, Demaryius Thomas $8,600, Randall Cobb $8,200, Calvin Johnson $8,100, Julian Edelman $7,700, and Keenan Allen $7,700

Value: Allen Robinson $6,300 at TB

Robinson is usually a player that is low owned, is reasonably priced, and provides plenty of upside. He’s a high volume receiver who receives plenty of targets. For the season, he has 39 targets, but 33 of those have come in the last three weeks. He hasn’t been efficient, but that’s likely because a lot of his passes are down field passes. However, if he starts catching just 50 percent of his targets, his stat lines will improve. He displayed his ability to have big games as he crushed the Dolphins in Week 2 for 30 fantasy points. The Bucs are allowing 155 receiving yards per game and have surrendered six touchdowns to opposing receivers. The Jags are underdogs this week and can be chasing points. Robinson is an intriguing tournament play and sprinkling him into some lineups isn’t a bad idea.

Other Values: Jordan Matthews $6,800, James Jones $6,400, Leonard Hankerson $6,000, and Willie Snead $5,300.

Tight Ends

Stud: Rob Gronkowski $8,400 at DAL

The only tight end that’s pretty much a lock any given week is Gronk. In his worst game this season, he had four receptions for 101 yards. Granted, when you’re paying a premium price for a tight end that may not be suffice, but if that’s his floor, I’ll take that. Despite having a bye last week, Gronk still leads all tight ends with four touchdowns. He receives 21.4 percent of the team’s targets and 28 percent of the team’s red zone targets. He’s as good as it gets and is Tom Brady’s go-to guy. If you’re paying up for this position, its’s wise to pay for Gronk.

Other studs: Travis Kelce $6,500

Value: Owen Daniels $4,900 at OAK

Any chance I get I will start a tight end playing against the Raiders defense. This week that’s not changing. Daniels has scored a touchdown in two consecutive games and has a good shot to make it three in a row as he has the best possible matchup a tight end can have. The Raiders have surrendered six touchdowns to opposing tight ends this season (at least one in every game) and give up 97 yards per game. Daniels just takes up 8 percent of your salary and should have no trouble whatsoever hitting value.

Other values: Delanie Walker $5,400