We’ve had a few days off with MLB finishing up and NBA not yet getting started, but it’s time to dial it back up for some week 5 football! I have all things FanDuel right here for your reading pleasure, and we’ll be rocking for you in chat this Sunday all morning. In case you missed it, our FTA+ fantasy football rankings are currently in the top five experts on FantasyPros, so there’s a lot to be excited about. Come win money with us, and follow me on twitter @jac3600.
Aaron Rodgers, GB ($9500)
With Tom Brady on the Thursday night slate, Rodgers easily takes the gold as the top QB on the slate. He’s worth even this exorbitant price tag, but with LeVeon Bell as my top priority Rodgers will likely not be part of my plans. The Packers have a high team total of 25.5 points against Dallas, and Rodgers accounts for a little over 80% of his team’s TDs (a number that should even go up with Ty Montgomery ailing). He’s a great play in all formats.
Other options – Russell Wilson
Dak Prescott, DAL ($7700)
The other side of the ball in the GB-DAL game is where my peak interest lies. The Cowboys have the highest implied total on the Sunday slate at 27 points (only the Pats have more, and they play on Thursday). The Packers have a miserable defense this season and have allowed the most FPPG to the QB position. Dez Bryant is surging so far this year, and Dak’s running ability enhances both his floor and ceiling.
Other options – Matthew Stafford, Carson Wentz, Alex Smith, Carson Palmer, Philip Rivers
Eli Manning, NYG ($7000)
If I’m in this range I’d rather find the extra $700 to get up to Prescott, but Eli Has had two monster weeks in a row and he’s finally settling into feeding his many weapons. Expect another high volume attack from the Giants against a Chargers squad that ranks 21st in DVOA against the pass, and the injuries to the Giants defense could mean more throwing in the second half for Eli.
Other options – Jacoby Brissett, Josh McCown, Brian Hoyer, Jay Cutler
LeVeon Bell, PIT ($9500)
I made a mountain of cash off Bell last week as he was criminally underowned compared to the other top RBs in the game. I’m going right back to Bell this week as Pittsburgh is favored by 10 points at home over Jacksonville, and the Jaguars are by far the worst team in the league in rush defense DVOA. Don’t overthink this one, and lock in Bell for your cash lineups.
Other options – Kareem Huny, Ezekiel Elliott, LeSean McCoy
Todd Gurley, LAR ($7800)
Gurley is priced correctly on DraftKings, but FanDuel has not caught up with his RB1 production yet. People might tend to be scared off by the matchup with Seattle but they really shouldn’t be, as the Seahawks rank 30th in rush defense DVOA this year. Gurley is dominating his team’s touches and already has a whopping 21 red zone opportunities through four weeks of the season. Since the Rams are 3-1, there’s no reason they’ll shy away from feeding Gurley the rock all day.
Other options – Leonard Fournette, Jay Ajayi, Carlos Hyde, Melvin Gordon
Frank Gore, IND ($6000)
Old man Gore is still kicking after posting ten straight seasons with 1200+ YFS. He’s completely devoid of upside now but should offer at least a nice floor against the 49ers who have allowed the most FPPG to opposing RBs through the first four weeks of the year. Gore still gets red zone looks and is way too cheap for such a good matchup.
Other options – Bilal Powell, Marshawn Lynch, Christian McCaffrey, Duke Johnson, Joe Mixon, Thomas Rawls
Jordy Nelson, GB ($8600)
A different name tops my WR rankings this week in the form of Jordy Nelson, but I think the reasoning is warranted. As I said in Rodgers’ blurb, the Packers passing should get a bit of a boost with Ty Montgomery likely out, as Green Bay will likely funnel their entire offense through the air. Nelson has received 24 targets in his three weeks on the field and he’s already scored five TDs. With Davante Adams also a big question mark, Jordy should feast this week.
Other options – Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham, A.J. Green
DeAndre Hopkins, HOU ($7700)
Hopkins is just about fully priced on FD now, but we can’t ignore the massive volume he’s receiving. Hopkins is leading all receivers in targets with a whopping 49 through the first four weeks, and he’s been a massive safety blanket for rising star DeShaun Watson. Houston has a tough matchup against the Chiefs and Marcus Peters, but Peters only lines up on one side and the Texans could easily scheme to have Hopkins avoid him.
Other options – Dez Bryant, Keenan Allen, Tyreek Hill, TY Hilton, Alshon Jeffery
Jarvis Landry/DeVante Parker, MIA ($6600/$6100)
It’s REALLY tough to hang your hat on receivers that have Jay Cutler throwing them the ball (especially since the Dolphins have only mustered seven combined points the last two weeks against crappy defenses). That being said, both Miami WRs are being peppered with targets and are just too cheap on FD. The Titans rank 29th in pass defense DVOA and are 31st in overall team defense, and the two WRs should be the featured plays. I prefer Parker on FD due to having much more TD upside and being $500 cheaper, and he’ll be a cash lock for me.
Other options – Pierre Garcon, Randall Cobb, Larry Fitzgerald, Golden Tate, Devin Funchess, Brandon Marshall, Sterling Shepard, Rishard Matthews, John Brown, Jaron Brown
Zack Ertz, PHI ($6600)
With Gronk playing on the Thursday slate, Ertz once again takes the top honor at the TE position. He has 36 targets through the first four weeks and has gone over 80 yards in three of those weeks. He should easily keep his production going against a Cardinals team that has been in the bottom ten in DVOA against the TE position for four straight years (they’re 22nd right now).
Other options – Travis Kelce, Delanie Walker
Charles Clay, BUF ($5700)
Clay always seems to burn me when I play him, but he seems necessary this week. He already has a very serviceable 25 targets through four weeks, but most importantly he’s received over HALF of the Bills’ RZ opportunities this season. With Jordan Matthews out for a few weeks, the arrow is pointing way up for Tyrod Taylor’s favorite target. Clay is likely to be my cash play unless I have the extra funds for Ertz.
Other options – Austin Seferian Jenkins, Evan Engram, Jason Witten, Martellus Bennett, Jack Doyle
TOP FIVE DEFENSES FOR CASH GAMES
Philadelphia Eagles ($4600)
Pittsburgh Steelers ($4800)
Kansas City Chiefs ($4700)
New York Giants ($4300)
New York Jets ($4200)