Fanduel Cash Game Tips: Week 5
Four weeks down, 13 weeks to go. We have so much football left this season and it is exciting just thinking about the possibilities. We are starting to get some rookie contributors like Sony Michel and Calvin Ridley, but we are also dealing with some veterans that have not lived up to expectations, Dalvin Cook and Larry Fitzgerald. There is plenty of time left in the season for these guys to right the ship, but for now, these guys should be left out of cash game consideration.
As we continue to roll through the fantasy football season, I hope that you have been having success both in your season long leagues as well as your daily fantasy contests. The goal this week is the same as every week, I am going to give you 7 players that are in good positions to produce solid production in week 5.
- Daily Roto – Daily Roto has Redzone data, snap counts, targets, and an awesome Lineup optimizer
- The Quant Edge – TQE has a WR/CB matchup tool that’ll be perfect for WR Start/Sits.
$7,500 vs Vikings
On paper, the matchup does not appear great, however, the Vikings have allowed the 7th most points to the position. Jared Goff torched this defense while Josh Allen was able to run in 2 scored. Wentz is capable of putting up the passing numbers that Goff did and has the ability to run. Alshon Jeffery returned in week 4 and that opened up this passing game and made it more dynamic. This could be the week that everything clicks for Wentz and we see him start to look like 2017 form. The over/under is only 44.5 but with the way the Vikings offense has been playing, I can see this game easily going over. If Wentz has another strong showing this could be the final week that he comes in priced under $8,000.
$8,300 at Steelers
The Pittsburgh Steelers are the 3rd worst overall against opposing quarterbacks this season and the worst defense on the main slate. The Steelers have allowed 1,100 passing yards over the last 3 games (366.6/game) and 11 touchdowns. The matchup is about as juicy as they come for a quarterback averaging 27.7 FanDuel fantasy points per game. Over the last 2 games, Matt Ryan has 793 passing yards, 8 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. He has been one of the hottest QBs in the NFL and has established a solid connection with Ridley. According to MyBookie, this game has the highest over/under in week 5 at 58. This should lead to a lot of passing numbers as the Falcons try and keep pace with the Steelers. Fire Ryan up as your go-to start in week 5.
$6,500 at Chiefs
According to DailyRoto, The Chiefs are the 2nd worst team against opposing running backs. The Chiefs have allowed 199.5 total yards per game to running backs as well as 5 touchdowns. With Leonard Fournette already known to be out in week 5, Yeldon is set up to be the primary back in Jacksonville this week. Yeldon is tied for 6th in redzone opportunities with 13. That accounts for 52% of the Jaguars redzone touches this season. Yeldon should get the primary workload and redzone touches to easily outproduce his price this week. He should be a locked and loaded option in your backfield.
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Melvin Gordon III
$8,700 vs Raiders
I shouldn’t have to sell you much on wanting Melvin Gordon in your lineup. He has been a stud almost every week. Gordon gets the carries, catches, and touchdowns to produce RB1 production in any given week. This week sets up perfectly for Gordon to have the overall RB1 score. The Raiders are 7th worst against running backs in 2018, allowing 23.55 points per game. Gordon has been given the 3rd most redzone looks in the NFL with 17 (9 targets and 8 carries). He has caught 6 or more passes in all but 1 game and scored at least one touchdown in every game since week 1. Melvin Gordon is a bell cow back that is given touches in many different ways. He is also averaging a career-high 5.1 yards per carry and has yet to receive more than 15 carries in a game. If the Chargers and get ahead early at home, Gordon could push for 25-30 touches in this matchup.
$8,000 vs Falcons
The Falcons defense is one to target on a weekly basis. They have not been able to stop opposing passing games and up until week 4, Smith-Schuster had been one of the best receivers in football. The Falcons are allowing 28.95 points per game to receivers which is 7th worst. JuJu Smith-Schuster has been running the majority of his snaps from the slot, 84.2%. This sets him up for a matchup with Brian Poole. Utilizing The Quant Edge’s WR/CB Matchup tool, we see that Smith-Schuster has the advantage. Smith-Schuster has 11 or more targets in each game since week 2. I expect that to remain the same in week 5 as he has become a focal point of this offense, especially in the redzone. He has received more redzone opportunities than any other wide receiver through 4 weeks with 13.
Data provided by: The Quant Edge
$6,700 at Seahawks
Cooper Kupp continues to produce, but his price tag does not seem to match the production. We can’t expect him to put up the numbers he did in week 4 but he could still outproduce his price again. Kupp has more than 50 receiving yards in every game this season and his yards total has increased every week. Kupp has also scored 4 touchdowns on the season. He is 2nd among receivers in redzone opportunity with 10 targets and 2 carries. The Rams have shown an ability to support 3 receivers and Gurley. Kupp has been the primary redzone target for Goff this year and that trend should continue in week 5. Cooper Kupp has been nearly unstoppable this season.
$6,400 vs Cardinals
Tight End has been a barren wasteland in 2018. Travis Kelce is the only guy living up to expectations. Zach Ertz has been close but has not scored a touchdown yet which hurts. George Kittle has been one of the more consistent players at the position this year and with CJ Beathard now at the helm in San Fransisco, Kittle should still see a strong target share. Kittle and Beathard played college ball together and Iowa and that rapport has carried into the NFL. Kittle has gone over 75 yards in all but 1 game and just scored his first touchdown of 2018 last week. He is 3rd on the team in redzone opportunity and 5th among all tight ends. The Cardinals linebackers have struggled in pass defense so far this season.
Week 4 has come and gone and we are on to week 5. If you have not had the chance to check out the tools offered by The Quant Edge and DailyRoto, you should check them out as soon as possible. The information provided by those two sites could be the difference between you hitting cash or missing out. Good luck in week 5 in all your contests.
Father to a daughter and son as well as a husband to a wife. I have a healthy obsession with football and not so healthy obsession with ice cream. I have been following the NFL closely for over a decade all while working full-time jobs, primarily as a police officer.