Week 5 has arrived and with that so have the dreaded bye weeks. Luckily for you, you play daily fantasy, so you get to skim along the bye weeks without missing a beat. Last week saw some excellent returns. Jordy Nelson continued his redzone dominance with two touchdowns within the twenty in a win against the Bears. The Buccaneers Cameron Brate would also prove to be a great pick as he wound up being a top 5 tight end in DraftKings formats. A garbage time touchdown would salvage Jordan Howard’s week 4 and Jared Goff would be a top 15 quarterback. As we look to continue the trend of solid picks, here are the Gridiron Experts week 5 picks for Draft Kings dominance.
Jameis Winston ($6,000): We have now been through the first quarter of the NFL season and believe it or not, the New England Patriots have proved to be a great option to start your DFS players against. This is a defense that has allowed a league-high 30.4 points per game in DraftKings formats. Last week, this defense was a fortress of solitude for a struggling Cam Newton who finished as the second highest scoring quarterback in week 4. Next up for the Patriots on Thursday is Jameis Winston and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Winston is coming off of his first three passing touchdown performance since November 3rd of 2016 and will look to repeat the trend of strong quarterback play against New England. Look for the Buccaneers to lean on the passing attack as they slowly bring Doug Martin back into the fold. This Thursday’s game will be a barn burner and the idea if spending $2,000 less to play Winston instead of Tom Brady is a smart idea.
Philip Rivers ($5,800): Most teams aren’t thrilled with a cross-country road game, but with the lack of enthusiasm in Los Angeles, the Chargers can’t get on the plane fast enough. Awaiting them in the big apple will be another winless team licking their wounds. In 2016, the Giants had allowed the second-fewest touchdown passes with 15. Through just four weeks of the 2017 season, they have already allowed 7. It has been a reversal of defensive fortunes for the Giants who are currently allowing the 11th most points in DK formats. Despite the Chargers 0-4 start, Rivers has still been a solid player. The veteran quarterback finished week 4 with the second most passing yards and was the 10th highest scoring quarterback in DK formats. Look for Rivers to have himself a productive game and to get his tight ends often involved in the action.
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Duke Johnson Jr. ($4,900): If you’re a DraftKings regular you would know that it is a point per reception format. With that in mind, you may not find a more intriguing running back this week than Duke Johnson. With the wide receiver depth chart being what it is in Cleveland, it has allowed Johnson to really emerge as a legitimate target in the Browns offense. He has been targeted 28 times this season with 17 of those targets coming over the last two weeks. Hauling in almost 90% of those targets has allowed him to score over 40 points in weeks 3 and 4. Up next for the pass-catching back is the New York Jets. Currently allowing the 4th most points to running backs in DK formats, the Jets make either one of the Browns backs an interesting option for this week. Given the format though, Johnson will continue to be a serious bargain given the right opponent.
Le’Veon Bell ($9,500): I was once told that scared money won’t make money. Translation, sometimes you have to pay big to win big. With that in mind, I’m advising that you spend your money on Bell this weekend. Bell has himself a good matchup as the Steelers are facing the Jaguars. While Bell would slowly produce more fantasy points with each passing week, week four would have his owners bursting at the seams. He had his hands on the ball 39 times against the Ravens and would wind up with 186 total yards and two touchdowns. The Jacksonville Jaguars have allowed the second most rushing yards in the NFL and are just one of 7 teams to allow 115 points or more to the position. Antonio Brown’s temper tantrum in week 4 is what is grabbing headlines but it is just a matter of time before the Steelers offense takes off. Don’t over think this one.
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TY Hilton ($6,000) Lock of the Week: During the absence of Andrew Luck, the Colts offensive options haven’t exactly seemed like ideal guys to use in 2017. As it stands now, Luck isn’t going to play in week 5 either but TY Hilton is still an intriguing option to have. The Colts will take on the 49ers this weekend in Indianapolis, and while the 49ers front seven have been able to get after the quarterback, their secondary is still a liability. The biggest liability on their secondary is Rashard Robinson who has been continuously thrown at this season. Look no further than last week’s tape of their game against the Cardinals for proof. Hilton may not be on the top of everyone’s DFS list but that is only because Luck has been sidelined. Look for him to have a top 10 performance this week. If you want to spend a little more on the position, I would recommend going with DeAndre Hopkins.
Danny Amendola ($5,000): Much like how the Patriots defense has been great for Fantasy, so has their offense. Playing in that offense is Danny Amendola who is sitting with a solid price tag of $5,000. In the three weeks in which Amendola has played, he has yet to receive less than five targets in a game. With the defense allowing points at a charitable rate, the offense will continue to throw the ball and Amendola, among others will benefit from that. Despite playing in one less game than the rest of the NFL, the Tampa Buccaneers have still allowed the 6th most points to wide receivers. Last week against the Buccaneers, Sterling Shepard was able to haul in 5 receptions for 54 yards. I like Amendola to finish with more receptions and to reach the endzone.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins ($3,500): This week’s pick at the tight end position is one to jump on now while he’s still a bargain. Austin-Seferian Jenkins had begun the 2017 season serving a suspension but has since become a sought-after target in the Jets offense. In weeks 3 and 4, Jenkins has hauled in 9 of his 10 targets for 77 yards. His 10 targets stand as the 5th most targets among Jets pass catchers and is expected to rise. Up against the Jets, this week is the Cleveland Browns who are one of just two teams in DK formats to allow 80 points or more to the position. This is a nice matchup for a player who is getting opportunities and is one touchdown away from being on everyone’s fantasy radar. Be ahead of the curve.
Ravens ($2,900): I’ll be honest here, I’m not totally in love with the defensive matchups this week. You can do worse than the Ravens who are set to take on a Raiders team that’ll be playing without their starting quarterback. David Carr’s absence should loom large for this Raiders team as E.J. Manuel now leads the offense. The Ravens defense has fallen on hard times over the last two weeks but it is important to remember their first two weeks when they had 8 interceptions and 8 sacks. Look for the Ravens defense to get back on right track by default this weekend.