Week five turned out to be a pretty respectable week for this column. TY Hilton, my lock of the week and LeVeon Bell would finish in the top five at their position. Every other pick from last week would finish in the top 10 at their position with the exception of Danny Amendola on Thursday night. The best part about the week five returns is that I feel even better about this week’s picks. So let’s let the good times roll with some of these DraftKings NFL selections for week six!
Kirk Cousins ($6,800): It’s been a foregone conclusion since Shanahan accepted the job as coach of the 49ers that Cousins would be his guy in 2018. For now, Cousins is a Redskin and will face the 49ers in week six. Cousins started the year slow with only two touchdowns in the first two weeks but in the two weeks following that, he has had five touchdown passes. DraftKings formats may not show the 49ers as being a matchup dream for the position. They currently sit just outside the top 10 in points allowed to the position but that being said, I still like Cousins to shine. The Redskins will be coming off of their bye week and this will be his first game against the NFC West basement dwellers. I recommend starting him and consider him to be a great stack with Terrelle Pryor this week. His opponent this week, Brian Hoyer, is currently sitting at just ($5,100) and will likely find himself in a position to throw the ball more in the second half of this game. If Cousins is too rich for your blood, keep Hoyer in mind.
Deshaun Watson ($6,700): I get it, my two picks at quarterback this week aren’t exactly bargains. That being said though, it is hard to not ride the wave of Watson, especially when his next opponent is the Cleveland Browns. Despite posting his lowest completion percentage in week five, Watson went on to thrash the Chiefs with five touchdown passes. Currently allowing the fifth most points to the position, the Browns serve as a terrific matchup for a quarterback that has scored 30 points or more in each of his last two weeks. The Browns also serve as just one of three teams to allow two or more rushing touchdowns to the position. Don’t be surprised to see Watson run one in on Sunday.
Kareem Hunt ($8,200): I have decided that with running backs this week, I will give you one high priced option and a bargain option. The higher priced option for this week is Kareem Hunt. The Chiefs will be taking on the Steelers this week and that should have potential Hunt owners licking their chops. Last week, another rookie running back named Leonard Fournette would have his way with the Steelers defense. The former LSU Tiger would end the day with a staggering 181 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Now Hunt will get the next crack at this Steelers defense that is currently allowing the second most points to the position. Hunt has had a 100-yard rushing performance in all but one of his games this season. Expect that trend to continue this week. I understand that this pick isn’t a reach but I’m still calling my shot.
Elijah McGuire ($4,600): You have heard the word opportunity in this column before and you’re going to hear it again this week. Opportunity can conquer just about everything in fantasy and for Elijah McGuire, an opportunity is knocking in week six. Both Matt Forte and Bilal Powell are nursing injuries so that leaves the floor open to McGuire against a Patriots defense that is allowing the most points to the position this season. Say what you want about the Jets but they have won three games in a row in a year where they weren’t even expected to win at all. Expect them to continue with what has been working. Heavy on the running back as they filter the ball to Jenkins or Kearse. McGuire will be thrust to the forefront of the Jets offensive attack and his $4,600 is well worth it. Yes, I referred to the Jets offense as an attack.
Terrelle Pryor ($5,700): Lock of the week: Last week, my lock of the week was a wide receiver going up against the 49ers. This week is a continuation of my week five mindset as I make Terrelle Pryor my lock of the week. The 49ers, who are currently allowing the fifth most points to receivers in DraftKings formats, would let TY Hilton run wild last week. Hilton would fail to score a touchdown but would still manage 177 receiving yards off of just 7 receptions. The trepidation in starting Pryor is real. After getting targeted 11 times by Kirk Cousins in week one, the former Ohio State Buckeye was targeted 13 in the three weeks after that. Despite receiving fewer targets, Pryor would wind up scoring a touchdown early against the Chiefs in week four. Rashard Robinson is still being picked on by opposing quarterbacks and Kirk Cousins won’t be any different. Look for Cousins to target Pryor early and often in week six.
Larry Fitzgerald ($6,800): While the hot take is generally centered around every other Cardinals wide receiver, Larry Fitzgerald is still the option to own. Among the receivers on the Cardinals depth chart, Fitzgerald is the only one to have a game with 10 or more targets and he has done that three times in 2017. Up next for Fitzgerald is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Despite playing in only four games, the Buccaneers are still in the top 10 in points allowed to the wide receiver position. During that time they have also allowed the fifth most receiving yards. In his career against the Buccaneers, Fitzgerald has scored four touchdowns in five games and averaged 14.5 yards per reception in the process. The Cardinals receiving depth chart will be a carousel of progress throughout 2017 but in week six, Fitzgerald is your man.
George Kittle ($3,400): I have often suggested Austin Seferian-Jenkins to you here and on The FF Faceoff podcast. He has been a worthwhile return on your investment thus far and I like his matchup in week six. For this week though, I’m going to suggest another bargain tight end and that is the 49ers, George Kittle. The rookie tight end out of Iowa would finally make his presence felt in week five as he would score his first NFL touchdown. In his matchup against the Colts this past Sunday, he would have 83 receiving yards which would match his yardage in his first four weeks combined. As long as the 49ers continue to play from behind, which they likely will, Hoyer will continue to rely on Kittle more and more in passing situations. If Kittle continues to have performances like he did in week five, he won’t be a bargain for long. Jump on him now while he is still a below the radar candidate.
Texans DEF ($3,900): I’m not going to play around with this week’s defensive pick. After finishing week five with negative points, the Texans have an opportunity for a nice bounce-back week. The Texans are playing the Browns who as of this writing, aren’t even sure who will be starting behind center. Even with JJ Watt out, I still like the Texans to be able to get after the quarterback in this one. Another defense to keep in mind is the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars lead the NFL in both interceptions and sacks and will be going up against the Los Angeles Rams.
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