Week 5 Daily Fantasy Football: Top Picks at Each Position
Week four was a mild disaster in daily fantasy football, as you basically needed one or both of Devonta Freeman and Jeremy Hill (both scored three touchdowns) to win big.
Freeman posting back-to-back 3 score days was not in the realm of possibility for me personally, while Hill had been too stagnant to truly trust. Beyond them, we saw numerous top shelf guys go spare. Looking back on last week’s top picks at each position, Aaron Rodgers, Odell Beckham Jr., Eddie Lacy, Jimmy Graham and Travis Kelce were all pretty weak, if not total busts.
That’s what you call a down week, folks. Let’s make things a little better as we nail our top daily fantasy football picks for week five:
Quarterbacks: Tom Brady ($7.8k) and Carson Palmer ($6.6k)
Brady is a beast and needs little explanation. Through three games (he had a bye last week) he has 9 TD and zero picks and has put up two monster yardage days. This week he gets a Cowboys team that is falling apart. Palmer is way cheaper and is pretty safe, as he’s put up 300+ yards three times and is running one of the better offenses in football. He’s in for a rise up after a down week four, too, and gets a beatable Lions defense.
Running Backs: Le’Veon Bell ($8.5k) and Jamaal Charles ($7.8k)
Sorry, but there simply aren’t any other running backs more stable than these two. Adrian Peterson is on a bye and Marshawn Lynch is slowly working his way back to full strength. Plus, these guys are absolute machines, as Bell has over 26 fantasy points in both games since returning from a suspension and Charles hasn’t dipped below 20 fantasy points. That’s insane. Stacking these two guys together and finding value elsewhere (in our week 5 value buys column, perhaps) wouldn’t be a terrible idea.
Wide Receivers: Julio Jones ($9.2k) and Odell Beckham Jr. ($9k)
No easier calls have ever been made. Both of these guys sacked out last week with under 10 fantasy points, but that may be all the more reason to pay up for them. Studs like Julio and ODB simply don’t have two rotten games in a row very often, while both also have solid matchups that should work in their favor.
Tight Ends: Rob Gronkowski ($7.5k) and Travis Kelce ($5.2k)
If we’re being honest, it’s Gronk and everyone else. Even when he isn’t scoring TDs, Gronk got you 17 fantasy points the other week. Now he’s back and refreshed after a bye week and the Dallas Cowboys get to deal with him. The best part is he doesn’t need to score three times to return value, as he’s still pretty cheap considering what he can do for you.
Ideally, you’re either paying for Gronk or you’re going super cheap at tight end. However, ever when he’s gone spare, Kelce still hasn’t dropped below 8 fantasy points. Jimmy Graham has done that twice and pretty much no other tight end can say that, either. Kelce is somewhat safe and offers serious upside, plus this week he draws the Bears.
Team Defenses: Denver Broncos ($3.6k) and Seattle Seahawks ($4k)
Seattle is the tougher one to trust here, being that they’re on the road against the 4-0 Bengals. However, they’ve been pretty reliable every week and with stud safety Kam Chancellor back in the fold, they might be as safe as it gets when it comes to a team defense.
Denver is just as safe, of course, and this week they’re better priced and even have the better matchup. They’ll also be on the road, but they’ll take on the beatable Raiders. Denver has even probably been the most reliable defense anyways, as they haven’t dipped below 10 fantasy points yet.
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