Week 5 Daily Fantasy Football: Top Value Buys at DraftKings
Last week was a good week for our daily fantasy football value buys, as Andy Dalton, Derek Carr, Karlos Williams, James Jones, John Brown and Ladarius Green were all good to great options.
We had a few misses but overall in week four we went 6-4 with our bargain buy picks, and that’s even counting Alfred Blue getting trumped by the return of Arian Foster and Jordan Reed going down with an injury. Overall, it was a strong showing and we’re back at it for week five to uncover some more value buys that can help you win at daily sites like DraftKings:
Note: All bargain buys are listed at $6k or less.
Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears ($5.3k)
Cutler faces the Chiefs this week, who sport the worst defense in the league against fantasy quarterbacks and wide receivers. The return if Alshon Jeffery could make him a total stud this week, but he was able to put up 280 yards and 2 scores last week without him. He’s as strong a value under center as you’ll find in week five.
Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens ($5.6k)
I also like Michael Vick, Josh McCown and Alex Smith a bit this week, but Flacco is at home in a must-win game against a really shaky Browns defense. Cleveland just isn’t getting it done at all and if Joe Haden is out again (sat out last week) it could be even worse. Flacco is hard up for weapons with Steve Smith banged up, but I still like him this week.
Todd Gurley, RB, St. Louis Rams ($4.3k)
Gurley was a total machine in his second ever NFL game last week, as he defied a brutal matchup with the Cardinals (in Arizona, no less) to churn out 146 rushing yards. He takes on the Packers this week and while they’ve been pretty darn good overall, they have gotten carved up by Jamaal Charles and Matt Forte this year. Even if Gurley can’t go nuts, he’s too good of a value not to use.
Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers ($4.7k)
I also like Justin Forsett quite a bit this week ($5.8k) but for better value let’s try out the Muscle Hamster, who finally busted out last week with over 100 yards and a touchdown. This week he’s at home against a beatable Jaguars defense, so there’s a decent chance he keeps his momentum going.
Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars ($5.5k)
Robinson has been rock steady all year, as he’s had at least four catches, 60+ yards and/or a touchdown in every game but the opener. He’s establishing himself as a big play and red-zone threat and this week he’s a tremendous value against the Buccaneers.
Vincent Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers ($5k)
I actually think things shift back to teammate Mike Evans’ way this week, but you can’t completely fade an elite receiver like V-Jax a week after he drops 10 catches, 100+ yards and a touchdown. Now he’s at home against the Jaguars. He has to be used this week at this price.
Martavis Bryant, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers ($3.8k)
One more receiver for good luck, as Bryant returns from his four-game suspension. It’s not Big Ben under center and he’s on the road against a Bolts defense that has actually been decent against the pass, but still. He’s too good and too explosive not to use at this price tag.
Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs ($5.2k)
Kelce has been somewhat weak two out of four weeks, but he’s still never dipped below 8 fantasy points yet this year. That has to count for something, especially since any given week he can post monster yardage or score 1-2 times. After a lull from scoring the past few weeks, look for him to find the end-zone again this week.
Delanie Walker, TE, Tennessee Titans ($38k)
Walker is just super steady and such a nice price this week. He’s a strong safety blanket for rookie thrower Marcus Mariota, while he also can be a red-zone presence. Against a bad Bills pass defense that specifically has trouble with tight ends, he’s a great option.
New York Giants Team Defense ($2.9k)
Colin Kaepernick is so bad right now, you simply have to try any defense he’s going up against. It only helps when the Giants shut down the Bills on the road last week and now get the Niners on their home turf in week five.
St. Louis Rams Team Defense ($2.3k)
The Rams are going into Green Bay this week, and shutting down the Packers is obviously easier said than done. That being said, they went into a hostile environment and did that very thing against what looks to be an elite Cardinals offense. A top shelf pass rush makes them a real problem, even for Aaron Rodgers and co. at Lambeau Field.
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