FanDuel NFL Lineup Week 5

FanDuel NFL Lineup Week 5

FanDuel NFL Week 5 Picks | Guide to Building Optimal Lineups

Our FanDuel lineups have now cashed in 3 out of 4 Sunday Millions this year, somehow including last week’s weird slate. Last week’s winner started 5 players that had not reached value all year. Weird week.

The winning score was 217 points, making our target value 3.7x for our week 5 contests. If you are totally new to FanDuel, check out our strategy guide for a breakdown of how value works. The easiest way to find a player’s target score for the week is to move the salary decimal point over three spots, then multiply by your target value. For instance:

Lamar Jackson salary = $8,300 so his value is 8.3 x 3.7 or roughly 30 points. Jackson averages 28 points and has gone over 30 in 2 out of 4 games, with a floor of 21 points. He would make our shortlist and then we would begin the process of analyzing the matchup.

The FanDuel main slate features the same 12 games we covered in our DraftKings NFL Week 5 picks. Despite no Chiefs to load up on, or Dolphins defense to target, the slate features plenty of high flying matchups and high implied totals.

The Patriots defense continued their tear in week 4 and get the struggling Redskins here in week 5. If the Pats D were a receiver they would be WR6 in this slate. They are winning fantasy owners their season-long leagues in an unprecedented run.

FanDuel NFL Week 5 Picks

We break down the full slate of contest, identify the best starts for FanDuel NFL Week 5.

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FanDuel NFL Week 5 QB’s

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Deshaun Watson

QB | Houston Texans | FanDuel Salary: $8,000
Watson is one of only four QB’s in this FanDuel main slate that I actually gave a favorable grade to (Wentz, Jackson, Murray). He has as much upside as anyone, and this Falcons defense is clearly banged up and beatable right now.

Atlanta has faced the Titans, Colts, Eagles, and Vikings so far this season, aside from the Philly matchup, you would expect them to have really good numbers vs the pass. They are in the bottom 11 in QB rating, completion percentage, passing TD’s, and have only 5 sacks on the year.

We know that when Watson has time he can carve up a defense. This looks like a week where his somewhat improved offensive line should allow him time to rack up some big-time numbers. Watson and Hopkins are certainly due after that pathetic showing against the Panthers last week.

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Chase Daniel

QB | Chicago Bears | FanDuel Salary: $6,500
I’m thinking about going all in on Chase Daniel this week. Said nobody, ever. That being said, I like to give one cheap QB option and looking at the options under Bridgewater ($7,200) there is not a lot to love on FanDuel this week.

At $6,500, Daniels target number to hit value is 19 FanDuel points. He averaged just under that in his two starts last season and faces a Raiders defense that is allowing over 20 fantasy PPG to opponent QB’s heading into week 5. The Raiders are decent against the run (3.9 YPC allowed) so the game script should favor the pass here.

Daniel makes an easy stack with Allen Robinson who is the clear #1 WR here and should have his best game of the season.

FanDuel NFL Week 5 RB’s

Ezekiel Elliott

RB | Dallas Cowboys | FanDuel Salary: $8,800
While I certainly don’t want to give the same RB’s that we featured in our DraftKings week 5 article, I think you have take the guaranteed value with Zeke and Cook. Yes, both players are likely to have a 30% ownership rate in week 5, but even if you bump down to David Johnson at $6,800 you are still going to see 25% ownership so you are really only gaining about 5% leverage.

What makes Zeke such a lock? The matchup. Vikings have given up over 27 FanDuel points to an opposing back in each of their last 3 games. The role. Zeke saw his snap count jump from under 70% all the way up to 97% last week. He is going to get 20-25 touches against a team that has arguably the worst run defense in football right now.

We get it, paying up $17,000 for Elliott and Cook is rough. Worry not, value receiver plays are on their way.

Dalvin Cook

RB | Minnesota Vikings | FanDuel Salary: $8,200
How Dalvin cook is not the highest-priced player in this slate is beyond me. He just put up 16 FanDuel points against a defense that was giving up nothing to opposing RB’s before their week 4 matchup. We have established Cook’s floor and now it’s time for him to smash again in week 5.

The Giants defense does nothing well. The only reason their rushing numbers are somewhat decent is that opponents have thrown it at will against them. When tested in the run game they have folded like Superman on laundry day. The Bucs pathetic stable of backs racked up 199 yards on them just two weeks ago.

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Derrick Henry

RB | Tennessee Titans | FanDuel Salary: $6,700
While this may look like an ugly matchup at first glance, I think the Titans will be able to run the ball on Buffalo. Not only do I think Henry will move the ball on the Bills, but I can guarantee Mariota isn’t throwing 3 touchdown passes.

If Mariota is struggling, expect to see Henry carry the bulk of the workload for Tennessee and hit 25-30 touches for the second straight week. Buffalo has given up 3 passing touchdowns in 4 weeks. If the Titans hit their team implied total for the week it will be because Henry scores (already has 4 TD’s in 4 games this season).

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FanDuel NFL Week 5 WR’s

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Tyler Boyd

WR | Cincinatti Bengals | FanDuel Salary: $6,700
While I think this is a Joe Mixon week for the Bengals, Boyd could potentially see 15+ targets as well. With John Ross out, the Bengals are down to Boyd, Auden Tate, and a whole lot of nothing at WR for week 5.

We know the Cardinals give up a ton of possession to opponents and have only had the ball for about 26 MPG so far this season. This means Boyd is going to see the lion’s share of targets, in a high volume matchup, facing a secondary that has given up monster numbers in the passing game already this season.

We promised value. At just $6,700, Boyd is our highest priced WR for the FanDuel Week 5 slate.

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Calvin Ridley

WR | Atlanta Falcons | FanDuel Salary: $4,900
I don’t miss on my Calvin Ridley smash-week predictions, my record is flawless. While the Texans play a ton of zone, which is usually a recipe for disaster for Ridley, I think the matchup still favors him here.

Ridley should see Jonathan Joseph on at least 50% of his week 5 snaps, which has been a good thing for opposing receivers this season. Joseph has allowed a career-high 2.01 yards per route covered so far this season.

If we like Watson at QB, then that probably means we expect Houston to put up points here. If Ryan and the Falcons (who already can’t run the ball) are forced to play from behind, it should mean all three WR’s have big games. I would be cautious with Hooper in this spot as the Texans have been really good against tight ends so far this season.

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Keesean Johnson

WR | Arizona Cardinals | FanDuel Salary: $4,600
The Christian Kirk injury opens up a ton of targets in the Cardinals offense, and we think Johnson will be the primary beneficiary this week. Johnson will step into the Kirk role in the Cardinals offense and already had a double-digit target game against the Lions earlier this season.

Kirk had 32 targets in the first three games of the season, and it’s hard to expect Fitz to add too many targets to his 9/game. If Johnson gets to 10 targets again this week, a large number of them will likely come against Dre Kirkpatrick who happens to be playing some of the worst football in the league right now.

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FanDuel NFL Week 2 TE’s

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Evan Engram

TE | New York Giants | FanDuel Salary: $6,300
The tight end position is miserable this week! As it has been most weeks this season. I’ll take Engram who is 1st in the NFL in TE targets, and is top 3 in fantasy scoring, receptions, and touchdowns.

While the matchup with Minnesota does not sound that appealing, you can move the ball on this defense, and tight ends have certainly found some success here. Austin Hooper put up 9/77 against the Vikings in Week 1 and Darren Waller put up 13/134 in Week 3.

Given there are few other matchups worth targeting here and the Giants won’t be able to run the ball on Minnesota, I think Engram (like Waller) could be extremely busy in this matchup.