With a quarter of the season behind us, we’re beginning to see who we can rely on from week-to-week in Daily Fantasy Sports. In this article, I’ll be picking out players at each position that are priced and poised to help you have a successful week in DFS. My prices will be based upon Draft Kings, and I’ll only be previewing the “main slate” of games.
QB Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers- $6,200
While the New Orleans Saints currently hold a 3-1 record, from a fantasy perspective, they’re giving up the third-most points to QBs (26.2) and the sixth-most points to WRs (44.2) this season. As such, Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston and his receivers look to be potentially solid picks to build a lineup around this weekend.
Winston is priced at a reasonable $6,200 in Draft Kings, and currently sits at 4th in total passing yards among QBs entering Week 5. He is coming on particularly strong over the last two games, with 29.5 and 33.3 in Weeks 3 and 4 respectively.
QB Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons- $5,900
While some might say that Ryan under performs given the wealth of weapons at his disposal, he’s also a QB who hasn’t thrown for less than 300 yards yet this season. He has had 40+ pass attempts in three of the four games he’s played this season, and is completing 70.5% of those attempts.
This is a high floor player with the potential and weapons to have a breakout game any given Sunday, which is perfect for cash games. There are a lot of “sexier” names out there for players to draft at QB, so I wouldn’t expect his ownership rate to be high. The Texans have given up the seventh-most points to wide receivers, meaning you could potentially stack him with any of his targets and have a really great week.
QB Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings- $5,300
I’m going out on a limb here with a dark horse candidate in Cousins. There has been a bit of turmoil coming out of Minnesota this week, with both Cousins and WR Adam Thielen making public comments about their lackluster passing game. What better way to turn things around than a game against one of the weakest passing defenses in the league?
The Giants are giving up the sixth-most DK fantasy points per game to QBs (23.1), and the fifth-most to WRs (45.6). Look for Cousins attempt 40+ passes for the first time this season, and he could eclipse the 300+ yard mark. His ownership is low, so you’ll be among a very small group that benefits.
WR Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccanneers- $7,100, WR Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers- $6,900
While Evans is pretty much universally thought of as the superior talent, Godwin has slightly more production in Draft Kings settings. Both can be considered a hit or miss, having registered 40+ point games and under 10 point games this season.
Smart owners would build two lineups, stacking Winston and Evans in one, and Winston and Godwin in the other. If you can get 25-30 points from the QB and 30-40 points from the WR, that’s how a successful fantasy day is built.
WR Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons- $7,700
While Jones is not a low cost option, he is against a defense that gives up the seventh-most fantasy points per game to WRs (42.7). He has produced four touchdowns through four games.
Jones is tied with teammate Austin Hooper with four red zone targets; having caught all of them and turning three into touchdowns. I expect him to have a productive Sunday, and owners who stack him and QB Matt Ryan could position themselves very well in both cash and tournament lineups.
WR Jamison Crowder, New York Jets- $4,300
Crowder is against an Eagles defense that gives up the most fantasy points per game to WRs (51.6). Even without Darnold, he could be a sneaky play, as QB Luke Falk will likely be forced to dump the ball off quickly. Having come off a bye week, Falk has had plenty of time to work his way into the system.
The Eagles are expected to win this game, and the Jets will be trying to catch up throughout most of it. At a price of $4,300, Crowder only has to produce roughly 20 fantasy points to exceed expectations.
WR Phillip Dorsett, New England Patriots- $4,900
The Patriots will be playing the Redskins this week; a pass defense who gives up the third-most fantasy points per game to WRs (47.2). We have seen Dorsett have two fairly productive games this season already, with the two outliers being Week 2 in Miami and last week in Buffalo.
I don’t expect QB Tom Brady and the Patriots to have two weeks with that type of ineffective passing offense, and Antonio Brown isn’t on the roster any longer, so look to Dorsett to continue to benefit from being the third option in a receiving group with Julian Edelman and Josh Gordon.
TE Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals- $3,300
Eifert has always been a player with jaw dropping talent who has a hard time staying on the field due to constant injuries. When he’s healthy however, he’s been a productive tight end for the Bengals. The Bengals lost John Ross last week to injury, AJ Green is still out, and they play the Cardinals this Sunday.
Only two teams are giving up more than 20+ fantasy points per game to tight ends: The Buccaneers and the Cardinals. With Eifert as one of few remaining viable targets for QB Andy Dalton, this sets up for a week he could remind fans of the talent he possesses. At a price of $3,300, he really only has to produce about 15 points to be considered a success.
TE Darren Waller, Oakland Raiders- $5,000
Waller has quickly become a main cog in the Raiders’ offense, racking up 37 targets over four games, and catching 33 of them. While he has yet to produce a touchdown and is facing a stingy Bears defense this weekend, opportunity is the mother of fantasy production. At an even $5,000, his price is beginning to catch up to his expected production.
RB David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals- $7,500
I’m seeing this as a week where you want to roster big name running backs, as several are playing defenses that give up points to opposing RBs. David Johnson leads the way in this, facing a Bengals defense that can’t stop the running back.
The Bengals are giving up nearly 10 yards per catch to RBs, with 31 completions having been made against them. In a PPR format like Draft Kings, this sets up Johnson to have a productive day. He has been a big part of Arizona’s passing attack so far this season, totaling 6+ receptions in three of their first four games this year.
RB Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys- $8,300
The Cowboys play a tough conference opponent this week in the Packers, and while they have a revamped defense this year, they are still giving up the third-most fantasy points per game to opposing RBs (35.6). They’re one of nine teams who have given up 200+ receiving yards to RBs as well, meaning Elliott could be poised to have a big day.
Elliott has only had one game this year where he’s run for 100+ yards and a touchdown, but by the end of the day Sunday, that number will rise.
Tennessee Titans Defense- $3,000
There are obvious choices for defense, as they can be relied on every week. Compared to other elite fantasy defenses, the Titns cost $1,300 less than New England and $800 less than Chicago. They play the Buffalo Bills, lead by Josh Allen, who threw 3 interceptions to the Patriots last week and was placed in concussion protocol.
Tennessee is one of five teams in the main slate averaging double-digits in fantasy points per game with 10.8. They have also only surrendered 20+ points to an opposing offense once this year.
QB Matt Ryan- $5,900
RB Ezekiel Elliott- $8,300
RB David Johnson- $7,500
WR Julio Jones- $7,700
WR Emmanuel Sanders- $5,100
WR Jamison Crowder- $4,300
TE Tyler Eifert- $3,300
FLEX Phillip Dorsett- $4,900
DST Titans- $3,000
TOTAL SPENT: $50,000