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DFS Targets for Week 5

Deshaun Watson

Note: Salary amounts are DraftKings pricing


H2H/Cash - Deshaun Watson vs. Atlanta - $6,700

Watson has been surprisingly bad at home this year with two 12-point games at NRG Stadium against the Jags and the Panthers. I anticipate that he will turn things around this week against a Falcons defense that allows the 19th most points to quarterbacks, especially now with S Keanu Neal out for the season. I plan on pairing Watson with DeAndre Hopkins in a cash stack of two players who are due for get-right performances.

Other options to consider - Tom Brady @ Washington & Matt Ryan @ Houston

GPP - Andy Dalton vs. Arizona - $5,700

Starting Dalton takes a bit of intestinal fortitude based on the Red Rifle’s propensity to deliver terrible performances, especially behind an offensive line that can best be described as a sieve. The good news for Dalton is this game is not played in prime time or against a divisional foe, and the Cardinals defense is one of the worst in the league. Pair Dalton with Tyler Eifert or Auden Tate for a nice GPP stack.

Other options to consider - Colt McCoy vs. N.Y. Giants

Fade - Derek Carr vs. Chicago - $5,000

There is not a high-priced quarterback worth fading this week, so I will share with you a low-dollar option you should avoid at all costs. Carr is playing the Bears on the road in London, Tyrell Williams may be out with an injury, and Khalil Mack is going to go bananas against his former team. Don’t get cute and play Carr this week.

Running Backs

H2H/Cash - Ezekiel Elliott vs. Green Bay - $8,300

Zeke has the best matchup of any running back this week and is worth paying the premium in cash games. The Eagles ran wild against the Packers last week, exposing the weakness in the Green Bay defense is running between the tackles. After posting a sub-3 yard per carry average against the Saints, the Cowboys will find much more success this week against the Pack. The loss of Tyron Smith is a concern, but I still think Zeke will have his best game year to date.

Other options to consider - Mark Ingram @ Pittsburgh & Dalvin Cook @ N.Y. Giants

GPP - David Montgomery vs. Oakland - $5,500

A preseason favorite breakout rookie candidate in the fantasy community, Montgomery has yet to live up the hype with four games of 14 or fewer fantasy points this season, including last week’s disappointing 53 yards on 21 carrels against the Vikings.

The one good thing that came out of the 2.5 yard per carry day against the Vikings is the fact that head coach Matt Nagy finally gave Montgomery over 20 carries in a game. I anticipate with Chase Daniel under center Nagy will once again give Montgomery a large volume of carries against the Raiders, which should result in the biggest game of his young career.

Other options to consider - Sony Michel @ Washington & David Johnson @ Cincinnati

Fade - Phillip Lindsay @ LA Chargers - $4,900

With 130 total yards and two rushing touchdowns against the Packers two weeks ago, it appeared as though Lindsay returned to his form that made him a pro bowler in 2018. But with just nine carries last week against the Jags and another tough matchup this week against a Chargers team that allows the 5th fewest points to running backs, I think I will look elsewhere this week.

Wide Receivers

H2H/Cash - Adam Thielen vs. N.Y. Giants - $6,700

This game has the makings of a get right day for the Vikings passing game and a chance for Kirk Cousins to grease the squeaky wheel that is Adam Thielen. Thielen came out and blasted Cousins in an interview after last week’s loss to the Bears, complaining that the offense needs to pass the ball more downfield. I am not a big fan of Cousins, but just about any quarterback not named Dwayne Haskins has found success passing against the G-men, and this is the game for Thielen to have a big day.

Other options to consider - DeAndre Hopkins vs. Atlanta & Michael Thomas vs. Tampa Bay

GPP - Geronimo Allison @ Dallas - $5,000

Aaron Rodgers will not have his favorite target, Davante Adams, this week due to a turf to injury as the Packers head south to take on the Cowboys at Jerry’s World. Rodgers tends to lean on guys he trusts when faced with tough matchups, and there is not a healthy WR on the roster who has more rapport with Rodgers than Allison.

Other options to consider - Auden Tate vs. Arizona & KeeSean Johnson @ Cincinnati

Fade - Mike Evans @ New Orleans - $7,100

Evans has been on a tear with four touchdowns over his last two games, but this week he will likely be the one on the Bucs who will get the Marshon Lattimore shadow coverage. Evans could sneak in a touchdown, but of the two players in the Bucs pass offense, I prefer Godwin this week.

Tight End

H2H/Cash - Jimmy Graham @ Dallas - $4,300

The same logic that applies to Geronimo Allison this week makes me interested in playing Jimmy Graham against the Cowboys. Graham’s usage skyrocketed last week after Adams went down, and he will once again be heavily targeted in what could be a sneaky high-scoring game against Dallas.

Other options to consider - Darren Waller vs. Chicago & Jason Witten vs. Green Bay

GPP - Tyler Eifert @ Cincinnati - $3,300

The Arizona Cardinals give up a whopping seven more fantasy points per game than the second-worst team in the league, the Tampa Bay Bucs. All four tight ends that have faced Arizona have scored at least one touchdown and reached 50 receiving yards. It is possible that C.J. Uzomah could be the tight end on the Bengals who has a big day, but my money is on Eifert.

Other options to consider - Austin Hooper @ Houston & Ben Watson @ Washington

Fade - Delanie Walker vs Buffalo - $3,900

Walker’s volume dropped to just two targets last week against the Falcons, and the Titans take on a Buffalo team that has given up the fewest points to opposing tight ends. Walker could catch a fluke touchdown, but I would rather save the $600 and play Eifert against the Cardinals.

Defense & Special Teams

High Priced Option Worthy of the Cost: Eagles ($3,700) vs. Jets

Well Priced with Upside: Titans ($3000) vs. Buffalo