Daily Fantasy Football: Week 5

Whether you are a DFS (Daily Fantasy Sports) fanatic or new to DFS, we are here to help. Each week, the Fantasy 4um provides a recommended lineup for DFS based on FanDuel pricing. We'll touch on some H2H and 50/50 value plays as well as give you tournament game recommendations. Additionally, we'll provide general tips and tricks throughout the season to hopefully help you in your quest for DFS tournament glory. Hopefully last week's picks (including Ted Ginn and Devonta Freeman... again) helped you win some cash in Week 4 (I know I won a few bucks). Let's take a closer look at Week 5:

This week's optimal QB-WR stack is Carson Palmer ($8,100) and Larry Fitzgerald ($7,400) against the Lions. Detroit has allowed a 78% passer completion percentage (which is last in the NFL) and they have allowed a whopping 9.1 yards per attempt (30th in NFL). Of active QBs this week, Palmer has the 5th most FanDuel fantasy points per game and still costs less than Peyton Manning, Russell Wilson, Matt Ryan, and an injured Andrew Luck. Larry Fitzgerald you ask? L-Fitz has 11 more receptions and four more touchdowns than anyone else on the team. He has the second most fantasy points per game for a WR in the first four weeks... and there are 14 WRs that cost more than him with Week 5 pricing.

The Baltimore Ravens have given up the second most fantasy points to WRs in the first four weeks of the season. Travis Benjamin ($6,200) has seen his targets increase every week since Week 1, saw 20 targets over the past two weeks, and he's playing the Ravens. Need I say more?

A fact that everyone knows by now, but no one can ignore: the Oakland Raiders can't cover tight ends. So far this season, they have faced the following tight ends:
  • Week 1: Tyler Eifert - 9 receptions, 104 yards, 2 TDs
  • Week 2: Crockett Gillmore - 5 receptions, 88 yards, 2 TDs
  • Week 3: Gary Barnidge - 6 receptions, 105 yards, 1 TD
  • Week 4: Martellus Bennett - 11 receptions, 83 yards, 1 TD
You read that right; 31 receptions, 380 yards, and six TDs to TEs in the last four weeks. Owen Daniels ($4,900) plays Oakland's porous defense this week. He is a must start. 

The San Francisco 49ers offense has given up more points to opposing fantasy defenses than any other team this year. The New York Giants defense ($4,300) is playing the 49ers offense this week and has the sixth most FanDuel fantasy points per game of any active defense this week. Yet, they cost a measly $4,300. This is a no-brainer.

Dion Lewis ($6,900) has the fourth most fantasy points per game of any active RB this week; Lewis is playing the Cowboys who give up the second most points to opposing RBs; and Lewis has 17 RBs that cost more than him this week in FanDuel. Why? I'm not sure. Just take advantage of his value. 

The Kansas City Chiefs give up more fantasy points to opposing WRs than any other team by quite a few points. Indeed, they've given up three more TDs to opposing WRs than any other team in the league. This weeks, the Chiefs play the Bears. I believe Eddie Royal ($5,500), Alshon Jeffery ($7,600), or Marquess Wilson ($4,800) will have a huge game. Wilson's value is very dependent on Jeffery's status, so if you're playing in a Thursday contest (and thus can't change your lineup on FanDuel), I'd stick with Royal. I'm not sure which Chicago WR will explode this week and make fantasy owners lots of money. I guess that's why they call daily fantasy sports 'gambling.' Oh wait... they don't. Somehow it's still legal in almost every state.

My Week 5 Lineup:
 
QB
Carson Palmer Recent news
ARI@DET4:05PM
$8,100
RB
Le'Veon Bell Recent news
PIT@SD8:30PM
$9,000
RB
Dion Lewis
NE@DAL4:25PM
$6,900
WR
Larry Fitzgerald Recent news
ARI@DET4:05PM
$7,400
WR
Travis Benjamin Recent news
CLE@BAL1:00PM
$6,200
WR
Calvin Johnson Breaking news
ARI@DET4:05PM
$8,100
TE
Owen Daniels Recent news
DEN@OAK4:25PM
$4,900
K
Stephen Gostkowski
NE@DAL4:25PM
$5,000
D
New York Giants
SF@NYG8:30PM
$4,300

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