Daily fantasy football can be an odd creature. Josh McCown winning someone hundreds of thousands of dollars kind of odd. Eddie Lacy and Jeremy Hill combining for under 10 fantasy points kind of odd. Gary Barnidge tripling the production of Rob Gronkowski kind of…I think you get the picture.
Week five was troubling in spots, but for the most part DFS wasn’t actually that hard to make out. Yours truly made out just fine with a nice profit and with the right research we all can do the same in week six. Let’s start it off with the week six DFS primer:
5 Sneaky Sleepers
QB Colin Kaepernick ($5,000), San Francisco 49ers
I know it’s Colin Kaepernick. I don’t trust him as far as he can throw himself. In fact, if he did try and throw himself, I imagine it’d be picked off and returned for a touchdown. He’s not very good, and neither are the 49ers.
HOWEVER. He’s the bare minimum for a QB this week at just $5,000. And he’s going up against the Ravens, who touched got absolutely torched by none other than Josh effin’ McCown. And while Kaep may well be a bad real QB, that doesn’t mean he’s necessarily a bad fantasy QB. He accrued nearly 21 DK fantasy points in the loss to the Giants on Sunday night, and is capable of having a big game, especially if he can find some space to run. At the minimum, he’s HIGHLY tempting.
RB Theo Riddick ($3,300), Detroit Lions
Despite being listed as a running back, Theo Riddick has a grand total of two carries this season. However, that’s obviously not why he’s here. The former Notre Damer has racked-up 30 catches through five games, peaking with his 10 receptions in the loss to the Cardinals a week ago. Draft Kings gives you a point per reception, which makes Riddick an extremely valuable player to be able to use in one of your RB or Flex slots. The Lions are obviously making an effort to get him into space and let him use his speed in the open field, and it’s paid dividends to this point. At just over the minimum with a solid matchup against Chicago this week, Riddick is a decent punt play.
WR Allen Hurns ($5,000), Jacksonville Jaguars
Hurns can’t really be tabbed as much of a sleeper at this point. The secret’s out! Hurns has put up double-digit fantasy points in all five games so far, and has topped 25 in each of the last two weeks. He’s a big-play machine and is battling with Allen Robinson to for the prestigious title of “Blake Bortles’ favorite Jaguars receiver named ‘Allen'”. The Jags face the Texans this week, and the Texans are a pile of flaming trash. At $5,000? You know what to do.
TE Derek Carrier ($2,500), Washington Redskins
Jordan Reed missed the game Sunday with a concussion. Carrier started in his place and rewarded those of you bold enough to take that plunge with a touchdown. No telling how much longer Reed will be sidelined. Though if he is, then Carrier is easily worth the chance.
D/ST Minnesota Vikings ($2,900)
The Vikings aren’t a particularly fearsome defense, but they get a matchup this week with the Chiefs sans Jamaal Charles, whose ACL disintegrated over the weekend. I don’t know how the Chiefs are really going to move the ball. Alex Smith is beyond awful, and there’s a zero percent chance the Chiefs are going anywhere this season. Give the Vikes a try.
4 HARD Fades
QB Russell Wilson ($6,500), Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks are 2-3 this season and Russell Wilson has been incredibly mediocre along the way. His pass protection is almost non-existent, and he’s being forced to run around and try and make throws he’s not really capable of making. He’s taken a ton of sacks and he’s been unable to make much of an impact with his legs, either. Being at home will help, but I’m not a fan of this matchup with the Panthers.
RB Jeremy Hill ($5,700), Cincinnati Bengals
There are tons of running backs to be had at bargain prices, so why on earth would you pay up a bit for Jeremy Hill? He followed up his random 3-TD performance with a whopping 3.5 fantasy points. Just go away.
WR Antonio Brown ($8,300), Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers beat the Chargers in dramatic fashion on Monday night, but Antonio Brown was little more than a passenger. In two games with Michael Vick at the helm, Brown has eight catches for 87 yards. Not exactly the kind of production we’re used to seeing out of the guy that may well be the league’s best receiver these days. I’ll be fading Brown and his price tag until we see Big Ben back.
TE Jimmy Graham ($5,400), Seattle Seahawks
Other than Thomas Rawls, does anyone want anything to do with anyone on this Seattle offense? Graham had solid games in Weeks 1 and 3, but has been a complete non-factor in any of the other three games. Again, they’re playing the Panthers who rank No. 1 so far this season in stifling opposing fantasy TEs.
3 Top Stacks
New England Patriots offense vs. Indianapolis Colts
QB Tom Brady ($8,100), RB Dion Lewis ($5,800), RB LeGarrette Blount ($4,400), WR Julian Edelman ($7,600), TE Rob Gronkowski ($7,600)
The Patriots have a well-documented history of playing games with an “Eff You” chip on their shoulder, and this week’s showdown with the Colts may wind up topping the list. The Colts, of course, complained after having their brains beaten in after last year’s AFC title game that Brady was deflating the balls, or whatever. The Patriots are going to murder the Colts this week, and it is going to be bloody and glorious.
Arizona Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
QB Carson Palmer ($6,600), RB Andre Ellington ($5,000), RB Chris Johnson ($4,600), WR Larry Fitzgerald ($7,000), WR John Brown ($5,200), D/ST ($3,600)
The Cardinals have scored at least 40 points in three games already this season. A lot of that scoring has come from the defense, but this offense is boffo. Carson Palmer is an early MVP candidate and Larry Fitzgerald’s career has undergone a sudden and glorious revival. I’m wary of that crowded backfield (especially if David Johnson is gonna be snaking TDs), but a number of Cardinals in your lineup can’t be a bad thing.
Green Bay Packers offense vs. San Diego Chargers
QB Aaron Rodgers ($7,700), RB Eddie Lacy ($6,300), WR Randall Cobb ($7,300), James Jones ($5,800), WR Ty Montgomery ($3,500), TE Richard Rodgers ($3,100)
The Packers are at home, which more often than not means they’re gonna be putting up some points. The Chargers’ defense is highly ordinary (they just lost to Michael Vick, come on), and Rodgers should have very little trouble exploiting their numerous areas of weakness. It’s gonna be a sad bloodbath.
2 Rookies to Watch
RB T.J. Yeldon ($4,800), Jacksonville Jaguars
As mentioned above the Jaguars are taking on the Texans this week, so their guys should automatically be on your fantasy radar. Yeldon has shown signs of progress over the last couple of weeks, and he scored his first NFL touchdown against the Bucs. I’m honestly thinking a Jaguars stack may not be the worst idea this week. No, I am not high.
QB Marcus Mariota ($5,800), Tennessee Titans
Mariota’s been consistently solid through four games. He’s not gonna make a ton of mistakes, and offers upside thanks to his rushing ability. The Dolphins may be revitalized now that Joe Philbin has been cast out to sea forever, but I’m going to have to see signs of progress before avoiding them in fantasy matchups. Mariota at home is a decent cheap QB.
1 Swell Lineup
QB Colin Kaepernick ($5,000)
RB Chris Ivory ($5,100)
RB T.J. Yeldon ($5,000)
WR DeAndre Hopkins ($7,700)
WR Allen Hurns ($5,000)
WR Julian Edelman ($7,600)
TE Antonio Gates ($4,600)
FLEX RB Matt Forte ($7,000)
D/ST New York Jets ($3,100)
Here’s an idea. Use my advice or even use this exact lineup to win big in the week 6 Millionaire Maker at DraftKings!