By Andy Goddard – @godsy1985
So how is everyone getting on in their DraftKings? Week 5 provides some interesting matchups with games that could offer great value on certain players. So who should you pick this week? It’s all about the bounce-back!
QB – Tom Brady – $6,500 (New England Patriots @ Washington Redskins)
Brady may well be coming off of an awful showing against Buffalo but this is the perfect ‘bounce-back’ game. Buffalo have a great defence that caused Brady problems all day, Washington’s defence is poor. They have given up 10 touchdowns and an average of more than 21 fantasy points to opposing teams quarterbacks. The Redskins defence are also allowing nearly 400 yards a game! It will be Tom Terrific again this week!
RB – Mark Ingram – $6,300 (Baltimore Ravens @ Pittsburgh Steelers)
Another rebound target for this weeks team, Ingram disappointed against the Browns but is well placed to put up good fantasy numbers against a Steelers defence that has allowed over 100 rushing yards per game and given up nearly 28 fantasy points to opposing teams running backs. Add into the mix that the Ravens run the ball nearly 50 percent of the time and Ingram should be a good pick for that value when averaging nearly 21 fantasy points per game.
RB – David Johnson – $7,500 (Arizona Cardinals @ Cincinnati Bengals)
A duel threat running back is always a great option and Johnson is proving he is just that. He has a favourable matchup this week against a very poor Bengals team that couldn’t get anything working against the Steelers last week. Johnson is averaging 18.6 fantasy points per game and should exceed that number this week against a team ranked 31st in total defence.
WR – Julian Edelman – $6,300 (New England Patriots @ Washington Redskins)
Next on the bounce-back train is New England wide receiver, Julian Edelman. Edelman and the Patriots offense put up lousy numbers against the Bills but he has a lot going for him this week against the Redskins. Firstly, Washington have been awful against slot receivers, allowing the fifth most fantasy points to the position, and Edelman lines up in the slot 70 percent of the time. Secondly, if you think a QB is good enough to start, always pick his top target as one of your wide receivers!
WR – Calvin Ridley – $4,900 (Atlanta Falcons @ Houston Texans)
Ridley is a gamble after putting up a combined 7.8 fantasy points In the past two weeks but, you guessed it, its time for him to bounce-back! (you starting to see the theme?) Houston’s defence is giving up the third most fantasy points to receivers who line up wide, and that’s exactly where Ridley spends 85 percent of his time. Through the first two games of the season, Ridley had 12 catches for 169 yards and 2 TD’s. We should see ‘early season’ Ridley against the Texans!
WR – Allen Robinson II – $5,600 (Chicago Bears @ Oakland Raiders – London Game)
Robinson II appears to have become the main weapon in Chicago’s passing game. He is averaging 70 yards a game and 13.8 fantasy points per game. The Raiders are technically at home but they are a long way from Oakland. Head coach, John Gruden, has a poor record away from Oakland and I see this continuing in London. The Raiders are ranked 27th against the pass allowing over 280 yards per game. Robinson II could be in for a big game.
TE – Tyler Eifert – $3,300 (Arizona Cardinals @ Cincinnati Bengals)
Eifert hasn’t exactly set the fantasy world alight but that could change this week as he takes his seat aboard the bounce-back train. Averaging just 6.3 fantasy points per game he won’t be on many people radars, but he should be! The value is there at just $3,300 and he is going against a Cardinals defence that has allowed the most touchdowns to tight ends this season (6). Tight ends have also earned an impressive 27.8 fantasy points! Could be the value pick of the week.
FLEX – Tyler Boyd – $6,500 (Arizona Cardinals @ Cincinnati Bengals)
I always like to use the flex for a receiver and this week I’ve gone for Tyler Boyd. Another player looking to rebound after a poor performance against the Steelers (which Bengals player didn’t have a bad game against the Steelers?), Boyd is up against a Cardinals defence that has already allowed four touchdowns and the third most fantasy points to opposing slot receivers. Boyd is averaging 14.7 FPPG and 70.8 yards per game. Look for him to eclipse both of those numbers against Arizona.
DST – Tennessee Titans – $3,000 (Buffalo Bills @ Tennessee Titans)
This pick is more to do with the fact that the Bills are struggling at QB. With Josh Allen potentially being inactive due to a head injury sustained against the Patriots, the Titans could see Matt Barkley under centre for the Bills. The Titans do have a good defence raking up 4 interceptions, 13 sacks, 1 defensive touchdown and averaging 10.8 fantasy points per game. It’s a favourable matchup at that value.