DFS owners will love Big Ben in Week 5
It's Week 5 of the National Football League, and it's time for another round of Daily Fantasy Football. The good news is that just two teams, the Miami Dolphins and Oakland Raiders, are on byes this week. They are the two teams which played in London last week. So there are plenty of choices, and a lot of intriguing matchups.
The weather is beautiful for the first weekend in October, and there are no NFL cities with a 20 percent or more chance of precipitation. The weather will be cool and crisp in some venues, but sunny, and three games will be played under the protection of a dome. Enjoy the day!
(DraftDay.com salaries in parentheses) (all times ET)
Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh ($15200 at JAC): Brown is very expensive this week. In fact, he is the most expensive option on the board. He is averaging 110.5 receiving yards per game over his past two outings, and he has four receiving scores during the span. The good times should continue to roll against a Jacksonville Jaguars pass defense which is awful. Brown has hauled in seven or more receptions in three straight games, and if that streak isn't stretched to four, it would be a stunner.
Austin Davis, QB, St. Louis ($10150 at PHI): There are plenty of other DFS options with a better pedigree, and you can pay for them, too. Or, you can nab Davis as your QB2, save a boatload of salary, and use that extra loot to load up with studs at other positions. Davis and the Rams will be in a shootout with the Eagles, and their pass defense which is the worst in the NFC in terms of passing touchdowns allowed (10).
Rashad Jennings, RB, N.Y. Giants ($12950 vs ATL): The Atlanta Falcons rush defense has been gouged for nine rushing touchdowns through the first four games, and they have given up 153.5 yards per game on the ground during the unimpressive stretch. Jennings should find plenty of running room against the Falcons, making him a solid DFS play.
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh ($12850 at JAC): Big Ben and the Steelers offense should be able to put up big numbers on the road against the Jacksonville Jaguars, who limp into this one with a passing defense which ranks dead-last in the NFL. The Jags are giving up 320.8 yards per game through the air, and they have allowed 11 passing touchdowns through four games, two more than any other team in the AFC.
Isaiah Crowell, RB, Cleveland ($8100 at TEN): Crowell has worked his way into the team's offensive game plan with three touchdowns through the first three games. He works in a crowded backfield, which is expected to get more crowded with Ben Tate returning from injury. However, Crowell should get his 10-12 touches, and lately he has been making the most of his chances. The Titans have given up 127.0 rushing yards per game, and five rushing scores, so Crowell could be a decent mid-level value.
Rueben Randle, WR, N.Y. Giants ($8950 vs ATL): The Giants offense has come alive over the past couple of games, and Randle seems to be right on the cusp of a breakout. He has been targeted 10 times in each of the past two games, posting 13 receptions for 116 yards. Sure, that's not amazing production, but he should find plenty of wide-0pen spaces against an Atlanta Falcons pass defense which has allowed the third-most yards per game.
Drew Stanton, QB, Arizona ($9200 at DEN): You do not have to spend big dollars at the quarterback position to be successful. If you want to save even more money than the options above, you'll really love Stanton's matchup. The Cardinals face a Denver Broncos pass defense which allows 285.3 yards, including 11 pass plays of 20 or more yards through three games.
Odell Beckham Jr., WR, N.Y. Giants ($4400 vs ATL): If you really like to gamble on long shots, take a chance on Beckham. It sounds like the rookie could make his regular season debut this weekend, and if so, he faces a very giving pass defense to make his transition seamless. Beckham is still a rookie, so don't expect the world, but if he has a handful of catches for 40-50 yards and possibly a score, he would more than pay for himself. At the very least, he will allow you to spend heavily at every other position.
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