Before we look at teams who are actually playing to find some PlayON Daily Fantasy NFL gems, I want to take this opportunity to congratulate one of the greats and one of my absolute favourite Quarterbacks, Drew Brees. Last week, he became the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards and he did so in style with a 62 yard touchdown pass to Tre’Quan Smith. Take a bow legend, and a well-deserved week off.
That said, let’s get into my top picks for the Week 6 action.
PlayON PICK OF THE WEEK
Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings ($14.6M)
Sure, Thielen is one of the most expensive names in the game right now, but he’s the ONLY player who has ever opened a season with five straight games of 100+ receiving yards. And there have been some pretty great wide receivers through the years.
The Vikings play the Cardinals, who have a top five cornerback on their roster in Patrick Peterson. But PP will most likely shadow Stefon Diggs throughout the afternoon, and he rarely plays out of the slot, where Thielen makes his living.
Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers ($10M)
I like to target the offensive players in games where the bookies are predicting big score lines, and the Bucs-Falcons game has the biggest of them all this week. The total over/under in this one has been set at 57.5, basically suggesting that there will be no defense, which is likely considering the two teams playing.
The best value though might just be the Bucs franchise Quarterback. No, I don’t mean Fitzpatrick. It’s Jameis Winston, who will be starting for the first time this season following the three game suspension. He’s only $10M and can easily eclipse the points that come from that price tag. Winston averaged 316 pass yards and had a 9:5 touchdown to interception ratio. He even added 84 yards and a score on the ground. The Bucs RB’s have yet to score a rushing TD this season, opening the door for Jameis to play vulture against one of the worst defenses in the NFL.
Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings ($12.4M)
Stacking with Thielen is the man who will be delivering him the ball. Cousins has really only had the one bad game this year, in the shock week 3 loss to Buffalo. Apart from that game he has 348 yards per game, including two 400+ yard games. He also has an 11:2 TD to interception ratio and is averaging 220 DFS points. That’s 3 points less than Aaron Rodgers at a $1.7M savings.
Arizona have been pitiful all year. They did pick up their first win of the year last week, but it was against a very injury plagued San Francisco 49ers, and even then, CJ Beathard had 349 yards and 2:2. The Vikings have far better weapons for Cousins to throw to. The only concern is if they get too far ahead too early and sit on the run.
Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago Bears ($11.2M) vs. Dolphins, Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans ($12.8M) vs. Bills
T.J. Yeldon, Jacksonville Jaguars ($10.9M)
I’ve had some trouble finding true value running backs in week 6, but Yeldon is shaping as a solid, three-down back against the Cowboys. Leonard Fournette is out (for possibly a month or more), so Yeldon should continue to see 20-ish carry games. And it doesn’t matter the score. He saw 18 carries when up big on the Jets, and 18 carries when down big against the Chiefs.
The Cowboys have a decent defensive front but are still allowing almost 96 ground yards a game and have a struggling offense. With that many opportunities and the amount of time the Jags should be on field, Yeldon and the Texans could run up a nice total.
James White, New England Patriots ($11M)
In a side in which Tom Brady has Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon and Chris Hogan as receiving options, James White is the Pats leading pass catcher in the last couple of weeks. White is averaging almost 9 targets a game and has got to the promised land five times already.
Lining up to stop him this week is the Kansas City Chiefs who have allowed 97.6 rush yards a game with 4 rushing TD’s and 3 receiving TD’s to running backs. The Chiefs are ranked 31st in receptions allowed to running backs, and in total have allowed 4540 receiving yards. What I guess I’m trying to say is that they aren’t great on defense and James White should shred them.
Chris Carson, Seattle Seahawks ($8.4M) vs. Raiders, Nyheim Hines, Indianapolis Colts ($8.5M) vs. Jets
Keke Coutee, Houston Texans ($7.4M)
If looking to save your cash this week, look no further than rookie wide receiver Keke Coutee. This kid is quickly becoming one of Deshaun Watson’s favourite targets and has broken out in the past 2 weeks thanks to 22 targets and 160 yards. He even took a set pass play to the house last week against the Cowboys.
Watson is just starting to warm into the season too as he showed with his 375 passing yards last week. DeAndre Hopkins will always see the best defender and Will Fuller V also commands a lot of attention. Coutee will, at most, see the third best opposition guy from Dallas and that should be enough to get him free for another productive day.
DeSean Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers ($8.3M)
In week 3, Jackson had just 37 yards against the Steelers, a renowned poor defense. His other game totals? 146 yards, 129 yards and 112 yards. And 3 touchdowns to boot. Those games were against the Saints, Eagles and Bears, three good defensive teams.
Jackson is already averaging 128 DFS points per game thanks to all that yardage, and doing it on only 5.5 targets a game. And then there’s the Falcons, with all their injuries and their 277 allowed pass yards a week. With Winston back and this points total projection, I think DJax gets there again.
Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers ($7.8M) vs. Falcons, Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks ($9.3M) vs. Raiders
David Njoku, Cleveland Browns ($6.6M)
Tight End is getting as thin as any position in football these days, including kicker. Of the big three options, Ertz has the Thursday night game. Of the rest, Eifert is out. Jenkins is out. Olsen is just back from another injury. The TE world has got so crazy that the 4th and 5th most expensive option in DFS are George Kittle and Eric Ebron, and Ebron is also doubtful.
However, I like Njoku to provide a cut-price option coming up against the Chargers. In two Baker Mayfield starts, Njoku has averaged nine targets a week and just over 60 yards. The only thing holding him back is that he’s yet to score a touchdown yet. Some would say he’s due and this could be the week, as I’m expecting his target share to increase with slot WR Rishard Higgins also out.
C.J. Uzomah, Cincinnati Bengals ($5.3M)
Give me all Uzomah this week. The match up against a porous Steelers pass defense is a great one to target on any occasion. Last week, the Falcons slot man, Mohamed Sanu, had four catches, 73 yards and a touchdown. Atlanta TE Austin Hooper finished his day with nine catches and 77 yards. So, I love the middle men for the Bengals offense.
Uzomah has only had ten targets this season, catching all but one of them, so why do I like him now? Well, I already mentioned Eifert being out, which promotes C.J. up the depth chart. Then he caught two passes for 43 yards against the Dolphins last week playing behind Tyler Kroft. Here’s the kicker. Kroft is also an out for week 6. There’s no one left but Uzomah. With everything being as it is, he’s easily the best value TE on the market.
Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons ($6.3M) vs. Buccaneers, Erik Swoope, Indianapolis Colts ($4.9M) vs. Jets
Minnesota Vikings ($6.5M)
After a tough start to the year, the Vikings defense has dropped to an affordable $6.5M but they’re coming off a game where they scored a TD and 130 DFS points on the Eagles. Now they head back into Minnesota to take on the Arizona Cardinals, a team averaging 13 points and an NFL worst 210 total yards per game.
This shapes up as a similar initial outlook to the Bills game but it’s hard to imagine the game playing out the same way that one did. Cards QB Josh Rosen has only completed 29 of 59 passes (less than 50%), with two scores and a pick. All that adds up to a great starting option.
Chicago Bears ($7.5M)
And just like that the Chicago Bears, led by Khalil Mack, are the best defense in the NFL. They are have allowed 16.3 points and 294.5 yards per game, and have 11 takeaways and 18 sacks this year. To put it in perspective, those are ranked 2nd, 2nd, 2nd and 1st in the NFL, respectively, coming into week 6.
On the other side of the ball, the Dolphins have 9 total turnovers, good for equal 5th worst in the league. They also have just 19.8 points and 288 yards per game, both also ranking in the bottom 5 in the league. They’re the most expensive unit in the game, but for good reason, and that’s been boosted with a great match up.
Baltimore Ravens ($7M) vs. Titans, Jacksonville Jaguars ($7.3M) vs. Cowboys
PlayON PASS OF THE WEEK
Kenyan Drake, Miami Dolphins ($9.3M)
Is there such a thing as an anti-stack? A crumble perhaps? I don’t know, but if there was, Drake and the Bears defense is it. Not only do the Bears rank highly in total yards allowed, they are the hardest team to run the football on. They allow just 64 yards a game on the ground through 2018.
Drake, for all the hype leading into the season, has averaged just 30 yards a game on the ground, another 24 in the pass game and only scored the two touchdowns all year. He’s coming off his best game of 2018 with 115 all-purpose yards and a score against the Bengals, but the Bears are not that easy to move it on.
That’s all for this weekend’s picks. Now be sure to get your lineups in and win a share of guaranteed cash prizes playing daily fantasy NFL at PlayON.