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DraftKings Recommended Lineup Week 5
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All lineups are based off of a $50,000 salary cap featured at DraftKings, you best option in daily fantasy sports gaming. Lineups consist of a quarterback, two running backs, two wide receivers, one tight end,, one FLEX one kicker and one team defense.
QB: Eli Manning (NYG) vs. PHI--$7,300--After an 0-4 start, the Giants are in desperate need of a win, and this week's matchup against the Eagles couldn't have come at a better time for Manning and his receiving core. The Eagles allowed the second-most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks, having been torched for over 325 yards through the air three of their first four games resulting in nine passing touchdowns. This week Manning comes in as the 13th highest priced quarterback on DraftKings, making him a great value considering his very favorable matchup. I know it is tough to go with a quarterback that has more interceptions (9) than touchdowns (6), but this matchup/salary combination is hard to pass up.
RB: LeSean McCoy (PHI) @ NYG--$8,500--Like Eli Manning, McCoy has a very favorable matchup on Sunday at Metlife Stadium, going up against the porous Giants defense. Heading into Week 5, the Giants have the 28th ranked defense against the run allowing an average of 122.5 yards per game to opposing running backs. Outside of last week's 10.4 fantasy points on DraftKings, McCoy has been one of the best running backs, 22.2 fantasy points per game. His recent success has inflated his price tag, but with a few key running backs (Adrian Peterson, Doug Martin, etc.) on bye-weeks, McCoy enters Week 5 as the second highest priced running back. Don't let the price tag scare you away. He is a lock for 20+ fantasy points once again.
RB: David Wilson (NYG) vs. PHI--$4,200--A case of fumble-itis may have cost Wilson carries early on this season, but after the Giants decided to cut Da'Rell Scott, he has now resurfaced as a decent fantasy option. The Eagles have now allowed over 100 yards on the ground in three straight games and with their defense focusing on the air attack, this could be a great opportunity for Wilson to have a breakout game. Considering how cheap Wilson is going for this week, it is hard to overlook the fact that he will likely outproduce his current price tag. Those looking for a cheap option will want to give him a hard look.
WR: Victor Cruz (NYG) vs. PHI--$8,200--As you can see, I am very high on the Giants offense this week and rostering Cruz is just the icing on the cake. Although the rest of the Giants offense has been under whelming, Cruz has been great, and is currently the highest scoring wide receiver across the board. The Eagles defense has allowed nine scores to opposing wide receivers through the first four weeks, including four touchdowns a week ago. Cruz has already surpassed the 30+ fantasy points mark twice this season, and on paper Sunday looks like it will be the third time he passes that mark.
WR: Cecil Shorts (JAC) @ STL--$5,700--You are probably thinking, "Why would I start a player from the Jaguars?" Well, this week the Jaguars are welcoming back Justin Balckmon, which is going to take pressure off of the back on Shorts, who is having a solid season despite not having much help around him. Shorts has been targeted 10 or more times in all four games this season, including games of 12, 14 and 15 targets. I expect this trend to continue in Week 5 as the Jaguars try to exploit the Rams weak secondary. Considering I already have two high-priced players on my roster, it is hard to ignore the potential Shorts in this favorable matchup.
TE: Julius Thomas (DEN) @ DAL--$4,500--Despite having many mouths to feed in the Broncos passing game, Peyton Manning continues to keep Thomas involved each week. However, the last two weeks, Thomas has only seven receptions leading to a drop in his price at DraftKings. This week, Thomas has a very favorable matchup against the Cowboys, who have allowed 22 receptions to opposing tight ends the last two weeks. Knowing how well Manning can read a defense, expect Thomas to be targeted heavily in what is going to be another high scoring affair for the Broncos in Week 5.
FLEX: DeAngelo Williams (CAR) @ ARI--$4,300--With three of the top defenses to exploit on bye-weeks, filling out the FLEX spot was harder than most weeks. The Cardinals have been solid against the run this season, but considering the price tag on Williams this week, it was hard to ignore him in this matchup. Williams has yet to find the end zone this season, but if Cam Newton can open up the passing game, the holes should be there for him to have the best chances of scoring for the first time. Obviously there are better options out there, but with high-priced players already on my roster, he fits in my lineup nicely.
K: Justin Tucker (BAL) @ MIA--$3,500--Drafting kickers is always a coin flip, but your kicker could make or break you in the end. The Dolphins defense has been solid so far this season, controlling both the running and passing games in all but last week's game. WIth that said, touchdowns may be hard to come by in this matchup, with the foot of Tucker being very active. If that is the case, he could be in line for his best performance of the season.
DEF: St. Louis Rams Defense vs. JAC--$3,700--This selection should come at no surprise, considering targeting the Jagaurs offense is a hot trend these days. Although this group has struggled early on, this is the type of matchup that could turn their season around. While I don't think the Rams will be the best group to draft, the price/matchup combinataion is very appealing, with more upside than downside heading into Sunday's game.
Total Salary: $49,900
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