If you give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day. If you teach a man to fish, he’ll eat for a lifetime.

We take this adage to heart when it comes to playing NFL DFS. The Fantasy Alarm Playbook isn’t just about handing you a list of players and a lineup to use each week. It is designed to help you learn to be a better DFS player. It’s about teaching you the process used in selecting which players to scout and, eventually, which ones to use.

Therefore, we will begin each week with the Weekly NFL DFS Watch List. We’ll still have our Weekly DFS Rankings, but the Watch List is designed to keep tabs on marquee names, chalk plays and, of course, the weekly bargains who may not see the same coverage and exposure. This piece will be continuously updated based on the most recent news and injuries which means you may see a name or two removed as we get closer to kick-off. You may also see a few late-week additions who pique our interest for some reason too, and by the end of the week, this watch list will eventually become your Playbook. Again, it’s about teaching you the process.

With Week 7 data in the books, it's time to start looking ahead to Week 6 and see who looks good.

PLAYERS ADDED -- 10/25 (see below for breakdown)


Miami Dolphins at Houston Texans

Dolphins: Run D – 11th Pass D – 18th

Texans: Run D – 1st Pass D – 14th 


So what are we thinking with Brock Osweiler ? You've got the revege-game narratie working in your favor and the Texans secondary is their defense’s Achilles heel. They’ve allowed 14 passing touchdowns on the season, opposing quarterbacks have posted a 95.7 passer rating against them and while the Texans have recorded 19 sacks on the season, the Fins have only allowed 15. Houston’s pass-rush ranks 15th in the league, so if Osweiler can actually get some time to set up in the pocket, he could have some interesting value.

As for Deshaun Watson , the match-up isn’t as strong given the Miami secondary. Not to mention the partially collapsed lung and the weak offensive line. Miami's pass defense allows an average of 269 yards per game, but they’ve only given up 11 touchdowns through the air and opposing quarterbacks haven’t exactly been lighting them up. Watson has very little time to set up and throw and that’s definitely hurting his value.  


Lamar Miller is coming off his first 100-yard effort of the season and he also found the end zone for the first time. Now the short week/heavy workload is always a thing, but we've also got another revenge-game narrative here as well. Miami is extremely vulnerable up the middle, as evidenced by what Kerryon Johnson just did to them and Miller, if the offensive line can help pave the way, makes for an interesting option. Few people like using him, so perhaps some low-ownership can help return value.

The Texans run defense is their strongest asset and even though they rank 15th against running back pass plays, it’s difficult to put your faith into either Frank Gore or Kenyan Drake . Not a fan of either guy here, but would favor Drake over Gore if I had a gun to my head.


The Miami secondary is their strength and we expect to see Xavien Howard shadowing DeAndre Hopkins throughout this game. That, plus the DVOA coverage numbers, tilts me more towards Will Fuller, especially with word that Keke Coutee is out. The Fins also rank sixth in covering the tight end, so neither Ryan Griffin (if healthy) nor Jordan Akins are on my radar.

We’re going to have to wait to see who’s healthy for Miami here as there’s a nice match-up for whomever ranks as the new No. 2 on the roster. Danny Amendola seems like a possibility, as does Jakeem Grant with Albert Wilson now on IR. The numbers certainly aren’t gaudy but they may be worth exploring. Same with tight end Mike Gesicki . Houston ranks 30th against the tight end and are allowing the 11th-most fantasy points per game to the position. We also saw some interesting plays run this past week that involve the rookie tight end, so perhaps a breakout game is in order.

(Max 3)