FantasyDraft Week 5 DFS Plays: QBs/TEs/Defense

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We had a great week last week as Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was the perfect cash game play and Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky absolutely smashed as a tournament option. Colts tight end Eric Ebron also came through for us. As always, good or bad, we quickly move on to the following week.

 

Quarterbacks

 

Cash Game Option:

Jacksonville Jaguars Blake Bortles ($10,600) – Bortles as a cash game option can make anyone feel nervous, but the signal caller has a lot of positives in his favor. The Jaguars take on a Chiefs defense that is ranked dead last and has a pass ranking of 30 in defensive DVOA according to Football Outsiders.

Bortles is also priced as the 15th highest quarterback which opens up a lot of different ways to build your lineup this week. It should also be noted that Bortles has two games this season in which he has thrown for at least 376 yards. Bortles will be the chalk quarterback this week which makes him an easy fade in tournaments, but he should provide a solid floor at a cheap price to make him worth using in cash games.

Tournament Option:

Los Angeles Rams Jared Goff ($12,300) – It’s amazing that a quarterback that throws for 350 yards every week continues to get overlooked, but that’s where we are with Goff. Everyone will turn to Bortles, Ben Roethlisberger,  or Matt Ryan this week, but Goff has just as much upside as all of those quarterbacks and will come at a much lower ownership. The Rams have an implied team total of 28.5 this week as they face a Seahawks team that just lost their starting safety Earl Thomas for the season. I absolutely love the Rams this week as a stack and I really don’t think they will be highly owned.

 

Tight Ends

 

Cash Game Option:

Pittsburgh Steelers Vance McDonald ($6,700) – A common theme this week will be using players in the Falcons-Steelers game as the over/under is 58. A cheap way to get exposure to this game comes in the form McDonald as the tight end has had at least four catches in the last two games including a 100-yard performance in Week 3. The tight end position is extremely volatile, but it appears McDonald could provide a nice floor.

Tournament Option:

Atlanta Falcons Austin Hooper ($5,500) – Staying with the Falcons-Steelers game, we can go even cheaper and look at Hooper. The high/over once again makes Hooper attractive and the Steelers rank 24th against tight ends according to Football Outsiders. Hooper just doesn’t see enough targets to make him a cash game option, but with a game that is expected to be a shootout along with the price, the Falcons tight end has a chance to be find the endzone.

 

Defenses

 

Cash Game Option:

Baltimore Ravens ($5,300) – The Ravens are a top five defense yet are priced as the 11th highest defense. Cornerback Jimmy Smith returns to an already potent defense and now they face a Browns team that is starting rookie Baker Mayfield at quarterback. Mayfield can be flashy, but he is coming off his first career start in which he turned the ball over four times against a bad Raiders defense. The Ravens will confuse the rookie and force him into a couple of turnovers and at that price, it will be difficult to look anywhere else this week.

 

Tournament Option:

Tennessee Titans ($6,400) – If wanting to pay up at defense to get lower ownership with massive upside, the Titans could be your answer. The Titans will take on the Bills who have allowed the most sacks in football and start a rookie quarterback in Josh Allen. The hope is the added pressure on Allen will lead to turnovers which is what we are looking at when we are trying to pick a defense.

 

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