NFL Week 5 is here. Every Sunday this season, I'm playing both an NFL DraftKings Pick'em Team and an NFL DraftKings Classic Team. Below is my NFL Week 5 Classic DFS Team. Check it out!
QB Carson Palmer, $5,900, Arizona at Philadelphia – By any means, Palmer hasn't played well this season. He threw 3 interceptions in Week 1. So far, he's thrown the same amount of interceptions to TD passes. Palmer faces a pass defense that allows an average of 285 yards per game in Week 5, though. Because AZ has no rushing attack, Palmer must throw the ball on almost every down in this game. I'm taking a shot on Zona's QB at less than $6,000.
RB Le'Veon Bell, $9,500, Pittsburgh vs Jacksonville – Bell was fantastic in NFL Week 4. He's the highest salary cost player for NFL Week 5. I think he's worth adding just because Jacksonville is ranked 1st in passing yards allowed, and 32nd in rushing yards allowed. Bell can catch passes. He can also rush for a ton of yards.
RB Leonard Fournette, $7,000, Jacksonville at Pittsburgh – Fournette's averaging a healthy 20 DraftKings fantasy points per game. He's averaging more fantasy points in away games than he is in home games. Pitt's D ranks 23rd versus the rush when allowing 113 rushing yards per game. Fournette's also caught 12 passes this season. The matchup implies that he's Blake Bortles' go to guy in the passing game on Sunday.
WR Jordy Nelson, $8,100, Green Bay at Dallas – Dallas' pass defense isn't that good. Sure, Rams' QB Jared Goff threw to RB Todd Gurley all day in LAR's upset win over Dallas last Sunday. That's because the Cowboys allowed the Rams to do that. QB Aaron Rodgers targets Jordy no matter what defense the Boys set up. I think Rodgers to Nelson is the best QB to WR combo this weekend. I can't add both. I'll add Jordy.
WR Sammy Watkins, $5,000, L.A. Rams vs Seattle – Seattle's defense allows around 123 total passing yards per game. The Hawks have only allowed 3 TDs to wide receivers this season. Why, then, is Sammy Watkins on my team? Seattle has played San Francisco and Indianapolis in 2 out of 4 games this season. Both those games were at home. In Week 1, Aaron Rodgers threw for 311 yards versus the Seahawks' D. Jordy Nelson caught 7 of 8 targets for 79 yards and a TD.
The Rams always play Seattle tough. Watkins could have a decent game. For only $5,000, he represents great value.
WR Jaron Brown, $4,500, Arizona at Philadelphia – Both JJ Nelson and John Brown are listed as questionable against the Eagles in NFL Week 5. Although Larry Fitzgerald remains Arizona's best wide receiver, Jaron Brown garnered 12 targets in Week 4. He caught 8 of the 12 targets for 105 yards. He's a legitimate threat to surprise with at least 1 TD along with double-digits in targets again in Week 5 versus Philly's terrible pass defense.
TE Luke Willson, $2,700, Seattle at L.A. Rams – The game between the Hawks and the Rams should be a shootout. The Rams only know how to play one way. That's score as many point as possible. Although TE Jimmy Graham remains the starter, Graham has yet to score a TD this season. Graham also only has 15 catches in 4 games. That translates to less than 5 catches a game.
Willson only has 7 catches on the season. 2 of the 7 catches have gone for TDs, though. I believe there's a chance Willson produces a 3 catch, over 50 yards, and 1 TD performance versus the Rams on Sunday. Just like he did against Seattle in Week 3.
FLEX Andre Ellington, RB, $4,600, Arizona at Philadelphia – Ellington has become the starter for the Arizona Cardinals. David Johnson is on IR. Neither Chris Johnson, nor Kerwynn Williams have picked up the slack. Ellington is a decent runner between the tackles. More importantly, he can catch the football the way that DJ did. Andre saw 14 targets from Palmer in Week 4. He should see at least that amount in Week 5.
DST Buffalo Bills, $2,600, Buffalo at Cincinnati – Buffalo's defense has been exceptional. Cincinnati's offense has been terrible save for a 31 point explosion against the Cleveland Browns in NFL Week 4. I don't believe Cincy's offense keeps it up. The Bills' D should rock it again.