Last week’s lineup bounced back with 179.50 points, anchored by Mike Evans going absolutely nuts to the tune of 190 receiving yards and 3 TDs. Tyler Lockett had 154 yards and a TD of his own while Jameis Winston and Dalvin Cook did the rest of the heavy lifting for the lineup (56.80 combined points). Kenny Golladay is seemingly the only receiver who hasn’t gone off on the Eagles, securing just two of his eight targets for 17 yards. Mark Andrews and the Chargers defense (8.50 combined points) stood in the way of the lineup being a truly undeniable one but a new week equals a new opportunity to cash out.
QB Matt Ryan vs. Tennessee
The Titans are actually the 10th stingiest defense versus QBs so far this season but they’ve faced the murderers row of Baker Mayfield, Jacoby Brissett and Gardner Minshew’s mustache. Ryan is coming off his strongest game of the year and is returning home where he posted a 118 QB rating last season. I like his chances to keep rolling here.
DraftKings salary: 5,900
RB Marlon Mack vs. Oakland
Mack is a top 10 RB play this week at home in a game the Colts should control. He battled through injury last week but still managed to handle most of the RB work, totaling 88 yards and a touchdown. Now he faces a Raiders team giving up the 7th most rushing yards per game to the position.
DraftKings salary: 6,100
RB Chris Carson @ Arizona
Russell Wilson stacks with Tyler Lockett, DK Metcalf and Week 4 darling Will Dissly will be among the most popular on this slate. I’ll be throwing in some of those lineups myself but for this one though I’m choosing to step outside the box and fade them.
The Seahawks are favored in this game and Kyler Murray is coming off a game where he averaged a cringe-worthy 4 yards per attempt. Who’s to say this game won’t be well in the Seahawks control, giving way for Brian Schottenheimer to live his best life and call run play after run play? With Carson’s fumbling issues and Rashaad Penny’s potential return this play carries risk but you know what they say about scared money.
DraftKings salary: 5,700
WR Julio Jones vs. Tennessee
You knew this was coming right? Pairing Matt Ryan up with perhaps the top WR play of the week is a no-brainer. Jones figures to line up versus Malcolm Butler most often on Sunday and Butler has given up over 100 yards receiving in 2 of the 3 games played so far this season. Prayers up to whoever doesn’t play Julio.
DraftKings salary: 7,800
WR Kenny Golladay vs. Kansas City
One key to fantasy success is not to get caught up in the emotion of it. Golladay laid an egg last week so the natural thought would be to pivot away from him, but he’s looking at another good opportunity this week. His target share remains secure and he’s facing a Chiefs team that will figure to force the Lions to the air more often than normal. Golladay has volume and deep targets already in his back pocket but both should see a nice boost this week.
DraftKings salary: 5,900
WR Marquise Brown vs. Cleveland
“Hollywood” didn’t exactly shine statically last week but the opportunity was there. He continues to command a large slice of the target pie and had over 200 air yards last week. The Browns look like they could be without corners Denzel Ward and Greedy Williams, further enhancing Brown’s chances for a big game. He’s looking like one of the top wide receiver plays this week.
DraftKings salary: 5,800
TE Darren Waller @ Indianapolis
Per several previous lineup articles, play tight ends and pass-catching RBs versus the Colts. Their Cover 2 scheme will push targets to those parts of the field. With risk-averse Derek Carr at the controls we may even see a few more than normal. Waller has become the guy in the Raiders pass offense, averaging close to 10 targets a game, a number I think it’s pretty safe he’ll reach in this one. His salary bump should be coming soon so play him while you can at this value.
DraftKings salary: 5,200
Flex: James White @ Buffalo
The Patriots are an egoless giant from a game-planning standpoint. They have no issue veering away from a defense’s strength in order to attack in the most optimal way to win that week. The Bills strong front 7 coupled with Patriots injuries on the offensive line and at fullback makes this a James White week. In two games versus the Bills last season, White had 28 touches and 4 TDs. Get him in your lineups.
DraftKings salary: 4,900
Defense: Panthers @ Houston
Those who have followed this piece know I’m like Mr. Krabs when it comes to defense: I’ve paid up on occasion but I’m mostly looking for a bargain and I think I’ve got one here. I attacked the Texans offensive line similarly last week and it didn’t pan out. The Chargers have Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram but as a whole the team is 30th in adjusted sack rate per Football Outsiders. The Panthers rank 4th, are 2nd in the NFL with 12 sacks and have been a top-6 team versus QBs this year. Cheap and contrarian – just the way I like it.
DraftKings salary: 2,300