Daily Fantasy Cash Game Options: Week 6
Categorized not by position but by price range, here are some of my top DFS options on DraftKings for Week 6.
Kareem Hunt – PIT @ KC – $8,200: Hunt is the league leader in rushing, collecting 609 total yards through the first five weeks of the season. It took him awhile to get going last week against Houston, but with a struggling Pittsburgh team up next at home allowing the third most Rushing Touchdowns per Game (1.2) and rank 28th in Opponent Rushing Yards per Game (136.6), I think deciding to completely fade the star rookie running back could be a potential costly mistake.
Todd Gurley II – LAR @ JAX – $7,700: Jacksonville has one of the worst defenses against the run as they rank 31st in Opponent Rushing Yards per Game (146.4) and 28th in Opponent Rushing Touchdowns per Game (1.0). We shouldn’t be concerned with Gurley’s numbers this past week against Seattle.
Matt Ryan – MIA @ ATL – $7,000: The Dolphins have allowed 234 Passing Yards per Game and are averaging the 4th most completions (24.8) only in front of New England, Philadelphia and Tampa Bay, who rank last in the league. Ryan has failed to touch 21 DK fantasy points and has had a multi-touchdown game (2) just once this year, but Miami — on both sides of the ball (it’s honestly really not fun to watch) — is just a bad football team right now and I think Ryan, with help from Julio Jones ($8,300), is ready to have his breakout performance of the season.
Mike Evans – TB @ ARI – $6,900: Tampa Bay is third in Passing Yards per Game (288) and in Week 6 go up against an Arizona defense with an Opponent Completion Percentage of 61.14%. People have and will take note of the dismantling of the Arizona defense in Philadelphia this past weekend — so Evans could have some chalk on him this week — but I still like the chances, especially when you really consider his price-tag, for the Bucs’ WR1 to connect with QB Jameis Winston in a potential breakout spot.
Golden Tate – DET @ NO – $6,800: Tate sits just outside the top 10 in Pass Targets for the season at 40. The 29-year-old Tennessee-native was Stafford’s favorite target last week in a losing effort to the Panthers, but there was a disconnect between the two all day and were never able to connect. Involved in a game with the highest point total of the week, I imagine things going a bit differently for Tate in a rebound matchup down in New Orleans.
Phillip Rivers – LAC @ OAK – $6,600: There are a couple things I like about my chances with Rivers in Week 6, including the 7.7 Yards per Pass Attempt the Raiders defense is allowing to opposing quarterbacks as well as the 23.2 Average Completions per Game for LA (damn, I wish it would be ok for me to put SD), a number good enough to place Rivers and the Chargers offense inside the top 10. There are a few cheaper options you could consider but this price point is where I’m going to feel most comfortable taking a quarterback this week. On the opposing side of the field waits Oakland WR Amari Cooper ($5,000) who has to be destined for a breakout game against the division rival Chargers. He’s got to be, right? Everyone will rave about Cooper’s price-tag, but the price is just, for the longest reception on the year for the third-year wideout is 23 yards and he’s not being targeted enough in recent weeks — after receiving 13 targets in Week 1, Cooper has just 20 targets over the last four games — no matter who is under center for the Raiders. So maybe I’m wrong about Cooper this week, but at the price Cooper can be had, it’ll be tough for me not to push the plus and insert him into a high-percentage of lineups.
CJ Anderson – NYG @ DEN – $6,600: The New York Giants have surrendered 139 Rushing Yards per Game to opponents, and while the Denver backfield has been a bit of a seesaw this season, Anderson handled a majority of the touches in Week 4 over Jamaal Charles and, fresh off a BYE, I believe the trend continues for another Sunday.
Alshon Jeffery – PHI @ CAR – $6,300: Jeffery has had a run of bad luck in terms of matchup, but it gets easier and I believe it starts this week against Carolina. Sure, the Panthers beat the Lions on the road last Sunday, beating (and injuring) money-man Matthew Stafford and a solid Detroit offense, but I think a similar fate awaits the Carolina defense when Carson Wentz and the Eagles come to town.
Jordan Howard – CHI @ BAL – $5,900: Howard scored last week against a stout Vikings’ defense but the touchdown was called back on a shaky, to say the least, holding penalty. A Baltimore defense allowing 123.4 Rushing Yards per Game, coupled with another week gone by with Mitch Trubisky at the helm, should help remedy the Bears’ offensive woes and I expect the unit to find more of a rhythm. With that in mind, I like Howard’s chance of finding the end zone.
Lamar Miller – CLE @ HOU – $5,400: I’m going to start calling Desaun Watson, The Happening, you know, like the movie starring Mark Wahlberg where flowers and tree pollen try to kill you, because for one, since Watson took over the starting job, the Houston offense has been killing opponents before they ever see it coming, and for two, Watson is the best thing to happen to Miller in a long time. Though Miller saw 53 snaps during last week’s loss to the Chiefs, be cautious with your shares of Miller, because we still have to consider that there’s a chance the D’onta Foreman buzz could return.
Terrelle Pryor Sr. – SF @ WAS – $5,700: Pryor has not been the WR1 some thought he would be this season and I don’t think he puts up season-long WR1 numbers, but good thing this isn’t season-long advice, because Pryor is in a Bounty-soft-matchup at home against a San Francisco defense currently allowing an average of 7.1 Yards per Pass Attempt to opponents, a mark good enough to put them 23rd in the NFL. The 49ers also rank 22nd in Opponent Interceptions Thrown percentage (1.69%) and dead last in Average Time of Possession at just 26:45.
Martavis Bryant – PIT @ KC – $4,700: The Chiefs are being called the best team in football, and rightfully so, but the secondary — still coping with the loss of Eric Berry — has not been as solid as the unit up front. With Antonio Brown likely shadowed by CB Marcus Peters, the Steelers’ WR2 should get some looks downfield. And while being lined up against Terrance Mitchell will be no cake-walk, considering the 25-year-old corner already has two interceptions on the year, Bryant and the Steelers’ WR core is facing a Kansas City defense who rank 21st in non-adjusted defense efficiency, so the opportunity to put up a solid performance is there. If you feel you can build a solid team around Antonio Brown ($9,300) the Chiefs also rank 22nd in DVOA (25.1%) vs. WR1, surrendering an average of 82.5 yards per game.
Evan Engram – NYG @ DEN – $3,800: Did Engram treat you to a fat goose egg this past week? If so, you’re not alone, because same here. But I hope you’re not one to hold grudges because both Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall are out for the year with leg injuries and Denver has allowed 63.8 yards to opposing tight ends and rank 26th in passing defense DVOA (20.2%). I expect Eli Manning to be forced to rely more on the talented rookie TE and, in return, reward forgiving fantasy owners.
Stats courtesy of Football Outsiders, Team Rankings and Pro Football Reference.