Week 6 features only two teams on byes (Vikings and Bucs). The pricing on Steelers players is going through the roof, and rightly so. But I would be a little nervous overplaying them on the road, even against the lowly Dolphins. Tom Brady debuted and posted great stats, but spread the ball around (five players caught between four and six passes), making it difficult to single out anyone for DFS play. The high-end running backs continue to post very high floors and the cheaper backs are harder and harder to find.
Certainly Brees and Brady are attractive quarterback options, but there are several viable options in the mid-tier range that allow you to pay up in other areas.
|QB||Drew Brees||NO||7900||Panthers defense not what is used to be|
|QB||Tom Brady||NE||7700||Worry about a second week letdown|
|QB||Derek Carr||Oak||6500||Playing at another level|
|QB||Blake Bortles||Jax||6300||Nice matchup after a week off|
|QB||Marcus Mariota||Ten||6100||Worry about running away with a lead|
|QB||Brian Hoyer||Chi||5800||Underpriced solid performer in good matchup|
On the surface, the smart cash game play has to include one of the top four running backs. Unfortunately, it is near impossible to be happy with your lineup trying to squeeze two into your lineup. The other four appear to be solid options for either high volume or a good reception floor.
|RB||Le'Veon Bell||Pit||7900||No timeshare in Pittsburgh|
|RB||DeMarco Murray||Ten||7700||High volume guarantee but the price is big|
|RB||Ezekiel Elliott||Dal||7000||Earning every bit of the first round money|
|RB||LeSean McCoy||Buf||6900||Another high volume guarantee|
|RB||Mark Ingram||NO||6000||Next level down - if Jacquizz Rodgers can run for 100…|
|RB||Devonta Freeman||Atl||5600||Timeshare is getting the job done|
|RB||Theo Riddick||Det||5300||Gets the receptions but not the guaranteed volume|
|RB||Carlos Hyde||SF||5100||Sneaky underpriced RB has been productive|
While there are several high-end wide receivers that appear to be in great matchups, there is a ton of value in several of the lower-end players. Both Cole Beasley and Michael Thomas are solid plays to post 3-4x their price, right where I want to be in cash games.
|WR||Antonio Brown||Pit||10000||First player to hit $10k this year. Tough to earn 3x|
|WR||T.Y. Hilton||Ind||7700||At least 10 targets in every game|
|WR||Amari Cooper||Oak||7500||Better than Crabtree everywhere but the end zone|
|WR||DeAndre Hopkins||Hou||7500||Gets back on track against bad Colts defense|
|WR||Jarvis Landry||Mia||6800||Too good to throw up two stinkers in a row|
|WR||Chris Hogan||NE||4600||Cheap option in play with Brady back|
|WR||Cole Beasley||Dal||4400||Must consider every week due to nice floor|
|WR||Michael Thomas||NO||4300||Might he be the best in New Orleans?|
|WR||Cameron Meredith||Chi||4100||Missed him last week - might be more than one hit wonder|
Tight end looks like a land mine this week. Olsen posted a great number on Monday night and it could have been more. But it is hard to get him in with two upper end running backs. Gronk and Reed both have the potential for big numbers and come with high risk that make them more of a GPP play (Gronk’s targets and Reed’s concussion). I still like Ertz even after being burned last week.
|TE||Greg Olsen||Car||7000||Worth the price especially if Anderson starts again|
|TE||Rob Gronkowski||NE||6700||Lost the TDs to Bennett last week|
|TE||Jordan Reed||Was||6100||Surging the past two weeks - watch the concussion|
|TE||Zach Ertz||Phi||4000||Disappointed in return, but ready to roll|
|TE||Coby Fleener||NO||3500||Inconsistent but very cheap on high-powered offense|
A handful of defenses have attractive home games this week.
|DST||Bills||Buf||3700||Bills defense playing great - 1st look at Kaepernick|
|DST||Steelers||Pit||3400||What kills Tannehill first - sacks or turnovers?|
|DST||Titans||Ten||3300||Must consider anyone against Cleveland|
|DST||Lions||Det||3000||Home favorite against a marginal offense|
|DST||Texans||Hou||2900||Bad since loss of J.J. - Colts allow sacks at rapid rate|
Here is my DraftKings cash game lineup as of today: