We hit on all of our WRs (Adam Thielen, Kenny Golladay, Will Fuller), our TE (Mark Andrews), and our D/ST (Eagles) in last week’s Yahoo DFS tournament lineup, but our RBs (David Johnson, David Montgomery) didn’t quite do enough. Deshaun Watson was fine at QB (how nice would it have been if that late TD to Fuller would have stood?), but Preston Williams really let us down as our boom-or-bust flex. Overall, we still had a decent day, but with scoring up around the league, “decent” leads to pretty modest winnings. We’ll look to improve with our Week 5 GPP lineup picks.
This week, we’re going with a value Panthers stack. It might be unnecessarily risky to use Teddy Bridgewater at QB when there are so many other high-ceiling studs out there, but getting him for cheap allows us to afford two of the highest-priced RBs while our competitors will likely mine for value at that position. All of our pass-catchers come with risks, so it’s going to be a boom-or-bust week. Let’s hope for some booms.
This lineup is for a Week 5 Yahoo DFS main slate tournament with a $200 budget (half-point PPR and four-point passing TDs)
Bridgewater has just one multi-TD game this year, and it came last week when he accounted for three Panthers scores. Normally, we don’t like using marginal players after breakout games, but Bridgewater gets a fantastic matchup against Atlanta’s bottom-barrel pass defense this week. He’s shown the ability to put up big yards (367 in Week 2) and has enough mobility to pick up some points with his legs, all of which creates a higher floor and a high ceiling. He’s priced as the QB17, so clearly we’re mining for value at an important position, but Bridgewater can keep pace with the top five thanks to his matchup. If he hits, we’ll have a lower-owned goldmine.
Zeke has been a bit of a disappointment this year, failing to rush for a 100 yards in any game and losing two fumbles. He has scored four touchdowns and is averaging 5.8 receptions and 39.8 receiving yards per game, though, which helps raise his floor in any given week. The Giants have struggled against RBs this year, allowing over 100 rushing yards in Week 1 and giving up four RB touchdowns in Weeks 2 and 3. Look for Dallas to try to get back on track by feeding its workhorse this week, which should mean big all-around stats for Elliott.
Edwards-Helaire has been merely good and not great since his big Week 1, but with an average of 22 touches per game in the first three weeks, it’s clear the Chiefs plan to lean on him. With a Week 5 matchup against the team allowing the most fantasy points per game to RBs, we’ll play the odds and pay up for CEH.
Once known as a boom-or-bust play, Anderson has been a consistent, high-floor receiver with the Panthers. He’s caught at least five passes in all four games and gone for at least 99 yards in three out of four contests. His price is far too low for a matchup against Atlanta’s No. 31 pass defense, so even though he’ll likely be highly owned, he’s not someone we can afford fading with Teddy Bridgewater asour QB.
Moore has taken a backseat in production to Anderson this year, seeing his numbers drop across the board. He showed in Week 2 he can still produce at a high level (8-120) even when Anderson has a big game (9-109), though, and this is the type of matchup where both he and Anderson can rack up points again. The Falcons have had trouble with all types of WRs this year, so look for Anderson to beat them deep and Moore to work them over the middle. Both will be highly owned, but not many rosters will have both. Even fewer will feature both with Teddy Bridgewater.
Slayton showed his boom-or-bust upside with a 102-yard, two-TD outing in Week 1. He’s followed that up with nine catches, 134 yards, and no TDs in the next three games combined. Given his QB play, there’s reason to be leery of Slayton, but he’s the type of receiver you want in tournaments when he has a good matchup — and matchups don’t get much better than the Cowboys, who have been torched by receivers this year. In just the past three games, Dallas has allowed nine WR receiving touchdowns (plus one rushing and one throwing), and for the season, the Cowboys have given up four 100-yard receiving games to WRs.
Ebron had a mini-breakout in Week 3, catching five-of-seven targets for 52 yards and a score (all season highs), though he was undoubtedly aided by Diontae Johnson’s early exit in that contest. Nonetheless, Ebron is clearly part of the Steelers’ offensive game plan, particularly in the red zone, and that could mean big things this week. Philadelphia has allowed five TE touchdowns this year, and last week, George Kittle destroyed the Eagles to the tune of 15 catches for 183 yards. Ebron isn’t Kittle, but this matchup is still highly favorable for the field-stretching TE. His price makes him attractive in both cash and GPPs.
This feels like a trap. Jefferson has had two 100-yard games in a row, and while the rookie is undoubtedly talented, he’s still the No. 2 receiver in a shaky offense. Can he really complete the hat trick here? Working in his favor is a matchup against Seattle’s league-worst pass defense and the likelihood that Minnesota plays from behind in the fourth quarter. He also has a price that doesn’t totally make sense, as he seems at least three dollars too cheap. He’s not a sure thing, as we saw last week when none of Miami’s secondary pass-catchers had good games against the Seahawks, but we’ll take the risk.
The Cowboys have been one of the worst defenses in the NFL this year, so this play is all about price and matchup. The Giants are averaging just 11.8 offensive points, 3.5 sacks, and two turnovers per game this year, so even if Dallas gives up touchdowns and yards (it will), there should still be opportunities for fantasy points.
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