05 Oct Daily Fantasy Football: QB/RB Week 5
By: Phil Naessens
Week five of the FanDuel Fantasy Football season is fast approaching. I don’t know how you’ve been doing this season but the QB’s I’ve been playing on Sunday’s haven’t gone off enough to win some big cash…….let’s try and change that in Week five of the FanDuel Fantasy Football season.
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady ($8700) is back from suspension and he has a terrific matchup for his return on the road against the Cleveland Browns. The Browns defense has allowed QB’s to average 17.92 Fantasy Points a game this season and Vegas has an over under of 46.5 points with the Patriots being a 10.5 point favorite. Last season Brady averaged 22 FanDuel points a game and this could be an interesting Sunday for Brady and for those of you who decide to pay the price for Brady against the Browns.
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers ($9100) has a great matchup at home with the New York Giants this Sunday. Rodgers is having a good season thus far averaging 22.8 FanDuel points a game with nine touchdowns passes and two rushing touchdowns. He’s up against a Giants defense allowing QB’s to average 14.81 Fantasy points a game but Rodgers is probably the best QB the Giants have faced all season. I like the early 48.5 point over under Vegas set and the Packers are an early week 7 point favorite so it’s all systems go for Rodgers this week.
It looks as though there is going to be a big scoring affair down in Oakland this Sunday as the San Diego Chargers head into town to take on the Raiders. Vegas has set the over under at 50.5 points with the Raiders being an early week four point favorite. The Raiders QB Derek Carr ($8,100) is averaging 21 FanDuel points a game and is coming off of a four touchdown performance this past Sunday on the road in Baltimore. The Chargers are allowing QB’s to average 17.93 Fantasy Points a game and I like Carr in this one.
The problem with the Chargers Raiders game is that I like BOTH QB’s. I’ve already mentioned the possibility of a shootout and the high over under totals and of course I mentioned the Raiders Derek Carr; but Chargers QB Philip Rivers ($8,300) has an equally good matchup as well. The Raiders defense is allowing QB’s to average 21.51 Fantasy points a game with Rivers averaging 17.4 FanDuel points a game. Rivers is a bit pricier than Carr but could make for a sneaky tournament play on Sunday.
If salary relief is what you are looking for and if Chicago Bears QB Brian Hoyer ($6000) plays he has a very good matchup on the road against the Indianapolis Colts. Over the past two starts Hoyer is averaging roughly 19 FanDuel points a game against a Colts defense allowing QB’s to average 18.64 Fantasy points a game. The Colts are an early week four point favorite at home with a 47.5 point over under. Hoyer might not be the sexy choice this week but where else are you going to get a solid QB averaging nearly 19 FanDuel points a game for $6000?
When we look at the running backs (RB) for week five we see some great opportunities for a few RB’s and some grind it out because their team has a big lead RB’s. I’m not sure which way to go just yet but I have narrowed my list down to five I’m considering for week five of the FanDuel Fantasy Football season.
New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount ($7500) has a terrific matchup with the Cleveland Browns this week. Actually what makes this a terrific matchup is the Patriots are favored by ten and that usually means Blount will see plenty of fourth quarter carries. This season the Browns are allowing RB’s to average 11.27 Fantasy points a game and Blount is doing fine this season averaging nearly 15 FanDuel points. I like the price, I like the matchup and I really like Blount in these types of situations.
Denver Broncos RB C.J. Anderson ($8000) has a very good matchup at home against an Atlanta Falcons defense allowing RB’s to average 16.50 Fantasy points a game. Vegas has the over under at 47 points with the Broncos being an early week seven point favorite. For the season Anderson is averaging 15.3 FanDuel points a game and has 3 rushing touchdowns (TD) and one receiving TD. I like the opportunity Anderson has to go big against a mediocre Falcons defense.
Tennessee Titans RB DeMarco Murray ($8400) is having a fantastic season for the Titans averaging 21.8 FanDuel points a game including three rushing TD’s and one via the air. Murray has a very good matchup this week against a Miami Dolphins defense allowing RB’s to average 8.44 Fantasy points a game. Miami is currently a four point home favorite with the over under being set at 43 points. Miami hasn’t seen a RB like Murray this season and if everything breaks right Murray might be money in the bank.
I’ve enjoyed watching Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy ($7800) play football this season. He has an interesting matchup on the road this week against the Los Angeles Rams. McCoy is averaging 17.7 FanDuel points a game with three rushing TD’s and one receiving TD. He’s up against a Rams defense allowing RB’s to average 7.93 Fantasy points a game. That seems like a tough matchup but the over under of 40 points plus the Rams being an early 3 point favorite seems to me to be a close fought game won between the trenches and I like Buffalo and McCoy much better than the Rams and Todd Gurley ($7600) this week.
Any list of RB touts must have the Pittsburgh Steelers Le’Veon Bell ($8600) on it. Bell came back from suspension and ran for 144 yards on 18 carries and caught 5 passes Sunday against Kansas City. This week the Steelers host the NY Jets who have allowed RB’s to average 9.05 Fantasy points a game. The over under on this one is set at 48.5 points with Pittsburgh and early week 7 point favorite. Bell is special and he’s very pricey but to me he’s worth every penny spent.
Good luck at FanDuel this week!