06 Oct Daily Fantasy Football: WR/TE Week 5
By: Phil Naessens
This week I believe I found five wide receivers for week five of the FanDuel Fantasy Football season with not only great matchups but with upside galore…..or with the nature of football being what it is they might also go bust. At least I’m honest about it….and here is what I have for you this week!
The Cleveland Browns might be a ten point underdog at home but I still like WR Terrelle Pryor ($7200) this week against the New England Patriots. Pryor is averaging 13.4 FanDuel points a game and is averaging ten targets a game. The Patriots are allowing WR’s to average 21.20 Fantasy points a game this season and if things go the way the money is dictating the Browns will be playing catchup most of this game. That bodes well for Pryor and for those of you who decide to play Pryor this week.
When you think of big games WR Antonio Brown ($9600) should always come to mind. Brown has four TD’s on the season and is averaging 18.7 FanDuel points a game for the Pittsburgh Steelers. This Sunday the Steelers host a New York Jets secondary allowing WR’s to average 23.15 Fantasy points a game. I have a feeling that average is going to go up after Brown gets done with them. The over under was set at 48 points with the Steelers an early week seven point favorite. Brown is pricey but he is usually worth it so plug him in with confidence this week.
Baltimore Ravens WR Mike Wallace ($6300) is priced just right for his matchup at home against the Washington Redskins. The Redskins secondary is allowing WR’s to average 26.95 Fantasy points a game and that looks good to me. This season Wallace is averaging 12.5 FanDuel points a game with three touchdowns and is averaging seven targets a game. Vegas set the over under at 47 points with the Ravens an early 4 point favorite. This is a great price and a great matchup definitely worthy of your consideration this week.
San Diego Chargers WR Travis Benjamin ($6500) has a great matchup in what Vegas projects as the highest total for the main slate when the Chargers travel to Oakland to play the Raiders. Benjamin has been somewhat of a disappointment thus far averaging just 11.5 FanDuel points and just two TD’s but that could all change against a Raiders secondary allowing WR’s to average 31.30 Fantasy points a game. Vegas set the over under at 52.5 with the Raiders an early week 3 point favorite. I’m hoping this is the week Benjamin has a monster game.
Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper ($7200) is in the same boat as Benjamin; we’ve been expecting a monster game all season and he just hasn’t delivered but it won’t get better than this Sunday against a Chargers secondary allowing WR’s 22.10 Fantasy points. Cooper is averaging just 10.9 FanDuel points a game and with that huge over under this might be his week to shine.
We’re on to the tight ends for week five of the FanDuel Fantasy Football season and for some strange reason it was easier to find five TE’s than it usually is. I’m certainly not complaining. Here’s who I have for you this week.
San Diego Chargers TE Hunter Henry ($5400) filled in admirably last week for injured TE Antonio Gates ($5,700) scoring 14.1 FanDuel points on a season high seven targets for 61 yards and a touchdown (TD). This week the Chargers are in Oakland to play a Raiders defense allowing TE’s to average 8.5 Fantasy points a game. There is a 50 point over under in this one with the Raiders an early three point favorite so if Gates can’t play then by all means use Henry on Sunday.
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph ($5,500) is having a fantastic season thus far averaging 12.4 FanDuel points a game with three TD’s. His task this Sunday is against a Houston Texans defense allowing TE’s to average a measly 2.45 Fantasy points a game. That really is a difficult task but this over under of 39.5 with Minnesota being a 6 point favorite at home has me intrigued due to the low price point and Rudolph’s success this season.
Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz ($5600) has a tremendous matchup on the road against a Detroit Lions defense allowing TE’s to average 15.93 Fantasy points a game. There’s a solid 46 point over under with the visiting Eagles an early three point favorite. Ertz is averaging 8.8 FanDuel points a game with seven targets thrown his way in the lone game he played this season. Ertz has been cleared to play and I like this play quite a bit this week.
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert ($6,200) is still listed as questionable at the time of this writing but if he plays I like the matchup against a Dallas Cowboys defense allowing TE’s to average 12.83 Fantasy points a game. If Eifert can’t play I suggest pivoting to Bengals TE C.J. Uzomah ($5100). Uzomah is averaging five FanDuel points a game and roughly five targets. The over under is set at 45.5 points with the Bengals an early one point road favorite. I like the matchup no matter who plays TE for the Bengals on Sunday.
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski ($7200) has a great matchup on the road this Sunday against a Cleveland Browns defense allowing TE’s to average 11.3 Fantasy points a game. Vegas set the over under at 46.5 points with the Pats being an early week 10 point road favorite. Gronkowski is still working his way back from injury and the return of his buddy Tom Brady could bring about big results this Sunday.
Good luck at FanDuel this week!