The Daily Dose for Week 5
Who does our Jamey Eisenberg like in weekly leagues for Week 5? He shares his good and bad values and his winning FanDuel lineup for Sunday.
Editor's note: FanDuel.com is hosting a one-week long $350,000 Fantasy Football contest for Week 5. It's only $10 to join and first prize is $30,000. Starts Sunday, October 5th at 1 p.m. ET. Enter now to play with Jamey.
We hope this isn't happening in most seasonal leagues, but there are likely several Fantasy owners getting ready to quit. They could be 0-4 or 1-3 and dealing with a dud roster, and frustration has set in.
Our advice is twofold on this subject. First, don't give up yet; it's a long season still and anything can happen. And two, if you do decide enough is enough, then turn your attention to FanDuel.
You can still get your Fantasy fix -- and win some money. It's also a lot of fun, and we even encourage you to play if you're 4-0 and loving your team in seasonal formats.
This week, we're looking at the $350,000 Sunday Kickoff tournament, which is $10 to enter. The top winner takes home $30,000, and the top 6,764 teams win money.
The tournament is based on a $60,000 salary cap, and you have to fill out a lineup of QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, K and D. The scoring is 0.5 PPR, and passing touchdowns are worth four points, with interceptions minus-1 point. All other touchdowns are worth six points. It's decimal scoring for all positions with 0.1 points for rushing and receiving yards and 0.04 points for passing yards.
I'll be playing in this tournament as well, and you can play against me by clicking here. You can see my lineup below.
Before we talk about my team, let's take a look at some players with good values for this tournament and some players to avoid based on high salaries.
Eli Manning (vs. ATL)
Manning comes into this game following a tremendous outing against the Redskins in Week 4, but he's actually played well for the past three weeks. He had at least two touchdowns in each of the past three games against the Cardinals, Texans and Redskins, and the Falcons shouldn't pose much of a threat. Manning has only been sacked twice in the past two games, and his lone interception over that span was off a deflection out of Rueben Randle's hands. Manning should stay hot this week and remains a great starting option at his price.
Tom Brady (vs. CIN)
The Patriots offense looks awful, and Brady is suffering with lackluster production. He's now gone six games in the regular season going back to last year without throwing multiple touchdowns, and he's passed for more than 200 yards just twice over that span. He faced this Bengals defense last year and passed for 197 yards, no touchdowns and one interception, and this season Cincinnati has allowed two passing touchdowns and six interceptions against Joe Flacco, Matt Ryan and Jake Locker. There's no reason to trust Brady at this price.
Justin Forsett (at IND)
The Ravens are going with Forsett as their No. 1 running back ahead of Lorenzo Taliaferro and Bernard Pierce, and he's taking advantage of the opportunity. He was great in Week 4 against Carolina with 14 carries for 66 yards and a touchdown and three catches for 31 yards. He now has at least 60 rushing yards in three of four games, and he has at least three catches in every game this season to go with two touchdowns. The Colts have allowed four touchdowns to running backs this season, and three running backs have gained at least 80 total yards
Bishop Sankey (vs. CLE)
If Sankey performs to the level I'm expecting, he could be a great difference maker for FanDuel lineups this week based on his price. We've seen flashes of his talent the past two weeks; 10 carries for 61 yards and one catch for 9 yards at Cincinnati in Week 3 and six carries for 34 yards and a touchdown and two catches for 23 yards at Indianapolis in Week 4. The Titans have been hesitant to give him an increased workload, but this is the perfect spot to unleash him at home against Cleveland. The Browns have allowed five touchdowns to running backs this season and three to run for at least 80 yards. I'm excited about Sankey this week and moving forward this year.
Alfred Morris (vs. SEA)
Morris is going to find it tough to run against the Seahawks this week, and he's extremely overpriced given the matchup. Seattle has not allowed Eddie Lacy, Ryan Mathews or Montee Ball to rush for more than 38 yards in any game, and Green Bay fullback John Kuhn scored the lone rushing touchdown against the Seahawks in Week 1. Morris also provides next to nothing as a receiver with only three catches for 27 yards on the season, which all came in Week 4 against the Giants. Maybe he could replicate that performance and hopefully gain some yards on the ground, but we're betting against it in this matchup.
Steven Jackson (at NYG)
I wouldn't be shocked if Jackson scored this week. The Giants have allowed three touchdowns to running backs this season, and Jackson landed on the 1-yard line in Week 4 at Minnesota, which would have been his second touchdown in as many games. But if Jackson doesn't score then you can likely expect about 55 total yards. His high this season is 62 total yards, which he had against the Vikings, along with a season-best two catches for 13 yards. He also hasn't had more than 14 carries in a game this year, and the Falcons are using four running backs in their rotation with Jacquizz Rodgers, Antone Smith and Devonta Freeman. Jackson doesn't warrant consideration at his price.
Sammy Watkins (at DET)
We hope the quarterback change from EJ Manuel to Kyle Orton comes with a mantra from the coaching staff to get Watkins the ball as much as possible. Manuel tried, especially the past three games, with 28 targets over that span, but Watkins has only managed 14 catches for 166 yards. He did score two touchdowns, which is nice, but the hope is Orton can get Watkins going on a more consistent basis. It's a tough matchup against the Lions, who have allowed just two touchdowns to opposing receivers, but I expect Buffalo to be chasing points this week, with Watkins getting a lot of targets from his new quarterback.
Rueben Randle (vs. ATL)
Randle should have had a huge game last week against the Redskins. He had eight catches for 89 yards, and he had the ball knocked out of his hands going into the end zone, which ended up as an interception. The Giants have done a nice job focusing on Randle the past two games with 20 targets over that span against Houston and Washington, and we don't expect things to change much against Atlanta. The debut of Odell Beckham, who has yet to play because of a hamstring injury, could cut into Randle's targets, but we're still confident he'll play at a high level, especially at his price.
Other good value picks: Michael Floyd (at DEN) for $6,400, Golden Tate (vs. BUF) for $6,300, Brian Quick (at PHI) for $6,000, Rueben Randle (vs. ATL) for $5,400, Andrew Hawkins (at TEN) for $5,300, Malcom Floyd (vs. NYJ) for $5,300
Calvin Johnson (vs. BUF)
I'm not recommending benching Johnson in seasonal leagues, and I understand the risk of saying he's a bad value pick here. He's still the best receiver in the NFL, capable of going off any given week, even with a bad ankle. But the Lions openly discussed how he was a decoy in Week 4 at the Jets, and he finished with just two catches for 12 yards on two targets. He didn't practice Wednesday and Thursday, and the fear is he's just a decoy again this week against Buffalo. Since he's the second-most expensive receiver this week, I'd use caution playing him in one-week formats in case he finishes with another lackluster performance with his ankle at less than 100 percent.
Pierre Garcon (vs. SEA)
It's probably a smart idea to stay away from Garcon and DeSean Jackson this week given the matchup against the Seahawks and how bad Cousins looked in Week 4 against the Giants. Garcon and Jackson combined for three catches for 38 yards in that game, and we're not expecting a dramatic turnaround this week. While the Seahawks have allowed either a touchdown or 80 yards receiving to three receivers this year, the quarterbacks they faced were Aaron Rodgers, Rivers and Peyton Manning. Cousins isn't close to that caliber of quarterback, and you can't rely on his receivers to make plays at their respective price.
Heath Miller (at JAC)
Miller was great last week against Tampa Bay with a season-high in targets (11), catches (10), yards (85) and his first touchdown of the year. He has the chance to build on that performance this week against the Jaguars, who have allowed four touchdowns to tight ends already this season. The Steelers could be throwing a lot in this game, especially if their defense continues to struggle, and Miller remains the second-best option in this passing attack behind Antonio Brown. We like Miller a lot at his value.
Jason Witten (vs. HOU)
At some point Witten is going to have a breakout game, but right now the Cowboys are relying on him as a blocker more than a receiver. He's coming off a season-high five catches for 61 yards in Week 4 against New Orleans, and he has just 15 catches for 146 yards and no touchdowns on the season. He's been a big part of DeMarco Murray's success running the ball, but it's hard to count on him right now, especially against Houston. The Texans have allowed just one touchdown to a tight end this year.
Brandon McManus (vs. ARI)
Shaun Suisham (at JAC)
Shayne Graham (vs. TB)
Stephen Gostkowski (vs. CIN)
Randy Bullock (at DAL)
Chandler Catanzaro (at DEN)
Lions (vs. BUF)
Browns (at TEN)
Broncos (vs. ARI)
Colts (vs. BAL)
Steelers (at JAC)
Patriots (vs. CIN)
QB: Philip Rivers (vs. NYJ): $8,900
RB: Rashad Jennings (vs. ATL): $7,200
RB: Bishop Sankey (vs. CLE): $5,900
WR: Antonio Brown (at JAC): $9,000
WR: Emmanuel Sanders (vs. ARI): $8,000
WR: Rueben Randle (vs. ATL): $5,400
TE: Heath Miller (at JAC): $5,900
K: Shaun Suisham (at JAC): $4,800
D: Lions (vs. BUF): $4,800
Rivers is on fire the past three games with eight touchdowns and no interceptions over that span, and at least 256 passing yards in each outing against Seattle, Buffalo and Jacksonville. He has another easy matchup this week against the Jets, who have allowed multiple touchdowns with no interceptions against all four opposing quarterbacks they've faced, including Derek Carr in Week 1.
Jennings also has a great matchup this week against the Falcons, who have allowed eight touchdowns to running backs this season, with six gaining more than 80 total yards.
Brown is on fire right now with at least 90 yards in every game this season and four touchdowns in his past two games. He should keep rolling against the Jaguars this week, and he's worth the price as the most expensive receiver on the board.
I also like Sanders to keep up his pace of at least eight catches and 100-plus yards in the past two games, and he has 33 targets through three games this year.
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