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What a season so far, one month's worth of NFL here and gone! Injuries are piling up left and right, and Week 5 's slate has not one game with a 50-point total so far. Our projection models stay sharp and help us dial in on every matchup for the best players to draft in DFS. This slate is not Remember we're all in here to help, our team is here 24/7 in our discord chat, tag me @JDiCarlo78#5965 for any questions about your lineup builds anytime guys, now let's break down Week 5! Sunday Main Slate 10/9/22Steelers @ Bills (-14) (O/U 47)SteelersKenny Pickett will get the full start against one of the top-ranked defenses in Buffalo, not the ideal landing spot for the rookie. He did provide a spark into the Steeler offense and displayed a bromance with fellow rookie George Pickens catching 6 balls for 102 yards against the Jets. But I'm fading Pittsburgh this weekend with their rookie quarterback on the road, the Bills' D deserves the respect.BillsThe Steelers will still be without T J Wat...

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With 4 weeks in the books, we are beginning to pick up some steam into the season. We didn't have too many clear paths at quarterback last week, but we kept our heads above water for the most part. Trubisky was a land mine that some of us, including myself, stepped on. Goff was gold though, and if you took Geno Smith who was in my Game by Game breakdown last week you hit the jackpot. In our projection model, we crunch the numbers for you to give the most accurate production per player, use the tools! This week is pretty it looks like we are in the same boat for a quarterback and pretty straightforward. Tag me @jdicarlo78 or anyone else in the crew at WinDaily in our expert chat on Discord for any help...let's keep the ball rolling and break down our Week 5 QBs!Let's check out our NFL Week 5 DFS Quarterbacks!Josh Allen ($8,200 DraftKings/$9,000 FanDuel)You can't miss picking up Allen, set him in your lineup and forget it. He's match-up proof this season already surpassing 1,200 passing...

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To quote the great Michael Rasile, “It’s a great day to be alive.” NFL DFS GPP season is here and it’s time for us to stay hot. Week 4 was a bit of a bust and I’m quite pissed on how we missed on so many players that I loved, but we will right the ship here in Week 5. For those who haven’t read it yet, please check out the Week 5 Cash Game Checkdown for your bankroll sustaining, cash game build advice.

In addition, I would strongly advise reading my NFL DFS Strategy article I published this offseason, before diving into the 2020 NFL DFS season. If you have any questions or would like some further help when building your lineups, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly on Twitter.

For those looking to get different and make a splash in some GPPs, the time is now. We’ll usually be taking some heavy stances on lower-ownership players, but at times, there is certainly good “chalk” to eat. Let’s get into it.

Please note, everyone on our cheatsheet and the Cash Game Checkdown are also in play for GPPs. This is more to uncover some players people are not talking about… and they should be.

NFL DFS GPP Quarterbacks

  1. DeShaun Watson – Absolutely in love with DeShaun Watson yet again for Week 5. Jacksonville ranks dead last in pass defense DVOA and Bill O’Brien is no longer calling the plays. At 5-10% ownership, I’ll roll out a lot of Watson this week.

    I love the Jaguars side of this ballgame as well so feel free to game-stack this one as many wats as you can.
  2. Kyler Murray – Kyler is going to come in sub-5% ownership… Do we need to say more? I don’t love any Jets coming back on the other side to game stack it, but you could do worse than punting a Chris Herndon or Jeff Smith. I smell a 3-passing touchdown game from Kyler (in addition to his rushing upside). One of those TD’s will be to a low-owned Christian Kirk.
  3. Gardner Minshew – Someone pinch me, I never write-up Gardner Minshew, but he looks damn good on the AETY Model this weekend. I love this games ability to shootout and go well over the high total 54 points. I’ll have more exposure to this game with Watson, but I’m going to have plenty of Minshew and these pass catchers as well.

    Honorable Mention: Jimmy Garoppolo, Patrick Mahomes

Running Backs

  1. James Robinson – More exposure to this HOU/JAX game is something I’m going to be very interested in. Houston’s defense is giving up ~5 yards per carry to opposing running backs and also giving up plenty of receptions to them. Robinson is a 3-down back in a great matchup in a game that I love to stack up.
  2. James Conner – Philadelphia’s run defense ranks right there in the middle of the pack in terms of run defense DVOA, so it’s not like this is a matchup made in heaven. But, the AETY Model really likes Conner’s ability to rack up yardage here and he’s likely to be 5-8% owned on this slate. If you’re looking for a pivot off of CE/Hunt/Elliott, Conner has plenty of upside at 70% less ownership than the trio above.
  3. Josh Jacobs – Kansas City’s run defense is not good with or without Chris Jones being healthy as they rank 27th in run DVOA. If Gruden has half a brain, he’s going to ride Jacobs into the ground to keep Mahomes and this is explosive offense off the field as long as possible. Look for Jacobs to have a 20+ point fantasy outing with 3-5 receptions. If he can get in the box, he’ll be a great addition to your GPP lineups.
  4. Antonio Gibson – He’s $5K on DraftKings. I’ll need a lot of savings for most of my builds and Gibson is a player with a very unique skillset. If he can finally get some passing catching work with Mr. Dump-off, Kyle Allen, Gibson’s floor is realistically 3X value on this low salary.

    Honorable Mention: Todd Gurley

Wide Receivers

  1. DeAndre Hopkins – a 10% owned Hopkins is all I should need to say. The Jets’ secondary is awful and Hopkins target share is second-to-nobody on this slate.
  2. Tyreek Hill – I love to writeup speedy pass catchers against the Las Vegas secondary. Hill is projected in the top-5 for receiving yards this weekend in the AETY Model and should realistically be 15-20% owned in NFL DFS GPP tournaments… not 5-10%.
  3. JuJu Smith-Schuster – Your weekly pick on Nickell Robey-Coleman addition to the GPP article. Schuster is way too talented and owns a massive size advantage over Robey-Coleman. With Darius Slay spending most of his day on the outside with Diontae Johnson, Smith-Schuster should be in a sneaky big day.
  4. DJ Chark – More exposure to this JAX/HOU shootout. Bradley Roby started the season strongly against Tyreek Hill and Marquise Brown, but I saw enough last week when Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen did whatever they wanted in the Minnesota passing attack. Chark is a main piece of my JAX/HOU game-stacks.

    Laviska Shenault is also in an incredible spot against Vernon Hargreaves. I’ll have a ton of him as well this weekend for the salary relief and high-floor.
  5. Devante Parker – This is a game with a high total that no one seems to be talking about. Parker is a #1 wide receiver priced under $6K (on DraftKings). That is something I look for every single week and this is a matchup where he can succeed in against a depleted 49ers’ secondary. You can mini-game stack him up with Kittle on the other side.

    Honorable Mention: Tyler Boyd, Christian Kirk, Sammy Watkins, Isaiah Ford, Hollywood Brown, CeeDee Lamb

NFL DFS GPP Tight Ends

  1. Travis Kelce – he’s the best PPR tight-end in the NFL and absolutely dominates the Raiders, historically. While everyone jams in CEH, you can pivot to the Chiefs’ passing attack for some differentiation in your NFL DFS GPP lineups.
  2. Darren Waller – On the other side of your Chiefs stacks, roll out Waller. Hell, you can go double tight-end with Kelce if you’d like. The Raiders are 11-point underdogs here and will be chasing points which bodes very well for their top receiver, Darren Waller.
  3. Hayden Hurst – Everyone wants to stack up CAR/ATL, but no one is playing Hayden Hurst? Julio Jones is likely to miss this game and that’s going to open up plenty of opportunity for Hayden Hurst. He’s going to score a touchdown on Sunday.
  4. Eric Ebron – The Eagles are giving up over 18 DraftKings points to opposing tight-ends. Ebron is a red-zone monster and should easily find the box in this matchup at a very low price point and little-to-no ownership in NFL DFS GPP tournaments.

    Honorable Mention: Mark Andrews, Zach Ertz, Dalton Schultz

Good luck to all this week in your NFL DFS GPP lineups!

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Finally, we had a down week in NFL DFS Cash Games last week. I’m super pissed off on how much of a miss Kenyan Drake and Darrel Henderson were, but we’ll get right back on the success train this week. The purpose of this article is to identify my top plays for a NFL DFS cash game lineup on DraftKings and FanDuel Sunday Main Slates (also known as a double-up). Players in this article are usually a mix of the following:

  • High-floor/high-volume “safer” players (players with a very low bust-rate)
  • Not a part of a stack – Stacking is great for GPPs, but if you stack in cash games, your lineup is entirely too dependent on said stacked team. If that team does poorly, your whole lineup does… Not a risk we need to take in a cash game. QB/WR pairing is fine, but unless there’s extreme value in a 3-man stack, let’s keep it to QB/WR or QB/TE at most.
  • Extremely chalky for the week… in GPP’s I’ll usually always fade volatile players at > 40% ownership, but in cash games, it’s usually best to eat the chalk. If that player underperforms, it does not hinder your ability to cross the pay-line as 40% or more of the field is in the same boat. If you fade this player(s) and he has a great game, your lineup is likely toast… as you’re now behind 40% or more of the field. Make sense? If not, hit me up on Discord/Twitter to discuss further.

In my opinion, cash games are extremely important for long-term bankroll building and sustainability. I’ll consistently use at least 50% of my weekly bankroll towards cash games. It’s not sexy, but it works and allows me to take big shots in high dollar GPPs.

Long story short, if we hit our cash games each week, the worst we can do is break-even (not counting your GPP shots with the remaining 50% of your weekly bankroll). The weeks you hit both, you smash. The weeks you miss your GPPs, your cash game lineup will carry you. It’s my job to ensure you always hit those cash games.

If you haven’t yet, I would strongly advise giving my NFL DFS Strategy article I published this offseason before diving into the 2020 NFL DFS season. If you have any questions or would like some further help when building your lineups, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly on Twitter. Without further ado, let’s do this thing!

*Some notes on what I believe to be the “optimal” roster build for NFL DFS Cash Games. I’ll include this in all the Checkdown articles moving forward. For Week 5, please see below for my notes on roster construction:

  • The player pool is starting to slim down with all of these injuries/postponed games, but there are a ton of great value plays at every position this week.
  • Dak Prescott chalk week… I’m not a fan, but I get it.
  • Mike Davis chalk week – probably a must play in cash games. Likely CEH as well (for me at least).
  • Looks like a great week to get value WRs
  • Just because a player is not mentioned in this article, does not mean they are not cash viable.
  • AETY Model Projections change throughout the week, please ensure you check out our final projections before lock!
  • I update this article periodically through the week. Be sure to check back on Saturday night / Sunday morning for any additions/revisions!!

NFL DFS Cash Game Quarterbacks

  1. Patrick Mahomes ($7,700 DK / $9,000 FD) – Crazy expensive and likely not to crack my cash game lineup, but it’s Patrick Mahomes. The floor is incredibly high with a 33.5 point implied team total against this putrid Las Vegas secondary.
    AETY Projection: 24.62 points
  2. Dak Prescott ($7,400 DK / $8,700 FD) – You’ve all seen what Dak has been doing, lol. I’m still not buying in that the Giants can keep this one close and keep Dak’s foot on the gas pedal, but this Dallas defense is so bad that it’s unlikely they blow anyone out this year. As much as I hate it, Prescott is just fine for cash games this week.
    AETY Projection: 22.95 points
  3. Kyler Murray ($7,200 DK / $8,300 FD) – Half man, half quarterback, and half running back. Kyler’s rushing floor speaks for itself and he’s likely to be in play for cash games on a weekly basis. I worry about the Jets’ ability to keep this game close, but Kyler is good for 19+ fantasy points every week.
    AETY Projection: 23.18 points
  4. DeShaun Watson ($6,900 DK / $7,900 FD) – Yep, I’m going back to the well of DeShaun Watson. The Jaguars are ranked dead last in pass defense DVOA, Houston’s offense is relatively healthy, Bill O’Brien is gone, etc. etc. I think this game has crazy shootout ability and I love the price-point here for DeShaun Watson. Hopefully he looks to do some damage on the ground as well. Watson in a dome with a 30 point implied team against a brutal defense is plenty for me to go back.
    AETY Projection: 23.83 points
  5. Teddy Bridgewater ($5,900 DK / $7,100 FD) – Hello, Mr. Value. Bridgewater’s price is criminally low against this Falcons’ defense (ranked 31st in pass defense DVOA). Matt Rhule’s offense has been quite productive and will not be slowed down in Atlanta this weekend. Bridgewater is the perfect pay-down QB for NFL DFS Cash Games.
    AETY Projection: 20.93 points

    Honorable Mention: Matt Ryan, Gardner Minshew, Jimmy Garoppolo

Running Backs

  1. Ezekiel Elliott ($7,800 DK / $9,000 FD) – Hard to not love Elliott this week despite Dallas losing yet another key offensive lineman for the season. I’m not likely to jam in Elliott into my cash game lineup, but it makes a lot of sense with the high Vegas total in this matchup against the Giants.

    Low-key, the Giants have been incredibly stout against opposing running backs (limiting then to under 3.7 yards per carry), but Elliott is just so active in this offense (both rushing and receiving) that it makes him quite difficult to fade… especially when 30% of the field is likely to use him in NFL DFS Cash Games.
    AETY Projection: 22.51 DK / 20.74 FD
  2. Clyde Edwards-Helaire ($6,800 DK / $7,900 FD) – CEH’s price makes it rather easy for me to fade Zeke Elliott in cash games. The snap counts continue to rise in favor of CEH and they’re an 11-point home favorite. Not to mention Las Vegas is the 30th ranked run defense. This one is easy, lock in CEH.
    AETY Projection: 20.27 DK / 18.62 FD
  3. Mike Davis ($6,400 DK / $6,800 FD) – Not going to lie to you, I was never a believer in Mike Davis, but his usage alone has made me a believer. It’s relatively cheap exposure to this CAR @ ATL shootout and everyone is going to roster Mike Davis. In cash, it makes a lot to sense to roll him out there. Atlanta’s run-defense isn’t half bad, but Davis is simply too active in the passing game to pass-up. He needs to be priced up near $7K.
    AETY Projection: 20.99 DK / 18.73 FD
  4. James Robinson ($6,700 DK / $6,600 FD) – Damn near a freesquare on FanDuel, James Robinson is a fine cash game and GPP play this week against the 29th ranked defense in terms of run DVOA. Did you watch what Dalvin Cook just did to this defense? He’s no Dalvin, but he’s clearly a 3-down back for Jacksonville. He’ll be very active in this shootout on Sunday.
    AETY Projection: 20.57 DK / 18.99 FD
  5. Kareem Hunt ($6,500 DK / $7,000 FD) – I always love Kevin Stefanski running backs (usually it’s Nick Chubb… RIP for now) and will continue to love em again in Week 5. Chubb is going to be in for a big workload against a very stout Indianapolis defense, but I’ll back this outside-zone run scheme any day of the week. Cleveland’s offensive line is incredible and will pave plenty of lanes for Hunt to hit value.
    AETY Projection: 18.79 DK / 17.13 FD
  6. Jerick McKinnon ($5,800 DK / $6,400 FD) – If Mostert misses this game, I’m simply locking in Jerick McKinnon on DraftKings. The AETY Model loves this matchup for San Francisco running backs and McKinnon is in for a nice day if Mostert can’t suit up.
    AETY Projection: 18.28 DK / 16.53 FD
  7. Antonio Gibson ($5,000 DK / $5,800 FD) – If you need some salary relief, Antonio Gibson is your man this weekend. The Rams defense is very solid but they’re getting absolutely carved up by good running backs (averaging 5.0 yards per carry and 28th in run defense DVOA). I prefer Gibson more in GPPs, but if his salary makes the rest of your lineup sexy, ride him in cash games.

    We all know what Kyle Allen did with CMC last season. It’s checkdown time (let’s just hope those don’t all go to JD McKissic).
    AETY Projection: 14.65 DK / 13.32 FD

    Honorable Mention: David Johnson, Josh Jacobs

Wide Receivers

  1. Calvin Ridley ($7,500 DK / $8,300 FD) – It’s very likely that Julio Jones is going to miss this game with his hamstring injury. This game is everyone’s favorite shootout so make sure you get a lot of exposure to Ridley if you’re into this game. Rasul Douglas and Donte Jackson do not have what it takes to contain Ridley at home in the dome… and we all know Atlanta’s defense is not going to get stops. It’s a Ridley Sunday.
    AETY Projection: 18.30 DK / 15.00 FD
  2. JuJu Smith-Schuster ($6,700 DK / $7,300 FD) – No one is going to play JuJu, but this matchup against Nickell Robey-Coleman on the inside of this Philly secondary is one of the nut matchups in NFL DFS. You likely should just get your JuJu exposure in GPPs, but this is too good of a spot to leave him off this article.
    AETY Projection: 15.74 DK / 12.87 FD
  3. Will Fuller ($6,500 DK / $6,600 FD) – Jacksonville’s secondary is awful. Enough said. We love Watson and we love Fuller.
    AETY Projection: 15.28 DK / 12.77 FD
  4. DJ Chark ($6,500 DK / $6,600 FD) – Great price across the board for DraftKings and FanDuel. Chark is by far the #1 receiving threat on this Jacksonville offense and he’s likely to see 9+ targets in this shootout. Bradley Roby has been solid, but Chark is going to feast on him on Sunday. This is a mismatch made in heave for Minshew and Chark.
    AETY Projection: 15.32 DK / 12.64 FD
  5. CeeDee Lamb ($6,000 DK / $5,900 FD) – Darnay Holmes may be the worst slot-cornerback in the NFL. CeeDee Lamb seems to be getting a full run in this Dallas offense and that’s starting to phase out Michael Gallup just a bit. Lamb is in a smash spot in this matchup and has the world of talent to bring a lot of upside to the table here against the Giants. Cash, GPP, whatever it is, Lamb is a top-10 play for me this weekend.
    AETY Projection: 14.23 DK / 11.75 FD
  6. Robby Anderson ($5,900 DK / $6,200 FD) – No need to go deep into this one. It’s cheap exposure to this Carolina passing attack against Atlanta’s secondary. Both Robby Anderson or DJ Moore make perfect cash game plays this week.
    AETY Projection: 17.70 DK / 14.52 FD
  7. DeVante Parker ($5,900 DK / $6,400 FD) – Miami is a 9-point underdog on the road against a San Francisco secondary that is extremely beat up. Parker is a #1 wide receiver priced under $6K… That’s something I’m always targeting in NFL DFS. I don’t quite agree that the 49ers should be this big of a favorite, but I do love this matchup for Parker. Way too cheap.
    AETY Projection: 13.66 DK / 11.12 FD

    Honorable Mention: DeAndre Hopkins, Golden Tate, Darius Slayton, Amari Cooper, Diontae Johnson, Russell Gage, Olamide Zaccheaus

Tight Ends

Not going to do much write-ups for the tight-ends, there’s so many in play this week.

  1. Travis Kelce ($6,400 DK / $7,800)
  2. George Kittle ($6,600 DK / $7,100 FD)
  3. Zach Ertz ($5,700 DK / $6,500 FD)
  4. Evan Engram ($4,600 DK / $5,500 FD) – cheapest quality piece of exposure to the Dallas / New York game. He’s incredibly popular this week so I’m fine with you eating this chalk in cash games.

    Honorable Mention: Hayden Hurst, Darren Waller, Chris Herndon, Eric Ebron

Defense / Special Teams

I’ll rarely write about defense and special teams in the Cash Game Checkdown. I believe it’s much more important to lock in your key skill position players and hopefully a solid defense fits your build for NFL DFS Cash Games. Prices considered, here’s who I’ll take a look at:

  1. Los Angeles Rams
  2. Baltimore Ravens
  3. Pittsburgh Steelers
  4. Cleveland Browns
  5. Washington Football Team

NFL DFS Cash Game Sample Lineup

QB: Teddy Bridgewater
RB: Antonio Gibson
WR: DJ Chark
WR: DeVante Parker
WR: Robby Anderson
TE: Evan Engram
FLEX: Kareem Hunt
DST: Browns

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Here are some of Scott Engel’s favorite NFL DFS Week 9 plays.Selections are based on DraftKings salaries. Also check out the King’s Valueand Punt plays for this week.

NFL DFS Week 9 Quarterback Plays

Matthew Stafford ($6,800): The Lions offense almost completely depends on the passing game, and Stafford has returned to frequent gunner form of his seasons before 2018. He’ll be flinging the ball around the yard often in a shootout with the Raiders.

Jameis Winston ($6,100): The 1976 expansion franchises will engage in a high-scoring affair as the Buccaneers take on the Seahawks. The Seattle pass defense has allowed 400-yard passing games to Andy Dalton and Matt Schaub, and the secondary just cannot contain the Chris Godwin/Mike Evans pairing. I do like a Buccaneers stack with at least DK Metcalf ($5,700) coming back the other way.  

NFL DFS Week 9 Running Back Plays

Nick Chubb ($7,300): The prime RB play of the week. He wants to put last week’s fumbling issues behind him and Denver’s defense may spend a lot of time on the field this week with an inexperienced QB running the offense. The Broncos are No. 19 in run defense, so the unit is vulnerable to a quality RB.

Josh Jacobs ($6,500): A lot of DFS movement is going to the Oakland passing game, but they may also elect to rely on the ground game to keep the Lions offense off the field as much as possible. Jacobs lines up against Detroit’s 26th ranked run defense, and even if the Raiders open up the passing game, that means he could still rip off some longer gainers. The defense may loosen up further against the run and Jacobs will have chances to finish off scoring drives with TD runs.

Jordan Howard ($5,100): You have to take a chance on the “Revenge Game” narrative here, especially in cash games. Howard still can get it done with a sometimes intense and very physical approach.

NFL DFS Week 9 Wide Receiver Plays

Tyler Lockett ($7,500): He should be locked into lineups as the Seahawks face the league’s 31st-ranked pass defense. The connection between Russell Wilson and Tyler Lockett may be the best in the league from a chemistry perspective and the matchup is outstanding. Put Lockett in and then close your lineup door.

Robby Anderson ($5,500): He has only 53 receiving yards in his past two games, but is set for a big rebound week against Miami. Anderson is a terrific pick in this matchup, and should make more than one big play downfield while also getting into the end zone.

Allen Robinson ($6,800): He is doing a fine job of playing at higher levels than his offensive mates, making all the important and contested catches while outworking DBs. The draw against the Philadelphia pass defense is obviously a friendly one. Look for a healthy amount of catches, 100 yards and a TD.

NFL DFS Week 9 Tight End Play

Darren Waller ($6,300): You should spend up at TE this week, and on a 10-game slate, the options seem limited. The other top TEs don’t have highly appealing matchups like Waller does, as he could be Oakland’s prime passing target against a very shaky Houston defense. Otherwise, consider a punt play here.

NFL DFS Week 9 Defense Plays

I did outline some good value and punt plays at the position this week, but it does make sense to spend up a bit more without going to the top of the ladder for Buffalo at $3,800. The Eagles ($3,000) should get pressure on Mitchell Trubisky for some sacks and possible turnovers, and the Browns ($3,100) are a good cash game play against Brandon Allen in his first NFL start.

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Here are some of Scott Engel’s favorite Week 8 NFL DFS plays for the main slate. In many cases, these are quality value picks to help you spend up for the superstars you want. Prices are based on DraftKings.

Week 8 NFL DFS Quarterbacks

Ryan Tannehill ($5,100): He threw for over 300 yardsin his Titans debut and faces the NFL’s worst pass defense this week. You savea lot of money here and with a stack of Tennessee pass-catchers, or at leastone to pair with Tannehill. He may be widely owned, but you can differentiateyourself nicely elsewhere by beginning with him as your QB,

Matthew Stafford ($6,100): He is coming off his bestgame of the season and faces the Giants’ 23rd-ranked pass defense. Pair himwith Kenny Golladay, who is due for a bounce-back week. Stafford is an aggressivedownfield thrower under offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.

Week 8 NFL DFS Running Backs

Devonta Freeman ($5,500): I am not normally a fan orsupporter of his, but the Seahawks are vulnerable to pass-catching backs andthat is where he is still contributing. The Seattle-Atlanta game should behigh-scoring and Freeman may find the end zone more than once.

Ty Johnson ($4,900): The Giants are fourth in the NFCin Fantasy Points Per Game allowed to RBs. Johnson has opportunity and aworkload laid out for him at a very good price tag.

Devin Singletary ($4,400): This is your daring GPP valueplay. The Eagles have allowed the fifth-most receptions in the NFC to runningbacks. The Bills might fare better with utilizing Singletary in space insteadof banging Frank Gore into a sturdy defensive front.

Week 8 NFL DFS Wide Receivers

A.J. Brown ($4,100): I have been pounding the tableall week with my fist on this guy, wanting fantasy players in all formats notto miss his big breakout performance. He is a dangerous big-play threat who hasstarted to evolve as a possession receiver, too. He is simply going to toast theleague’s worst pass defense.

DK Metcalf ($5,000): I don’t have to tell any DFSplayer how bad the Atlanta pass defense is. What I do want to remind them of isPete Carroll’s never-ending desire to keep his players on a positive path. Yousaw it with Chris Carson earlier this season, as he did not waver on him duringhis period of fumbling issues. Now he’ll make sure the ball goes back to Metcalffor big plays after the rookie sealed last week’s lost to Baltimore with afumble that was returned for a TD.

Golden Tate ($5,800): He is just the sort of guy who wants to dish it out to the other side in a “Revenge Game” scenario. The Lions secondary will be without injured Darius Slay and Quandre Diggs, who was traded this week. Tate is the unquestioned top pass-catcher for the Giants right now and the matchup with the Lions could turn out to be a high-scoring affair.

Week 8 NFL DFS Tight Ends

Jonnu Smith ($2,800): Many will be on Josh Hill astheir value play against the team that is worst against opposing TEs, but Smithis 400 dollars cheaper. Plus, he faces the second-worst team againstTEs.

Darren Fells ($3,400): An interesting and nifty puntand pivot from the other popular bargain TEs of the week.  The Raiders have the AFC’s worst pass defenseand are third-worst among AFC teams in defending the TE.

Week 8 NFL DFS Defenses

Panthers ($2,400): Carolina leads the NFL in sacks(27) and is second in takeaways. It will also be a low-scoring affair againstSan Francisco. This will be the ultimate struggle of the week, as the Ninersare undefeated and the Panthers have won four straight.

Chargers ($2,300): Any unit facing the Bears offense has to be considered for Fantasy usage. The Chargers have also registered interceptions in four consecutive games.

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Here are some of Scott Engel’s favorite Week 7 NFL DFS plays for the main slate. In many cases, these are quality value picks to help you spend up for the superstars you want. Prices are based on DraftKings.

Last week we hit on the Kirk Cousins/Stefon Diggs combo,Carlos Hyde, DeVante Parker and Ricky Seals-Jones.

Week 7 NFL DFS Quarterbacks

Gardner Minshew vs. CIN ($5,400): “Uncle Rico” is going to be looking at the Bengals secondary like it’s a steak from the Waffle House. Cincinnati will be without starting CBs Dre Kirkpatrick and William Jackson III. The Bengals allow the second most Fantasy Points Per Game to QBs and the most rushing yards to the position, with two TDs.

Josh Allen vs. MIA ($6,500): He is a favorite of maybe the hottest DFS Pro in the biz right now, David Jones, and that is good enough for me. You have to like a dual threat QB against a defense that allows the most FFPG to opposing QBs. Miami has also allowed a pair of rushing scores to quarterbacks and may surrender another here.  

Week 7 NFL DFS Running Backs

Tevin Coleman vs. WAS ($5,600): You may be hesitant to use a time share RB, but Coleman played on a season-high 55 percent of the snaps last week and is San Francisco’s preferred goal-line area RB. Washington is Top 5 in FFPG allowed to RBs and has allowed the most receptions to the position. San Francisco will move the ball easily this week and Coleman could score more than once.

Mark Ingram vs. SEA ($6,600): The price is still friendly, and the Seattle defense will be heavily concerned with containing Lamar Jackson as a runner. That will give Jackson some advantages on RPOs and keep the Seahawks defense off balance against Ingram, who should score at least once. Seattle has also allowed the fourth most receiving yards in the NFC to RBs.

Frank Gore vs. MIA ($5,200): He gets another homecoming, and actually faces a former team this time. Miami has allowed the second-most FFPG to opposing RBs and Gore will finish off at least one scoring drive with a TD run.  

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Week 7 NFL DFS Wide Receivers

Robert Woods vs. ATL ($5,400): He has been a disappointment so far this season, with one 100-yard game and no TD receptions. Attacking the Falcons in DFS has led to great success this season, and Woods is an essential part of any Rams stack. He has four games with at least eight targets, while Brandin Cooks has two.

DK Metcalf vs. BAL (4,800): He is a GPP play in what should be a high-scoring game. Metcalf is averaging 21 yards per catch and the Ravens have allowed the most yards in the AFC to opposing WRs. This is should be a fun one as Russell Wilson tries to beat former teammate Earl Thomas with his new downfield weapon.

Dante Pettis vs. WAS ($4,100): He has logged the highest snap counts of the 49ers WRs in the past two games, and Washington is also Top 5 in FFPG allowed to WRs.

Week 7 NFL DFS Tight Ends

Darren Fells vs. IND ($3,100): The Texans have made it a point to get the TEs more involved in the passing game. Fells had two TD receptions in Week 5 and six catches for 69 yards in Week 6. The Colts have allowed the most FFPG among AFC teams to opposing TEs.

T.J. Hockenson vs. MIN ($3,600): Some DFS and Fantasy players will assume this is a tough matchup. But the Vikings are Top 5 in FFPG allowed to opposing TEs. Hockenson will not be widely owned and should be used if you roll out multiple GPP lineups.

Week 7 NFL DFS Defenses

Titans vs. LAC ($3,200): Most will spend on the Bills and 49ers, but the Titans have 18 sacks (tied for seventh in the NFL). Philip Rivers has thrown two interceptions in each of his past two games and is not getting enough support from the running game to avoid adverse passing situations against a solid unit.

Saints vs. CHI ($2,900): Another 18-sack team, they should stifle Mitchell Trubisky in his return.

DARING PUNT: Raiders vs. GB ($1,900): The Packers are depleted in the passing game and Oakland had four sacks and two interceptions vs. Chicago in their last outing.

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Here are some of Scott Engel’s favorite Week 6 NFL DFS playsfor the main slate. In many cases, these are quality value picks to help you spendup for the superstars you want. Prices are based on DraftKings.

Week 6 NFL DFS Quarterbacks

Kirk Cousins vs. PHI ($5,200): The best value on the board at the position. There was a passing revival in Minnesota last week and the Eagles are third in the NFC in passing yards allowed. It’s not going to get any better for Philly against the Vikings WRs.

Case Keenum vs. MIA ($5,000): This may be a popular play against the Dolphins, who have allowed the most Fantasy Points Per Game to opposing QBs. Keenum does have a pair of 300-yard outings already so it makes sense. I would not start him in a seasonal league but you should certainly roll out some Keenum-anchored DFS lineups and load up at other positions. Keenum has the lowest salary of any starting NFC QB this week.

Week 6 NFL DFS Running Backs

Mark Ingram vs. CIN ($6,600): I keep popping him into these articles because the prices remain friendly. Ingram has a great draw against the Bengals, who have allowed the most receiving yards and second-most rushing yards to opposing RBs.

Derrick Henry vs. DEN ($6,100): He may not catch passes and that will drive his ownership down. But he has scored in every game but one this season. He is nearly a guaranteed six points every week. The Broncos have allowed the fifth-most rushing yards in the AFC this season.

Carlos Hyde vs. KC ($4,400): He could have his best game as a Texan and may not have much ownership. Hyde has scored in two of his past three games and the Chiefs have allowed the most rushing yards in the NFL.

Week 6 NFL DFS Wide Receivers

Stefon Diggs vs. PHI ($5,900): Last week Adam Thielen was heavily in the game flow to satisfy him. Now it will be Diggs’ turn.

Michael Gallup vs. NYJ ($5,600): In my eyes, he has already arrived as a star. The Jets will not be able to handle what is arguably the best WR duo in the NFC.

DeVante Parker vs. WAS ($4,200): The Redskins allow the third most FFPG to opposing WRs and have surrendered the second-most TD passes to the position (nine). Parker has occasionally flashed some big-play form this season.

Week 6 NFL DFS Tight Ends

Ricky Seals-Jones vs. SEA ($3,300): The Seahawks have allowed the third-most FFPG to opposing TEs. RSJ can get some opportunities to catch passes vs. the safeties, which may be the weakest link of the Seattle defense right now.

Jordan Akins vs. KC ($3,200): Deshaun Watson has actively been looking for his TEs in scoring situations. Last week it was Darren Fells, this week it could be Akins. The Texans have been trying to get the TEs more involved in the passing game and the TD chances are good in a shootout. Akins is worth a punt play.

Week 6  NFL DFS Defenses

Titans ($2,900)

Seahawks ($3,400)

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Here are some of Scott Engel’s prime picks for NFL DFS Week 5. Prices are via DraftKings. These are some good value plays to help you load up with some other superstars or utilize in multiple lineups.

NFL DFS Week 5 QB Plays

Matt Ryan vs. HOU ($5,900): He is throwing for 300 yards every week, and the Houston secondary will be torched by his top-pass-catchers in a shootout.

Kyle Allen vs. JAC ($5,100): This is a very interesting GPP play. The Jacksonville secondary is very vulnerable without Jalen Ramsey and Allen has quickly developed a good rapport with his quality crew of pass-catchers.

NFL DFS Week 5 RB Plays

Mark Ingram ($6,300): He is not getting the pricing respect or anywhere in the Fantasy world for being the sixth best RB so far. The Steelers run defense is no longer formidable and Ingram will get in the end zone again.

David Montgomery ($5,200): The Bears and Matt Nagy would be smart to start giving Montgomery the quality carries Fantasy players have been clamoring for. Take the shot in GPPs because he will also have some chances to score from short range.


Alshon Jeffery ($5,900): No team in the AFC has surrendered more Fantasy Points Per Game to opposing WRs than the Jets. Jeffery has the potential to score more than once  as the Eagles roll up a significant amount of points in this one.

Calvin Ridley ($4,900): This is the bounce-back week. I am really liking a Falcons stack that features Julio Jones, Ryan and Ridley with Will Fuller on the return side. I want a lot of exposure to the Houston-Atlanta game.


Noah Fant ($2,800): He is a superb punt play. Fant is getting more comfortable at the pro level, as evidenced by a 25-yard catch-and-run TD last week. The Chargers safeties are a weak point of the defense right now and Joe Flacco will get the ball to Fant down the middle of the field.

C.J. Uzomah ($2.600): The legend of picking tight ends against the Cardinals continues to grow. But if you go with Tyler Eifert, you may be choosing the wrong Cincinnati TE. He may be a better pick for yardage production than Eifert, who has caught only three passes in the last two games.

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Week Four was a big one for the Win Daily team (many thanks to rostering a lot of Los Angeles Rams and Nick Chubb). Unfortunately, the game stacks in last week’s post didn’t really work out, but our top team stack paid dividends in a NFL DFS GPP.

It’s a bit of an ugly slate this week, so I do advise DFS players to heavily consider playing more cash games this week. Please check out our Cash Game Checkdown before you set your DFS lineups for Sunday. But, lets get to work on Stick’s Stacks for Week Five.

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The purpose of this weekly article is to identify team/game stacks that we are going to use for an NFL DFS GPP. For those of you that don’t know, a “team stack” is simply multiple players from the same team (I rarely ever use more than three players on a given team).

A “game stack” is similar, except we are going to use players from both teams in a given game. Focusing on team stacks and game stacks is incredibly useful in the NFL DFS GPP environment. That being said, let’s get to this week’s top NFL DFS stacks!

Top NFL DFS GPP Game Stacks

Arizona Cardinals @ Cincinnati Bengals (47.5)

With the pace both of these teams play at and the combined struggles on defense, I was quite surprised to see a relatively mediocre total of 47.5 points. I’m going to remain confident this game shoots out and that multiple players in this game are worth targeting in your NFL DFS GPP lineups.

Arizona Cardinals

  • Kyler Murray ($6,300)
  • David Johnson ($7,500)
  • Larry Fitzgerald ($6,000)
  • KeeSean Johnson ($3,500)
  • Trent Sherfield ($3,000)

Cincinnati Bengals

  • Joe Mixon ($6,100)
  • Andy Dalton ($5,700)
  • Tyler Boyd ($6,500)
  • Auden Tate ($3,500)
  • Tyler Eifert ($3,300)

Atlanta Falcons @ Houston Texans (49)

Both offenses have been extremely disappointing of late and enter Week Five in a perfect “get-right” spot. There really aren’t a whole lot of games that scream shootout in Week Five, but this game should be one of them. Both teams have been playing at a high pace and we always love Matt Ryan and company in a dome.

It looks like the Houston offense will be popular this weekend and for good reason, but I love getting exposure to the Falcons’ offense in Week Five for NFL DFS GPP style of tournaments.

Atlanta Falcons

  • Mohamed Sanu ($4,200)
  • Matt Ryan ($5,900)
  • Devonta Freeman ($5,300)
  • Julio Jones ($7,700)
  • Austin Hooper ($4,500)
  • Calvin Ridley ($4,900)

Houston Texans

  • Deshaun Watson ($6,700)
  • DeAndre Hopkins ($7,800)
  • Will Fuller ($4,500)
  • Duke Johnson ($4,200)
  • Carlos Hyde ($4,300)

Top NFL DFS GPP Team Stacks

Baltimore Ravens

  • Lamar Jackson ($7,100)
  • Marquise Brown ($5,700)
  • Mark Andrews ($4,800)
  • Miles Boykin ($3,200)

Chicago Bears

  • Chase Daniel ($4,800)
  • Allen Robinson ($5,600)
  • David Montgomery ($5,200)
  • Trey Burton ($3,300)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Chris Godwin ($6,900)
  • Jameis Winston ($6,200)
  • Mike Evans ($7,100)
  • O.J. Howard ($3,900)

New England Patriots

  • Julian Edelman ($6,300)
  • Josh Gordon ($6,100)
  • Tom Brady ($6,500)
  • Sony Michel ($5,500)
  • James White ($5,000)
  • Phillip Dorsett ($4,900)

Sample NFL DFS GPP Lineup

QB: Kyler Murray
RB: David Johnson
RB: Joe Mixon
WR: Mohamed Sanu
WR: DeAndre Hopkins
WR: Larry Fitzgerald
TE: O.J. Howard
FLEX: David Montgomery
DST: Tennessee Titans

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