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Daily: Week 5 Walkthrough
After four weeks of playing large GPP tournaments, I decided to focus on cash games and a few multipliers on DraftKings for Week 5 of the NFL season. That decision proved to be a wise one, as the selections I made on my tickets proved to be good enough to win in a few head-to-head matchups, but I would have come up well short of cashing in the pricey Millionaire Maker contest.

The following is a review of a winning cash game ticket. As you will see, I made some strong selections, a mistake spending nearly a fifth of my budget on Le’Veon Bell, and my PPR lock tight end Evan Engram was anything but a lock.

Quarterback: Dak Prescott vs. Green Bay
Fantasy Points: 30.74
Grade: A

In my preview piece, I wrote about the consistency Prescott has shown this season with no less than 17 points per game while averaging 23 points over his last two contests. With a potent Green Bay offense heading to Jerry’s World to take on the weak Dallas secondary, it seemed pretty clear that Dak and the Boys would need to put up at least three touchdowns to keep pace, and a full-blown point scoring bonanza was not out of the question.

The prediction of a high scoring game came true, and Prescott finished with 30.74 points on 25-of-36 passing for 251 yards and three touchdowns. He also added 37 yards rushing and a late touchdown on a well-executed read option.

Running Backs: Le’Veon Bell and Bilal Powell
Fantasy Points: 26.6
Grade: F

In a classic case of chasing points, I went all in on Powell this week after the veteran tailback scored 32 points at home against Jacksonville in Week 4. A matchup against the Browns seemed like an excellent chance for Powell to build upon his superb performance and post a solid game against a Browns defense that is below-average against the run. Instead, Powell managed just 7.3 points before leaving with an injury.

The bonehead award of the day goes to Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Todd Haley, who decided on a heavy pass-first attack against a Jags defense that ranks No.1 against the pass while allowing the most rushing yards to opposing backs on the year. It was a bizarre move, especially considering the fact that he has Le’Veon Bell at his disposal. Bell caught 10 passes for 46 yards to salvage his day, but 19.3 points from an RB like Bell ($9,500) burned me this week.

Wide Receivers: Dez Bryant, Jarvis Landry, Jaron Brown
Fantasy Points: 38.5
Grade: D

With a sub-7K salary fueled by average performances against elite cornerbacks, Dez Bryant against the Packers was the No-Brainer play of the week in all formats. I don’t usually stack players in a head-to-head games for fear of an injury to one killing the performance of the other, but I couldn’t resist going with the Dak/Dez stack this week. Bryant scored and did give me 16 points, but I was disappointed that he only garnered eight targets in a game with 66 combined points.

There is an annoying trend this season in the Arizona passing offense that I should have predicted, as Jaron Brown followed up his 12-target, 105 yard game against the 49ers with a 3/39/0 dud against the Eagles. Sure, it could be more of a game script issue, but this is the third time this season that a Cardinal wide receiver has posted a complete dud after a 100-yard breakout game (J.J. Nelson Week 3 & Larry Fitzgerald Week 4).

With everyone and their mother predicting a monster game for DeVante Parker, I went with the possession receiver Jarvis Landry this week against the Titans. Landry did come through with a surprising touchdown, but the fact that he only caught five passes for 44 yards was a letdown.

Tight End: Austin Seferian-Jenkins
Fantasy Points: 14.9
Grade: A

Death, taxes, and starting your tight end against the Browns are three givens in life. ASJ has evolved into one of Josh McCown’s favorite targets, and his $3,500 price tag made him one of the best values in DFS Week 5. On a negative note, my opponent and nearly 30% of all DK players were on the same play, so ASJ proved to be a wash.

Flex: Evan Engram
Fantasy Points: 0.0
Grade: F-

After 25 targets in his previous three games, Evan Engram managed just four passes against the Chargers and failed to log a catch. I need to review the game film to see what happened, but it is a shock to me that he was not heavily used with Casey Hayward outside on Beckham Jr. and injuries to all three starting Giants wideouts.

D/ST: Jets
Fantasy Points: 8
Grade: B

In a week in which the Jags scored ten gazillion points against the Steelers, getting eight points from the Jets seems like a letdown. But luckily my opponent started the Steelers defense against me and not the Jags, making my eight-point game a solid start compared to his five points from Pittsburgh.