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DFS Targets for Week 5
Philip Rivers

Raiders at Chargers: Philip Rivers continues to deliver a consistent floor perfect for DFS cash games.

Note: Salary amounts are Draftkings pricing


H2H/Cash - Philip Rivers vs. Oakland - $6,700

With three touchdowns in all but one of his games in 2018, Philip Rivers has been a model of consistency and the type of player cash game owners love to plug into their lineups. Oakland ranks 16th in fantasy points allowed to QBs and have little to no pass rush to get to Rivers. This game could be a sneaky high scoring game, and Rivers at $6,700 is an excellent way to get a high-floor play.

Other options to consider - Ben Roethlisberger vs. Atlanta & Matt Ryan @ Pittsburgh

GPP - Blake Bortles @ Kansas City - $5,500

Owners looking for a low-cost quarterback with home run potential may want to give Blake Bortles a shot this week against a Kansas City defense that is on pace to allow the most yards in the history of the NFL. Although I donít anticipate Mahomes continuing his torrid pace this week against the Jags, I do think Bortles and the offense will be forced to put up 28 points to win this game. Pair Bortles with Dede Westbrook and T.J. Yeldon in a GPP triple stack.

Other options to consider - Kirk Cousins @ Philadelphia & Matthew Stafford vs. Green Bay

Fade - Case Keenum @ NY Jets - $5,600

The Case Keenum experiment in Denver has not worked out quite the way that John Elway envisioned, as the journeyman QB has struggled after starting the season with three touchdown passes against the Seahawks. Keenum has not thrown a touchdown in his last three games, including what should have been an easy home matchup against the Chiefs.

Running Backs

H2H/Cash - Melvin Gordon vs. Oakland - $8,600

I like to pay up for running back in cash games to secure a strong foundation for my roster. In the case of Melvin Gordon, he has been the poster boy for consistency with 30 points in three of his four games this season. The Raiders allow the eighth-most points to opposing running backs, and Gordon should once again deliver 100 total yards and a score or two.

Other options to consider - James Conner vs. Atlanta & Christian McCaffrey vs. N.Y. Giants

GPP - Ty Montgomery vs. Detroit - $3,800

This may come as a surprise to some of my readers based on the fact that Montgomery has just one double-digit game this season and has been relatively quiet. But with the Packers down Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison, and with Davante Adams dealing with a calf injury, Aaron Rodgers may lean more heavily on Montgomery to beat the Lions this week. He is undoubtedly a high risk/high reward play, but at $3,800 he is cheap and allows you to spend elsewhere.

Other options to consider - T.J. Yeldon @ KC & Austin Ekeler vs. Oakland

Fade - Carlos Hyde vs. Baltimore - $5,200

A likely negative game script and the likelihood of more carries for Nick Chubb makes me want to avoid Hyde this week against the Ravens. He has benefitted from a ton of goal line work and has fairly little upside unless he scores.

Wide Receivers

H2H/Cash - Adam Thielen @ Philadelphia - $7,700

With no less than 12 targets and 102 receiving yards in each of his four games this season, Adam Thielen has been a cash game mainstay. The Eagles have a strong pass rush and are stout against the run, but they have really struggled to stop opposing wide receivers. I like both Thielen and Stefon Diggs this week.

Other options to consider - Antonio Brown vs. Atlanta & Keenan Allen vs. Oakland

GPP - Calvin Ridley @ Pittsburgh - $5,800

It is not often that you find the NFLís leading touchdown scorning wide receiver playing in what should be a shootout for less than $6k. For some reason, Ridley continues to be undervalued by the price setters at DK. Donít miss out on this inexpensive, high upside play in what could be a high-scoring game.

Other options to consider - Tyler Boyd vs. Miami & Jordy Nelson @ L.A. Chargers

Fade - Davante Adams @ Detroit - $7,600

Although Adams is likely going to practice on a Saturday and play on Sunday after sustaining a calf injury in practice this week, I donít have much faith in him staying healthy and producing fantasy points to justify his cost. Iíd rather spend $100 less on JuJu Smith-Schuster against the Falcons at home.

Tight End

H2H/Cash - Zach Ertz vs. Minnesota - $6,500

With the tight end position a barren wasteland void of many options that you can count on, paying a premium for 10-plus targets to Ertz makes sense in cash games on DraftKings. Although Ertz has yet to reach the end zone, he has at least ten receptions in two of his four games, making him a premium play in full PPR formats.

Other options to consider - Jimmy Graham @ Detroit & Austin Seferian-Jenkins @ Kansas City

GPP - Vance McDonald vs. Atlanta - $3,700

McDonald is the perfect GPP play with a sky-high ceiling and questionable floor. The former 49er could be the highest scoring tight end this week in a game against a Falcon team missing five starters on defense. But he also could end the game with one catch for ten yards. In GPP, Iím rolling the dice on McDonald for the upside.

Fade - David Njoku vs. Baltimore - $3,400

After a breakout preseason that had fantasy owners envisioning a breakout season, Njoku has been relatively silent this season with three games of less than seven fantasy points. The targets have been there (seven in three of four games), but the production has not followed. I’m trying to avoid all Browns in this game if possible, including the tight end position.

Defense & Special Teams

High Priced Option Worthy of the Cost: Titans ($4,000) @ Bills

Bargain Priced with Upside: Ravens ($2,800) @ Browns