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DFS Targets for Week 6
Christian McCaffrey

Cash Game RB: Christian McCaffrey has posted at least 20 Draftkings points in his last three games.

Note: Salary amounts are Draftkings pricing


H2H/Cash - Matt Ryan vs. Tampa Bay - $6,800

Ryan burned owners last week with 15.4 points in what on paper looked like a great matchup. The former MVPís splits have been striking so far, with Ryan averaging 35.7 points at home at the Mercedes Benz Stadium and 12.62 points on the road. Going forward I will only use Ryan in home games against subpar opponents like this week against the Bucs.

Other options to consider - Andy Dalton vs. Pittsburgh & Jared Goff @ Denver

GPP - Jameis Winston @ Atlanta - $5,800

I am not a fan of Winston, and I do not believe he is the long-term solution for the Bucs at quarterback. What I am a fan of is starting inexpensive quarterbacks with excellent skill position players in a matchup against a beat up defense in what should be a shootout. Pair Winston with Chris Godwin and Cameron Brate for a GPP stack.

Other options to consider - Baker Mayfield vs. L.A. Chargers & Russell Wilson @ Oakland (Mexico)

Fade - Kirk Cousins vs. Arizona - $6,700

Cousins has been a Jekyll and Hyde QB this season with two 30-plus point games sandwiched between two games less than 20. By no means is this a tough matchup, but the way to beat the Cardinals is running the ball and with defense. My gut tells me this is a big day for Cook (if healthy) and the Vikings defense.

Running Backs

H2H/Cash - Christian McCaffrey @ Washington - $8,300

Paying a premium to get Melvin Gordon last week worked well for readers who followed my advice from the Week 5 article. Going with Gordon again is not a terrible play and even Gurley at 10K might just be worth it. But I am leaning on McCaffrey against the Redskins defense that just allowed three rushing touchdowns to the Saints.

Other options to consider - Marshawn Lynch vs. Seattle & T.J. Yeldon @ Dallas

GPP - Tarik Cohen @ Miami - $4,600

Cohen is the perfect boom or bust running back this week to pair with an expensive play of Todd Gurley against the Broncos. Cohen had a season-high 13 carries before the bye against the Bucs and seven catches for 121 yards and a score. Miami allows the fourth-most points to opposing running backs and Cohen could be in line for another big scoring play.

Other options to consider Ė Lamar Miller vs. Buffalo & Bilal Powell vs. Indianapolis

Wide Receivers

H2H/Cash - JuJu Smith-Schuster @ Cincinnati - $7,300

The squeaky wheel got the oil last week as Antonio Brown posted six catches for 101 yards and two touchdowns against the Falcons. Although JuJu Smith-Schuster caught all four of his targets for 34 yards and a score, it was his first single-digit target game of the season. I anticipate that the sophomore wideout will once again be a favorite target for Big Ben and deliver a solid floor for cash game players.

Other options to consider - A.J. Green vs. Pittsburgh & Julio Jones vs. Tampa Bay

GPP - Will Fuller vs. Buffalo - $6,800

I would like this play a bit more if Fuller were priced closer to $6,000. The logic here is that Fuller was missing in action last week with the emergence of Keke Coutee. Although I believe Coutee will continue to be involved and is a nice GPP pick in his own right, Fuller could be in line for a few deep touchdown passes with TreíDavious White shadowing DeAndre Hopkins.

Other options to consider - Chris Godwin @ Atlanta & Taylor Gabriel @ Miami

Fade - Allen Robinson @ Miami - $5,700

Robinson will be matched up against Xavien Howard, a cornerback who has quickly become one of the best shutdown players at the position. Yes, Robinson is a reasonably cheap play, but I would instead use that money elsewhere on someone with a much easier matchup.

Tight End

H2H/Cash - Eric Ebron @ New York Jets - $5,400

What kind of sick world do we live in that Eric Ebron of all people is the tight end with the highest floor heading into Week 6? In cash, you pay for targets and guys with high floors, and Ebron has 36 targets in his last three games. It may smell terrible, but Erbon is the play this week.

Other options to consider - Kyle Rudolph vs. Arizona & Cameron Brate @ Atlanta

GPP - Austin Hooper vs. Tampa Bay - $3,500

In sticking with my trend of playing players in the matchup between the Falcons and Bucs, Hooper is an excellent low-cost risk at the tight end position for owners looking for a home run play. While I donít anticipate another 11 targets like he received last week, the Bucs have allowed the second-most points to tight ends and Hooper is playing well.

Fade - Jordan Reed vs. Carolina - $5,200

I’m not sure why owners would want to fork up the second-most money at the tight end position for a player who has yet to score more than 14 points in a game and is playing against a Panthers defense with both linebackers Thomas Davis and Luke Kuechly healthily. I’d much rather pay $3.5k for Brate and spend that money on a better running back.

Defense & Special Teams

High Priced Option Worthy of the Cost: Vikings ($3,800) vs. Cardinals

Bargain Priced with Upside: Cowboys ($2,300) vs. Jaguars