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DFS Targets for Week 6

Matt Ryan

Note: Salary amounts are DraftKings pricing


H2H/Cash - Matt Ryan @ Arizona - $6,400

The Falcons defense continues to be dreadful, and Matt Ryan has thrown for at least 300 yards in all five games this season with the offense in constant catch-up mode. This game has the makings of a shootout between two terrible defenses and top 12 offenses, with Ryan being the quarterback to own in cash games due to his high floor.

Other options to consider - Deshaun Watson @ Kansas City & Russell Wilson at Cleveland

GPP - Gardner Minshew @ New Orleans- $5,000

Minshew has a great matchup at home this week against a Saints defense that gives up the second-most points to opposing quarterbacks. The rookie sensation has at least two passing touchdowns in each of his last two games and enters this week’s game against New Orleans on the heels of his first 300-yard passing game last week against the Panthers. The Saints are tough against the run, and Leonard Fournette is likely going to struggle on the ground, leaving it up to Minshew and the passing game to pick up the slack.

Other options to consider - Kyler Murray vs. Atlanta & Lamar Jackson vs. Cincinnati

Fade - Carson Wentz @ Minnesota - $6,000

Wentz has a tough task ahead of him on the road against a Vikings team that has not given up more than two touchdowns to any quarterback this season. It would not surprise me to see the Eagles upset the Vikings this weekend, but I can’t see Wentz putting up big fantasy points for DFS, and I would rather pay up $400 for Matt Ryan against the Cardinals.

Running Backs

H2H/Cash - Mark Ingram vs. Cincinnati - $6,600

Only the Miami Dolphins have given up more fantasy points to running backs this season than the Bengals, with nine different players reaching double-digit fantasy points against Cincinnati in the first five games. If there was ever a week to play Mark Ingram in DFS this is this one, especially at his price tag of $6,600. Look for a touchdown or two for Ingram, with around 80 to 100 total yards.

Other options to consider - Derrick Henry @ Denver & Chris Carson @ Cleveland

GPP - Carlos Hyde @ Kansas City - $4,400

The Colts provided the blueprint to the rest of the NFL on how to beat the Chiefs with a focus on pouring the ball between the tackles. The Texans do not have anything close to the offensive line that the Colts possess, and Hyde has been underwhelming for most of the year. But, it sounds like the Chiefs will be without Chris Jones in the middle of the defensive line, which could open holes for Hyde to be a fantasy stud this week.

Other options to consider – Kenyan Drake @ Washington

Fade - Leonard Fournette vs. New Orleans - $6,700

The big man has been on a tear with 333 yards and a touchdown in his last two games. He also continues to be an active participant in the passing game with seven targets last week against the Panthers. The Saints are tough against the run and can be beat with through the air, and Fournette could burn owners this week with a poor rushing total average and no scores.

Wide Receivers

H2H/Cash - Larry Fitzgerald vs. Atlanta - $6,100

After starting the season with back-to-back 100-yard games, Fitz slowed down over the last two games with no touchdowns and fewer than 60 yards in each contest. The Falcons coming to town is exactly what Fitz needs to get back on track, as no team has allowed more points to opposing wide receivers, and Vegas projects this to be a high scoring game with a 52-point over/under.

Other options to consider - DeAndre Hopkins vs. Kansas City & Cooper Kupp vs. San Francisco

GPP - Terry McLaurin @ Miami - $5,000

McLaurin’s touchdown scoring streak came to an end last week with a 3/51 line against the Patriots. Although there is a ton of drama surrounding the team with Jay Gruden’s firing and questions surrounding who should start at quarterback, I like F1 to have a monster game this week against a Dolphins team that ranks 24th against WRs.

Other options to consider - Demarcus Robinson vs. Houston & Preston Williams vs. Washington

Fade – D.J. Chark vs. New Orleans - $5,500

Chark’s insanely low price tag for a guy with five touchdown receptions in five weeks will certainly give people a reason to play him this week, But I am benching Chark based on the narrative that he will be shadowed by Marcus Lattimore, who just shut down Mike Evans with zero catches last week.

Tight End

H2H/Cash - Austin Hooper @ Arizona - $5,000

Playing tight ends against the Cardinals has paid dividends all season, with four of five opponents reaching double figures in fantasy points. Add in the fact that Hooper has been active in the Falcons offense with 21 catches in his previous three games, and you have the makings of a stud cash game player.

Other options to consider - George Kittle @ Los Angeles Rams

GPP - Gerald Everett vs. San Francisco - $3,600

The 49ers have been stout against tight ends this season with just 14 combined catches for 87 yards and one score in four games. While those numbers are impressive, San Francisco has not played a tight end who is ranked in the top 12 this season in targets and catches. Everett had 11 targets last week against Seattle and should once again be active this week with the chance of Brandin Cooks missing with a concussion.

Other options to consider - Vernon Davis @ Miami

Fade - Mark Andrews vs. Cincinnati - $4,800

Andrews continues to be limited with a foot injury, and the Ravens should have no problem running wild on the Bengals. Look for Baltimore to lean on their run game and defense in this matchup, while limiting the snaps of Andrews with the goal of getting him healthy.

Defense & Special Teams

High Priced Option Worthy of the Cost: Ravens ($4,100) vs. Bengals

Well Priced with Upside: Redskins ($3200) @ Miami