Fantasy Football: Early Look at DraftKings Week 6 Salaries, Roster Construction

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Another week in the books, but now we’re on to Week 6. The Early Look will highlight salaries that jump out on this 12-game fantasy football main slate on DraftKings.

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Quarterbacks

Expensive

Matt Ryan, ATL vs. TB ($6,800) – Ryan’s hot streak came to an end in Week 5 despite a terrific matchup against the Steelers. However, Ryan’s splits so far this season have been obvious — averaging 12.6 DKFP on the road versus 35.7 DKFP at home. Week 6 brings us a matchup against a horrible Tampa defense that ranks 28th against the QB position, and more importantly is down in the dome in Atlanta.

Jared Goff, LAR at DEN ($6,000) – Goff isn’t even all that expensive, as his salary drops $500 entering this matchup. Week 5 was dominated by Todd Gurley ($10,000), but Goff still managed 19.34 DKFP. The Denver defense has been just about average against QBs, and allowed almost 20 DKFP to Sam Darnold ($5,300) last week on 10 completions. Goff is too cheap for a spot he has the potential to thrive.

Value

Case Keenum, DEN vs. LAR ($5,500) – The Rams defense has been below average against QBs, and this 5-0 team is pulling out victories thanks to their explosive offense. The Broncos will be going all out just to keep up with the Rams in this spot, meaning a lot of throwing the ball for Keenum. After failing to throw a touchdown since Week 1, Keenum bounced back with 25 DKFP in Week 5. He should stay hot from a fantasy standpoint in Week 5.

Other value options: Philip Rivers ($5,900), Jameis Winston ($5,800), Russell Wilson ($5,700)


Running Backs

Expensive

Todd Gurley, LAR at DEN ($10,000) – The price tag takes a big jump for Gurley, but with Alvin Kamara off another main slate, Gurley is the clear-cut stud. Gurley’s up to nine touchdowns on the season, scoring 25-plus DKFP in all five games. He’s as safe as it gets against the Broncos, but affording him becomes much more difficult.

Christian McCaffrey, CAR at WAS ($8,300) – It was a rough start for McCaffrey in Week 5 against the Giants, but some late production got him over the 20-DKFP hump. With another 22 touches on Sunday, CMC is now averaging over 25 touches per game in his last three. With more of the same expected against Washington, his chances of reaching value are as high as any.

Value

Mike Davis, SEA at OAK ($4,100) – The Seahawks have found something in their ground game, both with Davis and Chris Carson ($4,400). The duo have totaled 87 DKFP combined in the last two games, so both of them have been viable plays in the same game. Oakland ranks 27th against the RB position, leaving both of these guys at great values in Week 6.

Other value options: David Johnson ($5,900), Alfred Blue ($4,400), Ronald Jones ($3,900)


Wide Receivers

Expensive

Julio Jones, ATL vs. TB ($7,900) – It was another letdown week for Jones, but eventually we have to think this home run game is coming. Julio’s at the cheapest price point he’s been all season, and is at home with a matchup against a Tampa defense that ranks 31st against WRs. If this isn’t the spot that Julio breaks into the end zone (or at lease just has a monster game), then I’m not sure what is.

Mike Evans, TB at ATL ($8,100) – I prefer Julio for a cheaper price given how good the Falcons have been at home, but the Bucs have had the bye week to get Winston on the same page with his receivers. This is obviously a terrific matchup with Tampa trying to keep up with Atlanta in the dome, so it’ll be worth considering a game stack here. Evans is averaging 23.7 DKFP, the second most on the slate for a WR, behind only Adam Thielen ($8,500).

Value

Keke Coutee, HOU vs. BUF ($4,600) – Coutee has been a huge spark for Houston’s offense in the first two games of his career. The rookie’s secured 17-of-22 targets for 160 yards and a touchdown, also seeing three touches in the ground game. He has much too significant a role in the Texans offense for his salary to be this low, even against an underrated Buffalo defense.

Other value options: DeSean Jackson ($5,900), Doug Baldwin ($5,300), Tyler Lockett ($5,100), Mohamed Sanu ($4,800)


Tight Ends

Expensive

Eric Ebron, IND at NYJ ($5,400) – All the star power at TE is missing from this slate, as Zach Ertz plays on Thursday, and Rob Gronkowski and Travis Kelce go head-to-head on Sunday night. That leaves us in a position we never thought possible this season … Ebron is the most expensive TE on a 12-game main slate. Much of this is thanks to a monster game against the Patriots — 9-105-2 for 34.5 DKFP. I’m expecting major regression for Ebron this week against a Jets defense that ranks atop the NFL against the TE position. Let’s look elsewhere.

Value

Austin Hooper, ATL vs. TB, ($3,500) – I know I keep hammering this game, but it should be terrific for fantasy purposes, yet there are underpriced players at every position. Hooper was a bright spot for the Falcons last week, seeing 12 targets from Ryan. He turned it into a 9-77-0 line, carrying some momentum into a game against a Tampa defense that ranks last in the league against the position.

Other value options: Trey Burton ($4,500), Cameron Brate ($3,700), Vance McDonald ($3,400)


Defense/Special Teams

Expensive

Bears at MIA ($3,300) – The Bears are back from the bye week, and are one of those defenses you can plug in practically regardless of matchup. Chicago’s 14.5 DKFP average is by far the best in the league, and the consistency has been there with no fewer than 13 DKFP in a game. Go ahead and lock them in against a Miami offense that the Bengals D/ST ($2,400) scored 22 DKFP against last week.

Value

Cowboys vs. JAX ($2,300) – Dallas has managed solid numbers on defense this season, averaging 5.8 DKFP. Jacksonville is coming off a rough effort offensively on the road, and will travel to Dallas for this one. I’m not saying the Cowboys are a lock here, but they should provide solid numbers for such a low salary.


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