The Saints and Lions are on byes entering Week 6 of the NFL season, which means substantial absences at the QB, RB and WR positions. Luckily I have you covered on all those spots with some sleepers and value plays for your DraftKings contests.
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Baker Mayfield, QB, Browns ($5,500)
The name Baker Mayfield is known nationwide, but considering the first overall pick as a viable fantasy QB is still very much under the radar.
Through just two-and-a-half games, Mayfield has displayed incredible progression and the poise of a veteran. His fantasy stats suggest the same, advancing from 16.8 to 21.98 DKFP. This past Sunday he lit up a Top 5 Ravens defense for 342 passing yards and now faces a Chargers crew ranked 27th in fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks.
Look at the other QB salaries around the former Heisman Trophy winner. I feel much more comfortable with Mayfield’s upside over the likes of Case Keenum ($5,500), Jameis Winston ($5,800), Alex Smith ($5,400) and even Russell Wilson ($5,700), who’s averaging just 16.7 DKFP per game. As long as the turnovers are kept in check this could be a big week for No. 6.
Christian Kirk, WR, Cardinals ($4,200)
The Arizona Cardinals sputtering offense finally eclipsed the 20-point mark last Sunday in their first victory. Despite the lack of scoring, rookie quarterback Josh Rosen ($4,700) has developed a nice groove with fellow freshman Christian Kirk.
It makes sense as Kirk is a slot receiver who makes himself open for the safe short-to-intermediate passes that Rosen is trying to get comfortable with. The 5-foot-11 Aggie alum is a thick 200 pounds, owns great footwork and is a precise route runner. He’s never missed more than one of his targets in five NFL matchups, and it’s that reliability that a young QB will lean on.
Arizona takes on a surprisingly ordinary Minnesota secondary that’s given up 100-plus yards to three wideouts over the past two games. Kirk’s delivered strong double-digit DKFP in two of his last three. He could be a sneaky play as the Vikings defense focuses on David Johnson ($5,900) and Larry Fitzgerald ($4,500).
Mike Davis, RB, Seahawks ($4,100)
The Seattle backfield has been a wasteland when it comes to fantasy reliability since Marshawn Lynch’s departure. Running back committee after committee provided constant frustration and despair for owners. Well in the short-term it appears that the Seahawks possess a two-headed monster and there’s room for both to eat.
Chris Carson ($4,400) is the sexy name out there, but I’m sliding Davis into my lineup instead. The past two weeks Carson has rumbled for over 100 rushing yards in both contests, while Davis scampered for 101 and followed that with 68 on the ground. The difference during that stretch is the touchdowns. One for Carson, three for Davis.
The Atlanta, Ga., native is proving to be the preferred red zone/goal line option with the added bonus of chunk gain burst potential (long rushes of 37 and 20 yards this season). I love Davis in a flex spot against an Oakland run defense that is bottom six in the league.
Ryan Grant, WR, Colts ($4,600)
The Colts injury plagued offense has certainly opened the door for the likes of receivers Ryan Grant and Chester Rogers ($4,500). The reason I’m slotting in Grant is because Rogers’ opportunities as an outside threat hinge on the availability of T.Y. Hilton ($6,400).
Grant, on the other hand, plays out of the slot. That different skill set wouldn’t necessarily take a substantial hit if the speedy Hilton suited up in some capacity. The 27-year-old’s building chemistry with Andrew Luck ($6,200) cannot be overlooked as his targets have increased each week.
Keep a close eye on the Indianapolis injury report, but the fact that they battle a Jets D rated 29th against wide receivers only sweetens the idea of sliding Grant in as a sleeper.
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