We’re four weeks into the NFL season, and if your season-long fantasy football league isn’t going so well, you might want to consider trying your luck with one-week games on DraftKings.
Here’s our DraftKings lineup for Week 5.
Quarterback: Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders ($6,800)
Carr is a pretty good value play this week against a San Diego Chargers defense that’s allowed the fifth-most passing yards and seven passing touchdowns through four games. Carr also threw four touchdowns with zero interceptions in Oakland’s Week 4 win over the Baltimore Ravens. He’s totaled nine touchdowns with only one interception through four games.
Running Backs: Terrance West, Baltimore Ravens ($4,800); Jerick McKinnon, Minnesota Vikings ($4,600)
West is the lone Ravens running back of any value now that Justin Forsett and Baltimore have parted ways. He also has a great matchup against a Washington Redskins defense allowing 4.9 yards per carry, the second-most in the league, as well as a league-worst eight rushing touchdowns.
McKinnon is another good value play against a Houston Texans defense that has allowed the fifth-most yards per carry and the third-most rushing touchdowns. He’s also coming off his best game of the season in Week 4 when he ran for 85 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries.
Wide Receivers: Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia Eagles ($6,800); Jarvis Landry, Miami Dolphins ($7,000); Sammie Coates, Pittsburgh Steelers ($3,600)
Matthews is rookie quarterback Carson Wentz’s top target, and he’s also scored a touchdown in two of the Eagles’ three games. He’s averaging just under nine targets per game with 13.6 yards per reception.
Landry averages 11 targets per game and has two 100-yard performances. He’s the undisputed No. 1 wideout for Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins passing attack. Coates is a good value play as well. He’s averaging five targets and more than 50 receiving yards per game in one of the best passing attacks in the league.
Tight End: Martellus Bennett, New England Patriots ($3,700)
The Cleveland Browns rank 30th in defending tight ends based on DraftKings’ scoring, and Bennett should have another very good game with quarterback Tom Brady back in the Patriots lineup.
Flex: A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals ($8,900)
Julio Jones has a tough matchup against a Denver Broncos secondary with two elite cornerbacks, so Green is the elite receiver to play this week.
He’s coming off another monster game, too. Green caught 10 passes on 12 targets for 173 yards and a touchdown in Week 4 against the Miami Dolphins, and he has a good matchup against a Dallas Cowboys defense that’s struggled in the secondary most of the season.
Defense: San Francisco 49ers ($2,600)
The 49ers are hosting an Arizona Cardinals team coming off two bad losses in a row and also might be without starting quarterback Carson Palmer because of a concussion he suffered in Week 4. Even with Palmer, the Cardinals offense has struggled to score. Outside of a blowout win in Week 2, Arizona has scored 21 points, 18 points and 13 points in its three losses.
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