Week 5 DFS Plays for Weekly Fantasy – Ryan Cearfoss

The first quarter of the season is in the books, and the NFL has turned the fantasy community on its head.   

We have a rookie as the leading rusher.  Alex Smith is the second best fantasy QB in the league. The Bills are in first place in the AFC East.   

So taking what information we have, hopefully we can make some sense on some plays to help us win some money in daily fantasy.  



Brian Hoyer | SF @IND, Price $4,700  

This one feels gross to say, but the matchup is great, and the price allows you to spend on the important positions.  The Colts are giving up 23 points per game in Draft Kings to quarterbacks. This is enough for even Hoyer to have a decent game.   

Carson Palmer| ARI @Phi, Price $5,900  

Raise your hand if you knew Palmer is second in passing yards in the NFL. This week he faces another terrible passing defense in the Eagles. If his touchdowns can end up matching up with the amount of yards he’s throwing, he could end up with a huge game.  

carson palmer
Photo Credit: Rick Scuteri/Associated Press


Honorable Mentions 

Phillip Rivers | LAC @NYG, Price $5,800  

Jameis Winston| TB vs NE, Price $6,000 

Running Back 

Thomas Rawls | SEA  @LAR, Price $3,700  

After Chris Carson went down, it left a mess in the Seahawks backfield. In the press conference after the game Pete Carroll said “Thank god we have Thomas.” This is enough for me to take a chance on him at his price.   

Duke Johnson| CLE vs NYJ Price $4,900  

With the Browns struggling to figure out who their weapons are, Johnson has benefitted. He is fourth in targets among running backs. Against a bad Jets defense, he should give a nice floor.   

Honorable Mentions 

Marshawn Lynch | OAK vs BAL, Price $5,100  

Jaquizz Rodgers | TB vs NE, Price $4,500  



Jaron Brown | ARI @PHI, Price $4,500  

Brown has stepped up in Arizona as the No.2 receiver opposite Larry Fitzgerald.  Right now he’s averaging over seven targets a game, which is plenty to keep him in the WR2 discussion, especially against a struggling Eagles defense.   

Nelson Agholor | PHI vs ARI, Price $3,900  

The Cardinals pass defense has been pretty bad this season, mainly because of the opposing team’s No. 2 receiver. While Jeffrey will pull Patrick Peterson as a shadow, this leaves Agholor primed for a great opportunity. 

Honorable Mentions 

Danny Amendola | NE @TB, Price $5,000  

Pierre Garçon | SF @IND, Price $6,100  



Tight End 

Austin SefarianJenkins | NYJ @ CLE, Price $3,500  

Just like last week, I’m targeting tight ends facing an atrocious Browns defense who have been giving up 20 points to the position.  ASJ has played well since coming back, so he should improve on his numbers against the lowly Browns.    

asj fsoss
Photo Credit: Bill Kostroun/AP Photo


Jesse James | PIT vs JAC, Price $3,000  

The Jags have a great defense with shutdown corners, so teams will look to the tight end more often.  James has had a high snap count all yea. Look for that time on the field to equal some production this week. 

Honorable Mentions 

Jared Cook | OAK vs BAL – $3,900  

Antonio Gates | LAC @NYG – $3,300  



Oakland Raiders vs BAL- $2,900 

The Ravens offensive line is terrible, Flacco has not played well, and there are barely any weapons on offense. This should allow the Raiders to pin their ears back and go after the QB for a good amount of sacks and possibly turnovers.  

Baltimore Raven@ OAK – $2,900  

E.J. Manuel.  That’s all I should have to say. The Ravens, who have struggled the last two weeks, have a terrible quarterback to take advantage of and harass all day.  This should be a low-scoring boring game, but the defenses could score you some fantasy points.  

Salary Savers 

Last week was devastating on the injury front, with Minnesota’s Dalvin Cook and Seattle’s Chris Carson going down for the year. Plus, Green Bay’s Ty Montgomery is possibly out this week as well.  

Minnesota’s Latavius Murray got all of the carries in the backfield stepping in for Cook.  He’s coming in at $4,500 which could be a nice streaming option.  

Also, keep an eye out at the injury report in Green Bay. If Montgomery is out, Aaron Jones could be in for a nice workload for $5,100. 

Another sneaky play this week could be the New York Giants’ Wayne Gallman at $3,900. The backfield is a dumpster fire, and Gallman could seize work if he is productive.   

You could also look at Indianapolis’ Donte Moncrief also at $3,900 against the San Francisco 49ers. He has the opportunity to score against a bad defense with QB Jacoby Brissett showing improvement.  

By Ryan Cearfoss

“TheCommish” @fntsyfbconnect 

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