Taking A Look At 10, Non-Chalk Players You Could Use In Large DFS Tournaments For Week 5
I will list 30ish players that I am using as core players to make up my rosters for tournaments. These aren’t full roster giveaways, but instead, giving you a carefully curated spectrum of players that I think would make good tournament plays, that you can integrate into creating your rosters.
I’ll list twenty or so chalk players, and then ten players who I think would make good, non-chalk tournament plays.
*Disclaimer-These articles sometimes take up to 24 hours to publish. Please check the official starting statuses via social media, sports websites, or pregame shows, for the players you are rostering, as players sit/start, at a moments notice due to injuries, etc. and thus can substantially affect/wreck your roster.*
The picks below are specifically for DFS large tournament rosters, Sunday Main Slates, but can be inserted into cash lineups, as well, if needed. They are in no particular order of preference.
Deshaun Watson: Both Hopkins and Fuller have excellent matchups against a generous Atlanta defense
Matt Ryan: Always in play to get 300 yards. ATL/HOU could turn into a complete shoot-out.
Carson Wentz: This game has blowout potential as the Jets roll-out their 3rd string QB, one more time.
Andy Dalton: Another game with shoot-out potential as the fast-paced Cardinals come to town.
DFS Tournament Plays:
Kyler Murray: I’ve had this date circled on my calendar for a while. I expect a breakout performance from Murray. Fitzgerald/DJ additional stack could pay off.
Jameis Winston: Both Godwin and Evans are projected to have 80+yard games.
Kirk Cousins: Most very good fantasy QBs have a top 12 QB performance about 60% of the time…Cousins is not very good (he had a top 12 game about 40% of the time, last year). If Cousins is going to have a great game, it would have to come now, vs. the Giants defense. Both Thielen and Diggs are pissed off…the Vikings might target one, or both (Diggs is the most unhappy, with rumors of him wanting a trade swirling this week). Cousins will be risky, fairly cheap, and barely owned.
One of the top ways to win these tournaments, from winning rosters I’ve seen, is to go with three stud RBs. RBs who get both rushing and receiving yards. It’ll cost you, and keep you from having a stable of stud WRs, but RBs are more consistent in hitting near their projections than WRs seem to be.
Christian McCaffrey: Always chalky, always able to do some damage/put up huge #s.
Dalvin Cook: Like Cousins, he is playing the hapless Giants. The Vikings have been more than happy to feed Cook and let him win games for them. This game is set-up for him to have huge numbers.
Ezekiel Elliott: Elliot is projected by Vegas to 114 yards (rushing+rec). The Packers D has been off-and-on good vs. the run, this season. Some risk here, but Elliott is a weekly stud.
Alvin Kamara: Like Elliott, Kamara is facing a D that’s been pretty good vs. the run. Kamara could get 8-10 receptions though, making him chalk here.
Leonard Fournette: Coming off a game where he smashed the Denver Broncos D for over 200 yards, Fournette is set to rip up the Panthers.
David Johnson: Good matchup vs. the Bengals. Quietly projected for over 100 total yards, his value is all over the charts. Depending on what DFS site you play, but chalk everywhere.
DFS Tournament Plays
Mark Ingram: He’s always producing, and always under-owned. I’m leaving him here until he more than 3%-5% owned.
Joe Mixon: Projected by Vegas to have the 6th best stats for RBs. He’s not going to be owned anywhere near the top 6 RBs by %. I put him in all my Thurs-Monday lineups and haven’t budged on him, all week.
Sony Michel: Michel has been probably one of the biggest fantasy disappointments this season. When Michel faced off vs. the Dolphins, he has the potential for big #s. Wayne Gallman ripped up the Redskins last week.
Derrick Henry: His Vegas projection of 80 rushing yards surprised me a bit. This game will probably be a low scoring game (over/under is 39 points), but Henry could score 1-2 TDs
I should throw-in either Melvin Gordon or Austin Ekeler, but I’m off of both this week. Not sure how the split is going to end up, as far as carries go. Broncos are obviously bad vs. the run, so one of those guys could do phenomenal. With two backup tackles playing for the Chargers and the uncertainty of how many carries each guy gets, I’m staying away.
DeAndre Hopkins: Stellar matchup and will be a highly owned stack with Watson.
Keenan Allen: Another week where he’s projected for mega yards.
Michael Thomas: As good as Tampa Bay has been against RBs, they’ve been bad vs. WRs. Thomas is a stud, that won’t be slowed down by a porous Buccaneers defense.
Auden Tate: John Ross went to the IR this week for the Bengals. In comes Auden Tate to be the #2 WR. Tate has had pretty decent stats, the last two weeks as the #3WR, so now he’ll see more targets but is going to be dirt cheap across all DFS sites.
Tyler Boyd: The Cardinals have given up 10 receiving TDs this year. Boyd will get a ton of targets in a fast-paced game.
Larry Fitzgerald: Just like Tate+Boyd, Fitzgerald is going to see a ton of targets, as he has all year, in a game that will go back and forth.
Will Fuller: Seems to be the other part of the Watson/Hopkins stack, and a popular one at that. You could pivot to Coutee, and save some $ to use elsewhere. Ex: I had to choose between Lindsay/Fuller as part of one Watson stack or Coutee/Henry instead. Hard to trust Coutee since he hasn’t done anything all season.
DFS Tournament Plays:
Marquise Brown: Stack him with Lamar Jackson. Brown seems to always be in my DFS tournament plays, but he has that kind of upside. Although, he’s been very hit or miss so far this season. There is some definite high-risk/high-reward with rostering Brown.
Chris Godwin & Mike Evans: Both players are projected to be low-owned, despite Vegas projections of over 80+yards receiving for both of them. Saints D is a popular sleeper pick for this week, but Evans and Godwin are too talented, and the Saints D has been giving up 391 yards/game. If you’re only playing one, Godwin will be higher owned than Evans. Evans has a better CB matchup.
Stefon Diggs & Adam Thielen: Thielen is borderline chalk, but Diggs is projected for about half of Thielen’s ownership. Both players have great matchups vs. a terrible Giants defense that was carved up by Tampa Bay in Week 3. The entire Vikings passing game has something to prove.
Zach Ertz: Ertz is the best TE this week, as Kittle+Kelce have Sunday Night & Monday Night games. He’ll be highly owned.
Evan Engram: No matter who the Giants QB is, they depend on Engram. Lots of targets are coming his way. Engram’s projection is for 63 yards and 5 catches.
Darren Waller: Waller has been killing it all season and has been one of the more consistent TEs. This week he does not have a great matchup vs the Bears. Waller is 4th in the NFL for receptions and the Raiders will certainly continue to look his way.
DFS Tournament Plays:
It’s probably a week to spend down at TE since Ertz, Engram, and Waller all have so-so matchups.
Greg Olsen: Olsen gets a ton of targets, and has been a red-zone target for the Panthers.
Austin Hooper: Matt Ryan spreads the ball around, but Hooper has been one of his favorite targets this year. Hooper has better stats than Ertz so far this season. He’s currently 7th in the NFL for receptions.
Hopefully, this helps with some of your DFS decisions this week. Good luck!
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