Week 5 is upon us and we now start to have a good idea of what defense to pick on. When it comes to picking a quarterback to roster in DFS, a solid strategy is to find a game with a good chance to be a shootout. Also, the quarterback on the team that is expected to loose will lead to more fantasy points because they will be throwing the ball more at the end of games.
DraftKings is running their $1.25 Million “Play Action” contest where a $3 entry could end up winning you $50k. We are breaking down the top plays on DraftKings at each position, starting with quarterbacks. So here are the high-priced, mid-priced and low-priced top plays for Week 5.
*Just to note, we will not be including Thursday night players in this write-up.
Top DraftKings high-priced plays ($7,000-$7,800)
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburg Steelers ($7,200)
A lot of players will be on Tom Brady this week in his first game back from his suspension. I still think Brady is a solid play, but I believe that Big Ben is a nice pivot because he will be lower owned. Roethlisberger is coming off his best game of the season against the Kansas City Chiefs where he put up 36.9 DraftKings fantasy points. This week he has an even better matchup against the New York Jets who rank 30th overall to opposing quarterbacks so far this season. With Le’Veon Bell’s return in the backfield, teams have to respect the run which leads to big plays down the field in the passing game.
Top DraftKings mid-priced plays ($6,000-$6,900)
Eli Manning, New York Giants ($6,000)
I know what you are thinking: “Eli Manning, really?” We all most likely have been burned by Eli in DFS at some point. He has not scored more than 19.6 fantasy points in a game yet this season. But this week will be the week since he goes up against the Green Bay Packers. The Packers defense rank 29th overall against opposing quarterbacks. In fact, Matthew Stafford and Sam Bradford have both put up their best fantasy performances of the season against the Packers. This will also be a good time to stack Manning with Odel Beckham Jr. since they should both be lower owned than other stacks.
Top DraftKings low-priced plays ($5,000-$5,900)
Ryan Fitzpatrick, New York Jets ($5,100)
Ryan Fitzpatrick matches up exactly with what I mentioned above in the opening statement. The Jets face the Steelers which means this game has the potential to be a shootout. Also, the Steelers are favored by 7 1/2 points which means Fitzpatrick will be throwing the ball quite a bit. Fitzpatrick has been up and down already this season, with his best fantasy game coming in week 2 with 24.06 DraftKings points, followed by his worst output a week later with 3.72 fantasy points. Fitzpatrick is strictly a tournament play this week for me because of his matchup and price. I will be stacking him with Brandon Marshall as well which is my sneaky stack of the week.