Sharing our core plays and cheat sheet for the Week 6 2019 NFL DFS slate on FanDuel.
In this column, we’ll share 4 core plays for FanDuel on a weekly basis, as well as our cheat sheet for the week’s main slate.
As with most slates on FanDuel, I find that you should have no problem building a great lineup for the week 6 docket.
QB – Russell Wilson, SEA @ CLE, $8,000
Believe it or not, Wilson is tied with Lamar Jackson for the highest FPPG thus far in 2019 for QBs playing on the main slate this week. Even higher than Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson who saw a huge boost to his average after his week 5 explosion.
This week, one of the league’s most efficient passers takes on one of the league’s softest defensive groups to start the year. PFF ranks the Browns as the 12th worst team in terms of pass coverage, 13th in pass rush, and 4th worst overall in team defense. Moral of the story – this is a defense that is reeling to start the year and very susceptible to being beat a number of ways.
Russell is able to do damage through the air, and on the ground with his legs as well. We’ve seen him throw multiple TDs in 4/5 games this year and he’s also rushed for 20+ yards in 3/5 outings to start. Given the healthy game and team totals here, as well as a price that’s a notch lower than Jackson, Watson and Mahomes – Wilson is one of the better price-value and floor-ceiling QBs that you can feel good about on this slate.
RB – Dalvin Cook, MIN vs PHI, $8,200
I’m having a hard time fading Cook this week – especially with a price tag that’s easy to find room for and a consistent game plan that favors the run.
His touch numbers so far this year are as follows: 23, 23, 20, 20, 27. So far, he’s the only back in the league to see 20 or more touches in each of his first 5 games. That’s the kind of consistency you want out of your cash game RB1 at minimum – and it also helps drive up the ceiling for GPP purposes.
The Eagles rank 15th in run defense per PFF so far this year, but are in the bottom third of the league in tackle efficiency. Cook is averaging an elite 5.9 YPC so far through his first 92 rushing attempts, and has been doing serious damage through the air as well with at least 5 receiving targets per game in his last 3.
If not for a fumble at the goal line last week, he would have had a monster outing (likely 30+ FP) – and in a game that should be tightly contested with the edge going to MIN, I think we’re going to see yet another 20+ touch game, in a plus situation where Cook can use his elusiveness to have another big outing.
WR – Cooper Kupp, LAR vs SF, $7,800
Stat heads like me are loving what we’re getting from Cooper Kupp right now. His last 4 games have seen him eclipse the 100 yard mark, scoring 4 times in that span.
He currently leads the league in targets with 63, and has a solid catch% of 65.1%.
Even better is the fact that he’s seen 12, 15 and 17 targets in his last 3 games – with 9+ receptions in each of those tilts. He’s clearly Jared Goff’s go-to option on offense, and with Brandin Cooks banged up, I expect his targets to hold steady in the low to mid-teens.
He may not be the huge outlier in the share of air yards (26.5%) which doesn’t quite compare to an Adam Thielen or Michael Thomas (1-2 in the league), but he’s been great at creating space after the catch (5.9).
I love this game for exposure (1 of 3 with 50+ game totals) and expect LAR to lean heavily on the passing attack on home soil. Look for Kupp to be a very safe source of mid-range WR value for cash games at minimum.
TE – George Kittle, SF @ LAR, $6,500
In what you could argue for a full game stack or at least having a couple pieces of strategic exposure, Kittle is starting to look like the early round draft pick that many season long fantasy players invested in.
He came alive last week, finding the box for the first time to help propel him to a 2.7x ROI thanks to 17.8 fantasy points on 8 targets f0r a 6-70-1 line.
He ranks second behind Darren Waller in terms of team target share (25.4%) at the TE position, and holds an elite 79.3% catch%. With what should be a high-powered game for fantasy production, I like the value he brings to the table as a cheaper pivot off Travis Kelce for $6,500 on FD thanks to a high floor and ceiling that’s trending in the right direction.
CHEAT SHEET – Main Slate
Note that we update our cheat sheets on the weekend, as new continues to roll out ahead of the 1pm EST lock. Check back for updates before you finalize your teams!
$ Tier QB RB WR TE DST High Deshaun Watson (8.4k / 23.94) Ezekiel Elliott (8.5k / 16.79) Julio Jones (8.5k / 15.35) Travis Kelce (7.5k / 14.20) Cowboys (5k / 7.43) Patrick Mahomes (9.2k / 25.22) Dalvin Cook (8.2k / 18.73) Amari Cooper (8.1k / 15.77) Zach Ertz (6.6k / 10.56) Titans (4.7k / 8.64) Michael Thomas (8.2k / 16.59) George Kittle (6.5k / 11.24) Cooper Kupp (7.8k / 15.53) Medium Russell Wilson (8k / 21.97) Mark Ingram (7.5k / 15.08) Tyreek Hill (7.4k / 7.14) Gerald Everett (6k / 6.53) Saints (4k / 7.68) Lamar Jackson (8.2k / 24.57) Leonard Fournette (7.3k / 15.71) Adam Thielen (7.2k / 13.66) Austin Hooper (6.4k / 11.73) Redskins (4.2k / 7.01) Kyler Murray (7.7k / 19.99) Alvin Kamara (7.9k / 17.01) Robert Woods (7.1k / 11.08) Matt Ryan (8.1k / 21.08) Nick Chubb (7.8k / 16.89) Low Gardner Minshew (6.9k / 17.23) Tevin Coleman (5k / 9.79) Larry Fitzgerald (5.6k / 11.85) Delanie Walker (5.2k / 7.16) 49ers (3.5k / 9.07) David Johnson (6.9k / 16.51) Calvin Ridley (5.5k / 10.70) Chris Herndon (5.4k / 0.00) Jets (3.1k / 7.26) Malcolm Brown (4.8k / 13.68) Michael Gallup (6.1k / 11.86) Geoff Swaim (4.2k / 3.22) Tyler Lockett (6.3k / 13.12) D.J. Chark (6.5k / 13.51)