NFL DFS Core Plays for DraftKings – Week 6 2020 (10/18/2020)

Welcome to the DraftKings NFL DFS core plays column for week 6 of the 2020-2021 season.

In this post, we will be breaking down our top options and plays for DraftKings for each DFS week of the 2020-2021 NFL DFS season.

As a note, I am always going to write this article by not giving you the most expensive players at every position, but instead, four that could realistically be a core four to build around where you are able to still roster higher-priced or mid-tier options.

Core Plays

QB – Ben Roethlisberger, PIT (vs CLE) – $6,700

Before taking a deep look at the player pool this wasn’t exactly the name I was expecting to land on, but after consideration, I think Big Ben is one of the safest plays of the week who also carries a ceiling to break through his salary. Roethlisberger’s name hasn’t been one loud in fantasy circles so far this year, but he is actually having a great season with a 70% competition percentage and a 110.4 passer rating on the year. That includes 1,016 yards and ten touchdowns with only one pick. All-in-all, this equals out to averaging 21.2 fantasy points through his first four starts of the year. We saw Roethlisberger connect with new weapon Chase Claypool for three passing touchdowns and the array of Diontae Johnson (if he can stay healthy) and JuJu Smith-Schuster at his disposal this is actually an offense that can put up points rather quickly. Next up for the Steelers is a home matchup with Cleveland, a team that is ranked 30th in the NFL in passing defense with 297 yards allowed per game – also 29.8 points per game. The quarterback position this week doesn’t really have a knockout option and you can expect the ownership to be pretty spread out.

RB – James Robinson, JAX (vs DET) – $6,800

James Robinson has been one of my favorite stories of the 2020 season so far. The undrafted rookie got the start in week one and hasn’t let go of the starting job – in fact, he has probably become the second most reliable option in the offense. If you look at Robinson’s last two weeks, you won’t see an impressive fantasy number, but dissecting it a bit more we are still seeing heavy targets in the passing game and consistent carries. The kicker here is Jacksonville’s constant knack for playing from behind. Conventionally, if you are trailing by two touchdowns, running the football becomes increasingly harder. Robinson has 22 targets through five weeks and 19 receptions, all-in-all, Robinson is a very high volume running back who is kind of in a tough situation, though he is making the most of his opportunities. This week the Jaguars get a home game against the Lions, a team that they should be able to hang with. The Lions rank dead last in the NFL for rushing defense right now, allowing 170 yards per game. As long as we get 5-6 targets for Robinson and those translate to 4-or-5 receptions, the ceiling on this play is one of the highest on the slate. With DJ Chark also being questionable, Robinson may be leaned on the most he has been all season.

WR – Adam Thielen, MIN (vs ATL) – $7,300

Thielen has been targeted 23 times over the last two games and has turned that into 17 receptions for 194 yards and three touchdowns. With Dalvin Cook out for this game, the Vikings will lean on Alexander Mattison, but also should have the ball shifted around to the receivers more as I don’t believe Mattison can absorb all the work left behind by Cook. The Vikings host the Falcons this week and their 31st ranked passing defense – 31st ranked points allowed (32.2), and 31st overall defense (446/gm). They will also do it with a new head coach as Dan Quinn was fired earlier this week. This play will likely be chalky as it is in as good of a game script position as possible. Justin Jefferson is also highly viable here though we should have no issue affording Thielen and he is a near-lock core play for me this week.

TE – Jonnu Smith, TEN (vs HOU) – $5,200

Smith remains a consistent option at tight end and at a price that DraftKings refuses to raise to the level of the “elites”, despite his fantasy output matching – or exceeding them. Smith is the fifth most expensive tight end this week at $5,200, but he is the highest average fantasy points per game tight end by over 3.5 points. Smith through four games has 18 receptions for 221 yards and five touchdowns and has hit double-digit fantasy points in all of his contests. Smith has seen seven or more targets in three of his four games and a matchup with the Texans this week isn’t one to sway the ownership from me off of this play. With a position that varies heavier than the others and Mark Andrews being the only other “stud” on this slate (no Kittle, Waller, Kelce), Smith at just $5,200 is a fair price for me to get a nice floor.

About James Smizek

James is a daily fantasy sports veteran dating all the way back to his days of writing content on for contest tickets. James specializes in College Football - qualifying for the CFB World Championship in 2018, though you can find his content for NFL, NBA, MLB, and NASCAR on FantasyCruncher. James also shifted his focus to ESports during the sports shutdown - carving out his niche in League of Legends, Call of Duty, and Rocket League contests. You can find James 150 entering every mini-max under the sun. James currently resides in La Crosse Wisconsin and is a huge Wisconsin sports fan. If you have any questions you can reach out to James @iKezims on Twitter.

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