How was your Week 5 in NFL DFS? Mine was devastated by injuries a case of close but no cigar as I finished with just 103.02 points with over half of the team landing the dreaded frost symbol. I lost both Daniel Jones and Kenny Golladay to injury before they could make any impact, with Laviska Shenault (6.8 points), A.J. Green (2.3 points) and Zach Ertz (1.7 points) also all failing to make any impact. Despite the disappointment, that’s the great thing about DFS in that its a brand new week and we can get back in the money by nailing the Week 6 lineup. I’ve selected my best DraftKings NFL DFS lineup for the Week 6 Sunday slate of games, breaking down my reasoning for selecting those players and hopefully helping you with your DFS selections for the week ahead.
Note: I’m setting my lineup based on the standard nine player, $50k salary cap setup for the Sunday slate of games, excluding Sunday Night Football.
Quarterback: Lamar Jackson vs Los Angeles Chargers ($7,400)
I start my lineup with the player coming off one of the best performances of his career, where he broke the Ravens’ record for passing yards, as well as breaking the record for the highest completion percentage of anyone attempting 40 or more passes. I’m looking for Jackson to keep it rolling against a Chargers defense that allowed 42 points last week and get my lineup off to a great start.
Running Back: Jonathan Taylor vs Houston Texans ($6,600)
This feels like a steal from a value perspective this week, with Taylor coming off his best game of the year so far last week (34.9 points) and faces this week the lowest rated run defense per my NEFF ratings in the Texans. Love this play and I’m feeling confident Taylor will continue to produce RB1 numbers this week.
Running Back: Kareem Hunt vs Arizona Cardinals ($6,200)
The lowest of low hanging fruit this week with Nick Chubb out. Hunt has been producing at a high level even with Chubb on the field, and is currently the RB6 in fantasy and is out producing his team mate (Chubb is the RB11). With additional touches coming his way this week, we could easily see Hunt as the RB1 in fantasy this week.
Wide Receiver: Ja’Marr Chase @ Detroit Lions ($6,700)
Chase is going from strength to strength in his rookie season, and this week faces a brilliant match up against a bottom five pass defense in the Lions. This feels like more incredible value and I had to have Chase in my lineup this week.
Wide Receiver: Marquise Brown vs Los Angeles Chargers ($5,900)
Brown is flying at the current WR6 in fantasy and pairing him with the in-form Lamar Jackson was a no brainer for me. Brown looks to have found the consistency he’d been missing in his first couple of seasons, and coupled with his ability to boom in any given week with his big play ability, he’s a must start this week.
Wide Receiver: Michael Pittman Jr. vs Houston Texans ($5,500)
Pittman is on the verge of a real breakout season and facing a below average Texans pass defense, should be able to continue his strong form. Pittman is the target hog in a Colts’ offense that made some real strides against the Ravens on MNF, and should push on again in this AFC south matchup.
Tight End: Mark Andrews vs Los Angeles Chargers ($5,200)
Mark Andrews looks to be back to the form we saw in 2019 and saw an incredible 13 targets on MNF, catching 2 touchdowns and a pair of 2-point conversions in the Ravens’ win over the Colts. At $1,400 cheaper than Darren Waller and $1,800 cheaper than Travis Kelce, Andrews is going to be a popular play this week but one I don’t feel I can turn down this week.
Flex: Chris Moore @ Indianapolis Colts ($3,100)
I need a value play and so I’m taking a punt on Moore who made the most of his opportunity last week, turning his 5 targets against the Patriots into 109 yards and touchdown. As I’ve mentioned, the Colts’ offense is improving and therefore we should see another volume passing day from Davis Mills and hopefully another big day from Moore who should hopefully see a target increase after last week’s performance.
D/ST: Cincinnati Bengals @ Detroit Lions ($3,400)
I’m back to the same well this week, picking against a Lions offense that I have rated in the bottom 10 per my NEFF ratings. As the current D/ST13, the Bengals have been a sneaky good defense so far in 2021 and have a good balance of upside and value to round out my Week 6 lineup.
Who are you rostering in your DFS lineups this week?