Week 6 NFL FanDuel Salary Movers
Things can change quickly in fantasy football. To quote Ferris Bueller -- "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."
We're here to "look around" and make sure we don't miss any week-to-week salary changes that could pay dividends on FanDuel.
Maybe a player had an outlier performance and saw their salary rise too high, making them a sub-optimal play. Perhaps a player saw an increase in their role but played on Monday night after salaries for the following week's slate already came out, and therefore they haven't been priced accordingly.
This week's article will take a look at which players' salaries have changed the most from Week 5 to Week 6.
Now that you're ready, let's get to it!
Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns
Week 5 Salary: $7,900
Week 6 Salary: $7,400
The 2018 Cleveland Browns started 2-5-1 under Hue Jackson before moving on and naming defensive coordinator Gregg Williams interim head coach in Week 9. Freddie Kitchens was promoted from running backs coach to offensive coordinator, and under Kitchens, Baker Mayfield flourished. In the final eight games under his new coordinator, Mayfield passed for over 2,200 yards and 19 touchdowns. He finished runner-up in rookie of the year voting, and with Kitchens taking over as head coach this offseason, it seemed this offense was trending in the right direction.
However, through five weeks the Browns are numberFire's 29th-ranked offense.
It didn't get any better on Monday Night as Mayfield and the Browns were rocked by the San Francisco 49ers, 31-3. Under constant duress, Mayfield completed just 8 of 22 passes for 100 yards and two interceptions. He also fumbled twice and was a goose-egg in your FanDuel lineups. The Browns' offense seems stuck in neutral as Baker has yet to throw multiple touchdown in a game this year, a feat he achieved nine times in 2018. On a short week, the Browns receive a visit from the Seattle Seahawks as 1.5 point home dogs. Recency bias from a poor showing, plus the overall ineptitude of the passing offense is enough to keep Mayfield off your DFS radar this week despite the savings.
Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals
Week 5 Salary: $7,100
Week 6 Salary: $6,400
Joe Mixon makes the top of the salary movers list at running back for the second time this season, down $700 for Week 6 despite a good outing against the Arizona Cardinals. Mixon rushed 19 times for 93 yards and caught his lone target for 16 yards. He eclipsed double-digit FanDuel points again after just an eight-point outing against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Next up for MIxon and the Bengals is divisional foe Baltimore Ravens, who held James Conner in check last Sunday, limiting him to just 55 yards. Mixon has yet to find the end zone on the ground this season, and Cincinnati's red zone trends, almost 2-to-1 passing over rushing, do not paint a bright outlook.
The Bengals have the lowest implied team total (17.75) on the slate and should be facing negative game script as 12.0-point underdogs. If you need to save money at running back, Damien Williams offers a similar projection in what should be a high-scoring battle between the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans.
Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams
Week 5 Salary: $6,800
Week 6 Salary: $7,800
He received a $1,000 bump after last Thursday's loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Brandin Cooks was lost during the game to a concussion, allowing Kupp to dominate the targets. He secured 9 of those 17 targets for 117 yards and a touchdown for 22.2 FanDuel points. Kupp has topped the 20-point line in each of the past three games and looks to continue the trend against the San Francisco 49ers in a game with a 50.5-point over/under.
Cooks is still in the concussion protocol and is listed as questionable for Sunday. Keep an eye on his status as additional targets could be up for grabs again. Despite the salary adjustment, there's no reason to fade Kupp even as the fifth-highest priced wide receiver on the slate. His projection of 15.0 FanDuel points is right at the top.
Gerald Everett, Los Angeles Rams
Week 5 Salary: $5,100
Week 6 Salary: $6,000
I try to avoid using two players from the same team in this space but felt it was warranted this week. As I touched on in the above section, the loss of Cooks opened up more opportunities for the other Rams pass catchers. Kupp had his night, but Gerald Everett has also become an integral part of the Rams' passing attack in the last two games. He's caught 12 of his 19 targets for 180 yards and a touchdown in that span, scoring 12.9 and 17.1 FanDuel points and providing a big boost to your lineups without paying up at the position.
Is Everett rounding into a Jordan Reed-like role for the Rams under McVay? Reed's target share was between 17 and 24 percent from 2014 to 2016 seasons. The Rams' group of pass catchers is certainly better than what McVay had to work with in Washington. Still, he's at a 12 percent target market share on the season, and there's no doubt his role is increasing. If Cooks is a no-go, look for the upward trend in Everett's usage to continue in a game in which the Rams have the third-highest implied team total (27) on the slate.