DRAFT Daily Fantasy Football Helper: Week 6
Just because the NFL season is underway doesn't mean you can't enjoy fantasy football drafts.
Over at DRAFT.com, you can get the experience of a fantasy draft while building your daily fantasy rosters, and the format is quite simple.
You roster one quarterback, two running backs, and two wide receiver/tight ends while drafting against opponents in real-time. That means the typical "value" aspect of daily fantasy is different, as you're not worrying about salary cap and instead just playing your opponents for your preferred picks of the week.
What stands out for Week 6's main slate?
When considering running backs in the DRAFT format, you are required to draft two, but the difference between the top options and the next grouping can be a big drop-off.
Our projections have only two running backs projected for 19.0 points or more, while the third running back is projected for 18.8 fantasy points. This might not seem massive, but in fantasy football or DFS, every point matters. In your head-to-head matches, you will 100% be grabbing at least one of these top running backs, but as you move on to 4-Person, 6-Person, and 10-person DRAFTS, things can change dramatically.
Let's take a look at a few players by tiers, so you can get a clear picture of where you should be targeting each player.
1. Dalvin Cook (RB1) - Cook comes in as our highest projected running back this week, simply because Christian McCaffrey isn't on the main slate. Cook has been amazing in his own right this season, as he has rushed for over 100 yards in four of his five games, totaling five touchdowns along the way. We have him going for nearly 25 total touches against the Philadelphia Eagles.
2. Ezekiel Elliott (RB2) - The Dallas Cowboys have hit a rough patch of games, but find themselves as -7.5-point road favorites against the New York Jets. If Dallas is able to get a lead and control the clock, Elliott will be in for a bunch of carries, which is what we want to see, as the Jets are allowing 21.4 FanDuel points per game to running backs this season.
3. Alvin Kamara (RB3) - A 44.0 over/under seems a bit low for a New Orleans Saints' game, but they are one-point road dogs against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The over/under isn't super-high, but a close spread should keep this game close, thus meaning more Kamara. Running backs have been destroying the Jaguars defense this season, averaging 25.4 FanDuel points against them, the sixth-worst in the league. Plenty of upside for Kamara in this matchup.
4. Nick Chubb (RB4) - Chubb has now posted over 90 combined yards in four straight games, which is right where we have him projected yet again this week. Chubb and the Cleveland Browns are facing off against the Seattle Seahawks, who are allowing 20.0 FanDuel points per game to running backs this season. If the Browns fall behind, they will likely need to pass the ball, which is good for Chubb, as he has four or more targets in four of five games this season.
5. Le'Veon Bell (RB5) - Bell hasn't been amazing this season by any means and hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 1. Hopefully, that can change this week with Sam Darnold back for the New York Jets, which should provide an overall boost for the offense. As 7.5-point home underdogs, the Jets should turn to the passing game, where Bell has racked up nine or more targets in three of his four games this season.
6. Leonard Fournette (RB6) - Fournette is averaging 19 carries per game this season but has somehow managed on a single touchdown. The usage within the offense is very encouraging but the matchup against the New Orleans Saints -- only allowing 16.5 FanDuel points -- is not. So Fournette is a clear tier-two play this week.
7. Mark Ingram (RB9) - The matchup for Ingram is fantastic against the Cincinnati Bengals, who are allowing the absolute most FanDuel points per game to running backs this season. The game script is great for Ingram as a 12-point home favorite. What's not great? His usage. Only averaging 14.8 carries this game can limit his potential to score despite having everything else going for him.
8. Chris Carson (RB10) - Back-to-back 100-yard games for Carson but no touchdowns. The usage is what we are looking for, as the consistency in the offense is a key for fantasy points. The Cleveland Browns are allowing 23 FanDuel points per game to running backs this season -- which is horrible -- but Carson has been on the injury report this week, so take note on that.
9. Kenyan Drake (RB13) - By no means is Drake a 'safe' play, but he is playing the Washington Redskins, so he has to be able to score, right? We have Drake going for 12.5 FanDuel points this week and is truly only an option in deeper DRAFTS. The matchup is good on paper, but this game stinks.
1. Tyreek Hill (WR1) - The reports this week are stating that Hill could be on his way back to the Kansas City Chiefs lineup. He is our highest projected receiver -- if he does play -- which shouldn't be a surprise considering this game has an over/under at 55.0, which is the highest on the slate.
2. Cooper Kupp (WR2) - Kupp has nine or more targets in every game this season and over 100 yards in four straight. He is pretty, pretty good at football, and an even better fantasy wide receiver. An over/under at 50.5 this week versus the San Francisco 49ers should make him an auto-pick.
3. DeAndre Hopkins (WR3) - Last week, Deshaun Watson had over 400 yards and five passing touchdowns. Hopkins finished with under 100 yards and no touchdowns. We all know Will Fuller went crazy last week, so hopefully, it's Hopkins time to shine this week against the Kansas City Chiefs in a game with a 55.0 over/under.
4. Julio Jones (WR4) - Jones is coming off of two lackluster games, where he finished with fewer than 100 yards combined on only seven receptions. That isn't the production we want to see out of an elite wide receiver, but he has a chance to redeem himself this week versus the Arizona Cardinals, who are allowing 28.9 FanDuel points per game to wide receivers.
5. Michael Thomas (WR5) - Not sure if this is fully known yet, but the Jacksonville Jaguars aren't good on defense this season. They are allowing 30.7 FanDuel points per game to wide receivers, which is the 11th worst in the league. Averaging 11 targets per game should continue to make him one of the more consistent options at receiver.
6. Robert Woods (WR6) - Los Angeles Rams' receiver Brandin Cooks is dealing with a concussion and was limited in practice on Thursday. If Cooks doesn't play, that should boost Woods with more targets, something you want to capitalize on when the over/under is set at 50.5 versus the San Francisco 49ers.
7. Odell Beckham (WR7) - Beckham owns a 26% market share of targets for the Cleveland Browns, but that has only translated to 10 receptions and 103 yards over the last three weeks combined. That is not what you want to see if you have been rostering him, but with a 14.0 projection against the Seattle Seahawks, he is in play this week.
8. Tyler Boyd (WR8) - A monster 10 reception, 123-yard, and one touchdown performance is what we saw from Boyd last week. He is now up against the Baltimore Ravens, who are dealing with some injuries in their secondary, which just got torched by Jarvis Landry a few weeks ago.
9. Tyler Lockett (WR10) - Lockett has 10 or more targets in two games this season and four or fewer in the other three. A higher variance option at wide receiver, but worth a look this week in deeper DRAFTS only.
We all know you should be prioritizing elite running backs and receivers overtaking a quarterback in season-long fantasy, and that should be the same here. This week, there are five quarterbacks who we have projected to score from 20.3 to 23.9 FanDuel points, and another three projected at 18.4 to 19.7. At a certain point, it can be splitting hairs and essentially comes down to personal preference, but know that you will be in a good spot at quarterback this week.
1. Patrick Mahomes (QB1) - Mahomes is back on the main slate which means he is the highest projected quarterback. This shouldn't come as a surprise, as he is up against the Houston Texans, who are allowing the ninth most FanDuel points per game to quarterbacks. Oh yeah, this game has an over/under of 55.0 this week, DRAFT HIM.
2. Lamar Jackson (QB2) - Jackson is just one point behind Mahomes in our projection even though the Cincinnati Bengals are tied with the Texans for FanDuel points allowed to quarterbacks. Jackson is just a bit lower since this game has an over/under at only 47.0.
3. Deshaun Watson (QB3) - We all know what Watson did last week with over 400 yards and five touchdowns, but can he come close to that against the Kansas City Chiefs? At a 21.0 projection, Watson is actually 0.3 lower than Ryan, but the game script and over/under are more favorable for Watson. High floor and high upside for him.
4. Matt Ryan (QB4) - Ryan has passed for over 300 yards in every single game this season. Facts only. He is averaging 44.4 pass attempts per game, which is the third-most in the league and essentially locks him in for fantasy points. Up against the Arizona Cardinals this week, with an over/under of 51.0 should have plenty of people looking this way for fantasy value.
5. Jared Goff (QB5) - Is Goff a good quarterback? Is he just a system quarterback? I don't know those answers, but at least he is consistent. A low of 16 FanDuel points and a high of 23 FanDuel points makes him easy to project as a clear tier-two option week in and week out.
6. Kyler Murray (QB6) - Murray is the QB7 right now in season-long scoring and hasn't passed for a touchdown in three of his five games. He has rushing touchdowns in back-to-back weeks which helps boost his floor of points. He should be a relatively safe option this week versus the Atlanta Falcons, who are allowing the second-most FanDuel points per game to quarterbacks this season.
7. Russell Wilson (QB7) - I'm not sure there is ever a week where Wilson won't be a good fantasy option at quarterback. He has multiple passing touchdowns in four of his five games this season and is set to face off against a Browns' team who look lost the last few weeks.
8. Dak Prescott (QB8) - The Dallas Cowboys haven't looked great over the last two weeks but still find themselves as -7.5-point road favorites against the New York Jets. If Dallas gets ahead in this game -- which is likely -- Dak won't need to push the ball downfield, which puts him clearly in tier-three this week.
9. Gardner Minshew (QB9) - The New Orleans Saints are allowing the third-most FanDuel points per game to quarterbacks this season, putting Minshew Mania in a good spot. A lower over/under in this game isn't great, but in deeper DRAFTS, the connection to D.J. Chark has massive upside.