FanDuel GPP Picks Week 5
Thank goodness for fantasy football. Without it, I might actually have to face how awful my 1-3 Panthers have been or the fact that a hurricane is currently barreling towards my state. Instead, I get to bury all that negativity somewhere in my subconscious if only for a moment and focus on things that make me happy like setting Week 5 FanDuel lineups. As I do every week, I reached out to a few of my fellow writers and together we came up with a list of players that we believe are undervalued this week. They are the types of picks that can be difference makers in larger GPP tournaments where finding players that can outperform their costs is key. Before we get started I want to acknowledge Ben Cummins’ pick of Steve Smith who had a monster game as well as Keaton Denlay’s Hunter Henry pick. These are exactly what we’re shooting for every week, and with that in mind here is what we came up with for Week 5.
WR Robert Woods @ LA, $5,300
Robert Woods is the new #1 WR in Buffalo now with Sammy Watkins on IR. In his first game as the top option last week he saw 10 targets and grabbed 7 balls for 89 yards. This week he gets a Rams defense giving up the 10th most passing yards so far this season. If you need a cheap WR to round out your team, Woods could be your guy.
–Ben Cummins, @BenCumminsFF
QB Brian Hoyer @ IND, $6,000
With news coming from the Bears base camp that even if healthy, Jay Cutler would likely not get the start over Brian Hoyer is music to anyone’s ears this week against a very broken Colts defense and one of the most injured and worst secondaries in the league. Add in a surging Eddie Royal replacing an injured Kevin White and another week for Alshon Jeffery to heal, and we got us a matchup made in heaven for you to throw a dart at in a Week 5.
–Brandon Sanders, @brandontsanders
RB Bilal Powell @ PIT, $5,100.00
I’ll take a shot on Bilal Powell at that price range for a cheap GPP play. Last week he looked good rushing four times for 26 yards while catching six of nine targets for 54 receiving yards. He also outsnapped Matt Forte last week and definitely could be utilized in the passing game if Pittsburgh gets out to an early lead. Monitor Forte’s situation as it should be updated later this week.
–Kyle Borgognoni, @kyle_borg
WR Sammie Coates vs NYJ, $5,300
What’s that you hear in the distance? Oh yeah, it’s the Sammie Coates hype train from the offseason. Last Sunday, Coates lead the Steelers in targets with 8, catching 6 for 79 yards. He’s second on the team in targets, yards, and receptions for receivers. It’s becoming clear that Coates is emerging as the No. 2 receiver on this high powered, passing offense. The New York Jets have given up the 6th most passing yards this season and have given up the most yards per attempt. Coates could easily take advantage of the Jets’ struggle to defend the deep ball.
–Nick Martinez-Esquibel, @THENickMartinez
WR Eddie Royal @IND, $5700
Yes, I’m aware I took the softball this week. Coming off a huge Week 4 where he caught all 7 of his targets Royal is sure to be a hot waiver add and heavily owned in DFS. Anytime I make pick like this where I’m betting with the masses it’s because I feel very confident that he’s going to outperform his value and I don’t want to miss out on it. The reasons are fairly obvious, great matchup, great opportunity with injuries in front of him, and it doesn’t hurt that he’s highly talented. He’s been plagued by injury, never had a 1000 yard season, and has only managed to stay on the field for 16 games twice going into his 9th season. However, when he’s been healthy he’s always been a force to be reckoned with and so far in 2016 he’s looked as quick and elusive as ever. I expect big things this week.
–Travis Strickland, @DFF_Travis