NFL DFS First Look at Salaries & Matchups for Week 6 (Fantasy Football)

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Every week the First Look article gives you a taste of the slate and some of the more intriguing salaries that DraftKings and FanDuel release. The goal is to identify early-week cash game considerations, as well as potential tournament plays before we piece together the stacking options. On Tuesdays, I share some of these insights on the Fantasy Footballers DFS Podcast if you want further commentary on some of the salary standouts.

Check back later in the week when Matthew Betz and I share our official DraftKings and FanDuel picks for cash and GPPs exclusively in the DFS Pass.

Here are the games for this week’s main slate* including team-implied totals (TIP) for each matchup.

*Totals are DraftKings Sportsbook as of the time of publishing.


For newcomers, the main slate for DFS includes the Sunday early (1:00 EST) and afternoon games (4:25 EST). At first glance, here are a couple of things to note:

  • Off the Main Slate: DEN, KC, BAL, TEN, NYG, BUF, DAL, LAC
  • Bye Week Teams: PIT, GB
  • With zero games above our 50-point threshold, it’s imperative to not approach this slate as business as usual.
  • We have a number of games in the 46-point range which might paralyze the field but finding which one could go off is a key task. I like SEA/CIN early in the week with the Seahawks coming off their bye and the Bengals looking like their old selves this past week.
  • Onslaught stacks (MIA & LAR) will be common ways people build this week leaning into team-implied totals over game stacks.
  • All salaries are DraftKings unless noted for FanDuel (FD).


  • While Jalen Hurts ($8200) carries the highest price tag, his former Alabama teammate Tua Tagovailoa ($7600) is cheaper but carries the highest team-implied total of the week at home against a winless Carolina Panthers team. Dolphins onslaught stacks are getting more and more expensive but on a team that specializes in chunk plays, maybe it’s still too cheap.
  • Justin Fields ($7300) went from “is he going to be this team’s starting QB” to “oh yeah that’s why he can be a fantasy cheat code” in a matter of two weeks. At home against a Vikings team that is allowing a 77% completion rate and the 5th most passing TDs in the league. Last year Fields started his run of incredible play against these Vikings as the team shifted toward giving him more designed runs.

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