NFL DFS Tournament Takes: Week 5 (Fantasy Football)
Footclan, it is an absolute honor and privilege to be able to share my tournament thoughts with you on a weekly basis this season. My goal is to give you an extra resource to use when creating your lineups. I usually play one or two hand-built lineups every week and I’ve had much success in my career playing that way. Each week I’ll discuss my favorite stacks to utilize in large-field tournaments, ways to gain leverage on the field, and any other slate-specific thoughts.
In Week 3 of the 2021 NFL season, I won the Milly Maker and several other six-figure contests on DraftKings. I’ve also been to five live finals where I have competed against some of the best players in the industry. I’m so excited to be able to help you gain an advantage and win some big money this year!
We are officially a quarter of the way through the 2023 NFL season! This happens every year, but it just seems like the season is flying by and there’s no slowing it down. With four teams on bye this week we have a solid 10-game slate with still plenty to discuss, so let’s dive right into it.
In my humble opinion, it seems to be tougher to build lineups this week than any other this season. That’s mainly because there just isn’t as much value with fewer games on the slate, and DraftKings continuously adjusting pricing as the weeks go on. However, we do have two games with projected totals of 50 and above and a Miami Dolphins team that’s projected 29.5 points and favored by 12.5 points at home against the New York Giants. There are some smash spots and I’ve found some plays I really love, but a lot of these other games are going to be difficult to project from a game flow standpoint. As you know by now, I’ll start by talking about my favorite Game of the Week and then we’ll comb through the rest afterwards.
If you haven’t had the chance to yet, go check out this week’s Pace of Play and Stacks article. This game ranked highest on our GPS scale at 4.75 and looks like it could be one of the biggest shootouts we have seen this season. Dating back to last year, both teams rank inside the top five in passing attempts, and with the Vikings being a pass funnel type defense, Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce could have their best performance of the season. Now, it won’t be cheap to squeeze these guys into your lineups as Mahomes is the most expensive QB at $8,200 and Kelce is the most expensive TE at $7,600. The Chiefs’ defense was not too impressive last week against Zach Wilson, and it won’t be easier this Sunday in Minnesota. Kirk Cousins has a solid price tag at just $6,900, and while his performance against the Carolina Panthers wasn’t anything special, the game flow played a huge part in that. The Panthers had the ball for roughly 40 out of 60 minutes and the Vikings never really got it going offensively. The one exception is superstar receiver Justin Jefferson, who is off to an amazing start to his season. Jefferson currently leads the NFL in receiving yards with 543, and he’s also third in the NFL in receptions with 33. He’s worth every penny of his $9,400 price tag, but again, we’ll really need to find some value elsewhere before just jamming him in there. Jordan Addison’s $5,300 is very attractive and with his doughnut last week I think he’ll get way less attention than Jefferson. I’m not in on any of the running backs on either side of the ball here with both teams deploying a committee approach, and both offenses being pass-happy. I like TJ Hockenson at $6,500 but I think if I’m spending that much at tight end, I’ll just spend an extra $1,000 for Travis Kelce. More on this game later.