Top NFL Week 5 Cash Plays for FanDuel and DraftKings

Call it what you like: cash plays, locks, chalk… These are some names that should definitely be on your radar for week 5.

Rather than list the players we like on DraftKings today, and then write a separate article with the same players for FanDuel tomorrow, we are going to reorganize our weekly lineup articles into a combined cash/tournament article.

Today will be the cash player article, these include more of the chalkier/lock picks, and tomorrow’s tournament article will focus more on sleepers and off the radar players that will likely have lower ownership this week.

As always, these picks are for the main Sunday only slate. We will have a Monday-Thursday article publish prior to the start of the Sunday games if you are looking for picks for the Monday night game.

Top Week 5 Cash QB Plays

PlayerOpponentDraftKings PriceFanDuel Price
Aaron RodgersDallas$8,100$9,500
Brian HoyerIndianapolis$4,700$6,500

Our favorite cash game quarterbacks for this week are Aaron Rodgers and Brian Hoyer. Even with Adams and possibly Montgomery out this week, Rodgers clearly has the highest ceiling of the quarterbacks active in this slate. Dallas has all sorts of personnel issues in it’s secondary, and isn’t generating enough of a pass rush to hide them this season. Whether it’s Nelson, Cobb, Bennett, or Allison, Rodgers still has plenty of weapons to pick apart this Dallas defense.

Brian Hoyer has somewhat unsurprisingly struggled through the first month of the season. He has had a few things working against him, road games against division opponents Seattle and Arizona were always going to be tough. He shredded the Rams, but struggled in the opener at home in a game against the league’s 4th overall defense in Carolina. Indy is about as cupcake of a matchup as the 49ers could hope for, they are one of the one or two worst defenses in the NFL, and we expect Shanahan to have a game plan ready to get Hoyer to 275 yards with a 3/1 TD/Int ratio.


Top Week 5 Cash RB Plays

PlayerOpponentDraftKings PriceFanDuel Price
Le’Veon BellJacksonville$9,500$9,500
Carlos HydeIndianapolis$6,900$7,200
Bilal PowellBrowns$6,100$6,600

As always, it’s all about matchups at the running back position again this week. Le’Veon Bell is clearly going to be way overowned in a matchup with the Jags this week. Jacksonville gives up more rushing yards per game than any team in the NFL and Bell is coming off his best game of the season.

Hyde’s 3 down and goal line workload in Kyle Shanahan’s offense will make him a safe cash play most weeks this season. He’s especially intriguing in an indoor, road matchup with an opponent that is currently giving up a league high 34 PPG.

Bilal Powell with Matt Forte out is fantasy gold. Granted he faced the Jaguars last week, but his 190 yards on 25 touches was impressive. I think 4/27 is his floor when he is the lead back in this offense. The Jets should be able to score against the Browns, who are allowing 27 PPG (4th highest in NFL).


Top Week 5 Cash WR Plays

PlayerOpponentDraftKings PriceFanDuel Price
Jordy NelsonDallas$8,100$8,600
DeVonte ParkerTennessee$6,600$6,100
Golden TatePanthers$6,300$6,700
Pierre GarconIndianapolis$6,100$6,700

I like both Nelson and Bryant in the Green Bay/Dallas game, but would certainly lean towards Jordy who is coming off back-to-back multi-touchdown games and should receive added targets with Adams out this week.

We are fully in on the DeVonte Parker bandwagon and wouldn’t be quite so quick to give up on Adam Gase and this Dolphins offense. It hasn’t been pretty, but let’s keep in mind that this team is yet to play a home game and is playing with a QB that was a fat announcer less than two months ago. Parker is a top 10 talent in this league, and the Dolphins continue to make him the focal point of this passing game. They also play the Titans who have given up 275 passing YPG with a 11/3 TD/INT ratio.

Stafford and Tate should be on your radar any time the Lions play at home. Tate reached 3x value in each of his first two home games, and saw his price drop or remain flat off from a tough matchup with the Vikings. While the Panthers defensive numbers look okay on paper, keep in mind they opened with the 49ers and Bills and have given up 32 PPG over the past two weeks.

Garcon is the third 49ers player to make this list, but again, you can expect that when they face a defense that is giving up 34 PPG. The 49ers don’t have many options beyond Garcon in the receiving game… Goodwin can stretch the field, I love Kittle’s upside, but that is it. If the 49ers are going to get to their Vegas total, it will take a big day from Garcon.


Top Week 5 Cash TE Plays

PlayerOpponentFanDuel PriceDraftKings Price
Benjamin WatsonOakland$3,600$5,100
Charles ClayCincinnati$4,800$5,700

This has to be the worst slate of tight ends I have seen in quite some time. Generally when a position is this bad, we would expect to see a decent amount of puts. If that is a strategy you are considering, I like George Kittle, Eric Ebron, and Julius Thomas.

If, however, you are looking to spend at the TE position, I would consider Ben Watson, Charles Clay, Evan Engram, or Martellus Bennett. Looking at Watson and Clay, both guys have fairly average matchups, but are slowly becoming their quarterback’s go-to pass catcher.

We know the Ravens run a tight end heavy offense, maybe the third most TE-friendly system in the league. Eventually the elite Joe Flacco will start to come around and everyone’s numbers in this offense will jump up. Watson has averaged just under 3x value over his last three, so any improvement at all would result in the 50 year old tight end jumping up into the position’s top 10.

Clay and McCoy are the Bills passing game. They had a legitimate number one receiver, but didn’t want one, and gave him away for almost literally nothing. With Matthews now out, and nothing behind him on the WR depth chart, Clay could and should see double-digit targets for the remainder of the season.

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Written by Chris Lollis

Chris is the lead researcher and writer for The Daily Audible. He has a decade of experience in sports gambling, handicapping, daily fantasy sports, scouting, and analysis.

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