Top Week 5 Tournament Plays for FanDuel and DraftKings

Here are some of the top names that should be on your radar for FanDuel and DraftKings’ NFL week 5 contests.

Week 5 is here which means a few things in daily fantasy: first, bye weeks are here, so we get slightly smaller slates. Second, we finally have a full month of data to work with . This includes a variety of matchups for each team, so we have an idea of what players are matchup dependent and how each team is going to gameplan in certain situations. Lastly, we will have a portion of the community that complete writes off players that aren’t living up to their preseason hype, and a portion that are chasing ‘breakout games’ from guys like Doug Baldwin, Isaiah Crowell, Joe Mixon, DeMarco Murray, etc…

I like to approach each player with an open mind. For example: Marvin Jones makes our article this week. This is a guy that looked uncoverable in the preseason, but has seen just 17 targets through four weeks. Most DFS guys are likely writing him off, but dig just a little deeper and you see the corners he has faced this season: Patterson, Rogers-Cromartie, Trufant, and Rhodes. It gets no worse. Carolina lacks talent in the secondary, he should shred them this week, and his lack of production through the first month will keep his ownership down.

Below are our favorite FanDuel and DraftKingstournament plays for week 5 contests. If you haven’t already found it, click here for our cash game article.

Top Week 5 Tournament QB Plays

PlayerOpponentDraftKings PriceFanDuel Price
Matt StaffordCarolina$6,300$7,600
Brian HoyerIndianapolis$4,700$6,500

Through the first 4 weeks of the season, the Lions have faced four of the top defenses in the NFL. While the Panthers defensive numbers look respectable on paper, they started the season with the 49ers in their first game under Shanahan, and the Bills. Since they have given up 32 PPG over their last two, and travel to Detroit where Stafford is virtually unstoppable. He makes a solid cash game stack with Tate, but we really like Stafford/Jones this week as well.

Brian Hoyer is the rare player that made both our cash and tournament article this week. No, we don’t love the player so much that he has to be in both articles, but we do love the direction the 49ers offense is trending and the matchup. The Colts come into this game allowing an NFL worst 34 PPG. As one of the cheapest quarterbacks on both FanDuel and DraftKings, he is just about a value lock this week.

Top Week 5 Tournament RB Plays

PlayerOpponentDraftKings PriceFanDuel Price
Ty MontgomeryDallas$7,400$7,500
Jay AjayiTennessee$6,600$7,300
Christian McCaffreyDetroit$5,700$6,200

If Ty Montgomery is healthy and able to play this week, he is in a must start spot. We know Adams will be out, opening up an even bigger role for the PPR-monster back, and he faces a defense that has been helpless against pass catching backs. Dallas and Atlanta are the only two teams in the league giving up over 10 receptions per game to opposing backs, but it’s by scheme in Atlanta and the result of a personnel issue in Dallas. If he is healthy, his ownership rate should be down due to the questionable tag.

Another guy that should see his ownership dip dramatically this week is Jay Ajayi. He struggled to get going in two dream matchups over the past two weeks, and has a rough matchup with Tennessee this week. That being said, this is his first game at home, looks healthy finally, and is in line for a massive workload after being underutilized in back-to-back losses.

We aren’t totally convinced that the Panthers know what they are doing offensively, but it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to find the weak part of this Lions defense. They give up nothing to the power running game, but have a thin linebacker core that can’t cover anyone. They are currently allowing opposing backs to go for 60 receiving yards per game, and that’s with David Johnson getting hurt, Dalvin Cook getting hurt, and the Giants on the schedule. Getting McCaffrey the ball in space is the only chance the Panthers have to win in Detroit.

Top Week 5 Tournament WR Plays

PlayerOpponentDraftKings PriceFanDuel Price
TY HiltonSan Francisco$6,000$7,300
Martavis BryantJacksonville$5,000$5,700
Marvin JonesCarolina$4,100$4,500
Sammie CoatesNY Jets$3,100$4,500

We don’t go out in search of the most inconsistent players when we put together these tournament articles, but somehow we seemed to find them at the receiver position this week. TY Hilton is a home run hitter in a favorable matchup, so it makes sense to have him on your radar. The 49ers were exposed by the only legit number one receiver they faced this season in Sammy Watkins. Hilton should be able to beat this young secondary for multiple big plays this week.

Speaking of inconsistent home run hitters… Martavis Bryant is in a tough matchup, but we love him all the same. Granted guys like Jordy Nelson and DeVonte Parker have great matchups, and have been much more consistent this season, but if you are looking for low ownership and a guy that can flat out go off at a cheap price, Bryant is it. Clearly AB will get the Jalen Ramsey treatment from Jacksonville, and they will likely have to load the box to overcompensate for the league’s worst run defense. The combination of which should leave Bryant with a very beatable matchup. The Steelers have take multiple shots down field to him every week, but we think this is the week they connect at least once.

We already dove into the Marvin Jones matchup for the week. The Panthers defense has been shredded over the past two weeks, and Marvin enters this home game looking forward to his first matchup this season with a non-top-10 cornerback. He’s Stafford’s favorite red zone target, and should score at least once in week 5.

If Sammie Coates is able to play this Sunday, I think he instantly becomes the number one receiver in Cleveland. Jackson has flat out come out and said that he wants to bench Britt, but simply doesn’t have anyone to take his place with Coleman and Coates both injured. Coates will give the Browns a big body, number one receiver, that is a red zone target and deep threat… and he’s right at the minimum salary this week.

Top Week 5 Tournament TE Plays

PlayerOpponentDraftKings PriceFanDuel Price
Martellus BennettCowboys$4,100$5,300
George KittleIndianapolis Colts$2,500$4,500

Jared Cook had his best game as a Packer against the Cowboys last season, and Bennett could follow suit in this matchup. With Adams out, I would expect to see an additional 2-3 targets for Cobb, Bennett, Montgomery, and Jordy Nelson. The added volume, in a plus matchup, could give Bennett his first big game as a Green Bay Packer.

Kittle is a player that we loved in the draft, and were extremely excited about when we saw he ended up with Kyle Shanahan. That being said, despite great snap counts, and some decent volume games, he hasn’t been overly involved. This may be the week. The Colts are currently giving up over 11 DraftKings PPG to opposing tight ends, despite only facing 26 tight end targets on the season. If Kittle can even get to 8 targets this week, he should be a top 5 tight end at the minimum salary. Just a reminder that we repeatedly called the Tyler Kroft breakout last week. Get on board with Kittle this week, we can will it to a reality.

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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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