The TDA audience has spoken, and they want more Yahoo content. We have actually seen across the entire landscape of our site that our Yahoo daily fantasy traffic is way up this season as compared to the last two. I have personally played on Yahoo for the past two seasons and have slowly come around to playing the largest chunk of my weekly DFS action here.
The draw to Yahoo daily fantasy is clearly the stiffer entry limits, the lower cash lines, and just more parity overall for the casual fantasy player. We have seen a fair amount of overlay in the first two weeks, and you will likely never see a $1 million top prize tournament here, but there are still plenty of good sized GPP’s in this week 5 slate:
Yahoo DFS Week 5 Quarterback Targets
Yahoo Price: $36
Big Ben is the consensus QB1 this week, and with good reason, the Falcons have injuries everywhere. That being said, I think he could have to share some production with James Conner, particularly with Grady Jarrett out. Rivers is a guy that always flies under the radar, but is not only reliable in good matchup, but has a proven 400/4 ceiling. The Raiders are giving up 260+ passing YPG and 8 YPA on the season, and have a QB of their own that is averaging 350 YPG. This one could turn into a shootout and Rivers could be in line for a 32+ point performance.
Yahoo Price: $27
Bortles is similar to Rivers in that he has a proven ceiling of 30+ points, but he comes with so much more risk given his 8.9 point floor. Kansas City is the top QB matchup this season, and will have no success running the ball against this Jacksonville defense. This should translate into a ton of opportunities for Bortles to throw against this bad secondary, and he will likely have to throw it a bunch with Fournette already ruled out.
Yahoo DFS Week 5 Running Back Targets
Yahoo Price: $39
I think a lot of fantasy owners will see the $39 price tag and the @Seattle next to his name and scroll right past Gurley this week. Not so fast… we think he’s in line to have his best game of the season. The Rams are going to get to 30 points here, but I’m not sure it will be all Goff. The Seahawks are without Wagner and Thomas, and Kendricks was just suspended indefinitely by the league, those three guys represent the absolute only chance the Seahawks had to slow down the reigning offensive MVP both on the ground and through the air.
Yahoo Price: $27
We mentioned Conner earlier this article, and he made our DraftKings article earlier in the week. The Falcons are giving up 34.4 fantasy PPG to opposing running backs, and that was with a healthy defense. They are without both starting safeties, starting MLB Jones, and are now down Grady Jarrett. Conner finds himself in a similar situation to Gurley in that he will be a mismatch on the second level as a runner and receiver this week.
Yahoo Price: $17
We were on Buck Allen when we thought Alex Collins was 100% healthy. He has now missed two days of practice, and Allen is looking more and more like a lock this week. The Browns are horrible in terms of DVOA vs pass catching RB’s, giving up the 4th moth production in the NFL. Allen has reached value in 3 of 4 starts this season and is looking like his workload will take another tick up in week 5.
Yahoo Price: $10
Speaking of pass catching backs in line for additional work… Grant quietly registered a snap count just under 50% in the last game Fournette missed, but wasn’t able to produce his typical big plays. We mentioned Grant in our preseason articles as a guy to target as he has averaged nearly 10 yards per touch as a running back in his short career. He’s a big play waiting to happen, and we know this Chiefs defense is likely to give up a bunch of them.
Yahoo DFS Week 5 Wide Receiver Targets
Yahoo Price: $34
We are all in on Julio this week. The rookie can pad his stats at home against New Orleans and Cincinnati, but at Heinz field it’s going to be Ryan to Julio and this is the week Jones finds the end zone. There is just no way that he keeps up his current pace (2,000+ yards) and doesn’t put together a run of multi-touchdown games. He has PFF’s #1 WR/CB matchup this week, facing a Steelers defense that is giving up 10/91 to opposing #1 receivers and faces the number one receiver this week.
Yahoo Price: $30
It may be time to go all in against this Philly secondary. Their corners have looked atrocious this season, and have given up huge numbers despite a favorable schedule. On the flip side, the Vikings are in a similar spot to the Colts in that they are going to have to throw the ball 50+ times every week because they have no running game. If Mills looks anything like what he has put on tape this season Stefon Diggs will eat him alive in week 5.
Yahoo Price: $17
It is crazy how the fantasy community overreacts to one week of football. We have a 10+ game span that says Keelan Cole is the #1 WR with Lee out, but Dede Westbrook has one good week and Cole is dead to us? The snap count, target count, receptions, yards, touchdowns, etc… dating back to the midpoint of last season, all say that Cole is WR1 here. Westbrook will be heavily owned, but Cole may end up being the right play with a much lower ownership %.
Yahoo Price: $10
It may be time to buy some shares of the law firm Marquez Valdes Scantling… at least for this week. Not only is Scantling the last remaining healthy Packers receiver, but he will line up in the slot which will allow him to avoid Slay and Lawson this week and instead draw a much more favorable matchup with return specialist Jamal Agnew.
Yahoo DFS Week 5 Tight End Targets
Yahoo Price: $17
I guarantee this is the only week the ghost of Jimmy Graham pops up in one of our articles. Again, this is a once in a lifetime storm of the century happening for Graham. The Lions will be without Quandre Diggs who likely would have been assigned to Graham, and they replace him with the worst cover-safety in football, Travon Wilson. The Packers are without Cobb and Allison, and Adams is yet to practice this week as well, meaning added targets for Graham. I don’t advocate him as an option moving forward, he moves like Boomer Esiason, but for this week he is a safe bet to put up 8/80/1 here.
Yahoo Price: $14
RSJ has found his way into the majority of our week 5 content. We are high on both the role and the matchup here, as the 49ers are a bottom five defense in DVOA vs the TE position and Seals-Jones is due to have a breakout game in this offense. His snap count has been great, but he is yet to put together a complete game. He started the season with solid volume, but limited production and no big plays. Over the last two weeks he is averaging over 30 YPC, but the volume has gone away. Given the matchup here, we think this is the week he puts together a complete game.