The Stack Report – Week 5 Main Slate – NFL DFS

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Greetings my fellow DFS fanatics! Welcome to the Week 5 NFL Main Slate Stack Report for NFL daily fantasy sports contests. My name is CD Hill (@cdhill81 on Twitter), and as one of DPA’s NFL analysts, I will once again  be focusing on Sunday’s best positional correlation pairings for you. As I stated last week, there are a few components that focus on this particular strategy and that’s what this write-up concentrates on. So, with that said, let’s get down to the business, and best of luck winning some green this weekend!

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

QB | Jameis Winston with WR | Chris Godwin or

WR | Mike Evans

Chris Godwin missed a couple of practices last week due to a hip issue he dealt with at the time, and is listed as questionable for this week thanks to a similar ailment he is currently suffering from. Keep an eye on his health status before the start of his game on Sunday. Godwin and Jameis Winston were really clicking in Week 4 against the Rams. Winston aired it out for 385 yards, four TDs and only had one INT in 41 pass attempts while Godwin sported an eye-opening 12-172-2 stat line and was clearly his favorite target that week. Winston (who’s more than reasonably priced still) looked outstanding in Week 3, too, passing for 380 yards with three touchdowns and one interception against the Giants, but the receiver he locked on to most that week was Mike Evans (8-190-3). There’s no telling who will stand out the most in Week 5 between Godwin and Evans, but one thing is clear and that is the following: A Winston stack with the one who does stand out between those to is going to be a big difference maker in GPPs this week (cash games can be considered as well). Now, while it’s possible both receivers play notably even if Godwin does suit up, Winston has had a knack for locking on to just one of them when he really gets it going with the pass. That’s why only one of them is suggested, but the preferred wideout is Godwin if he starts.

Atlanta Falcons

QB | Matt Ryan with WR | Julio Jones

Matt Ryan failed to throw a touchdown on Sunday against Tennessee but he still had 400+ total yards (397 passing yards) and has now thrown for the second most passing yards in the league this season. He also has the third most passing touchdowns this year (tied with one other player, Russell Wilson). However, Ryan has been prone to throwing picks in the early goings of 2019 (third worst in the NFL, tied with three other QBs). Fortunately for him, his next opponent, the Texans, shouldn’t add to the misery for him in that regard. Houston has the second fewest interceptions in the league right now (tied with four other teams) and they’re roughly 10th worst in the NFL in passing yards against. Ryan has a decent shot for around 20 fantasy points on both DraftKings and FanDuel, and his top wideout Julio Jones, could finish with even more fantasy points than him when it’s all said and done. In two out of his last three contests, Jones has averaged around 24 fantasy points on FanDuel and close to 30 on DraftKings thanks to his ample receiving yard totals, catch making ability and red zone prowess. He continues to be a huge threat against most defenses, and Week 5 is shaping up to be another memorable one for him against a seemingly vulnerable Houston secondary. Both of these picks will be safe cash game plays with Ryan making this combo GPP viable since he’s not predicted to be heavily owned.
Note: You should consider going with tight end, Austin Hooper, as well in this stack. He is coming off of a Week 4 performance against the Titans in which he caught nine of 11 targets for 130 yards, and had six grabs for 66 yards and two TDs the week before against the Colts. However, the two major downsides with starting him is his salary requirement on FanDuel (fourth most expensive TE in Week 5), and his far from ideal matchup with the Texans safeties/LBs this week. Houston is the fifth best defense in the NFL against tight ends in terms of receiving yards against, and they’ve also yet to give up a TD to anyone at that position in 2019.

Houston Texans

QB | Deshaun Watson with WR | DeAndre Hopkins &

WR | Will Fuller V

Here’s another cash game stack with a very safe floor, but this one also comes in as a solid tourney play due to the high projected point totals by both the Texans and Falcons this week (highest on the main slate). In this Week 5 shootout with Atlanta, Houston’s Deshaun Watson is predicted to be well worth his high price tag despite the awful game he ended up having in Week 4 against the Panthers. Watson was more himself the week before, registering 351 passing yards and three TDs against the Chargers. A bounce back game of well past 300 passing yards and 2-3 touchdown passes from him is very possible this week against a less than stellar Falcons secondary. His teammate, wide receiver, DeAndre Hopkins, is also a good bet to end up with a ton of fantasy points on Sunday since he typically does well in high scoring shootout environments. Hopkins, too, had a shaky Week 4, and hasn’t done much overall since his big game in Week 1 (8-111-2), but DFS owners should be ready for a big change from him and shouldn’t be shy with spending big money on the WR. He’s not as popular as he usually is either on DraftKings and his ownership percentage is expected to be way, way down on FanDuel. This makes him an intriguing play, particularly in GPP contests and his WR teammate, Will Fuller V, really makes this stack really stand out in tourneys. This rock bottom priced player has been on the field for more than 91 percent of his team’s snaps in each one of their games so far this year, so Fuller looks due to finally breakout after a very quiet start this season (14 receptions, 183 receiving yards and 0 touchdowns).

Cincinnati Bengals

QB | Andy Dalton with WR | Tyler Boyd & WR | Auden Tate

With Bengals receiver, John Ross (shoulder), set to miss some time due to injury, fill-in starting wideout, Auden Tate should once again see an increased role in his team’s offense. Tyler Boyd’s increased role has been a well documented ever since the absence of A.J. Green, and with Ross’ addition to the injury report, is set to benefit even more. Tate is already maintaining five catches and 69 receiving yards per game over his last two contests, so his upside while being priced extremely low is simply too hard to ignore in any type of contest you enter this week. While the benefits of playing him are more obvious in GPPs, it’s playing him in cash games that makes him a sneaky good start. His low price tag will help you roster plenty of big names who come in at a higher salary (particularly at RB), and stacks great with Dalton. These two Cincinnati players have very considerable floors right now and a ceiling that could really surprise this week as they play a Cardinals team in Week 5 that’s been horrible at stopping the pass. Tate’s a tall target (6’5) who should give their secondary matchup nightmares, and Dalton should be back to putting up numbers making him worthy of a start in DFS after a rough outing in Week 4.

Honorable Mentions / GPP Stacks

(Cash) New England Patriots: QB | Tom Brady with WR | Julian Edelman

(GPP) Arizona Cardinals: QB | Kyler Murray with RB | David Johnson

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