Week 5 Secret Stars
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You won't be able to get all the best guys like Peyton Manning, Jamaal Charles, and Calvin. You can take some of them, but you'll have to hit on some sleepers too, and that's what this article is for, to help you identify a few of the cheapies you should be targeting.
The Secret Stars picks below aren't suggesting the lineup you should use this week, rather its purpose is to identify players who represent extreme value at their current salaries for the week. Selecting these players will give you an opportunity to use those coveted studs such as Calvin Johnson and Jimmy Graham in your lineup.
Here are our Secret Stars for Week Five. Let's win a Million!
(Daily fantasy Strategy provided by ScoutFantasy's own, Nate Weitzer @nweitzer7 on Twitter)
QB Philip Rivers $7,000 vs. NYJ – I don't know how he does it, but Rivers continues to post elite QB ratings regardless of the matchup. He's completing 70% of his passes this season as the Chargers call plays to adapt to his limited arm strength, and is as competitive as any signal caller in the league. If San Diego's going to beat the Jets at home, Rivers will have to step up, because it's nearly impossible to run the ball against that front seven. Rex Ryan's defense is allowing just 63.3 rushing YPG (best in NFL), and Donald Brown is averaging under 2.0 YPC as the Chargers' featured RB over the last 2 games. With Eddie Royal and Keenan Allen breaking the ankles of weak Jets DB's, Rivers should be able to dink and dime his way up and down the field in another home game.
QB Blake Bortles $5,200 vs PIT – It's certainly not easy to make your NFL debut in a hostile environment, so Bortles gets a pass for producing just 14.5 DK points in the Jaguars blowout loss at San Diego last week. Now he'll face the Steelers middling defense at home, and should be able to take advantage of some favorable matchups. Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson are not just intriguing punt plays to pair with Bortles, they're physical WRs that are both 6-foot-3, and should be able to outmuscle Cortez Allen and William Gay just like the Bucs big targets did in Week 4. Bortles showed impressive mobility and pocket presence as he completed 29 of 37 passes last Sunday, so he's worth GPP consideration if he can keep the home team in the game for four quarters.
RB Chris Ivory $3,100 @ SD – After turning double-digit carries into double-digit DK points in each of the Jets four games, Ivory's price dropped $2.3K this week. San Diego has a top ten run defense, but the Lions were 2nd against the run before Ivory ran it down their throat to start last Sunday's game. He's averaging 5.5 YPC, has 7 receptions for 71 yards, and should continue to force the Jets coaching staff to call his number as long as Geno Smith struggles with turnovers.
RB Khiry Robinson $3,000 vs. TB – Sure, the Saints were dismantled as they suffered their first loss at Dallas in over 20 years, but Khiry performed well when he touched the ball. Travaris Cadet did take 30% of the snaps for New Orleans, and Pierre Thomas was on the field during the comeback effort, but neither back was featured as a runner. Robinson touched the ball 11 times during his 18 snaps, and if game situation had allowed for it, he would've gotten more than 8 rushing attempts. The Saints should use Khiry on the goal line as well as in clock-killing situations as they likely stomp an overmatched Bucs team in the Superdome this Sunday.
WR Emmanuel Sanders $5,100 vs. ARI – Opposing defenses are game planning to stop Demaryius and Julius Thomas, which has left Emmanuel Sanders open to catch 10 balls for 118 yards in the first quarters of the Broncos 3 contests. He looks like a completely different player in this offense, and Peyton Manning is finding him on a number of different routes. Antonio Cromartie struggles to defend crossing routes, and he will have a tough time handling Sanders while Patrick Peterson tries to contain Demaryius. The return of Wes Welker may eat into his receptions, but the PPR all-star is still a worthwhile play in 50/50 and H2H formats at this price.
WR Kelvin Benjamin $4,800 vs. CHI – The rookie's been absolutely dynamic, as he's hauled in 5 balls and scored a TD in 3 of his 4 NFL appearances. His greatest asset is a ridiculous 83-inch wingspan, which should be on full display as he faces a shorthanded Bears secondary this Sunday. With 5-foot-8 Tim Jennings and (5-foot-11) rookie Kyle Fuller starting at CB for the Bears, Benjamin has a good chance to win on any jump balls thrown his way. He's 10th in the NFL with 36 targets, and should continue to draw Cam Newton's eye in this matchup.
TE Larry Donnell $5,700 vs. ATL – It's an update league, and after last week's performance, it's safe to say that the Giants offense is on the rise. Eli was absolutely clinical against the Redskins poor pass defense, and found a great red zone weapon in TE Larry Donnell. At 6-foot-6, 268 lbs, The former QB is clearly big enough to be an NFL TE, but mediocre numbers in agility drills kept him undrafted. Well, there's clearly a difference between drills and "game speed," and Donnell looked both quick and agile in Thursday night's rout. The Giants are hosting a Falcons defense that's giving up the 2nd most YPG (429.8) in the NFL, and is undersized across the board, so another 5+ reception performance with a TD should be Donnell's floor.
FLEX: Andrew Hawkins $3,500 @ TEN – You could start one of the cheap RBs listed above at FLEX, but Hawkins could be a safer bet than any back in this price range. Before his Week 4 bye, Hawkins was tied for 3rd in the NFL with 32 targets. His usage may take a slight hit with Jordan Cameron back in the Browns lineup, but Miles Austin (hamstring) can't stay on the field, and Baby Hawk is clearly the primary receiver in Brian Hoyer's eyes. Tennessee hasn't been great against slot receivers, as the defense allowed speedsters such as Donnie Avery and T.Y. Hilton to get open enough to draw a combined 23 targets. Hawkins has a similar skill set, and is a safe bet in PPR formats.
DST Denver Broncos $2,600 vs ARI – Carson Palmer is apparently trying to get cleared for the Cardinals Week 5 road game at Denver, which would mean great things for the Broncos defense. The aging quarterback has always been turnover-prone, and is now dealing with a nerve issue that could affect his accuracy. Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware will be dreaming of strip sacks with the fossil behind center, and the rest of the Broncos star-studded defense should be able to limit a Cardinals squad that's averaging just 335.7 YPG (24th in the NFL) of total offense this season.
Here's our lineup this week:
· QB Andrew Luck $8,700 vs BAL
· RB DeMarco Murray $7,500 vs. HOU
· RB Marshawn Lynch $7,200 @ WAS
· WR Emmanuel Sanders $5,100 vs. ARI
· WR Kelvin Benjamin $4,800 vs. CHI
· WR Andrew Hawkins $3,500 @ TEN
· TE Jimmy Graham $7,600 vs. TB
· FLEX Khiry Robinson $3,000 vs. TB
· DST Broncos $2,600 vs ARI
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