FanDuel Friday: Patriots-Cowboys boasts monster DFS value in Week 5


FanDuel Friday: Patriots-Cowboys boasts monster DFS value in Week 5

Daily Fantasy Sites such as DraftKings and FanDuel have been under fire as of late.

If you haven't heard, or maybe you've been living under a rock the past week, an employee of DraftKings had access to insider information and won $350,000 on the competitor site, FanDuel, over the weekend.

Ouch. The CEO of FanDuel must be feeling sort of like Sean Rodriguez right now.

While the news wasn't pretty, the show must go on, and DFS sites won't be going away anytime soon. 

Now, we can't promise you that our suggestions will help you win a boatload of cash like that DraftKings employee. But we will do our best to help you construct the best lineup every week.

Check out our FanDuel lineups for the Week 5 slate of games and If you've got specific questions, drop us a question on Twitter @CSNFantasy or use #CSNFantasy and we'll give you our take.

And as always, good luck this weekend.

John "The Professor" Paschall

I liked Brady coming into this matchup against the Cowboys earlier in the week and now I like it even more after Greg Hardy's idiotic comments. Like the Patriots needed more motivation...

Forsett is flying under the radar like crazy this week. The Ravens offense is lacking some of its weapons (although I do like Aiken this week too as a bargain) and will count on Forsett to pound the rock. 

After Gurley exploded against the Cardinals defense, I have faith in him against any defense. Though be careful in tournament play with him because I'm guessing everyone will want him in their lineup. 

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Jones let me down last week so I'm expecting him to make it up to fantasy owners this week against a poor Redskins pass defense. Fitzgerald continues to be Palmer's favorite target and should do okay against a good but not great Lions defense. 

Gates, whose price really isn't that steep, is one of my favorite plays this week as he returns from suspension and faces a Steelers defense that isn't great against tight ends. Rivers will look to his favorite target early and often. 

Mike Smith


This week I’m building my team around the San Diego Chargers passing attack, including Phillip Rivers, Keenan Allen and Danny Woodhead in my lineup.  This offense has been consistent, with Rivers averaging 300 yards passing per game, and Allen and Woodhead accounting for almost half of those yards.  Justin Forsett is coming off his best game of the year, 150 yards against Pittsburgh, and his matchup against the Browns defense this week is less than intimidating.  Forsett has 66 carries this season, yet 0 touchdowns.  He will find the endzone sooner than later.

My other two wide receivers this week are Larry Fitzgerald and Jordan Matthews.  Fitzgerald is averaging 7 catches for over 100 yards per game, and he has a nice matchup lined up against Lions nickel back Josh Wilson.  Matthews has 15 more targets and 10 more catches than any other Eagle, and with Vegas setting the over/under at 49.5 there should be plenty of scoring in this game.  At tight end I’m going to play Rob Gronkowski every week he is active, and this week is no different.  There may be better values plays at tight end from week to week, but no one has a higher floor and higher ceiling than Gronkowski. 

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Closing out my lineup I like Cairo Santos to continue his Field Goal binge against a weak Bears’ defense, and the Giants have as good a chance as any team at scoring a defensive touchdown against turnover machine Colin Kaepernick.

Scott Krinch

Just like most weeks, there is plenty of value to be had in Week 5.

I constructed my lineup by searching for the best value play at the quarterback, running back and wide receiver positions. 

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Famous Jameis is my pick at quarterback as he gets to square off against a woeful Jaguars defense. I'm taking the good with the bad and hoping he keeps the turnovers down to a minimum of one on Sunday. Todd Gurley is a steal at his current price. The rookie Top 10 pick flashed his potential in a Week 4 victory over the Cardinals and will look to replicate that performance against the Packers. For just under $11,000 I was able to secure two extreme values at wideout in Kendall Wright and Marquess Wilson. The latter could go into Week 5 as the Bears No. 1 wide receiver, which would bode well for his outlook against the league's worst pass defense in the Chiefs. As far as Wright, he has developed a great chemistry with rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota, and the tandem should have a field day against an overrated Bills defense. 

Finding those values allowed me to secure three bonafide stars in Bell, ODB and Gronk. 

With my remaining cash I grabbed the 50-yard field goal machine that is Brandon McManus and a Patriots defense — coming off a bye week — that should feast on a banged-up Cowboys offense.

Tony Andracki

Tom Brady and Dion Lewis were the first guys I placed into my lineup. Off a Bye, the Patriots should come out firing on all cylinders and the Cowboys defense has struggled mightily the last couple games.

LeVeon Bell is one of the most expensive players in DFS leagues, but I had to go with him this week with such a great matchup against a San Diego defense that is allowing the second-most fantasy points to opposing RBs. Julio Jones also was worth the price tag going up against Washington, especially given his production so far this season.

However, in order to afford three big boppers in Brady, Bell and Jones, I had to find some value elsewhere. Michael Floyd ($5,000) and Eddie Royal ($5,500) were exactly that. Floyd had his best game of the season by far in Week 4 and finally looks healthy after dealing with the aftermath of dislocated fingers in preseason. I'm taking a gamble with a cheap price tag that he breaks out - or at least catches 4-5 passes for a decent yardage total. Royal is going up against the worst pass defense in the league in Kansas City and while he is iffy to play, I figured I'd take the gamble now and then just keep an eye on his status leading up to Sunday.

No matter if Royal or Alshon Jeffery play Sunday, Martellus Bennett should get his work carving up the Chiefs secondary. Bennett was a great pick for me last week and I'm counting on another big game form him. Sticking with the same game, Santos is the hottest kicker on the planet right now and plays on an offense that is fine picking up yardage, but has trouble actually punching it into the end zone.

Bears logo ranked in bottom five of NFL in recent fan poll

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Bears logo ranked in bottom five of NFL in recent fan poll

The Chicago Bears logo has withstood the test of time. In a sports era full of uniform changes, the Bears have maintained the classic orange 'C' for most of their nearly 100 years in Chicago.

Unfortunately, tradition doesn't equate to popularity.

Chicago's logo ranked 28th in the NFL, according to a recent poll of nearly 1,500 football fans. Only the Redskins (29), Bengals (30), Jets (31) and Browns (32) were worse.

I’m not sure how I feel about the underbite on the “C.” I can see how this would be a polarizing feature of this logo. I wish to an extent that it met up more evenly. I think they could have had the bottom meet up in a more even fashion and still maintained the sharpness, of the “C,” which I like. I don’t mind the point [ON THE BACK SIDE OF THE “C”], without the point it would be super boring. The point actually does add something from a design standpoint that makes it stand out.

Bears fans will take exception with the results. Wins have been hard to come by in recent seasons, but there's still something special about seeing the familiar navy and orange on Sundays in the fall. The 'C' is arguably the biggest part of that. Sure, it's not a complex design overflowing with colors, but it represents a long and storied history. 

It's interesting that each of the bottom five teams have struggled to string together winning seasons. On the flipside, teams like the Saints, Falcons, Rams, Vikings and Eagles rank in the top six. Maybe it's recency bias.

In the NFC North, the Lions rank No. 2 (which is a shocker) and the Packers are No. 20. 

Matt Nagy calls Kevin White a 'great weapon' with a new future

Matt Nagy calls Kevin White a 'great weapon' with a new future

Former first-round pick Kevin White hasn't caught a break -- or a touchdown -- through the first three years of his career. He has more season-ending injuries than 100-yard games and after an offseason focused on upgrades at wide receiver, White's future in Chicago beyond 2018 is very much in doubt.

Ryan Pace declined the fifth-year option in White's rookie contract, making this a prove-it year for the pass-catcher who once resembled a blend of Larry Fitzgerald and Dez Bryant during his time at West Virginia.

He's getting a fresh start from new coach Matt Nagy.

"He is healthy and he's really doing well," Nagy told Danny Kanell and Steve Torre Friday on SiriusXM's Dog Days Sports. "We're trying to keep him at one position right now so he can focus in on that."

White can't take all the blame for his 21 catches, 193 yards and zero scores through 48 possible games. He's only suited up for five. Whether it's bad luck or bad bone density, White hasn't had a legitimate chance to prove, on the field, that he belongs.

Nagy's looking forward, not backward, when it comes to 2015's seventh pick overall.

"That's gone, that's in the past," Nagy said of White's first three years. "This kid has a new future with us."

White won't be handed a job, however.

"He's gotta work for it, he's gotta put in the time and effort to do it," Nagy said. "But he will do that, he's been doing it. He's a great weapon, he's worked really hard. He has great size, good speed. We just want him to play football and not worry about anything else."