ELITE OPTION: Kelvin Benjamin CAR @ NO (DK: $8100 FD: $7800)
Benjamin has enjoyed his time back with the Panthers this season. He has been the teams no. 1 wide receiver and that doesn’t look to change anytime soon. He is set up with a prime opportunity in Sundays game versus the Saints. As with most teams going into a game versus New Orleans, most, if not all of the factors in a teams offence should be considered when squaring up against their dismal defence. Benjamin has seen a heavy amount of targets in 2016 and that should be the case as well in week 6. With the game at an O/U of 53.0, it will likely be a battle in which the most prolific offence will come out as the winner. Both teams have struggled defensively, which should open up the possibility of the game being heavily played through the air. With the return of Cam Newton, Benjamin should flourish this week. He did have moderate success last week getting 5 REC for 70 YDS. If it weren’t for an errant throw in the endzone and an INT from Derek Anderson, his week 5 numbers could have been a lot better. Carolina will definitely want to attack early and put an end to their 3 game losing streak. This could make Benjamin a solid redzone option and high volume receiver. In the teams only win this year he corralled 7 catches for 108 yards plus 2 scores. If the Panthers want to look to repeat the small glimpse of offensive prowess they showed in 2016, Benjamin could be in the middle of it all. Look for big things against a weak defence which ranks near the bottom of the league in numerous categories yrds/g 422.8 (31st), passing yrds/g 301.2 (28th) and pts/g 32.5 (32nd). Greg Olsen should be a key piece in the Carolina offence as well. Having both Olsen and Benjamin in your lineups could be a strategy you may want to consider. Lock in Benjamin for sure.
MID TIER PICK: Will Fuller IND @ HOU (DK: $5900 FD: $6900)
Fuller and the Texans will be taking on the Colts, who have some concerns in regards to their secondary. Over the first five weeks the Colts have allowed 301 yards per game through the air, ranking them in the bottom five of all NFL teams. The one bright spot of the Colts secondary is shut-down corner Vontae Davis. Davis almost always shadows the other team’s number one receiver, which we expect to happen again. This means that Hopkins will be in for a tough day, while the rest of the Texans receiving corps should thrive. Fuller will likely be matched up against Patrick Robinson, who has struggled mightily this season; earning one of the worst CB grades in all of football through the first five weeks. Fuller has had his struggles this season but if you go into the details, you’ll see that his struggles have come against elite defenses, the Patriots and Vikings; in those two games he combined for just 4 catches for 34 yards. In the other three games, against the Bears, Chiefs, and Titans, he caught 16 passes for 292 yards and three TDs. He is underpriced for the upside he has.
VALUE PLAY: Tavon Austin LA @ DET (DK: $3900 FD: $5700)
Austin is significantly underpriced on Draftkings for a teams no. 1 WR. Now, this has been the case likely all year but this week things are different due to his favourable matchup with the weak Lions secondary. Detroit comes on allowing the 23rd and 21st most passing and rushing yards to opponents this season. With Austin factoring as both a pass catcher and running back, he could have a decent outing on two different fronts. If he can find some room to run it can add to his huge reception volume possibility. He has seen a team leading 46 targets this season (9.2/game), if he can turn a decent amount of the targets he sees into catches, his night will be productive very easily. He has seen a TD this season so it is clear they aren’t shying away from him for scores, majority of the problems have been his own doing. He has caught only 22 of 46 targets (47.8%) and has turned in only 218 yards (9.9 yards/REC). He is coming off a huge off season contract signing so it may be the effect of the pressure getting to him and throwing him off his game. It is clear the Rams see some promise in his game, it just has to be tapped into. He is a low risk play this week, likely to be low owned, and should be able to free up some space for other key players in your lineups. On both sites, he should hit value.
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Michael Liegghio has been a sports fan for as long as he can remember and has been following hockey and baseball intently for all that time. For the past 2 years he has enjoyed playing fantasy sports on a daily basis and has many wins to show for it. With a love of research into advanced and non-conventional stats, Michael can consistently pick the winners. His mantra? “You have to trust the process!”