What a high scoring week last week was! If you played the lineup I provided, you should have cashed in most, if not all, 50/50 contests. If you were paying close attention, you probably noticed we didn’t really start cashing until the last drive of the Giants Saints game. Luckily, in crunch time, Eli targeted Sterling Shepard and Saquon Barkley multiple times then set up Barkley for a one-yard touchdown with 3:44 left in the game. This drive alone bumped me up about 15 spots to allow us to cash this week. A score of 172.08 was just good enough to get us in the green. At least everyone but Tyler Boyd found the end zone but, he was still good enough for 11 receptions and 100 receiving yards. The Chargers defense pick didn’t pay off, but seven of those points scored by San Francisco were from a pick six early in the game.
Since I’ve been successful in cashing the last two weeks in these 50/50 matchups, let’s try and make it three.
Here is your week five lineup.
QB Matt Ryan ($8300)
Matt Ryan has looked to return to MVP form and has a matchup worth playing this weekend. The Kansas City Chiefs-Pittsburgh Steelers game is expected to be the highest scoring game on the slate, so stacking players from these two teams will be a priority. The over/under for total points is set at 58.
RB David Johnson ($7600)
Last week he was in my GPP lineup. I was cautious since Arizona didn’t effectively use Johnson the first three weeks. Whether it may be the Cardinals started Rosen for the first time last week or just because they finally want to get David Johnson going in this offense, he had 22 rush attempts and four targets. In weeks one through three he had no more than 13 rush attempts in a game. David Johnson is too good for $7600 as long as the Cardinals are actually using him.
RB TJ Yeldon ($6500)
Fournette has been ruled out for week 5 so I’m running with his backup this week. Theirs a high chance of rain this Sunday in Kansas City so I’m banking on a lot of runs and short passes.
WR Jordy Nelson ($5600)
Since week 3, Jordy Nelson and the Oakland Raiders have got it going. He’s got eight targets in each of the last two games and found the endzone both times.
WR JuJu Smith-Schuster ($8000)
Like I said earlier, the Pittsburgh game will be a high scoring one. JuJu has started off very impressive this year and has even taken some of the glory from Antonio Brown. Both of these receivers are in play this weekend.
WR Adam Thielen ($8300)
If you pay attention it’s all about volume in these cash games and Thielen gets that. He’s being targeted 14 times per game. That’s more than anyone else in the league. That and the Eagles defense hasn’t been what we expected they’d be.
TE Vance McDonald ($4600)
I love the value here in Vance McDonald. He’s getting five targets per game but has only really been useful in the game against the Bucs where he had his one and only touchdown.
FLEX Brandin Cooks ($7800)
The Goff Cooks connection has been incredible this year. He’s been targeted atleast eight times in each game and had more than 100 yards twice already. With Earl Thomas hurt, let’s see if the Rams will attack downfield.
DEF Cleveland Browns ($3300)
Not my first choice but it’ll do. Of course if you can take the Titans or Broncos this week take them. But the Browns are at home. They have multiple sacks in every game this season and have seven interceptions and six fumble recoveries. Hopefully we see the Joe Flacco we’re used to.
…IF WEATHER CLEARS UP IN KANSAS CITY
My first lineup I had Bortles (against the Chiefs defense) instead of Ryan and James Conner (another Pittsburgh stack) instead of TJ Yeldon.