DFS Week 6: Are we back to not paying up for RBs?

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Before the 2016 season, it was basically dogma in daily fantasy sports to not pay up for running backs. If you could find a pair of mid-priced or cheap RB's that could catch a few passes and reach 20 touches, that would be enough to allow you to pay up for high-priced wide receivers.

Then #TeamJamEmIn happened. With Le'Veon Bell and David Johnson conducting simultaneous historic fantasy seasons, the smart and profitable move last year was to pay up not just for one, but both of these high-priced running backs. It nearly guaranteed you at least 70 points from two players. When we're looking for at least 150 points in cash games and 225 to win a tournament on DraftKings, starting with those two was smart.

Now with Johnson out for the year and the Steelers doing confusing things with Bell, like only giving him 15 carries against the least efficient rush defense in the league in Week 5, I think we're back to old strategies being profitable. And there are plenty of mid-priced RB's to like this week.

I've got my eye on these players entering Week 6.


High: Drew Brees ($7,200 DraftKings/$8,600 FanDuel): No need to overthink this. Brees is at home and coming off a bye. Lock and load.

Mid: Jameis Winston ($6,200 DraftKings/$7,800 FanDuel): QB's against Arizona have a good chance of seeing increased volume. Two of five have thrown it more than 40 times.

Low: Case Keenum ($5,000 DraftKings/$6,700 FanDuel): If Sam Bradford remains out, Keenum gets a burnable Packers secondary

Running Backs

High: Todd Gurley ($7,700 DraftKings/$8,400 FanDuel): Let's try this again. Gurley gets one of the least efficient run defenses in the NFL. Are the Rams smarter than the Steelers?

Mid: Elijah McGuire ($4,600 DraftKings/$5,700 FanDuel): Patriots have struggled to cover running backs that can catch the ball, and McGuire may be the only healthy Jets RB. Also consider: Ameer Abdullah, Andre Ellington, Duke Johnson and Alvin Kamara at this price range.

Low: Jerrick McKinnon ($4,100 DraftKings/$5,600 FanDuel): He looks like the No. 1 RB in Minnesota after Monday night

Wide Receivers

High: Antonio Brown ($9,300 DraftKings/$9,200 FanDuel): The Chiefs play man coverage more than almost any other team in the league. I'll take Antonio Brown 1-on-1 on my team any time that happens.

Mid: DeSean Jackson ($5,800 DraftKings/$6,400 FanDuel): As long as the Cardinals continue to roll out Justin Bethel at CB, I'm going to target the WR he faces.

Low: JuJu Smith-Schuster ($3,600 DraftKings/$5,200 FanDuel): Smith-Schuster is playing more snaps than Martavis Bryant

Tight End

There's some odd pricing this week between sites, so what is high on one can be quite low on the other. Three I like:

Cameron Brate ($3,900 DraftKings/$5,900 FanDuel): Priced at TE4 on FanDuel but TE8 on DraftKings, Brate makes for a good tournament option this week.

Hunter Henry ($4,100 DraftKings/$5,400 FanDuel): Finally seeing more snaps and targets than Antonio Gates.

David Njoku ($3,000 DraftKings/$4,500 FanDuel): All he does is find the end zone, with three in four games.

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