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Best lineup strategy for Week 5 DFS

It’s time to get your Week 5 DFS lineups together. We break down some QB strategies, home defenses to consider, and receivers who might bounce back.

Arizona Cardinals Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald runs with the ball between Seattle Seahawks’ Ziggy Ansah and linebacker Bobby Wagner after a catch during the second half of the NFL football game at State Farm Stadium on September 29, 2019. Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images

Week 4 in daily fantasy was Chubb or be Chubbed. If you ignored Nick Chubb or Jordan Howard last week you missed out on a combined 6 touchdowns. You’ll go grey trying to figure out which running back will go for multiple touchdowns each week, but with some research you cancel out some of the noise. Here are a few thoughts on constructing a daily fantasy football lineup in Week 5.

Pay Your QB! Or not.

Quarterback is a popular position where players tend to get thrifty. Often a $5,500 QB will outperform one who is $7,000. However, Week 5 presents a couple of opportunities where paying up for a premium option could be wise. Deshaun Watson ($6,700) has been alternating good and bad weeks, but the trend could end when the Atlanta Falcons come to Houston. The Falcons defense is bad and Keanu Neal’s absence is being felt. Stacking Watson with Deandre Hopkins ($7,800) is one expensive pair, but with Hopkins starting the season relatively cold this is a very tempting opportunity to bet on the duo finding their chemistry. If you want to stick with a cheap QB play you may want to look at Andy Dalton ($5,700). He plays the Arizona Cardinals at home, but he’ll need to play better than his Week 4 performance especially with John Ross out.

Home Defenses

With the Miami Dolphins on a bye week you’ll have to dig a little further to find a solid DST play in Week 5. In your search for turnovers and sacks don’t neglect to consider the Tennessee Titans ($3,000). They have yet to allow more than 20 points a game. They play the Buffalo Bills at home this week and Josh Allen (should he play) is good for a few interceptions. Speaking of quarterbacks who may miss Week 5, Sam Darnold is making progress, but could miss another game. Even if he plays the Philadelphia Eagles ($3,700) defense is a strong, albeit expensive, play at home.

Bounce Back Wide Receivers

Some of the bigger names at wide receiver had bad Week 4 games. That doesn’t mean you can’t go back to them if the matchup is right. One player in such a situation is Julio Jones ($7,700). The Atlanta Falcons play the Houston Texans who have given the 10th most points to wide receivers so far in 2019. If you want to save a few bucks but still draft a receiver in a good position to bounce back from a bad Week 4 you can give Larry Fitzgerald ($6,000) a spin. The Cincinnati Bengals are bad and Fitzgerald should find plenty of opportunities to add to his hall-of-fame numbers.

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