The central strategy for our Week 6 Yahoo NFL DFS picks is to get star-level players at cheaper-than-usual value prices, stack a few chalk picks, and swing for the fences at the odd-ball positions. It’s pretty standard daily fantasy football advice, at least for GPPs, but did we pick the right players?
We might be walking into a few traps with Kareem Hunt, Matt Ryan, and Julio Jones, but if those guys let us down, then it probably wasn’t meant to be anyway. Where we’re really trying to get an edge is with Amari Cooper (yes, Amari Cooper) and Jordan Howard — two studs who haven’t quite lived up to their lofty hype this year.
Our TE and D/ST picks will be very low owned, so if they can give us something, we might be on our way to taking down a big tournament.
Yahoo Fantasy Football Week 6: NFL DFS tournament lineup picks
QB: Matt Ryan, Falcons vs. Dolphins ($29). Ryan comes back rested and should have a healthy Julio Jones. The loss of Mohamed Sanu matters, but Taylor Gabriel can take the top off of any secondary. Atlanta’s receiving backs can also do damage against a Miami defense that’s allowed at least 65 receiving yards to a back twice in four games.
RB: Jordan Howard, Bears @ Ravens ($21). Howard is clearly back to being the Bears’ No. 1 runner, with 23, 18, and 19 carries, respectively, over the past three games. The 4.5 ypc in that span isn’t quite up to last year’s standard, but it’s still solid. Baltimore is allowing the eighth-most fantasy points per game (FPPG) to RBs this year and has been bulldozed for TDs by Marshawn Lynch, Le’Veon Bell, and Leonard Fournette in the past three games. The lack of receptions could hurt, but we still like Howard’s chances at 100 yards and a TD.
RB: Elijah McGuire, Jets vs. Patriots ($13). McGuire might wind up being chalky because of how cheap he is, but if Matt Forte (toe) and Bilal Powell…