Week 5 of the NFL season is upon us and with it the DraftKings Millionaire contest. This $20 slate has a prize pool of $4 million, with a cool million going to the winner. We take a look at the best value plays on the slate, offering salary flexibility to go for the big prize:
Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings vs. Detroit Lions ($6,500): Cousins had his first dud of the season in Week 4, and that’s exactly what we want to see heading into a smash spot against the Lions. No one likes to roster Cousins, but he has all the weapons and was averaging better than 26 DK points over the first three weeks.
Trey Lance, San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals ($5,700): He’s going to be chalky if he starts, so he might be worth a fade here because of that. But it’s hard not to love his potential to put up a big number in a game that could shoot out if Kyler has it going. Keep an eye on Jimmy G’s status, of course.
Daniel Jones, New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys, ($6,000): He should be priced higher. He’s finally got Kenny Golladay on the same page, he runs for good yardage and the Cowboys should force this game into a good pace. It’s a recipe for success that will likely go under-owned. Love him in this spot.
Leonard Fournette, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Miami Dolphins ($5,200): The only concern here is the ownership, which should be massive, but the matchup is delicious and the price tag is kinda crazy.
James Conner, Arizona Cardinals vs. San Francisco 49ers ($5,600): This is the late-swap poster boy of Week 5. If Chase Edmonds is ruled inactive, Conner will be the main back, and he’s been extremely productive the past two weeks with Edmonds fully involved.
Kenneth Gainwell, Philadelphia Eagles at Carolina Panthers ($4,900): Let’s be honest: Gainwell has been the better fantasy back on the Eagles. Miles Sanders has posted three duds in a row and Gainwell’s usage, especially in the passing game, is steadily increasing. This is a terrific pivot that provides savings in a game the Eagles are likely to be playing from behind.
Samaje Perine, Cincinnati Bengals vs. Green Bay Packers ($4,000): I think this is a dangerous play, because he’s going to be popular in his role at this price, but this is the kind of cheap chalk that generally underperforms. Guys like Perine are backups for a reason. That said, he should handle the majority of the load, and he offers the kind of salary flexibility we crave. Play at your own risk.
Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings vs. Detroit Lions ($6,600): The greatest second fiddle in Minnesota history was former Golden Gopher Kevin McHale, but we digress. Thielen is essentially the No. 2 in this receiver corps, and that makes him underpriced every week. He had a dud last week, and that’s good, because he’s special and the Vikings are in a great bounce-back spot. Stack away here, but Thielen offers nice savings.
Kenny Golladay, New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys ($5,900): Golladay is finally on the same page with his quarterback and he lit up the Saints last week for six catches and 116 yards. The only problem here, and it’s a big one, is Trevon Diggs. If we think Golladay can get the best of this matchup, another explosion is likely.
Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals vs. Green Bay Packers ($5,300): Ja’Marr Chase is the shiny new toy in Cincinnati, but Boyd is the one who carved up Jacksonville last week with Tee Higgins still out. Both receivers are viable again this week, but we prefer the savings (and likely lower ownership) with Boyd for another week.
Dalton Schultz, Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Giants ($4,400): Schultz is now the No. 3 receiver in this offense with Michael Gallup out and Amari Cooper dinged up. He’s been targeted at least seven times in 3 of 4 games and should continue his Witten-esque ways in this one.
Mike Gesicki, Miami Dolphins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers ($4,200): With Jacoby Brissett under center, Gesicki has become the top target among Miami pass-catchers, and against the tough Tampa defense, the tight end should be a serious check-down option here. He has 15 receptions over his past two games.