There’s a surprise this week as the most expensive (and healthy and playing in the Sunday slate) player. Is he worth the big money this week? Find out here as we break down the winners and losers in DFS for Week 6!
Austin Ekeler – ($7,900 DK, $8,400 FD) – Ekeler is one of the biggest surprises so far this year. I mean, we expected him to perform as an RB1, but second in total points and perfectly consistent? That’s huge! Well, expect him to keep burning up the fantasy track as he gets to play the Ravens who ranks 28th in fantasy points given up to running backs this year. When playing away versus a bad defense, Ekeler has averaged 20.58 fantasy points per week and is 88 percent consistent. If the Browns and Chargers can be a shoot-out last week, imagine what the Chargers and Ravens can generate fantasy points-wise this week.
Aaron Jones – BEWARE – ($7,300 DK, $8,000 FD) – Jones is the fourth most expensive back on both slates this week. Just like Aaron Rodgers, he’s had a good, but not great season. Mostly because AJ Dillon keeps stealing more and more touches each game. This week, Jones goes to Chicago and their tough run defense. They rank ninth in giving up the fewest fantasy points to running backs. Jones averages 12.91 fantasy points per game and is only 57 percent consistent when playing away versus a good defense. I’ll pass on the Packers’ offense this week for DFS purposes.
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Best Value – RB – Darrell Williams – ($4,900 DK, $5,200 FD) – The injury to Clyde Edwards-Helaire puts Williams in the top spot at running back for the high-powered Chiefs. Combined with his low price tag, Williams makes for an excellent value this week as the Chiefs take on Washington on the road. While their run defense is solid, there are terrible against the pass, so expect quite a few targets for Williams this week.
Best Mid-Value – RB – Darrell Henderson – ($6,000 DK, $7,300 FD) – Henderson is perfectly consistent in the four games he’s played in and is ranked 16th in total points. This week, the Rams travel to New York to take on the Giants, who currently rank 27th in giving up the most fantasy points to running backs. Henderson has averaged 16.90 fantasy points per game when playing away versus a bad defense. He’s a great mid-value back for your lineups this week.
Ezekiel Elliott – BEWARE – ($7,100 DK, $8,300 FD) – After a “slow” start for Zeke this year, he’s been back in top form for fantasy purposes. This hot streak could slow down a bit as the Patriots run defense has been above average this year. They rank 11th in giving up the fewest fantasy points to running back. I’m not expecting Elliott to be terrible, but I’m not sure he’s worth his high price in DFS, which is second behind Ekeler.
Overall, this week we are seeing some potentially huge values but a few people to stay away from that we normally give a full endorsement.
Bob Lung is a professional fantasy football writer who runs the fantasy football expo in Canton, Ohio every summer. He writes his Consistency Articles and also contributes to Dr. Roto’s new DFS site.
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