The week five slate looks a bit challenging in terms of pricing. Last week’s slate provided us with a lot of value leading up to the slate on Sunday given the injuries around the league. This week’s puzzle looks a little harder to figure out so it is important to know where the week 5 value is. Let’s get into some potential spots.
QUARTERBACK – Patrick Mahomes
1st Priced Quarterback on Fanduel ($8,600 out of $60,000)
7th Priced Quarterback on Draftkings ($6,200 out of $50,000)
Here is a prime example of why it is important to play across both Draftkings and Fanduel. You can understand that Draftkings has placed more emphasis on matchups this year, while Fanduel relies more on previous fantasy output. This week Mahomes gets the vaunted Jaguars defense. He and the Chiefs will get the advantage of being at Arrowhead though, so I am little less afraid of what the Jags bring to the table. It is also encouraging that we saw Mahomes hang tough in Monday night’s battle with the Broncos. Although it seemed like a lackluster performance (for Mahomes’ standards), he was still able to post 25.86 Draftkings points. At $6,200, Mahomes seems way too cheap.
RUNNING BACK – Aaron Jones
24th Priced Running Back on Fanduel ($6,100 out of $60,000)
32nd Priced Running Back on Draftkings ($4,300 out of $50,000)
Last week, we saw Aaron Jones show who the best player in the Packers backfield truly is. After Jamaal Williams failed to impress while Jones was suspended, so it looks like the competition is wide open. Jones made the most of his opportunities last week rushing for 65 yards on only 11 carries. He was also able to find the end zone, which further cemented a solid fantasy outing. With the stamp of approval from Aaron Rodgers, I think Jones is poised for an uptick in work against the Lions this week as he tries to tighten his grip on the Packers RB1 job. Playing Jones on both sites seems like it could be a low risk, high reward investment.
WIDE RECEIVER – Nelson Agholor
37th Priced Wide Receiver on Fanduel ($6,100 out of $60,000)
27th Priced Wide Receiver on Draftkings ($5,200 out of $50,000)
This may be a surprising name to find on this list with the return of Alshon Jeffery to the Eagles wide receiving corps, but there is a reason for optimism. Although Jeffery showed up more in the box score last week against the Titans, Nelson Agholor still commanded 12 targets. That puts him at 39 targets total on the year in one of the better offenses in the league. On a week where there is not too much value that jumps off of the screen, you may have to pay a little bit more to secure the floor you want in cash. It also looks like Agholor will draw the best matchup out of all the Eagles pass catchers as he will be lined up across from Mackenzie Alexander.
TIGHT END – Jared Cook
6th Priced Tight End on Fanduel ($5,900 out of $60,000)
5th Priced Tight End on Draftkings ($4,800 out of $50,000)
Jared Cook has been off to a great start in 2018. Jon Gruden has adjusted Cook’s role so that he can be more of an asset in the passing game. He has surely made the most of it up to this point. In this week’s divisional battle against the Chargers, the Raiders will most likely find themselves behind in this game which is good news for Oakland pass catchers. George Kittle also had himself a day against this same Chargers defense last weekend to the tune of 6 catches for 125 yards and a touchdown.
DEFENSE – Jacksonville Jaguars
2nd Priced Defense on Fanduel ($4,500 out of $60,000)
8th Priced Defense on Draftkings ($2,800 out of $50,000)
This may seem a bit contradictory given the recommendation of Patrick Mahomes, but the Jaguars do own one of the best defenses in the league. It is not often we consider a defense playing on the road, but Jacksonville bucks that trend here. If you think they can keep Patrick Mahomes in check, than their $2,800 price tag may be well worth it. As I said earlier, you can see how Draftkings aggressively prices their players based on matchups, while Fanduel clearly follows a more “what have you done for me lately’ approach.