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Open-Ended DFS: Observation

by IBT Media Staff

We all like to be seen and heard. It’s a fact. It’s evident in almost everything we do daily. 

Think about social media. Being noticed can be a great thing. It can help in expanding your reach for any number of reasons, give you confidence you may not have had otherwise and even just make you feel not so alone in the world. 

But, observing can do the same thing for us in a lot of ways, yet it’s something very few do. Seeing the world around you and how you fit in can be as therapeutic at times as speaking out. Soak up the world around you. Be an observer, and take notes.

Week 5 Water Tower DFS Picks

QB: Dak Prescott (New York Giants at Dallas) — $7,400

I’m going back to the well here in Week 5 with Cowboys’ quarterback Dak Prescott, who is slated to face off against his division rival, The New York Giants. 

He’s currently averaging an astounding 420 passing yards and 30.6 fantasy points per game. With one of the worst Dallas defenses in years, Prescott should earn both himself and you some money this season. – Seth Woolcock

RB: Clyde Edwards-Helaire (Las Vegas at Kansas City) — $6,800

Keep your eyes and ears open regarding the Chiefs this week, as I don’t believe they’re out of the woods yet after New England’s Stephon Gilmore tested positive for COVID-19 following their matchup against Kansas City. 

But, assuming they play, Clyde Edwards-Helaire (CEH) is one of the week’s most obvious plays. The Raiders give up more points to running backs than any other team in football and Edwards-Helaire has been consistently strong in the prolific Chiefs offense. Patrick Mahomes will still do Mahomes-like things on the field, but CEH will continue to co-star. – Elliot Hicks

WR: Amari Cooper (Jacksonville at Houston) — $7,400

Amari Cooper has been consistent this season, averaging over nine receptions and 100 yards per game, which begs the question of why he was being faded so heavily heading into the season. 

Michael Gallup hasn’t emerged as the playmaker he was expected to be and CeeDee Lamb is still a rookie. Mike McCarthy has shown a big-time propensity for the passing game with Cooper being the wide receiving beneficiary thus far. Look for that to continue against a dreadful New York Giants defense. He is well worth the price tag in DFS this weekend. – Nate Polvogt

TE: George Kittle (Miami at San Francisco) — $6,600

With so much uncertainty at the tight end position right now in fantasy football, I’m comfortable spending up this week to draft George Kittle, a monster of a man and fantasy asset, who will be facing the Dolphins in the Bay Sunday afternoon.

The strength of the Dolphins defense remains their secondary with Xavien Howard and Byron Jones locking up the outside. But their linebacking core aside from the injured Shaq Lawson is lackluster, providing a great opportunity for Kittle to dominate the middle of the field in Week 5. – Woolcock

Week 5 Typewriter DFS Picks

RB: Jerick McKinnon (Miami at San Francisco) — $5,800

Jerk McKinnon has scored a touchdown in each of his first four games for the 49ers.

As Jerick McKinnon‘s production has soared in Week’s 3 and 4, so has his cost in DFS. The secret appears to be out. Take advantage of McKinnon still being below that $6,000 threshold while you can. At his current price, I can’t imagine not rostering him. 

In Week 4 against an awful Philadelphia defense, McKinnon was on the field for 92% of the offensive snaps and garnered 14 carries for 54 yards and a touchdown, along with seven catches for 43 yards. 

The San Francisco quarterback room is a mess right now, but that shouldn’t affect Mckinnon heading into a Week 4 matchup against another poor defense in Miami. Even with the return of Raheem Mostert, look for McKinnon to continue to be a target in the passing game while possibly splitting carries with Mostert. – Polvogt

WR: Robby Anderson (Carolina at Atlanta) — $5,900

A few more performances like he’s had so far this season, and Robby Anderson, who’s WR8 in season long Points Per Receptions (PPR) leagues, won’t be cheap enough to be considered a Typewriter Pick.

This week the Panthers travel south to play the Falcons. I’ll avoid the banalities of how atrocious Atlanta’s defense has been and instead leave you with a simple reminder that the Falcons currently allow the second-most passing yards per game (341.5), total yards per game (448.2) and points per game (34.5). – Woolcock

QB: Baker Mayfield (Indianapolis at Cleveland) — $5,700

Are the Browns the real deal this year? They’re looking pretty good so far and showed they just might be for real by defeating the Cowboys this past week. The Colts’ defense is tough, but if you’re looking for a value play at the quarterback position, Baker Mayfield, especially with a scalding-hot Odell Beckham Jr. around, could keep the breakout going. – Hicks

WR: Randall Cobb (Jacksonville at Houston) — $4,600

No one wants to pick Randall Cobb. We get it. He can be wildly inconsistent as he has been so far this season. It feels like his Week 3 performance against Pittsburgh, where he managed 19.5 DFS points, was an aberration. And it may have been, but this isn’t your typical year. We’re being forced to reach at times for unseen value. 

This week could be that week for Cobb. Jacksonville has an overall inexperienced defense, despite being ranked 10th against the pass. This is a big game for Houston and new interim head coach Romeo Crennel. You should expect Crennel to pound the ground which will open up the passing game a bit for Houston, translating into some big-play opportunities for Cobb this week. – Polvogt

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