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As a die-hard New England Patriots fan, waking up this morning was quite delightful.

This Julian Edelman tweet pretty much sums it all up.

In DFS terms, the Patriots offense is back to being very Fantasy friendly.

Lots of Fantasy goodness this weekend as well. Hello Falcons, good to see you. Julio Jones reminded us all, not to forget about him as being one of the best wide receivers in the game. As he goes for 300 receiving yards on 12 catches and took a 75-yard slant to the house.

Julio won some money for DFS owners this weekend that is for sure. 51 DraftKings points and 42 FanDuel points had people jumping for joy like this stud.

You win some, you lose some. Lets take a look at last weeks picks based off of price.

Big hitter:

  • Dak Prescott 18.1 DK, 18.1 FD
  • Will Fuller V 27.1 DK, 23.6 FD

Solid Buys:

  • Kirk Cousins 18.8 DK, 18.3 FD
  • Carlos Hyde 14.9 DK, 14.4 FD
  • Duke Johnson 13.4 DK, 9.4 FD

Swing and Miss:

  • Dwayne Washington 2.4 DK, 1.9 FD
  • Chris Hogan 0 DK, 0 FD
  • New England Patriots Defense 3 DK, 3 FD

I found myself really digging into the Eagles vs. Lions as well as the Bears vs. Colts matchups this week. One position you may need to pay up for is at running back. Very few guys out there that are guaranteed 15-20 touches each week. Without further ado, here are this weeks DFS Sleepers.

Week 5 DFS Sleepers

Mid-Tier Quarterbacks

Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles, Road vs. Detroit Lions (6,400 DK, 7,500 FD)

I think Carson Wentz’s price on FanDuel is a sin. I’m scooping him up all day on FanDuel this weekend and will then proceed to laugh my way to the bank. Through the first three weeks, he is the number ten quarterback. This matchup is all game flow. Both teams will be moving the ball through the air. Matthew Stafford and the Lions will throw the ball especially with the thin depth they have at the running back position. Dwayne Washington is currently dealing with a sprained ankle.

For Wentz it’s all about the Lions defense. The Lions are stout up front, but their secondary is simply not great. 12-1 touchdown to interception ratio. Which is the second most touchdowns given up this season. The Bengals and Lions are the only two teams who have yet to give up a touchdown on the ground. Lets keep the Wentzillvania train rolling.

Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Road vs. Carolina Panthers (5,800 DK, 7,400 FD)

At first glance the matchup looks iffy, I hear you, but look at the numbers from the Panthers defense thus far. Fifth most points allowed and eighth most passing touchdowns. Here’s the list of quarterbacks they have faced as well for kicks and giggles; Trevor Siemian, Blaine Gabbert, Sam Bradford and Matt Ryan. Other than Matt Ryan, none of these quarterbacks should scare the Panthers but they put up numbers. If Blaine Gabbert can score 22.7 DK and FD points I think Winston can at least do that. For the price as well, it is a quite appealing Monday night pick.

Mid-Tier Running Backs

Terrance West, Baltimore Ravens, Home vs. Washington Redskins (4,800 DK, 6,400 FD)

It was nice to see the Ravens actually stick with one guy and not mess around. As I was writing this, I got an alert that Justin Forsett is going to be released. Now if that isn’t a sign to take Terrance West this week, I’m not sure what is. He sure has the size, average speed, and good vision. Only knock is his inability to catch a pass.

The Redskins are god awful up front, on the defensive side of the ball. Most rushing touchdowns given up. Would like to pause for a moment and say eight touchdowns on the ground given up in this pass happy league is not going to get it done. Anyway, third in yards on the ground, and second in yards per attempt through four games. I believe the Ravens continue with the hot hand approach and keep feeding West. Kenneth Dixon is going to be making his debut this weekend but West should see the field more than Dixon.

DeAndre Washington, Oakland Raiders, Home vs. San Diego Chargers (3,400 DK, 4,700 FD)

Had a whole write up done and research complete on Latavius Murray and of course I get a tweet about Murray reportedly being in a walking boot this week. Well that’s not good.

The total number of snaps between Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington are pretty much split. 54-51 in favor of Jalen Richard. It is all about the matchup here. The Chargers have done well against the run in terms of yards but they are second with seven touchdowns given up. I see Washington being in on the running down plays and Richard in on passing situations. With the price still deflated due to the Murray injury in the last hour being reported. In turn, makes Washington a very nice play here.

Diamond In The Rough Running Back

Wendell Smallwood, Philadelphia Eagles, Road vs. Detroit Lions (3,400 DK, 5,900 FD)

No thank you on FanDuel. Draftkings though is a nice price for Mr. Wendell Smallwood. Thought he looked good against the Steelers and people may have forgotten about him with the Eagles coming off of their week four bye. Ryan Matthews looks like he is good to go this weekend but he has had his troubles staying on the field. I think Smallwood can contribute more than he has shown in the passing game as well, having shown it in college at The University of West Virginia. Very solid matchup as well and for the price, Smallwood is a nice gamble especially in tournament games.

Mid-Tier Wide Receivers

Quincy Enunwa, New York Jets, Road vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (4,600 DK, 6,200 FD)

Nicely priced on both sites for Quincy Enunwa. With Eric Decker out, Enunwa should continue to see more targets. The dude was putting up very solid numbers even with Decker on the opposite side of Brandon Marshall.

Through the first four games he has 23 catches for 243 yards and a touchdown. About 61 yards per game. Those first four games were against, Cincinnatti Bengals, Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs and the Seattle Seahawks. All fantastic defenses. He gets a Steelers team who has allowed the third most passing yards. I am sorry I keep annoying you with the whole game flow thing, but the Steelers are I guess, alright on offense. Jets will be down and have to throw, I guarantee you that much.

This actually blew me away while I was looking this up. 43, 54, 31, 50. Winning lottery ticket numbers? Boy I wish. Those are the number of passes thrown by the team opposing the Steelers through four weeks. I can’t emphasize it enough. Game flow, game flow, game flow. Enunwa should see at least 10 targets this game.

Eddie Royal, Chicago Bears, Road vs. Indianapolis Colts, (4,200 DK, 5,700 FD)

Seven catches on seven targets for 111 yards and a touchdown last weekend for Eddie Royal. As I was proofreading this, I got another alert that Kevin White will be heading on the IR. This matchup can’t get any nicer as well. I also see Vontae Davis opposite Alshon Jeffery which should free up Royal in a high scoring game. Great play here in both tourney and double up cash game.

Diamond In The Rough Wide Receiver

Brian Quick, Los Angeles Rams, Home vs. Buffalo Bills (3,200 DK, 4,500 FD)

Tourney play here for Brian Quick who is a real nice bargain. Three times in his last two games he has reached the end zone. Looks to be a defensive game in this one but if Quick can get five to seven targets, think he can find the end zone once again this week. Boom or bust play.

Tight End

Zach Miller, Chicago Bears, Road vs. Indianapolis Colts (3,600 DK, 5,400 FD)

Give me some Zach Miller this week. It’s Miller time, the Z mister, Z Mills. Wonder what nickname he would respond to if I happened to bump into him.

In any case, like Brian Quick who I recently talked about, Miller as well has three touchdowns himself over his last two games. With Kevin White missing this weeks game, it can only help Zach Miller. Bears will be forced to throw the ball and Brian Hoyer has looked actually very good over the last two games.

Defense

Miami Dolphins, Home vs. Tennesse Titans (2,900 DK, 4,600 FD)

The Miami Dolphins give up a lot of yards on the ground but are stout at keeping teams out of the red zone on the ground thus far. Only two rushing touchdowns allowed this season. Marcus Mariota has been a turnover machine. Five interceptions and two lost fumbles is god awful. With the Dolphins back at home they will commit some turnovers and force Mariota to make some poor decisions.

Josh Carlson

Josh recently graduated in 2015 with his Bachelor's in Business Administration, from Husson University. He currently works for Sports Radar covering professional teams in the Texas area. You can also find him blowing money on DraftKings and FanDuel. Always remember the motto: Numbers do tell a story. Find him on facebook as well as twitter @Josh_Carls0n. Yes, that is the number zero in my last name. I love numbers.

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