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Week 5 FanDuel Cash-Game Picks

By Kevin English 1:10pm EDT 10/9/20

Quarterback

Dak Prescott, Cowboys ($8,700) vs. New York Giants

Dak pops up #1 in our $/point metric among main slate QBs. He’s rattled off 38, 29 and 40 fantasy points over his past 3 outings. Dallas’ quick pace, healthy weaponry and matchup with a bad Giants secondary should keep the high-end production coming.

Also consider: Teddy Bridgewater

Running back

Kareem Hunt, Browns ($7,000) vs. Indianapolis

Hunt brings a bit of risk, as he’s still battling a groin injury that’s limited him in practice. Still, with Nick Chubb out, Hunt projects for ~20 touches in a game that should be close. Indy, meanwhile, will be without LB Darius Leonard and perhaps LB Anthony Walker, too.

Mike Davis, Panthers ($6,800) at Atlanta

Panthers-Falcons is simply a game you want pieces of. The total here is at 53.5, up from an open of 51. The Panthers are implied for nearly 26 points.

Atlanta’s decimated on defense — mostly in the secondary. But it provides an excellent scoring matchup for Carolina’s undisputed workhorse. Note that backup Reggie Bonnafon was recently placed on IR. New backups Trenton Cannon and Alex Armah aren’t expected to see more than a few touches.

Davis’ last 2 games have produced 29 carries, 15 targets and 2 scores. Understandably, he’ll be highly owned.

Jerick McKinnon, 49ers ($6,400) vs. Miami

We’ll see if Raheem Mostert remains out. But if he sits again, McKinnon will deserve strong consideration following a 2-game stretch with 40 opportunities and 2 scores.

The Dolphins lack playmakers on defense and have already allowed 6 total scores to RBs this season.

Also consider: Ezekiel Elliott, Clyde Edwards-Helaire

Wide receiver

Calvin Ridley, Falcons ($8,300) vs. Carolina

Ridley stunk last week — he failed to catch any of his 5 targets in a rough matchup at Green Bay. That snapped a streak of 3 straight games of 100+ yards to open this season. He had tallied 7 straight games of 75+ yards going back to 2019.

Ridley played through a variety of lower-body ailments in the Monday night loss and remained on the injury report this week. The good news is, he’s at least put in limited sessions. He’s fully expected to suit up come Sunday.

Atlanta, however, appears likely to be without Julio Jones, who just suffered a hamstring setback. On the other side, Carolina will be without top CB Eli Apple.

In perhaps the best fantasy game on the slate, Ridley should deliver in spades.

Robby Anderson, Panthers ($6,200) at Atlanta

Anderson hasn’t been utilized like the deep threat he was with the Jets. Through 4 games, his average depth of target (aDOT) stands at 9.1. The shorter range role — plus an average of nearly 9 targets per game — combine to supply a strong floor and ceiling. That's even truer this week against the league's most injury-riddled secondary.

D.J. Moore also deserves consideration, although Anderson saves you a few hundred bucks.

CeeDee Lamb, Cowboys ($5,900) vs. New York Giants.

Lamb’s targets have gone 6, 9, 7 and 7 thus far. Dallas’ insane pass-happy rate has helped, but there’s optimism in his 14.8 YPC and 75% catch rate.

The Giants’ secondary is easily exploitable, and the Cowboys’ Week 5 team total (31.75) confirms obvious scoring upside. Lamb’s already garnered 2 targets inside the 10 yard-line — 1 of which he converted into a score.

Also consider: Amari Cooper, Diontae Johnson, D.J. Moore

Tight end

George Kittle, 49ers ($7,100) vs. Miami

Kittle’s clearly underpriced here; there’s no way he should be $700 cheaper than Travis Kelce.

Now, you’re not playing Kittle because of what he did against Philly (15-183-1). But that certainly demands attention — especially in his first game back from a knee injury.

Miami simply doesn’t have TE “stopper.” Pro Football Focus has their primary coverage player as S Eric Rowe, who’s among PFF’s lowest graded safeties (46.3). San Francisco could really lean on Kittle once again if they continue limiting Deebo Samuel’s workload.

Also consider: Evan Engram

Defense

Cardinals ($4,200) at Jets

Texans ($3,600) vs. Jaguars

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