I had a nice week 5…mainly because I followed none of their advice. This was a below average week for the “experts”. Evan Silva really shined though.


Top Contrarian Plays For Week 5 – Scott Barrett

hqdefaultDerek Anderson – QB 28, 5.52 pts
Jameis Winston – QB16, 15.36 pts
Devonta Freeman – RB9, 19.8 pts
Lamar Miller – RB49, 2.9 pts
DeSean Jackson – WR55, 5 pts
Victor Cruz – 0 pts
Cameron Brate – TE22,  4.3 pts
Richard Rodgers – TE36, 1.1 pts

I’m not sure what leagues this guy plays in but I can’t play players in the Monday night games. 1 recommendation in the top 10 for contrarian plays is not helping anyone with the column. I understand the idea behind trying to select low owned players but there was no useful advice here.

Last Week’s Grade – B
This Week’s Grade – D

FanDuel Lineup Advice: The Best Plays of Week 5 by Patrick Thorman

hqdefault-1Ryan Tannehill – QB29, 3.64 pts
Ryan Fitzpatrick – QB17, 15.10 pts
CJ Anderson – RB31, 7.7 pts
LeGarrette Blount – RB23, 9.7 pts
Jerrick McKinnon – RB39 5.1 pts
DeAndre Washington – RB32, 7.7 pts
Kelvin Benjamin – WR34, 9.5 pts
Jordan Matthews – WR37, 8.5 pts
Sterling Shepard – WR73, 2.4 pts
DeSean Jackson – WR55, 5 pts
Delanie Walker – TE3, 15.1 pts
Zach Miller – TE9, 10.8 pts

Patrick Thorman is becoming a writer whose articles are not worth reading. He’s titling his article the “best” plays. Aside from Delanie and Zach, there was not even another good selection. That means that 10 out of his 12 “best” plays were outside the top 20. If you followed any of his selections, chances were you weren’t making the money

Last Week’s Grade – C-
This Week’s Grade – D-

DFS Locks of the Week by Michael Tagliere

gl7e4a-mDerek Carr – QB8, 21.98 pts
Eli Manning – QB23, 10.06 pts
Jordan Howard – RB5, 23.80 pts
Todd Gurley – RB12, 16.3 pts
Julien Edleman – WR48 6 pts
Amari Cooper – WR3, 24.8 pts
Zach Ertz – TE19, 5.2 pts

You still can’t refer to these as “locks” which makes me want to give him a lower grade but not horrible suggestions here. Howard, Gurley, and Amari all paid the bills. Carr was fine and Eli was bad once again. Edleman sort of missed the mark. Ertz was suggested all over and not a complete bust, but not great either.

Last Week’s Grade – D

This Week’s Grade – B

Week 5 DFS Players to Fade by Tyler Loechner

Tyler Loechner

Tyler Loechner

Matthew Stafford – QB10, 18.8 pts
Lamar Miller – RB49, 2.9 pts
Rashad Jennings – DNP
DeAndre Hopkins – WR17, 14.1 pts
Golden Tate – WR51, 6 pts
Jason Witten – TE18, 5.8 pts

A bit off on DeAndre and Stafford but all else were solid misses. Reading why players won’t do well is just as important as knowing why they would.

Last Week’s Grade – A-
This Week’s Grade – A-


Week 5 Start Sit Advice – Dan Schneier

Dan SchneierBest Matchups

Carson Wentz – QB13, 16.92 pts
Jordan Howard – RB5, 23.80 pts
Antonio Brown – WR11, 18.3 pts


Ryan Tannehill – QB29, 3.64 pts
Jerrick McKinnon – RB39. 5.1 pts
DeVante Parker -WR40, 9 pts

Matt Ryan – QB18 – 14.98 pts
Matt Jones – RB40, 4.6 pts
Tyrell Williams – WR9, 20.2 pts

The Best Matchups were all on target. This is what I’m routinely looking for and I don’t care what the price of them is. You have to build your players around key matchups and Dan Schneier has been good for 3 weeks now. His starts weren’t great and sits were decent except for Tyrell. Passing grade.

Last Week’s Grade – B+
This Week’s Grade – B+

Bargains of the Week by Brandon Marianne Lee

Brandon Marianne LeeQB – Wentz (QB13), Lynch (QB21), Hoyer (QB5), Derek Anderson (QB28)
RB – West (RB21), Powell (RB28), Howard (RB4), McKinnon (RB39), Gore (RB27), Crowell (RB41)
WR – Smith Sr (WR59), Woods (WR65), Coates (WR1), Royal (WR42), Hogan (WR19), Inman (WR91), Fuller (WR90)
TE – James (TE7), Brate (TE22), Miller (TE9), Henry (TE4)

SAMMIE COATES! A few decent bargains in this list and quality picks on TE’s. Goes to show that the cheap players can go off. Most of these guys were misses though so you have to be very careful when choosing from this list. Anything in the top 20 I’d call a major success.

Last Week’s Grade – B-
This Week’s Grade – B


Evan Silva Quotes

Evan SilvaDFS concerns for Crowell include Bill Belichick’s knack for taking away his opponent’s top weapon and the Browns’ loss of C Austin Reiter(ACL) after already losing first-team C Cameron Erving (lung) – RB40

This is a good week to consider Luck-T.Y. Hilton stacks in DFS tournaments.  I like T.Y. as a cash-game play in DFS this weekQB6, WR2

I’m down on Hoyer in DFS due to injuries to Alshon Jeffery (knee), Eddie Royal (calf), and Zach Miller (ribs). … QB5

Miller is a solid Week 5 DFS tight end – TE5

Walker should be fired up confidently in season-long leagues and is also worth a look in DFS tournaments, where Walker is likely to be severely underowned – TE3

Minnesota’s defense should be a high-floor play in DFS this week. – D2

Reed is start in season-long leagues and an overpriced fade in DFS. TE13

In DFS, Marshall makes sense as a game-stack partner with Steelers passing-game members and/or Le’Veon Bell. – WR8, RB8

DFS Lineup Advice

Week 5 Optimal FD Lineup – Brandon Marianne Lee

Ben Roethlisberger – 33.2 pts
CJ Anderson – 9.2 pts
DeAndre Washington – 10.2 pts
Antonio Brown – 22.8 pts
Odell Beckham Jr – 16.6 pts
Quincy Enunwa – 9.1 pts
Zach Ertz – 6.7 pts
Mason Crosby – 11 pts
Titans – 11 pts

Total – 129.8 (C+ Grade)

Week 5 Optimal DK Lineup – Tyler Loechner

Brian Hoyer – 26.78
Jordan Howard – 28.3 pts
Jerrick McKinnon – 5.6 pts
Antonio Brown – 22.8 pts
O’Dell Beckham Jr. –  16.6 pts
Brandon Marshall –  28.4 pts
Zach Ertz – 6.7 pts
DeAndre Washington – 10.2 pts
Eagles –  6 pts

Total – 151.38 (B Grade)


Final Thoughts

Evan Silva knows his shit. I put together 7 lineups and not one of them were lower than 153.96. 153 is on the high end of average. If you followed the advice of PFF’s pros, in many cases they weren’t on the right people. Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, and Martellus Bennett were not mentioned one time. Where’s TY Hilton’s name? There’s a ton of overlap and it’s bad selection overlap. On to week 6.