Finding the best anchors for your DFS lineup is the best way to start lineup construction, so each week in this space, I’ll be taking a look at a skill-position breakdown of players who stick out on Yahoo. Whether it’s because of matchup or usage or anything else, these are players who should feature heavily in lineups.
Quarterbacks | Yahoo Week 5 Picks
Look for the Expensive Patrick Mahomes to Bounce Back
($40, at Washington)
After getting taken to the wood shed in Week 5, it would be difficult to believe Patrick Mahomes won't have something extra special in store this week. While he is priced at the top end of the charts with Kyler Murray, it's for good reason — he averages 27.4 Yahoo PPG. And to be fair, this is an utter smash spot this week — Washington has allowed 14 passing touchdowns this season, most in the NFL. I'd expect him to light some folks up in Week 6 to avoid slipping two games under .500.
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Does Taylor Heinicke Make for Some Sleeper Material?
($28, vs. Kansas City Chiefs)
Let's not ignore that there is an over/under of 55.5 points in this game, and the dirty little secret that's not so little any more is that the KC defense stinks. The Chiefs are getting absolutely torched by opposing quarterbacks, ranking as the league's worst defense in fantasy points allowed to the position. While Taylor Heinicke was not good last week against the Saints, in a negative game script, Heinicke is ready for a big day. Yes, I think both quarterbacks in this game are worthy of roster-ship.
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Running Back | Yahoo Week 6 Picks
Josh Jacobs Is the Man in Charge in Vegas
($17, at Denver Broncos)
As the Raiders suffered another gut-punch loss, one thing that crystallized in this game was that Josh Jacobs appears to be returning to full health and full work load. He saw nearly 70% of the offensive snaps last week, and he did rack up 20 total touches this week. While many folks expected Kenyan Drake to be the man in the pass-catching game, he (strangely) nabbed only one ball. With a potential full workload and a very cheap price, Jacobs makes a lot of sense.
Jonathan Taylor Is Returning to Form
($23, vs. Houston Texans)
It's been a bit of a funky season for Jonathan Taylor — he was really subpar in Weeks 2 and 3, totaling only a combined 13.5 FanDuel points. But dude returned to form this last week and holy cow, he was ballin'. While the Colts likely wished they could have that one back, Taylor was massive — he racked up 169 all-purpose yards, reaching paydirt twice. With a positive gamescript favoring a hefty workload (the Colts are 10-point favorites), it could be a big week.
Wide Receiver | Yahoo Week 6 Picks
Ja'Marr Chase Is Becoming a Must-Use
($24, at Detroit Lions)
While the Lions don't necessarily shoot to the top of the charts in terms of a position that we necessarily seek to target, there's a reason for that — they are typically playing from behind, which means a positive (read: run-heavy) gamescript a lot of times. But Ja’Marr Chase is putting himself into some elite company as a rookie — through five games, he leads the Bengals in targets, catches and receiving yards, and only he and Randy Moss can say they've caught five touchdowns and 450 receiving yards in the first five games of their career. At this pace, his price is likely to skyrocket, so get him at a reasonable price.
Can Scary Terry Return to Form?
($27, vs. Kansas City Chiefs)
Everything seems to check a ton of boxes for the Washington Football Team this week. They are horrible defensively, especially against the pass — they have allowed a 100-yard receiver in every game this season except the opener this year. And with Terry McLaurin being a relatively cheap option, he's going to see a lot of love this week. McLaurin had a relatively quiet week against a stout Saints D (four catches, 46 receiving yards), but he did garner 11 looks in the pass game. Except last week to be an exception.
Tight End | Yahoo Week 6 Picks
Consider a Reasonably Priced Mark Andrews for Big Production
($21, vs. Los Angeles Chargers)
We’ve gotten solid production from Mark Andrews this year, and Week 5 was his coming-out party. Andrews has garnered at least five targets in every game this year, but last week's 11-catch, 147-yard, two-score (and two two-point conversion) game was a real outburst. The Chargers are allowing the second-most points to opposing tight ends through five weeks this year — a whopping 15.9 FanDuel points per game, to be exact. At a pretty affordable price and getting some serious run in this offense makes Andrews a great option we need to consider.