Cardinals vs. Eagles DFS Lineup: Should We Start James Conner, Eno Benjamin, or DeVonta Smith?

Here is our recommended Cardinals vs. Eagles DFS lineup based on likely game-script analyses for their NFL Week 5 Sunday matchup.

If you’re playing an Arizona Cardinals vs. Philadelphia Eagles DFS lineup for Sunday in Week 4, then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve analyzed each team’s highest-probability game scripts to assess the most likely outcomes, including which players are in line to thrive more than anticipated or fall short of expectations.

The following recommended fantasy football lineup (for tournaments, 50/50, or head-to-head competitions) aims to lock in a relatively high floor while maximizing upside.

Recommended Cardinals vs. Eagles DFS Lineup

Today, we’re playing DraftKings “Showdown Captain Mode,” which includes one player who earns 1.5 times his scoring output, plus five Flex players. The following NFL betting recommendations are based on proprietary PFN predictive analytics pulled from decades of NFL historical data.

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Using this data, I’ve built dozens of models showing actionable probabilities of better-than-expected and worse-than-expected outcomes. Criteria such as age, durability, shifting personnel, schedule, and other factors help shape these final assessments.

Cardinals DFS Considerations

In the last 15 years, the Cardinals have defeated the Eagles in six of eight contests. But this summer, oddsmakers placed Philly just ahead of Arizona in their ranking of likely Super Bowl winners for the 2022 season.

Four games into this season, it’s clear the Eagles’ franchise is on a sharp upswing, while Arizona’s remains in neutral. A middling running game and vulnerable pass defense have the Cards in the running for the NFC West title, but certainly not a favorite to win it.

Of course, Kyler Murray is the offensive engine. As he goes, so goes this franchise, at least for now. It’s hard to see Philly bottling him up as the Eagles did against Trevor Lawrence (after the first quarter) in Week 4. But can Murray provide value at his steep price? Much depends on his legs. He rushed 12 times last week — his most since 2020. At full strength, Philly is tough against the pass. Murray might need to run a lot more to exceed 16 DFS points.

As for his teammates, Greg Dortch has been a great find, yet he earned only one target when Rondale Moore returned in Week 4. He and Moore might cancel each other out, leaving only Zach Ertz and Marquise Brown as receivers to strongly consider.

What about their backfield? Ugh. Eno Benjamin might be pushing for more time, and James Conner might not be doing enough to distance himself. It will be difficult to trust either on the road this weekend, though if Benjamin comes very cheap, we could rationalize taking a flier on him.

Eagles DFS Considerations

In real life, Cardinals eat bugs and fruit, much like I do when I’m lost in the woods a few dozen yards from my house. On the football field, these Cardinals dine on the fumes of running backs jetting past them.

No, it’s not that bad. But don’t let their low “total rushing yards yielded” stat fool you. Opponents have run on them only 81 times — the third-lowest mark in the league. Yet, they’re middling in yards-per-carry allowed, and their limiting a hobbled Christian McCaffrey on the ground last weekend doesn’t reflect what Miles Sanders could do.

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Regardless of whether we include Sanders or even the much more affordable Kenneth Gainwell, we can envision the Eagles capitalizing on Arizona’s weak pass defense which has yielded the fifth-most passing TDs in the league. Securing Jalen Hurts, A.J. Brown, and DeVonta Smith might require at least one ultra-cheap dart throw, but given their ceilings, it could be worth it. Or we could swap out one receiver for the decently-priced Dallas Goedert.

Recommended DFS Lineup

Will Hurts rebound? Who knows. Does he have the highest realistic ceiling in this game? Probably. So let’s roll with Hurts ($11,400 normally, $17,100 as Captain) in our Captain slot. And I think you know who’s next — his receivers Brown ($10,600), Smith ($7,600), and Goedert ($6,600).

Sanders is expensive ($8,800) while averaging a mere two catches for nine receiving yards per game. Realistically, he’ll need to score to meet or exceed expectations. I’d rather bet on the Eagles’ passing attack in this one.

With only $8,100 remaining, we’ll lock in Ertz ($6,400) and Trey McBride ($600). This TE hedge assumes Philly will contain Arizona’s running game, forcing Murray to throw deep into the game while playing from behind. We don’t have the funds to secure Dortch and Moore. So the Ertz/McBride combo should (hopefully) give us 17+ combined points.

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