Winning at DFS takes luck, but it’s the kind of luck we earn through intensive research and understanding how to maximize points. It’s not unlike managing a fantasy football team, except the stakes are higher and more compressed. Every decision is intensified. Every mistake is amplified, and every successful pick is glorified. Using FanDuel, let’s take a look at some of the top NFL DFS picks for Week 6 lineups.
NFL DFS Picks Week 6 | Quarterbacks
The following are my three favorite Week 6 DFS bargain picks at each position, based on FanDuel pricing. Which quarterbacks have the best bargain on FanDuel for Week 6?
Carson Wentz ($6,700)
Never go cheap for cheap’s sake. You need points, not just budget savings. But this week, Wentz can bring the best of both worlds. He’s one of the least expensive DFS QBs, and he’s also cracked 17.9 points in four of five games. Facing Houston at home, he’s a good bet to exceed his value.
Sam Darnold ($7,500)
The new franchise QB for Carolina took a step back last week after four straight 19-plus-point performances. He gets a beatable Minnesota defense and has strong potential for top-12 production.
Patrick Mahomes ($9,000)
How can the most expensive DFS QB be a bargain? When he’s a likely top-three option with blow-up potential. The Chiefs have lost three of four games, and their two wins weren’t decided until the fourth quarter. This team is reeling. I like Mahomes and Co. righting the ship against an underperforming Washington defense.
NFL DFS Picks Week 6 | Running Back
Which running backs should be on your radar in DFS for Week 6?
Antonio Gibson ($6,700)
Speaking of Washington, their offense runs through two players, and one of them is named Antonio. The second-year back should be priced at least $1,000 higher.
Javonte Williams ($5,600)
Admittedly, there is risk here. Javonte Williams is still splitting touches with Melvin Gordon, though Denver could play Gordon sparingly with the veteran nursing hip and leg injuries. That’s the gamble with Williams. If he takes a lead role this week, he will comfortably outperform expectations and realistically could be a top-14 RB.
Kareem Hunt ($7,400)
Kareem Hunt’s listed as questionable, but as long as he’s starting, you can start him with (relative) confidence. Hunt is the No. 6 fantasy RB and won’t be competing with Nick Chubb this week. Given his upside, $7,400 is a bargain.
NFL DFS Picks Week 6 | Wide Receivers
Who are the wide receivers worth putting in your NFL DFS Week 6 FanDuel lineups?
Chase Claypool ($6,700)
Ben Roethlisberger has three offensive weapons to choose from on most plays. One of them is Claypool, who has averaged 8+ targets this season. With JuJu Smith-Schuster shelved and the less predictable James Washington replacing him, Claypool’s grip on a top-two receiver role has tightened. A 9-100-1 line this week is realistic.
Keenan Allen ($7,100)
Keenan Allen has been quiet. Too quiet. With Mike Williams hobbled and Baltimore’s defense unable to slow passing attacks, Allen could be a top-five option this week. I love him at his WR2 price tag.
Amon-Ra St. Brown ($5,200)
A longtime favorite of my fantasy colleague Tommy Garrett, Amon-Ra St. Brown is now Detroit’s de facto No. 1 wideout. If you want a cheap 10+ points, here’s where you can find them.
At a position as scarce as tight end, sometimes it’s best to simply pay up at the position in DFS.
Mark Andrews ($6,300)
I trailed my opponent by 31 points last Monday night before Andrews handed me (and I’m sure some of you) a shocking victory. Can he do it again? No, probably not. But half that production is realistic against the Chargers, as Andrews is primed to be an elite fantasy TE once again.
Donald Parham ($4,900)
This might be a stretch. But if you’re looking for a cheap TE with decent TD potential, take a chance on Parham — particularly if the injured Mike Williams is used more as a decoy.
Travis Kelce ($8,500)
The most expensive tight end also has the highest floor and highest ceiling. I’m predicting 40+ points for the Chiefs today. Kelce is headed toward a mammoth day.
Which defenses are the teams to target in DFS for Week 6 of the NFL season?
Pittsburgh Steelers ($4,800)
Despite underperforming compared to preseason expectations, this unit is a great bet to keep Geno Smith and Alex Collins in check.
Indianapolis Colts ($4,700)
While the opposing Texans have moved the ball better than anticipated, they remain a bottom-tier offense. Indianapolis is a pretty safe play.
Green Bay Packers ($4,200)
Although I don’t usually recommend starting road D/STs, Chicago has struggled to move the ball through the air, and now they’re down to Khalil Herbert on the ground. Not that Herbert can’t come through, but the Bears remain a team in transition, and Green Bay is good enough to capitalize.