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NFL Players Who Could Surprise In Week 5 DFS Beginning With Kirk Cousins

The following will be a list of NFL players in DFS games that might perform better than most DFS players expect in Week 5. All of these players will come at reasonable prices (some more so than others), have ideal matchups this week and/or have played very well of late.

Here are the players that may turn some heads this week.

WAS – QB – Kirk Cousins (GP: 4, RAT: 84.5, Pass YDS: 1,005, TD Pass: 4, INT: 4, Rush YDS: 0, Rush TD: 1):

Kirk Cousins faces a Falcons D that has given up the most PYPG (Passing Yards Per Game) since the start of the season (279.9). Cousins also might get additional help this week in terms of the weapons he’ll have access to in his receiving game with the potential return of the team’s top wideout DeSean Jackson (hamstring). Jackson is currently listed as Questionable, though, so it remains to be seen if he will, in fact, return this week. Cousins will be without starting TE Jordan Reed (head/ankle/knee) for Week 5, but he should still be a good bet for 250-300 passing yards and at least one TD pass. I’d be willing to bet that he’ll throw for at least 300 yards with at least two TD passes, though, this week. Needless to say, I have a lot of confidence in Cousins here.

BAL – RB – Justin Forsett (GP: 4, Car: 66, Rush YDS: 274, Rec: 12, Rec YDS: 41, Rush TD: 0):

Justin Forsett has two things going in his favor here. He is coming off of a game in where he ran for 150 yards on 27 carries (against the Steelers in Week 4) and he goes up against a team this week (the Browns) that has given up a league worst RYPG (Rushing Yards Per Game) of 141.6 since Week 1. Forsett’s price tag in DFS games this week is reasonable too. His salary is roughly in the upper-mid tear range right now. For a guy who could have a huge week in Week 5, he’s a very doable option here. Don’t let his slow start to the season make you pass him up. He’s definitely been a much better player of late.

NE – RB – LeGarrette Blount (GP: 4, Car: 66, Rush YDS: 274, Rec: 12, Rec YDS: 41, Rush TD: 0):

It seems like the Patriots RB situation is always up in the air in terms of who their main RB will be one week to the next. At first, it seemed as if Dion Lewis had the position locked down, but once LaGarrette Blount returned from injury, that perception quickly changed. Blount looks like the main guy again, for now, after coming off of a game in where he ran for 78 yards on 18 carries and scored three rushing TDs. That kind of stat line stands out and while he probably won’t score three TDs again this week, Patriots’ offense is talented enough to get Blount into another position where he could be seeing quite a few red zone rushing TD opportunities. He’s also still a cheap low-tier option in DFS games, which makes taking a chance on him here very tempting.

DEN – RB – Ronnie Hillman (GP: 4, Car: 39, Rush YDS: 191, Rec: 2, Rec YDS: 8, Rush TD: 0):

I’ve already suggested Ronnie Hillman as one of the RBs to go with in my FanDuel related article earlier this week, but know that he is also a super sleeper option to go with in all DFS NFL leagues in Week 5. I expect him to win over the starting RB position at some point for Denver. Current Denver starting RB C.J. Anderson has been atrocious this year and Hillman is coming off of a game where he ran for 103 yards on just 11 carries (his lone rushing TD that day went for 72 yards). Hillman goes up against an Oakland D that has given up an average of 119.4 RYPG since the start of the season. That ranks considerably below the top half of the league. Hillman might surprise this week as a low-tier option, salary wise, at RB.

TEN – WR – Kendall Wright (GP: 3, Rec: 13, Rec YDS: 213, Rec TD: 2):

Kendall Wright is another player I already advised taking in my FanDuel related article from yesterday, but he is another player you have to start taking notice of in all DFS NFL competitions. His chemistry with rookie QB Marcus Mariota has obviously improved since Week 1. Wright was targeted 12 times last week and wound up with 95 yards receiving and one TD catch. He’s also going at a rock bottom price still in all DFS competitions. He may be the best cheap buy at the WR position in all DFS leagues.

About the author: CD Hill has played fantasy sports (NFL, MLB and NBA) for over 20 years with 4+ years experience in Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) and has come to learn over the years how to select ideal lineups in DFS games through years of comprehensive player research and noticed statistical trends factored in. In DFS competitions, one has to know how to notice many variables that help a competitor select the best possible lineups, potentially. The process is a complex one, but I do my best to save my readers the time and energy it would normally take them on their own to try and submit a potential winning lineup in their DFS competitions. CD is currently a NFL, MLB and NBA fantasy sports and DFS writer for FantasyPros.com, Fantrax.com, as well as FantasyScouts.com. You can follow CD on Twitter @CDHill81.

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