DraftKings Picks Week 6: NFL DFS lineup advice for daily fantasy football tournaments

Week 6 of the NFL season is here and with it comes another solid NFL DFS slate. Four teams are on bye this week — the Saints, Seahawks, Raiders, and Chargers — and with it, a lot of the top-tier players and mid-tier values are gone. Without Alvin Kamara, DK Metcalf, Darren Waller, etc., most DFS players will have to make balanced lineups that target a couple of sleepers since there isn’t a lot of ways to spend up. Our Week 6 DraftKings tournament lineup will try to identify some of these values while capitalizing on an opportunity to avoid the bottom-dollar guys we sometimes target in more loaded slates.

Our strategy this week was to spend down at QB, which is usually a good move, and capitalize on some of the favorable matchups that top receivers are facing this week. Per usual, we’re targeting the weakest defenses on the slate. The Falcons are our top defense to exploit ,and as a result, we have a Vikings RB-WR stack in play that offers a lot of upside. Other defenses we’re targeting include the Jets, Eagles, Jaguars, and Washington.

WEEK 6 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Aside from the contrarian RB-WR stack we’re employing, we have a traditional QB-WR stack in play, as well. We also considered a Steelers WR-TE stack at one point but wanted to get involved in a few different games, so we ultimately decided against that. Either way though, it’s definitely a good week to stack, and there are plenty of solid options for fantasy owners to target.

WEEK 6 PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

This lineup is for Week 6 DraftKings main slate tournaments.

There is a lot to like about Fitzpatrick in Week 6. First of all, he’s taking on a weak Jets defense that has allowed 21.4 DraftKings points per game toQBs. That should give him a chance to rack up some solid numbers. Second, he’s posted at least 25.2 DK points in his past four games and has multiple TDs in all but one of those contests. Fitzpatrick is simply on a hot streak, and with a sub-$6K price, he’s worth a shot as a high-floor option that could be lower-owned than anticipated in tournament play.

Many will be disappointed about Mattison’s high price in the wake of Dalvin Cook’s injury, and that could drive some away from playing him. That said, Mattison has a dream matchup against a Falcons defense that allows the seventh-most DK points per game to RBs (29.5) and has allowed a league-high four receiving TDs to the position. With a full workload, Mattison should eclipse 100 yards and might score on the ground and through the air.

Swift is a bit of a risk, as he’s still technically behind Adrian Peterson in the Lions’ running back room and has only 12 carries on the season. However, the Jaguars allow the eighth-most DK points to RBs (28.8 per game), so Swift could take advantage of that as a receiver, in particular.He alsohadfour catches for 30 yards and a TD and four carries for 22 yards against the Saints before the bye. Perhaps the Lions will look to get him more involved with an extra week to prepare.

So far this season, Thielen has posted at least 29.2 DK points in three of his five games. He should have a chance to repeat his success against the Falcons, who have allowed the second-most receiving yards to WRs this year at a mark of 1,075. Thielen is averaging 8.8 targets per game, as well, so that makes him a high-floor, high-ceiling play thanks to DraftKings’ full-point PPR scoring.

Brown is the No. 1 receiver in Baltimore and is averaging 7.2 targets per game this season. He is a big-play threat and the Eagles have been torched by receivers this year to a tune of 44.5 DK points per game (eighth most in the NFL). Chase Claypool just scored four times against Philly, so Brown should be able to give them trouble with his speed.

We’re stacking Parker with Fitzpatrick in a favorable matchup. Parker has posted double-digit DK points in his past four games and only missed the mark in Week 1 because he left the game early with a hamstring injury (8.7 points). The Jets have allowed the fifth-most yards to receivers this year (948), so Parker should continue to rack up targets and catches from Fitzpatrick.

Washington has allowed the third-most TDs to TEs this year (5), the fourth-most yards (341), and the fifth-most DK points per game (18.8). Engram is averaging 6.4 targets per game and scored on the ground as a runner last week. He may be a bit of a boom-or-bust playmaker, but he has the speed and athleticism to take advantage of Washington like Gerald Everett did last week (four catches, 90 yards).

Patrick has scored in each of his past two games and is averaging 5.3 targets per game so far this season. With Drew Lock (shoulder) likely to return, Patrick could have a chance to do well against a Patriots team that has allowed the fourth-most TDs to WRs this year (7).

The Panthers are a nice sleeper defense that has been playing well in recent weeks. In their past three games, they have allowed an average of 17.7 points per game against three good offenses (Falcons, Cardinals, Chargers). The Bears have struggled to move the ball this season so the Panthers could pay off and exceed their three-game average of6.3 DK points per game in a favorable matchup.

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