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DRAFT NFL Week 5: Lineups, Strategy and Rankings

Hi everybody, welcome to week 5 of PlayDraft DFS Strategy. This week brings the start of the bye weeks which means we’re going to have to start relying on some less than ideal options for the deeper drafts. Still, anybody can draft a stud, we’re going to leverage our insight to draft winning teams!

QB Rankings

  1. Aaron Rodgers
  2. Tom Brady
  3. Jameis Winston
  4. Eli Manning
  5. Dak Prescott
  6. Marcus Mariota
  7. Ben Roethlisberger
  8. Sam Bradford
  9. Tyrod Taylor
  10. Russell Wilson
  11. Philip Rivers
  12. DeShaun Watson

RB Rankings

  1. LeSean McCoy
  2. LeVeon Bell
  3. Ezekiel Elliott
  4. Todd Gurley
  5. Kareem Hunt
  6. Leonard Fournette
  7. Carlos Hyde
  8. Melvin Gordon
  9. Jordan Howard
  10. Jay Ajayi
  11. DeMarco Murray
  12. Lamar Miller
  13. Frank Gore
  14. Bilal Powell
  15. Ty Montgomery
  16. Doug Martin
  17. Ameer Abdullah
  18. Isaiah Crowell
  19. Latavius Murray
  20. Mike Gillislee
  21. Joe Mixon
  22. Marshawn Lynch

WR/TE Rankings

  1. Mike Evans
  2. Odell Beckham
  3. Jordy Nelson
  4. Antonio Brown
  5. AJ Green
  6. Brandin Cooks
  7. DeAndre Hopkins
  8. Dez Bryant
  9. Stefon Diggs
  10. Rob Gronkowski
  11. Kelvin Benjamin
  12. Larry Fitzgerald
  13. Alshon Jeffery
  14. Doug Baldwin
  15. Golden Tate
  16. Pierre Garcon
  17. Devante Parker
  18. Sammy Watkins
  19. Tyreek Hill
  20. DeSean Jackson
  21. TY Hilton
  22. Keenan Allen
  23. Adam Thielen

3 Team Strategy

Really, there’s quite a bit of parity at the top for 3 team options this week. I do think I put the least priority on WR though because I’m expecting a bounce back effort from Brandin Cooks and he’s the worst of the WR options you can take here. I would probably try to grab either Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady because of their consistency but Jameis Winston should be poised to put up big numbers against the Patriots cover nothing defense. There’s no appreciable drop off at RB in the top 6. Ideally I’d go RB-WR-QB-RB-WR here.

6 Team Strategy

Realistically, I want a top 2 or 3 option at QB and I’m willing to pay up to get it this week because of all of the injuries and bye week players. If I can’t get a top 3 option, then I’m waiting until the final round and taking Marcus Mariota. If he plays, he gets a very beatable Dolphins D. If he doesn’t play, then you will get notified before game time and get to pick from any undrafted QB which allows you to take advantage of any late week news or last minute feelings. There’s a noticeable difference in quality and consistency between the top half of the RB and WR lists and the second half for 6 team drafts. That being said, I still think there’s a bigger gap at QB and I’m okay with taking players from the second tier at the other positions. I want balance for my 6 team rosters this week. I’d go RB-QB-WR-WR-RB.

10 Team Strategy

The biggest drop off for me this week happens at RB once you get past the first 12 or so. The exception to that is at QB if Marcus Mariota and Sam Bradford both don’t play at which point I really don’t want to fish at the bottom of the QB barrel this week. I feel okay riding with some of the lower end WR talent (or at least more than the other positions). I’d suggest getting your RB and QB options early and filling in WR later. I’d either do RB-QB-RB-WR-WR or RB-RB-QB-WR-WR with my 10 team selections than any other combo.

That’s it for this week! Get out there and win some drafts! Also, as usual, please don’t be shy about asking questions or commenting in the area below!

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