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Joe 2 Pro: Week 5 Recap and Week 6 Plays

First – throughout the season I post my bankroll at the beginning of every article so you can view my weekly progress. This year, my starting bankroll was $18,270. I don’t do this as a way to brag, plenty of other people are playing with much more than I am. I do this as a way to show how your bankroll can go through some valleys and peaks throughout the season. Experienced players aren’t winning 100 percent of the time. We face losing weeks like everyone else. The important thing is to be profitable at the end of Week 17. You need to look at this as a marathon and not a sprint.

Second – this article is simple. I primarily run down my entire cash game thought process for the week. I won’t list plays for the sake of listing them. If I know early in the week which guy I am starting at QB, he’s the only guy I’ll mention.


Due to life changes and time constraints, there’s going to be a change to the format of this column. I’m going to write up my whole player pool at each position. Then I will write up the one guy at each position I feel the most strongly about. Think of the first article as a rough draft. As news happens throughout the week, I’ll post an updated player pool on Friday.


Week 5 Recap


Week 5 was definitely one to forget. I faced the biggest loss of my DFS career. My biggest mistake was using Eli Manning in cash over Ben Roethlisberger. It was something I debated heavily all week, but eventually settled on Manning. I was immediately in a hole once Roethlisberger and Tom Brady essentially hit their ceiling.

Week 6 Plays

Notes: Pay attention to the weather in Seattle and Oakland on Sunday morning. Projected high winds. I’m also moving to either Cam Newton or Drew Brees as the QB I feel most confident about. Alex Smith could still be fine with his low aDOT, but I want more exposure to the Panthers and Saints game. 


Cam Newton

Drew Brees 

Russell Wilson

Alex Smith – My early strategy this week involves paying up for two or three RBs. Two of them being Le’Veon Bell and DeMarco Murray (at least on DK.). To do this, you’ll need pay down somewhere. Alex Smith stands out to me against the Raiders. Smith is $5700 on DK and $6800 on FD. Oakland offers one of the friendliest matchups on paper, ranking 29th in pass DVOA and 28th in 4for4’s schedule-adjusted average fantasy points allowed (aFPA) metric. Per Rich Hribar, the Raiders have allowed four QBs to finish as top-6 QBs in the first five weeks this year.

Running Backs

Le’Veon Bell – If there’s one player I am jamming into my lineups for Week 6, it’s Le’Veon Bell. At this point, his floor is right around 25 touches with the way he’s utilized in the passing game. He’s the Antonio Brown of running backs. Fade him at your own risk.

DeMarco Murray

LeSean McCoy

Christine Michael

Lamar Miller

Theo Riddick

Carlos Hyde

Giovani Bernard

Ryan Mathews

Wide Receivers

Admittedly, there are no WRs that I am in love with at the time of writing this. Check back on Friday where I will establish my core plays for Week 6.

Antonio Brown (difficult to make work on DK)

T.Y. Hilton

Marvin Jones

Doug Baldwin

Jarvis Landry

Jeremy Maclin 

Will Fuller

Michael Thomas (core play)

Cameron Meredith

Tavon Austin

Tight Ends

Delanie Walker

Travis Kelce

Jimmy Graham – The Jimmy Graham of old may be reappearing. He is coming off back-to-back 100-yard games along with 17 targets in that same span. The Falcons are allowing 9.4 targets and 73 yards per game to opposing TEs on the year. They rank 22nd in pass DVOA against TEs and 31st in schedule-adjusted aFPA.

Dennis Pitta

Zach Miller

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