In order to maximize our potential when it comes to setting our DFS lineups for week 5 of the NFL season, let’s take a look at some player news and notes so we know who to draft and who to avoid for the upcoming week.
Hunter Henry Taking Over as Chargers Main Tight End
Antonio Gates has already been dealing with injuries this season and has just six catches for 35 yards in two games which has opened the door for Hunter Henry to be a consistent target for Philip Rivers moving forward. Not only did Rivers and Henry connect for a touchdown in last week’s loss to the New Orleans Saints, but Henry almost doubled Gates’ production for the season in just one game. The two Tight End sets that the Chargers often utilize keeps Henry on the field and this week he goes up against the worst pass defense in the entire NFL in the form of the Oakland Raiders. Henry is sure to garner some targets this upcoming week with plenty of red zone trips on the horizon for the Chargers offense.
Dez Bryant Questionable, Cole Beasley’s Value Increasing
If you are looking for a cheap Wide Receiver who can grab some yards after the catch, the Dallas Cowboys Cole Beasley could be your answer. With Dez Bryant possibly missing another game with a hairline fracture in his knee, Beasley will once again be a favorite target for Rookie QB Dak Prescott in week 5 at home against the Bengals. After receiving a season-high 12 targets in Dallas’ week 1 loss against the New York Giants, Beasley saw only four targets in last week’s victory over the 49ers, but I expect him to see more action this week. Beasley has been targeted 29 times on the season and has brought in 23 of those targets for receptions for a total of 279 yards this season. For perspective, he has more yards than Brandon Marshall, Brandin Cooks, Kelvin Benjamin, and DeSean Jackson this season, at a fraction of the price. If Bryant does indeed play, Beasley should still be a value pick for this Sunday.
Justin Forsett Released, Terrance West Benefits
With the Baltimore Ravens mutually parting ways with Running Back Justin Forsett, Terrance West looks like an incredible play for week 5 against the Washington Redskins. West has ran for 4.3 yards per carry on the season while topping the Ravens depth chart in goal line situations as well. He has carried the ball for 158 yards over his last two games (113 and a touchdown last week) and must really have the confidence of Head Coach John Harbaugh considering Forsett’s release. West also has the added benefit of going up against a Redskins run defense that currently ranks third-worst in the league, surrendering 133 yards per game on the ground.