Clash of the Beards and Bellies- Week 5

All Square

The full-on game stack I deployed last week wasn’t successful, but it was still enough to defeat Scott. Our season series is now all square at two wins apiece. I also was surgical with my 15 lineups and won our menage a trois highest score contest over Scott and his Fantasy Millionaires compadre, Mike Collins. They tried a shotgun approach with hundreds of unique lineups. Much like my hot sauce, it’s quality over quantity. I have this weekend off of work, so I’ll have time to conjure more quality lineups. My “Clash” lineup is one I built on Monday night, as soon as the Week 5 pricing was released. I hope Scott likes it.

Bo’s Lineup

QB – Daniel Jones – New York Giants – $6,000

Danny Dimes looks about as Konami Code as I do when I’m bellied up to a heaping plate of nachos, but he’s apparently really athletic. Do I think he will commit multiple turnovers, dooming the Giants to a 20-point shellacking by the Cowboys? Yes. It still doesn’t rule out his ability to put up 30 points on this bend-don’t-break defense.

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – SEPTEMBER 26: Derrick Henry #22 of the Tennessee Titans runs with the ball against the Indianapolis Colts at Nissan Stadium on September 26, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

RB – Derrick Henry – Tennessee Titans – $9,000

Since I’m not in a large-field tournament, I’m locking in an easy 30-plus points from King Henry. Regardless of price and opponent, Henry will see enough rushing and receiving volume to give me a leg up. Did I mention they play the Jaguars?

RB – Saquon Barkley – New York Giants – $7,300

The Cowboys haven’t been bad at all at defending the run, but they are surrendering a ton of receptions to the running back position. I know Jason Garrett like the back of my hand. He will try to screen Dallas to death. Saquon also scored a long touchdown as a wide receiver last week. I like that.

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA – NOVEMBER 22: CeeDee Lamb #88 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates with teammate Michael Gallup #13 following a touchdown reception during their game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium on November 22, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

WR – CeeDee Lamb – Dallas Cowboys – $6,200

All has been quiet on the Lamb front the last couple of weeks. He has been discounted to a laughable salary now. His dropoff wasn’t performance-based, but rather the flow of the games. The Giants have nobody outside of James Bradberry that can hang with Lamb (and that’s a stretch).

WR – Kenny Golladay – New York Giants – $5,900

The injuries to Darius Slayton and Sterling Shepard have opened the door for Golladay to finally step up and play well. He was explosive down the field last week against the Saints. The Cowboys are pretty good at keeping receivers in front of them but have been gouged all season for big plays, nonetheless.

WR – Laviska Shenault Jr – Jacksonville Jaguars – $4,800

The theme of DFS this season seems to be finding the beneficiaries to other players’ injuries. His coach might be a blithering idiot, but Shenault saw his aDOT jump dramatically in DJ Chark’s absence. His move to the outside is a welcome sight this week, where the Titans are the worst in the NFL.

TE – Ricky Seals-Jones – Washington Football Team – $2,500

You can’t afford Darren Waller every week. I decided to slip in another starter-due-to-injury here because he is a terrible blocker. Seals-Jones ran a lot of routes last week, even though it was for cardio. I just need him to do something to justify punting the position to the deepest depths of the Dead Sea.

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – SEPTEMBER 20: Kristian Fulton #26, Kevin Byard #31, and Malcolm Butler #21 of the Tennessee Titans watch as James Robinson #30 of the Jacksonville Jaguars scores a touchdown during the second half at Nissan Stadium on September 20, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

FLEX – James Robinson – Jacksonville Jaguars – $6,000

No doubt about it, I’m prepared for JRob to hurt me again this week. Since I don’t expect much defense to be played between the Jags and Titans, JRob should get a ton of work in this offense. If not, Urban Meyer will be getting fitted for a sport coat to prepare for another set of job interviews. He’s a grinder.

DST – Washington Football Team – $2,300

The league’s most disappointing defense isn’t all bad. They do have a date with a classic beauty for DFS defenses, Jameis Winston. I’m hoping for a low-scoring brawl, but I’ll settle for some sacks and a pick-six.

Kissing Your Sister

After four weeks of fighting it out in “The Clash of the Beards and Bellies” Bo and I are all tied up at 2-2. The expression, “A tie is like kissing your sister” was coined in 1953 by then Navy Football Coach Eddie Erdelatz to describe a scoreless tie between Navy and Duke. I’m not sure the exact research methods that Coach Eddie used to test and develop his “Sister Kissing Theory” but the point still stands, no one really enjoys a tie. Especially not Bo, who gave me the beat down all last half of the season. He must be distraught. All that hard work through the first month of the NFL season and he’s tied, left kissing this fat toad of a sister. Pucker up, King of Spice.

Scott’s Lineup

QB – Daniel Jones – New York Giants – $6,000

Daniel Jones is a good fantasy football player. This is not to be confused with him being a good professional football player, which he is not, yet. Currently, Jones is the 3rd highest rushing quarterback behind only Lamar Jackson and Jalen Hurts. The Vegas sportsbooks pegged this matchup at the highest-scoring game of the week, which means garbage time points-o-plenty for Jones and hopefully Saquon.

CHARLOTTE, NC – OCTOBER 07: Saquon Barkley #26 of the New York Giants scores a 57-yard receiving touchdown from Odell Beckham Jr. #13 against the Carolina Panthers in the second quarter during their game at Bank of America Stadium on October 7, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

RB – Saquon Barkley – New York Giants – $7,300  

Saquon Barkley is back!! I know he’s been back all season, but last week was the first time he was viable in DFS. This week Saquon and the New York Giants are in Dallas, facing Dak and one of the highest-scoring offenses in the NFL. If the Giants have any chance in this game it will be riding Saquon like the show pony he was drafted to be. Time to hitch up your wagons and let Saquon take you home.

RB – Leonard Fournette Tampa Buccaneers – $5,200

Ronald Jones is dust (obvi) and “Playoff Lenny” is here to stay. This is what we learned in Week 5. The backfield is Fournette’s and to him go the Week 5 DFS spoils. And oh, do we have spoils. The Miami Dolphins rank 30th against the running back, giving up over 30 fantasy points per game to the position. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are over 10 point favorites, which could mean Fournette could be in for plenty of work on Sunday. I love the value he provides in Cash this week.

WR – Terry McLaurin – Washington Football Team – $7,400

“Scary” Terry McLaurin might be the only healthy skill position player the Washington football team has available on their roster come Sunday afternoon. Dyami Brown and Logan Thomas are both out for Week 5, Curtis Samuel was limited all week in practice and Antonio Gibson popped up on the injury report with a shin issue on Friday. In Washington’s two victory’s this season, McLaurin has 27 targets. In the two losses, he only has 11 combined targets for eight receptions. If Washington wants to win the game, they will be peppering their best player with targets all day long.

WR – Deebo Samuel – San Francisco 49ers – $7,100

Deebo Samuel is a GROWN ASS MAN. We all knew this, but his incredibly hot start to the 2021 season is a glaring reminder of how dominant he can be on a football field. Deebo is currently 4th in the NFL with 43 targets. This Week the San Francisco 49ers face Kyler Murray and the high-scoring Arizona Cardinals. If the 49ers are going to win a shootout, Deebo is gonna have to ball out once again. No George Kittle means that the volume should be there to do some damage in this matchup.

WR – Jaylen Waddle  – Miami Dolphins – $4,900

Jaylen Waddle was played well, leading the Dolphins in receptions with 25 on 31 targets, for an 81% catch rate. Waddle is yet to truly break out this season, but this game looks to be his coming-out party. The Dolphins are double-digit dogs in their matchup with the Super Bowl Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+10.5) which means that Jacoby Brissett will most likely be dropping back and sliding it all afternoon. I expect Waddle to score in this game and bring home the win against Bo.

TE – Noah Fant Denver Broncos – $4,800

Noah Fant currently ranks 4th among active tight ends with 27 targets and is coming off his best game of the season last week, scoring 16.6 against the Baltimore Ravens. This week the Broncos are facing a Steeler defense that has done pretty well against the position so far only surrendering 10 points per game. The Steelers did give up 5 receptions to Darren Waller for 65 yards in their

Flex – Laviska Shenault Jacksonville Jaguars – $4,800

Last week the Jacksonville Jaguars lost starting wide receiver D.J. Chark for what looks like the remainder of the season. Laviska Shenault stepped up last week, catching six of his seven targets for 99 yards. This week the Jags and rookie Trevor Lawrence square off against the worst secondary in the NFL, who have already given up eight touchdowns and 944 receiving yards to wide receivers. I’m expecting a huge game from Laviska this week.

DST – Philadelphia Eagles  – $2,200

Paying down for defense is my Cash and GPP strategy all season. The Eagles were lit up last week by Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs. This week they are the min price on DraftKings. Wheels up.

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