On Friday's edition of the daily fantasy podcast, the Helpers discuss optimal lineups for Week 5 and injury updates.
Optimal lineups (favorite stud players)
Quarterback — New England Patriots Tom Brady
Current value: $7,800
Why he's a good selection: This game could turn into a shootout. With a high over/under at 49, the Patriots have shown a tendency to give teams a chance to climb back into games before dropping even more points on them. They like to run up the score, which could lead to some garbage time scoring for Dallas which could in turn lead to more points for New England. Brady is fresh off a bye week and the Cowboys best defensive player in Sean Lee is banged up.
Running back — Jamal Charles vs. Chicago
Current value: $7,800
Why he's a good selection: Charles get a home matchup in a game where the Chiefs are favored by 10 points.
Running back — Justin Forsett vs. Cleveland
Current value: $5,800
Why he's a good selection: The Ravens are playing at home and are favored by seven points. Forsett's $5,800 value is a good value since he has top running back potential without the top price. The Ravens will lean on him more in the passing game as well with Steve Smith Sr. likely out. Smith was listed as 'doubtful' for Week 5 with a back injury.
Running back — Anthony Dixon at Tennessee (bargain)
Current value: $3,000
Why he's a good selection: According to the ESPN injury report, Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan said it would 'be a reach' for current starter Karlos Williams to play in Sunday's game against the Titans. Like Williams last week, Dixon poses great value in an offense geared toward running the football.
Wide receiver — Julio Jones vs. Washington
Current value: $9,200
Why he's a good selection: Another easy start here. The Redskins surrendered two deep passes to not-so-speedy receivers Miles Austin and Riley Cooper last week. Redskins cornerback Chris Culliver hasn't looked right and the Flacons are arguably one of the most versatile offenses in the league right now.
Wide receiver — Kamar Aiken vs. Cleveland
Current value: $3,800
Why he's a good selection: With Smith out, Aiken is next in line to garner significant looks in the Raven offense.
Tight end — Rob Gronkowski @ Dallas
Current value: $7,500
Why he's a good selection: Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski hasn't disappointed once this season. The Patriots are playing a Dallas team riddled with injuries on the offensive side of the ball, but that hasn't stopped them from running up the score (i.e. Jacksonville two weeks ago when they scored 51 points).
Tight end — Owen Daniels @ Oakland (bargain)
Current value: $2,700
Why he's a good selection: The Raiders are notoriously bad against the tight end.
Defense — Tampa Bay vs. Jacksonville (bargain)
Current value: $2,500
Why they're a good selection: The Buccaneers/Jaguars game has the lowest over/under of any this week.
Defense — New York Giants vs. San Francisco
Current value: $2,900
Why they're a good selection: The 49ers remain a mess on offense and this time the Giants are at home in what's likely to be a low scoring game.