We have made it to Week 5 of the NFL season, and it is another bumpy week. We are still waiting on a lot of news. Some games may be postponed, injury news, and more. Stay tuned to RotoBaller as they will update you with all the news you need, but we will get this cash game party started for now. We have 12 games for now, and we only have seven-game lines set from the oddsmakers due to so many question marks. We will attack this slate with the information we know and be prepared to pivot when needed.
When looking at the Week 5 slate, there is a lot of value, but the question is, "is it the good value?" Some of the names discussed below will make you plug your nose, but they fall in the value line from a cash game perspective. They have the floor they bring to the lineup, and they allow one to spend up a lot on major players for the week. More value plays than just the ones below, so make sure to ask all the questions you have this week. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to chat it up with me on Twitter @bdentrek.
This article will take a look at some of the value plays for each week of the NFL. However, when you look at value plays for GPP, you are swinging for the fences somewhat. Here I will be focusing on cash games and the necessity for slightly more safety as you are just looking to finish in the top half or so of the competition. Therefore, we are looking for cheaper players who should see a decent workload, pass attempts, targets, or carriers. Let's take a look at the cash value plays for Week 5 of the 2020 NFL season.Editor's Note: Get any full-season NFL Premium Pass for 50% off. Exclusive access to our Premium articles, rankings, projections, 15 lineup tools and daily Premium DFS research/tools including our Lineup Optimizer, Research Station and so much more! Sign Up Now!
Week 5 Quarterback Cash Game Value Plays
Teddy Bridgewater, CAR at ATL | DK: $5,900, FD: $7,100
Teddy B is coming off a monster Week 4 game where he had three touchdowns and put up over 27 fantasy points. This week he has an even better matchup versus the Falcons. The Falcons rank last in the NFL versus quarterbacks, allowing nearly 354 passing yards per game, over three passing touchdowns, for over 35 fantasy points per game. Teddy brings a strong floor into the game and averaging around 17.5 fantasy points per game and now has this matchup vs the Falcons with an implied team total of 26. It should be a back and forth game in the dome, and Teddy should get his along the way, making for strong cash value if not paying up for the "big boys" this week.
Kyle Allen, WAS vs LAR | DK: $4,100, FD: $6,000
Most will think I am crazy for recommending Allen, but this is strictly a price-point play. Do we not remember when Allen played last year in the same price range? He was a cash game lock and flourished. We discuss floor in cash and a starting quarterback who will be playing from behind and throwing a lot brings that floor you are looking for at an insanely low price for a quarterback. The Rams are middle of the pack versus quarterbacks and are allowing nearly 20 fantasy points per game. Even in the Football Teams losses, Haskins has been throwing a ton; he has just been very inaccurate. Look for Allen to check down a lot to Antonio Gibson, make better passes to Logan Thomas, and continue to feed Terry McLaurin. It is not a sexy play, but the volume will be there, and 15+ points are very attainable at a nearly free price point for cash.
Week 5 Running Back Cash Game Value Plays
Mike Davis, CAR at ATL | DK: $6,400, FD: $6,800
Davis continues to eat in the Panthers offense as the new "CMC." He has scored 20+ points in back-to-back games and should flourish again this week versus the Falcons. The Falcons offense is ranked 22 on the season versus running backs and allows 8.5 receptions per game on the season. That screams Davis production. He has received six or more targets in all three of his starts and has brought in at least five. Last week was his lowest week as he had eight catches in each of his previous two games. He has 21 touches in back-to-back games as well, and that should not change this week. The volume and game flow will be largely in Davis's favor, and he should be a major cash play this week.
Antonio Gibson, WAS vs LAR | DK: $5,000 FD: $5,800
We have seen Gibson's workload increase over the last couple of weeks, and it appears the time is now for Gibson to explode. He has put up double-digit fantasy points in three straight weeks, including 20+ points last week. He had 17 touches last week, and there is no reason he should not be inline for 15+ touches again this week. The Football Team will be playing from behind, and Allen loves checking down to his running backs. Last week Gibson had five targets, and he should surpass that against a Rams team that allows over five receptions per game to the opposing running backs. This could be the Gibson breakout game, especially in PPR formats, so enjoy the $5000 price tag.
Devonta Freeman, NYG at DAL | DK: $4,600, FD: $5,500
After Freeman's first full week of practice, we saw him insert himself as the lead back in the Giants offense. His snap count increased from 15 in Week 3 to 37 in Week 4. He saw 15 total touches, which could definitely increase going into a potentially high scoring affair on Sunday. The idea of a strong cash game floor is volume or touches, and if you can get a running back at Freeman's price with 15+ touches, it's hard to ignore that. The Cowboys are allowing over 130 rushing yards a game and over 24 fantasy points per game on the season. The Giants are nine-point underdogs with a team total near 23, so they should be playing a lot of catchups, leading to more dump-offs. Freeman had four catches on four targets last week, and an increase there could lead to cash game gold.
Week 5 Wide Receiver Cash Game Value Plays
Tee Higgins, CIN at BAL | DK: $4,900, FD: $5,400
The Bengals head into a very tough matchup with the Ravens on Sunday, and many will think targeting players in this game is a bad idea. Well, they are incorrect. The Bengals' beauty is they are throwing well over 40 times a game and now will be in a game as 13 point underdogs and will be throwing a ton to try and keep up. Higgins has been a benefactor to the Bengals' game flow model in recent weeks, yet his price tag still brings great value. He has been targeted at least six times in the three games he has played in this season. He is averaging four catches and 50 yards receiving on the season and has scored double-digit fantasy points in back-to-back weeks. He has surpassed AJ Green as Joe Burrow's second wide receiving option and should be in for a heavy workload again this weekend.
Zach Pascal, IND at CLE | DK: $4,600, FD: $5,300
Pascal has slowly seen his workload increase in recent weeks, and with Paris Campbell out of the way, he should continue to be more productive. Last week he saw eight targets, only three resulting in catches, but was that close to a big game. Now he heads into a matchup versus the very suspect passing defense of the Browns. The Cowboys, Ravens, Bengals have torched the rank 30th in the NFL in pass defense and, and even Dwayne Haskins did not look horrible. The Colts have a team total near 24, and they should be able to score relatively easy on Sunday; Pascal will have a major impact on their success.
Olamide Zaccheaus, ATL vs CAR | DK: $3,000, FD: $4,800
Zaccheaus is strictly in play IF Julio Jones is out on Sunday. Two weeks ago, with a banged-up receiving core, we saw Zaccheaus collect four catches on six targets, but last week with Julio out, he really was productive with eight catches on nine targets. The Falcons will be hosting the Panthers on Sunday in a game that should be a shootout. Jones and Ridley are both banged up, and if one misses Sunday's game, Zaccheaus becomes a free square for all your cash game and even GPP lineups.
Week 5 Tight End Cash Game Value Plays
Evan Engram, NYG at DAL | DK: $4,600, FD: $5,500
In recent weeks, we have seen that going bargain hunting for a tight end is not as fruitful as it used to be. For that reason, we will spend up a little more than usual and grab the tight end in a game with one of the highest team totals on the slate. Engram has five or more targets in all four games this season, including seven or more in three of four. He is coming off a 10 target game where he caught six for only 35 yards. If he busts one or finds the end zone, we are groovy. He faces a Cowboys Defense this weekend that has been atrocious versus the passing game and ranks 26 versus tight ends. They allow six and a half catches a game to tight ends and over 18 fantasy points per game. Daniel Jones should be looking Engram's way a lot, making for strong cash gameplay.
Eric Ebron, PIT vs PHI | DK: $4,000, FD: $5,100
If you would like to save a little from Engram, then Ebron is your man. He is coming off back to back games where he saw at least five targets. He will be facing a Philadelphia Defense that has been torched by opposing tight ends this season. The Eagles D is ranked 30 versus the tight end allowing six and a half catches, over one touchdown, and over 20 fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends. Ebron will get some nice red-zone chances and could be in line for a strong Sunday in a game the Steelers should dominate.