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Yahoo NFL Week 6 DFS Picks

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Welcome to the weekly Yahoo DFS picks article. The whole point of this article is to find the best plays to fit in your $200 team budget on the Yahoo main slate each week. Sometimes that means paying up, sometimes it means finding value, and sometimes it means taking some dart throws. Let’s dive in.

Quarterback

Lamar Jackson vs. LAC – $33
Being priced as QB5 is always too low for Lamar Jackson, and it’s even more egregious considering he’s coming off one of the greatest fantasy performances of all time. His unmatched dual-threat ability has led to the fifth-most passing yards (1,519) and most rushing yards (341) through the first five games of the season. Considering the Chargers have allowed the most rushing yards in the NFL, Jackson should be a lock to pay off his modest salary. 

Taylor Heinicke vs. KC – $28
Heinicke has been a top-12 fantasy quarterback in three of his four starts, and he can get there again in a dream DFS matchup with the Chiefs this week. The expected point total out of Vegas is north of 56 points, and Kansas City is allowing the most fantasy points to quarterbacks on average. Heinicke also gets a nice boost with his rushing, averaging 5.3 fantasy points/game on the ground over his last three games.

Carson Wentz vs. HOU – $25
Targeting quarterbacks that are big home favorites is typically a good DFS strategy. Wentz and the Colts are favored by ten when Houston comes to town this week, giving Indy an implied total of nearly 27 points. He could also get a nice boost if veteran T.Y. Hilton can make his season debut.

Justin Fields @ LV – $20
He continues to disappoint, but I’m sprinkling in Fields if I’m making multiple lineups. Over the last two weeks, Chicago has been able to win by running and controlling the ball. That probably won’t work against Green Bay this week, and maybe we’ll finally see Fields air it out a bit. His bare minimum salary and low roster percentage continue to make him a tempting DFS option.

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Running Back

Joe Mixon @ DET – $26
The Bengals played it safe with Mixon last week, playing him on just 28% of the offensive snaps. When he was out there, however, he looked pretty healthy, especially when he bounced outside and juked his way to the endzone. The Lions are allowing the fourth-most fantasy points to running backs this season. Mixon can have a huge fantasy day if he returns to the 79% snap rate and 24.7 opportunities/game he averaged over the first three weeks of the season.

Jonathan Taylor vs. HOU – $23
Just like quarterbacks, rostering running backs from big home favorites is a solid DFS strategy. This is especially true when the running back is as talented as Taylor. He has the ceiling to finish as the highest-scoring running back on the slate, despite checking in with the ninth-most expensive salary.

Devontae Booker vs. LAR – $12
Booker is the best salary-saving option on the slate. It’s a tough matchup with the Rams, but he saw 88% of the offensive snaps and 20 opportunities last week when Saquon Barkley exited early with his ankle injury. With that kind of volume, he should produce enough to pay off his minimal salary.

Wide Receiver

Terry McLaurin vs. KC – $27
If I’m rolling with Heinicke as my quarterback, I’m stacking him with McLaurin. Even if you aren’t going for the stack, McLaurin is seeing all the opportunity through the air that you look for when choosing wideouts for your DFS lineups. His 588 air yards are sixth-most in the NFL, and he’s had a rock-solid 32% target share since Heinicke has been starting. The game environment against the Chiefs presents the perfect recipe for McLaurin to explode this week.

Marquise Brown vs. LAC – $17
Marquise Brown, the WR6 on the season, has the 20th highest salary on this week’s slate. The matchup with the Chargers carries an expected point total of 52, and the Ravens are favored by only 2.5 points, so stacking Brown with Lamar Jackson offers huge upside. It will cost you $50, or 25% of your total budget, for a stack with one of the highest fantasy ceilings you can find. 

Jakobi Meyers vs. DAL – $17
Meyers leads the Patriots in target share (24%) and air yards (414) and has a great matchup this week. The Cowboys have been thrown on more than any team not from Tampa Bay so far this season. Mac Jones has the ninth-most pass attempts in the NFL and could be airing it out even more in this matchup. If all goes well, we could even see Meyers’ historic touchdown drought come to an end.

Mecole Hardman @ WAS – $13
Hardman is seeing a usage uptick in his third season. His snap rate is up to 66%, and his target share has climbed to 16%. That wouldn’t be impressive in every offense, but with Patrick Mahomes at the helm, it’s something worth targeting, especially at his discount price. He also ran a season-high 39 routes last week, and Tyreek Hill is dealing with a quad injury, potentially opening the door for a massive week from Hardman.

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Tight End

Travis Kelce @ WAS – $30
Even as the most expensive tight end on the slate, Kelce is a value. I’ve already mentioned the high-scoring game environment that’s expected in the matchup with The Football Team several times, and Kelce could be the biggest beneficiary of that environment. There are plenty of ways to save salary elsewhere to give your roster a tremendous advantage at tight end on this slate.

Dalton Schultz @ NE – $15
Schultz has been the target leader for Dallas in each of the past three weeks. He’s also been the fourth-highest scoring tight end over that time. He checks in with the ninth-highest tight end salary, which is half the cost of Kelce’s. It’s like Yahoo is daring you to play Schultz this week.

Robert Tonyan CIN – $11
Ricky Seals-Jones is going to be a popular play at the same price this week, so I like taking the leverage with Robert Tonyan. He’s a touchdown-or-bust tight end that’s only found the endzone once so far this season, but he’s seen a 70.8% snap rate and ran an average of 24.3 routes over the last three games. With Aaron Rodgers at quarterback and those kinds of usage numbers, he has a better chance than most to score.

Team Defense

Indianapolis vs. HOU – $19
At 16.8 points, the Texans have the lowest implied total on the slate. Indy’s defense has produced the eighth-most fantasy points on the season and is as safe as it gets. They’re well worth the third-highest salary on this slate that doesn’t have many standout team defense options.

Green Bay @ CHI – $13
If Justin Fields has to air it out to keep up this week, the Packers defense could force a few turnovers. Usually, Yahoo has at least one defense priced way too cheap, but Green Bay at $13 is as low as I feel comfortable going on this slate.

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