If you’ve been keeping up with the recent news surrounding daily fantasy sports, you’ll know the sharks are swimming. And while that may dull the interest for some casual users, it only reinforces the fact that information is the key to winning.
However, those of us without access to player ownership rates and salaries prior to the contests need to be smart in constructing our lineups by using the best available data to us.
The advice you’ll find here is generated using point spreads and over/under lines to maximize the number of points scored by the recommended lineup each week.
Here is a lineup for Week 5 that I believe will help give you an edge.
Quarterback: Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Brady has scored at least 25 points in each of his three games while completing 72.2 percent of his passes for an average of 8.4 yards per attempt. According to ESPN’s QBR rating, he is the fourth best passer in the league (83.1 QBR).
Running back: Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
Bell is averaging 4.7 yards per carry. This week he faces the Chargers, who allow the second most points to the position.
Running back: Justin Forsett, Baltimore Ravens
Forsett had 27 carries for 150 yards in the Ravens’ Week 4 win over the Steelers and plays against the Browns this Sunday. Cleveland has allowed the sixth most points to rushers this season (29.1 points per game).
Wide receiver: Julian Edelman, New England Patriots
An obvious stack with Brady, Edelman has as many red-zone targets as tight end Rob Gronkowski.
Wide receiver: Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
Fitzgerald caught 7 of 9 targets for 99 yards last week and faces a Lions’ team which allows the third most net yards per pass (7.9).
Wide receiver: Leonard Hankerson, Atlanta Falcons
Hankerson has supplanted Roddy White as the Falcons’ No. 2 receiver and is second to Julio Jones for targets on the team.
Flex: T.J. Yeldon, Jacksonville Jaguars
The rookie had his first 100-yard rushing performance last week. His next opponent, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has allowed four rushing touchdowns and a league-high 33 first downs on the ground.
Tight end: Owen Daniels, Denver Broncos
The Oakland Raiders have allowed 18.7 points per game to the position, five more than the next worst team, the New York Giants.
Defense: New York Giants
Their opponent, the 49ers, ranks in the bottom three for first downs, total yards passing, passing touchdowns and net yards per pass attempt.