We won money on the bets last week. I repeat: we won money on the bets last week. Still quite the hole to dig out of but we are finally digging in the right direction. Time to build some momentum, here are the picks.
Week 6 Bets
Last week: +1.1 units
Season record: -9.8 units
*lines via FanDuel unless stated otherwise
Two-team six-point teaser (-134) – Bucs (-2.5) and Jaguars (+8.5) – Risking 2.67 units to win 2
Tampa Bay is on the road this week facing what I believe is the worst team in the NFL, the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers are unable to execute at a basic level right now and Brady has all of his important weapons healthy.
The total in the Jags-Colts game is just 41.5, making this a great spot to tease the Jaguars up to +8.5. The Colts’ O-line is both bad and decimated by injuries, and I still like the way the Jags are playing on defense. Nice bounce-back spot for Jacksonville after some bad weeks.
Bengals (-1.5) at Saints – Risking 1.15 units to win 1
The Saints’ offense has been a problem most of the year. Yes, Taysom Hill lit up the Seahawks last week, but that Seattle defense barely counts as an NFL defense right now. It seems possible that New Orleans is getting Jameis back this week, but he, along with his top three receivers, will all be banged up if they do take the field. These are the spots where I like the Bengals’ defense led by Lou Anarumo. Also, we are on narrative watch with Joe Burrow back in Louisiana. Feels like Louisiana Joe is due for a solid game after a relatively slow start to the year.
Dolphins (+3) vs Vikings – Risking 1.04 to win 1
It’s a battle of the first-year coaches in Miami this week. With Tua and Teddy Bridgewater likely out, Skylar Thompson will be making his first career NFL start. The Vikings are 4-1 but have been unimpressive throughout the last month. With a full week to prepare, Mike McDaniel will Thompson in a position to succeed against a bad Minnesota defense. I believe the Dolphins will move the ball and put up enough points to cover a field goal at home.
Falcons (+5.5) vs 49ers – Risking 1.1 to win 1
Rolling with another home dog here in Atlanta. The 49ers’ defense has been nothing short of excellent all year, but the recent injuries are likely to change that, unfortunately. The Falcons have been a frisky team all year, and Jimmy G is always a candidate to throw a pick-six, or two. I’ll take 5.5 points at home against Jimmy and a banged-up defense all day.
Two-team six-point teaser (-120, Bovada) – Patriots (+8.5) and Packers (-1.5) – Risking 1.2 units to win 1
The Browns’ defense is HORRIBLE right now. 30th in defensive DVOA and 32nd against the run. This is a perfect spot for a Pats team that is starting to get the run game going. Rhamondre Stevenson looked excellent last week and will have another opportunity to control a game this week. I also like Bill Belichick going up against a limited QB that he is familiar with. Pats stay within a possession in Cleveland.
Are the Packers really going to lose to both New York teams in back-to-back weeks? Is Zach Wilson really taking down Aaron Rodgers at Lambeau field? The Packers have some serious problems on both sides of the ball right now, but I still believe this team will find a way against the Jets. Rodgers is getting more time with his receivers each week and the Jets are pretty bad against the pass.
Week 6 PrizePicks
Last week: (1-4)
Season record: (10-17) 37%
Rachaad White MORE than 10.5 receiving yards
White is seeing a healthy amount of snaps and Brady is peppering his running backs with targets right now. I could see White getting more looks after Fournette got 24 touches last week. White could also get run if the Bucs get a big lead.
Marquise Brown MORE than 67.5 receiving yards
This line is a discount compared to other sharp books. The Seahawks have been getting killed through the air this year and Brown has developed a nice relationship with Kyler. He can go over this number on volume or with one big play.
Skylar Thompson MORE than 11 fantasy points
Thompson ran for over 1,000 yards and had 26 rushing touchdowns in his career at Kansas State. He didn’t run last week when he entered the game but any rushing production would be a big boost at this low number. Thompson could also easily go over this number on passing alone. Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle have the ability to make life easy on a QB with yards after the catch. I like this spot for Thompson with a full week to prep against a weak Vikings defense.
Rhamondre Stevenson MORE than 16 fantasy points
Stevenson is going to be the Pats’ offense this week. Stevenson had 27 opportunities after Damien Harris got hurt last week and now gets the best matchup possible, the Cleveland Browns. This a volume play for a talented player in a great matchup.
Geno Smith MORE than 15.5 fantasy points
Geno has simply been one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL this year. He has this offense humming and is at home in a game with a total over 50 points.
Week 6 DFS Plays
Every week I will list my favorite DraftKings plays at each position in each price tier. These are strong tournament plays in my eyes and the bolded players are the guys I also like for cash games (50/50s and double ups).
Josh Allen ($8,200)
Lamar Jackson ($8,100)
Kyler Murray ($7,300)
Kirk Cousins ($6,000)
Geno Smith ($5,700)
Rhamondre Stevenson ($6,000)
Devin Singletary ($5,900)
Breece Hall ($5,800)
Kenneth Walker III ($5,400)
Eno Benjamin ($4,600)
Justin Jefferson ($8,900)
Stefon Diggs ($8,400)
Tyreek Hill ($7,500)
Jaylen Waddle ($6,200)
Chris Godwin ($6,100)
Tyler Lockett ($5,600)
Isaiah McKenzie ($5,000)
Romeo Doubs ($4,800)
Devin Duvernay ($4,700) *if Bateman is out
Rondale Moore ($4,200)
Travis Kelce ($7,800)
Mark Andrews ($7,000)
Zach Ertz ($4,900)
Tyler Higbee ($4,600)
Irv Smith Jr. ($3,200)
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