FanDuel NFL: Best lineup for Week 5

CARSON, CA - OCTOBER 01: Philip Rivers
CARSON, CA - OCTOBER 01: Philip Rivers /
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As you enter FanDuel NFL contests for Week 5, here is a lineup to consider deploying.

Once again, before I unveil Week 5’s FanDuel lineup, let’s do an accountability session for Week 4.

Quarterback: Tyrod Taylor-12.48 points
Running Backs: Ezekiel Elliott-27.9 points, Dalvin Cook-11.9 points
Wide Receivers: Odell Beckham-12.5 points, DeAndre Hopkins-21.7 points, Devin Funchess-22.5 points
Tight End-Evan Engram-9.2 points (Late swap for Kyle Rudolph)
Kicker: Ryan Succop-2 points
Defense: Jacksonville Jaguars-15 points

This lineup did ok, compared to previous weeks, winning me $2 in the contest ($1 entry) I used it in. I expected more from Taylor, Beckham, Cook and Succop, but injuries (Beckham, Cook) and a game script that was not expected (Taylor) hurt production. Elliott, Funchess, Hopkins and the Jaguars defense came through though.

Moving on to Week 5, here’s a lineup to use (and I will use) in FanDuel contests.

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Quarterback: Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers-$7,300

The Chargers will be traveling cross-country for Sunday’s game against the New York Giants, and Rivers has been a mixed bag playing in the Eastern time zone over the last three seasons, but let’s leave that aside.

Rivers is coming off arguably his best game of the season, as he went 22-for-38 for 347 yards and two touchdowns against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 4. He has now thrown for more than 330 yards in two of his last three games, and I’m betting on Rivers being ready to play his best and win what might be a final duel with fellow 2004 draft class member Eli Manning,

The Giants haven’t been incredibly bad against the pass so far this season. But they did allow 332 yards and three touchdown to Jameis Winston last week, and they have allowed at least 268 passing yards or multiple passing touchdowns three times in four games to put themselves in the bottom-10 of the league in fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks (ESPN scoring).

It’s easy to expect a high-scoring game between the Chargers and Giants on Sunday. I fully expect Rivers to be a high-volume passer, with upside that overrides a tough travel/body clock situation.