Week 5 DFS Locks of the Week: Carr’s success should continue

Starting his season hot, the Oakland QB is one of the top DFS plays of the week, says Mike Tagliere. He has locks for every position.

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Raiders QB Derek Carr

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Week 5 DFS Locks of the Week: Carr’s success should continue


Welcome to the locks of the week. If you’re new around here, this is where we run through the guys who should be cemented in your DFS lineups this week. And no, you aren’t going to hear “play Julio Jones and Antonio Brown,” because we avoid players who are top-five in price.

The idea is that you will be able to build a lineup around these players who are “locks” and still have money available to spend up to get studs like Brown into your lineup as well. While it’s based around DFS, you are able to use this information to help make decisions in your weekly leagues as well. You’ll get two quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, and one tight end each week. So let’s take a look at which players should be “locks” despite their lower price tags.

Quarterbacks

Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders (vs. Chargers)

If you weren’t already excited enough about Carr getting the Chargers’ defense (28th against fantasy quarterbacks) in Week 5, get there. His low price tag of just $6,800 on DraftKings is a gift, considering news broke mid-week that star cornerback Jason Verrett has a knee injury that will require surgery. They may actually be down their top two cornerbacks, as Brandon Flowers is still in concussion protocol. The Chargers have allowed multiple passing scores in all but one game this year, and in that game they allowed Andrew Luck to throw for 331 yards. The reason this defense has taken the brunt of the attack is because the Chargers’ run defense has actually stepped up and improved, allowing just 211 rushing yards on 66 carries (3.19 YPC) to running backs not named Spencer Ware. They have gone from the No. 32-ranked run defense in 2015 up to No. 21 in 2016. All this means is that they’re easier to expose in the passing game. Carr has now thrown eight passing touchdowns in his last three games, and the matchup couldn’t get much better.

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Mike Tagliere is a Lead Writer for PFF Fantasy. He's ranked as a top-six fantasy football expert twice over the last four years by FantasyPros.com.

  • Bob

    Too bad the “locks” of the week are so far from locks every week

    • Mike Tagliere

      Not sure if you are pointing at the wide receivers from last week, but the QB’s and RB’s have been on point so far. Can’t predict injuries to players, either. If we hit 75 percent, it’ll work out very well for DFS players.

      • Bob

        Russell Wilson Week 1
        Watkins Week 1
        Marvin Jones Week 1
        Fleener Week 1

        Eli Week 2
        Yeldon Week 2

        Rivers Week 3
        Allen Week 3

        Stafford Week 4
        Hill week 4
        Cooper Week 4
        Alshon Week 4
        Pitta Week 4

        Not trying to single you out, but I paid over $100 for this membership and I play in a 4 man DFS weekly league and I’m 0-4, I’d be better off just not using anything on this site it seems like when it was so hyped up

        • Mike Tagliere

          As I mentioned, can’t predict injuries. Russell and Watkins were hurt in Week 1. Marvin did just fine, especially for his price. Yeldon was fine for his price in Week 2 as well. I’m with you on Week 4, as that was a bad week. But to point out one or two picks a week that didn’t get injured isn’t quite fair.

          I’m sorry to hear about your DFS league, but I hope to make it up to you this week and going forward.

  • Randy Koehler

    Honestly, I don’t understand how people get made at guys analyzing these games. If I relied on every advice I’ve read each week, I’d be broke (or, really confused). You have to forth some effort on your own and research. Also, PFF is usually more right than any other site I use. I’ve never played everyone they recommend, that’s silly. You don’t find too many people complaining on this site, because they’re that good. So, stick with it.