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.
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.