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Ben's NFL Week 5 Building Blocks



This article is designed to highlight my favorite cash game building blocks. Cash games are the staple of our optimal blueprint and should be anchoring your bankroll. Cash games are classified as head to head contests, 50/50s and double ups. Good luck in your contests this week and remember to tweet us @ackarmasports with your winning screenshots!



Top Tier: Aaron Rodgers- Aaron Rodgers checks in as the highest priced Quarterback across the main DFS sites. If you choose to pay up at QB in your cash games this week it's worth it to find the extra money and get all the way up to Rodgers. He lines up in a fantastic spot against the Cowboys albeit on the road. This game has the highest total on the main slate (52.5) and is expected to be a shootout with two leaky defenses taking the field. The Cowboys are giving up 232 yards per game through the air this season and they are a bit banged up on the defensive side as well. Rodgers is expected to get a few key offensive lineman back for this matchup and with seemingly his whole running back corps banged up, he should have no issues slinging the ball on Sunday.


Mid Tier: Dak Prescott- Dak Prescott makes his second appearance in as many weeks to #BensBuildingBlocks and it's clear this is one of the big games we want to target this weekend. Prescott has finished top 12 in fantasy scoring among Quarterbacks in each game so far this season and this is another fantastic spot as a home favorite against the Packers. The Packers secondary doesn't look bad on paper, but those of us who follow football know this group can be exposed. I think Rodgers should be able to put up points and keep the game close thus boosting Dak's value even more.


Low Tier: Eli Manning- This might shock some people but here me out. This spot is actually really, really enticing got Eli and he is incredibly underpriced across the industry. Volume is king in fantasy football and with the Giants inability to run the football, Manning has racked up almost 100 pass attempts over the last TWO WEEKS. He's a home favorite, which we love, and he gets a date with the Chargers who have to travel all the way across the country for a 1PM start. I think the Giants have a solid chance to win this game, and based off their terrible run game it's clear that Eli is the only way they can achieve that.

Running Back

Top Tier: Le'Veon Bell- This should come as no shock to anyone as I already dubbed this Le'Veon Bell week in my weekly breakdown article. The Jaguars are funneling a ton of usage towards the ground due to their lights out secondary. Through four weeks of action, the Jaguars are giving up the least passing yards per game but the most rushing yards per game. They still ranked bottom three in terms of rushing yards allowed and in DVOA before they were shredded by BOTH of the Jets running backs last week. Bell toted the pigskin for a whopping 36 times last week and he's averaging the most carries among running backs this season. It looks like he's knocked off the rust and is back to being himself...lock him in.


Mid Tier: Todd Gurley- Yes he plays Seattle, no I don't care. Some people might be scared off when they see he's against the Seahawks but this hasn't been the same defense we have known for the past few years. The Seahawks are giving up 134 yards per game on the ground this season...that's 6th worst in the NFL! As I said above, volume is king and Gurley has been a volume whore so far this season. He's on pace for over 400 touches this season...that's INSANITY. I love to pay up at running back in cash games and would highly encourage locking in Gurley or Ezekiel Elliot next to Bell.  

Low Tier: Joe Mixon- The Joe Mixon blow up is coming soon, and I'm making a note that I will have exposure to him when it happens. Bill Lazor has been giving Mixon the workload we wanted when the Bengals drafted him and he profiles well here. He's at home and the Bengals have been slightly moving up as favorites in Vegas throughout the week. The Bills are notoriously worse on the road and this is their second game in a row away from home. They're middle of the pack against the run, but they are still a bit banged up on the defensive line and Mixon's price hasn't adjusted to his new role yet.

Wide Receiver

Top Tier: Jordy Nelson- These next two should come as no surprise given the Quarterbacks we will be considering. Nelson has averaged 8 targets across his three games he played in full this season and we all know he is Rodgers favorite target. He's a touchdown machine who already has found the box 5 times this season! Whenever we consider Rodgers, we have to look at Jordy.


Mid Tier: Dez Bryant- This is the spot for Dez Bryant. If you take away the game in which Dez was blanketed by Patrick Peterson (he still scored that game) he's averaging 12 targets per game this season. Dak has made it a point to feed him the ball and he's getting red zone looks. Dez has a tough string of corners that he's going to face in the upcoming weeks but there is nobody that can cover him on this GB defense and he looked great against the Rams last Sunday.


Low Tier: Aldrick Robinson- Yes, yes, yes! If you play preseason NFL DFS then you know how long we all have been waiting for the week that we can use Aldrick Robinson. Ladies and gentleman, it looks like that time has come! Marquise Goodwin only played 9 snaps last week for the 49ers due to a rib injury and he is questionable with the same injury this week. Aldrick came in and saw 12 targets in his absence and now lines up against the Colts! Robinson is capable of big plays and the Colts have allowed over 20 completions this year of 20+ yards.


Tight End

Top Tier: Zach Ertz- Ertz is most likely going to be a common theme in this article should you choose to pay up at tight end. Ertz has seen 8+ targets in each game this season and should see increased volume this week with Patrick Peterson locking up Alshon Jeffrey. He's a target monster at a volatile position.


Mid Tier: Austin Seferian-Jenkins- Engram and ASJ are actually flip-flopped on some sites but they are my favorite two tight end plays this week. He's seen solid use in the passing game since returning from suspension and now draws the matchup to end all matchups against the Browns. The Browns have been destroyed by tight ends this season and ASJ is a physical freak who should see opportunity if they get to the red zone, much like Jesse James did against them in week one.


Low Tier: Evan Engram- I normally hate rookie tight ends but I LOVE watching this kid play. The thing that makes me like him is that he isn't being used as a prototypical tight end. He's blocked under 10 times this season and has seen 7,7 and 11 targets over the last three weeks. I've discussed how much Eli is going to throw and he seems to be fond of his rookie tight end.

Written by Ben Hossler (Follow @BenHossler on Twitter)

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