DFS Digging in the Crates Daily 2023 Week 5 DraftKings

By Justin Lonero
Justin Lonero

Week 5: Digging In The Crates

DraftKings Main Slate (10 Games)



C.J. Stroud @ Falcons ($6,000)

C.J. Stroud has been nothing short of fantastic to start his NFL career in Houston. Stroud has thrown six touchdown passes, and has yet to be picked. Week 5 he’ll face a Falcons defense that has played pretty good to start the season. Jeff Okudah and A.J. Terrell have lead the secondary. Stroud will look to gain momentum leaning on Nico Collins, and Tank Dell in what surprisingly should be a good game. We have not seen a ceiling game, but the best is yet to be seen as his floor is around 20 FPTS. For the price, I feel good. Stroud is getting more acclimated to NFL game speed by the week.

Joshua Dobbs vs. Bengals ($5,200)

Speaking of clean starts to the season, Joshua Dobbs has yet to throw an interception, and has filled in pretty good for Kyler Murray. He’s thrown a touchdown pass in three straight games, and has rushed for 40 or more yards in those contests. Pound for pound, Dobbs and Stroud are dam near identical this week. Both hovering at a shade over 17.5 DK points. Dobbs gives us the rushing equity, and he’s $800 cheaper. He’ll face a Bengals team at home that is desperate for any glimmer of hope. Simply put: He’s too shape, and I more than content with 20 FPTS.

James Conner vs. Bengals ($5,800)

Last week was a wash as the Cardinals got down early to the 49ers. The Cardinals were playing catch-up, as the running game was dumped. The previous three weeks, Conner had at-least 16 touches, and 19 DK points over back to back games. The Cards get an easier battle this week with the lowly Bengals. the Bengals currently have the second-worst rushing defense. So far this season, the Bengals defense has allowed 628 rushing yards, equaling 157 yards per game, and 5.1 yards per carry on 123 attempts.

D’Andre Swift @ Rams ($6,000)

D’Andre Swift is playing at the level that the Lions dreamed about when they drafted him in 2020. Swift has had at-least 17 touches in three straight weeks. The Rams are a bottom ten run defense so far this season, and this game has a close spread (Eagles -4) with a high point total (49.5). Swift has been used in the passing game, which has contributed to him being one of the leagues most efficient running backs through four weeks. He’s too cheap for the usage on this potent, Eagles offense.


Wide Receivers

Marquise Brown vs. Bengals ($5,000)

There is an on going trend this week with Cardinals on the Crate sheet. Hollywood Brown comes in as a top-12 projected wide receiver on DraftKings, as he’s been targeted 27 times over the last three weeks. Joshua Dobbs has leaned on him, and together, they’ll get a Bengals team that has allowed six players to catch a touchdown pass against them this season. Michael Wilson ($3,700) is also firmly in play at a bigger discount than Brown. Their ceilings appear to be similar. Regardless, in my Cardinals stacks, I’ll be using either Wilson or Brown, with James Conner. Their prices are beautiful, and allow me to spend elsewhere.

Tyler Boyd @ Cardinals ($4,500)

Tee Higgins may be sitting Week 5, and that could mean Tyler Boyd will be pushed to the outside. The savvy, veteran, slot receiver has been targeted 24 times over the last three weeks, as the Bengals have been a major disappointment. I like this game to be a sneaky shoot out, as the Bengals are desperate for a win. Ja’Marr Chase, and Joe Mixon, will be the building blocks in my Bengals-Cards stacks.


Tight Ends

Zach Ertz vs. Bengals ($3,500)

Another affordable way to get exposure to the Cardinals-Bengals game, will be using Zach Ettz at Tight End. Ertz is projecting as a top-6 Tight End this week, and a perfect guy to use when we aren’t paying for Travis Kelce. Ertz is second in the NFL among tight ends in targets (30) and fourth in receptions (20). Ertz will get a Bengals defense that has given up the fifth-most fantasy points per game to tight ends. Over are the vintage Zach Ertz with the Eagles days, but now he is half the cost.

Kyle Pitts vs. Texans ($3,300)

We have to ask ourselves, “what do we want in a fantasy tight end?”. The answer should be “contentment”. Which is a subjective term based on the individual. In the tight end sea of mediocrity, I think if it’s not Kelce, Andrews and Hockenson sporadically, as owners we should be OK with 10ish DK points. Thats what the ceiling seems to be (insert LOL). We have yet to see the Kyle Pitts ceiling and his price just keeps dipping. A generational talent with just 21 targets over the first four weeks of the season. A spike game is coming. I would love it at $3,300.


Defense/Special Teams

Titans @ Colts ($2,400)