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NFL DFS First Look: Week 6 DraftKings & FanDuel Picks

Matt Gajewski



The NFL season continues to Week 6 with a full slate of NFL DFS action provided by DraftKings and FanDuel. This piece will examine the NFL DFS slate early in the week to find potential NFL DFS picks that will return the most value. Based on the salaries released by both DraftKings and FanDuel, we will go over some of the best Week 6 NFL DFS picks, but keep an eye on the news as the week progresses. A value play early in the week could turn into a bust chalk play due to injury or COVID-related illness. The best way to stay plugged in for all the news and notes throughout the week is by catching all the Awesemo NFL DFS Strategy and Picks shows on the Awesemo YouTube Channel.

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NFL First Look: Week 6 NFL DFS Picks


Lamar Jackson, LAC vs. BAL ($7,400 DraftKings, $8,200 FanDuel)

Jackson and the Ravens find themselves in a potential shootout against the Chargers in Week 6. The Ravens are 1.5-point favorites in a game totaled at 51 points. On top of the game environment, Jackson has had a career year as a passer. He is completing 60.5% of his passes for 8.7 yards per attempt while averaging 269 yards passing per game. Jackson makes a lot of sense in this game environment.

Justin Herbert, LAC vs. BAL ($7,300 DraftKings, $8,000 FanDuel)

On the other side of the Ravens game, Herbert also makes sense as an expensive quarterback to target. Herbert is completing 67.1% of his passes for 7.6 yards per attempt in an explosive Los Angeles offense. He averages 315 yards passing per game and has already thrown 13 touchdowns. The Chargers throw the ball 63% of the time and run 68.8 plays per game. Both rank well within the top 10. Baltimore’s pass defense ranks middle of the pack to start the year, giving Herbert a path to a ceiling game here. With one of the best floors in all of football, Herbert is another excellent expensive option near the top of pricing.

Taylor Heinicke, KC vs. WAS ($5,800 DraftKings, $7,300 FanDuel)

For those looking at discount options, Heinicke finds himself in a potential shootout against Kansas City. Washington enters this contest as 6-point underdogs in a game with a 54.5-point total overall. With Ryan Fitzpatrick going down early in the season, Heinicke has outperformed expectations. He boasts a 64.2% completion percentage and 7.6 yards per attempt. Heinicke also has excellent mobility, with at least 40 yards and touchdowns in three out of four starts this year. Improving matters further, Kansas City ranks bottom three in yards per attempt allowed to opposing quarterbacks. With this excellent matchup, Heinicke is a strong salary saving option on the Week 6 DFS slate.

Running Backs

Josh Jacobs, LV vs. DEN ($5,900, DraftKings, $6,800 FanDuel)

Injuries continue to plague some of the NFL’s feature backs, making this an area to monitor throughout the week. However, if multiple elite backs miss Week 6, the mid-range could be a place to focus on for DFS. In this range, Jacobs appears to be getting healthier. In Week 5 Jacobs played on 69% of snaps, handling 15 carries and five targets out of the backfield. Peyton Barber is injured and the presumed pass-catching back Kenyan Drake only saw one target. Jacobs now takes his full workload to Denver, where the Raiders are only 3-point underdogs. Jacobs is worth a shot across formats at this price.

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Darrell Henderson, LAR vs. NYG ($6,000 DraftKings, $7,300 FanDuel)

In the same price range, Henderson also stands out as a mid-priced running back option in an elite offense. The Rams enter this slate favored by 10.5 points over the Giants in a game with a 47.5-point total. Henderson continues to be heavily involved of late. Henderson has at least 17 touches in every active game this year, including a strong role in the pass game. The Giants are also an excellent matchup for opposing running backs. They allow the sixth-most yards rushing per game, setting up Henderson as a strong play.

Devontae Booker, LAR vs. NYG ($5,400 DraftKings, $5,900 FanDuel)

A potential beneficiary of the Week 5 massacre, Booker stepped up as New York’s feature back without Saquon Barkley. Booker ended up handling 88% of snaps and carrying the ball 16 times, including four red-zone attempts. More importantly, Booker also saw four targets in the pass game, showing his ability to stay involved in negative game script. New York sits as 10.5-point underdogs to Los Angeles, but Booker is cheap across DFS platforms. With a solid floor in the receiving game, he deserves a look here.

Wide Receivers

Cooper Kupp, LAR vs. NYG ($7,900 DraftKings, $8,200 FanDuel)

Perhaps the top receiver in all of DFS to start the year, Kupp again finds himself in a winnable matchup against the Giants. With Matthew Stafford under center, Kupp has seen immense volume. He boasts a 33% target share and 31.6% air yards share. He has also shown strong consistency. Kupp has at least 10 targets in every game this season, eclipsing 90 yards receiving in four of five games. Bringing an elite floor/ceiling combination, Kupp is a strong play across formats.

Keenan Allen, LAC vs. BAL ($6,400 DraftKings, $7,100 FanDuel)

Allen is one of the better buy lows in all of football. Allen still leads the Chargers with a 26.5% target share. He has also seen 29.4% of the air yards, giving him solid opportunity in the Los Angeles offense. While Mike Williams has produced the big games, Allen still warrants consideration based on volume alone. As a mid-priced receiver in a potential shootout, Allen is a strong target in DFS.

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Tee Higgins, CIN vs. DET ($5,300 DraftKings, $6,400 FanDuel)

Returning from injury in Week 5, Higgins immediately jumped back into a full-time role for Cincinnati. Higgins saw seven targets while playing on 70% of the team’s snaps. Higgins only managed five receptions for 32 yards on his opportunity, but his involvement bodes well moving forward. This week the Bengals draw a game against the Lions as 3.5-point favorites. Detroit has the worst pass defense in all of football, allowing 9.3 yards per attempt. At a middling price, Higgins looks like a solid pivot off Ja’Marr Chase in GPPs.

Tight Ends

Darren Waller, LV vs. DEN, ($6,600 DraftKings, $7,000 FanDuel)

For those looking at edges at tight end, Waller continues to provide one. Waller has 48 targets on the year, equating to a 24.6% target share. He also has a 26.7 air yards share, showing solid involvement down field as well. The Raiders enter the slate as 3-point underdogs to the Broncos in a game with a 45-point total. While this leaves much to be desired, Waller’s elite usage at a poor position still warrants consideration here.

Tyler Higbee, LAR vs. NYG ($4,400 DraftKings, $5,500 FanDuel)

For those looking at a cheaper attachment to the Rams offense, Higbee also fills the troublesome tight end position. Higbee’s involvement varies game to game, but he still plays on a majority of snaps. Last week, Higbee only saw two targets, but he still played on 84% of snaps. With Los Angeles constantly scoring points, Higbee makes sense in game stacks and potentially low-risk contests based on his role.

Ricky Seals-Jones, KC vs. WAS ($3,000 DraftKings, $5,000 FanDuel)

With Logan Thomas hitting injured reserve, Seals-Jones popped up for a full-time role. In Week 5, Seals-Jones played on 99% of the team’s snaps, seeing eight targets in the pass game. Seals-Jones barely received a price increase following this heavy involvement. Also benefiting from a potential shootout against Kansas City, Seals-Jones should be the preferred punt tight end throughout the week.

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Matt Gajewski graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Economics. Matt has worked in the fantasy industry for the past four years, focusing on DFS and Sports Betting. Matt specializes in NFL, College Football, College Basketball, XFL, and MMA. With GPP victories across the major sports, Matt also qualified for the DraftKings 2020 Sports Betting Championship and won a seat to the College Basketball Tourney Mania final.

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