This article is part of our FantasyAces Football series.
Daily fantasy football is back in full swing, and FantasyAces is ready to continue the momentum from a huge first few weeks. Not sure how to play at Fantasy Aces? We are here to help. Each week, RotoWire will offer advice on which cheap value players to target and give you that extra edge.
Alex Smith, $5,950 vs. CHI
When thinking about the Chiefs' offense, Travis Kelce and Jamaal Charles are the only two things that comes to mind. Jeremy Maclin has added another dimension that offense as well, but his quarterback in Smith has been a very good option on FantasyAces so far this season. Only 11 quarterbacks have averaged more fantasy points per game than Smith, and 16 players are priced higher than him for Week 5. Smith has registered 25.65, 7.05, 21.8 and 21.8 fantasy points this year. The lone outlier is the 7.05, which came against the Broncos who are No. 1 in the NFL in limiting opposing quarterbacks at less than seven fantasy points per game. Smith gets a good matchup against the Bears in Week 5, as they have allowed 10 passing touchdowns already this season.
Jameis Winston, $5,300 vs. JAC
Winston is priced lower than some backup quarterbacks and is less than $300 over the minimum on FantasyAces for Week 5. He has not been "good" in the NFL sense of the word this season, but in terms of fantasy points he has been worth the price. Winston has at least 15 fantasy points in each game, and has scored at least one touchdown in each contest. In Week, 5 he faces the Jaguars, who have given up the ninth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season. Winston will be low owned as a very cheap quarterback, but considering his consistency in terms of scoring fantasy points he makes for a good option at just $5,300.
Other Options:Jay Cutler vs. KC
LeGarrette Blount, $4,300 vs. DAL
It seems impossible to predict the Patriots' plan at running back, but when both backs are cheap they are worth looking at in a good matchup. Dion Lewis is $4,700 and is the lead back in terms of snaps, but the other back in Blount makes for an excellent tournament play against the Cowboys. In Week 3, the Patriots were blowing out the Jaguars, which led to 18 carries for 78 yards and three touchdowns for Blount. The Patriots seem to look to attack opposing defenses this way, getting a lead through the air then pounding the clock with Blount. In a game against a Cowboys team that has a plethora of injuries, expect the game to flow in a similar way, which makes Blount an attractive option at just $4,300.
Duke Johnson, $4,300 vs. BAL
Johnson's snap count has increased each week (44 percent in Week 4), and in turn his production has seen a hike. His fantasy point output has gone from two to four to six to 22 in consecutive games, but his role is what makes him attractive. Of course, a long touchdown reception is what made Johnson's day, but 10 targets a week after seven targets is an excellent bet for his future in the offense. In Week 5, Johnson faces the Ravens, who have allowed 19 receptions to opposing running backs already this season. He will be minimally owned but has high upside for tournaments.
Other Options:Anthony Dixon vs. TEN
Kamar Aiken, $4,000 vs. CLE
Aiken has become the Ravens' No. 1 receiver with the injury to Steve Smith, and he responded well with a line of 5-77-1 in Week 4 against the Steelers. If Smith is out again, look for him to see an abundance of targets again in Week 5 against a Browns team that may be without Joe Haden, leaving Aiken to be covered by second- and third-string cornerbacks. Even with Haden, the Browns have given up nearly 700 yards and six touchdowns to receivers this season.
Martavis Bryant, $4,450 vs. SD
Bryant is back, and it could be the cheapest he will be for the remainder of the season. With Ben Roethlisberger out and Bryant returning from suspension, his ownership percentage will be much lower than it should. Bryant is one of the top mismatches in the NFL in terms of size and speed and is a threat to score a touchdown each time he is on the field. He has a tough matchup against the Chargers, who have been excellent in defending the pass. But Bryant's ability makes him a good tournament option as a low-owned upside play.
Vernon Davis, $4,300 vs. NYG
By now everyone has heard about the Raiders and their defense in defending tight ends, which will put a lot of people on the Broncos' tight ends this week. But the Giants have not fared much better, allowing just one less catch for 19 fewer yards to opposing tight ends this season. If Davis is healthy, expect him to play a big role for the San Francisco offense in an excellent matchup. Before getting hurt, Davis saw 13 targets in two games against the Vikings and Steelers. He is a very good pivot off the Broncos' tight ends, which makes him a good play in tournaments.
Other Options:Owen Daniels vs. OAK
Do not forget to keep an eye on the NFL inactive list. With the injury report changing all the time, a lot could happen before Sunday.