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Scott Barrett’s daily fantasy focus: Top plays, strategy, and advice for Week 6

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This article is long, so I’ll spare you a lengthy intro. Here’s everything need to know in order to dominate your Week 6 DFS tournaments and cash games.

Note: All numbers in brackets refer to a player’s salary rank on FanDuel or DraftKings.

Quarterbacks

Inexpensive options

On both sites, Gardner Minshew and Kirk Cousins are your best options when looking to pay down. (Remember, paying down at the quarterback position is your recommended approach for cash games, and especially so on DraftKings.) Case Keenum and Josh Rosen are also in play, though I prefer the first two quarterbacks by a significant margin.

Minshew was a mid-week add to the injury report, so keep an eye on his groin (that doesn’t sound right) but otherwise is a glaring value against New Orleans’ pass funnel defense. Quietly, he ranks top-12 in both PFF grade and fantasy points per game (18.3), though he’s priced outside of the top-15 on both sites. New Orleans is giving up the second-most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks — however, it’s noteworthy they’re giving up just the 11th-most schedule-adjusted fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks.

In a soft Week 5 matchup against the Giants, Cousins went 22-of-27 passing with 306 yards, two touchdowns, and zero interceptions. Cousins should finally be forced to lean pass-heavy this week, against an Eagles pass funnel defense that has seen passes on 69% of their plays (second-most). The issue is, he might not have much time in the pocket to do any real damage against Philadelphia’s bottom-tier secondary. Philadelphia’s defense ranks best in pressure rate over expectation, while Minnesota’s offense ranks fifth-worst by the same stat. For this reason, I prefer Minshew.

Washington and Miami have bottom-of-the-barrel offenses, but league-worst defenses. Against quarterbacks, Miami ranks worst in fantasy points allowed per game, fantasy points allowed per dropback, and passer rating allowed. Washington ranks bottom-seven in each stat. This could be an ugly game to watch, while still being a high-scoring fantasy-friendly affair.

Expensive options

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