Week 5 is here and that means we are about a quarter of the way through the season. It's always amazing how fast the NFL season goes by each year. I'm going to take a look at three players that are in potential high scoring games that are not taking place in Pittsburgh this week. These are good sources for sneaky stacks and I think two of the three are in play for both cash games and tournaments this week.
Kirk Cousins (6,000 on DK: Away vs Eagles)
Most times I do this article, it will look at divisional matchups, or matchups between two teams that seem to play each other every year. But Kirk Cousins does have a history vs the Eagles, coming from division rival Washington. When I pulled up the numbers, I saw Cousins was better in Philadelphia than he was in Washington. That should help here this week. Here are Cousins' four games in Philadelphia:
- 2014: 427 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT
- 2015: 365 yards, 4 TD
- 2016: 234 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
- 2017: 303 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT
- 4 Year Average at Philadelphia: 332 yards, 3 TD, .75 INT (27.53 DK Points)
There are already some questions about Dalvin Cook's health this week and this has some high scoring capabilities. We talked about this game a bit on the premium podcast as a sneaky shootout. Cousins' history and ability to add some rushing yards in recent years makes Cousins a nice, potentially lower owned play at a great price.
Amari Cooper (5,500 on DK: Away vs Chargers)
If there is one word you had to use to describe Amari Cooper, what would it be? My word would be "inconsistent." We've seen that in his two games this year: two games with 100 yards and DK points of 24.6 and 29.8. But he also has two games with 1 and 2 catches, respectively. In what could be a high scoring game, I looked at his history against the Chargers to see if there is any pattern:
- 2015 Games: 5/133/1 in first game, 2/10 in second game
- 2016 Games: 6/138/1 in first game, 1/28 in second game
- 2017 Games: 5/28 in first game, 3/115/1 in second game
Also, there was no correlation between home and away. Perhaps this is a better thing to look at later in the season, if looking at history only. The 5,500 price is very tempting and with his usual upside in tournaments based on this season, his career, and this matchup, I don't mind it. Just don't go crazy rostering him since we never know which Amari we will get.
Marvin Jones (4,700 on DK: Home vs Packers)
Jones has felt like the forgotten receiver this year in Detroit, with Golden Tate continuing his role as a PPR monster and Kenny Golladay emerging as the deep outside threat. Marvin Jones hasn't been bad but has seen his price drop below 5k on DraftKings. He might be popular for a couple of reason: the plus matchup against Green Bay and his recent history vs the Packers:
- 2016 @ Green Bay: 6/205/2
- 2016 @ Detroit: 5/76
- 2017 @ Green Bay: 7/107/2
- 2017 @ Detroit: 4/81/1
- 4-Game Average: 5.5 catches, 117 yards, 1.25 TD (27.7 DK Points)
Jones has enjoyed the Packers matchup the past couple of years. While he has been better at Lambeau, he's still been productive at Ford Field. At this price, even if he gets to 20 points, he's still reaching more than 4x value. Price and history are really hard for me to pass up this week, even if it is at higher ownership.