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2023 NFL Week 5 DFS Top Plays

Every week, our DFS team releases their favorite plays for the main slate on DraftKings. These plays will be geared toward the DraftKings Milly Maker tournament.

Chalk players are guys whom we expect to have high rostership. They will be popular in our competitors’ lineups. Playing chalk in DFS is fine; however, you will want pieces of your lineup to be an outlier play to separate yourself from the field.

If 50 percent of your opponents start Christian McCaffrey in the running back slot, and he gives you only 12 fantasy points, the 50 percent of lineups without the expensive landmine of McCaffrey get an immediate boost.

An outlier player is someone who is not popular — usually around five percent or fewer lineups will have this type of player. If only three percent of the field plays Darius Slayton in a wide receiver slot, and he scores 18 points, then you have an edge on about 97 percent of the field.

A value is any cheap player whom we expect to have a solid game. These players are usually relatively popular but help you play the studs. A textbook value example would be a moderately popular tight end for $2,700 who scores 11 fantasy points.

A ceiling player–type will be expected to produce one of their highest outputs in the given matchup. An example is Ja’Marr Chase; at more than $8,000 in salary, we want to play Chase in the games where his output is north of 25 or 30 DraftKings points, not when it’s 18.

We’ll review DFS Showdown strategy before every island game in our free Discord. We’re also dropping player prop bets in there with write-ups throughout the week and will answer fantasy start-sit questions, too.

Top Week 5 DFS Plays


Name Price Expected Rostership Play Type
Patrick Mahomes $8,200 High Chalk Ceiling
Lamar Jackson $7,800 Low Outlier
Anthony Richardson $7,000 Medium Ceiling
Matthew Stafford $5,600 Medium Value

Running Backs

Name Price Expected Rostership Play Type
Bijan Robinson $7,700 High Chalk Ceiling
David Montgomery $6,600 High Chalk Ceiling 
Joe Mixon $6,400 Medium Value
Raheem Mostert $6,200 Low Outlier Value
De’Von Achane $6,100 High Chalk
James Conner $5,800 Low Outlier Value
Isiah Pacheco $5,700 Medium Value
Breece Hall $5,400 High Value

Wide Receivers

Name Price Expected Rostership Play Type
Tyreek Hill $9,000 High Chalk Ceiling
A.J. Brown $8,000 Medium Ceiling
Ja’Marr Chase $7,900 High Chalk Ceiling
Michael Pittman Jr. $6,400 Low Outlier
DeAndre Hopkins $5,700 Medium Value
Zay Flowers $5,500 Low Outlier
Tutu Atwell $5,300 Low Outlier Value
Marquise Brown $5,000 High Chalk Value
Tank Dell $4,800 Medium Value
Wan’Dale Robinson $3,000 High Chalk Value

Tight Ends

Name Price Expected Rostership Play Type
Travis Kelce $7,600 High Chalk
T.J. Hockenson $6,500 Low Low Ceiling
Sam LaPorta $5,000 High Chalk
Tyler Conklin $3,200 Low Contrarian


Name Price Expected Rostership Play Type
Patriots $3,100 Medium Value
Jets $3,100 Low Outlier
Saints $3,000 Medium Value
Titans $2,400 High Chalk Value

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