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Daily fantasy football expert picks for Week 5

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Berry high on Duke Johnson (0:54)

Matthew Berry explains why he has Duke Johnson as one of his top 20 running backs for this week in PPR leagues. (0:54)

With Week 5 NFL daily fantasy contests starting to fill up, our experts have scouted out the players they're locking into their DFS lineups first. From the star performers to the top values, here are our expert picks for this week in DFS football.


Star performers

Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers

While one can often find value at quarterback and thus pay down in daily fantasy, this matchup is simply too savory to ignore for Rodgers. Aside from a Week 1 stalling of the Giants offense, the Cowboys have allowed Trevor Siemian (four touchdowns), Carson Palmer (325 yards and two touchdowns) and Jared Goff (255 yards and two touchdowns) to post big numbers. Rodgers may be without Davante Adams this week (and his starting tackles), but with seven touchdowns over his past two games, there's little reason to fear that he won't make good on the steep financial investment. -- Field Yates

The Packers went to the quick game in Week 4, with Rodgers throwing for 179 yards on 18-of-26 passing. That was a drop-off for Rodgers after throwing for 300-plus in each of his first three games. However, Rodgers tossed four touchdown passes in that win over the Bears. Remember, the Packers are still a heavy West Coast passing team inside the 20-yard line, and Rodgers gets a favorable matchup this Sunday versus Dallas. This Cowboys defense has allowed eight touchdown passes in its last three games and is giving up an average of 17.3 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks (23rd in the NFL). -- Matt Bowen

Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

Bell has seen a significant increase in fantasy points in every week this season, a pace that would seem to be at an end given that he scored 37.6 points against the Ravens in Week 4. The matchup against the Jaguars makes an increase possible, as Jacksonville's defense ranks last in my good blocking rate (GBR) metric that measures how often an offense gives its ball carriers good run blocking. This is why the Jaguars rank last in rush yards allowed, yards per rush and rush yards before first defensive contact. Bell could score 40 or more points this week, and thus is well worth the large salary. -- KC Joyner

DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins

It might seem odd to go with a struggling offense like that of Miami, but the Tennessee pass defense has been terrible, permitting a league-high eight touchdowns to wide receivers. Parker is averaging nine targets and 75 yards per game. Nobody's saying you must go with Jay Cutler, but his top targets Parker and Jarvis Landry seem a bit underpriced. -- Eric Karabell

Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals

Besides the Tennessee Titans, the Philadelphia Eagles are the other wide receiver matchup I'm exploiting whenever possible right now. Ronald Darby's absence has severely hurt the Eagles' secondary, to the point that Keenan Allen, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard and Tyrell Williams all exceeded 20-plus DraftKings points in their games against Philly over the past two weeks, with the quartet averaging 26.4. Fitzgerald is a target machine, as his 41 ranks third in the league, and he's the league leader in routes run (196) and red zone targets (10). -- Tristan H. Cockcroft

Leonard Fournette, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars

Remember the preseason worry about Fournette's foot injury and how it might impact his ability to handle the workload in Jacksonville? Didn't think so. Fournette has been so consistent with both his volume and production that those early concerns have faded. Ranked third in the NFL in touches this season, Fournette has found the end zone each week, making him among the safest plays on the board. Plus, this week he faces the seventh-ranked Steelers defense in terms of yards per carry against, and Fournette, the face of the run-heaviest offense in football, should continue to pound the rock on Sunday. -- Stephania Bell


Top values

Duke Johnson Jr., RB, Cleveland Browns

Johnson has emerged as the Browns running back that you have the most confidence in playing this season, even though most of his value stems from his receiving. He has 15 catches on 17 targets over the past two games. The Browns face the Jets next at home, which doesn't project as a game in which they will be forced to play from behind, but Johnson's playmaking and run-after-catch skills are exactly what this offense needs right now. -- Field Yates

Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers

The Packers offense came into Week 4 ranked eighth in GBR (42.6 percent) and increased that mark to a 44.3 percent level by the end of the Chicago contest. Jones is likely to end up as the lead back given the Packers running back injuries. Combine the two factors together and he should get more than enough quality rushing opportunities to outperform his relatively low salary. Just keep an eye on whether or not Ty Montgomery or Jamaal Williams suit up this weekend. -- KC Joyner

Eddie Lacy, RB, Seattle Seahawks

Pull my fantasy writer card if you like for even suggesting this fellow, but facts are facts. The Seahawks have to go with him or Thomas Rawls after the Chris Carson injury, and Lacy is healthier. Plus, the Rams are permitting the most fantasy points to opposing running backs. If Lacy cost $1,000 more, I'd balk. -- Eric Karabell

Danny Amendola, WR, New England Patriots

In three games this season, Amendola has caught 15-of-19 targets for 190 yards (12.7 yards per catch) and a touchdown. But with a prime matchup this Thursday versus the Bucs, Amendola is a solid value play with high-volume potential in the short-to-intermediate passing game. The Tampa defense has given up an average of 47.5 fantasy points per game to opposing receivers (32nd in the NFL), and there will be opportunities for Amendola to produce in red zone situations. -- Matt Bowen

Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, New York Jets

I'm likely to want either Aaron Rodgers or Le'Veon Bell in all of my DFS lineups in Week 5, so I'm going to need to go cheap somewhere. Tight end is a good spot, especially since the clear No. 1 option -- both in skill and price -- is playing in the Thursday game (Rob Gronkowski). The Cleveland Browns have performed miserably against opposing tight ends, allowing the most targets (38) and catches (31), as well as the second-most fantasy points using ESPN's PPR scoring (similar to DFS for the position). The Jets have gotten Seferian-Jenkins more involved than the team has with a player at the position in years, as his 10 targets over the past two weeks is tied for 13th, and the team is going to continually be put in passing situations that help further his cause. -- Tristan H. Cockcroft

Will Fuller V, WR, Houston Texans

Fuller ranks fifth in air yards per target since entering the NFL last season, and I'll take my chances on the upside against a Chiefs defense that has allowed the fourth-most deep completions this season. Fuller is a week-to-week risk, but considering it took him all of six targets from Deshaun Watson to score twice in his first game of the year, this week -- at home against the Chiefs who are coming off a short week -- seems like a good time to roll the dice. -- Stephania Bell