Daily fantasy football: Best buys for Week 5

Success in daily fantasy comes down to your ability to find value, identify players in great matchups and maximize the relationships between the players on your roster (otherwise known as correlation).

Each week, I’ll go through each position and give you a few players I’m considering for my head-to-head lineups — usually players who are getting as much volume as possible while also coming it at value prices.

With that in mind, here are my favorite plays for Week 5.

The loss drops the Steelers’ record to 3-2, and Roethlisberger’s performance has to make Pitt fans a bit uneasy. He finished 33 for 55 for 312 yards, no touchdowns and the five aforementioned INTs, marking his third straight subpar effort. Over his last three games, he has two touchdowns and seven picks.

Big Ben wasn’t in the best of spirits after the game, facetiously remarking on his poor outing.

The Jags, meanwhile, have alternated wins and losses through the first five weeks of the season and sit at 3-2 as well. They got there Sunday in spite of their own quarterback, Blake Bortles, throwing for a mere 95 yards. A stellar performance by your defense and 181 yards and two touchdowns from your stud rookie running back, Fournette, goes a long way.

Carlos Hyde, RB, 49ers: Only eight running backs were started in a greater percentage of ESPN leagues than Hyde in Week 5 (93.8 percent), and he delivered his owners a mere 2.8 PPR and 1.8 non-PPR fantasy points. Those were his sixth- and fifth-worst totals in any of his 39 career NFL games. Hyde’s hip issue presumably played a part in the performance, however, especially as per Pro Football Focus’ Nathan Jahnke, he played 33 snaps to Matt Breida’s 35. Breida remains one of the game’s most critical handcuffs.
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