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Daily fantasy football expert picks for Week 6

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Matthew Berry explains why QB Deshaun Watson is a fantasy keeper. (1:58)

With Week 6 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

Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots

While there is value in paying down at quarterback given the typically deep pool of players, bye weeks shave that depth a bit and, frankly, Brady has just been that good this year. He has ripped off four straight games of over 300 passing yards, with a "down" week in Week 5 in which he threw only one touchdown and 303 yards. The Jets have been impressively competitive through five games this season and their strength is more their offense than the defense, but Brady and the Patriots -- on extended rest -- are primed for a productive passing effort in Week 6. Brady is worth it. -- Field Yates

Kareem Hunt, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

Through five weeks, Hunt leads the NFL in rushing (609 yards) and is averaging a whopping 6.3 yards per carry. The Chiefs rookie has topped the 100-yard mark in three straight games and he also have value in the Kansas City route tree (16 receptions, 166 yards, two touchdowns). With a matchup this week versus a Steelers defense that is giving up an average of 28.3 points per game to opposing backs (29th in the NFL), Hunt is primed to see another high-volume day in Andy Reid's game plan. -- Matt Bowen

Deshaun Watson, QB, Houston Texans

The Cleveland Browns have allowed 100 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks despite facing Ben Roethlisberger, Joe Flacco, Jacoby Brissett, Andy Dalton and Josh McCown. Watson is playing better than all of those field generals and has the benefit of playing this game at home. He's scored 30 or more points in two straight games and could make it three with this matchup. -- KC Joyner

Leonard Fournette, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars

His price is certainly up from past weeks but the production is worth it. Fournette gets ample volume and the Rams - Sunday's game against Seattle notwithstanding - have not performed well against the run. Fournette has found the end zone each week and should continue the trend. -- Eric Karabell

DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans

Based on the strength of the matchup -- the Cleveland Browns rate the No. 1 matchup for an opposing quarterback this season, granting them three points above the player's seasonal average per game more than any other defense has -- I'd think that Deshaun Watson is going to be a supremely popular pick. I'd rather get a "share" of that matchup by grabbing Hopkins, who has a second-most-in-the-league 45 targets in four games since Watson became the Texans' starter. Watson hasn't been afraid to throw downfield during his young career, and in the past two weeks combined, he targeted Hopkins on nine throws 15-plus yards downfield. Expect more of the same high-risk, high-reward play this week, except that Hopkins doesn't get docked for potential interceptions. -- Tristan H. Cockcroft

C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver Broncos

If the goal is to pay for volume in DFS, why doesn't Anderson cost more? Despite already having his bye, Anderson is one of just three backs with at least 20 carries on three separate occasions this season. The other two (Ezekiel Elliott and Leonard Fournette) are always priced well above the Broncos' bell cow. Yes, the Denver backfield is a little crowded, but Anderson has established he is the lead back. Now rested, in a Sunday night game that the Broncos figure to control from start to finish against the fourth worst run defense in football, Anderson is a worthy choice. -- Stephania Bell


Top values

Ricardo Louis, WR, Cleveland Browns

The Browns don't necessarily have a true number one option in their passing game, but Louis has been the busiest receiver over the past two weeks: he has 10 catches on 17 targets, amassing 135 yards in the process. The Browns could start Kevin Hogan this week under center, which might actually be an overall upgrade to the passing game over DeShone Kizer. The Texans defense is now without J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus for the rest of the season, which should allow the Browns to better protect whoever plays quarterback and buy him time. Louis may not have a huge ceiling, but his recent volume is a positive trend to track. -- Field Yates

George Kittle, TE, San Francisco 49ers

The rookie out of Iowa caught 7 passes (on nine targets) for 83 yards and a touchdown in Week 5 versus the Colts. Kittle made two key grabs (including the touchdown catch) on the 49ers fourth quarter drive to send the game to OT and he has the route running skill set to produce as the "move" tight end in Kyle Shanahan's system. I like the value here with Kittle versus a Redskins defense giving up an average of 18.4 points per game to opposing tight ends (30th in the NFL). -- Matt Bowen

Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers

The Packers came into Week 5 with a 44.3 percent mark in my good blocking rate (GBR) metric that measures how often an offense gives its ball carriers quality run blocking. That total ranked eighth best and Green Bay improved it to a 47.3 percent season long level following the Cowboys game. Jones leads the team in good blocking yards per attempt (GBYPA), as his 8.1 level in that metric is more than 2 yards higher than any other Packers running back. This will cause him to get the ball fairly often even if Ty Montgomery returns from injury and should make Jones more than worth the salary. -- KC Joyner

Adam Humphries, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The team's third receiver boasts three consecutive games with at least 50 receiving yards and has averaged more than 11 DK points in that span. This week the Bucs are in Arizona. Mike Evans will have to deal with elite corner Patrick Peterson but as the Eagles showed Sunday, all the other WR options are in play against this secondary. -- Eric Karabell

Chris Thompson, RB, Washington Redskins

I love this matchup as well as the price tag and am surprised that more people don't, but that means Thompson might be overlooked this week. The San Francisco 49ers have afforded the third-most PPR fantasy points to running backs this season, as well as the third-most receptions to the position, and served up a combined 14 catches for 122 yards and a touchdown to Todd Gurley and Andre Ellington in Weeks 3-4. -- Tristan H. Cockcroft

Delanie Walker, TE, Tennessee Titans

With injuries aplenty at his position and Marcus Mariota looking likely to go on Monday night, Walker could well prove to not only be the top value, he could also be the Week 6 fantasy leader among tight ends. The Colts have allowed a tight end to find the end zone in each of the last three weeks and it's no coincidence that Walker's two best fantasy seasons have come since the team drafted Mariota. Walker is an elite Week 6 option at an ordinary price. -- Stephania Bell