Creating An Optimal Lineup For Week 5 Monday Night Football

  • Alvin Kamara is the top-rated player for Monday Night Football.
  • Keenan Allen costs $12,500 on DFS sites.
  • Joshua Kelley is priced at $12,0000 on daily fantasy football sites and could be a great underdog pick.

NEW ORLEANS — With the end of Week 5 NFL actions approaching, the New Orleans Saints will be playing at home against the Los Angeles Chargers for Monday Night Football.

As Monday Night Football action approaches, daily fantasy football GM’s should begin creating their 5-man lineups.

In this 5-man lineup, GM’s are able to select one player to their MVP slot where that player would earn 1.5 times the points that other players would earn. That being said, it would be wise to choose a player that is less likely to be chosen by other contestants. This is just a suggested lineup and should be changed around to the fantasy owners’ likings.

MVP – Kennan Allen, WR, $12,500
FLEX – Alvin Kamara, RB, $16,000
FLEX – Tre’Quan, WR, $9,500
FLEX – Joshua Kelley, RB, $12,00
FLEX – Hunter Henry, $9,500

Keenan Allen At MVP?

Starting at the top with the MVP slot, Keenan Allen fills out that position as he is the top receiving option for this Chargers team. Allen has built a very strong connection with rookie QB, Justin Herbert and it really shows as he has brought in double-digit targets in three straight games.

With Allen being the go-to guy for Herbert on offense, there is no reason for him not to be in this slot as it is likely that he won’t be in many contestants MVP slots as he shares the field with Alvin Kamara and Drew Brees as well which raises his value.

Alvin Kamara At First Flex

The first Flex slot is taken by no other than Alvin Kamara. Kamara is a must have roster player as long as Michael Thomas remains out. With Thomas being sidelined for the last three games, the Saints offense has basically been running through Kamara as he has put up well over 100 total yards of offense in three consecutive weeks with five total touchdowns in those weeks.

What makes Kamara a lethal fantasy option on online betting sites is his ability to both run the ball at a high level but also his pass-catching ability as well as he has reeled in 27 targets in three weeks.

Don’t Sleep On Tre’Quan Smith

The second Flex spot is filled out by New Orleans Saints wideout, Tre’Quan Smith. Smith has played a solid role for the Saints with Michael Thomas sidelined and he will continue to do so on MNF with Michael Thomas getting benched ahead of his return.

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Smith is coming off of his best game of the season where he had four targets, four receptions, 54 receiving yards, and two touchdowns. Now that he had this breakout game in Week 4, Drew Brees could certainly look to him more in Week 5 as a viable receiving option and redzone threat. Also, Saints' tight end, Jared Cook, is listed as questionable for MNF and if he does not play, this would raise Smith’s value even more as that is one less receiving option for Brees.

Third Flex Goes To Joshua Kelly

The third flex option is taken by Joshua Kelley who is being set up for a breakout game here on Monday Night Football. The Chargers then RB1, Austin Ekeler, has been placed on injury reserve after suffering a hamstring injury in Week 4.

With Ekeler going down, Kelley is immediately moved up to the RB1 slot. Kelley was already acting as the team’s leading rusher as Ekeler served more as the pass-catching back but now with Ekeler going down, the Chargers will be forced to run their ground game through Kelley giving him endless amounts of opportunity. Kelley will also more than likely not be owned in a large number of teams which also raises his value.

Last But Not Least, Hunter Henry

The final flex position is filled by Hunter Henry. Many might think that this is a stretch selection but the Saints defense ranks 31 in the NFL for defending opposing tight ends.

The Saints have allowed at least one touchdown to opposing tight ends in every game they have played this season and Hunter Henry is one of the better tight ends in the league which means he could get his fair share of endzone targets.