Week 10 offers a slate of matchups highlighted by some flawed offenses taking on flawed defenses. That spells potential. Premium players are appropriately priced this week with few exceptions. But some mid-to-low range options could come close to premium performances in Week 10. Here are some examples.
QB: Andy Dalton, Eli Manning, and Ryan Fitzpatrick
Yikes! Spend the money on who? Tom Brady against Denver? Drew Brees in cold weather? Other than Dak Prescott, there are few sure things this weekend for DFS fans. Alex Smith and Carson Wentz are on bye and Russell Wilson plays Thursday. And if you will skimp on a quarterback, you might as well go as low as you can to save money for a stud rusher or two.
Andy Dalton has put up few good NFL fantasy weeks, but he has responded appropriately to good matchups. He has one this week in Tennessee. With AJ Green on the field, Dalton is a good value and offers an inexpensive stack with Green.
Eli Manning is being called out by his coach in New York. He also happens to be facing the pass defense that just let Drew Stanton grab 15 NFL fantasy points. Manning also knows the best way to calm the locker room is to get a big win, even if it means picking on a lesser defense. A stack with tight end Evan Engram should leave plenty of money for a second, more secure stack.
Ryan Fitzpatrick goes against his former team, the New York Jets. The Jets’ secondary allows almost 19 fantasy quarterback points per game. Fitzpatrick could easily top that in a revenge match. Stack him with Cameron Brate, who had his best fantasy game of the year last time Fitzpatrick started.
RB: Orleans Darkwa, Lamar Miller, whoever runs for the Jets
Matt Forte landed on the Jets’ injury report with knee swelling Wednesday. If he plays, he is priced for value. If he sits, Bilal Powell is an excellent running back bargain. If you are desperate and short of cash, Elijah McGuire will get work if Forte sits. Both Powell and McGuire only work if Forte is out. Otherwise, Forte is seeing a larger percentage of touches lately and is the only option from the Jets.
Lamar Miller costs a little more but goes against one of the most generous NFL fantasy defenses to running backs in the Rams. He showed last week he doesn’t need Deshaun Watson on the field for him to be productive. He is worth the price.
Orleans Darkwa is still priced like a backup running back. His production was curtailed last week by the game situation. That should not be the case against the 49ers. Darkwa looks like a good bet to go over 100 yards. A touchdown could make him the bargain of the weekend.
WR: Robby Anderson, DeSean Jackson, and Golden Tate
Tate had a nice game Monday night, hours after this week’s DFS prices were set. He is up against the generous Cleveland Browns Sunday. The Browns have a good pass rush, which should help Matt Stafford decide to throw quick passes to his slot receiver, Golden Tate. It all adds up to a value DFS purchase.
DeSean Jackson is priced as the number two wide receiver and third receiving option on a team with a wounded quarterback. His new reality is that he is the top receiver and second option with a healthy quarterback who really wants to put up 400 yards this week. Mike Evans’ suspension and Jameis Winston’s injury both work in favor of a good game from Jackson and a bargain buy for DFS players.
Robby Anderson will be on the other side of the field using his speed against the second-most generous NFL fantasy defense for wide receivers. Josh McCown has already shown a willingness to throw to his rookie speedster. They have connected for touchdowns three weeks in a row and are a good bet to make it four against the Buccaneers. McCown and Anderson offer another inexpensive stack consideration.
TE: Pay for Cameron Brate or Evan Engram
Both Cameron Brate and Evan Engram are set up for big games this weekend. Both have quarterbacks with a chip on their shoulder and like throwing to their tight ends. Both have defenses that are not strong against the position. Both are worth the price for your DFS lineup.
If you insist on saving money on tight ends, consider Eric Ebron against the Browns or Garrett Celek against the Giants.
D/ST: Chicago and New England
Green Bay just can’t get out of their own way. Chicago has had a few surprising weeks. This will be not as much of a surprise, but a worthy DFS play nonetheless.
New England has stopped teams from scoring, averaging only 13 points per game over their last four games. They will come out of the bye with a scheme to generate a pass rush and turnovers. They are worth their price against a reeling Denver Broncos offense.
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