It is hard to believe that we are already going into Week 10. I urge any of you who love to play NFL daily fantasy to give NBA a try too. If you need assistance you can reach out to me on the app as I typically play every day.
Looking at Week 10 I started assembling my lineup by going to the RB position first. This week seems to be a week that you need to spend up at the RB position. I will go into more detail below.
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All three of my QBs did well last week. Rodgers threw for multiple touchdowns, Dak was a great chalk play in cash and Rivers did what I thought he would against the Titans.
Aaron Rodgers - $7,600 (GB @ TEN)
Remember what I said about Philip Rivers last week? Well guess what, Rodgers is a better quarterback than Rivers and he sees the same defense as the Chargers did last week. And with the high priced running backs, DraftKings did us a favor and lowered Rodgers’ salary by $200. Thanks DraftKings! I like Rodgers in both cash and GPP.
Ben Roethlisberger - $6,800 (PIT vs. DAL)
Big Ben is my contrarian GPP guy. I feel like his ownership will be low coming off that horrible game in Week 9. Here is the thing though. Roethlisberger has a history of putting up bad games the week after an injury. He also plays better at home and his splits are almost as bad as Drew Brees. I like Ben only in GPP lineups though.
Eli Manning - $5,900 (NYG @ CIN)
Remember this guy? He has been quite awful throughout the season. In fact I traded him for Alex Smith in a league. All of that said, I like him as a GPP option. I think he goes low owned and he is facing the Bengals – a team that has given up the third most fantasy points to the QB position over the last three weeks.
Note: I am hearing a ton of chatter about using Jay Cutler ($5,300) and I will not try and talk you out of it. He has the most ideal matchup as Tampa Bay is giving up the most fantasy points to the QB position over the last three weeks. However, I don’t see it as anything other than a cash play paired with the high priced running backs. He does not have the upside for a GPP and I will have very limited exposure to him for this reason.
I did not listen to my own advice last week and it bit me in the ass. I should have paid up at running back, but instead I went with the Wests. Oh and Jerrick McKinnon in a contrarian GPP lineup – boy did that backfire!
You know what they say – fool me once shame on me, fool me twice shame on whoever I decided to play at running back! Wait, well I think it is something like that.
David Johnson - $8,400 (ARI vs. SF)
Do not get cute. Johnson is a must play in cash and I’d consider him in a GPP too. Only thing with the GPP is you will need to go contrarian elsewhere. He has a great matchup and is a top three running back in the league. What more do I need to say? Fine, how about the fact the 49ers have given up the most points to a RB the last three weeks? No? You still want more? Alright, well they are so bad they are giving up an average of seven more points per game to the running back position than the Browns who rank second worst over the same span.
Ezekiel Elliot - $7,900 (DAL @ PIT)
Elliot has been one of the most consistent backs this season. I personally have him ranked as the third best running back in the NFL behind LeVeon Bell and David Johnson. Elliot has another plus matchup against the Steelers. He is a great cash option and could be used as one of your backs in a GPP – again you will need to go contrarian elsewhere though.
Notes: To save time, just look at playing one of the top four priced options in cash and one could be used in a GPP too. Ajayi is the contrarian play but his ownership will probably be high too. That means to go contrarian you will likely need to look at someone like Kenneth Dixon or C.J. Prosise. Terrance West, Mark Ingram, Jordan Howard or hell maybe someone like Chris Ivory or T.J. Yeldon based on matchups.
Well Dez Bryant killed some lineups and I apologize for that recommendation. And if I knew Big Ben was back when I wrote the article I would have recommended Antonio Brown instead who had a decent day.
Mike Evans - $9,000 (TB vs. CHI)
I have been on the Evans bandwagon since the offseason. If people asked me Evans or who I almost always said Evans. In fact, I had him ranked fifth among wide receivers and almost put him before A.J. Green at four. My Bears are giving up a ton of points to the WR position lately. They find themselves in dead last against the pass over the last five weeks. Not good for us Bears fans. If you have the salary and Evans plays (looks like he is on track to play) than plug him in!
Alshon Jeffery - $6,600 (CHI vs. TB)
If you go Cutler in cash, pair him with his favorite red zone target. Jeffery caught his first touchdown of the season in Week 9 (I know, right!) and should be good for cash and GPP lineups this week going up against a weak secondary.
Jordan Matthews - $5,900 (PHI vs. ATL)
Evans has the best matchup and Matthews has the second. The Falcons have given up the second most points to the WR position over the last three weeks. If Philly is going to stay in this thing they will need to air it out. I do not like Wentz, but I do like Matthews in cash. I’m not sure I trust him in a GPP though.
Tyler Eifert - $5,200 (CIN @ NYG)
As a Notre Dame fan I love seeing Eifert’s name in the player pool again. (Yes he was probably there, but you couldn’t play him until last week unless you wanted a zero) Eifert came back strong with nine catches for 102 yards and a touchdown. He saw 12 targets too. This week he is going up against the Giants – team that has given up the fifth most points to the TE position over the last three weeks.
Zach Ertz - $3,700 (PHI vs. ATL)
Ertz had his best game of the season last week. Plus, remember how I said Philly will likely have to air it out. I think Ertz benefits by seeing more targets down field again. Ertz is the best option in this price range if you paid up at running back and receiver.
Lance Kendricks - $3,000 (LA @ NYJ)
I recommended him last week and I am going back to him again. He paid off in Week 9 with seven catches for 90 yards. He has seen eight, nine and 12 targets over his last three games. He doesn’t have the best matchup here, but he only needs 12 points to hit 4x value. I like Kendricks in cash and GPP lineups.
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