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NFL DraftKings Week 10: Picks and Sleepers

Each week we dive through the entire slate to find you the best and most valuable plays. There are plenty of options to build your roster around and each of these guys are either cornerstones to use or the cheaper options to plug in to fill the holes in your lineup.

Per usual, these follow standard DraftKings prices and consist of every NFL game of Week 10.

Quarterbacks

  • Top Shelf
    • Dak Prescott ($7,300) – Dak’s been tearing it up and if this is in fact the week we say goodbye to Zeke, then he’s going to have a lot of work to do against Atlanta.
  • Retail Price
    • Matthew Stafford ($6,800) – A home date with Cleveland is great material to work with. The play of Marvin Jones and Golden Tate have led Stafford to flourish in the offense while the running game provides very little.
    • Jared Goff ($6,700) – Goff exploded against the Giants last week, and now takes on an injury riddled Texans team limping towards the end of the year.
    • Josh McCown ($6,100) – As weird as it seems to trust McCown, he’s been producing week in and week out. The Bucs defense is a very plus matchup to take advantage of for a “lower” price.
  • Bang For Your Buck
    • Ryan Fitzpatrick ($4,900) – The revenge game narrative is very much in play for Fitzpatrick against the Jets who caused all that prior contract and signing drama. There’s bound to be bad blood for Fitzpatrick who unfortunately will be without top wideout Mike Evans.
    • Mitchell Trubisky ($4,500) – The ultimate “punt” option at QB, Trubisky takes on a bad Packers secondary and shouldn’t have to put up many points in order to cover his salary.

 

Running Backs

  • Top Shelf
    • Le’Veon Bell ($9,800) – The Colts are a notoriously bad run defense and bad defense in general. Bell’s high usage rate always allows you to spend such a high salary on him.
    • Leonard Fournette ($8,400) – Fournette should return after being suspended for “infraction of a team rule” and he’s probably not happy he had to sit out for another game. A pissed off Fournette should result in high numbers, especially with the Chargers potent secondary.
    • Melvin Gordon ($7,200) – Somewhat similar to Fournette, Jacksonville has the league’s best secondary which limits what Philip Rivers can do in the passing game. Gordon will be leaned upon heavily as the Jags have shown they can be run on.
  • Retail Price
    • Jerick McKinnon ($6,600) – He’s filled in nicely for the Vikings post Cook injury, and with the Vikings passing game struggling his usage has been very high. Aside from one blip against Baltimore, he’s been averaging 20+.
    • Jordan Howard ($6,100) – The Bears have a very good chance to win this game, and would do so controlling the clock and pounding the ball with Howard. Trubisky simply has nobody to throw to.
    • Lamar Miller ($5,700) – The Rams have really struggled with the run, and Tom Savage isn’t going to be slinging the rock for Houston. Miller had a healthy 5.7 YPC last game.
  • Bang For Your Buck
    • Joe Mixon ($4,900) – Mixon is starting to carve his roll out in the Bengals offense. He’s getting the touches, but really needs to improve his yards per carry to take that next step. Decent volume for a low price.
    • Orleans Darkwa ($4,500) – The 49ers run defense is TERRIBLE. TERRIBLE I tell you! Darkwa ran hard and well last game for a team that’s struggling big time. For this low a price, he’s going to be hard to pass on.
    • Matt Forte ($4,400) – Forte saw his rushing numbers spike last game and he happened to find the end zone twice for the Jets. He’s still also being used in the passing game and is separating himself from Powell in the RB committee.
    • James White ($4,200) – This is the kind of game where Brady relies on his pass catching RB against a stingy and tough defense. White should have a handful of catches to go along with his stellar YAC when he gets defenders one on one in open space.

 

Wide Receivers

  • Top Shelf
    • Antonio Brown ($9,500) – Brown is a solid play 99% of the time, especially against a leaky Colts secondary.
    • Julio Jones ($8,000) – Still no Julio-bomb this year that we’ve been expecting, but the Dallas defense could finally give him that shot. The twelve targets last game are a very encouraging sign.
  • Retail Price
    • Doug Baldwin ($6,400) – Baldwin’s price inexplicably dropped down after a big time Sunday performance against Washington. Now fully healthy, he has double digit targets in three straight leading the Seahawks offense without a true run game.
    • Marvin Jones ($6,200) – Jones has been ON FIRE the last three games also with double digit targets in three straight. The Lions should have no problem beating up on the Browns at home and Jones has been the #1 guy for Stafford.
    • TY Hilton ($5,900) – The matchup isn’t great, but Hilton is still a cheap option at home where he has very favorable splits.
    • JuJu Smith-Schuster ($5,600) – JuJu really broke onto the national landscape last primetime game versus Detroit with his 97 yard touchdown catch and run. He can easily get behind the Colts secondary this week.
    • Robby Anderson ($5,200) – A score in three straight, while becoming the favorite target of Josh McCown. He looks like a great stacking option against a struggling Bucs pass defense.
    • Mohammed Sanu ($5,100) – Another week, another score for Sanu in the Falcons offense. His price is still hovering around the low $5k range for consistent 10ish points per week.
    • Robert Woods ($5,000) – Woods has been the most consistent Rams receiver for Jared Goff and now takes on a Texans secondary that’s lost so much talent to injuries. Another multiple score game isn’t out of the question.
  • Bang For Your Buck
    • Marqise Lee ($4,100) – Lee has been seeing a large number of targets from Bortles in the passing game. It’s not a great matchup against the Chargers, but that high of a volume is worth a look for this price.
    • Deonte Thompson ($3,600) – If Kelvin Benjamin isn’t fully up to speed, Thompson has looked like a guy who can be a weapon outside for Tyrod Taylor. He’s more of a deep threat/hail mary play for low salary constraints.

 

Tight Ends

  • Top Plays
    • Rob Gronkowski ($7,000) – Gronk has been the mismatch and top weapon that has allowed the Patriots to be competitive with the Broncos defense. He’s kept them in games and is the ultimate red zone threat.
    • Evan Engram ($6,200) – The best weapon in the Giants offense, he’s practically a WR listed as a TE. He’s nearly been a lock for double digits every week and now faces a very struggling 49ers team.
    • Cameron Brate ($4,100) – The Harvard connection is back! It’s not really that big of an impact, but Tampa Bay is without Mike Evans and will be in need of a reliable red zone option.
  • Bargain Plays
    • Tyler Kroft ($3,600) – Solid matchup for Kroft and the Bengals as Tennessee has really struggled. Unfortunately, AJ Green wasn’t suspended which would have been big time for Kroft’s ceiling. Still, the matchup is pretty nice.
    • Eric Ebron ($3,100) – Tight ends against Cleveland generally work out well. Ebron has the size and skill to take advantage if Stafford gives him the opportunity.

Defense

  • Top Plays
    • Seattle Seahawks ($3,900) – A primetime matchup against the Cardinals who are starting Drew Stanton. Seattle should eat him and their offense alive.
    • Detroit Lions ($3,800) – Home against Cleveland, that should be good enough for you.
    • Los Angeles Rams ($3,600) – Another plus home matchup against Tom Savage and the Texans.
    • Chicago Bears ($3,000) – The Bears have a soft spot in my heart for their past performance and might be another great play at home against Brett Hundley who is really struggling with his passing game.
  • Bargain Plays
    • Washington Redskins ($2,900) – Washington’s defense looked really good against Seattle and now welcomes Case Keenum and the Vikings. Not a bad discounted defense if you need the flexibility.

Be sure to let me know how much money I won you, @theJMcGuinness.

Also, last week’s picks can be referenced here.

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