Week 10 of the fantasy football season has fewer teams on bye (four vs. six) and plenty of projected high-scoring games on the slate so there are plenty of options to choose from for this week's Daily Fantasy Football (DFS) core and value picks. Personally, I am liking the Chargers vs. Raiders game early on for my lineup builds. The Falcons (at Browns) and Saints (at Bengals) are in some lopsided game projections so these teams should have plenty of fantasy options as well.
So let’s get into my Week 10 DFS Picks, shall we? If this is one of your first times playing DFS feel free to check out my "10 Tips to Win at DFS."
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Teams on bye: Baltimore, Denver, Houston, Minnesota
Week 10 Core Plays
These will be my top plays for the Sunday-Monday slate of games. These are players who I will try to have in as many lineups as possible. If I can, I will use three or all four in one lineup. A reminder that for cash games going with an elite quarterback is typically recommended. If you go value at quarterback he MUST meet value for your loaded lineup to be worth it.
QB: Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland ($8,200 FanDuel/$6,000 DraftKings)
Between Rivers and Cam Newton it is hard to determine who is the most overlooked quarterback statistically this season. Rivers may have had a rough week last week with only 17 DraftKings points, but he still threw two touchdowns. This week he gets the Raiders who have been atrocious this season. Rivers, Melvin Gordon and Keenan Allen should be shredding this team and Rivers is primed for a big game. Toss in that Rivers has thrown at least two TD passes every game this season and has just three games with fewer than 250 passing yards and there's nothing more that needs to be said. Giddy up!
RB: Melvin Gordon, Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland ($8,900 FanDuel/$9,000 DraftKings)
Gordon is a fantastic spot this week. Hopefully he is close to back to 100 percent health-wise, and even if he wasn’t last week he still put up 113 rushing yards and a touchdown. The Seahawks are a much better defense than what Gordon is facing this week. The Raiders are 24th in the league against the run and you know Gordon will see a fair number of targets as well. The only thing that may keep Gordon from really going off that the Chargers get so far ahead that Austin Ekeler gets plenty of touches in garbage time.
WR: Michael Thomas, New Orleans at Cincinnati ($8,600 FanDuel/$8,100 DraftKings)
Thomas is a beast, and I shouldn’t need to validate playing him, really ever but this week the Red-hot Saints, perhaps the best team in football, are facing the league's worst pass defense. Thomas just feasted on the far superior Rams secondary. If the running game dominates Thomas should still get his as he has posted just one game with fewer than 11 DraftKings points on the season.
WR: Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay vs. Washington ($5,500 FanDuel/$4,000 DraftKings)
The riskiest core play for me this week is Godwin. He has seen his targets drop, but is still part of one of the most pass-heavy offenses in the league. The risk is here and if he sees just three targets again he could disappoint. However even last week he made something out of his few targets and there's always the possibility he could produce like he was earlier in the season. His low cost allows me to add another big-ticket running back. I won’t say if that is Alvin Kamara. (But it is.)
TE: Eric Ebron, Indianapolis vs. Jacksonville ($5,400 FanDuel/$3,500 DraftKings)
Jack Doyle is back, but Ebron seems to be a touchdown monster this season. I am, as I tend to do, going cheap at the tight end position again this week and hoping for a touchdown and modest yardage from Ebron. It won’t take much for him to hit two times his cost.
Value Plays of the Week
QB: Marcus Mariota, Tennessee vs. New England ($6,700 FanDuel/$4,700 DraftKings)
Mariota has been the definition of a crap shoot QB the last few seasons. Monday night he played well aside from a few early turnovers. The Patriots have been exposed in the air this season, and Mariota, while not elite could do some damage at a more than fair price. If you want to take a chance in GPP this week you can really load up on talent with Mariota as your QB.
RB: Tarik Cohen, Chicago at Detroit ($6,400 FanDuel/$5,500 DraftKings)
The Bears' home-run hitter is well in play here this week facing a Lions defense that's 30th against the run. Dalvin Cook was able to bust off a big run last week, and Cohen has more speed and big-play ability. Low ownership is certainly in play here too after his weak fantasy output in Week 9. All it will take is one big run to blow up and for him to three times his cost, if not more.
WR: Jordy Nelson, Oakland vs LA Chargers ($5,000 FanDuel/$3,800 DraftKings)
This is a pick I am not standing behind and may change at some point. However, Nelson is affordable and he his ownership rate figures to be low this week. After all he has been terrible and seen his targets drop since Week 5. If, and it is a big if, he gets a big pass play or even a touchdown he will hit value and allow us to go top-heavy in lineups.
— Written by Chris Meyers, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and a member of the FSWA. Meyers' work appears on many other sites, including socalledfantasyexperts.com. Follow him on Twitter @FantsyChillpony.