Before we get into the Week 10 Daily Fantasy Football (DFS) core and value plays, let’s take a brief moment to reflect on the week that was. Week 9 was a very nice week for myself and hopefully all of you if you chose to utilize some, or all of my plays.
The plan now is to keep the streak alive and to help accomplish this I am employing a new weapon this week. The new site is lineups.com and it has some fantastic data for those of you who want to dig deeper into fantasy stats.
Or perhaps you don’t have a lot of time to research, are flipping a coin between two receivers and want to see who has more targets in the red zone. Lineups.com has you covered.
I will be focusing more on the cash game strategy, and by default may be intending these posts for the more novice DFS players. I am not a high-stakes tout, nor will I pretend to be and I am not intending for someone to read these posts and enter high entry tournaments expecting a big win.
What I will be doing each week is listing some top plays for the week at each position as well as a few value plays to help you start building your DFS lineup(s) for the upcoming week. More often than not I will not focus on the Thursday night games. I will be entering some lineups for those slates as well, but be forewarned this post will not include the Seattle-Arizona matchup.
So, now that my synopsis is out of the way 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."
As always any questions, arguments, or glowing praise can be sent to me via Twitter @fantsychillpony.
Teams on bye: Baltimore, Kansas City, Oakland, Philadelphia
Week 10 Core Plays
These will be my top plays of the week. These are players who I will try to have in as many lineups of mine 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: Drew Brees, New Orleans at Buffalo ($8,500 FanDuel/$6,900 DraftKings)
It’s back-to-back weeks using Brees but I still like him to light it up once again if the Bills can keep this game close. Last week, Brees threw for 263 yards and two touchdowns, and Buffalo is 26th in the NFL against the pass, which is why I like him for a safe play again this week. Brees has a floor of 19 points on DraftKings, so I am locking him into a majority of my cash lineups and some GPPs too.
RB: Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville vs. Los Angeles Chargers ($8,700 FanDuel/$8,400 DraftKings)
Fournette surprisingly was benched last weekend for a violation of team rules, but this week all systems are a go, and the running back is in a tough matchup against a stout Rams defense. He should return to his workhorse role with 20-plus carries and will be the primary red-zone threat for the Jaguars. He may not be a lock for 20-plus fantasy points, but he should remain a safe play for cash lineups this week
WR: Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh at Indianapolis ($9,300 FanDuel/$9,500 DraftKings)
Brown is facing the Colts and if you don’t trust Leonard Fournette’s matchup, paying up for Le’Veon Bell should be considered as well. Even though the Steelers have not had a great offense this season, Brown and Bell remain top fantasy threats each and every week. Brown is coming off of his bye and Indianapolis is ranked second to last in the league in passing defense. Brown may be the most owned player in DFS this week. But in cash games who cares?
WR: Marvin Jones Jr., Detroit vs. Cleveland ($6,400 FanDuel/$6,200 DraftKings)
Jones has been a beast over the last three games, producing 21-plus fantasy points in each, including a 32.7-point performance on DraftKings this past Monday night. This week the Lions get the lowly Browns and their middle-of-the-road secondary. Another 30-plus points probably won’t happen again, but 15 with a much higher ceiling is well within the range of possibility. He’s seen 14, 11 and 11 targets over his last three games. Hop on the Jones bus now.
TE: Austin Hooper, Atlanta at Dallas ($4,900 FanDuel/$3,000 DraftKings)
There are some solid tight end options this week and I have not had success using Hooper in DFS, well, ever. This week though I am willing to give him another shot, save some cash for the guys above and hope he can find the end zone at least once. Hooper has seen six or more targets in three of his last four games and two red zone targets in Week 8 alone.
Value Plays of the Week
QB: Eli Manning, New York Giants at San Francisco ($6,700 FanDuel/$5,100 DraftKings)
As disappointing a season it has been for Manning, this week’s matchup against the 49ers is why you see him mentioned here. I don’t plan on investing heavily in Manning this week, but the price is too good, San Francisco is ranked 23rd against the pass, and Sterling Shepard is back are enough reasons to at least take a chance and see what happens. The line for the game appears to be around 41.5 for now so some scoring should happen. Manning did have two touchdown passes in the blowout loss at home to the Rams, so he may have a higher floor in Week 10.
RB: Orleans Darkwa, New York Giants at San Francisco ($5,300 FanDuel/$4,500 DraftKings)
Darkwa is in a very nice spot here facing the NFL’s worst rushing defense. He may be highly owned, but I will still be squeezing him in lineups solely because of volume. He has had 22 and 12 touches in his last few games, and should see a steady diet against this defense. If this game remains close Darkwa should be a 4X candidate. Touchdowns have not been a positive, but he is averaging 8.4 DraftKings points on the season.
WR: Adam Humphries, Tampa Bay vs. New York Jets ($4,800 FanDuel/$3,100 DraftKings)
When the targets have been there for Humphries he has been solid. In Weeks 6 and 8 he had six and seven targets respectively. No touchdowns, but this week the Buccaneers will be without their starting quarterback and No. 1 WR (Mike Evans). This makes a player with Humphries’ skill set more appealing since he will likely have more volume, and can be a safety net option for Ryan Fitzpatrick. Humphries is dirt cheap, and I like him for a 2X lock, with 4X upside this week.
— 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.