Even with six teams on bye liming the player pool for Week 9, there were still some big performances that left their mark from a fantasy standpoint, especially in the DFS realm. It all got started in a big way on Thursday night with Atlanta and Tampa Bay combining for 71 points and more than 850 yards of offense.
Week 9 also was a big one for guys like Latavius Murray, Melvin Gordon, Mark Ingram and Jimmy Graham, while stars like Le’Veon Bell and dream killer Devontae Booker hurt owners who had hoped for so much more.
As we turn our focus to Week 10, there are just four teams on bye (means 12 games on tap), so the player pool won’t be impacted much. There are still some guys who will be sorely missed (Andrew Luck, Derek Carr, Matthew Stafford, to name a few), but some reinforcements are available in the form of those returning to action.
What I will be doing in this space is sharing my top plays for the week, a value play, and most importantly a lineup or two. I will likely be focusing on cash games (50/50 and Double Up) and not GPP (tournaments, multi-player) contests. My Week 8 lineups should work in both formats.
So let’s get into my top plays, value play and lineups for Week 6 shall we? As always any questions, arguments, or glowing praise can be sent to me via Twitter @fantsychillpony.
Week 10 Top 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 all three in one lineup. A reminder for cash games: going with an elite quarterback is typically recommended. If you opt for a value quarterback he MUST meet value for your loaded lineup to be worth it.
QB: Matt Ryan, Atlanta at Philadelphia ($8,600 FanDuel/$7,300 DraftKings)
Philadelphia has fared well against quarterbacks and offenses in general this season, but the Eagles haven’t faced Ryan and Julio Jones yet have they? Throwing for 344 yards and four touchdowns as he did in Green Bay may not be as easy to do this week. But Ryan has the weapons and the Eagles will not be able to slow the Falcons down enough this week.
RB: Devontae Booker, Denver at New Orleans ($7,800 FanDuel/$7,000 DraftKings)
Booker will make a fantastic GPP play this week after his absolute stinker in Week 9 – a total of three fantasy points. His ownership will be very, very low because of this and that makes him a nice target. Throw in how he is facing the worst ranked rush defense this week and he should bounce back in a big way. Use the rookie in Cash games if you are averse to risk spending up on David Johnson.
WR: Julio Jones, Atlanta at Philadelphia ($8,800 FanDuel/$9,500 DraftKings)
This is essentially a stack with Matt Ryan, and it makes sense. Jones will be covered by Philly’s best cover guy, but honestly if he is healthy can anyone cover him? Nope. So if Jones is cruising, so is Ryan and vice versa. The issue is if one struggles, the other likely is too. I am confident with these guys this week.
TE: Jordan Reed, Washington vs. Minnesota ($7,000 FanDuel/$6,200 DraftKings)
Reed faces the once daunting Vikings defense but the potential loss of linebacker Eric Kendricks looms large and Minnesota has been susceptible to tight ends this season. Reed is clearly one of the best in the league and he has a knack for making big plays and finding the end zone. I like Reed’s price and potential over big hitters like Greg Olsen and Rob Gronkowski for this week.
Value Play of the Week
Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia vs. Falcons ($5,900 FanDuel/$5,900 DraftKings)
Atlanta is towards the bottom half in covering WRs this season and Matthews is Philadelphia’s No. 1. However, he has not been a lock for big games by any means. His price is fair and he is worth the risk in a game where the Eagles will likely be forced to throw the ball. The expected volume should be enough to help Matthews meet value this week, and a potential touchdown is icing on the cake.
This week I am only posting one lineup for each site. Again these are lineups that should work well, in addition to encompassing my top plays for the week in some fashion. However, I don’t recommend only using this lineup. Find values and mix it up. Making your lineup your own is more fun and challenging.
This week I constructed a lineup I will be playing in both types of games (Cash and GPP) on both sites.
FanDuel Cash/GPP Lineup
DraftKings Cash/GPP Lineup
— 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.