Fantasy Football: Best Week 10 DraftKings Cash-Game Plays (DFS)
After taking a couple of weeks away from the cash game article to work on trade targets for both redraft and dynasty, we’re back and better than ever. We’ve got 14 games on the docket this week, though we’ll be sticking to the main slate where there’s 11 games to choose from on DraftKings. It kind of stinks, too, because the Patriots are a team that you can usually rely on for some stability.
If this is your first time visiting the cash-game article, you need to understand what it is and what it isn’t. It isn’t an article designed to win you a million dollars. Ok, let’s be clear, if it does, I believe you’d owe me some. But in all seriousness, this article isn’t aimed to take down a tournament, but rather to participate in double-ups, 50/50’s, and head-to-head matchups. It’s meant to give you a solid core to build your team around, as these players all have high-floors, and are the best bang for your buck. I’ll attempt to give values at each price-point, that will allow you to create a combination that you like.
Andy Dalton (at TEN) – $5,300
I’ll be honest with you, Dalton is going to be my cash game quarterback this week provided nothing is going on with the weather in Tennessee. While I have another option below, it’s hard to get the value you’re going to get with Dalton. Since Bill Lazor took over as the offensive coordinator, Dalton has completed 66 percent of his passes and thrown for 11 touchdowns compared to just four interceptions. His numbers would look even better had he not played against the Jaguars last week. The Titans have played eight games this year and have allowed four top-15 games to opposing quarterbacks, including two 30-point games. Of those who haven’t dominated the Titans include Jay Cutler, Blake Bortles, DeShone Kizer, and Joe Flacco. The Titans have sacked the opposing quarterback on just 3.8 percent of dropbacks, the second-lowest mark in the NFL, which should give Dalton time to find A.J. Green all day.
Matthew Stafford (at CLE) – $6,800
Another safe option, though he comes with a price-tag of $1,500 more. Dating back to 2015, the Browns have now allowed multiple touchdown passes in 27 of their last 34 games. They have stopped the run extremely well this year (2.91 yards per carry), which is why you’ve seen 6-of-8 quarterbacks throw for at least two touchdowns against them this year. Over the last four games, Stafford has averaged 331.3 yards and 1.8 touchdowns, and has played against much better opponents than the Browns. He’s extremely safe.
Le’Veon Bell (at IND) – $9,800
You don’t need me to tell you that Bell’s the No. 1 running back play this week and his price reflects that. Those who try to skimp on him this week and go with a cheaper option are going to pay. He’s well rested coming off his bye, which is important considering he’s averaged 30.9 touches per game since the Steelers “punished” him for his holdout in Week 1. There’s been just one team that’s allowed more 20-point games to running backs than the Colts, who will be without their top cornerback and starting free safety. Bell needs to be played in cash.
Jordan Howard (vs. GB) – $6,100
Did DraftKings not get the memo about what the Bears have been doing with Mitch Trubisky under center? In the four games he’s started, Howard has averaged 24.8 carries per game. While he hasn’t caught many passes, we don’t necessarily need him to at $6,100. The Packers aren’t the same team on defense without Aaron Rodgers taking up the clock, so even the 18-carry, 53-yard, one-touchdown performance that Howard had back in Week 4 doesn’t tell the whole story. There have been seven running backs who have totaled at least 16 carries against the Packers and all of them have finished with at least 12.7 PPR points (minus fumbles, Mr. Abdullah). Each of the last four teams to play the Packers have totaled at least 31 carries as a team, making Howard a safe floor-play.
Devonta Freeman (vs. DAL) – $6,000
You don’t see Freeman’s price down this low… like ever. Since their bye in Week 5, Freeman hasn’t scored more than 12.0 points, which leaves most scared to play him. Provided Freeman gets in a full practice at some point, you shouldn’t be scared to play him. Over the last two years, Freeman has been a different running back at home as he’s scored 14 touchdowns in 11 games, while scoring just four touchdowns in 13 road games. That’s a big sample size and the Cowboys have already allowed three 20-point PPR games to opposing running backs this year. Freeman is someone who could have one of his casual 100-yard, two-touchdown games this week.
A.J. Green (at TEN) – $7,700
Forget about last week. If you haven’t, Green will make you forget about it when he goes nuclear against the Titans this week. For whatever reason, Green has played much better on the road throughout the course of his career, averaging 6.4 receptions for 94.1 yards and 0.64 touchdowns per game compared to 4.8 receptions for 71.5 yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game at home. That’s just another plus, but the real butter on the pancakes this week is the Titans duo of Adoree Jackson and LeShaun Sims at cornerback. Some have given them props as of late, but they’ve played against the wide receiving corps of the Ravens, Browns, Colts, and Dolphins (minus DeVante Parker). Going back to the start of the year, this duo allowed seven top-18 performances in the first four games.
Michael Thomas (at BUF) – $7,000
Some fantasy owners are frustrated with Thomas and his ownership will suffer because of that, but you need to remain attached to the second-year wide receiver. His consistency speaks for itself, as he’s totaled at least 14.5 fantasy points in five of his last six games despite scoring just two touchdowns. It shows what his floor really is, something that’s hard to find in today’s NFL. He’s bound to start scoring soon, as Drew Brees sits at just 13 touchdowns after eight games. He’s yet to throw less than 32 of them in the last nine years and the Bills defense is likely to be without E.J. Gaines again, forcing Shareece Wright to attempt to cover him. The Bills have started to unravel, allowing at least 313 passing yards to three of the last four quarterbacks to play against them.
Sterling Shepard (at SF) – $5,500
It was a welcoming sight for Eli Manning, as he got back an NFL starter-worthy wide receiver back on the field. He targeted him nine times in what was a tough matchup against a Rams secondary that had allowed just three top-36 wide receivers coming into that game. Shepard’s five catches for 70 yards were good enough to finish as the WR28. His matchup this week is much better, as the 49ers just traded away one of their starting cornerbacks and will likely be without their starting slot cornerback (where Shepard plays the majority of his snaps) this week. That would leave the veteran Leon Hall (who wasn’t on a team three weeks ago) to cover the 23-year-old Shepard. Just last week, the 34-year-old Larry Fitzgerald totaled 70 yards against them with Drew Stanton under center.
Cameron Brate (at NYJ) – $4,100
I was one to think that going from Jameis Winston to Ryan Fitzpatrick would be a downgrade for Brate, but not this week, not with Mike Evans serving his one-game suspension. The Jets have been a bit hit-or-miss against tight ends, but looking closer at the competition, it’s easy to see the trend. Those who struggled against them were: Julius Thomas (twice), Jared Cook, Marcedes Lewis, and Nick O’Leary. The other four tight ends who played them (and scored) were: Rob Gronkowski, Austin Hooper, Charles Clay, and David Njoku. I think we know what group Brate is in and he will see a bump in targets with Evans out, making him one of the safer options at tight end this week.
Garrett Celek (vs. NYG) – $2,500
If you want to save some coin in order to fit Le’Veon Bell in your lineup, Celek could be your guy. The Giants have been amazingly brutal against tight ends this year. Even though Tyler Higbee caught a touchdown against them last week, he ended the “every tight end to play against the Giants has finished top-12 in both standard and PPR” saying, but his one-catch, 8-yard with a touchdown performance did qualify as a TE1 performance in standard leagues, keeping at least one of those streaks alive. In C.J. Beathard‘s three games combined, tight ends have totaled 21 targets and knowing that George Kittle is out for this game is huge. Not only did they lose Pierre Garcon for the year, but Trent Taylor has also been ruled out, freeing up a lot of targets over the middle of the field. They are running out of players to pass to and Celek easily has the best matchup on the field.