DraftKings NFL Lineup Advice: Week 10 (Full Slate)
Week 10 of the NFL season kicks off with a great Thursday night matchup between the Panthers and the Steelers in Pittsburgh. While the other primetime matchups don’t offer much intrigue or strong fantasy options, unless you love the NFC East, the Thursday night matchup could be reason enough to get some exposure to the full-week slate this week.
Ben Roethlisberger (PIT – QB): $6,300 vs. CAR
Both QBs in the Thursday night matchup are solid options for cash games or GPPs on the full slate with Cam Newton and Ben Roethlisberger squaring off. I prefer Big Ben playing at home on the short week against the Panthers pass defense that has allowed 2.4 TD passes over the last five weeks, including four to Ryan Fitzpatrick last week. Some of the Steelers yardage could come on the ground but I expect the TDs to come via the air. You can consider pairing Roethlisberger with WR JuJu Smith-Schuster ($6,900) and maybe even TE Vance McDonald ($3,600) in full week GPPs.
Early Cash Game Core
Ryan Fitzpatrick (TB – QB): $5,900 vs. WAS
Early in the week, I have not settled on my cash game QB for Week 10. If you are playing the full-week slate, then I’d give Roethlisberger and Newton strong consideration. Focusing in just on the Sunday slate, my early lean is toward Ryan Fitzpatrick. In the four games this season that Fitzpatrick has started and finished he is averaging a whopping 34.1 DraftKings points per game. The Bucs are projected to be in a close game at home against the Redskins with a Vegas total over 50 points. The Redskins have allowed an average of 315 passing yards and 2.2 TD passes per game over the last five weeks.
Tevin Coleman (ATL – RB): $5,400 @ CLE
With all of the high-priced stud RBs in good spots to succeed it will be hard to be wrong at the top end no matter who you choose, so getting the right value at the position will be huge. I have rostered Tevin Coleman in DFS more often than I’d care to admit this season and last week was unfortunately not one of those weeks. Coleman put up 88 rushing yards to go along with five receptions for 68 receiving yards and two TDs. Yes, Ito Smith is still eating into his workload and continues to get the rushing scores more often than not, but Coleman’s 18 touches coming out of their bye week is encouraging. He is the only RB in his price range that is significantly involved in both the running and passing game and he gets a plus matchup against the Browns who rank 30th DVOA against the run according to FootballOutsiders and have allowed big plays to opposing RBs in the passing game allowing a league-high 11.2 yards per reception.
Tyler Boyd (CIN – WR): $7,500 vs. NO
I’m contemplating using Andy Dalton at QB but have concerns that the absence of A.J. Green will hurt his upside. It is also possible that you just need to roster WR Tyler Boyd to soak about a lot of Dalton’s production as Boyd should be heavily targeted on Sunday against the Saints. Assuming Boyd stays in the slot, he gets an excellent individual matchup against one of the weakest slot corners in the league. I could realistically see Boyd getting at least 15 targets as the Bengals try to keep up with the Saints who are strong against the run (3rd DVOA) and weak against the pass (29th DVOA).
Trey Burton (CHI – TE): $3,900 vs. DET
Burton is one of the Bears top targets in the red zone and has scored five touchdowns this season including in four of their last five games. He’ll face a Lions defense that has allowed four TDs to opposing TEs this season and ranks 30th DVOA against the position. Burton’s targets and yardage have been volatile from week-to-week but when I’m looking for a cheap TE to use in DFS, I want one that has a strong possibility to score since that is all it will take for him to pay off his salary.
Players to Watch
Sony Michel (NE – RB): $5,300 @ TEN
Early indications are that Sony Michel will return to the Patriots lineup for their matchup with the Titans this week. Michel could be eased back into the mix in his first game back, so be sure to keep an eye on any reports of potential snap count restrictions leading up to kickoff. If Michel is given the green light without restrictions, then he instantly becomes a solid option in the mid-priced RBs as he averaged over 22 carries per game during his three full games prior to getting injured. He won’t be involved in the passing game, but the Patriots are favored by about a touchdown in Tennessee so the game script should be favorable for Michel on the ground.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling (GB – WR): $5,000 vs. MIA
With Geronimo Allison placed on the IR, the door is wide open for Marquez Valdes-Scantling to take over the number two WR role in Green Bay. He has separated himself from the other rookie WRs for the Packers and has made numerous big plays for Aaron Rodgers this season. The Packers face the Dolphins at home on Sunday and with Davante Adams drawing the attention of the Dolphins top corner, Xavien Howard, Valdes-Scantling could be roaming free on the other side of the field.