Last week was a good one for our daily fantasy football picks. We were fortunate enough to hit on every single pick, with nobody scoring fewer than 10 fantasy points. T.Y. Hilton was our top play of the week, as he went off for 32 fantasy points.
There wasn’t a miss in the lot, although we preferably would have used Dak Prescott over Drew Brees. That’s splitting hairs, though, while we probably were never going to use Carson Wentz or Jared Goff (4 TDs each) on this specific slate.
Overall, this was without a doubt our best team so far in 2017 and it helped us cash in tournaments and cash games. Hopefully last week’s picks helped you win, as well.
We can’t waste much more time on the past, however, so let’s dive into week 10 and see what the best FanDuel NFL lineup looks like:
QB: Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons ($7.7k)
Ryan is nothing if not flat out solid, as he’s yet to top 20 fantasy points in a game this year, but has hovered around 15-19 fantasy points for much of the year.
Week 10 brings a chance for Ryan to blow up, as the Falcons will be at home in a huge game with the Cowboys. Dallas has a beatable defense that ranks near the middle of the pack against the pass, which could open the door to Ryan stepping up his game a bit.
This is not a great week for value under center. Dak Prescott is the most expensive arm on the board and five quarterbacks come in at $8.2k or more at FanDuel. We need a little bit of value this week and quite honestly, Ryan is due for a strong outing. At home with a solid matchup in front of him, I think he finally delivers a 20+ fantasy point performance this week.
RB: Jordan Howard – Chicago Bears ($7.2k)
The Packers have shown who they are over the last three weeks; a team that can’t do anything without Aaron Rodgers. With Green Bay struggling to score or defend, anyone facing them is in play moving forward. That’s absolutely going to include a fairly priced Howard, who piled on 13 fantasy points the last time he faced this defense.
Green Bay has not been a tough matchup for much of the year and that’s certainly been the case on the ground. The Packers rank 29th against running backs on the year and have only slipped (30th) over the last four weeks. Howard is primed for a huge outing.
RB: Le’Veon Bell – Pittsburgh Steelers ($9.4k)
We need to pay up for at least one stud this week. Ironically enough, even after benefiting from Todd Gurley last week, he’s not one of my top options. Bell leads the way, as he’s actually a little cheaper and has a nicer matchup against an Indy defense that ranks 30th against running backs on the year.
Bell can be a monster in the face of any matchup, but he’s slated for a huge game this week. The ownership should be high, but Bell is going to be worth the price this week.
WR: Sammy Watkins – Los Angeles Rams ($6.4k)
Watkins’ price jumps slightly after hauling in one catch for a 67-yard score, but I still want to go back to the well. Not only was that big play encouraging, but he has to see more targets come his way at some point. That, and the Rams will be facing a Texans defense that is in descent and ranks 27th against wide receivers in 2017.
Watkins is a risk due to his shaky role at times, but the Texans (#1 vs. RBs) should key in on Todd Gurley and force L.A. to the air. That obviously puts Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods on the map, but I prefer Watkins’ game-breaking speed again this week.
WR: DeSean Jackson – Tampa Bay Buccaneers ($6.3k)
I’m not sure I’m ready to dive in with Ryan Fitzpatrick this week, but he gets a shot at revenge as he faces his former Jets squad. Jameis Winston (shoulder) has been shut down for two weeks, which in theory hurts D-Jax’s value. However, I actually love his value this week with Fitz taking over the offense.
One way or another, the Bucs should end up finding some success through the air in this one, especially when you note New York ranks 24th against wide receivers and 24th against quarterbacks.
Jackson is still waiting for that big play down the field, but whether or not that comes this week, I like him to return solid value in a plus matchup. In addition, Jackson hauled in a score from Fitz earlier this season and Mike Evans is presently slated to serve a one-game suspension.
WR: Mohamed Sanu – Atlanta Falcons ($5.9k)
Sanu’s value may hinge to the status of Julio Jones (leg), but I like him either way at this price against Dallas this week.
We could be looking at a tense shootout between the Falcons and Cowboys, while Dallas ranks just 25th against wide receivers this year. With or without Jones, Sanu could see a good amount of balls come his way and at this price has a chance to crush value.
TE: Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots ($8.1k)
I’m not getting cute at tight end this week. The main slate doesn’t have a ton of options due to scheduling, injuries and bye weeks, so it’s The Gronk or bust for us.
There are a few intermediate options we can look at, but Gronkowski is matchup proof and faces a Denver defense that is dead last at stopping tight ends over the last four weeks (31st on the year). I can’t imagine them suddenly having amazing success against the best tight end in football.
K: Mike Nugent – Dallas Cowboys ($4.7k)
Dan Bailey remains sidelined with injury, so we can once again save at kicker and try someone cheaper like Nugent. He’s been reliable with Dallas through two games, whether he’s firing in extra points or hammering home some field goals.
On the road against the Falcons, he should have plenty of chances to do both and should save us some cash while returning value in the process.
DEF: Chicago Bears ($4.3k)
We can pay up and feel a little more comfortable with our team defense this week, but that’s not any fun. Obviously the Rams, Lions and Jaguars all look attractive this week, but I love the idea of diving down with the Bears, who face a slumping Green Bay offense.
It might be a big leap to trust the Bears, but their defense has actually been quite strong for much of the year. Going up against a one-dimensional Packers offense at home, Chicago looks to be in a favorable spot and comes at a steep discount.