Week nine isn’t even in the books, but it might be a good time to look ahead to the daily fantasy football scene in week 10. One good reason is if you didn’t have Antonio Brown, Lamar Miller and/or DeAngelo Williams in your lineup this week. All three wents nuts and surviving in a GPP without them, well, I don’t see how that could have happened.
Bye weeks are the other thing to consider, as a bunch of stellar options return to the player pool this week, which could mean some solid value across the board. But before we dive into value with our week 10 value buys, let’s take a look at the top of the pile.
Here are your best bets when you factor in price, talent and matchup in week 10:
Quarterbacks: Aaron Rodgers – Packers ($7.5k) and Tom Brady – Patriots ($8.6k)
Rodgers got his mojo back last week a little too late to avoid a second loss in a row for the Packers, but it was enough to pay off in fantasy land. Rodgers returns home after a two-week road trip that exposed a lot of Green Bay’s weaknesses. One weakness he and the Packers don’t have is facing the Lions at home, though. They’re going to win and Rodgers could have one of his best games of the year. You don’t even have to spend that much to get him, either.
Brady is the top-priced quarterback because he’s the safest play and he also carries the most upside each week. Whether you want to pay up for that or not is up to you, as he’s quite expensive, but he’s also facing a Giants defense that gave up 511 yards and 7 touchdowns two games ago.
Running Backs: Todd Gurley – Rams ($7.3k) and Adrian Peterson – Vikings ($7.1k)
There is going to be a ton of value at running back this week, as these two studs are solid prices, yet are the most expensive options in the field. They’re worth paying up for, though, as both are near-locks to have plenty of chances to score each week and also are touch hogs.
Gurley’s streak of 100+ yard games ended last week, but he still scored and got 89 yards on the ground. His week 10 date with the Bears isn’t necessarily amazing in terms of matchups, but it’s not unbeatable, either. The same goes for Peterson, who draws the Raiders. These guys have very high ceilings and are pretty safe, though you’re not paying for it like you normally would.
Wide Receivers: DeAndre Hopkins – Texans ($8.7k) and Odell Beckham Jr. – Giants ($8.8k)
It’s hard to go wrong with Hopkins or ODB, but the real issue is probably avoiding Antonio Brown this week. Brown is the most expensive wide receiver and for good reason, as he just produced a ridiculous 49-point day in week nine (over 280 receiving yards!). That’s awesome, but Ben Roethlisberger is hurt again so repeating or coming world’s close to that is asking for a lot. Hopkins and ODB, on the other hand, rarely go spare even when they’re not scoring (both topped 20+ fantasy points in their last outing).
Tight Ends: Rob Gronkowski – Patriots ($8k) and Greg Olsen – Panthers ($6.3k)
Gronkowski failed us last week, but it seems his matchup wasn’t great and the Patriots leaned on the ground game more than usual. They specifically did so near the goal-line, as they seemed to really want to abuse the Redskins at their strength – against the run. That worked out, but it didn’t lead to a big day for The Gronk (just 8.7 fantasy points). That was his first day of the entire year below 10 fantasy points, though, so I’m expecting big things in a favorable matchup with a shaky Giants pass defense.
Olsen is a good amount cheaper and has proven to be quite explosive, so dropping down to him (or even Tyler Eifert) makes a good amount of sense. Olsen’s matchup is against a weak Titans defense that doesn’t stop the tight end all that well on the year, so he could pay off in a big way.
Team Defenses: Denver Broncos ($3.4k) and Carolina Panthers ($3.3k)
Denver is so safe as a defensive option that even when they give up 27 points in their first loss of the year, they still get you 7 fantasy points. That was their lowest fantasy output of the year, but I can’t see them ever doing worse than that given how stacked they are and how stingy they can be. They’re back at home this week against the Chiefs, who they put up 22 fantasy points against last time – on the road.
Carolina is another solid play at a similar price. They’re undefeated and winning tight games, while they stifled the Packers offense for the better part of three quarters this past weekend. This week they get a rookie quarterback in Marcus Mariota, so they’ll have a good amount of upside to go with a solid price.
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