Week 10 is going to be very interesting at the running back position in daily fantasy football. Adrian Peterson and Todd Gurley top out the position at just $7.3k and $7.1k at DraftKings, and the value only flows from there.
Needless to say, you should be able to find some sweet gems at the position. It shouldn’t stop there, either, as fading some of the top guys like Rob Gronkowski at tight end and Tom Brady at quarterback should open the door to some fine sleepers working their way into your fantasy lineup.
Let’s keep the pricing threshold at $6k or cheaper and see which values might pay off the most in DFS in week 10:
Bortles is really hard not to love this week, as he gets a Ravens defense that has been flat out abused through the air. Bortles has been really good in plus matchups all year and just went off again last week. At this price, I’m not sure you can do a whole lot better.
Perhaps Carr is the trick, as he’s been a total machine (11 TDs) over the past three weeks and is still a super low price. He is facing a solid Vikings defense, but I might look past that due to his price tag and upside.
McCown is going to be a sneaky play, as he has a chance at returning to the field this week and is the minimum. That’s insane value for a guy who has really crushed it when healthy and also gets a beatable Steelers defense. Johnny Manziel also could carry solid value if he’s the starter for Cleveland, although he’s a much riskier play.
Running Backs: Justin Forsett – Ravens ($6k), LeGarrette Blount – Patriots ($4.9K) and Jeremy Langford – Bears ($4.8k)
I’m more concerned about the New York Jets’ o-line that Jacksoville’s run defense, so playing Forsett seems like a go for me in week 10. Even if he gets stifled, the role is there and he should get some catches out of the backfield.
Blount and Langford are even better values, though. Dion Lewis (knee) is out for the year, meaning Blount has to remain involved in New England’s offense going forward. He’s not a PPR threat (Brandon Bolden is), but he could score in every game going forward. Langford proved right away to be fully capable of handling every down duties, as he piled on 140+ total yards and a score last week. Only Matt Forte’s return (knee) can keep him from crushing again this week.
Wide Receivers: Brandin Cooks – Saints ($6k), DeSean Jackson – Redskins ($5.4k) and Davante Adams – Packers ($4.2k)
Cooks has been trending upward thanks to the revival of Drew Brees, so when the Saints take on a bad Redskins pass defense this week, he’s going to be a good play at this price.
D-Jax is in that same game and while he didn’t do much in his return last week, the matchup is there and the guy is as due as it gets. He’s too explosive to not have a chance against a bad New Orleans secondary.
You also have to love the value of Adams, who is healthy and last week saw his best game of the year in Green Bay’s system. He’s at home this week against a really bad Lions team, so he could have his best game yet and you don’t have to spend to get it.
Tight Ends: Tyler Eifert – Bengals ($5.8k), Gary Barnidge – Browns ($4.8k) and Jordan Reed – Redskins ($4.6k)
Eifert is an easy call, as he’s an elite tight end at a very good price. Rob Gronkowski is over $2k more expensive and hasn’t had a game like Eifert had (3 TDs) since week one. Eifert has the most touchdown receptions of any tight end and to top it off also has a solid matchup this week.
Barnidge is a close second, as he’s a tremendous value and gets a Steelers defense that struggles against tight ends. I really only like him if Josh McCown is active, though. Reed is a distant third but he scored last week to salvage value and has been a solid hit in every game he’s been healthy enough to finish. In week 10 he gets a bad Saints defense, so his value could be insane.
Team Defenses: Tampa Bay Buccaneers ($2.5k), Dallas Cowboys ($2.5k) and Pittsburgh Steelers ($3k)
The Bucs and Cowboys play each other, so this is awkward. But Matt Cassel and Jameis Winston are your starting quarterbacks for either side, so there is major pick-six and general turnover potential here. They’re both extremely well priced, considering, as well.
The Steelers might be the real play, but that surely hinges on Johnny Manziel starting again. Manziel flashed some ability in his last two starts, but the guy misses easy plays and just doesn’t seem really ready to be the guy yet. If forced into action again this week, Pittsburgh could take advantage of that.
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