DraftKings and Fanduel NFL DFS Lineup Tips Week 10

Last Updated: 2017-11-09

nfl dfs week 10Onward we go into Week 10 of the NFL season. A whole new set of daily fantasy considerations are present with the 14 games coming up this weekend. The bye week has taken away the most proficient offense from a yards per play standpoint in the league and has also taken away a very potent Philadelphia offense. The Raiders and Ravens are also idle. There are still a lot of options and we’re scrolling way down the salary column to find the best value plays for you.

It’s not hard to decide to roster Tom Brady or Drew Brees. It’s easy to take Le’Veon Bell, Julio Jones, and Rob Gronkowski. Those guys take up a lot of your allotted salary cap, though, so you have to find some under-the-radar players to pair with those stars so that you can field a competitive team while staying below the financial constraints. That’s where we come in, with a weekly look at those high-upside, cheaper options to put together a winning group in those GPPs, H2Hs, and 50/50s at DraftKings and Fanduel.

All salaries are from DraftKings.

Here are the top value quarterbacks for Week 10:

Ryan Fitzpatrick ($4,900) – Ryan Fitzpatrick will be missing Mike Evans, but the Harvard product will get the nod this week with Jameis Winston shut down because of a shoulder injury. In Fitzpatrick’s only start of the season, he was 22-of-32 for 290 yards with three touchdowns and a couple of picks. That would more than work as a QB2 option. He certainly has motivation against his former squad and the Jets pass defense rates just slightly below average in a lot of metrics, including adjusted net yards per pass attempt, Sack%, and right around average in completion percentage against. The Buccaneers are second among teams with eight games played in pass attempts and the offense is not likely to change just because Fitzpatrick is in there.

Eli Manning ($5,100) – This feels like one of those games where somebody of Eli Manning’s standing should lead by example, right? This game is clearly right there for the taking for the Giants, who only have one win this season. Manning has a distinct lack of weapons without Brandon Marshall and Odell Beckham Jr., but Evan Engram is having a fantastic season and Tavarres King caught a TD pass last week. The 49ers have allowed seven adjusted net yards per pass attempt, which is tied for the seventh-highest mark in the league. They have allowed the sixth-highest amount of yards per catch. If Manning can find some of his backs and receivers with regularity, he’ll be a solid QB2 option, especially against a 49ers team with a 16/6 TD/INT ratio this season and only 17 sacks.

Here are the top value running backs for Week 10:

Duke Johnson Jr. ($4,100) – The Browns face the biggest spread this week as a 12.5-point underdog against the Lions. They’re going to have to throw the ball to try and keep this game close. Because DeShone Kizer isn’t much of a downfield threat, that should mean a lot of touches for the team’s best skill player, Duke Johnson. The Lions have only allowed 3.6 yards per carry, but Johnson is the team’s best running back, so he should get more looks than Isaiah Crowell. Johnson has 36 receptions on the season and 70 touches in eight games. With the Browns off of a bye, the hope would be that the team picked up some things and will show some signs of offensive improvement. Johnson should rack up some volume here, so hopefully we can get some games like we saw in Weeks 3 through 5 when he had 22.4, 21, and 17.3 points in DraftKings formats at a higher price tag than this.

James White ($4,200) – The vaunted Denver defense looks anything but last week against Philadelphia. Surprisingly, Philadelphia’s backs weren’t involved that much in the passing game, but we know that New England’s will be. James White leads the Patriots in receptions with 43. He has 365 yards in the receiving game and has put up some solid RB2 numbers, despite having only one touchdown. The backs have 65 catches on 78 targets for the Patriots, with White accounting for 43 grabs on 53 targets. Only Brandin Cooks and Rob Gronkowski have more yards from scrimmage than White. He should see a steady diet of work this week with a nice day for throwing the football.

Here are the top value wide receivers for Week 10:

Adam Humphries ($3,100) – With Mike Evans out, the Buccaneers need to replace a ton of wide receiver production. Because Tampa Bay passes the ball so much, even with Ryan Fitzpatrick, somebody is going to get looks. DeSean Jackson at $4,900 isn’t a bad bet, but the Jets secondary is going to isolate him. That should open up chances for Adam Humphries. Humphries has been battling some injuries, but he has averaged more than five targets per game. He’s still looking for his first touchdown of the season and he’ll be the second or third look in Fitzpatrick’s progressions. This is a good week to bet on him.

Kenny Golladay ($4,400) – We’re gambling a little bit on the injury front with Kenny Golladay, but if he’s active, he’s a good gamble to take against the Browns. Cleveland’s defense has been terrific against the run, but that doesn’t really help against the Lions, who can’t run anyway. A guy with Golladay’s speed running mesh and crossing routes in front of Cleveland’s safeties, who are 15+ yards off the ball, should mean the opportunity for some chunk plays. Golladay’s hamstring has been an ongoing issue, so stay up on the latest practice reports, but he ran routes Monday in the pregame and has been practicing.

Here is the top value tight end for Week 10:

Austin Hooper ($3,000) – Austin Hooper has averaged six targets each of the last two weeks after not seeing much work against New England in the fog in Week 7. He hasn’t been able to get free for too many big plays this season and a big chunk of his production came with that 88-yard TD in Week 1, but the Falcons and Cowboys are expected to play a little bit of a shootout and Hooper has gotten some looks. Even with just one target in Week 7, he has 22 targets over the last four weeks, which is a good rate when looking for a tight end on the cheap.

Here is the top value defense for Week 10:

Tennessee Titans ($2,800) – The Titans defense hasn’t been very impressive this season, but does have 12 takeaways. Dick LeBeau was a longtime coach with the Pittsburgh Steelers, so he knows a thing or two about Andy Dalton and Marvin Lewis. We can also justify this by saying that the Bengals offense is terrible, with just 4.8 yards per play and 15 turnovers, but you generally need a little more than that when advocating the Titans as a defensive option.




After nearly forgetting last week’s NFL DFS article with so much going on and my heartbreak over the World Series, let’s go ahead and get this one done early in the week so you can plan accordingly. There are a lot of options out there and some are better than others based on price and value. This is also a unique week because there are a lot of high betting totals out there in the market. As it stands, the over is 74-59 in the NFL heading into Week 10, but there are a lot of high 40s totals this week, so we’ll see if the oddsmaker adjustment slows that number and if offense starts to regress a little bit as the weather picture gets less clear the deeper we get into the fall.

Here at BangTheBook, our daily fantasy articles focus on finding the best values. Getting a good return on investment is paramount and doing so with those lesser-known players is what can separate a winning day from a losing day. Each week, we’ll focus on two quarterbacks, two running backs, two wide receivers, a tight end, and a defense that can help you fill out a roster when you’re low on salary funds or be that diamond in the rough that wins your contest.

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Here are the top value quarterbacks for Week 10:

Jay Cutler ($5,300) – Let’s go ahead and roll the dice right out of the chute here this week. It feels like an olive branch has been passed around the Chicago locker room and Jay Cutler was nice enough to catch it and not turn it over before passing it to a teammate. Cutler was 20-of-31 for 252 yards, a touchdown, and no picks against a stout Minnesota defense. Now, Cutler takes on one of the worst passing defenses in the NFL in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs have allowed 13.3 yards per catch this season and 18 passing touchdowns against four picks. They don’t rush the quarterback well. Cutler should have time and open windows this week at a great price.

Andy Dalton ($5,800) – Are we really believing in the New York Giants secondary? At some point, the lack of a pass rush and the lack of takeaways have to come back to hurt this group, right? The Giants do have eight interceptions, which ranks tied for sixth, but four of them came against Case Keenum in London. Aside from that anomaly, the Giants have four picks in seven other games. Andy Dalton and the Bengals come in off of a bye and that means another week for Tyler Eifert to practice and keep healing from his injury. The Bengals offense looks different with him in it and that will open up a lot more for Dalton.

Here are the top value running backs for Week 10:

Darren Sproles ($4,300) – Doug Pederson addressed his dissatisfaction with the running game early in the week and outright said that he feels like Darren Sproles has been the best running back. If that’s truly the case, then Sproles should have a high workload against a subpar Atlanta Falcons defense this week. Through eight games, Sproles has 84 touches, but he could get more tries in the running game and that should also yield more usage in the passing game. You have to like his chances going up against a defense that has had some problems in space.

Chris Ivory ($3,400) – Putting the game in Blake Bortles’s hands hasn’t worked out real well for Jacksonville in the former UCF QB’s career. Chris Ivory has usurped TJ Yeldon as the lead back in Jacksonville and he should get a lot of carries this week against Houston. The Texans have a very strong secondary and a solid defensive front, but they have given up 4.4 yards per pop in the running game and 10 rushing touchdowns. That should mean Ivory gets the rock this week. He’s still priced like a backup here.

Here are the top value wide receivers for Week 10:

Tyler Lockett ($3,600) – The Seattle Seahawks know that they don’t have a running game and they also know that they’ll need to hang a number to hang with the Patriots this week. As a result, Russell Wilson will be busy dropping back this week and that means that just about every capable Seahawks receiver has value. Lockett has only been targeted 28 times in eight games this season, but you have to think that he could be the forgotten man when New England takes away Doug Baldwin and Jimmy Graham. This could be his breakout week.

Ted Ginn Jr. ($3,700) – It has been an extremely quiet season for Ted Ginn Jr. In fact, he hasn’t caught a touchdown yet. We’ve got a sneaking suspicion that will change this week. The Chiefs have one bona fide superstar in the secondary in Marcus Peters. He’ll draw the matchup against Kelvin Benjamin, likely with some safety help over the top. That should give Ginn the opportunity to utilize his speed against single coverage and maybe even match up with some of Kansas City’s slower linebackers. If Cam Newton can pick on the mismatches, it could be a big day for Ginn.

Here is the top value tight end for Week 10:

Josh Hill ($2,500) – Even though Coby Fleener is the household name, Josh Hill is the guy that has gotten more opportunities to be in the game on offense for the New Orleans Saints. He seems like an underutilized weapon in the passing game because teams don’t really worry about covering him because he hasn’t gotten a lot of touches. Josh Hill has been out there for 120 offensive snaps for New Orleans over the last two weeks and Fleener has been out there for 51. Perhaps this is the week that Hill becomes a big factor against a quality Denver defense.

Here is the top value defense for Week 10:

Chicago Bears ($2,500) – Daaaa Bears are showing improvement each and every week with defensive coordinator Vic Fangio dialing up more aggression and more chances for the team to make plays. Chicago had five sacks last week and they draw a really shorthanded Tampa Bay offense here this week. Mike Evans is in concussion protocol, so even if he goes, he’s not 100 percent. The stable of running backs has been decimated by injuries. The stage is set for the Bears to have a pretty decent day and it will save you a few bucks to give them a shot.

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