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Fantasy football: Josh Gordon should be in your lineup

Pete Davidson
November 10, 2018 - 3:57 pm

Week 10 is upon us and, thankfully, we have the Patriots back on the main slate. There are more than a few ways to go with the hometown team and you’ll find my favorite at the $6,000 level. Just keep reading. This is also a week to consider stacking Tom Brady, and we’ll be getting into that on the Fantasy Football Hour Sunday morning on WEEI. Jim Hackett and I will take your questions (via text) and get you ready for Sunday!

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All player pricing for this article was sourced from DraftKings.

Todd Gurley, RB, Rams vs. Seahawks, $9,400

No running back has the kind of red zone involvement that Todd Gurley has in the Rams’ offense. He is a big part of the red zone passing game and has a hammer-lock on red zone carries. It’s also worth noting that, beyond his share of the offense itself, the Rams move the football better and score more than a typical NFL team. So Gurley gets the lion’s share of a consistently big kill. Just for perspective, according to Rotoworld’s Rich Hribar, the Rams average 44.1 yards per possession. That’s the best in the entire NFL, and only the Chiefs have scored more points than the Rams. While 9,400 units may seem high, it’s actually the cheapest Gurley has been in weeks. He’s going to stay in most of my lineups at home versus Seattle. It’s an easy call. 

Josh Gordon, WR, Patriots at Titans, $6,000

The Patriots will be playing without Rob Gronkowski, and they need a win in this spot. I expect them to play their absolute optimal game plan and unleash Josh Gordon on their old friend Malcom Butler. The ex-Patriot has been scorched repeatedly in 2018 and he’s a good bet to be tested early and often on Sunday. Anytime Tom Brady sees that one-on-one matchup, I think he’ll be looking there first, and I’d be really surprised if that doesn’t yield a few big plays. At 6,000 units, Gordon is cap-friendly and rostering him makes sense in large tournaments and even in cash games. Fire up Flash!

Dion Lewis, RB, Titans vs. Patriots, $4,600

Speaking of old friends, Lewis is playing against his old team for the first time and unlike Butler, he’s well positioned for success. Dion brings elements that can hurt the Patriots—speed and quickness. He’s also playing the clear lead role for Tennessee. Expect 10-15 carries with plenty of target potential. I’ll gladly spend 4,600 units for him this week. Consider these three factors. Delanie Walker is out for the year. Taywan Taylor is questionable with a sore foot and will be at less than full strength if he gets cleared to play. Lead receiver Corey Davis is likely to be shadowed, and effectively so, by Stephon Gilmore. The combination of these factors should funnel touches to Lewis, and that could lead to a big statistical day. He’s one of my core options for Week 10 in both cash games and in tournaments. 

Ito Smith, RB, Falcons at Browns, $3,700

Both of the Falcons running backs make sense to me against Cleveland. Tevin Coleman at $5,400 is the obvious option, and I like him a lot with this week’s tight pricing. We’ve been using the Browns matchup for three weeks running now. It paid off big with James Conner and then with Kareem Hunt. I’m sticking with it in Week 10, even though Coleman and Smith share a backfield more than Conner or Hunt do. The way I see it, it’s baked into the cost—perhaps too much, creating some extra value. The key is using the value to create some compelling lineups. Neither Coleman nor Smith are likely to win you the week by themselves, but they will pay off at their respective price tags and that sets you up well if you pick the right star players. I see Smith posting 5-15 DraftKings points with Coleman in the 10-25 area. In the words of Spinal Tap’s Derek Smalls, “Hello Cleveland!”

J.J. Nelson, WR, Cardinals at Chiefs, $3,000

You don’t see many options at the price floor these days, but Nelson is worthy of your consideration this week. His applications are up to you. I can see scenarios where he could be used in cash as a way to put a great lineup together, but mostly, he makes sense in large field tournaments like the Milly Maker on DraftKings. Starting outside receiver Chad Williams is out this week with a foot sprain. Nelson should be the biggest beneficiary by far in terms of playing time and it’s not like he’s unfamiliar with big games and big plays. This is also a game where the Cardinals will almost assuredly be playing from behind, so the ball should be in the air often. Nelson’s quarterback, Josh Rosen, may be green, but he can throw the deep ball. The odds on Nelson hitting big are less than 50 percent, but he has some obvious pathways to a big week and he’s as cheap as a receiver can be. Do what you want with that. I have a few other cost-savers for this week. Tune in to the Fantasy Football Hour tomorrow morning and you’ll hear about them.