Fantasy Football: Who to start in Week 10

Pete Davidson
November 09, 2019 - 11:46 am
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With the Patriots on their bye, along with seemingly half the league, it's a good time to consider playing a little DFS.  And, as always, I have some roster building ideas for you.

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All pricing in this article was sourced from DraftKings.

Christian McCaffrey, Panthers at Packers, $10,500

That's a lot of moolah!  It's always tough to use over 20 percent of your cap space on a single player.  Normally, I would view it as suboptimal, but in truth, I think it's riskier leaving this guy off your roster this week.  McCaffrey has been matchup-proof to a large extent, and this Green Bay matchup is a very good one.  He's also been game-flow-proof.  That means he's a dangerous fantasy back whether his team is winning or trailing.  He's the central component of the Panthers' attack in all scenarios--the keystone.  That is how he's averaging 25.8 touches per game at a time where most lead runners are seeing their touch counts fall.  In short, he's a no-brainer save for the premium price tag.  You'll need to find some high-ceiling cost-saving options to make this thing work.  That leads me to our next player.

Ronald Jones, Bucs vs. Cardinals, $4,300

There is some risk here.  Jones carries a low price for a reason, but with Bruce Arians naming him starter (this week), there is also reason for optimism in this plus matchup.  And, looking at the big picture in terms of Week 10 roster construction, we want to find ways to roster McCaffrey.  Rostering Jones can help get you there, and you are not sacrificing a lot of ceiling, which is great for GPPs.  Cash usage is more dicey, but not at all out of the question.

Chris Godwin, WR, Bucs vs. Cardinals, $7,400

Godwin had a respectable game last week but far from the outburst I called for in this space.  So while I'm tempted to go away from Godwin in Week 10, I'm going to fight off the recency bias and play the matchup as it lies.  Godwin's slot role should help him avoid Patrick Peterson in coverage.  Even with Peterson struggling a bit lately, this is a relatively good thing.  If Peterson continues to play poorly, it opens up avenues for Mike Evans as well.  This is a game that should feature a lot of total plays--meaning a few players could have big days.  I suspect that this game will be the most played game on the Week 10 slate.

Christian Kirk, Cardinals at Bucs, $5,200

Whether you opt to play Godwin or Evans, I think Kirk is the clear correlation stack when rostering Bucs players.  The idea is that you are buying into Godwin (and or the Bucs) having a big game, and if that happens, the Cardinals will probably be pushing the Bucs or keeping pace with them.  The more volume the Cardinals get, the more you want to have Kirk going for you.  He's their most bankable asset in the pass game and he can be used in almost any type of DraftKings contest this week.

Rhett Ellison, Giants at Jets, $2,500

This is far from an optimal play, but here's the thing.  It's not a great week for tight end matchups, and we have a lot of players who we want to jam into our lineups.  Meanwhile, Ellison will be a nearly every down player for an offense in need of options.  Remember, not only is Evan Engram out, but Golden Tate is as well.  The last time Engram was out, the Giants were at New England and Ellison started.  He was targeted 7 times, but caught only three for 30 yards.  Now, I'll take 7 targets at 2,500 units any day of the week.  Additionally, against this reeling Jets team, those targets would almost assuredly lead to more production.  You don't often see better plays at the tight end floor.  It's another way to afford McCaffrey without using a bad option some place else in your lineup.  I'll be considering Ellison in cash lineups as well as in tournaments.  His price tag is that liberating in terms of lineup construction.

Lastly, please remember to play within your own comfort level.  You can have loads of fun playing DFS without spending more than ten bucks a week, so please play responsibly.

Jim Hackett and I will get into all of our favorite Week 10 plays on the Fantasy Football Hour, live on 93.7 at 8 a.m. on Sundays.  We'll definitely be talking about Week 10 lineup building.  Join us!