Week 10 DraftKings Picks: Best lineup stacks for NFL DFS tournaments, cash games
After a few Sundays of 10-game NFL DFS slates, we’re finally back up to a more standard 11-gamer in Week 10, and it’s ripe with possible stacking picks in DraftKings contests. Six of the 11 games have totals currently sitting at 50 points or higher, and we also see one of the largest spreads that you’ll ever see in an NFL game this week, as the Chiefs come in as massive 17-point home favorites against the Cardinals.
This week also marks a stark contrast from the last few weeks on DraftKings, as the pricing has gone from relatively soft in Weeks 7-9, to extremely tight in Week 10. The running back position is absolutely loaded with great options priced above $7,000. Putting a priority on the high-end running backs in cash games is going to lead to a roster construction that looks to save at the quarterback, tight end and wide receiver positions, and thankfully there are plenty of decent mid-range options in great matchups that we can exploit.
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Week 10 Rankings:
Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST | Kicker
Week 10 NFL DFS Strategy: Top DraftKings stacks for cash games
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RB Melvin Gordon and Chargers DST, Chargers vs. Seahawks
I always prioritize the high-end running backs in cash games, as it’s just so valuable to lock in the guaranteed volume that the elite running backs offer. This week there are a ton of options who are viable at the top end of the running back range, and the decision between Gordon, Todd Gurley, Alvin Kamara, and Kareem Hunt is razor thin. With that said, my lean is Gordon, who has a road matchup with the brutally bad Raiders.
I’ve written in length about Gordon’s splits on the road, and I won’t be turning my back on MG3 this week against an Oakland defense that ranks 24th DvP against running backs. Gordon returned from a slight hamstring issue last week against the Seahawks and looked at full speed, going off for 113 yards and a touchdown on only 16 carries. Gordon is automatic on the road since the start of last season, posting a plus/minus of plus-8.8 with an 88-percent consistency rating over his past 12 road games. You can look to pair Gordon with the Chargers D/ST, who will be looking to feast against a Raiders offense that was only able to put up three points against the 1-6 49ers last Thursday night. Look for the Chargers to control this game from the outset as 10-point road favorites and grind out the game in the second half with Gordon.
QB Baker Mayfield and RB Duke Johnson Jr., Browns vs. Falcons
With so much attention being paid to the high-end running backs in cash games, we’re going to need to find some value at the quarterback position. For me, I’m going to look to Mayfield for $5,400 on DraftKings in a great matchup against the Falcons at home. Mayfield hasn’t been spectacular as a starter in the NFL, but he has been a consistent fantasy performer, posting a plus/minus of plus-1.1 and putting up zero “dud” games (scoring less than 75 percent of fantasy expectations). The matchup and game-flow situation couldn’t be much better for the Browns as 4.5-point home underdogs against the Falcons, who rank 30th against quarterbacks.
All season long we’ve looked to target pass-catching running backs against the Falcons and this is a great time to buy in on Johnson’s expanded role in the offense following the firing of OC Todd Haley. Johnson caught all nine of his targets last week against the Chiefs and should easily be able to pay off his $4,700 price tag as long as the Browns continue to use him in the passing game like they should against a Falcons team that is allowing the most targets, receptions, and receiving yards in the league to running backs.
QB Alex Smith and WR Maurice Harris, Redskins @ Buccaneers
If you aren’t comfortable rostering a Browns stack in cash games (I don’t blame you), then consider targeting the Redskins stack of Smith and Smith. The duo is only a combined $9,200 on DraftKings, which opens up pretty much anything you want for the rest of your roster. The matchup for the Redskins offense is the best matchup you can have against the Buccaneers who dead last in the league against quarterbacks and second worst against wide receivers. Smith doesn’t have slate-breaking upside, but he carries a nice floor with his rushing ability. The pairing here is with Harris, who will look to build on his breakout game last week against the Falcons where he went off for 124 yards on 12 targets.
The major concern here is the Redskins offense is down three starters on the offensive line, as well as injuries to pass catchers Paul Richardson and Jamison Crowder, so it might struggle to move the ball despite having the perfect matchup against Tampa Bay.
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Week 10 DraftKings Picks: Best stacks for daily fantasy football GPPs/tournaments
QB Patrick Mahomes, RB Kareem Hunt and WR Tyreek Hill, Chiefs vs. Cardinals
Each week I recommend that people load up on the Chiefs onslaught, and each week we still see Mahomes and Hill go under-owned in large field tournaments. Look, I get that Mahomes is expensive at over $7,000 on DraftKings, but you could argue that he is still underpriced after averaging 30.5 fantasy points per game with a plus/minus of plus-10.3. The Chiefs offense is in an elite spot this week against the Cardinals, coming in as the largest favorites that we’ve seen all season long at 17 points.
This game should be well in hand by the fourth quarte,r but even that is more than enough time for the Chiefs playmakers to exceed salary expectations. Hunt has the best matchup of the trio, facing a Cardinals defense that has hemorrhaged fantasy points to running backs all season long, ranking 31st DvP against the position. Hill will have the most difficult matchup of the bunch, as he will go toe-to-toe with Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson. However, Hill has seen his price dip down to only $7,300, a price point which he has historically smashed value at, posting a plus/minus of plus-4.0 over his past 18 games priced below $7,500 on DraftKings.
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick and WR Mike Evans, Buccaneers vs. Redskins
The Tampa Bay passing attack has been a fantasy friendly team to target all year long regardless of who has been at quarterback between Jameis Winston and Ryan Fitzpatrick. This week, Fitzpatrick gets the nod in a matchup against the Redskins, whose defense was just exposed by Falcons last week, allowing 38 points at home. A price of $5,900 is a steal for Fitzpatrick, who has exceeded value in four of his starts, also throwing three or more touchdown passes also in four of five starts. Fitzpatrick is viable for cash games as well, but you have to be concerned that he could be benched at anytime for Jameis Winston if the Bucs get behind early or if Fitz throws multiple interceptions.
You can look to pair Fitzpatrick with Evans, who is in a great bounce-back spot following a brutal 1-16 line last week. However, it wasn’t like Evans didn’t see elite volume last week against the Panthers, as he saw 10-plus targets for the third straight game. The dud game for Evans has led to a price drop all the way down to $7,000; his lowest since Week 1.
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