NFL DFS is rolling on into Week 10 and with it, our overall strategy for our Yahoo cash game lineup is changing once again. Pricing is tighter and depth is starting to be eliminated by bye weeks and injuries, and at this point, there’s enough data to know which matchups are truly solid. As always, we’re going after high-volume producers, and that is led by a Saints QB-WR stack, and we’re also targeting another good matchup with an RB-WR contra-stack that could end up paying off. This will help us to avoid getting too chalky at other positions, as well.
We’re taking a somewhat different approach this week in terms of budgeting for our Yahoo lineup, as we’re spending up big at QB, RB, and one WR position and filling out the rest of the roster with lower-cost options. This is a fairly popular strategy, as it affords fantasy owners the opportunity to get one elite player at every position, but the “stars-and-scrubs” approach does come with some risks. And chiefly, those come from the lower-cost options we’re filling out the bottom of our roster with.
Week 10 Rankings:
Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST | Kicker
Week 10 Yahoo Fantasy Football: NFL DFS picks for cash games
QB Drew Brees, Saints @ Bengals ($37). There are a handful of QB matchups to exploit this week, but Brees is arguably the safest option and should be in a game script that suits his passing ability well. Both teams rank top five in fantasy points per game (FPPG) allowed to QBs, so Brees and Andy Dalton may have to throw a lot. Paying up for Brees on the road may be a risk, but he has multiple TDs in all but two contests this year. He provides consistency and volume, two things that are imperative to have in cash lineups.
RB Melvin Gordon, Chargers @ Raiders ($35). The Raiders looked completely lost against the 49ers last week, and it appears that they have given up. Gordon has five TDs in his past three games played and has at least 120 scrimmage yards in each of those three contests. He’s the second-most expensive RB on the slate, but his consistency and the excellent matchup make him well worth paying up for.
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RB Isaiah Crowell, Jets vs. Bills ($16). I know Crowell isn’t the most inspiring option, but he will still get volume. Elijah McGuire just returned from injury, and while he will see work on passing downs, the Jets may be careful not to overwork him. That should mean that Crowell still sees at least 15 touches against a Bills defense that entered Week 9 allowing the 11th-most FPPG to RBs and just allowed Jordan Howard to score twice. Considering that Crowell often is used as the red-zone hammer, having him in this matchup would be a smart move.
WR Michael Thomas, Saints @ Bengals ($39). I was considering stacking Tre’Quan Smith instead of Michael Thomas, but Thomas’ upside is too great. He is averaging almost 10 targets and 110 receiving yards per game, and he has also scored five times this year. The Bengals allow the fourth-most FPPG to receivers, so pairing Brees and Thomas with both in favorable matchups should give this cash lineup a high floor.
WR Golden Tate, Eagles vs. Cowboys ($16). You’re rarely ever going to see Tate this cheap in any DFS contest. Sure, it’s his first game with the Eagles, but he will have had almost two full weeks to integrate himself into the team’s offense thanks to the bye week. Last time Tate played the Cowboys in Week 4, he logged eight catches for 132 yards and two scores. If he can do even half of that, it would justify spending down and getting him at this price.
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WR Mike Williams, Chargers @ Raiders ($16). I have a little contra-stack going with Gordon and Williams, but I’m comfortable with that. Philip Rivers likes to spread the ball around, and Williams has been a big TD threat for the Chargers this season. He has a score of at least 30 yards in the past two games, and while he only has caught one pass in four of his past five outings, he’s enough of a red-zone weapon to warrant this price. He’s probably my biggest risk in this lineup, but I’m comfortable with it because the Raiders are bad enough to give up multiple passing TDs to the Chargers.
TE David Njoku, Browns vs. Falcons ($14). Njoku has at least 52 yards in five of the past six weeks. The Falcons have had trouble with athletic tight ends in the mold of Njoku this season, so this matchup and price combination is enough for us to trust him this week.
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FLEX Ito Smith, Falcons @ Browns ($15). Don’t sleep on Smith. He has scored in four of the past five weeks and has pretty much been splitting touches with Tevin Coleman. The Browns were just gashed by James Conner and the Steelers, so Smith has high upside — especially after he average 6.0 yards per carry against a great Redskins run defense.
DEF Philadelphia Eagles vs. Cowboys ($12). I know that the Eagles haven’t covered particularly well this season, but they’re coming off a bye week and should be healthy and well-rested on that side of the ball. Their strong defensive line should be able to slow down Ezekiel Elliott and pressure Dak Prescott. They’re the best low-cost option at the position, so we’ll give them a shot.
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