Well, I hope you took notice last week! Curtis Samuel, Jimmy Graham, Chris Herndon, Drew Brees, and Kareem Hunt all had big weeks and would have almost certainly helped win you some money. So – back to the drawing board this week – take a look through my must-start players in DFS for week 10, why they will do well and I’ll also throw you some GPP One Percenter dart throw plays as well as the coveted @FFJuggernauts weekly DFS Cheat Sheet. So, sit back, feet up, open the app, and select these guys!
Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints vs Cincinnati Bengals – Draftkings: $6,300
I’m going back to the same well this week. Brees, quite simply, is fantasy gold. Especially when playing in a plus matchup. The Bengals are just that, currently giving up 26.7 points per game in DraftKings scoring to opposing Quarterbacks, 4th worst in the league.
Brees is currently the 5th ranked QB in fantasy football and is marching towards an unprecedented sixth ‘over 5,000’ passing yard season, and games like these are crucial for that to become possible.
As with last week; despite being costly adds, the stack of Brees and Michael Thomas is just too good to turn down. Start Brees with confidence.
Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons vs Cleveland Browns – DraftKings: $5,400
Although tempted to once again repeat last week’s pick of Kareem Hunt as he faces a porous Arizona rush defense – I’ve decided to pick the player most likely to repeat Hunt’s monster game against the Browns from last week. That comes in the way of Tevin Coleman
Despite not moving mountains for fantasy owners thus far this season, Coleman has had some nice weeks, the best coming last week against Washington where he had 2 receiving touchdowns.
Not only is Cleveland giving up the 3rd most points on a weekly basis to RB’s, but they’ve also given up the 4th most yards to receiving backs (504 yards). Expect Coleman to repeat his RB1 numbers from last week in this potential shootout game with the ever-improving Browns.
Josh Gordon, New England Patriots vs Tennessee Titans – DraftKings: $6,000
The hype train for Josh Gordon is well and truly chugging along down the tracks. There is a lot of positivity coming from the Patriots camp surrounding Gordon, with none other than Tom Brady singing his praises most recently.
That positivity is translating onto the field too – last week against a young, hungry Packers defense, Gordon put up 130 yards and 1 TD off 5 receptions. This week’s matchup is a tasty one for him too.
Tennessee has been up and down like a yo-yo so far this season when it comes to consistent performances – but they rank in the bottom 10 when giving up TD’s and fantasy points to wide receivers. Add to this the inevitable revenge tactic for Bill Belichick to ‘get one’ over former cornerback Malcolm Butler after the Superbowl saga at the end of last season and Josh Gordon will likely see a lot of airtime coming his way.
Trey Burton, Chicago Bears vs Detroit Lions – DraftKings: $3,900
Burton has been flying under the radar this season despite plenty of off-season chatter before the season got underway. He’s currently the TE7 on the season and has scored a touchdown in 4 of the last 5 games.
Detroit isn’t the worst against tight ends, but they are far from the best either. They’ve given up 4 touchdowns and 417 yards to the position so far on the season, so they are there to be exploited by a high powered offense such as Chicago and I expect Burton to be in the thick of the redzone action.
One Percenter Plays
Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns vs Atlanta Falcons – DraftKings: $5,400
‘Baker Mania’ threatened to get going when he took over from Tyrod Taylor in week 3. It’s been a rocky road since then with good and bad games. But when Mayfield has a good matchup against a sub-par defense, he tends to do well, especially in fantasy lineups. He has a great matchup this week with the Falcons giving up 27 DK points per game – 3rd most in the league
Mayfield has scored no less than 2 touchdowns in the previous 2 weeks and has only thrown under 200 yards once this season. Atlanta has also given up the 8th most yards rushing to QB’s (171 yards) so look for Baker to use his legs like he did in week 7 versus Tampa Bay (4 rushes for 43 yards), that will certainly help bolster his day for fantasy.
Elijah McGuire, New York Jets vs Buffalo Bills– DraftKings: $3,400
Despite Buffalo gaining a good reputation for their coverage abilities and limiting opposing QB’s and WR’s, their run defense still has a lot to be desired. The Bills have allowed 421 yards and 3 TD’s through the air to opposing RB’s, and 9 rushing touchdowns on the season so far.
With Isaiah Crowell not used in the passing game at all, I expect McGuire to see a healthy workload in a game that on paper might be a ‘slow to get going’ game which will likely remain tight throughout. In his season opener last week against Miami, McGuire saw 67 yards from scrimmage and saw 55% of the snap share.
All indications pointing towards McGuire potentially being the lead guy for the Jets for the remainder of the season, with a big opportunity this week for him to make a statement in this plus matchup.
Maurice Harris, Washington Redskins vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers – DraftKings: $3,900
I don’t want this to sound like I am just jumping on the bandwagon from last week’s impressive 10 receptions for a 124-yard performance because generally, I don’t like to double down on potential ‘one hit wonders’… but I guess I am this week! Now, there is a reason behind it.
Tampa Bay has been miserable defending the pass so far this season – but more specifically, their inability to cover slot receivers. With Jamison Crowder now ruled out for this match, Harris will have that coveted slot role all to himself and I fully expect Alex Smith to continue feeding him, repeating last week’s numbers. At $3,900, Harris could be a steal this week.
*Due to the matchup, I also like Josh Doctson (DraftKings: $4,300) to find the endzone this week too.
James O’Shaughnessy, Jacksonville Jaguars vs Indianapolis Colts – DraftKings: $2,500
How about this for a dart throw, am I right?! Now, this pick does come with a warning because O’Shaughnessy has missed the last 2 weeks and has only been limited at practice this week.
But, if he plays, it’s the situation I like for ‘JOS’ (I’ve given up trying to write out his name) this week. With ASJ on IR, and David Grinnage likely to miss, JOS will have the position all to himself against an Indy defense that is exploitable. The Colts leak 14.6 fantasy points per week on average to the tight end position and we’ve seen Bortles utilize his TE’s in a big way every now and again over the past couple of seasons. Talk about a 1 percenter play… this is more like a 0.1% play but could be a potential week winner in GPP tournaments.
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by Rob Grimwood – @FFBritBaller
Credit: Shaun Bo – @FF_Takeover, @FFJuggernauts