In Week 10, the NFL has a solid 10-game slate lined up for the main fantasy football contests at DraftKings. While the Chargers and Raiders start the week Thursday, they’ll be out of the main player pool along with the Vikings, Cowboys, Seahawks and 49ers, who play in other primetime contests. There are also six teams on a bye this week as the Broncos, Patriots, Eagles, Redskins, Jaguars and Texans take the week off.
Even with all those teams out of the main contest, there are some interesting matchups to check out, including the Panthers visiting the Packers, the two New York teams meeting at MetLife Stadium and the Chiefs visiting the Titans in a game that is expected to feature the return of Patrick Mahomes ($7,000).
As you look at each of the 20 teams in the main contest, there are plenty of options to consider, but you’ll need to spend wisely. Here are my top value plays at each position, who can save you significant salary and still provide potential production.
QUARTERBACK($6,000 and under)
Ryan Fitzpatrick, MIA at IND, $5,200 – Fitzpatrick had a solid game last week in a revenge narrative against the Jets and will lead the Dolphins into Indianapolis, looking for their second win in a row. He brought back the magic with three touchdown passes, 288 yards and 23.7 DKFP in that victory. Since taking over again as starter, Fitzpatrick has thrown six touchdowns in three games, averaging 19.9 DKFP per contest. He lost a key receiver with Preston Williams (knee) injured for the season but still should be able to move the ball against the Colts, whose secondary has been inconsistent all season.
Ryan Tannehill, TEN vs. KC, $5,100 – Tannehill is probably even a better play than Fitzpatrick, although he is a little higher risk since he’ll be taking on the Chiefs. Tannehill has started three games for Tennessee and has gone 2-1 with an average of 23.5 DKFP per start. He threw for a season-high 331 yards last week with a touchdown passing and another rushing for an impressive 28.04 DKFP. Tannehill likely will have to continue to carry the Titans’ offense and will need to put up points to keep up with the Chiefs. In what should be a relatively high-scoring contest, Tannehill has a high ceiling even if some of his production could come during garbage time. His ability to add yards on the ground also gives him an important boost.
RUNNING BACK($5,000 and under)
Devin Singletary, BUF at CLE, $5,000 – Singletary has been a recurring character in my value RB picks throughout the season. He broke through with a big game last week against Washington but still remains just cheap enough to be included one more time. The rookie from Florida Atlantic had an impressive 95 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries with 45 more yards on three catches for 23.0 DKFP. He seems to be taking over more and more of the workload from Frank Gore ($4,000) and should get another heavy workload against the Browns.
Ronald Jones II, TB vs. ARI, $4,300 – Jones started against the Seahawks and had a solid game, taking 18 carries for 67 yards and a touchdown on his way to a season-high 16.2 DKFP. Jones has been more effective lately than Peyton Barber ($3,700), and coach Bruce Arians acknowledged that fact when saying Jones would be the starting RB going forward. He’ll get a good chance to cement his spot atop the depth chart with a favorable matchup against the Cardinals this week.
WIDE RECEIVER($5,000 and under)
DeVante Parker, MIA at IND, $4,800 – Parker caught a touchdown and 4-of-6 targets for 57 yards and 15.7 DKFP in the Dolphins’ win against the Jets. He has at least that many targets in all three games since Fitzpatrick has taken back over at QB and has finished between 50 and 60 yards each game with double-digit DKFP. Parker will get even more work now that Williams is out, so look for both him and Albert Wilson ($3,300) to get more attention from Fitzpatrick, starting this week against the Colts.
Darius Slayton, NYG at NYJ $4,200 – Slayton has shown a solid connection with fellow rookie Daniel Jones ($5,700) and should continue to get plenty of work with Sterling Shepard (concussion) suffering a recurrence of concussion symptoms before the Giants’ Monday night game against Dallas. Slayton got his first start as a result but managed only one catch for six yards on his four targets. The previous week, he had a pair of touchdowns and 19.0 DKFP against the Lions. The Jets have been awful against the pass, so Slayton will be a great value option as long as he remains so vitally involved with the Giants’ passing game both for now and as a big part of their future.
Chester Rogers, IND vs. MIA, $4,100 – With T.Y. Hilton (calf) already out, it’s a big blow that the Colts lost second-round pick Parris Campbell (hand) on Sunday for multiple weeks. While Zach Pascal ($5,300) is still clearly the top option to own from the Colts’ WR group, Rogers also will have to help pick up the slack for Indianapolis. He usually logs most of his time out of the slot and had three catches for 22 yards against the Steelers last week. He’ll need to step up even more this week and has a great opportunity to do that against the Dolphins’ mess of a secondary.
Josh Reynolds, LAR at PIT, $3,800 – Reynolds has been stuck behind Cooper Kupp ($7,300), Robert Woods ($5,600) and Brandin Cooks ($5,000) this season with the Rams, but he stepped up in Week 8 after Cooks left with his second concussion of the season. Reynolds finished with three catches on eight targets for 73 yards, a touchdown and 16.2 DKFP. If Cooks is out, Reynolds will step into a larger role and has shown he can produce when given the chance due to his solid connection with Jared Goff ($6,200).
TIGHT END($4,000 and under)
T.J. Hockenson, DET at CHI, $3,900 – Hockenson started the year on fire with a massive 131-yard performance in his NFL debut Week 1 against Arizona. However, he has battled injury and been held under 50 yards every game since then until last week, when he had three catches on seven targets for 56 yards against the Raiders. The Bears have been one of the best matchups in the NFL for TEs, so Hockenson could be set up for another breakthrough if he’s able to play through a back injury, as expected. He’s boom-or-bust, but there’s a lot of upside to love.
Mike Gesicki, MIA at IND, $3,100 – Gesicki was targeted six times against the Jets and caught all six passes for a career-high 95 yards against his former coach, Adam Gase. His 15.5 DKFP marked his first double-digit DKFP game of the season. He has the raw talent to develop into an NFL TE and a good matchup against the Colts, who have struggled to contain TEs this season. The loss of Williams could open up looks for him as well, giving him a nice ceiling as he looks to build on last week’s breakout.
DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS($2,800 and under)
NYG at NYJ, $2,800 – Even on a short week after getting hammered on Monday Night Football, the Giants’ defense is worth a look since the Jets looked so bad against the Dolphins. Miami’s defense had 8.0 DKFP against the Jets on three sacks, an interception and a safety. While the unit has some definite holes, the Giants’ defense posted multiple sacks in seven straight games before going without a sack Monday night and had at least 8.0 DKFP in four of its previous five contests.
PIT at LAR, $2,600 – Playing the Rams is no easy matchup, but Pittsburgh will be at home and has turned into a ball-hawking, difference-making group of big-play specialists. The Steelers had 19 DKFP last week against the Colts and have at least 11 DKFP in six straight games. They have averaged 14.5 DKFP per contest over that stretch.
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