This NFL season is now double-digit weeks old after a fun Week 10. It wasn’t so fun for the Patriots, who got crushed in Tennessee, and the Falcons, who took a tough loss in Cleveland. On the brighter side, the Bills won big against the Jets, the Saints went on the road and trampled the Bengals, the Packers beat the Dolphins and the Rams held on to edge the Seahawks.
Hopefully, your DraftKings team crushed it like those latter teams. As you look to the remaining seven weeks of the season, which of today’s stars deserve a shot on your roster? Check out which Week 10 stars I think you should ride or fade in the coming weeks.
RB Nick Chubb, CLE vs. ATL, $5,500 — 38.9 DKFPChubb had a monster game for the Browns as they upset the Falcons. He ran for 176 yards and a touchdown on his 20 carries and added a second score and 33 yards on three catches. Most of those yards came on a 92-yard touchdown, which was the longest play from scrimmage this season and the longest run in Browns’ team history.
The Browns have given Chubb a heavy workload since they dealt Carlos Hyde ($4,400) to the Jaguars. He has at least 18 carries in each of his past four games with at least 14 DKFP and a touchdown in three of those contests. Chubb and the Browns are on a bye next week, but they return with games against the Bengals and Texans. Chubb will remain an option every week since he is locked in as the top back on the depth chart and getting heavy work with new offensive coordinator and former-RB coach Freddie Kitchens calling plays.
Verdict: Ride (after next week)
RB David Johnson, ARI at KC, $6,800 — 37.3 DKFPSpeaking of new coordinators giving fantasy value to RB, offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich seemed to have a great plan for Johnson even though the Cardinals lost, 26-14, to the Chiefs. Both of the Cardinals’ touchdowns were scored by Johnson, who had 98 yards and a touchdown on his 21 carries and 85 more yards and a second score on his seven catches.
Johnson was highly drafted and regarded coming into the season, but he hasn’t been able to deliver with the other elite backs since his team has struggled so badly. He has double-digit DKFP in seven straight, though, and looks ready to be the focal point of the offense moving forward. Next week, Johnson gets a great matchup with the Raiders, and he looks ready to flourish in Leftwich’s scheme.
RB Aaron Jones, GB vs. MIA, $5,000 — 35.2 DKFPThe Packers have gotten great work from Jones since he returned from a two-week suspension to start the season. He has worked his way past Jamaal Williams ($3,500) and posted a big game with 145 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries and 27 more yards through the air with three catches on five targets. He had over 100 yards and a touchdown in the first half against the Dolphins defense and dominated all day long.
He has at least 12 carries three straight contests with at least 75 yards in each contest. He had 16.6 DKFP against the Rams, and has helped the Packers bring nice balance to their normally pass-heavy offense. The Packers are on a short week as they visit the Seahawks before a visit to the Vikings. After those two matchups, things get much better as the Packers host the Cardinals and Falcons. Jones has shown he can produce, so hopefully the Packers keep getting him the ball enough for him to keep making plays.
WR Allen Robinson II, CHI vs. DET, $5,000 — 34.3 DKFPAfter missing two games with a groin injury, Robinson came back in a big way with his best game with the Bears. He found the end zone twice, matching his total for the season, and finished with 133 yards on six catches.
Robinson led the team in targets and continued to show a good connection with blossoming QB Mitchell Trubisky ($5,600), who I’ve been riding since Week 7. Robinson has been the top receiver for the Bears when he has been healthy, and should continue to get good volume against the Vikings next week before a rematch with the Lions on Thanksgiving followed by a visit to the Giants.
WR Corey Davis, TEN vs. NE, $4,500 — 28.5 DKFPDavis continued to be a boom-or-bust option as the Titans top receiver. This week was definitely a “boom” as he hauled in 7-of-10 targets for 125 yards and a touchdown. He has had a pair of monster games against the Eagles and Patriots after posting 34.1 DKFP against Philadelphia in Week 4.
Davis hasn’t been able to be a consistent threat, though, being held under 13 DKFP in each of his other seven contests. Davis is getting targets from Marcus Mariota ($4,700) and is clearly the team’s top receiver, but he hasn’t been consistent enough to be a reliable option. The next two weeks, Davis and the Titans visit the Colts and Texans in a pair of divisional matchups.
TE Eric Ebron, IND vs. JAC, $3,500 — 28.1 DKFPEbron didn’t play much the past two weeks, and he only caught three passes in each of those contests. He didn’t have a high volume of work this week against the Jags’ either but he lead all TE on the main slate with 28.1 DKFP by getting into the end zone three times. He caught all three of his targets for 69 yards and two touchdowns and ran a two-yard jet sweep into the end zone as well.
Getting into the end zone on 75% of his touches isn’t sustainable for Ebron, but he obviously is a red zone option that Andrew Luck ($5,500) relies on. Ebron will remain touchdown-dependent next week against the Titans and Dolphins before a rematch with the Jaguars defense on Dec. 2.
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