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The NFL has a full Sunday of action in Week 10, with eight games kicking off at 1 p.m. ET and three more filling in the late afternoon time slot. As injuries mount and teams fall out of contention, we should start seeing younger players receive increased opportunities while other teams still are trying to get together a playoff push.
Check out my favorite fantasy football value plays from Sunday’s 22-team player pool.
($6,000 and under)
Jacoby Brissett, IND vs PIT ($5,200) — Brissett has taken the Colts on the road the last two weeks and kept them in games against the Bengals and Texans. He threw two touchdown passes in each of those games, completing more than 64 percent of his throws and posting 16.92 DKFP and 23.52 DKFP, respectively. He’ll have a tougher matchup at home against the Steelers this week, but Brissett has shown he has enough upside to consider, especially if he can continue to take advantage of his playmakers such as T.Y. Hilton ($5,900). Even with his tougher matchup, Brissett is my favorite under-$6K QB play this week.
C.J. Beathard, SF vs. NYG ($4,800) — Since entering the 49ers’ Week 6 loss midg-ame, Beathard has attempted at least 35 passes in each of the last four games. He threw for 294 yards last week against the Cardinals, going 24-of-51 passing and rushing for a touchdown on his way to 18.36 DraftKings fantasy points, and he’s expected to make another start this week with Jimmy Garoppolo ($5,000) still learning the Niners’ offense. It might not be the prettiest way to go about it, but the sheer volume of attempts in coach Kyle Shanahan’s offense makes Beathard a nice flier play against the Giants, who have allowed the fourth-most passing yards per game to opposing quarterbacks. Beathard has at least 12 DKFP in each of his last four games, and he should collect at least that many this week if he plays the entire game.
($5,000 and under)
Orleans Darkwa, NYG @ SF ($4,500) — Darkwa has emerged as the Giants’ lead back, with a successful 71 yards on 16 carries against the Rams on Sunday while catching two passes for 8 more yards. His team fell too far behind for him to be involved late, but he should get a good workload this week against the 49ers, who have allowed the most fantasy points per game in the NFL to opposing running backs this season. Darkwa is averaging over 80 rushing and receiving yards, helping him to more than 12 FPPG in his last four games.
Bilal Powell, NYJ @ TB ($4,000) — With Matt Forte battling swelling in his knee, Powell could be set up for more work Sunday in a good matchup against the Bucs. Powell had 74 yards last week against the Bills on just nine carries, but he wasn’t involved in the passing game. He has a very high ceiling if he gets a full workload, which he demonstrated with his 32 DKFP in Week 4 against the Jaguars, and he has at least 7.3 DKFP in each of his four games since then, making him a nice play at just $4K against a suspect Tampa Bay defense.
($5,000 and under)
Robert Woods, LAR vs. HOU ($5,000) — While Sammy Watkins ($4,800) has more name recognition, Woods has been a very nice addition for a Rams offense led by breakout QB Jared Goff. Last week, Woods scored two touchdowns while catching four of his five targets for 70 yards to finish with 23.0 DKFP. He has double-digit DKFP in each of his last four games and five of his last six. Goff will continue to spread the ball around, but Woods is worth a look since he has a good matchup this week against a struggling Texans secondary.
Marqise Lee, JAX vs. LAC ($4,100) — Lee continues to battle through a knee injury that regularly keeps him out of practice, but he didn’t seem slowed last Sunday as he hauled in eight catches on 12 targets for 75 yards and one touchdown. He has at least 70 yards in each of his last three games, resulting in double-digit DKFP in each contest. He has a good matchup this week against the Chargers.
Josh Doctson, WAS vs. MIN ($4,100) — The Redskins have been giving Doctson more chances to prove he was worth his high draft pick, and now they’ve been beset by injuries, opening up even more chances for him. He had three catches last week for 59 yards in Seattle and was stopped on the 1-yard line to set up the game-winning score. Doctson was targeted five times — the most of any Redskins pass catcher behind only tight end Vernon Davis and running back Chris Thompson. With Davis injuring his hand and joining Jordan Reed and receiver Jamison Crowder as day to day, Doctson could be lined up for even more work this week.
Marquise Goodwin, SF vs. NYG ($3,800) — In the 49ers’ first game without Pierre Garcon, Goodwin led all wideouts with eight targets, hauling in two passes for 68 yards. He has elite-level speed and is a big-play threat, so he has intriguing upside if he keeps getting so many passes thrown his way.
($4,000 and under)
Tyler Kroft, CIN @ TEN ($3,600) — Kroft has more than 9.5 DKFP in each of his last three games since the Bengals’ Week 6 bye. He was targeted just twice last week against the Jags, but he still turned those two catches into 79 yards. Hopefully, he’ll return to the five- to seven-target range this week against the Titans, which would help him be a solid value.
David Njoku, CLE @ DET ($2,600) — In his last game before the Browns’ bye week, Njoku managed just two catches for 19 yards, but the potential for more was there, as the rookie was targeted a career-high seven times. He has 17 total targets in his last three games, and he already has caught three touchdown passes, showing he can be a red-zone threat.
($2,800 and under)
Jets @ TB ($2,800) — In a matchup with two QBs taking on their former teams, the Jets’ defense gets a good matchup against Ryan Fitzpatrick, who will start for the Bucs in place of Jameis Winston. New York has forced and recovered five fumbles in its last two games, and had a season-high seven sacks last Thursday against Buffalo when it totaled 13.0 DKFP.
Bills vs. NO ($2,400) — Buffalo’s defense finished with an ugly 0.0 DKFP last week against the Jets, but the Bills were fairly consistent before that, with at least 7.0 DKFP in each of their previous seven games. They have been especially effective at home, where they average 9.8 FPPG, and the Saints’ offense is much less intimidating when they’re out of the dome, as they will be this week in Buffalo, where the temperature is expected to hover around freezing.
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