I’ve broken this column down into three categories; Studs, Value and Match ups. The studs are the backbone of your team, these are the guys that will score you the most points (hopefully!) Value plays are players that are cheap for the amount of points they are capable of putting up for the game. They allow you to fit more studs into your team. Match ups are players that might be playing a team that’s weak in a specific position. They might be a mixture of studs, mid-priced and value. If you’re tossing up between two players, it generally helps to go the one with the better match up. Balancing out these three categories will give you the best chance of scoring well.
Week 10 contests
Le’Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh, $9,700
Coming off a bye, Bell will be meeting a Colts D that’s giving up the third-most fantasy points to RBs. He’s had a heavy workload pre-bye, but the week off will do him good and we can expect the volume to resume gifting us the points.
Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh, $9,400
Brown comes up against a Colts secondary that has lost Davis for the rest of the season, and are top-10 in fantasy points to WRs. Brown has seen 10 targets in all but one game this season and should have a field day.
Leonard Fournette, RB, Jacksonville, $8,700
Fournette hasn’t played for three week, he was injured, had a bye, and then dropped last week due to disciplinary issues. He’ll be raring to go this week and I expect him to make a statement against a Rams D giving up the eight-most fantasy points to opposing RBs.
A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati, $8,000
After his brain fart last week, Green should want to come out an make amends. His ownership may be down which benefits this format, and the Titans can be thrown on.
Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England, $8,000
With WR Chris Hogan unlikely to suit up this week, Gronk should see an uptick in looks from Brady. The Denver secondary give up the third-most points to TEs including a statline of 7-133-1 to Kelce in week 8.
Jerrick McKinnon, RB, Minnesota, $6,700
In three of his last four games before his bye last week, McKinnon has scored over 22 fantasy points. Washington can constrict RB yardage, but I think that’s an issue more for Murray than McKinnon.
Robby Anderson, WR, NYJ, $6,500
Anderson has been on a bit of a tear lately, averaging just under 14.5 fantasy points per game over his last three while scoring a touchdown in each of those. He has every chance of repeating that success this week against a Tampa Bay defence that allows the second-most fantasy points to wide receivers.
Marvin Jones, WR, Detroit, $6,000
Another that’s been on fire, Jones has 36 targets, 19 receptions, 331 yards as well as 3 touchdowns over his last three outings. The Browns can close down an opposing WR, but if it’s Golden Tate this week then Jones may be unleashed.
Orleans Darkwa, RB, NY Giants, $5,400
Darkwa meets the 49ers this week who give up the most fantasy points to RBs this season. He shouldn’t need a lot of carries to produce decent numbers if there are committee concerns.
Alfred Morris/Darren McFadden/Rod Smith, RB, Dallas, $5,500/4,500
You would think Alf is the guy here, but who knows what happens if they go with the hot hand. If I needed to find $1k I would gamble on Smith. Hopefully there’s more clarity next week.
Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit, $8,100
Stafford had thrown for over 300 yards in his last three games, scoring five touchdowns across that period. .
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh, $7,700
All of his weapons should be firing against poor coverage. The Colts are allowing over 300 yard per week to opposing QBs. Lev Bell can catch a ball too.
Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago, $7,300
Howard has volume on his side, averaging over 23 carries since week 3. While he touches the ball a lot he’s failed to reach the endzone in his last four, although his last touchdown scored was against Green Bay, who he faces this week, and who give up the sixth-most points to RBs.
Lamar Miller, RB, Houston, $6,800
Miller has a very good match up this week, facing a Rams D that’s ranked second in fantasy points against RBs. Houston have downgraded at QB which also downgrades their passing attack.
Bilal Powell, RB, NY Jets, $6,300
With Matt Forte injured again and out this week, the carries will be split between Powell and McGuire, with the experience Powell to see a majority of those. He scored 27 points without Forte in week 4 and meets a team giving up the fouth-most points to RBs.
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