Week 10 of the NFL season nearly is here, which means fantasy football players who enjoy daily fantasy sites such as DraftKings don’t have much time to set their lineup ahead of “Thursday Night Football.”
Here’s our DraftKings dream lineup for Week 10.
Quarterback: Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders ($5,800)
There’s no way Carr should cost just $5,800 after passing for 923 yards with 11 touchdowns and only one interception in his last three games. He’s a legit QB1 in all fantasy leagues and an incredible value pick in DraftKings this week.
Running Backs: Todd Gurley, St. Louis Rams ($7,300); LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots ($4,900)
Gurley didn’t maintain his 120-yard streak in Week 9, but he still tallied 109 total yards and a touchdown. In addition to his 20-plus carries average, Gurley also has caught three or more passes in three straight games, making him even more useful in PPR leagues such as DraftKings.
Blount is coming off his best performance and only 100-yard game of the season in Week 9, and Dion Lewis’ season-ending injury could open the door for a larger role in the Patriots’ high-scoring offense for Blount.
Wide Receivers: Brandon LaFell, New England Patriots ($4,100); Michael Crabtree, Oakland Raiders ($5,800); Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh Steelers ($5,800)
LaFell is trending in the right direction after recording his first 100-yard game of the season in Week 9, and he’s playing a New York Giants defense allowing the second-most passing yards per game.
Crabtree has a tough matchup against the Minnesota Vikings, but he’s averaging 10 targets per game and coming off back-to-back 100-yard performances. Crabtree also has four touchdown receptions in the last three games.
Bryant has averaged a touchdown reception per game since returning from his suspension. He also has a good matchup versus a Cleveland Browns defense that ranks 26th in passing yards allowed.
Tight End: Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals ($5,800)
Eifert leads the NFL with nine receiving touchdowns, two more than the players in second place. He hasn’t tallied 100 receiving yards in a single game since Week 1, but his touchdown consistency is quite impressive. Eifert has scored in five of the Bengals’ eight games, a run that includes six touchdowns in his last four matchups.
Flex: DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans ($8,700)
Hopkins has a tough matchup against a stingy Bengals defense, but it doesn’t matter because fantasy football is all about opportunity, and no player has averaged more targets per game than the Texans’ No. 1 receiver. Hopkins also ranks fourth in receptions, third in yards and tied for sixth in receiving touchdowns. He’s going to produce regardless of the opponent — only Tom Brady has averaged more points per game on DraftKings this season.
Defense: Oakland Raiders ($2,100)
This is a bit of a gamble, but the Vikings offense isn’t very potent. They rank 23rd in points scored and 30th in total yards per game. Minnesota also might be without starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who suffered a concussion in Week 9. Even if the Raiders lose, they could still be productive enough on DFS.
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Thumbnail photo via Sep 13, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports