DRAFT Fantasy Targets for Week 10
Most of us that play daily fantasy sports do so via Draft Kings and Fan Duel. However, this season I have ventured my way over to another platform and that is DRAFT. The site that hosts live daily fantasy football drafts that take just minutes to complete. The cool thing about DRAFT is the fact that you and only you own the player you draft in the contests you enter. So if you are confident on a guy, grab him, if you are sure a guy will be a bust that week, fade him and maybe your opponent will draft him. On DRAFT there’s no worrying about your opponent having the same player as you. But hey, there is a good chance you already know this about DRAFT and that is why you are reading this article, and if you didn’t, make sure you get over to draft.com and check it out. In this article, I will give you my top two targets on DRAFT at each of the three eligible position spots: QB, RB, and WR/TE.
Week 10 is here, and we are chalk full of NFL storylines. Colin Kaepernick has filed a collusion lawsuit against the NFL, Martellus Bennett did not disclose an injury to the Green Bay Packers, was cut, then immediately claimed by his former team New England. He then took to social media to announce that the Packers not only knew about his injuries but they tried to force him to play before he was ready. Aaron Rodgers among other current Packers have refuted his claims and have stuck up for team doctor Pat McKenzie. Then we have Richard Sherman tearing his Achilles tendon on Thursday Night Football and the controversy has been ongoing for the last two days. Oh yeah and Zeke is suspended…again. With all of that said, you can be rest assured that in this week’s DRAFT article there will be no controversy’s, just my suggestions on who you should target in your contests on DRAFT.
Week 9 Targets:
- QB Drew Brees – 263 Yards, 2 TD, 0 INT 18.72 DP
- QB Matt Stafford – 26/33 361 Yards, 2 TD, 0 INT – 22.44 DP
- RB Todd Gurley – 16 ATT, 59 RUY, 2 TD, 2 REC, 45 REY – 23.40 DP
- RB Doug Martin – 8 ATT, 7 RUY, 0 TD, – 0.70 DP
- WR/TE Michael Thomas – 8 REC, 65 REY – 10.50 DP
- WR/TE Golden Tate – 7 REC, 113 REY – 14.80 DP
Week 10 Targets:
Detroit Lions vs. Cleveland Browns
Matt Stafford makes this article for the second week in a row and I have to be honest, last week was an easy call for me and if you went with Stafford in your drafts it paid dividends for you as he went 26/33 for 361 yards with two touchdowns, both going to Marvin Jones, Jr. It was a historic night for Stafford as he eclipsed the 200 career passing touchdown mark and joined elite company as the 6th fastest quarterback to reach that milestone. The only other quarterbacks who did it faster were Dan Marino, Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning, Brett Favre, and Tom Brady.
This week Stafford gets an even better matchup against the Cleveland Browns at home. The Browns are allowing opposing quarterbacks to complete the ball 68.8% of the time, 4th worst, and a 103.0 passer rating that ranks 31st in the NFL. 7 of 8 quarterbacks to face Cleveland have recorded top-15 results against them, with the most recent being Case Keenum who finished QB6, with 288 yards and 2 touchdowns in London.
Stafford has thrown for 300-yards in three straight games in a season for the first time since 2011 and I see no obstacles that will hold him back from hitting the 300 yard mark for the fourth game in a row this week against the Browns.
Dallas Cowboys @ Atlanta Falcons
For the Dallas Cowboys, it has been a hectic 2017 season. Owner/GM Jerry Jones is always a trending topic in the latest NFL storylines and no NFL player has been in the news longer than RB Ezekiel Elliot. Amongst all of this, Dak Prescott has kept his cool, stayed professional and most of all played amazing football. For those who believed Prescott would go into a sophomore slump, they have been proven dead wrong. The heir to Tony Romo’s throne is completing 62.9 percent of his passes for 1,818 yards. He’s thrown 16 touchdown passes to only four interceptions, he has rushed for another four touchdowns and he is currently the #6 fantasy quarterback of 2017.
After leading the Cowboys on touchdown drives of 71, 82, 58 and 87 yards in their huge win over the Chiefs, Prescott and the Cowboys will head to Atlanta to play the struggling NFC Champions who have lost four out of their last five. This game has the highest total on the slate at 48 and I can see this one shooting out.
What is really impressive about Dak is his efficiency inside the red zone this season. He leads all players in fantasy points scored inside of the red zone (80.74), which happens to be 46.9 percent of his season total. 16.8% of Dallas’ plays have been run inside of the red zone, the second-highest rate in the league (17%). The Cowboys have scored a touchdown on nearly 33% of all of their possessions and they have scored four or more touchdowns five times this season. Losing Zeke changes things, but I still expect Dak to have a huge day.
Also considering: Matt Ryan, Tyrod Taylor, Drew Brees, Cam Newton, Josh McCown
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Indianapolis Colts
Bell is averaging 30.6 carries in his last three road games and he is averaging the same amount, 30.6 carries in his last three games overall. If he continues at this pace, he will finish the season with 388 carries, which would tie for 12th most in NFL history. Not to mention, He is on pace for 70 receptions, which would be third-most in Steelers history for a running back. Beyond all of that Bell is only 40 yards behind Kareem Hunt for the league lead in rushing yards and at this rate he will undoubtedly overtake him as the NFL’s leading rusher.
This week Bell and the Steelers head to Indianapolis to take on a Colts defense that ranks third-worst in RB fantasy production allowed and is allowing opposing running backs to rush for 113.9 yards per game. We already know that Bell is a career reverse home-road splits player as he has 22 touchdowns in away games vs. 9 in games at Heinz Field and averages nearly one more yard per carry on the road in his 55 career games. Play Bell with confidence as always this week and if you have the number one pick in any draft pull the trigger.
Buffalo Bills vs. New Orleans Saints
If it at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. That is my mantra for my second running back selection this week. I suggested Doug Martin last week and I humbly apologize as I suffered “mightily” as I had way too many shares of “mighty mouse” last week. The entire Tampa offense looked out of sync and head coach Dirk Koetter pulled the plug on him early. Nevertheless, I like my chances with another running back against New Orleans’ run funnel defense.
McCoy enters this week with 546 yards, good for seventh in the NFL. He is averaging 18.6 carries per game and has scored three touchdowns. He has been his best at home as he leads all running backs in fantasy points scored at home this season (93.7), he averages 130.8 yards from scrimmage compared to 66.3 per game on the road. The Bills run the ball much better at home as they average 151 yards rushing at home, opposed to 82.8 yards on the road.
New Orleans is allowing 116.1 rushing yards per game, they are 20th in yards from scrimmage allowed to opposing backs and they are 27th in receptions allowed to running backs. I expect McCoy to bounce back in a major way this week, don’t let recency bias cloud your judgment.
Also Considering: Melvin Gordon, Jordan Howard, Leonard Fournette, Christian McCaffrey, Mark Ingram, Alvin Kamara, Carlos Hyde, Orleans Darkwa
Wide Receiver/Tight End
New England Patriots @ Denver Broncos
Choosing a receiving target against the Broncos was blasphemy not too long ago. However, this Broncos defense has fallen victim to an offense that is so incompetent, they can’t stay on the field long enough to give their defense a break. We witnessed what Carson Wentz and the Eagles did to this secondary last week and this week I expect Rob Gronkowski to lead the way for Patriots pass catchers as Denver’s corners funnel production to the middle of the field.
Gronk is an absolute lock for me this week. The Broncos are allowing two touchdowns per game and they have allowed 16 touchdowns this season after allowing only 13 last season. Denver is allowing the 2nd most fantasy points to TE and even backup Trey Burton was able to find the end zone against them last week.
Rob Gronkowski has 30 receptions for 427 yards and four touchdowns in his last four games played against the Broncos. He had at least six catches, 88 yards, and a touchdown in each of those games. Not to mention, 28.5 percent of the fantasy points scored against Denver have been scored by opposing tight ends, the highest rate in the league. Gronk is a must play in all formats this week.
Detroit Lions vs. Cleveland Browns
I am going right back to the well this week with Golden Tate. He is a man possessed right now as not even a sprained AC joint can slow him down. He has seven catches and 85 or more yards in three straight games, in doing so, he has scored over 10 DRAFT points in each of those contests.
Tate has always been dangerous after the catch and this year he has been exceptional. During last week’s game against Green Bay, Tate racked up another 73 yards after catch and now leads all WR with 324.
This week, he gets a Cleveland Browns team that is surprisingly stout vs. the run (84.2 YPG). This bodes well for the Detroit passing game as they cannot run the ball to save their lives. The Cleveland secondary was roasted by Minnesota slot WR Adam Thielen for 5, 98, and a touchdown in London last week.
Tate has been Stafford’s favorite target all year as he leads all Lions pass catchers with 64 targets. This is a no-brainer type spot and a Stafford-Tate stack is a combo that I will be seeking this weekend in my contests on DRAFT.
Also Considering: Julio Jones, Antonio Brown, DeAndre Hopkins, Stefon Diggs, Michael Thomas, Jarvis Landry, Dez Bryant, Adam Thielen, Demaryius Thomas, Devin Funchess