Plenty of options this week. Sure, some of the big names are out right now as Detroit, Oakland and Indianapolis are on bye (and Buffalo too, yes, I know). Still, plenty of interesting matchups for players who have been a little up and down. As we enter the weekend tilts for week ten, here are some names to consider as you build your Draft Kings roster if you are looking for a few cheap producers to round out your lineup.
Carson Wentz ($5400)/Jordan Matthews $5900) - vs. Atlanta (+1.5, O/U 50)
Wentz has been a bit inconsistent this season, but he has had some big games. He has suffered against some great defenses, but Atlanta is not a great defense. This should be a game with plenty of points scored on both sides. With Jordan Matthews back healthy and finally off the injury report, he should be the top target in an offense the will need to put the ball in the air if they want to win.
Jay Cutler ($5300)/ Alshon Jeffrey ($6600) - at Tampa Bay (-2.5, O/U 45.5)
Cutler looked very good in his return from injury. Now, that return was against a great Minnesota defense. This week he will see the Buccaneers 27th-ranked pass defense. Alshon Jeffrey suffered a reduction in targets with Cutler on the bench, but he should see a revival with Cutler throwing the ball again. Yes, the Bears will lean on their running game some, but expect the Bears to attack this pass defense.
Mark Ingram ($5400) - vs. Denver (-3.0, O/U 49)
Mark Ingram reasserted himself as the clear lead back in New Orleans. There was plenty of talk last week that Tim Hightower had worked himself into a full-on time share. 158 rushing yards later and that talk is gone. Everyone thinks well of the Denver defense, but the Achilles heal of this defense is the run game. The top-ranked pass defense is the 29th rush defense. Draft Kings has 16 running backs ahead of Ingram.
Jordan Howard ($6000) - at Tampa Bay (-2.5, O/U 45.5)
Jordan Howard showed that his early success was not a fluke as he had a great game against the Vikings. The return of Cutler makes the pass game more of a legitimate threat. Howard also found himself with four receptions on four targets. A 200+ yard performance against a strong Vikings defense is enough to make you take notice. Add to that the matchup this week against the Buccaneers. Howard should find plenty of space to run.
Stefon Diggs ($6200) - at Washington (+2.5, O/U 41.5)
Remeber that Draft Kings is a PPR format. Diggs has not been a big yardage player since earlier in the season, but he has seen double digit targets each of the last two weeks. We may not know a great deal about how Pat Shurmur will be adjusting this offense to try and be more explosive, but we can see that part of the plan of to feed Diggs and see if he can get yards after the catch. Diggs has been the safe, short option on an offense short on offensive linemen. If Washington’s top-five offense can gain some traction, then the Vikings will have to keep targeting Diggs throughout the game.
Tyreek Hill ($3800) - @ Carolina (+3.0, 44.5)
With Jeremy Maclin out, Hill will be the top wide out in Kansas City this week. Alex Smith was a full participant in practice all week so he should also be expected to go. Chiefs are not generally a pass-first attack, but Carolina has a top-five rush defense and a bottom-five pass defense (the bizzaro world version of the Broncos, if you will). Hill should see plenty of targets this week. The Ddraft Kings number was pulled when they assumed Maclin was starting (as he would cost $5600 this week).
Kyle Rudolph ($3600) - at Washington (+2.5, O/U 41.5)
I cannot say why Draft Kings consistently ranks Rudolph so low. He is the singular red zone threat for the Vikings and this offense is based entirely on throwing the ball short in a controlled passing game. Rudolph has four of the nine receiving touchdowns for the Vikings this year. He has also had 7+ targets in five of the last six games.
Zach Ertz ($3700) - vs. Atlanta (+1.5, O/U 50)
Ertz finally showing some signs of life after an eight catch, 97 yard performance last week. Look for Ertz to find space to operate in the middle of the Falcons’ defense this week. If you are looking to spend the bulk of your salary cap on receivers then Ertz is a valuable addition in the Tight End slot.