Time really does fly by when you are having fun. Following Thursday night’s game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Miami Dolphins, we have officially begun the second half of the 2021 NFL season. The football season might be rolling along expeditiously, but we still have nine more weeks of NFL DFS to indulge ourselves with.
In Week 10, we have four teams on a bye week, which includes the Chicago Bears, the Cincinnati Bengals, the Houston Texans, and the New York Giants. Regardless of how this week goes, it’s going to be tough for it to be weirder than Week 9, where relatively low scores were able to take down tournaments. Ahead of a main slate that has plenty of viable options, here are my favorite stacks and bring-backs for Week 10 on DraftKings.
TB: Tom Brady ($7,600), Chris Godwin ($7,100), Mike Evans ($6,900), Antonio Brown ($6,100), Rob Gronkowski ($4,400), Tyler Johnson ($3,300)
I understand that some people have a vendetta against Tom Brady due to him dominating the NFL for two decades. If you are someone that still has a disdain for Brady, it’s time to put your pride aside, for the sake of making money. Stacking Brady and weapons on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has been a fruitful approach this season. Brady has thrown 4+ touchdowns in four out of his first eight games, and no team averages more pass plays per game (43.8). than the Buccaneers. We will need to keep an eye on the statuses of Chris Godwin, Antonio Brown, and Rob Gronkowski ahead of Sunday’s game. Mike Evans is poised for a productive outing against a Washington Football defense that is giving up the second-most points per game (43.13) to wide receivers on DraftKings. If either Godwin or Brown — or both — are out, then Tyler Johnson becomes a premier salary-saving option. O.J Howard could become a viable cheap tight end if Gronkowski is ruled out.
Bring-back options: Terry McLaurin ($7,600), JD McKissic ($5,200), Ricky Seals-Jones ($3,700)
Besides being able to use one of the best stacks in football in the Buccaneers, it’s easy to decipher who you should use as a bring-back piece on Washington. Terry McLaurin should continue seeing a massive target share in Week 10, especially against a pass-funneling defense. With Tampa Bay focused on stopping the run, I’d rather go with JD McKissic than Antonio Gibson this week given his usage in the passing game. It looks as if Logan Thomas will need at least another week to return to the field, paving the way for Ricky Seals-Jones to draw another start. Since taking over Thomas in Week 5, Seals-Jones has seen 26 targets, turning that into a combined 39.2 points on DraftKings.
LAC: Justin Herbert ($7,300), Austin Ekeler ($7,600), Keenan Allen ($7,000), Mike Williams ($6,600), Jared Cook ($3,200)
Justin Herbert is pretty good at this football thing. After two shaky games versus the New England Patriots and the Ravens with a combined 27.8 points on DraftKings, Herbert bounced back with 34.6 points in Week 9 against the Philadelphia Eagles. The second-year quarterback is in a prime spot to have another stat-stuffing day against a Minnesota Vikings team that seems to get in shootouts every week. Austin Ekeler is worth stacking with Herbert due to his usage in the passing game. Keenan Allen has seen a team-high 24 targets in the past two weeks and he should be busy again in Week 10. It’s only a matter of time before Mike Williams returns to a similar form we saw him in earlier this season. Jared Cook is a decent tight end option, even though the Los Angeles Chargers are deploying multiple tight ends in Donald Parham and Stephen Anderson, limiting Cook’s ceiling.
Bring-back options: Dalvin Cook ($8,000), Justin Jefferson ($7,700), Adam Thielen ($6,700), Tyler Conklin ($3,400)
Using running backs against the Chargers has paid dividends this season, as they possess one of the worst run defenses in the NFL. While Dalvin Cook has legal issues that could affect his status moving forward, it appears he’ll be active in Week 10 against Los Angeles. Despite Justin Jefferson seeing a mere nine targets in the past two weeks, the Vikings understand that he needs to see the ball more often. Adam Thielen continues to score touchdowns and is Kirk Cousins’ favorite red-zone target, so he’s always viable. My favorite bring-back option might be Tyler Conklin, as he allows me to use salary elsewhere in my lineup. Conklin is third on the team with a 15.28% target share, and with him facing a Chargers squad that surrenders the sixth-most DraftKings points to tight ends, he’s fine as a one-off.
DAL: Dak Prescott ($6,900), CeeDee Lamb ($7,000), Amari Cooper ($6,200), Dalton Schultz ($5,000), Michael Gallup ($4,000)
Whenever an extremely talented quarterback has a bad week, I typically love to target them the following week. After Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys fell flat versus the Denver Broncos, there are going to be people that stray away from them in Week 10. I don’t understand why you wouldn’t want to use Prescott against an Atlanta Falcons team that is giving up the fourth-most points per game to quarterbacks. CeeDee Lamb said he felt limited by his ankle injury in Week 9, but he’s feeling much better in Week 10. Amari Cooper is always a threat with Prescott under center and he seems a bit too cheap in this spot. Dalton Schultz remains a reliable option for Prescott at the tight end position. And if you are looking for a salary-saving option at wide receiver, Michael Gallup is set to return from injured reserve, and he should slot right back in as the No. 3 wideout in Dallas.
Bring-back options: Cordarrelle Patterson ($6,600), Kyle Pitts ($5,800), Russell Gage ($5,000), Olamide Zaccheaus ($4,400)
With Calvin Ridley spending valuable time to get his mental health right, the Falcons now have a consolidated number of targets going to a few guys in the offense. Cordarrelle Patterson remains the focal point of the offense and he should be priced at $7,000+ on DraftKings with his current usage. Kyle Pitts is acting as a de facto wideout for Atlanta and he’s been proving why he was a top-five pick in the 2021 NFL Draft in recent weeks. Russell Gage is the wide receiver I’d want the most of if I’m forced to play one on the Falcons. I included Olamide Zaccheaus after his two-touchdown performance in Week 9, but at any moment, I feel like Tajae Sharpe could emerge as the No. 2 wide receiver on the Falcons. Outside of Patterson, Pitts, and Gage, proceed with caution when using Atlanta.
BUF: Josh Allen ($7,900), Stefon Diggs ($7,500), Emmanuel Sanders ($5,700), Cole Beasley ($5,200), Dawson Knox ($4,500)
The offense of the Buffalo Bills has to get back on track one of these weeks, right? The Bills were peculiarly held in check by the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 9, scoring just six points in a dreadful outing by Buffalo’s offense. Josh Allen is under $8,000 for the first time since Week 5, but he’s still the second-most expensive quarterback on the green site. It’s tough to pay up for Stefon Diggs, but he’s going to break out one of these weeks. I’d much rather pay down for Emmanuel Sanders, Cole Beasley, or Dawson Knox, who is expected to return on Sunday. Not many quarterbacks possess 40-point upside in NFL DFS and Allen is one of them with his goal-line usage in the running game. While Allen hasn’t played the New York Jets yet this season, the Jets have given up the most points per game to quarterbacks in the past four weeks.
Bring-back options: Michael Carter ($5,600), Corey Davis ($4,900), Jamison Crowder ($4,800), Elijah Moore ($4,700)
It is officially Mike White SZN again for the Jets, as Zach Wilson continues to heal from a knee injury. Even though it’s still hard to be overweight on New York’s offensive players, we have seen more production out of the Jets since White and Josh Johnson have replaced Wilson. Michael Carter has been involved in both facets of the offense, making him a viable option on a site that rewards one full point per reception. Corey Davis is expected to return on Sunday following a two-week absence. Jamison Crowder has always been a solid option in PPR formats and should be involved again in Week 10. Elijah Moore might be my favorite option on the Jets as he led all wideouts in Week 9 with 27.4 points on DraftKings. New York should be playing from behind, so there should be plenty of opportunities for the members of the offense to produce.
ATL: Matt Ryan ($6,000), Cordarrelle Patterson ($6,600), Kyle Pitts ($5,800), Russell Gage ($5,000), Olamide Zaccheaus ($4,400)
Not many people are speaking about the performance of Matt Ryan in recent weeks. Ryan looks more comfortable in Arthur Smith’s offense, even with Ridley away from the team. The veteran signal-caller has recorded 20+ points on DraftKings in four out of his past five games, including a season-high 31.5 points in Week 9 against the New Orleans Saints. The Falcons could get into a shootout with the Cowboys, or they could be playing from behind. While playing classic drop-back quarterbacks isn’t the most exciting thing in NFL DFS, Ryan is too cheap for how he’s performed in recent weeks. The showdown between Atlanta and Dallas has the highest expected total on the main slate in Week 10, setting Ryan up for another 20+ point performance.
Bring-back options: Ezekiel Elliott ($7,000), CeeDee Lamb ($7,000), Amari Cooper ($6,200), Dalton Schultz ($5,000), Michael Gallup ($4,000)
I already spoke about the pass-catching options of the Cowboys, but we do have a situation to monitor in Dallas. Lamb, Cooper, Schultz, and Gallup are all viable on DraftKings as bring-backs when stacking Ryan or using a secondary stack with the Falcons. But Ezekiel Elliott shouldn’t be forgotten if he is able to suit up in Week 10. Atlanta’s defense has allowed the sixth-most points per game to running backs on DraftKings this season. However, Elliott is dealing with a knee injury, and if the Cowboys want to be cautious with their Pro Bowl running back, then they could sit him out on Sunday. If Elliott is sidelined, Tony Pollard becomes a smash play at $4,600 on DraftKings.