Week 10 kicks off in about 24 hours, and there are NFL DFS picks to be made and daily fantasy football advice to be given for DraftKings, FanDuel and Yahoo contests. Greg Ehrenberg breaks down some of the key news in his Slant and Go article for your Week 10 DFS lineups on Sunday.
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Christian McCaffrey’s Daily Fantasy Football Comeback Doesn’t Last Long
After missing most of the season because of an ankle injury, Christian McCaffrey returned with a bang last week. He announced his return to the daily fantasy football world with a pair of touchdowns and 151 total yards. However, the excitement was short lived. After the game, we learned that McCaffrey has a shoulder injury that will force him back to the sidelines. This means Mike Davis is back in our lives. Not only is Davis the starter, I consider him a must-play in DFS. Due to McCaffrey’s return, both FanDuel and DraftKings priced Davis way down since we didn’t find out about the injury until after pricing was up. When McCaffrey is out, Davis basically plays his role. There is no pivot or leverage play I am looking to make here. Davis is an all-in play for me and will end up in 100% of my lineups.
A Different D. Johnson To Roster In The Texans’ Backfield
I was on David Johnson last week, and it didn’t go well. He left early in the game with an injury and ended up diagnosed with a concussion. After he departed, Duke Johnson took over and was solid. Even though he only rushed for 41 yards, he provided value by scoring a touchdown and contributing in the passing game. Johnson hauled in four passes for 32 yards. For years I have waited for Duke to get an opportunity to play an expanded role because of his PPR upside. With the injury to David Johnson, it looks like Duke Johnson will finally get his chance as a workhorse. He ended up logging a season-high 52 snaps, while Buddy Howell played just five snaps out of the backfield and wasn’t given a touch. Assuming the same roles this weekend, this is Duke Johnson’s backfield, and he should feast for daily fantasy football purposes.
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The Saints Return To Form
New Orleans obliterated the Buccaneers on Sunday Night Football. Is was so lopsided that the starters didn’t even play down the final stretch of the game. As good as the Saints looked, this oddly muted their fantasy production. Drew Brees only put up 222 passing yards, and Alvin Kamara only got 14 touches. The core players weren’t needed to win the game. This made the return of Michael Thomas fly under the radar. Playing for the first time since Week 1, Thomas caught five of six targets for 51 yards. The result is that Thomas is projecting for under 10% ownership even though his price tag on DraftKings is as cheap as I can ever remember. If not for the score, Thomas would have likely seen his normal target share and put up a big game. At first glance, he’s my favorite GPP play on the slate.
Davante Adams A Must In Cash Games? The Best Daily Fantasy Football Advice
If not for missed games, Davante Adams would likely lead the NFL in receiving yards by a decent margin. He’s gone on a tear since returning from a hamstring injury. Looking at his numbers, there is reason to think his recent fantasy production is sustainable. A couple of things stand out when looking at Adams, and the first thing is his target share. The Packers don’t exactly have a deep receiving core, so Aaron Rodgers has no issues locking onto Adams. He has double-digit targets in all four games since returning, averaging 12.5 targets per game. Even though touchdowns are generally tough to predict, the Packers design a lot of plays for Adams in the red zone. He has 13 red zone targets in the last three weeks, leading to six touchdowns. Given all the value on this slate, Adams is the first wideout to plug into cash lineups.
An Increased Role For Chase Claypool
Chase Claypool become a daily fantasy football star overnight earlier in the season. When Diontae Johnson first got hurt, Claypool scored three touchdowns and went for over 100 yards against the Eagles. Even though he looked like a future star, Claypool’s role in the offense was muted when Johnson came back from injury. Claypool saw just one target and actually scored negative fantasy points on FanDuel in Johnson’s first game back. This led to me writing off Claypool’s fantasy value as long as everybody on the Steelers is healthy. Now it looks like Pittsburgh is making a concerted effort to get him the ball. Claypool was targeted a season-high 13 times last week and got nine targets the week before. I am not totally confident this workload is sustainable, but the potential for this kind of role makes him an upside target in tournaments playing against the Bengals.
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