FanDuel Fantasy Football: Week 10 Optimal DFS Lineup

By Matt Johnson on Wednesday, November 8th 2017
FanDuel Fantasy Football: Week 10 Optimal DFS Lineup

We're back again with our weekly FanDuel lineup recommendations and now it comes with video content. For now, we'll start out small with the video content, saving it for one position. That way, we can go more in-depth in areas we typically might not.

Looking at Sunday's slate of games, there are plenty to choose from that draw our attention from a DFS perspective. The bye weeks are dwindling, also adding to our number of options, and teams are starting to fire on all cylinders offensively while we now have clear evidence for what defenses are great, good, average or just awful. So, let's take a look at our optimized lineup for the Week 10 slate.

Quarterback

Ben Roethlisberger, PIT @ IND, ($7,600)

When Roethlisberger didn't throw wide receivers under the bus this season or contemplate if he should still be playing football, he often struggled. In eight games, Big Ben threw for 300-plus yards just twice and failed to throw for 250-plus passing yards and two touchdowns on five occasions this season. Thanks to a 61.1 completion percentage, which would be his lowest mark since 2008, and a 10-9 TD-INT ratio, Roethlisberger proved to be a significant cause of this team's offensive struggles.

Fortunately, Roethlisberger showed some signs of life in the team's matchup against Detroit. It provided momentum as the team went into the bye week, now they come out of it with a game plan two weeks in the making to put to the test against a gruesome Indianapolis Colts defense. Indianapolis' secondary allows the highest yards per attempts (8.3) in the NFL and with its issues against the deep ball, the last wide receivers it wants to see is the trio of Antonio Brown, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Martavis Bryant. This is a great opportunity for Roethlisberger to come off the bye week and post his first three-touchdown game of the season, something DFS players and fantasy owners have waited all season for.

Running Back

Ezekiel Elliott, DAL @ ATL, ($8,900)

If Elliott is unable to go on Sunday, then the choice becomes Leonard Fournette. For now, we'll operate under the idea that Elliott will play once against this week and be ready to go for a big matchup against the Atlanta Falcons. We go with Elliott in part because of volume with Dallas' increased commitment to putting the ball in his hands. In his last four games, Elliott received 188 touches between the running game and catches out of the backfield.

In the last four weeks, Atlanta's run defense encountered issues. It allowed the fifth-most rushing yards per game (136) over that span. It bodes well for Elliott, who should continue to see a heavy workload given the matchup. Neither defense is of supreme quality in this matchup, so Sunday's battle should be high scoring. As long as he plays, Elliott is an elite running back play.

Jordan Howard, CHI v. GB, ($7,200)

If not for two fumbles, which included a fumble at the one-yard line, Detroit Lions running back Ameer Abdullah could have finished Monday Night Football with 60-plus rushing yards and two touchdowns. He isn't in an offense nearly as friendly as John Fox's offense is in Chicago for Howard.

Coming off the bye week, Chicago should look to continue what worked for them in the last several weeks. As Howard's touches increased in the offense, his production trended up with it as well. Now he faces a quality matchup against a Green Bay Packers defense that can be exploited in all sorts of ways. The Bears have an opportunity to take an early lead in what should be a close game, that will secure Howard 20-plus touches and the opportunity for a 100-plus total yard game.

Wide Receivers

Robby Anderson, NYJ @ TB, $6,500

As the Jets unexpected season continues, one of the greatest breakout names is Anderson. His year started slow with two straight games fewer than 30 receiving yards, but things quickly started clicking after that. In his last four games, Anderson either found the end zone or recorded 70-plus receiving yards. He is also a consistent part of this passing attack and can be relied upon to see five-plus targets per game.

Now he'll travel to Tampa Bay with a great chance to put his 4.34 40-yard dash to the test. Tampa Bay allows the third-most receiving yards per game this season and encounters issues with the vertical passing attack. Anderson carries some risk, but offers touchdown upside and could turn in a 50-plus yard game.

Marvin Jones, DET v. CLE, ($6,400)

Frankly, Jones' price is insane. It's all due to price listings for the next week being posted before the Monday Night Football games finish, so Jones' price remained the same after his 107-yard, two-touchdown performance. DFS players must take advantage of the system, top-10 receiver plays are rarely this cheap.

At a $6,400 price tag, we land a receiver who seems locked in for 10-plus targets in Week 10. Stafford targeted Jones on 10-plus attempts in each of the last three weeks and racked up 331 receiving yards over that span. Now he'll take that target share into a matchup against a Cleveland Browns defense that allows the second-highest quarterback rating in the NFL. Stafford will look to Jones often and give him the opportunity to post this third consecutive 100-plus yard, one touchdown game.

Antonio Brown, PIT @ IND, ($9,300)

Simply put, this is an easy decision to make. Brown, the best wide receiver in football, leads the NFL in targets (94), receptions (57) and receiving yards (835). Furthermore, Brown also leads the NFL in 20-plus yard receptions (13). His numbers could be even greater if not for some missed throws, but every week Brown delivers incredible numbers for fantasy owners.

Things could get ugly for Indianapolis this week. A unit that surrenders big plays and can't contain the deep ball, Brown is the ultimate nightmare for this secondary. While normally we talk about the chance for a wide receiver to surpass 100 receiving yards, it's not out of the question that Brown posts 200-plus receiving yards in this game. While that's a very high ceiling that could be difficult to reach, the talent and matchup open up a chance for it to happen.

Tight End:

Garrett Celek, SF vs. NYG, ($4,500)

Kicker

Chris Boswell, PIT @ IND, ($4,800)

Defense/Special Teams

Pittsburgh Steelers D/ST @ IND, ($4,600)

 

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