RealTime DFS Strategy: Week 10

Fri Nov 13 8:32am ET
Contributing Writer

Jones can do well in Week 10

Believe it or not, we are already halfway through the NFL regular season. We still have bye weeks to deal with since four more teams will be off for Week 10. Among the teams that are still set to take the field, here are some players to consider for your DFS entry, as well as a few to possibly avoid.


Kyler Murray, ARI vs. BUF ($7,000): Few players have as high of a floor as Murray based on his ability to contribute through the air and with his legs. He has 24 total touchdowns to go along with 2,130 passing yards and 543 rushing yards. Quarterbacks have hurt the Bills on the ground since they have allowed four rushing touchdowns to them this season. The Bills’ defense hasn’t been nearly as formidable this season, so expect Murray to go off, once again.

Drew Lock, DEN at LV ($6,300): Expect to see Jared Goff ($6,300) included in a lot of entries for his matchup with the Seahawks, who have allowed the most passing yards per game in the league. If you’re looking to differentiate yourself in tournament play while still saving at the quarterback spot, then Lock should be on your radar. He has six total touchdowns across his last two games and will be facing a Raiders team that has allowed the seventh-most passing yards per game.

Player to Avoid

Cam Newton, NE vs. BAL ($5,800): This could be a disaster for the Patriots, who barely eked out a win against the lowly Jets in Week 9. Now they have to face the Ravens, who have allowed a league-best 17.8 points per game. Newton hasn’t thrown a touchdown pass since Week 3, but has remained a viable DFS option because of his ability to rack up yards and touchdowns with his legs. That could be a problem for him this week, though, with the Ravens allowing the eighth-fewest rushing yards per contest.

Running Backs

Aaron Jones, GB vs. JAC ($7,400): Jones made his return from injury to rush for 58 yards on 15 carries against the 49ers in Week 9. He’s had added time off to rest since they last played on Thursday Night Football, so expect him to have another heavy workload in this contest. That could leave him with a monster stat line given that the Jaguars have allowed the sixth-most rushing yards per game.

Duke Johnson, HOU at CLE ($5,500): The Texans lost David Johnson to a concussion early in last week’s game against the Jaguars, which left Duke Johnson to take over as their lead running back. He responded with 16 carries and four receptions for 73 total yards and a touchdown. If David is unable to play this week, then Duke should once again be busy with very little depth behind him at running back.

Player to Avoid

Jamaal Williams, GB vs. JAC ($7,000): This salary makes little sense for Williams now that Jones is healthy. Before Jones went down with his injury, Williams hadn’t played in more than 57.1 percent of the Packers’ offensive snaps in a single game this season. Jones’ salary is only $400 more, so there’s no need to overthink this one. Stay away from Williams.

Wide Receivers

Davante Adams, GB vs. JAC ($9,100): This one is pretty simply. Adams has played five full games this season and has received at least 10 targets in each of those contests. He has 10 red-zone targets across his last three contests, which helped him post six touchdowns during that stretch. The Jaguars are allowing an average of 30.9 points a game, which leaves Adams with tremendous upside.

Cooper Kupp, LAR vs. SEA ($6,800): Heading into a Week 8 matchup against the Dolphins, Kupp had been quiet with 14 catches for 120 yards across his previous three games. The good news is that he broke out of his slump in a big way, catching 11 of his whopping 20 targets for 110 yards. If he receives double-digit targets in this matchup against the Seahawks’ porous defense, he could go off in a big way.

Player to Avoid

A.J. Green, CIN at PIT ($6,100): This is an easy pass. After back-to-back games with at least seven catches, Green came back down to Earth in Week 8 with two catches for 19 yards against the Titans. Heading into the Bengals’ bye, he had posted 36 receiving yards or fewer in five of eight games. With the Steelers allowing the fifth-fewest passing yards a game, it’s difficult to envision him providing a valuable stat line.

Tight Ends

T.J. Hockenson, DET vs. WAS ($5,500): Washington has struggled against opposing tight ends this season, allowing the sixth-most fantasy points per game to the position. That should be music to the ears of Hockenson, who leads the Lions with 49 targets. He’s also received at least two red-zone targets in four of his last five games.

Auston Hooper, CLE vs. HOU ($4,500): Before Hooper needed an appendectomy, he was playing well for the Browns. He had received at least six targets three straight games and had back-to-back contests with at least 52-receiving yards. With both the Browns and the Texans allowing an average of at least 29.6 points per game, this could be a high-scoring affair in which Hooper once again sees an added target share.

Player to Avoid

Hunter Henry, LAC at MIA ($5,100): Don’t look now, but the Dolphins are tied for the fourth-fewest points allowed per game (20.1). The only teams that have been better are the Ravens, Rams and Colts. That’s good company to be in. They have been particularly tough on opposing tight ends, allowing 30 catches for 299 yards and two touchdowns to the position. Henry is already coming off of five straight games with fewer than 40-receiving yards and this doesn’t shape up as a favorable matchup for him to get back on track.

Mike Barner has been covering fantasy sports since 2007. His work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, Yahoo, SportsLine and RotoWire. Mike was also a finalist for the 2018 FSWA Basketball Writer of the Year award. Follow Mike on Twitter @rotomikebarner.

Player Notes
New York Giants Dec 1 9:50pm ET

The New York Giants placed starting outside linebacker Kyle Fackrell (calf) on Injured Reserve on Tuesday with a calf injury. Fackrell will miss at least the next three games, leaving the Giants very short-handed at the position. He was tied for second on the team with three sacks and was playing close to 100 percent of the defensive snaps before suffering the injury in the Week 12 win over the Bengals. No outside linebacker on the active roster has more than one sack this year. Linebackers Lorenzo Carter and Oshane Ximines are also on IR. Jamaal Sheard and rookies Carter Coughlin and Cam Brown could start in Week 13 against the Seahawks, making the New York defense one to avoid for fantasy managers after they were a popular streaming defense against Cincy.

From RotoBaller

Drew Lock Dec 1 9:40pm ET

The Denver Broncos activated quarterbacks Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles from the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Tuesday after all three had PCR tests come back negative on Monday. They will all be eligible to play in Week 13 against the Chiefs. So barring additional team discipline, the Broncos won't be forced to use a practice-squad wide receiver under center against their division rivals. If Lock returns as the starter for this offense, it'll be excellent news for receivers Jerry Jeudy, Tim Patrick and K.J. Hamler and tight end Noah Fant. Denver will likely be forced to throw often to keep up with the Chiefs high-octane offense, too, but Lock's inconsistency this season keeps him as a low-end QB2. The 24-year-old was 24-for-40 for 254 yards and two interceptions in the first meeting against KC back in Week 7.

From RotoBaller

Olamide Zaccheaus Dec 1 9:30pm ET

The Atlanta Falcons placed wide receiver Olamide Zaccheaus (toe) on Injured Reserve on Tuesday after he left the Week 12 win over the Raiders with a toe injury. In a corresponding move, the team activated receiver Laquon Treadwell from the Reserve/COVID-19 list and added him to the 53-man roster. Zaccheaus popped up for a couple decent games this year, but it his production was inconsistent on a weekly basis and he was too far down the team's receiving depth chart to be a viable fantasy option in most leagues. The second-year wideout's best game came in Week 9 against the Broncos when he had four receptions for 103 yards and his first touchdown of the season. If he doesn't make it back this year, he'll finish with 20 receptions (32 targets) for 274 yards and the one touchdown. Christian Blake and Brandon Powell could see some more playing time as the No. 4 wideout with Zaccheaus out.

From RotoBaller

J.K. Dobbins Dec 1 9:20pm ET

Baltimore Ravens running backs J.K. Dobbins and Mark Ingram II are both eligible to be activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list prior to the Week 12 game against the Steelers on Wednesday, but it's not a given that either will play. Both players have been isolated since testing positive for the virus on Nov. 22 and aren't allowed to fly on the team plane on Tuesday night. At this point, if you have Dobbins or Ingram on your roster, you've likely benched them for other running backs that already played in Week 12. Even if they both play, Gus Edwards could see the majority of backfield touches and will be the best fantasy play of the trio. Those that picked up Edwards in order to start him this week are hoping that neither Dobbins nor Ingram suit up in the tough matchup against the undefeated Steelers.

From RotoBaller

Brandon Williams Dec 1 9:10pm ET

The Baltimore Ravens activated defensive tackle Brandon Williams, quarterback Trace McSorley, nickelback Tavon Young and cornerback Khalil Dorsey from the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Tuesday. They could activate more players from the list before kickoff against the Steelers on Wednesday. McSorley should be the backup to Robert Griffin III on Wednesday with Lamar Jackson testing positive for COVID-19 and being unavailable this week. The return of Williams will be good news for Baltimore's defensive line, who will again be without Pro Bowl defensive lineman Calais Campbell. The Ravens Defense is more of a gamble in DFS and season-long leagues against the undefeated Steelers, but inclement weather is expected and could make things tougher on both offenses.

From RotoBaller

Dalvin Cook Dec 1 7:53pm ET

Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (ankle) is 'just kind of beat up,' according to offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak Tuesday, Dec. 1.

Fantasy Spin: Cook briefly left the Week 12 game against the Carolina Panthers but returned to finish with 83 total yards and 22 touches. He leads the league with 1,385 yards from scrimmage and 14 total touchdowns on the season. The Vikings' schedule gets much tougher following the Week 13 home date against the Jacksonville Jaguars, but he'll remain a matchup-proof RB1 due to his heavy usage.

From TheHuddle

Jordan Willis Dec 1 7:43pm ET

San Francisco 49ers DT D.J. Jones, DE Jordan Willis and practice squad TE Daniel Helm will be activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list and practice Thursday, Dec. 3, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan Tuesday, Dec. 1.

From TheHuddle

Jaylen Watkins Dec 1 7:13pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers TE Matt Sokol and DB Jaylen Watkins were designated as protected practice squad players for Week 13 Tuesday, Dec. 1.

From TheHuddle

Chris Smith Dec 1 7:03pm ET

Las Vegas Raiders LB Vic Beasley, PK Dominik Eberle, DE David Irving and DE Chris Smith were designated as protected practice squad players for Week 13 Tuesday, Dec. 1.

From TheHuddle

Chad Hansen Dec 1 6:53pm ET

Houston Texans WR Chad Hansen, DT Corey Liuget, WR Steven Mitchell Jr. and WR Damion Ratley were designated as protected practice squad players for Week 13 Tuesday, Dec. 1.

From TheHuddle

Aldrick Rosas Dec 1 6:53pm ET

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Terry Godwin, DB Josh Nurse, DT Caraun Reid and PK Aldrick Rosas were designated as protected practice squad players for Week 13 Tuesday, Dec. 1.

From TheHuddle

Rashard Robinson Dec 1 6:33pm ET

Dallas Cowboys DB Deante Burton, OT Jordan Mills, DB Rashard Robinson and OT William Sweet were named protected practice squad players for Week 13 Tuesday, Dec. 1.

From TheHuddle

Troy Fumagalli Dec 1 6:33pm ET

Denver Broncos RB LeVante Bellamy, TE Troy Fumagalli, DB Alijah Holder and LB Josh Watson were made protected practice squad players for Week 13 Tuesday, Dec. 1.

From TheHuddle

Kyle Lauletta Dec 1 6:23pm ET

Cleveland Browns OT Michael Dunn, QB Kyle Lauletta, PK Matthew McCrane and OT Alex Taylor were designated as protected practice squad players for Week 13 Tuesday, Dec. 1.

From TheHuddle

Joe Webb Dec 1 6:13pm ET

Free-agent WR Joe Webb (Lions) is visiting the New York Giants Tuesday, Dec. 1.

From TheHuddle

Tyler Bray Dec 1 6:13pm ET

Chicago Bears QB Tyler Bray was designated as a protected practice squad player for Week 13 Tuesday, Dec. 1.

From TheHuddle

Kevin Hogan Dec 1 6:13pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals QB Kevin Hogan, WR Stanley Morgan, RB Jacques Patrick and TE Mitchell Wilcox were named as protected practice squad players for Week 13 Tuesday, Dec. 1.

From TheHuddle

Darron Lee Dec 1 6:03pm ET

Buffalo Bills DE Bryan Cox Jr., C Jordan Devey, C Jonotthan Harrison and LB Darron Lee were chosen as protected practice squad players for Week 13 on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

From TheHuddle

Will Fuller Dec 1 5:53pm ET

Houston Texans WR Will Fuller and CB Bradley Roby were officially placed on the Reserve/Suspended list Tuesday, Dec. 1. The Texans also activated DT Andrew Brown from the Exempt/Commissioner Permission list.

From TheHuddle

D.J. Foster Dec 1 5:53pm ET

Arizona Cardinals TE Seth DeValve, DE Michael Dogbe, RB D.J. Foster and WR A.J. Richardson were chosen as protected practice squad players for Week 13 on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

From TheHuddle