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Week 10 FanDuel Recap

by Justin Van Zuiden
Updated On: December 3, 2018, 6:01 pm ET

If there is one thing that sticks in my mind as we wrap up the 10th week of the NFL season, it’s just how bad the primetime games were. Cleveland beat Cincinnati 24-3 on Thursday. Green Bay whipped Chicago 55-14 on Sunday night. Philadelphia eased past Carolina 45-21 on Monday in a game that wasn’t even that close, as the score was 45-7 before two meaningless late touchdown passes to Kelvin Benjamin. All three games were decided by 21 points or more, with the average margin of victory sitting at a comfortable 28.67 points for the winning teams.

 

It wasn’t just this week, either. There have been several clunkers on Thursday and Sunday nights throughout the course of the season, and it makes you wonder if non-routine weeks really do throw players off, especially when it’s a short week and then a Thursday game. Obviously, these games will never go away thanks to the television ratings and revenue they generate, but it’s certainly food for thought.

The optimal FanDuel lineup for the games this week was as follows:
 

 

 

 

 

Player

Pos

FPs

Salary

 

 

 

 

Aaron Rodgers

QB

36.6

$9,900

Marshawn Lynch

RB

40.8

$8,300

C.J. Anderson

RB

24.3

$5,000

Preston Parker

WR

17.4

$4,600

Dez Bryant

WR

30.8

$8,400

Martavis Bryant

WR

22.3

$6,100

Jimmy Graham

TE

24.6

$7,500

Mason Crosby

K

15

$4,800

Arizona Cardinals

DST

27

$5,100

 

 

 

 

Total

 

238.8

$59,700

 

There were two diverging trends in Week 10. Some things were very predictable, and some things were not. Let’s start off with the easiest things to digest. Aaron Rodgers cut through the Bears Defense like a knife through butter for the second time this season, and at this point the Bears Defense is becoming historically bad. After giving up 50+ points just three times in their storied franchise history, they have now given up 50+ points three times over the last two seasons, including back-to-back games this season. This is clearly a team in turmoil, and Rodgers took advantage with six first-half touchdown passes on Sunday. Jimmy Graham thrived in a matchup against the 49ers sans Patrick Willis, and his game could have been even bigger if not for the pass interference penalty on the game-ending hail-mary attempt. Marshawn Lynch rolled over a fading Giants Defense in the rain to the tune of four touchdowns. If you had exposure to at least two of these three players – all of whom were fairly highly owned – you were in good shape for the week.

The final predictable part of the week was a solid performance from the Arizona defense. They were touted as one of the top units heading into 2014, and they have picked it up of late after an early season struggle. At 8-1, the Cardinals are one of the best stories of the year, and their defense will have to continue to shine with quarterback Carson Palmer done for the season with a torn ACL. The Cardinals put up a whopping 27 points this week, and users with them were definitely happy with the performance. The top kicker of the week was Mason Crosby (or Matt Bryant), as both put up a solid 15 point total from the unpredictable kicker spot.

 

This is where things got a little squirrely. Ronnie Hillman was a popular option this week, but he succumbed to injury, and it was C.J. Anderson that got the opportunity to impress for the Broncos. In the Giants passing game, it wasn’t Odell Beckham or Rueben Randle that went off - it was Preston Parker. Though quarterback Tony Romo was questionable all week, he ended up playing and hooking up with Dez Bryant for some big gains and the biggest game of the season for the talented wide receiver. Martavis Bryant continued his breakout thanks to a late bomb for a touchdown, which salvaged an otherwise miserable day for the Steelers passing attack. These four players were not at all popular options this week, though a few people took a gamble on the pair of Bryants. Oftentimes, it’s taking a flier on an unpredictable player that can lead you to the top of a tournament, though it’s not always necessary -- as I have discussed in other articles this season.

 

STLCardinals84: Week 10 Recap

My performance this week was decidedly average. The two rosters I used for cash games both ended up around the same total score, which ended up just high enough to cash in most 50/50 contests this week and win around 60% of head-to-head games.

 

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I started with the cheap picks as I built my team, locking in both Detroit’s defense and Matt Bryant at cheap prices. The Lions Defense has been arguably the best in football this season, yet they are still priced very nicely on FanDuel. Coming off a bye week and playing at home, I liked their chances to put up a nice performance. Eight points is a reasonable game, though the way it started out, the Lions had the potential for a lot more. Bryant was a solid pick at kicker, nailing four field goals in Atlanta’s win over Tampa Bay. That totaled 23 points from two near minimum-salary plays, which you always have to be pleased with.

 

Since Matt Ryan was available at a discounted price given his recent struggles, I locked him in to my cash games this week. He had a very nice performance against the Bucs in their first matchup, and I really liked the $7,800 FanDuel price tag. He delivered an uninspiring performance with just 219 yards and one touchdown on the day. Another player I liked at a discounted price in a solid matchup was LeSean McCoy. After his 19-yard performance on Monday night, I think I’m out of excuses for him. The offensive line is healthy and the team is playing well, but McCoy just can’t find his stride. Thankfully, a gift one-yard touchdown salvaged what was otherwise a miserable game. My second running back was Denard Robinson, who I liked for the value price and good matchup against a deteriorating Dallas defense. Robinson runs harder than any of the other Jacksonville backs, and he paid off his salary with a solid two-touchdown day. At tight end, I punted with a cheap Vernon Davis against the Saints, and that didn’t work too well. Davis is having a very poor season and should be off the fantasy radar moving forward.

 

It was the wide receiver picks that really saved my bacon this weekend. Brandon Marshall, Kelvin Benjamin and Jordy Nelson had all come down slightly in price, with the trio at $7,300, $6,700, and $8,500, respectively. Saving money at other positions let me fit all three of them in, and I liked the matchups for all three. Marshall would get his targets with the Bears in comeback mode, Benjamin would feast on the poor Eagles secondary, and we all knew what Jordy Nelson was capable of against that awful Bears Defense. Together, they combined for 71.9 fantasy points, which was more than 50% of my team total. It was the two late touchdowns from Benjamin on Monday that put this team over the hump and allowed it to cash in most contests. Thank goodness for garbage time!

 

Stock Rising

1. Aaron Rodgers

2. Mark Sanchez

3. C.J. Anderson

4. Dez Bryant

5. Jimmy Graham

Stock Falling

1. Cam Newton

2. Ronnie Hillman

3. Andre Williams

4. Marques Colston

5. Vernon Davis

Justin Van Zuiden
STLCardinals84 has qualified for 3 separate live finals, including the FanDuel Baseball Championships in 2013 and 2014. Justin won the MLB Monster 3 separate times in 1 month on FanDuel and was one of the most profitable players in all of Daily Fantasy this past season. STL is ranked No. 6 overall. You can follow him on Twitter @stlcardinals84.