The Giants, Bears, Bengals, and Texans are on bye and the Ravens, Dolphins, Chiefs, Raiders, Rams, and 49ers are in standalone slots this week, so all of the players on those teams are off the table for our Week 10 FanDuel lineup. We like the value available to justify spending up on a premium backfield, so we’re employing a top-heavy approach for our NFL DFS picks this week. As always, we’re also looking for under-owned value sleepers who aren’t going to be chalk plays. Feel free to make your own adjustments, using our lineup as a guide for some of your picks.
Before we get into this week’s lineups, here are the basic rules for FanDuel contests. Scoring is pretty standard, with the only notable settings being four-point passing TDs and half-point PPR.
FanDuel Picks Week 10: NFL DFS lineup for GPP tournaments
Sunday main slate, $60,000 budget, no more than four players from one team
QB Josh Allen, Bills @ Jets ($8,700). Losing to the Jaguars isn’t going to sit well with Allen — or the Bills as a whole. Allen had scored at least 29.46 FanDuel points before his Week 9 dud. Considering how Allen is wired, he’s likely to bounce back and lead the Bills in a dominant performance against another lowly opponent.
RB Christian McCaffrey, Panthers @ Cardinals ($9,000). McCaffrey played 29 snaps and handled 18 touches on 19 opportunities. He’ll presumably get more usage as he puts his hamstring injury further behind him. Putting the ball in CMC’s hands more often this week means fewer opportunities for Sam Darnold to sabotage his team. Finally, it’s not very often McCaffrey comes with a marked-down price tag. Giddy up.
RB Dalvin Cook, Vikings @ Chargers ($8,500). To put it kindly, the Chargers have struggled to defend the run this season. They’ve allowed 161.6 yards per game on the ground and 5.0 yards per carry. Cook has been relatively quiet of late, totaling 21.5 FanDuel points across the past two weeks. It’s only a matter of time before he serves a dominant performance, and at $8,500, the price is right for us to hop on the bandwagon.
WR Emmanuel Sanders, Bills @ Jets ($6,300). Sanders serves as an underrated stack to pair with Allen. He bounced back from a goose egg in Week 8, tying Stefon Diggs with eight targets and finishing with 65 yards on four grabs. This is a “get-right” game for the Bills, and we should expect them to be firing on all cylinders. There will be enough action for multiple pieces of this Bills offense to eat, and we like Sanders’ modestly priced big-play potential.
WR DeVonta Smith, Eagles vs. Broncos ($6,200). The Eagles have been conservative in the aerial department of late, totaling 33 pass attempts over the past two games. We’re taking a bit of a gamble here due to that diminished volume, but we like Smith’s 23.9-percent target share and 14.1 yards per grab. He finished Week 9 with 20.1 FD points and has scored in double figures four times overall. It’s reasonable to expect him to become more consistently productive as the second half of the season unfolds.
WR Jerry Jeudy, Broncos vs. Eagles ($6,200). Jeudy took another step forward as he moved further away from the ankle injury that held him out for six weeks. After catching all four targets for 39 yards in Week 8, he caught six of eight for 69 yards and played a season-high 47 snaps in Week 9. We’re going to continue betting on a profitable performance for as long as he comes at a discount.
TE Dan Arnold, Jaguars @ Colts ($5,100). Arnold is quietly circling around a second-half breakout. The athletic tight end led the Jaguars with seven targets in their upset over the Bills, this coming a week after Arnold earned 10 looks against the Seahawks. He’s already third in targets in spite of only playing five games with the Jags. Opposing tight ends have had success against the Colts this season, so a worthwhile performance is in the cards.
FLEX (RB) Michael Carter, Jets vs. Bills ($6,100). This matchup is far from ideal, but Carter is establishing himself as arguably the Jets’ best offensive weapon. That might not be saying much, but he leads the Jets in touches by a wide margin and has been utilized both on the ground and through the air. We’re betting on volume and value in this spot, but we’re admittedly keeping our fingers crossed for a couple of fortuitous bounces in Carter’s favor.
DEF Packers vs. Seahawks ($3,900). This is more about picking on the Seahawks than it is about having faith in the Packers. To be fair, Green Bay hasn’t been poor — they’ve averaged a respectable 8.5 FD points over their last four games. If Geno Smith remains under center, though, the odds of another decent Packers performance seem high. Even if Russell Wilson (finger) returns, it’s reasonable to expect a bit of rust in his first game back.