The best DraftKings cash games plays at each position on Week 10’s main slate. Using a combination of the players described in detail and the other options listed could make for a great week 10 lineup.
QB: Ryan Fitzpatrick ($5900)
This is an interesting week for quarterback, with pricing tighter than ever and the top-tier quarterbacks in tough matchups. There isn’t an obvious “chalk” or surefire option, so there are a couple different ways to go.
Ryan Fitzpatrick is someone to consider, who has one of the highest ceilings this week despite a $5900 price tag. He has averaged over 31 points per game when he has started and finished a game this season. Dirk Koetter has said he hasn’t thought about benching him for Winston since returning as starting quarterback. He matches up against the Redskins, who are 22nd in fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. Opposing teams are averaging only 89.4 rushing yards per game against Washington, however, second fewest in the league. This sets up nicely for Fitzpatrick and Tampa Bay, who will have to beat Washington through the air because of a lack of a ground game (30th in rushing yards per game). There are a lot of other solid options at quarterback this week around $6000.
Other options: Aaron Rodgers ($6400), Baker Mayfield ($5400)
RB’s: Kareem Hunt ($8500), Dion Lewis ($4600)
Kareem Hunt: Hunt has 13 total touchdowns this season, trailing only Todd Gurley. His red-zone role (3.1 red-zone touches per game), combined with Kansas City’s implied 34-point total, makes it likely Hunt adds another touchdown or two. Game-script will be heavily in his favor against Arizona, who is allowing the most rushing attempts per game to opposing offenses. Hunt is averaging 27 points per game since Week 4.
Dion Lewis: Last week against Dallas, Derrick Henry played his lowest snap percentage of the season. Dion Lewis, on the other hand, ended up playing his highest. Tennessee was never too far behind, which suggests that a negative game-script against New England could result in even more playing time and opportunities for him. Unlike other pass-catching options like Tarik Cohen and Duke Johnson, Lewis still receives a respectable amount of carries (11.5 per game) to salvage his value in case he doesn’t receive a lot of targets. Lewis also has received 7 red-zone touches in his last two games, while Henry has only received 4.
Note: If Chris Carson is ruled out before the 1 PM games start, Mike Davis should be considered as a second running back or flex. He is averaging 23.5 touches when Carson is out or leaves the game early due to injury. He will be involved even if Seattle is down, as evidenced by last week’s 8 targets.
Other options: Todd Gurley ($9400), David Johnson ($6800), Mark Ingram ($4500)
WR’s: Michael Thomas ($8100), Marquez Valdes-Scantling ($5000), Maurice Harris ($3900)
Michael Thomas: Clear-cut number 1 wide receivers Julio Jones (26.3), Antonio Brown (21.5), Tyreek Hill (19.8), Mike Evans (29.9), and T.Y. Hilton (15.6) have all had above-average games against the Cincinnati secondary this season. Thomas’ two worst games of the season were against the New York Giants and Washington Redskins, both teams in the bottom-ten in scoring. Cincinnati, however, is in the top-10 in scoring and should score enough to keep New Orleans passing the ball, despite the loss of A.J. Green. He also has three games above 30 points this season.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling: Geronimo Allison is out for the year and Randall Cobb looks doubtful to play. While not the worst matchup possible, Davante Adams will be seeing coverage from Xavien Howard. Valdes-Scantling, on the other hand, will be matching up with Torry McTyer, the 148th ranked cornerback according to playerprofiler.com. Valdes-Scantling should see a large increase in targets as the number 2 receiver for Green Bay and also has the best matchup among their receivers. Valdes-Scantling has performed well when given opportunities before, averaging over 15 points per game when he has played over 80% of the offensive snaps.
Maurice Harris: The Redskins’ primary receivers this week will be Josh Doctson, Jordan Reed, and … Maurice Harris. Harris played a season-high in snaps and routes run last week, primarily because of Jamison Crowder, Chris Thompson, and Paul Richardson all out or leaving the game early due to injury. Harris converted these opportunities into 10 receptions for 124 yards, also season-highs. All three of them are out again this week, which leaves more targets available to Harris against a struggling Tampa Bay secondary. Nelson Agholor (23), Juju Smith-Schuster (20.6), and Tyler Boyd (28.8) all play primarily in the slot and have had great games against the Buccaneers. Harris should receive a nice stream of valuable targets in a game where Alex Smith will have to throw more than usual.
Other options: Julio Jones ($8300), Josh Gordon ($6000), Marvin Jones ($5500), Larry Fitzgerald ($5400)
TE: Travis Kelce ($7000)
This week makes a lot of sense to pay up for tight end. Kelce is the only tight end worth trusting on this slate. Sammy Watkins is questionable to play, and Tyreek Hill will likely be shadowed by Patrick Peterson. This should create even more targets for Kelce, who is already averaging 8.8 per game. Since week 2, Kelce has only two games under 15 points. He provides a nice floor for what is otherwise an extremely volatile position.
Other options: Trey Burton ($3900), C.J. Uzomah ($3700)
D/ST: Whatever fits
Like every week, picking your defense should be about who you can fit in after addressing the other positions. Tampa Bay ($2000) is a solid option with Washington missing two starting wide receivers, two offensive lineman, and pass-catching back Chris Thompson. If you can fit them in, the New York Jets ($3400) are once again another defense that should perform well against the Buffalo Bills offense.