DraftKings Week 10: The Pack Attack is Back, Jack!

Aaron Rodgers threw 10 total TD passes, in both games combined against Chicago, last season.

There’s no denying the fact that the Packer’s offense has been a tad amiss thus far. You can blame it on the Jordy Nelson injury, Davante Adams’ heath and inability to take the next step, or that “Fat” Eddie Lacy simply isn’t that good. Whatever the reason, the “Pack Attack” certainly has not been itself. However, with a home tilt against Detroit in week 10, that’s all about to change.

Starting at the top, Aaron Rodgers, who returned to form last week against a tough Carolina defense, gets a Detroit secondary who he notoriously owns – especially at home. The stretch of four games where he failed to score at least 20 points has allowed for his price to stay depressed, giving us the perfect time to pounce on him before it rises. At just $7,500 he’s in play across all formats.

The trickle down of Rodgers’ bounce back is likely to go hand in hand with is favorite target, Randall Cobb. Cobb, like Rodgers, has also seen a drastic price reduction that has yet to be corrected. At a very modest $6,700 he too can be deployed in all formats. The Rodgers/Cobb stack is likely to be one of, if not the most-owned pair on this slate.

And last but certainly not least, we have James Starks, who, at $4,600 is likely one of the best value’s on the slate. Thanks to Lacy’s fatness and overall inability to be good, Starks finds himself as the primary ball carrier. That should lead to anywhere from 12-15 touches, which doesn’t sound like a lot but when you consider what he did recently against San Diego and Carolina where he received 11 and 17 touches, respectively, he smashed value scoring 27.2 and 24.2 points.

What else awaits us in week 10?

Quarterback

Cash

Eli Manning/$6,700 vs. New England

This game opens with a 54-point over/under, with New England a seven-point favorite. The Giants can’t run the ball and will likely be playing from behind for most the game. This sets up perfect for Eli to just stick back a sling it against a mediocre secondary.

Derek Carr/$5,800 vs. Minnesota

The matchup against Minnesota, on paper, appears to be one of the toughest one’s of the year for young Derek Carr. But, given that he was unfazed going up against Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie and threw for four touchdowns, I don’t think Xavier Rhodes will be enough to deter him from attacking an overrated secondary. Additionally, the Raiders will likely lean on Carr’s arm even more if Lativius Murray isn’t cleared from his concussion.

Joe Flacco/#5,500 vs. Jacksonville

Baltimore will be coming off of a bye in this one and facing a Jacksonville secondary ranked near the bottom in average passing yards per game. Flacco will be throwing to a depleted receiving core, but the good news is he needs just about 15 points to hit value. There’s several different intriguing options at quarterback this week, but Flacco makes for a nice, safe play that will allow you to pony up at other positions.

Other Considerations: Tom Brady/$8,600 @ NYG, Drew Brees/$7,400 @ Wahsington

GPP

Kirk Cousins/$5,200 vs. New Orleans

Due to his penchant for interceptions and the fact that Washington’s offense could fall flat on it’s face, Cousins makes for more of a GPP play even though you probably could roll him out in cash games if you wanted to. New Orleans has been the absolute worst secondary in the league this past month and have surrendered 10 touchdowns over their past two games. Vegas also has this game pegged for a shootout, with the opening line currently at a 50-point over/under.

Running Back 

Cash

Todd Gurley/$7,300 vs. Chicago

The algorithm’s appear to have finally caught up with Gurley, as his price has jumped up to something a little more compatible with his skill level. That being said, he’s still a great option this week. St. Louis is a big favorite at home (-9) in a game with a very low projected total of 41 points. The offense will continue to go as he goes, and although I don’t think he’s a must play this week due to some value in the mid and low range, I certainly can’t argue against paying up for him.

Deangelo Williams/$6,500 vs. Cleveland

Williams, like Gurley, has also seen a big price hike, and rightfully so. Thanks to the small sample we got at the beginning of the year before Le’Veon Bell returned, we had a pretty good idea of the kind of usage Williams would have in this offense, as well as how effective he would be. That translated again last week against Oakland, as he ran the ball 27 times for 170 yards and chipped in two receptions, as well. As long as his reported sore foot doesn’t become an issue as the week progresses (doesn’t sound like it will), we can expect more of the same this week against Cleveland, where he will be leaned on heavily once again in an offense that will have Landry Jones at the helm.

Legarrette Blount/$4,900 @ NYG

Have well all had ample time to get our “Dion Lewis shower cry” in? If not, get on it but be quick because it’s time to hop on the Blount train before it leaves the station. Of course, Belichick could yank someone off the practice squad or sign someone who was working at a Dairy Queen last week and give them the start, but hopefully “Hoodie” will just “roll a Blount” this week (I’ll show myself out) and let the big man eat. As I stated earlier when talking about Eli, the Patriots are big favorites this week so game script should favor a Blount game.

Other Considerations: Justin Forsett/$6,000 vs. Jacksonville, Doug Martin/$5,600 vs. Dallas

GPP

Demarco Murray/$6,200 vs. Miami

I’m in agreement with the vast majority of the fantasy community that Ryan Matthews is more talented than Murray, and deserves to be the lead back in the Philly offense. Unfortunately, Chip Kelly doesn’t appear to share the same view. So, until he does, if you’re thinking about rostering someone from that backfield, it should be Murray. The Eagles have an excellent matchup this week against a scrambling Dolphin defense that just leaked over 200 rushing yards to Buffalo.

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Wide Receivers

Cash

A.J. Green/$7,600 vs. Houston

Green could be a sneaky play across all formats this week, as the Bengals will be forgotten about this week coming off of their bye. Green’s price has hovered around the same area all year as he’s been somewhat up and down, but he’s still seeing a healthy amount of targets. He makes for an excellent pivot in cash games off of some of the more expensive options ahead of him.

Mike Evans/$6,800 vs. Dallas

Mike Evans in cash? Blasphemous, I know, but he’s seeing an ungodly amount of targets right now and his price has stayed the same for three weeks. Despite the drops last week, he still demolished the Giants’ secondary, and faces a similar one talent-wise this week against Dallas.

Stefon Diggs/$5,100 @ Oakland

To play or not to play when it comes to Diggs this week will be directly tied to wether or not Teddy Bridgewater can pass concussion protocol. If he does, he might be a lock in most of my lineups because the Oakland secondary is down right terrible. He won’t go off on them like Antonio Brown just did, but 10-plus targets isn’t out of the question in a game the Vikings will probably have better luck through the air than on the ground.

Other Considerations: Allen Robinson/$6,700 @ Baltimore, Willie Snead/$4,900 @ Washington, Davante Adams/$4,200 vs. Detroit

GPP

Deandre Hopkins/$8,700 @ Cincinnati

Like I touched on with Green, targeting players coming off a bye week is often a smart strategy, especially in GPP’s. In that vein, Hopkins is an elite play this week because you’re likely to get him at lower ownership in a game where Houston is a big road dog (+13). If anyone else on the Houston receiving core gets a target, it’s a mistake.

Tight End

Cash

If you’re not paying up for Gronk…

Tyler Eifert/$5,800 vs. Houston

Everything I said for Green applies here, too, except Eifert appears to be becoming Andy Dalton’s go-to guy, especially in the red zone, and that warrants consideration for lineups each week. He’s basically “Baby Gronk” at this point, and his price is still exploitable.

Jordan Reed/$4,600 vs. New Orleans

A late touchdown saved Reed last week, in an otherwise disappointing outing. However, he gets another peach of a matchup this week against the worst secondary in the league and can be rolled out in cash games yet again.

GPP

Richard Rodgers/$3,000 vs. Detroit

With all the love I’ve poured out for the Green Bay offense this week, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the last cog in the wheel. Rodgers is all or nothing due to his lack of targets, which makes him a perfect GPP play. The Pack will score plenty of points in this one, and it’s not out of the realm of possibility that Rodgers hits Rodgers for a couple of scores.

Defense/ST

St. Louis/$3,600 vs. Chicago

After a shaky performance on the road against Minnesota last week, the Ram’s defense gets a great bounce back matchup against “Smokin'” Jay Cutler this week. If that defensive line can get back a healthy Robert Quinn, I like them even more as they should be in Cutler’s face all game long, forcing him to make, well, Cutler throws.

Denver/$3,400 vs. Kansas City

The Broncos will likely be without one of their stud corners, Aqib Talib, but that shouldn’t deter them from feasting on a dry and lifeless Chiefs offense. The game should play right into their strength of pressuring the quarterback, as their currently favored by six points in a low scoring game (projected at 42 points).

 

 

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