Week 10 of the NFL season is upon us and with it the DraftKings Millionaire contest. This $20 slate has a prize pool of $3.5 million, with a cool million going to the winner. We take a look at the best value plays on the slate, offering salary flexibility to go for the big prize:
Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons at Dallas Cowboys ($6,000):
Ryan just keeps on rolling, putting up his highest DK total of the season (31.52) last week against a Saints defense that had been playing well leading up to the game. The emergence of Kyle Pitts and the re-emergence of Cordarelle Patterson has pumped new life into Ryan’s game, and the Cowboys rank 30th in QB fantasy points allowed.
Carson Wentz, Indianapolis Colts vs. Jacksonville Jaguars ($5,900):
It would seem that at long last, Wentz has found his groove with the Colts, throwing for three touchdowns in each of the past two games and topping 20 DK points each time. The Jaguars are also at the bottom in QB fantasy points allowed and with T.Y. Hilton expected to be active, Wentz has a full complement of receivers.
D’Ernest Johnson, Cleveland Browns at New England Patriots ($4,700):
Nick Chubb is out because of Covid. Kareem Hunt is on IR. Demetric Felton (Covid) is also out. Flash back three weeks, when even with Felton active, Johnson exploded for 146 yards on 22 carries, scored a touchdown and caught two passes for 22 yards. Don’t overthink it.
Mark Ingram II, New Orleans Saints at Tennessee Titans ($4,500):
Kamara didn’t practice again Friday and is not looking good to suit up Sunday. The Saints acquired Mark Ingram II just in time. He had already carved out a significant role in two weeks since his return. How he’s the main guy. How you feel about the Titans run defense will determine whether or not to eat the chalk here.
Brandon Bolden, New England Patriots vs. Cleveland Browns ($4,400):
Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson, both dealing with concussions, did not practice Friday. If both miss, J.J. Taylor ($4,000) would likely split duties with Bolden, but the Pats veteran back would soak up a great deal of passing work, per his usual workload. He would be the better of two solid plays.
Jarvis Landry, Cleveland Browns at New England Patriots ($5,200):
Landry had a down game last week against the Bengals, with just five targets. But that was a unique run/defense game flow that minimized the need to throw prolifically. That is not the case this week, with Nick Chubb out with Covid. The Pats are not likely to fall behind big early as the Bengals did. And D’Ernest Johnson can’t be expected to do it all on his own.
A.J. Green, Arizona Cardinals vs. Carolina Panthers ($4,600):
Another situation where the main guys are likely to be inactive. Here, we’re likely left with Christian Kirk and Green as the top two pass catchers, with some Zach Ertz mixed in. Green has had a decent season thus far and his price is far too low for the volume he is likely to see.
Pete Freiermuth, Pittsburgh Steelers vs, Detroit Lions ($3,900):
The rookie tight end was due for the big game he posted on Monday night, and he’s right back in line for another one against the lowly Lions and with Najee Harris questionable and Chase Claypool unlikely to go. Ben Roethlisberger has always loved targeting his pass-catching tight ends, and the beat keeps rolling.
Dan Arnold, Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts ($3,500):
Since coming out of the Week 7 bye, Arnold has really settled into an active role with Trevor Lawrence, hauling in 12 receptions on 17 targets over the past two weeks. The Colts are vulnerable against opposing tight ends, so no reason to think the volume won’t be there again.