While most of you know me for giving my takes on season-long fantasy football, you might be surprised that most of my time is really spent discussing and playing daily fantasy sports. Whether it's on my weekly podcast with Renee Miller of RotoWorld.com or when I'm writing my weekly value plays at FantasyPros, my mind is never far away from trying to figure out my optimal NFL DFS lineup week in and week out.
This may be a week that you will have to get some exposure to the Thursday night game in your FanDuel contests.
The Browns have been winning games, but they have been having trouble producing fantasy points. Ever since they lost their star Center Alex Mack to injury, their running game has been stuck in low gear. Terrance West (6300) out-produced Ben Tate (6500) last week and the two of them could go back and forth for scraps for the foreseeable future. You also never know when Isaiah Crowell could get back involved. I want no part of their backfield this week.
Brian Hoyer (6300) is a cheap QB option this week, but the taste of his stinker against Jacksonville is still fresh in my DFS memories. There are other options that appeal to me much more for just a few dollars more.
The receiving situation is tough to figure out. They were supposed to be led by Jordan Cameron with Andrew Hawkins (5800) mixed in until Josh Gordon got back from suspension, but that hasn't been the case. Cameron has struggled with injuries and ineffectiveness all year and has already been ruled out for Thursday night. Hawkins has played well for most of the year, but is also dealing with an injury and looks to be a gametime decision. The trio of Miles Austin (4700), Travis Benjamin (5700) and Taylor Gabriel (6000) are all desperation plays without any upside. Cleveland is a complete pass when it comes to week 10 NFL DFS.
Giovani Bernard will be sidelined for another week and that's a good thing for those of us that play DFS. Jeremy Hill (6900) was in every sharp players lineup last week and boy did he pay off. 28.8 FD Points) This week Hill is once again a must play as he faces a Cleveland rush defense that has been pretty porous this season. With A.J. Green back the Browns will have a tough time rolling up a safety to help stop Hill.
With Hill running well, Cleveland will be tempted to bring those safeties down from time to time and that will make AJ Green (8500) and Mohamed Sanu (7800) good plays this week. Sanu led the Bengals in targets last week with Green back in the fold and continues to put up nice fantasy points even with Green there. The 7800 price tag for Sanu doesn't leave much upside for returns, but he's still a safe play. Green at 8500 is a little high for me, sometimes you can find the same player at a better value on another site and sure enough his price is way lower elsewhere relative to others at his position. I am leaning towards Jordy Nelson against the Bears at the same price this week in lineups where I can fit an 8500 WR.
Andy Dalton (8200) had a decent week last week, but his price is seriously inflated on FanDuel. Just to show what I mean, Dalton hasn't topped 21 points and change in any week this season, yet he's only 100 cheaper than Ben Roethlisberger (8300) who has been on fire and is going against a Jets secondary that has been destroyed almost every week.
Usually I would send you to my site and give you my Podcast feed so that you can listen to the rest of Renee Miller (@reneemiller01) and my Week 10 NFL DFS Advice, but the site is having some issues so I would recommend going to my Twitter Page (@Coachesser) or my Facebook Page (Coach Esser's Playbook) to listen to this week's podcast. We also do some fun contests with prizes so make sure you check it out. I will have another FanDuel post over the weekend that will deal with last-minute injury news and final recommendations. Good luck, everyone!
Editor's Note: FanDuel is hosting a one-week fantasy football "Double Up" league this weekend. It's $10 to join and nearly half the field doubles their money. League starts Sunday 1 PM ET and ends on Monday night. Here's the link.