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4 Matchups to Exploit in Daily Fantasy Football in Week 10
Week 10 could be a good time to exploit some killer matchups in daily fantasy football. The catch usually, of course, is deciding which ones are worth targeting. There can be potential fool’s gold like Kirk Cousins facing an awful Saints pass defense this week. That’s tempting, but this is Kirk Cousins we’re talking about, and that’s not a situation you normally want to be in.
There’s also the case of Antonio Brown going up against the Cleveland Browns. That’s a matchup you’d normally be all over in daily fantasy football, but with Ben Roethlisberger doubtful to play, Brown’s upside feels curbed. These are just two examples of seemingly great matchups ripe for exploitation that actually may not end up being as good as some people think.
That doesn’t mean we can’t take advantage of some talent versus numbers, though. Here are four matchups you may want to consider exploiting in daily fantasy football in week 10:
Blake Bortles and Jaguars Passing Game vs. Ravens Pass Defense
You have to love yourself some Blake Bortles this week. Not only is he a tremendous value at just $5.6k at DraftKings in week 10, but he draws about as favorable a matchup as one can ask for. He gets the Ravens this week, who are just 31st against fantasy quarterbacks on the year in terms of fantasy points allowed.
You can feel free to fire up all of the Jaguars when it comes to the air, too. Baltimore is also 31st on the year against the wide receiver position, making Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns fine plays (and possibly even good stacks with Bortles). The Ravens haven’t gotten a whole lot better in recent weeks, either. Over the last four games, they’re still giving up over 21 fantasy points to quarterbacks per game. Bortles is on the road and has certainly had some duds in 2015, but this is a great week to confide in him and the rest of his passing game.
DeMarco Murray vs. Dolphins Run Defense
Miami can’t stop the run. Even when they seemed to turn the corner for two weeks once interim coach Bruce Campbell took over, they still gave up fantasy production to running backs. Needless to say, anytime a quality back goes up against them, you need to consider using him in daily fantasy football leagues.
Murray definitely fits the bill, as he’s turned his season around in a big way and has put up 20+ fantasy points in three of his last four outings – including over 28 last week. Philly is at home, too, while the Dolphins rank just 30th in terms of fantasy digits given up to backs in 2015. They haven’t gotten all that much better recently, either, as they rank 30th over the last two weeks and 30th over the past four weeks. What’s bad for Miami figures to be very good for Murray in week 10.
Broncos Wide Receivers vs. Chiefs Pass Defense
I’m not overly high on Peyton Manning, simply because his performance all year doesn’t really allow me to be. But his best game of the year came against a bad Chiefs secondary and in turn, Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders naturally played well, also. Those guys also don’t need Manning to be awesome to pay off on daily fantasy football sites, as they rack up points based off of receptions and yardage. If they can score, great. But they’re going to produce one way or another, as KC is league worst on the year at defending the wide receiver position. DT and Sanders torched them in the second game of the season, and odds are they’ll do it again.
Eric Ebron vs. Packers Pass Defense
Notice I’m not plugging Matthew Stafford here. Stafford is a joke on the road against winning teams and the Lions in Green Bay, well, forget about it. But Ebron against Green Bay’s shaky pass defense, that’s a whole different thing. The Packers have been awful defensively for about three weeks now, but over the past four games they’ve been especially bad against tight ends. Like 30th overall, bad. Giving up 35 catches and two touchdowns in that span, they look like an attractive matchup for Ebron, who has been a solid per game player, anyways. With Detroit probably throwing from behind, Ebron should stand to end with solid numbers.
Keep in mind these are just four sweet matchups you can try to take advantage of. As always, be sure to comb over some of the data yourself until you can carve out the perfect DFS lineup. With that, good luck in week 10!