Open-Ended DFS: Community

As social creatures, we humans yearn for a sense of community. We wake up every day, subconsciously hoping others continue to think and care about us.

Whether it’s our up-and-coming suburban neighborhood, our lesser-known alma mater, our place of work where we spend 40 hours a week, or simply the digital fantasy football space on Twitter – knowing you belong can be life-changing. 

Where is your place and what does it mean to you?  

Week 10 Water Tower DFS Picks

RB: James Robinson (Jacksonville at Green Bay) — $6,600

James Robinson is on track for what could be one of the best seasons for any rookie running back, let alone an undrafted one. He currently sits sixth in the league in rushing with 580 yards and has also been involved in the passing game, securing 27 receptions for 255 yards and seven total touchdowns.

In Week 10 he faces the Green Bay Packers, who have allowed individual Points Per Reception (PPR) totals of 15.8, 49.1, 16.4 and 26.1 over the last month. Considering Robinson is having better seasons than at least three of four of those backs (Ronald Jones, Jerick McKinnon and David Johnson), he’s a sure-fire play for me this week. – Seth Woolcock

WR: Travis Fulgham (Philadelphia at New York) — $6,400

It’s an understatement to say Travis Fulgham has been a pleasant surprise. Since his emergence in Week 4, Fulgham has consistently been among the most productive wide receivers in the league, despite the return of Jalen Reagor and, albeit briefly, DeSean Jackson.

He is currently averaging 87 Yards Per Game (YPG) and has a touchdown in four of his five games. Additionally, he is averaging 19.9 PPR points per game, and with Philadelphia facing a New York Giants, a  defense that has been inconsistent against the pass, he is a must-start in DFS. – Nate Polvogt

QB: Justin Herbert (Los Angeles Chargers at Miami) — $6,600

Sure, the Los Angeles Chargers are kind of bad. Justin Herbert, however, is not. In fact, he’s really good if you haven’t noticed. Since Week 2 when he took over for Tyrod Taylor after a freak-punctured lung, Herbert has averaged 26.9 PPR points per game.

Rolling into a Week 10 matchup against a Miami defense that is ranked 24th against the pass, and a mostly healthy receiving core, big things are on the horizon again for Herbert. At this point, Herbert should be among the most rostered quarterbacks in any DFS slate regardless of matchup, but this week is admittedly a bit sexier than others. And at $6,600, he is a steal. – Polvogt

WR: Allen Robinson (Minnesota at Chicago) — $6,600

Despite his quarterbacks’ struggles throughout his career, Allen Robinson has been steady, consistent and unwavering. And this season is no different as the Penn State product is currently the PPR WR9 and has only finished without double-digit fantasy points in one matchup coming back in Week 2.

In what feels like a must-win divisional game against the Vikings this week, I think Matt Nagy and Nick Foles continue to lean on their best offensive player. The Vikings’ young secondary has not been up to the taks so far this season, setting up Robinson for a slam dunk performance here in Week 10. – Woolcock

Week 10 Typewriter DFS Picks

RB: Wayne Gallman (Philadelphia at New York Giants) — $4,500

Despite being uncertain whether or not Devonta Freeman will be back in the lineup this week for the Giants, Wayne Gallman is a sneaky DFS play and could provide a nice value at their RB2 position for those who draft him.

The former Clemson Tiger has scored over 13 PPR points in each of his last three contests, contributing both through the air, on the ground and punching it into the endzone. He’ll see Philadelphia’s defense again this week, one that has only held opposing offenses below the rushing century mark twice this season. – Woolcock

TE: Eric Ebron (Cincinnati at Pittsburgh)   — $4,400

If you’re looking for a tight end on the cheap this week, grab Eric Ebron, who has three-straight games of double-digit PPR points and is steadily securing his role in the Pittsburgh offense. I specifically like Ebron this weekend as he gets a Cincinnati defense coming to Heinz Field that has allotted the most targets to opposing tight ends per game (8.75) and the second-most PPR points to them as well (11). 

We have yet to see a truly explosive game from the former first-rounder, but it could come here in Pittsburgh on Sunday. – Woolcock

QB: Drew Lock (Denver at Las Vegas) — $5,500

Did I throw out Drew Lock as a value pick last week? I did. And it paid off. Hot take alert:  This week he’s an even better play. We’ve seen what he can do when Pat Shurmur speeds up the Denver offense in the second half. Lock has excelled in the more loose gunslinger offense that operates at a much faster pace. Denver keeps finding themselves in come-from-behind situations, and that will probably ring true again this week against Las Vegas. 

Lock put up 33.2 points last week, most of which came in the second half against Atlanta. Las Vegas is a superior team that will most likely jump out to an early lead due to the early conservative play-calling of Shurmur, so we will most likely be seeing the frantic catch-up offense again. And if not, that means Shurmur finally learned his lesson and switched to a more up-tempo scheme, which could allow Lock to explode in your lineup. Either way, Lock has value this week you really can’t pass up. – Polvogt

WR: Curtis Samuel (Tampa Bay at Carolina) — $4,900

When Christian McCaffrey went down early in the season, Curtis Samuel was my pick for the next-man-up in Carolina. That didn’t pan out, but in the last three weeks his role has expanded and he has been on fire. Matt Rhule has begun using Samuel in a multitude of sets and it has been working out very well for fantasy as Samuel is the PPR WR6 during that span. 

He has been effective out of the backfield, as well as lining up wide, resulting in fantasy point totals typically seen from a higher-priced player. 

Last week we saw Samuel explode for 29.8 points against a good Kansas City defense, and with a matchup looming against a Tampa Bay defense that couldn’t find an answer for New Orleans multi-faceted attack he is a value this week. – Polvogt


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