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Week 10 DFS locks of the week

SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 07: Doug Baldwin #89 of the Seattle Seahawks attempts to make a reception during the second half against the Detroit Lions in the NFC Wild Card game at CenturyLink Field on January 7, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Our Week 9 DFS locks crushed it, so we’re looking for more of the same in Week 10. This week might feature plenty of low-scoring and/or uncompetitive games, though, which could make things tough.

Here’s a list of players you can lock into your Week 10 DFS lineups.

Note: There’s always a case to be made for playing any player in tournaments. This list of “locks” is cash game focused, but I typically like these players across all contest types.


Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks are on the road in a divisional game on a Thursday night — three bad things — but Wilson has been on a tear, throwing for an average of 361 yards and three touchdowns over the past three games.

Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys

Prescott has also been on fire, and like Wilson, he gives you an added floor with rushing. The Cowboys will be in Atlanta in the game with the highest over-under of the week (50.5).

Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions

Stafford has averaged over 365 yards per game of the past three weeks, and this week he gets a matchup against the Browns, a bottom-10 defense in terms of fantasy points given up to quarterbacks.

Running backs

Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers

Will Bell’s ownership be north of 50 percent this week? It’s possible. The Steelers are double-digit favorites against the Colts, who have given up the sixth-most fantasy points to enemy backs this year.

Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville Jaguars

A fresh Fournette draws the Chargers after multiple weeks off. Los Angeles has given up the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing running backs, including the fourth-most yards (959).

LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills

McCoy is reasonably priced — potentially underpriced — as a three-down workhorse in a favorable matchup. McCoy has unlocked his ceiling in recent weeks, posting lines of 23-91-2 and 27-151-1 to go along with at least five receptions in two of his past three games.

Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears

Howard’s Bears are home favorites this week against a Packers offense that can’t stay on the field (just 55 plays in Week 8 and 59 plays in Week 9), unlocking more offense for the opposing team (76 plays against in Week 8, 66 in Week 9). Opposing backfields have tallied at least 25 rushing attempts against the Packers in seven straight games, including 30-plus in four straight.

Wide receivers

Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers

Easily the best wideout of the week, Brown draws the Colts, who have given up the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing wideouts on the year. Browns ripped this team for a 5-91-3 line last November.

Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks

Baldwin should make quick work of Tyrann Mathieu, who is actually our No. 117-graded cornerback on the year in terms of coverage grade.

Robby Anderson, New York Jets

Anderson has a touchdown in three straight games and is averaging an impressive 15.6 YPC, fourth-highest among all wideouts who have at least 30 receptions on the year. The Buccaneers, his opponent, have given up the second-most points to opposing receivers this year.

Mohamed Sanu, Atlanta Falcons

Sanu is a guaranteed lock if Julio Jones is unable to play, but even if a hobbled Jones does play, Sanu needs to be considered a great value play. The Cowboys have given up the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing receivers, while Sanu has three touchdowns in his past five games.

Tight ends

Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots

Gronkowski can be your Sunday night hammer against the Broncos, who have given up the third-most fantasy points to opposing receivers so far this year. Gronkowski ranks third in the NFL among tight ends in fantasy points per snap.

Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Brate is one of the two tight ends ahead of Gronkowski in points per snap — and he’s actually first. The Jets have given up the seventh-most fantasy points to enemy tight ends, including five touchdowns to the position in the previous five games.

Evan Engram, New York Giants

After starting the season as a tight end matchup to avoid, the 49ers have become a matchup to attack. In their previous four games, the 49ers have given up lines of 7-102-0, 5-61-1, 7-69-1, and 3-39-1 to opposing tight ends. Engram ranks tied for third among all tight ends in targets with 57.

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