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4 NFL FanDuel Studs to Target in Week 10

Week 10. When we hit the double-digit mark, we are more than halfway through the year. It's time to get rolling on those daily lineups.

As is the case when playing any sport on FanDuel, it’s imperative to hit on the high-priced players in your lineup. They require a big chunk of your salary, and when paying up for a player, you shouldn’t have to worry about him letting down your lineup.

Heading into the opening week of the NFL season, here are four studs who should prove to be worth their high price tag.

Lamar Jackson, QB, Baltimore Ravens

FanDuel Price: $8,500
Projected Points: 22.7

It's very hard to make an argument why you shouldn't be using Lamar Jackson this week.

He checks all of the boxes. He faces a Cincinnati Bengals defense that is horrific -- fifth-worst overall, and fourth-worst against the pass. The Ravens are 9.5-point favorites, meaning a run-heavy game script could be in play. That's obviously an outstanding opportunity for a player of Jackson's caliber.

All of that leads to a hefty implied team total, third-best on the main slate at 27.50 points. The only negative is he'll likely be pretty popular, but his floor/ceiling combination is stellar.

Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers

FanDuel Price: $10,500
Projected Points: 22.6

Has Christian McCaffrey officially reached auto-play status in DFS?

The answer may be yes -- as painfully obvious and easy as it is to say. Before we get to his absurdity as of late, CMC faces a Green Bay Packers defense that is putrid against the run, ranking 31st, per our per-play metrics.

If you lived under a rock this year, McCaffrey has averaged 28.2 FanDuel points per game. He's registered 36.1 and 44.7 FanDuel points in two of his last four contests, and he's grabbed 25 or more touches in four of the last five games.

Expect McCaffrey to go nuts in Week 10 in a dreamy matchup.

Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

FanDuel Price: $8,600
Projected Points: 15.2

It may be a bit surprising for a team that struggles so much, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers sport a juicy 28.50-point implied team total. Fire up Mike Evans and get ready to reap the benefits.

Evans has been going crazy lately -- to the tune of a 30.9% target market share over the last three contests. For a team that sports a 1.60 pass-to-run ratio, Evans market share becomes increasingly tantalizing.

And the opponent? Even better. This week the Bucs face the Arizona Cardinals, whose defense is the third-worst overall and fifth-worst against the pass.

Evans has topped 30 FanDuel points in back-to-back games, and he has a shot to do it again, even in a date with Patrick Peterson.

Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints

FanDuel Price: $8,700
Projected Points: 18.3

This week, Michael Thomas is an absolutely terrific spot to crush the Atlanta Falcons, and if you can fit in his salary in, it's time to dial him up.

The Falcons rank as the second-worst pass defense in the NFL, per our metrics, and they should provide signal-caller Drew Brees with a clean pocket. Atlanta has totaled only seven sacks and ranks last in adjusted sack rate (3.3%).

Factor in a slate-best implied team total of 32.00 points and an offense that has posted a solid 1.42 pass-to-run ratio, and Thomas should see plenty of work. His 30.9% target market share agrees, and this will be Drew Brees' second game since returning from injury.

Roll with Thomas, and expect a big score.



Matt Kupferle is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Matt Kupferle also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username MKupferle. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.