DFS 3 and OUT 2017 WEEK 10

By Bob Harris
Bob Harris
Three DFS players I'm investing heavily in for tournament (GPP) play this week. ... And one I'm not.

I'm in:

Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers

As USA Today pointed out this week, on the season, Roethlisberger has completed 61.1 percent of his passes for 2,062 passing yards, 10 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Kinda meh, right? He's also recorded just two games with over 300 passing yards and has just three games in which he has multiple touchdown passes. This probably explains the reasonable price tag ($6600 on DraftKings; $7600 on FanDuel). The good news? Despite the lowly numbers from Roethlisberger, the former first-round pick is still capable of playing at a high level and against a Colts secondary that has been underperforming this season, it’s a favorable situation for the Steelers quarterback. As ESPN.com's Scott Kacsmar pointed out, over the past three seasons, Roethlisberger has thrown 13 touchdowns and zero interceptions against the Colts. He didn't even take a sack in any of those games. And as lousy Ben has been on the road -- and we know it's true. I'm hoping Roethlisberger's horrible rep on the road scares people off what's one of the best matchups going this week. Remember, last Thanksgiving's game was in Indianapolis and it's really the last great road game for Roethlisberger. He threw for three touchdowns on just 20 attempts. So it's not like he's never succeeded on the road. In addition, Indianapolis has allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to wide receivers. And Roethlisberger has Antonio Brown as his top wideout (you could do worse than rolling him out as yours, too).

Robby Anderson, WR, New York Jets

After a slow start to the season in which he had 50 receiving yards the first two games, Anderson has touchdowns in three straight games and is now 16th in the league in receiving yards with 483 yards. Granted, Anderson has played at least one more game than every player in the league because the Jets played on Thursday and haven't yet had their bye, but it's still an impressive ranking. Anderson also has nine plays of at least 20 yards, which is tied for fourth in the NFL with Travis Kelce of the Chiefs and Demaryius Thomas of the Broncos. But Anderson's 4.3-speed puts his game at a different level. When asked if he feels he can blow past any cornerback in the league, Anderson responded: "Definitely." When I ask myself if he can blow by Tampa Bay's cornerbacks, I say the same. Indeed, the Bucs defense that has been dreadful this season versus opposing wide receivers, giving up an average of 40 fantasy points a game (second-worst in the NFL). Yet for some reason, Anderson's price ($5200 on DraftKings; $6500 on FanDuel) is still right.

Cooper Kupp, WR, Los Angeles Rams

I'm with you. We all want a piece of the Los Angeles offense. After all, they've already surpassed last year's touchdown total (24) with 27 trips to the end zone, third most in the NFL. The Rams have scored 40-plus points three times this season. In case you missed it (and not to bang my own drum -- but rather to make the point), Jared Goff was included among my "In" players in this column last week (a spot in which I also advocated player tight end Tyler Higbee). No. I wasn't predicting a four-TD outing against the Giants, but given the general trajectory of the offense under first-year coach Sean McVay and the favorable matchup against a Giants defense that's struggled the last month, it was a great play. So I want some more of that this week. But instead of just rolling out Goff (whose price is understandably rising), how about one of his wideouts? Yeah. That seems like a smooth move. But which one? I'll go with Kupp, who has the third-most receptions on the team (26) and the second-highest receiving yardage total (370). He scored his first NFL touchdown in Week 1 by way of an 18-yard pass from Goff and has totaled three receiving touchdowns this season. With Sammy Watkins and Goff connecting on a 67-yard touchdown throw last week, expect more focus to shift Watkins' way. That should open things up for Kupp, who is an expert working in space and finding open areas in the opposing defense's pass-coverage schemes. Meanwhile, as ESPN's Mike Clay pointed out, the Texans have allowed the ninth-most fantasy points to wide receivers, including the fourth most to players lined up on the perimeter. Watkins and Woods have worked primarily on the outside and Kupp is the team's top slot receiver. Houston has allowed the third-most fantasy points to slot receivers over the past four weeks, which Clay believes helps solidify Kupp as a flex option against Jackson. Adding to that? Kupp ($4600 on DraftKings; $5900 on FanDuel) is cheaper than either Watkins ($4800 on DraftKings; $6400 on FanDuel) or Woods ($5000 on DraftKings; $6200 on FanDuel). Yep. I'm "In."

I'm Out

Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota Vikings

I get it. The bye gave Diggs an extra week for his groin injury to heal. Before the injury, he had five catches for 98 yards in a loss to Detroit. Since then, he has missed two games while playing in two others. He had five catches for 31 yards in those two games, including four catches for 27 yards in the win over the Browns right before the bye. He should be healthy and, when healthy, he's a much bigger part of the offense. You're eager to get him back into the mix. The problem? As Clay pointed out, only four defenses have allowed fewer fantasy points to wide receivers than Washington this season. Clay added the Redskins' dominance has primarily been on the perimeter, as outside receivers are averaging and NFL-low 13.2 fantasy points. Diggs has aligned on the outside on 78 percent of his routes. He'll primarily see Josh Norman in coverage, but he will also see some of Bashaud Breeland and Quinton Dunbar on the other side of the field and Kendall Fuller in the slot. As the Sports Xchange notes, Fuller has had a breakthrough second season. He should see plenty of Diggs this Sunday as well as a heavy dose of Adam Thielen. Fuller has three interceptions and five passes defended. It's hard for anyone to keep up with Diggs (15.6 yards per catch), but Fuller is earning more and more trust every week from Washington's coaches. Given the fact he doesn't come cheap ($6500 on DraftKings; $7000 on FanDuel), I'll be passing on Diggs -- and probably Thielen ($6700 on DraftKings; $7000 on FanDuel) as well.