Welcome to King for a Day - Our new weekly feature focusing on DraftKings' Fantasy Football contests.
For the uninitiated, DraftKings runs fantasy salary-based football contests where users can take home cash each week instead of waiting for the end of the season. It's a great time to start playing fantasy football contests on DraftKings, as new depositors receive a free qualifier ticket into the Millionaire Grand Finale.
Like most fantasy football formats, it's all about value on DraftKings. Don't be afraid to scroll down a bit when picking players, as now is the time to cash in on some of your "sleepers." Is there a rookie who you believe is headed for instant stardom? If so, now would be the best time to pick him on DraftKings. If he breaks out like you think he will, the player's cost will rise over the course of the season. He may be one of the cheapest options at his position this week, but that won't be the case after a string of 100-yard games.
Now, on to some of the best values in Week 10:
Philip Rivers, SD, $8300 vs. DEN - On pace for 34 touchdowns and nearly 5,000 passing yards, Rivers looks like a strong candidate for Comeback Player of the Year. The mid-career revival might be a bit surprising, but it certainly isn't a fluke, as Rivers leads the NFL with a 72.2 completion percentage and ranks fourth with 8.38 yards per pass attempt. While the Denver defense figures to improve in the second half of the season, the Broncos still make for a friendly matchup. Rivers likely will stay busy as he tries to keep up with Peyton Manning and the high-powered Broncos offense.
Matthew Stafford, DET, $8300 vs. CHI - After throwing for 488 yards in an exhilarating Week 8 win over the Cowboys, Stafford comes out of his bye on pace to top 5,000 passing yards for the second time in his career. The Lions may not have much pass-catching depth, but with Reggie Bush and Calvin Johnson both healthy against a struggling Chicago defense, Stafford should have plenty with which to work.
Reggie Bush, DET, $7100 vs. CHI - Bush's first season with the Lions is going as well as anyone could have hoped, and Week 10 brings a juicy matchup against the once-proud Chicago defense. Despite starting the season with a trio of solid performances, the Bears have been unable to deal with a series of injuries and now rank 29th in run defense. As some of you may remember, the slide started with an 18-carry, 139-yard performance from Bush in Week 4. Things haven't gotten any better for the Chicago run defense since the first time these teams squared off, so look for Bush to come up with another big game.
Knowshon Moreno, DEN, $7000 vs. SD - Moreno remains locked in as the lead back in an offense that provides more than its share of scoring opportunities. He'll be facing a defense that surrenders 4.9 yards per carry, and Sunday's game could easily turn into a shootout. Don't be scared off by Moreno's lack of rushing yards, as he already has nine total touchdowns and 287 receiving yards at the halfway point of the season. What he lacks in rushing volume, Moreno makes up for with touchdowns and his fine work as a receiver.
Rashad Jennings, OAK, $4400 vs. NYG - Jennings turned in a huge game (176 total yards and a touchdown) against the Eagles last week, after Darren McFadden was forced out with a hamstring injury early in the second quarter. This pick is contingent on McFadden sitting out Week 10, as Jennings doesn't figure to see many touches otherwise. Should McFadden sit, Jennings likely will be asked to carry a heavy workload, albeit with Marcel Reece providing some relief on passing downs. The Giants actually boast a pretty strong run defense, so this pick is more about price and opportunity, rather than the matchup.
T.Y. Hilton, IND, $6500 vs. STL - If you had any doubts before, Hilton's three-touchdown performance against the Texans cemented him as the Colts' go-to guy with Reggie Wayne (knee) out for the season. Hilton figures to see a steady diet of targets the rest of the way, and he undoubtedly has the talent to make the most of them. Meanwhile, the Rams have made some progress on defense but will hardly inspire fear in the Indianapolis offense.
Keenan Allen, SD, $6000 vs. DEN - Allen's numbers over the last five games: 31 receptions for 497 yards and three touchdowns on 44 targets. Coming off a 128-yard Week 9 performance, there's no reason to think that Allen will slow down. The Chargers will likely be forced to throw the ball against the Broncos on Sunday, and Allen has emerged as the clear top option in the San Diego passing game. Much like Danario Alexander in 2012, Allen quickly shot to prominence upon emerging as Philip Rivers' favorite receiver.
Stevie Johnson, BUF, $4700 vs. PIT - Although he's struggled since getting off to a nice start, Johnson remains the Bills' unquestioned No. 1 receiver. With EJ Manuel (knee) and/or Thaddeus Lewis (ribs) likely to return this week, Johnson should actually have a chance to put together a big game. If Jeff Tuel ends up starting again, you can forget about this pick. I want no part of the Buffalo passing game with Tuel under center, and that was true even before he stunk out the joint in Week 9.
Martellus Bennett, CHI, $4200 vs. DET - The Bears-Lions game looks like a shootout on paper, so roll with one of the more consistent tight ends in the game. Jay Cutler (groin) is reportedly hoping to return, though I still wouldn't be afraid to use Bennett with Josh McCown under center. The Bears have hardly noticed a drop off with McCown, as the veteran has found ways to make up for his lack of high-end skills. Bennett, meanwhile, is quietly on pace to finish with 72 receptions for 784 yards and eight touchdowns. While those may not be elite numbers for a tight end anymore, they're still pretty darn good.
Giants, $3200 vs. OAK - The Giants have been much better on defense lately, and they'll come out of the bye week with a rather friendly matchup. Oakland's Terrelle Pryor has done some excellent things this season, but he's also thrown seven interceptions over the last three games. Whatever else their flaws may be, the Giants still have some nice talent on the defensive line, and they finally have a pair of healthy starting-caliber cornerbacks in Prince Amukamara and Corey Webster.
Dan Carpenter, BUF, $3000 vs. PIT - Carpenter has been surprisingly good for the Bills thus far, making 18-of-20 field goals, after he was dumped by the Dolphins during the preseason. While the Buffalo offense is hardly elite, it does sound like the Bills will have either EJ Manuel (knee) or Thaddeus Lewis (ribs) available at quarterback this week. Should Jeff Tuel end up starting again, you'll probably want to avoid Carpenter.