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Here we go with the Single Game NFL DFS slate for Monday Night Football of Week 10. Today’s matchup is between the Patriots and Falcons with New England checking in as a 7.5 point road favorite. The over/under currently rests at 47 total points. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:20 ET.
We’ll highlight the top picks and best bargains to assemble a cash-inducing lineup. On top of that, the “additional notes” section will feature several tournament selections while adding context to the rest of this slate.
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Mac Jones - QB - New England (DK: $10,600 / FD: $15,000 / Yahoo: $27)
Jones is more of an obligational top pick than a no-doubter. In other words, there’s a good chance that New England focuses on their rushing attack tonight. However, Jones will get his looks against an Atlanta team that has allowed the third-most fantasy points to quarterbacks. The rookie from Alabama is fresh off a 20 FP effort against the Browns, and this is his best matchup in some time.
Matt Ryan - QB - Atlanta (DK: $10,800 / FD: $15,500 / Yahoo: $26)
Ryan is on the opposite side of the spectrum compared to Jones. We know the Atlanta QB will see adequate volume, but the matchup against New England doesn’t look great. Ryan is coming off his worst showing of the season, but that’s more of an exception than rule. Hopefully a return to Mercedes-Benz Stadium in a primetime matchup will get him back on track. The lack of opportunity cost keeps Ryan on the board as a top pick.
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Nick Folk - K - New England (DK: $4,400 / FD: $9,000 / Yahoo: N/A)
This is a rough slate, and the top overall picks don’t inspire a ton of confidence. It makes sense to look towards both kickers as potential bargains. Take note that Folk is technically questionable for this matchup, so we’ll need to get clearance before locking him into our lineup. The New England kicker has notched double-digit fantasy points in five of ten games this season, which includes three monster 15+ FP efforts.
Oladmide Zaccheaus - WR - Atlanta (DK: $5,400 / FD: $7,000 / Yahoo: $11)
As mentioned earlier, the Falcons will likely take to the air in an effort to move the ball tonight. Calvin Ridley is still injured, so Zaccheaus will look to step up as a reliable pass catching option. He only caught two passes for 22 yards last week, but the seven targets were promising. Zaccheaus hauled in three receptions for 53 yards and two scores at New Orleans in Week 9 as well. Here’s what we have in Zaccheaus: pass-heavy script, more targets, and a track record for finding the end-zone. I like him in tournaments as a borderline cash option too.
Damien Harris (RB - NE) will return, and he’s a potential top pick with game flow on his side. The Falcons have allowed the third-most fantasy points to running backs this season. However, will he continue to see 20+ touches, or has Rhamondre Stevenson (RB - NE) earned enough consideration to make this somewhat of a split backfield. Harris is the lead guy for now, but don’t be surprised if this is a “hot hand” situation. Stevenson is a tournament pick for that reason.
Kendrick Bourne (WR - NE) has an awkward salary, but he's the big-play guy of this New England receiving corps, which merits consideration through all formats in this slate.
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Jakobi Meyers (WR - NE) is a plausible stacking extension of Jones, and he won’t break the bank through all formats. The Falcons’ defense has been generous all-around, and they have allowed the eighth-most fantasy points to receivers. Hunter Henry (TE - NE) is a touchdown machine with seven scores over his last seven games. I would usually categorize a guy like this as a tournament only play, but Henry’s red-zone prowess is cash playable on this otherwise underwhelming slate.
We have to assume that Atlanta’s passing attack won’t be as bad as last week. Kyle Pitts (TE - ATL) came through with four catches for 60 yards in that game, which isn’t bad when considering the Falcons only threw for 131 yards. The rookie should flirt with double-digit targets as a legitimate cash option. Russell Gage (WR - ATL) is an interesting mid-range play who should see volume with Ridley still out. I’m expecting him to be closer to the eight targets (seven receptions) from two weeks ago than last week’s disaster.
Jonnu Smith (TE - NE) and Nelson Agholor (WR - NE) are two cheap fillers. When choosing between the two, I’m gravitating towards Agholor. Henry is scooping up the touchdowns for New England (not Smith), and Agholor is more of a deep threat to hit the big play.
Cordarelle Patterson (WR - ATL) is questionable tonight. If he’s playing, then he’s a tournament swerve. If he’s out, then Mike Davis (RB - ATL) earns some consideration - especially for a cheap salary on FanDuel and Yahoo.