If you have been riding the picks in this column, we finally had another solid week.
Mike Evans, our captain this week, finished as the fourth overall scorer and No.2 WR this week. While our diamond Melvin Gordon was the No.3 running back.
Bargains weren’t great as Mitch Trubisky’s struggles continued, Phillip Lindsay was so-so and Sammy Watkins was also a couple points below the average of around 17 points this week.
One thing of note before we get to the next week’s selections and Week 9 recaps is on Christian McCaffrey. His salary is $10,500, a massive number considering the average salary you start with is $5,555. Funny thing is he should return Top 10 value next week against the Packers, but that’s a lot of money in one guy.
Let’s check on the top scorers in Week 9 on DraftKings: Tyler Lockett, WR, SEA 43.2; Russell Wilson, QB, SEA 42.22; Christian McCaffrey, RB, CAR 40.6; Mike Evans, WR, TB 39; DK Metcalf, WR, SEA 30; Matthew Stafford, QB, DET 29.84; Marvin Jones Jr., WR, DET 29.6; Tyreek Hill, WR, KC 29.5; Zach Ertz, TE, PHI 28.3; Ryan Tannehill, QB, TEN 28.04.
Now to the picks for Week 10.
Mark Ingram II, RB, BAL ($7,100): With Baltimore coming off an impressive win against the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots, they head to Cincinnati.
The Bengals have yet to win a game and it’s a real dead spot or possible letdown for Baltimore.
However, I won’t buy that just yet. Game plan should be a heavy dose of Ingram. Keep giving him the ball, and keep the physical side of things away from Lamar Jackson for the more important games ahead.
If rookie Ryan Finley is a disaster for Cincinnati in his first pro start, then Ingram might get 30+ touches.
Projection: 147 yards, 3TDs.
Diamond in the Rough
Kenyan Drake, RB, ARZ ($5,500): This is a stone cold lock, if and only if one or two of David Johnson and/or Chase Edmonds is out.
At this salary point, if Drake is in a timeshare or solo, he should be played. The Bucs have a solid run defense and are pretty decent overall in spite of giving up a lot of yards at Seattle.
Drake got his get out hell card from Miami was with the Cardinals less than a week and looked spectacular against San Francisco.
Get him fired up in the lineups.
Projection: 169 total yards, 2 TDs.
Top QB: Ryan Finley, CIN ($4,800): As I have said before, QB bargains are a tough racket and I would always look elsewhere to save money for your lineups.
We go with Finley here for two reasons; One, at $4,800. that’s a really low salary that will enable you to stack your lineup. Heck, you could even take McCaffrey at that ridiculous number.
Two, we don’t know if he will be an upgrade or not, but it could be a reasonable spot for Cincinnati. AJ Green is expected to play his first game, the Ravens just beat New England so maybe the spot gets them into trouble if this kid gets in a rhythm early.
Nothing outlandish, but if you had to, I can think of far worse picks.
Projection: 247 yards, 2 TDs.
Top RB: David Montgomery, CHI ($5,300): We look at a Chicago Bear player for the second straight week, which we should know better by now.
Montgomery is finally getting some carries and he has had limited success, the idea this is a must win home game against Detroit is an understatement.
The Bears should at least be in this one. And if that’s the case,I think Montgomery has his best game as a Bear.
Projection: 131 total yards, 2 TDs.
Top WR: Christian Kirk, ARZ ($5,2 00): We head back to the desert for another Cardinal at Tampa.
Kirk is starting to figure things out as a young player. He’s involved in almost every snap, he leads the Cardinals in targets and has had success with Kyler Murray.
It should be yet another classic back-and-forth Bucs game and I expect Kirk to have one the best games of his young career.
Projection: 119 yards, TD