Cam Newton is back in Charlotte after the 2015 MVP agreed to return to the Panthers. Even with Sam Darnold (shoulder) out, Newton is unlikely to get the Week 10 start, paving the way for P.J. Walker. The former XFL quarterback is one of the cheap NFL DFS picks this week, with price tags of $5,000 on DraftKings and $6,200 on FanDuel. Rostering him means your NFL DFS strategy could include elite players at other positions.
Perhaps you can create NFL DFS stacks with Walker and Christian McCaffrey, who is among the priciest running backs on both sites. Can McCaffrey being healthy provide a boost to Walker? Before locking in any NFL DFS picks for Week 10, be sure to check out the NFL DFS advice, strategy and projections from SportsLine daily Fantasy expert Mike McClure.
McClure is a legendary professional DFS player with almost $2 million in career winnings. His methodology has led to enormous cashes on FanDuel and DraftKings. He took down two high-stakes tournaments on FanDuel in 2020 and recorded a pair top-10 finishes in tournaments with over 130,000 entrants on DraftKings. His lineups also finished inside the top 1 percent in more than a dozen other tournaments last season.
He uses a powerful prediction model that simulates every snap of NFL action, taking factors such as matchups, statistical trends and injuries into account. This allows him to find the best DFS values that he shares only with members at SportsLine.
One of McClure's top NFL DFS picks for Week 10 is Browns running back D'Ernest Johnson ($4,700 on DraftKings and $5,400 on FanDuel). The Browns will be without Kareem Hunt and Nick Chubb this week. Also, the team's only other running backs on the roster, Demetric Felton and John Kelly, both tested positive for COVID-19, leaving Johnson as, literally, the last RB left.
Johnson rushed for 146 yards and a score in Week 7 as a starter and then found the end zone again a week later as Chubb's backup. The Patriots have allowed an opposing team's backs to top 100 scrimmage yards in four straight games.
Part of McClure's optimal NFL DFS strategy also includes rostering Colts running back Jonathan Taylor ($8,100 on DraftKings, $9,400 on FanDuel). After rushing for 1,169 yards and 11 scores a year ago, Taylor is establishing himself as one of the league's true workhorses in 2021. It's not just the quantity of touches he's getting in the Indianapolis offense that should excite you, it's the production.
Taylor has carried the ball 140 times for 821 yards (5.9 yards per carry) and eight scores while catching 23 passes for 293 yards (12.7 yards per reception) and another score. He's scored at least one touchdown in his last six games and topped 100 scrimmage yards in all six of those contests as well. He's averaging 22.9 points per game on DraftKings and 19.4 points on FanDuel. He's second among NFL running backs in yards per touch and is a candidate for