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Dan Podheiser

Dan  Podheiser

Dan Podheiser has covered the gambling industry since 2013, but he has been an avid poker player for more than a decade, starting when he was just 14 years old. When he turned 18, he played online poker regularly on U.S.-friendly sites until Black Friday in April 2011.

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Dan's DFS picks for NFL Week 10

12 Nov 2015

By Dan Podheiser
I had four really good picks in Week 9. The rest of my team was utter garbage.

My Derek Carr-Amari Cooper stack was great. Jeremy Langford had a monster game in Matt Forte's absence, and Odell Beckham had another run-of-the-mill 20-plus point performance.

And then there was the other side of the coin. Rob Gronkowski had his worst game of the season, and he was my second-most expensive player. Malcom Floyd had zero points. And Chris Ivory, despite scoring two touchdowns, rushed for a pathetic 26 yards.

So, I once again did not win money last week. Back on the horse in Week 10.

For a full explanation of the differences between DraftKings and FanDuel scoring, read this blog post by Daily Fantasy Sports 101.

Quarterback: Eli Manning, New York Giants (DK: $6,700; FD: $7,400)

I've been high on Eli Manning's stock all year, ever since I picked him before the season to lead the league in passing yards and lead his Giants to an NFC East title. Well, Manning's Giants are in first place right now in the NFC East, but the 34-year-old quarterback is just sixth in the league in yards through the air, a whopping 694 behind Philip Rivers.

Still, Manning is having arguably the best season of his 12-year career, having thrown for 19 touchdowns and six interceptions while completing a career-high 65.9% of his passes. And this week, New York welcomes the unbeaten New England Patriots to the Meadowlands. If you recall, Manning has had a bit of success in big games against the Pats. I think that continues this week.

Running Back (DK): Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals ($5,300)

Hill has been a disappointment in his second season following a fantastic rookie campaign, but I like his chances of getting back on track this week against the Houston Texans, who are 27th in the league against the run this season. The Bengals should dominate this game, giving Hill plenty of opportunities to handle the ball to kill clock. I'd like to see 25 carries from Hill, but I'll settle for 15-20 at this price.

Running Back (FD): Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers ($6,700)

Martin has been fantastic in 2015, and he gets a tasty matchup this week against the reeling Dallas Cowboys, who have been susceptible to giving up big plays in the running game lately. Dallas allowed the Philadelphia Eagles to eat up 172 yards on the ground last week, and Martin has been better than all the Philadelphia backs combined this season.

I like Martin to get a big share of touches both as a runner and a receiver in what should be a low-scoring, clock-killing game between two mediocre teams.

Wide Receiver (DK): Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers ($4,200)

Adams, the ultimate fantasy bust of the 2015 season, finally broke out with a seven-catch, 93-yard game against the Panthers last week. The second-year pro has just 17 catches on the season, but he finally looked comfortable and in sync with quarterback Aaron Rodgers last week.

This may be a "fool me twice, shame on me" situation, but I'm going to give Adams a shot this week at the unbelievable price of $4,200. He gets an incredible matchup this week against the Detroit Lions, who have been absolutely pathetic on both sides of the ball this season. My only worry is that Adams will be highly owned in the big DraftKings GPPs, but he's cheap enough for me to not really care.

Wide Receiver (FD): Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants ($8,800)

Again, nothing to say here. Beckham is the most sure thing there is right now. And he's somehow cheaper than he was last week. Auto-pick.

Tight End: Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins (DK: $4,600; FD: $5,800)

Reed hasn't cracked 100 yards in a game yet this season, but he's consistently the most targeted player in the Redskins' offense, which gets a gift matchup this week at home against the New Orleans Saints. Look for Reed, in what should be a high-scoring shootout, to see 12-15 targets and (hopefully) reel in double-digit receptions.

Defense: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (DK: $2,500; FD: $4,000)

I'm picking out of the bargain bin again this week and going with the Bucs. Actually, I'm going against the Tony Romo-less Dallas Cowboys, which is really the basis of my pick. If you've seen Matt Cassel play football, you'll understand why.
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