Last week didn’t produce a winner in NFL DFS. Aaron Rodgers continued to be too “meh” for my liking, while my value receivers didn’t do as well as I’d hoped. My stud running backs were plenty fine and value picks like Josh Doctson and John Ross did find the end-zone. The team as a whole just wasn’t good enough.
It’s onward and upward come week 11, as FanDuel’s main slate will lack any Rams, Chiefs, Packers or Seahawks players. It’s an interesting slate for sure and you can break it down with a full week 11 daily fantasy football preview at The Sports Geek blog.
Let’s dive into some of my favorite daily fantasy football picks at FanDuel this week:
QB: Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions ($6.8k)
There are a lot of different ways to go this week, but I’m trying to build the best team I can get. Drew Brees is worth the cash ($8.5k), but with all of the value under center in week 11, I don’t mind rolling the dice elsewhere in tournaments.
Marcus Mariota ($7.1k) and whoever starts for the Ravens are two value picks to look at, but I also love Stafford. He’s simply too cheap at home in a smash spot against the Panthers. Carolina’s defense isn’t as good as many thought, as they’ve been torched a few times this year.
Last week’s five-touchdown performance awarded to Ben Roethlisberger is the one that stands out, so eyeing Stafford for a 2-3 TD day and 300+ yards doesn’t seem to be a big reach. Stafford has honestly been on the cusp of a huge performance all year. He has multiple touchdowns in 7 of 9 games and is so close to that huge game. I think he gets it this week and you’d be rewarded with a discounted price in the process.
RB: David Johnson – Arizona Cardinals ($7.9k)
Saquon Barkley and Alvin Kamara are both very tempting and obviously in play, but I don’t see why you can’t just drop down a bit and land a trio of slightly cheaper stud rushers. It starts with DJ, who was amazing last week (33.8 fantasy points) and has had an improved role ever since Byron Leftwich took over as Arizona’s offensive coordinator.
Johnson has always had the talent to thrive and now he’s got the role. Going into a week 11 date with a bad Raiders defense (30th vs. the run), Johnson could be in for another huge day.
RB: Ezekiel Elliott – Dallas Cowboys ($8.4k)
Zeke is another guy who showed how much of a monster he can be last week (33.7 fantasy points), so I don’t see any reason to shy away from him as he takes on the Falcons. This is a must-win game for both teams, but Elliott looks like a man possessed and just dominated in a way tougher matchup a week ago. Atlanta ranks 28th against fantasy running backs, so there’s no getting around how tasty this matchup is.
WR: Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals ($5.9k)
I am like everyone else in that I’d love to pay up for the stud wide receivers, but I value stud running backs more on a 0.5 PPR site. I still think hitting value receivers is the way to go; I just haven’t had much luck with it yet. That could change this week, as I’m going more down the middle than just punting for GPP darts.
Fitzgerald isn’t Julio Jones, but he has a big role (22 targets over the past two weeks) and is the key guy right now in Arizona’s passing attack. He’ll also face a hapless Raiders defense that has given up the 11th most fantasy points to wide receivers this year. He’s very much worth a try at this cheap price tag.
WR: Kenny Golladay – Detroit Lions ($6.4k)
Golden Tate got traded and Marvin Jones won’t play this week, so you better believe I’m pairing Stafford with Golladay. We already saw the second-year man break out last week (16 fantasy points) and now he’ll be at home with a massive role. It can’t hurt that he faces a Panthers pass defense that got absolutely worked in their last game, either.
WR: Corey Davis – Tennessee Titans ($6.2k)
I also like the Tennessee passing game a bit this week, as they project to be in a bit of a shootout with the Colts. Indy’s defense is far from elite and nobody on the Titans has a better role than Corey Davis. After wrecking the Patriots to the tune of 22 fantasy points last week, I like Davis to keep the positive momentum going this week.
TE: Evan Engram – New York Giants ($5.8k)
Zach Ertz is the chalk play in a potential shootout with the Saints, but he’s pretty expensive for a tight end ($7.6k). I found out the hard way last week with Travis Kelce that paying a premium for that stud tight end doesn’t always go as you’d hope. I’m sure Ertz will be fine, but I prefer saving nearly $2k in cash and using Engram.
I’d feel much better about Engram if his quarterback wasn’t Eli Manning, but he’s still got an amazing matchup against a Bucs defense that ranks 31 against tight ends.
FLEX: Christian McCaffrey – Carolina Panthers ($8.6k)
I’m stacking a trio of rushers this week, while the Panthers vs. Lions game could be an explosive shootout. I’m pairing two Lions together, but whether he dominates on the ground or as a receiver, C-Mac looks like a good guy to run it back with. He’s been money the past two weeks (30 and 34 fantasy points) and at the rate he’s scoring, he makes for a very difficult fade.
The matchup is there for the taking, too. Detroit has been rather soft (25th) against running backs in 2018 and serves as a fine spot for McCaffrey to wreck.
DEF: Arizona Cardinals ($4k)
The Oakland Raiders have been awful and now they’re without their top running back and their top three wide receivers. The Cardinals haven’t been the easiest defense to trust, but they couldn’t have a better matchup in front of them. They’re not cheap, but they’re one of the best plays on the board during a week where team defenses aren’t in amazing spots.