Week 11: Starts/Sits – Jamie Zadow

I’m not going to lie, Week 10 was a rough week across the board for me as three out of my four starts were miserable. Josh McCown and Cameron Brate led the way in that 15-10 dud that saw Ryan Fitzpatrick come out on top in Tampa Bay (if you were a Robby Anderson owner then you likely smiled ear to ear on a late touchdown). Meanwhile, the Chicago Bears didn’t really utilize Jordan Howard as I thought they would — 15 carries for 54 yards — and that may have led to their ultimate demise against the Green Bay Packers. Oh well, that is fantasy football life, and so we soldier on as we take a look inside which players should be in your lineups and those that should ride the pine in Week 11…

Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders (START)

(DraftKings – $6,400 / Fanduel – $8,000)

Absolutely love Carr in this spot against a New England Patriots defense giving up a league-leading 287.2 PY/G this season. Carr is averaging 343.3 PY/G over his last three contests and let’s face it, Brady and Co. are not going into Oakland and playing Brock Osweiler this week. The Pats are also tied with the lowly New York Giants in surrendering the most FP/G to opposing QB’s this year.

Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys (SIT)

(DraftKings – $6,900 / Fanduel – $8,500)

Listen, nobody loves the Dallas Cowboys more than me having been a fan for over 20 years now. But, this isn’t about fandom and has everything to do with fantasy implications. The fact is, I’m really nervous about this matchup for Prescott this week against a fresh Philadelphia Eagles team coming off their bye week. It remains to be seen if Tyron Smith can suit up at left tackle — Chaz Green was a disaster on Prescott’s blind side in Week 10 — and did we get an indication of how far the Dallas run-game has fallen without Ezekiel Elliott in the lineup? The Eagles have the best rush defense in the NFL and if Alfred Morris or Darren McFadden can’t ease the burden on Prescott, then it’s going to be a long game for America’s Team.

Jerick McKinnon, RB, Minnesota Vikings (START)

(DraftKings – $5,700 / Fanduel – $6,400)

You might consider this a complete dart throw, but the fact is the Los Angeles Rams are terrible against the run. They’re tied in giving up the 4th-most fantasy points to RB’s (PPR scoring) this year and are allowing 43.4 PY/G out of the backfield in 2017. The Washington Redskins made Case Keenum look like Dan Marino at times last week and I’m not so sure there will be a repeat performance against this Rams defense. The Vikings should focus on the Rams’ weakness and I’ll take the pass-catching back in this one because he carries more upside.

Adrian Peterson, RB, Arizona Cardinals (SIT)

(DraftKings – $6,000 / Fanduel – $6,600)

Peterson was a tragedy last week finishing with just 29 yards on 21 carries and it doesn’t get any better this week against the Houston Texans. The Texans are tied with the Vikings in giving up the fewest FP/G to opposing RB’s. I expect this game to be a slow grind and I’m not sure either running back will get things going on Sunday, so steer clear of Peterson.

Peterson
Peterson has been inconsistent for the Cardinals, combining for 50 yards on 32 carries in two of his four games. (Photo Credit: Joe Camporeale / USA TODAY Sports)

Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants (START)

(DraftKings – $6,300 / Fanduel – $6,500)

Both DraftKings and Fanduel have Shepard priced pretty similarly this week and that works out great for fantasy owners as he’s a must start in your lineups. Eli Manning targeted Shepard 13 times in Week 10 as he finished with 11 catches for 142 yards and he draws a Kansas City Chiefs defense surrendering the most FP/G to WR’s. Andy Reid is 16-2 lifetime coming off a bye week and the Chiefs should come out flying in this one, which is all the more reason to play Shepard in a game that the Giants will likely be playing catch up throughout.

Shepard
Since returning from an ankle injury, Shepard has 16 catches on 22 targets for 212 receiving yards. (Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac / Getty Images / Getty)

Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers (SIT)

(DraftKings – $5,300 / Fanduel – $6,700)

Adams managed to find pay dirt last week in Chicago and is now tied with Jordy Nelson for the team lead in receiving TD’s with six. However, the Baltimore Ravens come to town in Week 11, tied in allowing the 7th-fewest TD’s to WR’s this year. They’ve also surrendered the 2nd-fewest FP/G to the position, so there are better matchup options this week than Adams.

Jared Cook, TE, Oakland Raiders (START)

(DraftKings – $4,800 / Fanduel – $5,600)

You might be starting to notice a pattern here this week…that’s right, I LOVE this Raiders and Pats matchup (I would start as many Pats as I could too). Cook had his best game of the season two weeks ago on Monday night in Miami by riling off eight catches for 126 yards. He has eclipsed the 100-yard receiving mark twice in his last three games and draws a Pats defense giving up the 13th-most FP/G to TE’s this year. Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree should get their share of targets in this one, but I like Cook to remain very much involved in the Raiders passing game.

Jimmy Graham, TE, Seattle Seahawks (SIT)

(DraftKings – $6,200 / Fanduel – $6,900)

Yes, he managed to get into the end zone twice last week in Arizona, but the Atlanta Falcons have been stingy against opposing TE’s this year. The Falcons are tied in allowing the 4th-fewest FP/G to the position and have allowed just ONE receiving TD to a TE all season.

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