I hope you started the Drew Brees/Michael Thomas stack once again last week, that tandem is frighteningly good, isn’t it! No such luck with Elijah McGuire or Maurice Harris though, as they found themselves in negative game scripts so unfortunately didn’t put up the fantasy numbers.
In these situations, you just have to coin a phrase from one of my favorite soccer players, Jordan Rhodes, who once so inspirationally said: “But it don’t matter!”. This was the case if maybe you had a Baker Mayfield starting last week for example, who had a very nice week under center for Cleveland and hopefully helped win you some cash.
So, back to the drawing board this week – take a look through my must-start players in DFS for week 11, why they will do well and I’ll also throw you some GPP ‘Bargain Bin’ dart throw plays to top it all off.
Eli Manning, New York Giants vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Draftkings: $5,200
I know what you’re thinking – you aren’t wanting to select ‘Old Busted’ Eli Manning in any type of fantasy format. That’s understandable, I get it – but hear me out.
As slow and as uninterested as Eli has looked this season, with rumors circulating that he might not see the season out as the starter – he’s quietly put up some decent games as of late. He’s thrown over 300 yards in 2 of the last 3 games, and in the game he didn’t throw the yardage, he threw for 3 TD’s.
With lack of juicy matchups for Quarterbacks in the main slate, either due to bye weeks or lack of talent in good situations – Manning may well surprise DFS players this weekend. The G-Men take on Tampa Bay this Sunday who give the most fantasy points to opposing QB’s. With neither team showing any real fight in defense this season, this matchup could well pan out to be a shootout with Eli making full usage out of OBJ and Sterling Sheperd. Both receivers can be considered this week for those who like to stack.
David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals vs Oakland Raiders – DraftKings: $7,500
David Johnson is back fantasy fanatics. Since relieving Mike McCoy of his position as Offensive Coordinator, Byron Leftwich has taken over and the Cardinals look so much better for it.
Go figure that if you use David Johnson to his strength by letting him run the outside zone rather than through the stacked middle, he will succeed rather than fail. Yeah, Mike McCoy seemingly didn’t get that memo. Fortunately, Leftwich has, and last week we saw a monstrous 37.3 fantasy point week from the superstar Running Back, kick-starting his campaign.
I expect that train to keep rolling this week too against a Raiders outfit that, well, God only knows what is happening within that team this season. The Raiders seem keen to slide down the standings in order to get a better position in the draft, and the Cardinals are certainly a team they seemingly wouldn’t mind losing to. Not only have they given up on the season, they’ve also conceded the 2nd most yards to RB’s (1,156) with 8 TD’s to boot. Fire up David Johnson this week as your main RB.
John Brown, Baltimore Ravens vs Cincinnati Bengals– DraftKings: $5,900
Brown has had a somewhat up and down maiden season for the Ravens, but when the match-ups have been favorable, he has shone. His best games this year have come against New Orleans, Pittsburgh, and the away leg against Cinci, all who were plus matchups at the time of playing them.
Well, guess what? The Bengals are currently the 3rd worst team for leaking fantasy points to Wide Receivers (44.4 PPR points per game) and John Brown has a golden opportunity to have another highly productive week.
Don’t forget Cincinnati gave up 51 points to the Saints last week and have looked like a team well and truly on the decline for the rest of the season. The only caveat for this pick will be – who is named the starter for Baltimore this week? Keep your eyes peeled, but if it remains to be Joe Flacco, don’t be scared to put ‘Smokey Brown’ in your DraftKings lineup this weekend.
Zach Ertz, Philadephia Eagles vs New Orleans Saints – DraftKings: $6,600
I appreciate Ertz is by far and away the biggest priced TE this week, but it’s for good reason. If a team is going to beat the 8-1 Saints this year, it has to be done via way of a shootout, and, the fact the other top TE’s in the main slate are either on a bye week or against decent defenses who will likely get the job done.
Despite New Orleans not being particularly bad defending the tight end as they’ve only seen 1 TE reach the endzone this season, they’ve not really faced one of the ‘elite’ players in the position yet such as Zach Ertz.
I expect Ertz to once again be the centerpiece and target hog in a game where the Eagles will have to take opportunities in order to stay with that high powered offense. He’s well worth the high price tag and I expect him to be a top 3 TE this week; Lock it in.
Bargain Bin Dart Throws
Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys vs Atlanta Falcons – DraftKings: $5,200
It took a while for the Cowboys to get rolling this season, but it would seem over the last couple of weeks that’s exactly what they’ve started to do. Who’d have thought that by adding an elite talent at Wide Receiver who can actually catch a ball would improve the passing game? All hail Amari Cooper!
In the last 4 games, Dak has put up three 20+ fantasy point games and this week rolls into the Mercedes-Benz Stadium to face an Atlanta team currently giving away the 3rd most fantasy points to QB’s on the season, so expect him to make that 4/5.
The Dak/Amari stack might be a decent sneaky stack this week with Cooper seeing 11 receptions for a combines 133 yards and a touchdown since joining the Cowboys.
Peyton Barber, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs New York Giants – DraftKings: $3,600
The Giants currently give up 29.7 DK points on average to RB’s per game and when faced with a good matchup, Barber has actually been quite good. In week 6 against Atlanta, he scored 20.6 points and week 8 versus Cincinnati saw him produce 14.5 points.
It’s a dart throw – but for the price, he could be a cheap addition with a relatively high floor this week.
Curtis Samuel, Carolina Panthers vs Detroit Lions – DraftKings: $3,700
Two weeks ago I gave you Samuel as a dart throw and he delivered to the tune of 19.7 points. So I’m going back to that well this week. The Lions haven’t been horrendous against wide receivers, but they have given away 13 TD’s on the season (tied 3rd worst).
Darius Slay is the only defensive back I’d be worried about when facing Detroit, but his attention will likely be on Devin Funchess, which could open the field up for Samuel to exploit with his electric pace.
James O’Shaughnessy, Jacksonville Jaguars vs Pittsburgh Steelers – DraftKings: $2,600
So my biggest dart throw last week was James O’Shaughnessy, and he did reasonably well scoring 9.6 fantasy points with a season-high 5 receptions. This week I am doubling down.
The Jags host Pittsburgh who find themselves in the top 5 of points given up to tight ends (16.3 PPR points per game). This game is pivotal for the Jags if they want to salvage anything from this lackluster season so far, and exploiting the Steelers weaknesses defending tight ends could be the key.
by Rob Grimwood – @FFBritBaller