A small smile came across my face when I first sat down to make notes for the Fantasy Draft Week 11 article as it means the end of the byes! Bye weeks have managed to find a way to screw my fantasy teams or DFS ideas up every week and this week is no different. The first thing I look for right now for a big week is who are the Saints playing but unfortunately this week they are on bye. Add in the Steelers and the loss of Brown and Bryant from the wide receiver pool and once again byes have me frustrated. Anyway looking back at this week the options at quarterback and tight end for cheap plays are extremely limited meaning that most of the value this week will be found at running back and wide receiver.
Matthew Stafford, $10,600, OAK @ DET: With not a huge amount of good cheap options this week I am probably looking at Derek Carr ($12,000) against the Lions who are nowhere near as good as they looked last week on defence. However, if you even need to look cheaper than that then I would consider his opposite number in Matt Stafford this week. The Raiders have been a leaky team against QB’s this year giving up 18 points a game. Stafford has struggled this year but I see this game being a potential shootout and I don’t even think Stafford’s horrific offensive line can prevent him having a decent game this week.
Frank Gore, $9,200, IND @ ATL: Atlanta have been almost as bad defending the run this season as they have been good at running the ball the ball themselves. With Andrew Luck out again this week I expect Indy to look to keep the ball on the floor as much as possible and whilst Gore can no longer pound the rock the way he could a few years back he is still a quality back who should get the goal line work. I can see a really big week coming potentially for Gore.
Charchandrick West, $8,800, KC @ SD: San Diego have been ravaged by the run at times this season and I don’t expect this week to be any different. West has stepped up nicely for Charles and whilst he is nowhere near as talented he is still a pretty strong play this week in DFS.
Sammy Watkins, $9,500, BUF @ NE: Watkins was kept in check last week by Revis but he still had flashes where he beat the all-pro corner back, and actually dropped a deep pass really early in the game. Watkins has a completely different match up this week as he will likely get Malcolm Butler covering him this week who was torched a couple of time by Beckham last week. I actually think Watkins is a better receiver all around than Beckham (yes i said it) and I think the Patriots key on the run game and make the Bills attack them deep with Watkins on the strength of Taylors arm. Whilst there will be frustrating periods Watkins is so good that he will get open and wreak havoc on this Patriots secondary at times. Right now you are getting a top 10 receiver for under 10 grand and that is ridiculous value!
Danny Amendola, $7,800, BUF @ NE: Yes i accept i’m stereotyping receivers here by saying Amendola will replace Edelman but they are carbon copies and Amendola is getting more and more comfortable in this system. Brady relies on Amendola to make crucial catches and I think this week they get him in Edelman’s space and run him on the crosses and outs that Julian usually victimises defences with. Amendola is a safe 8-10 points with 3-5 catches for 50ish yards but he could easily be 10-plus catches for 150 yards and a touchdown which is a game changer at this price.
Stevie Johnson, $7,700, KC @ SD: Kansas City had a really good week on defence against the Broncos last week but generally they have been really poor against passing attacks this season. Stevie Johnson is the last recognised wide receiver standing in San Diego and he has taken over the Keenan Allen role which should mean plenty of targets making him a bonus in this PPR format.
Eric Ebron, $7,000 OAK @ DET: With three of the top five worst defences against the tight end on the bye this week the pickings for cheap options is really slim. I am always a huge advocate for Gronk but that goes further as I feel the top end tight ends (Eifert & Olson also) are worth the price because it gets so hit a miss further down. However, if you have blown your budget elsewhere then Eric Ebron is my budget choice simply because of his match-up with the Raiders. Oakland give up 12.1 points a game to the tight end but it isn’t always the number one which does scare me a little. This feels the safest cheap option at tight end and I still feel it’s a MASSIVE gamble.