DraftKings Week 11 Strategy Guide

Giants Eli Manning

We are finally in the last week of byes in the NFL and are set for an interesting slate of games on DraftKings. There are a few lopsided matchups that should produce some stacking opportunities and fantasy points aplenty.

I had another good week with my only huge misses being Big Ben, Antonio Brown, Leonard Fournette and Melvin Gordon. I was very pleased with a few of my cheap options hitting value Donte Moncrief, Dontrelle Inman, and Garret Celek who was seemingly on everyone’s list.

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This week it will be hard to be contrarian on many picks as you do not want to miss out on some “chalk” players in premium spots who will be on everyone’s teams . My usual strategy is to go cheaper at the quarterback position, but with so many bad starters at this point that has been tough to do and reach value. This week also presents itself as a possibility to roster multiple tight ends as all the top options are on this slate.

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Drew Brees $6,800-I went back and forth on Brees and Brady for the top spot here this week and obviously with the huge Brees photo above made my decision. After a crazy offensive effort last week on the ground for the Saints I expect Drew Brees to light it up in a plus passing matchup this week.

Alex Smith $6,700-The first of many Chiefs this week on my list is Alex Smith. The Giants have looked like a team who has quit, and everyone is expecting the Chiefs to light up the score board.

Derek Carr $6,400-A not so trendy pick is Derek Carr. My rationale is that the Patriots are still a good team to pass against and the Raiders and Carr should have to pass a lot to hang with the Pats. I also like most of Carr’s passing options this week as well.

Eli Manning $5,700-As I mentioned the Giants look like a team who has given up, so why pick Eli? Simple. If the game goes as expected and the Giants get down big early we could see garbage time goodness all game. So maybe instead of paying up for a Chiefs stack one contrarian play would be to use the Giant’s players who are cheaper.

Jay Cutler $5,400-Cutler gets to see a bad defense and I feel he can earn value in this spot. He has thrown at least two touchdowns in four straight games now and that should continue here.

Joe Flacco $4,900-I am a little surprised that Flacco hasn’t got more love this week, more shares for me. Jeremy Maclin looking healthy again and possible return of one of the best receiving running backs Danny Woodhead help make Flacco a target for me. The Packers are allowing an average of just under 17 points a game to fantasy quarterbacks and that would be plenty at his price.

Chiefs Wire-USA Today

Chiefs Wire-USA Today

Running Back

Kareem Hunt $8,000-Every one like the Chiefs this week and Kareem Hunt should be heavily involved in this one. My most confident plays are Hunt and Travis Kelce out of the skilled players for the Chiefs.

LeSean McCoy $7,800-The Bills make the unexpected move at quarterback to Nate Peterman. With this move I am predicting a heavy work load for Shady and some passing chances in what could be a close game.

Melvin Gordon $7,600-I mentioned earlier that the Saints onslaught on the ground was crazy, impressive and it was against the Bills. That is who Gordon gets here in the bounce back spot this week.

Alvin Kamara $7,500-I have been off on picking the right Saint’s running back in back to back weeks although Kamara was good last week he just wasn’t Mark Ingram good. I think Brees is set for a great passing day and Kamara has almost exclusively been the target out of the back field over Ingram.

Chris Thompson $5,400-With Fat Rob out of commission the Redskins will start Semaje Perine, but in DraftKings tournament you want Thompson. He hopefully will get his targets in the passing game and some added carries in the game they should be behind.

James White $4,700-There has only been one constant in the Patriot’s running game thus far, James White. He has not had a high ceiling, but his floor is worth the risk at his price. I expect a high point total and think he has a shot at five plus catches and a touchdown.

Latavius Murray $4,000-Jerick Mckinnon is the sexier of the two options, but Murray has been favored by the coaching staff. He had seven more carries and the touch down over McKinnon last week and the Rams are not good against the run.

Rex Burkhead $3,600-It is definitely weird suggesting two running backs on the same team, but for the work load Burkhead has been getting I feel his price is too enticing to pass on. I already said I expect this to be a high scoring game and Rex has a shot at hitting value as a cheap option.


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Wide Receiver

Mike Evans $7,900-He is back after facing his one game suspension and has a good matchup. He has always worn his heart on his sleeve and like A. J. Green last week I feel he wants to come back and make it up to his team with a big performance.

Tyreek Hill $7,100-My least favorite of the Chiefs top options this week is Tyreek Hill. He has such a good matchup though I feel I have to make him a target because he will be heavily rostered. He has the ability to have a huge day with only a few plays.

Larry Fitzgerald $6,900-The seemingly ageless receiver is facing one of the worst defenses in particular against the slot, where he primarily plays. Drew Stanton at quarter back should hopefully be good enough to look his way 10 plus times.

Brandin Cooks $6,600-He continues to be an elite deep threat option and with Chris Hogan out you will not have many better spots to play him.

Jarvis Landry $6,400-Another tough call was at similar prices which Dolphin’s target do I go after. I leaned toward Jarvis “Juice” Landry as he has appeared to have the rapport with Cutler lately. Both he and Devante Parker could have a good day, but I’ll lean to Juice.

Sterling Shepard $6,300-If you love the Chiefs this week then you love Sterling Shepard too. He turned in a great performance last week and while the Chiefs defense is good they give up big chunk plays.

DeAndre Hopkins $6,100-At what point do you feel comfortable with Nuk in a bad matchup? His price tag is influenced by the Patrick Peterson shadow, but if he gets his normal target share I almost have to throw him in at least one lineup.

Michael Crabtree $5,900-He has been the better receiver on the Raiders all year and should be in store for a big game versus the Pats.

Davante Adams $5,300-No Packer has been particularly great since Hundley took over, yet Adams has seemed to be the go to guy. In a game that I predict the Packers to be either behind or in a tight game, Adams is in line for solid targets.

Ted Ginn Jr, $4,800-Almost anytime you target Ginn you are hoping for the long touchdowns and that is exactly what I am looking for.

Jeremy Maclin $4,500-He converted eight of his nine targets in his last game for 98 yards in his last game. I like his matchup this week a little more than his prior matchup so hopefully the results are better too.

Jamison Crowder $4,300-Terrelle Pryor is out, Jordan Reed is out, and Josh Doctson is not reliable yet. Crowder and Chris Thompson could dink and dunk there way down the field all day making for a great option.

Bruce Ellington $3,000-A popular cheap option this week is Bruce Ellington based on the rule of play the number two wide out against the Cardinals. The team has said he needs to get more targets and at 3K it is worth it to find out.

AJ Mast - AP Images

AJ Mast – AP Images

Tight End

Travis Kelce $7,300-The worst team in the league defending the tight end position is facing Kelce. I don’t think I need to sale you anymore on him.

Rob Gronkowski $7,200-I can definitely envision lineups this week with two tight ends as this slate has most of the big guys available. Paying up for Kelce and Gronk could be the play this week. With Chris Hogan out again I see Gronk being more involved than usual.

Evan Engram $6,000-Engram and Sterling Shepard are the two lone bright spots for the Giants and he should shine again this week.

Jared Cook $4,800-The Pats are not particularly good on defense this year and specifically struggle against the tight end. He could be a good option if you want to go contrarian and avoid the huge chalk guys Gronk and Kelce.

Cameron Brate $4,200-A bounce back spot here for Brate after a disappointing performance last week in a good matchup. Hopefully Mike Evans return to the field will open things up for the entire offense and especially for Brate.

Tyler Croft $2,900-He has been serviceable since replacing Tyler Eifert. The only team close to being as bad against the tight as the Giants is the Broncos and that is who he is facing.

David Njoku $2,500-He is just so dirt cheap. He has the big play upside and the defense isn’t scary here.

Defense and Special Teams

Ravens $3,400-Brett Hundley has looked bad and they are missing their top two running options.

Cardinals $3,200-As long as the Texans start Tom Savage I have no issue targeting opposing defenses.

Vikings $2,800-They get Everson Griffin back this week and are tough at home, do not be scared of the red hot Rams.


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