Week 10 of the Daily Fantasy Football (DFS) core and value picks went pretty well. Going with Eric Ebron over Jack Doyle turned out to be the right (i.e., profitable) decision, and Melvin Gordon had another solid week. If only Philip Rivers performed more in line with his numbers from recent weeks and it could have been a really nice week.
As for Week 11, even with six teams on bye there aren't that many fantasy studs who will be MIA as a result. The big Chiefs-Rams tilt on Monday night does thin the pool out quite a bit, but there are still plenty of available options.
Only three games are projected to go over 50 points, but there are some just a few ticks behind that are worth looking at:
Panthers at Lions — 51
Eagles at Saints — 54.5
Buccaneers at Giants — 52
Cowboys at Falcons — 48
Titans at Colts — 48
(Favored teams in bold)
So let’s get into my Week 11 DFS Picks, shall we? If this is one of your first times playing DFS feel free to check out my "10 Tips to Win at DFS."
As always any questions, arguments, or glowing praise can be sent to me via Twitter @fantsychillpony.
Teams on bye: Buffalo, Cleveland, Miami, New England, New York Jets, San Francisco
Week 11 Core Plays
These will be my top plays for the Sunday-Monday slate of games. These are players who I will try to have in as many lineups as possible. If I can, I will use three or all four in one lineup. A reminder that for cash games going with an elite quarterback is typically recommended. If you go value at quarterback he MUST meet value for your loaded lineup to be worth it.
QB: Drew Brees, New Orleans vs. Philadelphia ($8,500 FanDuel/$6,500 DraftKings)
The Saints dropped 51 points last week on the Bengals, doing a little bit of everything. Brees is going to thrive this week against the floundering Super Bowl champs. If the Eagles can hang with the Saints, Brees will get even more opportunities to put up numbers. This may be the best team in football right now, certainly the hottest. Brees is an all-time talent and with so many weapons he is both as safe as they come, with one of the highest ceilings in the league.
RB: Christian McCaffrey, Carolina at Detroit ($8,600 FanDuel/$8,500 DraftKings)
McCaffrey has become the focal point of the Panthers' offense and Cam Newton is loving it. With 21.6, 32.7 and 36.8 DraftKings points over his last three games, McCaffrey has been unstoppable. Next up is the Lions, who are allowing 123 rushing yards per game. Detroit did slow down Chicago's running game last week, but this is a prime matchup for McCaffrey, who should be a lock and will be heavily owned.
WR: DeAndre Hopkins, Houston at Washington ($8,600 FanDuel/$7,900 DraftKings)
Hopkins is a pricey, but reliable option this week, and I am leaning towards loading up at the receiver position. He is in a dream matchup facing a defense that has given up nearly 740 passing yards over the last two games. Nuk is going to eat this week and once again should be another highly owned, obvious play. In cash games, this doesn’t matter, so lock him up.
WR: Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants vs. Tampa Bay ($8,500 FanDuel/$8,400 DraftKings)
Beckham had a very nice game Monday night, and now gets to face another susceptible secondary. The Buccaneers are 29th in the league against the pass and have surrendered a league-high 23 touchdown passes while recording just one interception. Beckham needs Eli Manning to get him the ball, but the potential for another big game is there.
TE: Ricky Seals-Jones, Arizona vs Oakland ($5,200 FanDuel/$2,900 DraftKings)
This guy hasn’t worked out for us yet but maybe, just maybe the completely lost Raiders squad can change Seals-Jones' (and ours) fortunes. There is still a QB issue in Arizona but RSJ is coming off of a five-catch, 51-yard game. At this price that is three time value and all you need at tight end if you go with my picks at WR and RB.
Value Plays of the Week
QB: Don’t pay down this week. Just don’t do it.
RB: Dion Lewis, Tennessee at Indianapolis ($5,900 FanDuel/$4,800 DraftKings)
After back-to-back 21-puls point games, Lewis took a step back and managed a more modest 8.8 DraftKings points last week. But the key is that Lewis has been averaging nearly 20 carries per game over the past three and the Colts have had some issues against the run. Lewis also can do damage as a receiver as he's been averaging four catches per game during the same span.
WR: Alshon Jeffery, Philadelphia at New Orleans ($7,300 FanDuel/$6,300 DraftKings)
Not really a cheap play, but someone is going to need to catch passes if the Eagles want to try and hang with the Saints this week. Jeffery is far and away Philadelphia's best WR and No. 2 target overall to tight end Zach Ertz. Jeffery has been up and down this season, much like his team, but the potential for this game to feature plenty of offensive fireworks is too tempting to pass on this week.
— Written by Chris Meyers, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and a member of the FSWA. Meyers' work appears on many other sites, including socalledfantasyexperts.com. Follow him on Twitter @FantsyChillpony.