Welcome to the Week 11 Daily Fantasy Football (DFS) core and value plays. Last week was a break even or worse kind of week for myself and hopefully you all too. If you cashed even better, but it was a week some of the big-name players didn’t perform as well as hoped. Including the Bears DST, which was on everyone’s short list of must-plays.
On to Week 11 where there are four teams on bye but it only impacts the DFS landscape a little bit with only a few big names (Cam Newton, T.Y. Hilton, Christian McCaffrey being the biggest) not playing. There is plenty of value to be had, and with a few big offenses as of late dueling in the Vikings and the Rams there are some plays that could save us some money as well.
I will be focusing more on the cash game strategy, and by default may be intending these posts for the more novice DFS players. I am not a high-stakes tout, nor will I pretend to be and I am not intending for someone to read these posts and enter high entry tournaments expecting a big win.
What I will be doing each week is listing some top plays for the week at each position as well as a few value plays to help you start building your DFS lineup(s) for the upcoming week. More often than not I will not focus on the Thursday night games. I will be entering some lineups for those slates as well, but be forewarned this post will not include the Tennessee-Pittsburgh matchup.
So, now that my synopsis is out of the way let’s get into my Week 10 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."
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Teams on bye: Carolina, Indianapolis, New York Jets, San Francisco
Week 11 Core Plays
These will be my top plays of the week. These are players who I will try to have in as many lineups of mine 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: Russell Wilson, Seattle vs. Atlanta (Mon.) ($8,400 FanDuel/$7,000 DraftKings)
Wilson has been on an absolute tear and will be one of my favorite plays this week. The catch however is he is a Monday night play. If you play the Sunday-Monday or Thursday through Monday slate Wilson should be a lock. Wilson has 29.36, 39.08. 25.58 and 19.42 DraftKings points over his last four games. The Falcons have been playing better lately, and this game could be a close one.
For the main slate I am using Tom Brady ($8,600 FanDuel/$7,400 DraftKings). He should be a safe play in both cash and GPP if you choose to pay up.
RB: LeSean McCoy, Buffalo at Los Angeles Chargers ($8,000 FanDuel/$7,800 DraftKings)
Back-to-back terrible weeks from McCoy will absolutely terrify people off using him again. Toss in the benching of Tyrod Taylor and we have a mess in Buffalo. McCoy may be due for a heavier workload with a rookie taking over at QB and the Chargers happen to have one of the worst rushing defenses in the league. McCoy is due for a big game like he had in Weeks 7 and 8.
WR: Michael Thomas, New Orleans vs. Washington ($8,600 FanDuel/$7,400 DraftKings)
We just saw Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs shred the Washington secondary and Thomas has been putting up WR1 numbers over the last four weeks. No gigantic weeks, but safe and consistent. I expect him to see plenty of targets on Sunday. The Redskins have fared better against the run than the Bills so while the Saints RBs will be effective, I don’t think they will dominate this game.
WR: Jamison Crowder, Washington at New Orleans ($5,400 FanDuel/$4,300 DraftKings)
Crowder has been solid over his past two weeks and should be good to go against the much-improved Saints defense this week. The main appeal with Crowder is the 13 and 11 targets he has seen the past two games. No touchdowns but perhaps that is coming this week. This is a fair price for someone who is seeing the ball come his way this much.
TE: Travis Kelce, Kansas City at New York Giants ($7,500 FanDuel/$7,300 DraftKings)
I am buying into the “play whichever TE is facing the Giants” trend, especially this week. Kelce is a very good tight end, so the upside is here either way. Toss in a near lock for a touchdown and Kelce should be the top tight end on the slate. You won’t be sneaky, but he should meet value.
Value Plays of the Week
QB: Case Keenum, Minnesota vs. Los Angeles Rams ($7,300 FanDuel/$5,100 DraftKings)
Keenum was having a near-perfect game until the back-to-back interceptions in the third and fourth quarter last week and this week was assured the starting role. Assuming he doesn’t make terrible mistakes he should be able to run the offense with minimal mistakes. He has weapons as well, especially at wide receiver. Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen have been absolute studs, and if you decide to roll with Keenum be sure to pair him with a Thielen or Diggs.
RB: Chris Thompson, Washington at New Orleans ($6,800 FanDuel/$5,400 DraftKings)
Thompson has hit a “lull” so to speak compared to his three-week run (Weeks 6-8) of double-digit DraftKings points. He has also only seen just three and four targets in the past two games, but let that scare the box score DFS players. He has faced two of the best defenses in the league during this cold spell. Now he faces one of the hottest teams in the league in New Orleans and Thompson should certainly be a part of the offense if the Redskins want to stay in the game.
WR: Deonte Thompson, Buffalo at Los Angeles Chargers ($4,700 FanDuel/$3,300 DraftKings)
Thompson is an “all or nothing” player. He also has the good old roller-coaster ride production going for him. Since Week 5 he has 0, 17.7, 1.5, 21.1, and last week 1.5 DraftKings points. So if you believe in trends he should be due for an explosive week once again right? At near minimum price, with a new quarterback, and an upward trend in our favor why not throw this dart 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.