Week 10 was a week with the highest of expectations for me, and I loved the matchups, pricing, and everything about this daily fantasy football slate. Some of the value picks hit (Eli Rogers and Stefon Diggs) but there was plenty of disappointing performances from players like Matt Ryan and Mike Evans.
My “Top Play” at running back of Devontae Booker flopped as well. Instead the big three running backs (David Johnson, Le’Veon Bell, Ezekiel Elliott) all exploded with monstrous weeks and if you didn’t own two of them and Marcus Mariota it was likely very tough going for you.
I am disappointed with the results, but this is a new week folks! This isn’t seasonal where another loss may be your demise. You lose one week, and you have a new and juicy week waiting for you the following week. How great is that?
There are 12 games once again on the main slate this week and most of the biggest names in the game are back on the slate. There are some very big hitters missing this week with the Broncos, Chargers, Falcons and Jets on bye. Last week one of my main strategies was to emphasize and spend heavily on running backs, so this week will likely be more of the same.
What I will be doing in this space is sharing my top plays for the week, a value play, and most importantly a lineup or two. I will likely be focusing on cash games (50/50 and Double Up) and not GPP (tournaments, multi-player) contests. My Week 11 lineups should work in both formats.
So let’s get into my top plays, value play and lineups for Week 6 shall we? As always any questions, arguments, or glowing praise can be sent to me via Twitter @fantsychillpony.
Week 11 Top 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 all three in one lineup. A reminder for cash games: going with an elite quarterback is typically recommended. If you opt for a value quarterback he MUST meet value for your loaded lineup to be worth it.
QB: Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh at Cleveland ($8,400 FanDuel/$7,500 DraftKings)
This was tough to decide between Big Ben and Tom Brady this week. I will be using both quarterbacks in lineups this week for sure, but for a majority of them it will be Roethlisberger. Stacking either of their teams will work well too.
There isn’t much good to say about the Browns and as you saw last week Roethlisberger looks to be recovered well enough, and if not this is as good a matchup to knock off any remaining rust as there is. Cleveland is allowing 21.5 fantasy points per game to quarterbacks, and with weapons like Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell, Big Ben is as safe as it gets for Week 11.
RB: Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh at Cleveland ($9,100 FanDuel/$8,800 DraftKings)
Bell blew up in a big way against Dallas, and although he was still outdone by Ezekiel Elliott he looks to be ready to eat up defenses the rest of the way. The Browns are the second-worst rushing defense in the league and allowing more than 160 yards and 27 fantasy points per game to running backs. Just like his quarterback, Bell is one of the safest and chalkiest plays of the week for sure. Spend up with confidence.
WR: Jamison Crowder, Washington at Green Bay ($6,300 FanDuel/$5,400 DraftKings)
Crowder is coming off games with 9, 13, and six targets and this week he faces the Packers’ terrible secondary. As you saw last week against the Vikings, when Kirk Cousins gets in rhythm he enjoys spreading the ball around. Crowder will have plenty of looks in this one though facing a weaker secondary. Green Bay is allowing 169 receiving yards to the position along with 1.75 touchdowns. Crowder isn’t the only weapon Washington has, but he is the most explosive. I look for him to exploit this opponent. For a safer play spend up with A.J. Green or Antonio Brown this week.
TE: Martellus Bennett, New England at San Francisco ($5,200 FanDuel /$3,700 DraftKings)
Bennett will be the focal point of this Patriots offense without Rob Gronkowski. You saw him thrive last week, even with Gronk on the field. Tom Brady will spread it around and use whatever works but there isn’t a better red-zone option than Bennett on the Pats. His price is nowhere close to his value this week because of the injury so he should be a lock for cash games folks.
Value Play of the Week
Cameron Meredith, Chicago Bears at New York Giants ($5,600 FanDuel /$4,100 DraftKings)
Meredith will be back in the limelight following Alshon Jeffery’s four-game suspension. Much like Martellus Bennett, pricing was set prior to this news so Meredith is now a chalky value play. The Giants haven’t been terrible, nor have they been great against wide receivers this season. Chicago is projected to lose by seven points in a game Vegas predicts to produce 45.5 points. Playing from behind will mean the Bears tossing the ball and Meredith and Zach Miller figure to be Jay Cutler’s primary targets.
This week I am only posting one lineup for each site. Again these are lineups that should work well, in addition to encompassing my top plays for the week in some fashion. However, I don’t recommend only using this lineup. Find values and mix it up. Making your lineup your own is more fun and challenging.
This week I constructed a lineup I will be playing in both types of games (Cash and GPP) on both sites.
FanDuel Cash/GPP Lineup
DraftKings Cash/GPP Lineup
— 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.