As we head into the weekend, be sure to check out all the content rolling onto the Rotoworld Daily page. Here’s a list of articles looking at the NFL DFS Week 11 slate. I will be updating as new columns are added, so consider this section as your DFS Table of Contents.
NFL DFS Bargains by Renee Miller
NFL GPP Pivots by Spencer Limbach
NFL DFS Stacks by Renee Miller
Fantasy Football Forecast by Hayden Winks
DFS Building Blocks (VIDEO) with John Daigle & Ian Hartitz
NFL DFS Starting Points by Renee Miller
DFS Value Finder by Nick Mensio (coming soon)
NFL DFS Fades by Renee Miller (coming soon)
NFL DFS Single Game Breakdown (check back for Sunday & Monday Night Football)
Now onto the NFL DFS Must Plays for Week 11!
Just a reminder, this column includes only Sunday afternoon games (not SNF), as that’s considered the main slate on DFS sites.
PLATINUM: Build your lineup around these guys
Lamar Jackson - QB - Baltimore (vs. Houston)
Who else? Jackson came up huge for us last week (and this entire season) with an outstanding 33 fantasy point performance at Cincinnati. This home date with Houston doesn’t look quite as good on paper, but the Texans are extremely vulnerable to the pass - ranking 29th in that category. In fact, Houston has allowed the ninth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season, and there’s a good chance that will rise after Sunday. The DFS pricing seems soft with numerous value options (especially at WR), so you can easily build a confident lineup around Jackson as your first building block.
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GOLD: Next wave to consider in terms of priority
Dalvin Cook - RB - Minnesota (vs. Denver)
We all know Cook is a fantasy beast, as he bullied his way to 28 fantasy points (183 total yards, TD) against a Dallas defense that ranked top ten vs. the run. The Minnesota RB finds himself in another matchup to thrive, as the Vikings check-in as double-digit home favorites against Denver. The Broncos are tough against the pass (4th), but generous to the run (17th). That works out perfectly for Minnesota, who will try to establish Cook and the running game by any means necessary. Another 20+ fantasy total is in the cards for Dalvin.
Ezekiel Elliott - RB - Dallas (at Detroit)
As mentioned earlier, the pricing is soft this week, and there are plenty of value options at receiver. That allows you to roster Jackson alongside a pair of premium running backs. Christian McCaffrey is in the conversation, but Cook and Elliott are both significantly cheaper with similar projections. Elliott was wrapped-up by a Minnesota defense that was determined to take him out of the game last Sunday night, but a bounce-back performance should be in store for Week 11. “Zeke” will face the Lions, who have allowed the second-most fantasy points to running backs this season. Game flow should be on his side, and there’s a good chance the Dallas RB posts his best fantasy score of the season on Sunday.
SILVER: Good options that narrowly rank ahead of similar players
Tevin Coleman - RB - San Francisco (vs. Arizona)
We’ll need to keep an eye on the San Francisco backfield while moving closer to Sunday. Coleman is questionable with a personal matter, while fellow RBs Matt Breida (ankle) and Raheem Mostert (knee) are both questionable as well. Breida missed Thursday’s practice, and it seems like he’s in jeopardy of not playing this week. If that’s the case, Coleman could see a nice boost in a game that had his name written all over it to begin with. Of course, if Coleman’s status doesn’t pan out for Sunday, then Mostert would be in line for significant volume as a beautiful fantasy lift in that situation. Back to Coleman though: he posted a pair of mediocre fantasy showings over his last two, but we could see a run-heavy approach from the 49ers while likely maintaining a comfortable lead over Arizona at home.
D.J. Moore - WR - Carolina (vs. Atlanta)
More has seen nine or more targets in each of the past four games, and that’s finally starting to pay fantasy dividends with 221 receiving yards over the past two games. Now, Moore will see one of the better matchups in recent memory, facing a burnable Atlanta defense that ranks 25th against the pass. The Carolina WR is underpriced on most DFS sites despite his recent success, creating a favorable buy-low situation through all formats.
BRONZE: Not 100% necessities, but they mix well into a quality lineup
Mark Andrews - TE - Baltimore (vs. Houston)
As mentioned in the header of this section, Andrews is not a 100% necessity. If you want to look towards a cheaper tight end (Olsen, Eifert, etc) and use the leftover cap space to snag Christian McCaffrey, then go ahead and do it. However, Andrews makes for a favorable stacking extension of Lamar Jackson. As mentioned earlier, Houston ranks 29th against the pass. The Texans have been pretty good against opposing tight ends (6th fewest FP allowed), but Andrews will continue to operate as the top pass catcher for an offense that moves the ball as well as anyone in football. The fact that Houston funnels production to the air could help Andrews see some red-zone looks.
John Brown - WR - Buffalo (at Miami)
Brown was mentioned in the NFL GPP Pivots article this week, but I believe he’s viable cash game choice as well. The matchup is great, and his price tag comes at a nice discount when considering his eight targets and 11.5 FPPG average on the season. Brown posted a nice 5-83-1 line the last time he played Miami, and I believe he can replicate that on the road.
Calvin Ridley - WR - Atlanta (at Carolina)
The Falcons will likely be throwing in this matchup, and they are down a few receiving options with WR Mohamed Sanu traded away and TE Austin Hooper a “longshot” to play in Week 11. That leaves Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley to pick up the slack, and I believe Ridley could come away with a nice return on fantasy investment. Sure, he has been “boom or bust” over the years, but Ridley’s volume should stabilize due to attrition in the Falcons’ receiving corps.
PARTICIPATION RIBBONS: Fell just short of a featured spot
Derek Carr - QB - Oakland (vs. Cincinnati)
Christian McCaffrey - RB - Carolina (at Green Bay)
Josh Jacobs - RB - Oakland (vs. Cincinnati)
Brian Hill - RB - Atlanta (at Carolina)
Michael Thomas - WR - New Orleans (at Tampa Bay)
Tyler Boyd - WR - Cincinnati (at Oakland)
Courtland Sutton - WR - Denver (at Minnesota)
Greg Olsen - Carolina (vs. Atlanta)
Panthers Defense (vs. Atlanta)