Fantasy Football: Start these Patriots in Week 11

Pete Davidson
November 16, 2019 - 2:32 pm
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Last week, I used this space to offer up a cure for bye week boredom.  And, hopefully, some of you used my Christian Kirk recommendation!  In Week 11, we are far from being bored, as the Patriots and Eagles are positioned as the NFL's Game of the Week!  And guess what?  It's fertile ground for fantasy purposes, with a few Patriots in-play on DraftKings.  The pricing is inviting for certain players.  If you are interested in building some Patriots-centric lineups, keep reading.

Looking for seasonal advice instead?  For my take on every relevant skill player for Week 11 fantasy purposes, check out my lineup rankings at Rotobahn.com.  It’s completely free.  No registration.  No signing in.  Just follow the link and enjoy.  They get updated on Saturday afternoon.

All pricing in this article was sourced from DraftKings.

Tom Brady, QB, Patriots at Eagles, $6,400

Brady saves me some money off of the truly elite Week 11 option, Lamar Jackson.  If cost was no object, Jackson would be my play.  The thing is, Brady gives me a nice floor due to the matchup, because you throw to beat Philadelphia.  Not just because they are somewhat soft in coverage, but because they stuff the run with prejudice.  The Patriots, being exceedingly opponent-specific in their approach, should slant their offense towards Brady.  I like him as a tournament play in smaller field single entry GPPs, like the "200K Fair Catch" on DraftKings, or ideally, in even smaller field events.  The trick with a Brady-led lineup is how to stack it, because in my view, it's a counter-intuitive stack this week.  That's my way of saying that Julian Edelman's Week 11 price is too high.

Christian McCaffrey, RB, Panthers vs. Falcons, $10,500

As I said last week, that's a lot of moolah!  And, like last week, I am willing to spend it for CMC's services.  The home matchup with the Falcons is even better than last week's tilt in Green Bay.  The bottom line is that McCaffrey's talent combined with his usage is unique in the best possible way.  There are no other NFL backs who can match it right now.  There are plenty of ways to play this week's slate, but for me, most will include finding a way to get McCaffrey rostered. 

James White, RB, Patriots at Eagles, $5,400

In Week 9, against the Ravens, the Patriots used White more as a runner than in any game all year.  He had nine carries.  Going into that game, White was averaging just over three per game.  The Ravens are a team best attacked via the run.  And, as usual, the Patriots correctly profiled their opponent.  Assuming they profile Philadelphia just as effectively, White should see fewer carries but more targets, and that works on DraftKings, thanks to their full PPR scoring.  The reason I like White in a Brady stack, in this game, is because I see them as the most likely QB/RB battery when the Patriots get near the stripe.  Said differently, I think White's chances of scoring a touchdown are higher than normal.  Jim Hackett and I will dive deeper into this potentiality on the Fantasy Football Hour this week.

Mohamed Sanu, WR, Patriots at Eagles, $5,100

In a game that should be tilted towards pass attempts rather than rush attempts, it's hard to not like Sanu at this price.  He offers a bit of everything and after his 14-target performance in Week 9, I'm pretty bullish on his role.  Brady really seems intent on getting Sanu involved.  Thusly, he is the core component in my Brady stacks this week.

Christian Kirk, WR, Cardinals at 49ers, $5,700

He's only $500 higher than last week after scoring three times.  Granted, last week was a better matchup overall, but Kirk still has a hammer lock on targets within the scheme, so I'm almost as bullish on him as I was in Week 10.

Michael Thomas, WR, Saints at Bucs, $9,900

Thomas is the most dependable raw wide receiver play on the main Week 11 slate, and it sure appears as if DraftKings knew this when they priced him.  I can't lie, my reflexive reaction was, "well, it looks like I'll be avoiding MT this week."  Then I started doing all my research, and, the more I looked at it, the more I wanted to find a way to play Thomas.  His ability and role in this particular matchup makes it hard to sit him.  The Bucs blitz and send numbers more than almost anybody.  They sell out to pressure the quarterback and to stuff the run.  It makes them a predictable pass funnel if the quarterback can process, and Drew Brees can process with anybody who has ever played the position.  The ball is going to find Thomas early and often in my view.

Lastly, please remember to play within your own comfort level.  You can have loads of fun playing DFS without spending more than a few bucks a week, so please play responsibly.

Jim Hackett and I will get into all of our favorite Week 11 plays on the Fantasy Football Hour, live on 93.7 at 8 a.m. on Sundays.  Join us!

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