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Fantasy Football: Who to start in Week 11

Pete Davidson
November 17, 2018 - 9:18 pm
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Week 11 is here, and it’s a fun slate compared to Week 10. The pricing on DraftKings leaves us with a lot of ways to approach lineup construction. My approach for the most part is to build around the stud running backs, who, in my opinion, are priced to sell. You won’t see Zeke Elliott, Saquon Barkley, Alvin Kamara, David Johnson or Christian McCaffrey listed below, but I can assure you, I will have a few of them in every lineup I make this week. They will be my foundation.

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All player pricing for this article was sourced from DraftKings.

Michael Thomas, WR, Saints vs. Eagles, $8,800

This one will probably be the worst kept secret on the Week 11 slate. Thomas has it all going for him this week. He’s playing great ball and is the clear cut lead dog in the passing game. He’s facing a battered secondary that was getting torched when healthy. He’s playing at home in the Superdome—where fantasy funny money is printed on a regular basis. Drew Brees is playing at a high level behind a fantastic offensive line. The Eagles are one of the best run defenses out there, so the clear line of attack is through the air. He’s going to take a big chunk out of your salary cap, but his combination of sturdy floor and a soaring ceiling makes him an easy choice this week. He’s a core piece of my main lineup.

Kenny Golladay, WR, Lions vs. Panthers, $5,800

Golden Tate punched his Golden Ticket to Philadelphia, and Marvin Jones is going to sit out Week 11 with a sore knee. That leaves Golladay as the primary cog in the Detroit passing game. Normally we worry about target volume in this new slowed down run-heavy offense. Not this week. Golladay is coming off of a 13 target game against the Bears. He paid off in that tough matchup with 78 yards and a touchdown. This week, we should expect similar volume with a higher degree of efficiency, because the Panthers do not defend anywhere near as well as the Bears. Golladay should see a lot of CB James Bradberry in coverage. He can win that matchup cleanly. I’m on Golladay in tournaments and in cash games as well.

Corey Davis, WR, Titans at Colts, $5,600

Last week, Davis was a monster as we all know. And, he did it against Stephon Gilmore, which makes it all the more impressive. This week, he goes up against a Colts defense that has been trending down and that will be without safety Malik Hooker—one of their best defenders. Davis has a plus matchup and with all the injuries to the Titans’ receivers, he’s in line for a significant target load. He’s a strong floor play with plenty of upside to go with it, and he’s a bargain too. Along with Golladay, he’s maybe the best value at the position this week.

Dion Lewis, RB, Titans at Colts, $4,800

I’m going back to the well here—even though the well ran dry on me last week. Dion had 20 carries against the Patriots, but the receptions and touchdowns never really happened. That should change this week against the Colts, who give up the second most receptions to running backs in the NFL. Lewis is a cost-saving option who could easily bust out for a 20-point game.

Theo Riddick, RB, Lions vs. Panthers, $4,000

Riddick has seen a role change since the departure of Golden Tate, who was traded to the Eagles. He’s now seeing about half his snaps as a slot receiver. This obviously helps Riddick’s potential volume and does the same for Kerryon Johnson, who also sees a snap increase in passing situations. For Week 11 DraftKings lineups, we can roster Riddick at a friendly price and expect a safe floor due to DK’s full PPR scoring. His ceiling is medium at best, but he’s still a potentially good way to open up some cap space while maintaining a solid floor.

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