Daily Fantasy Football Week 11: DraftKings DFS Lineup Advice and Best Matchups

Jeff Smith@JSM8ithFeatured ColumnistNovember 16, 2015

SANTA CLARA, CA - NOVEMBER 08:  Devonta Freeman #24 of the Atlanta Falcons runs with the ball against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium on November 8, 2015 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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We're nearly there. The painful bye weeks are almost a thing of the past, meaning that you'll have an even larger pool of players to choose from on a weekly basis when filling out your daily fantasy lineups.

Whether you find that to be a good thing, or a bad thing, well, that's going to completely vary by person. Regardless, having the opportunity to choose from a wide range of studs will definitely make things even more interesting.

Looking towards Week 11 though, we'll be setting lineups without players from the Cleveland Browns, New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers and New Orleans Saints. Let's jump right into it with some early breakdowns, including which players you should be targeting for your rosters.


QB Options for Week 11
Top PerformerCam NewtonCarolina PanthersWAS$6,900
Safe BetDerek CarrOakland RaidersDET$6,300
Value PickMark SanchezPhiladelphia EaglesTB$5,000
Wild CardTony RomoDallas CowboysMIA$6,000
Salary info courtesy of DraftKings.com

When looking at the matchups across the board, a few things stand out at the quarterback position. One of the biggest things? Even the studs are in some pretty tough situations. With Tom Brady set to be without Julian Edelman, and Aaron Rodgers struggling as of late with a matchup against the Minnesota Vikings on the road up next, the "top performer" section is up for grabs.

The big winner? Cam Newton.

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While the Washington Redskins haven't been bad against opposing quarterbacks, they've only intercepted four passes this year. To top it off, Newton has been a stud in recent weeks. After torching the Green Bay Packers to the tune of 354 yards and four total touchdowns, he followed that up by scoring two more touchdowns (one rushing) against the Tennessee Titans in Week 10.

Carolina's lead man has now had at least two touchdowns in every game from Week 2 on, making him one of the most reliable fantasy options out there. His ability to beat opponents with his legs just makes him an even more appealing play.

Now, how about Carr as the safe bet? Well, Oakland's second-year quarterback has thrown 10 touchdowns over the past three games, and between Weeks 8-9 topped 30.34 fantasy points on DraftKings in both games. In Week 11, the Raiders face a Detroit Lions team who has allowed 2,157 yards and 14 touchdowns this season to opponents, while intercepting just four passes.

When talking about value, let's look no further than the Sanchize, Mark Sanchez. As Sports Illustrated reported with the tweet below, Sam Bradford suffered an AC sprain and a concussion, making him very, very unlikely to play in Week 11. So, the next man up is obviously Sanchez, who has spent plenty of time in Chip Kelly's offense.

Best of all for Sanchez, he's going to square off with a Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense who has allowed 2,046 yards and 19 touchdowns to this point in 2015. If there was a spot where Sanchez had to be forced into action this year, there's no better one than to go against the Buccaneers on his home field in Philadelphia.

It almost goes without saying that our wild card for Week 11 will be Tony Romo. Cowboys fans have anxiously awaited the return of Romo, and it seems that it's finally here. Adam Schefter of ESPN pointed out that while Romo is back, the question of whether or not it's too late for the Cowboys is still looming. Well, we're going to find out if Romo can lead the turnaround this Sunday against the Dolphins.

Want to take a shot that could pay off in a big, big way? Use Romo at his cost of $6,000, because it probably won't be this low again.

Running Back

RB Options for Week 11
Top PerformerDevonta FreemanATLIND$8,400
Safe BetTodd GurleySTLBAL$7,600
Value PickCharcandrick WestKCSD$4,500
Wild CardMatt JonesWASCAR$4,000
Salary info courtesy of DraftKings.com

I think we all realized something after what we saw from Devonta Freeman in Week 9, before the Atlanta Falcons' bye week. While Freeman rushed exactly 12 times for 12 yards in the loss to the San Francisco 49ers, he still managed to put together an impressive 21.9 fantasy points. The reason? The man does a little bit of everything.

If the run game isn't working for Atlanta, they'll utilize Freeman in the passing game, as he caught eight balls for 67 yards and a touchdown. Basically, Freeman seems like he's going to be unstoppable moving forward. To top it off, the Falcons are taking on the Indianapolis Colts, who have allowed 852 rushing yards and nine rushing touchdowns this season.

Freeman will be the focal point in Week 11 for Atlanta, so don't let his high price tag scare you off, because he's a stud, flat out.

Todd Gurley seems to be about as safe as it gets at this point. He and Freeman are the two players you can rely on to consistently put up big points, and a large part of that is due to the fact that their teams want to consistently put the ball in their hands.

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Even in a Week 10 matchup with the Chicago Bears, where the St. Louis Rams were behind essentially the whole game, he still managed 17.9 fantasy points. This means that every week since he became the workhorse in Week 4, Gurley has topped 17.9 points. Don't shy away from Gurley, and if there's any way you can pair up the two highest priced running backs, go ahead and lock that in.

Charcandrick West is the man to watch for as a value play. Not only is his cost set at just $4,500 on DraftKings, but he's out-producing that price in a massive way. Since Week 7, he's topped 22.2 fantasy points, with his best outing coming against the Denver Broncos in Week 10, as he scored 31.1 points. Basically, West is going to get the ball a ton (24 carries on Sunday), and the Chiefs seem completely dedicated to making sure he's the go-to offensive option.

Oh, and best of all? They face the San Diego Chargers, who have been awful against opposing running backs. Aside from allowing 1,041 rushing yards and eight rushing touchdowns, they've also given up 51 receptions for 520 receiving yards and three additional scores. West should feast on the Chargers defense.

Matt Jones is risky, I won't deny that, but the upside is tremendous. We saw him rush 11 times for 56 yards, while also catching three balls for 131 yards and a score in Week 10's victory over the New Orleans Saints. Next up, the Redskins draw the undefeated Carolina Panthers.

The only way that Washington leaves Carolina with a victory in Week 11, is by utilizing their top playmakers on the offensive side of the ball. Carolina has been strong defensively, but Jones brings the type of electric play that can cause problems for the Panthers. It's a boom-or-bust situation, but the potential for a huge boom week is there when talking about Jones.

Wide Receiver

WR Options for Week 11
Top PerformerDez BryantDALMIA$7,700
Safe BetMike EvansTBPHI$7,300
Value PickDanny AmendolaNEBUF$4,000
Wild CardStevie JohnsonSDKC$3,900
Salary info courtesy of DraftKings.com

The return of Dez Bryant hasn't blown us away to this point, with the exception of maybe one play in Week 9 against the Philadelphia Eagles. Fortunately, we've seen that Bryant is more than healthy enough to produce and be a major playmaker for the Dallas Cowboys. The problem? He's been missing his quarterback, Tony Romo.

This Sunday, is the return of Romo, as mentioned above. If you think that an angry Bryant with a hungry Romo won't equal fantasy success, then you're crazy. I expect to see Romo target Bryant a ton, and to utilize him in any and every way possible. Bryant's cost may be pretty high, but it's going to pay off against a Miami Dolphins team who has allowed 1,430 yards and 10 touchdowns to opposing wide receivers.

Then comes Evans, who's absolutely the safest bet against a Philadelphia Eagles team who has given up 1,589 yards and 11 touchdowns to opposing wide outs. After an up-and-down Week 9 matchup with the New York Giants where Evans caught eight balls for 150 yards, but also had five drops, he was obviously frustrated. That didn't stop him from proclaiming that his NFL" target="_blank">"bad days are 150 yards," as Around The NFL reported.

Well, he followed that comment up by torching the Dallas Cowboys in Week 11 to the tune of eight catches for 126 yards. No, he didn't score a touchdown, but expect him to have another huge showing against the Eagles in Week 11. It seems that rookie Jameis Winston's first look on any passing attempt is to Evans, and that likely won't be changing anytime soon.

Due to the massively unfortunate injury to Julian Edelman, which will require surgery, per NFL on ESPN's official Twitter, this shifts Danny Amendola into a big role. The New England Patriots love to throw the ball, and Amendola stepped up big in Week 10 after Edelman went down.

Edelman's likely replacement caught 10 of 11 passes for 79 yards during the comeback victory over the Giants, and it's likely just the start of a huge run for Amendola. Best of all, the Patriots are set to face off with the Buffalo Bills, who have given up 121 receptions to wide receivers, with 10 touchdowns this year. What Amendola did in Week 10 was just scratching the surface, and he will far exceed his cost in Week 11.

When we found out that Keenan Allen would be out for the year, it meant that Stevie Johnson and Malcom Floyd would be forced to step up. Well, Johnson had a solid game, catching seven balls for 68 yards. Fresh off a bye week and more time to prepare with Philip Rivers, Johnson and the Chargers will draw a Kansas City Chiefs team who have given up big numbers to opposing wide outs.

While the Chiefs just intercepted Peyton Manning four times in Week 10, it was obvious that something is and was going on with the Hall of Fame quarterback. Regardless, the Chiefs are a good team, but San Diego is going to throw it a ton against them. Kansas City has allowed 1,722 yards and 13 touchdowns to receivers this year, so Johnson should have no issue pulling in plenty of catches in Week 11.

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Pricing information and scoring data obtained from DraftKings.comAll statistics courtesy of ESPN unless otherwise specified.

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