Fantasy Football Week 11 Best Starts
With six teams again on a bye week in Week 11, the talent pool is admittedly a bit thin to choose from. But there are still several good matchups which you can take advantage of with your standard or daily fantasy sports (DFS) fantasy football teams.
Here are some of our favorite plays for Week 11:
Quarterback: Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans — Coming off back-to-back games with at least two touchdown passes and three-straight games with 228 passing yards, Marcus Mariota is a solid streaming play or fill-in (if your regular starter is on bye) this week, going against the Indianapolis Colts. Indianapolis is ranked 27th in passing defense in FootballOutsiders.com’s Defense-adjusted Value Over Average (DVOA) metric, and has allowed the most points to opposing fantasy quarterbacks in most standard scoring leagues. Mariota might be forced to throw a fair amount of passes in the game if it turns into a shootout against Andrew Luck.
Running Back: David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals – In fairness, you’re probably starting Davis Johnson if you have him on your regular fantasy football team. But Johnson might be a nice to add him your DFS team, as he and Cardinals face the hapless Oakland Raiders. Oakland has the third-worst rushing defense in the NFL (in yards per allowed), and has given up at least rushing 85 yards to the top running back of their last three opponents, and two of them also scored touchdowns.
Running Back: Peyton Barber, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – The rushing attack of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has been all but anemic this year. However, running back Peyton Barber looked rather spry in the 13 carries he logged last week, gaining 61 yards (averaging 4.7 yards per carry). Can he build on that this week against the New York Giants, who give up the ninth-most rushing yards and fifth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs? Lord knows the Buccaneers will consider minimizing all the mistakes made by Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Barber might be a really nice value on most DFS squads.
Wide Receiver: Alshon Jeffrey, Philadelphia Eagles – Lost in the clamor of “Super Bowl hangover” the Philadelphia Eagles are undergoing is the fact that Alshon Jeffrey has looked really good, even if the numbers don’t really tell the full story. But Philadelphia plays New Orleans this week, which means there are going to be a lot of points scored in this game, which also means that Philadelphia will be throwing the football a lot. New Orleans is the second-worst team in the NFL, in terms of defending against their opponent’s #1 wide receiver. Plus, the Saints’ pass defense is really good against opposing tight ends, meaning the targets that would otherwise go in Zach Ertz’s direction might be thrown to Jeffrey.
Wide Receiver: Amari Cooper, Dallas Cowboys – Since arriving from Oakland, Amari Cooper caught at least five passes for 58 yards over the past two games, including a touchdown catch in Dallas’ loss against Tennessee. He has a great chance to up those numbers against Atlanta, who gives up the third-most passing yards per game and is tied for the third-most touchdown passes allowed. In addition, the Falcons have allowed the third-most points to opposing #1 receivers.
Tight End: Evan Engram, New York Giants – There admittedly aren’t a lot of great options at tight end this week, especially since the tight end position has underperformed so much this year. And while Evan Engram hasn’t put up the statistics that most thought he would in his second season, he’s going up against a Tampa Bay team that’s the 5th-worst in the NFL against opposing tight ends and is in the bottom 10 in the league in points allowed to fantasy tight ends. Buccaneers’ linebacker Lavonte David is also ruled out for this game, meaning one of Tampa Bay’s top defenders against tight ends will also be out.