To recap Week 10 in just a few words, the Vikings and Saints remain solid, Adrian Clayborn is the best Defensive End ever (at least to new fans that started watching football in Week 10) and the Browns once again control their own destiny to once again claim the first pick in the next NFL Draft.
With Week 11 we may see the return of Danny Woodhead, Corey Coleman and Dede Westbrook. Devonta Freeman is out with a concussion, Ty Montgomery with another rib injury and Aaron Jones with an MCL injury. After reviewing the Week 11 match-ups, I think this will be a great week for receivers, but I struggled to find running backs with great match-ups. There are few. My picks for Week 11 Start ‘Em are below…
(Bye Week: Jets, Colts, Panthers and 49’ers)
Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona @ Houston (Draft Kings $6,900 / Fan Duel $6,900) – The Houston defense can’t stop the pass. The Blaine Gabbert to Larry Fitzgerald connection is the stuff of legend. Well, maybe I’m overstating the connection just a tad, but Fitzgerald is in for another good receiving week, and I’m guessing Blaine Gabbert will get the start even though Drew Stanton is practicing with a sprained knee.
DeVante Parker – Miami vs Tampa Bay (Draft Kings $6,500 / Fan Duel $6,200) – In previous weeks that I’ve picked Parker he hasn’t come through as I’ve expected. He did have an okay game against Carolina on Monday night and was open in the end zone on the last touchdown that went Jarvis Landry’s way, but this week shouldn’t be a blowout on either side. Neither defense is really shutting down opponents which should lead to more offensive plays and more opportunity for Parker. Tampa also lacks a strong pass rush which should give Cutler the time to step into his downfield passes, rather than constantly throwing off of his back foot, and improve his accuracy.
Sterling Shepard – NY Giants vs Kansas City (Draft Kings $6,300 / Fan Duel $6,500) – Shepard is now the target hog for the Giants offense and the Giants should find ways to line him up on the left side of the field, away from Marcus Peters. I expect another strong fantasy performance from Shepard this week.
Michael Crabtree – Oakland vs New England (Draft Kings $5,900 / Fan Duel $7,500) – The Patriots are winning, but their defense isn’t stopping the pass or the run. Both Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree should excel this week at home versus the Patriots.
Paul Richardson – Seattle vs Atlanta (Draft Kings $4,700 / Fan Duel $5,900) – Richardson should be in line for another nice fantasy performance this week after taking a back seat to Doug Baldwin and Jimmy Graham in Week 10. I’d expect Richardson’s targets to be up this week as Baldwin deals with the Falcons best corner, Desmond Trufant. The Atlanta defense’s athletic linebackers and safety Keanu Neal are also pretty good at taking away the tight end.
Kenyan Drake – Miami vs Tampa Bay (Draft Kings $4,800 / Fan Duel $5,600) – Tampa Bay actually ranks 14th against the run which isn’t bad, but it’s still about 109 yards per game. Drake showed this last game he is capable of making the big play, and should be able to pull off at least a couple of long runs this week and also be active in the passing game.
Kareem Hunt – Kansas City @ NY Giants (Draft Kings $8,000 / Fan Duel $8,600) – Hunt hasn’t made the list since early this year because he’s been too good. However of late he hasn’t had the same type of performances as he had during the first six games of the season. I think this is a perfect bounce back week for Hunt who should once again be well over 100 yards from scrimmage.
Leonard Fournette – Jacksonville @ Cleveland (Draft Kings $8,200 / Fan Duel $9,300) – Fournette has also been too good for this category but after a one game team suspension and struggling against the Chargers in Week 10 I also think he will bounce back this week. Cleveland is ranked 4th against the run but Jacksonville has made a habit of overcoming other teams tendencies on their way to a 6-3 record, and Fournette may be bottled up on a lot of carries, but I think he will also break a few downfield to get back in fantasy owners’ good graces this week.
Rex Burkhead – New England @ Oakland (Draft Kings $3,600 / Fan Duel $5,700) – Mike Gillislee was inactive (coach’s decison) in Week 10, and I think this will continue going forward as long as Dion Lewis and Rex Burkhead are healthy. Lewis has led the team in carries of late, but Burkhead has made the most of his recent opportunities in the running and passing game. This week both teams could score a lot of points and this would bode well for Burkhead’s usage.
Running Back Tandem
Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara – New Orleans vs Washington (Draft Kings $8,100, $7,500 / Fan Duel $8,200, $7,500)
At this point how can I not pick Ingram and Kamara, the best running back tandem in the NFL? Washington comes in 13th against the run, but this is Ingram and Kamara so obviously this does not matter, until they run into a bad week at least. Washington doesn’t have the firepower to grab a big lead against the Saints, so this will be another game where the Saints lead with the run and pass when necessary, so both Ingram and Kamara will once again come through with nice fantasy outputs.