FanDuel NFL Lineup Advice: Week 11 (Full Slate)
Week 10 is behind us, and we’ve got another exciting week of NFL action to look forward to once again. Four teams may be on bye, but have no fear, as there are tons of interesting matchups and players to explore in Week 11. This article covers the full FanDuel slate from Thu-Mon, meaning all 14 games are in play here.
Drew Brees (NO): $7,600 @ TB
Brees and the Saints laid an egg in a juicy matchup last week against Atlanta, but they’ll have the perfect opportunity to rebound with another soft opponent in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tampa has allowed the second-most points per game to opposing quarterbacks this season, along with the most passing yards per game. Already dealing with a plethora of injuries, the Buccaneers also cut starting cornerback Vernon Hargreaves. Hargreaves was one of the worst graded cornerbacks in the league already, but this loss just thins out an already depleted secondary. Brees should be able to pick this defense apart in a high-scoring affair this Sunday.
Le’Veon Bell (NYJ): $7,400 @ WAS
This is the third-straight week where Bell faces a soft matchup, as Washington has allowed the seventh-most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. Bell hasn’t quite delivered the huge point total yet, but he’s been getting massive volume over the last two weeks, averaging 23.5 touches in his last two games. That type of volume is exactly what we want in these types of matchups, and when that volume is paired with Bell’s elite talent it’s only a matter of time until he explodes. His salary is the highest it’s been in a few weeks and his so-so performances could keep ownership low, making Bell an ideal GPP play.
Melvin Gordon (LAC): $7,200 vs. KC
Gordon is back to his full workload, touching the ball 23 times in each of his last two games and averaging 22.1 points per game over that stretch. He’ll carry that hot streak into an excellent matchup with the Chiefs, who have allowed the most points per game to opposing running backs this season. Kansas City’s rush defense was just torched by Derrick Henry for 188 yards and two scores and now must face a red-hot Gordon. This game has a hefty 52.5 O/U, the largest total on the slate, and Gordon’s price is unbelievably low given the matchup and his recent performance. He is the must-have running back this week and, by playing the full slate, we can sneak him into our lineups rather easily.
Michael Thomas (NO): $9,000 @ TB
Even with New Orleans underperforming as a whole last week, Thomas still put up numbers. He reeled in 13 catches for 152 yards and 21.7 FanDuel points. That makes two straight weeks with over 21 points and he’s scored over 17 in four of his last five. He and Brees make for the perfect pairing this week, as they should feast on a weak Tampa Bay secondary. As previously mentioned, Vernon Hargreaves is gone, but that’s not Tampa’s only issue at cornerback.
Carlton Davis and M.J. Stewart are banged up, so unless the Bucs coax Brent Grimes out of retirement, rookies Jamel Dean and Sean Murphy-Bunting will carry the bulk of the load in this one. That’s good news for Thomas, who is skilled enough to burn any corner, let alone a pair of rookies. Even though they let us down this week, owners should have no fear loading up on the Saints in such a favorable matchup.
Julian Edelman (NE): $7,400 @ PHI
Edelman has always been a target monster, but he’s seen even more volume over the last few weeks, averaging 12.25 targets per game over his last four games. He’s scored double-digit fantasy points in all of those games and now draws an excellent matchup against Philadelphia. The Eagles have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points per game to opposing receivers and have gotten especially poor play out of starting corner Ronald Darby. New England is just a -3.5 road favorite in this one, a relatively low margin for them, so they’ll look to attack Philly where they’re weak, in the air. Edelman is nearly a lock for double-digit targets and should have no trouble hitting value in a matchup like this.
Marquise Brown (BAL): $5,600 vs. HOU
Brown has quickly become a favorite target of Lamar Jackson’s and the pair could be in for a huge day in a potentially high-scoring affair with Houston. This game has a 50.0 O/U with Baltimore as a -4 home favorite, so there are plenty of points to be had in this one. The Texans have really struggled against receivers as well, having allowed the fifth-most fantasy points per game to opposing wideouts. They’ve also allowed the fifth-most receiving touchdowns to opposing wide receivers this season.
Houston is also dealing with injuries to starters Bradley Roby and Tashaun Gipson, both of whom are vital components to this secondary. The absence of either would open up this passing game even more. Whether they play or not, Brown is a solid value as a WR3 at just $5.6K.
Tyler Eifert (CIN): $5,000 @ OAK
To say Eifert’s been playing well lately might be a stretch, but the veteran tight end has scored at least nine points in each of his last two games. He’s seen 13 targets over that stretch, his highest total across two games all season. Perhaps new Bengals signal-caller Ryan Finley will have good chemistry with Eifert, or maybe Eifert is healthy for the first time in a very long time. Either way, we’re looking at a cheap tight end who’s picked his game up in a great matchup with Oakland. We can’t ask for much more at this price.
Brian Hill (ATL): $5,900 @ CAR
Obviously, this play is contingent upon the health of Devonta Freeman, but if Freeman can’t go then Hill becomes a must-play. Hill piled up 20 carries in relief of Freeman last week, and with Freeman all but declared out, Hill is the hottest cheap running back available.
It’s hard to pass him up in this matchup too, as Carolina has surrendered the third-most points per game to opposing running backs this season. They were just utterly dominated by Green Bay’s rush attack last week for 163 yards and three touchdowns. The Panthers have allowed over 120 yards rushing and multiple rushing touchdowns for three consecutive games now. Owners should be licking their chops at the prospect of starting Hill under $6K in this matchup, especially with the workload he saw last week.
Pittsburgh Steelers: $4,100 @ CLE
This game has just a 40.0 O/U, and Pittsburgh’s defense has been dominant all season. They’ve forced multiple turnovers in every game this year and have had at least four sacks in all but two games. Sure, Cleveland’s been playing a bit better lately, but the Browns have still committed the fifth-most turnovers in the NFL and have allowed 25 sacks. The upside is quite rich given Pittsburgh’s price point and the low expected total in this game. The Steelers are a no-brainer at defense this week.