Top DraftKings Football Values for Week 11
If you’ve never played weekly salary-cap fantasy games, you’re missing out on what’s quickly becoming the hottest new trend in fantasy football and a great way to make some quick cash. No longer are you locked into a team for an entire season (or longer) and subject to the pain of injuries and poor performance. Instead, each week you pick a new set of players to fill your lineup. This is an exciting format that takes away a lot of the stress that goes with season-long fantasy leagues.
For those not familiar with DraftKings’ format, you are awarded a total budget of $50,000 to fill a roster of nine players (QB, RB1, RB2, WR1, WR2, TE, FLEX (RB/WR/TE), K and DST). You must pick players from at least two different NFL teams that represent two different games that week. The scoring rules are similar to most PPR scoring leagues, but you can check out the details over at DraftKings for more information there.
Now that we’ve gotten the introductory information out of the way, here’s the most valuable DraftKings lineup for Week 11.
Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins ($6,500)
Tannehill has had a rough go at things this season, being sacked a league-high 37 times through the first 10 weeks. Despite this, Tannehill has played well for the most part, ranking seventh among quarterbacks with a +13.4 grade and is the 15th best fantasy quarterback, averaging 16.2 points per week. This week Tannehill has an ideal matchup, facing off against the San Diego Chargers’ pass coverage unit that is ranked dead last with a -49.0 grade and has allowed 2,681 passing yards and 14 touchdowns so far this season. While Tannehill might not be the most attractive option, he’s arguably the best value on DraftKings this week at just $6,500.
LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles ($8,200)
McCoy has been a beast all season, leading the league with 932 rushing yards and ranking seventh with 327 receiving yards. He’s also averaging 20.3 fantasy points per week, which is the fourth most in the league. Even with such a high price tag, McCoy is worth the money, as he goes up against the Washington Redskins’ 30th ranked run defense, sporting a -42.3 grade. Washington has allowed 887 rushing yards and 417 receiving yards to opposing running backs this season, along with 11 rushing touchdowns – tied for most in the league.
Reggie Bush, Detroit Lions ($7,500)
So far in his first season with the Lions, Bush has proven that when utilized properly, he can be a stud. He’s currently just 74 yards shy of 1,000 total yards on the season and is ranked eighth among running backs, averaging 19.4 points per week. This week, Bush and the Lions take on the Pittsburgh Steelers, who have struggled against fantasy running backs, allowing nearly 1,000 rushing yards, a league-high 11 touchdowns and 18.6 fantasy points per week. It shouldn’t be hard for Bush to have a huge day.
Andre Johnson, Houston Texans ($8,800)
Ever since Case Keenum took over under center for the Texans, Johnson has charged back to the forefront of fantasy relevance and is now ranked eighth among receivers and averaging a whopping 20.7 fantasy points per week – thanks mostly to 266 receiving yards and five touchdowns in the last two weeks. This week, Johnson should show no signs of slowing down against the Oakland Raiders, who have allowed 1,740 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns and are allowing 24.7 fantasy points per week to opposing receivers.
Marvin Jones, Cincinnati Bengals ($5,000)
Jones has moved his way up to 16th among fantasy receivers and is averaging 12.4 points per game, thanks mostly to six touchdowns in a three week span from Week 6-8. Things have cooled off for Jones recently, who had just one catch for two yards last week so he’s a bit of a risk here. But with all of the other surefire studs at other positions, he’s the best gamble worth taking at just $5,000 against a Cleveland Browns defense that has allowed 1,308 receiving yards, seven touchdowns and are giving up 17.3 points per week to opposing receivers.
Charles Clay, Miami Dolphins ($3,000)
Clay has handled the transition from fullback to tight end, to replace an injured Dustin Keller, well. Clay’s 384 receiving yards and four total touchdowns have him ranked 10th this season among tight ends and he’s averaging 11.4 points per week. Clay is by far the best dirt-cheap option among tight ends this week at just $3,000 and should have a decent day against San Diego’s terrible secondary.
Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals ($4,800)
Ellington continues to impress both on the ground and through the air the more his role in the Cardinals’ offense increases. Ellington has finally cracked RB2 territory as the 24th ranked fantasy back, averaging 11.7 points per week. This week, Ellington goes up against Jacksonville’s 31st-ranked run defense, currently showcasing a -42.7 grade. The Jaguars have also allowed 1,091 rushing yards, 366 receiving yards and 10 total touchdowns to opposing ‘backs this year, as well as given up 20.2 fantasy points per week.
Nick Novak, San Diego Chargers ($3,200)
Novak is the best option among the cheap kickers this week, as his 9.1 fantasy points per week is more than any other kicker in that price range. You really can’t go wrong with him here.
Defense and Special Teams
Buffalo Bills ($3,000)
The Bills are easily the best of the cheapest defenses, so they’re pretty much a no-brainer here. Their 7.7 fantasy points per week are more than enough to get the job done with a roster full of studs like this.