Last week was a good week for out top picks in daily fantasy football, as only the Denver Broncos defense ended up being a true miss. Everyone else was decent to elite, while Adrian Peterson was the play of the week with over 200 yards rushing.
While we nailed most of our calls, things are a bit different this week with numerous injuries shaking up the field. We also want to step away from picking all of the same guys every week, so we’re going to stay away from any options we suggested in week 10. Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski and Adrian Peterson are all very much in play, but let’s challenge ourselves a bit going into daily fantasy football’s 11th week:
QB: Philip Rivers – Chargers ($6.9k) and Carson Palmer – Cardinals ($6.7k)
The Chiefs pretty much ended Peyton Manning last week but I still don’t think they’ve done enough to fear them. Rivers has been a total machine all year, anyways (23.4 fantasy points per game) and is a pretty solid price at home this week. He no longer has Keenan Allen at his disposal but he’s got enough weapons to take advantage of this matchup and could be a top-5 producer at a bit of a discount.
The same goes for Palmer, who is at home against the team that drafted him over a decade ago. The Bengals are solid against fantasy quarterbacks by the numbers, but Palmer might be matchup proof after hanging 300+ yards and three touchdowns on the Seahawks last week. I think he has another big game against his former team.
We know Freeman is a total boss, and now he gets a Colts run defense that has struggled all year. Freeman wasn’t able to find much success on the ground in his last game, but he is always active as a receiver and scored for the 11th time in week nine. It’s a favorable matchup on paper and he has a tremendous role. You really have to pay up to get him, but there aren’t many rushers that are safer in daily fantasy football.
Beast Mode was a little banged up last week, but he still scored and had over 10 fantasy points despite bad game flow in a loss to the Cardinals. Things should be different this week, as Seattle badly needs a win and gets a shaky 49ers team. I see a big bounce back game all around for Seattle and 100+ yards and 1-2 scores out of Lynch wouldn’t be a surprise at all.
WR: Dez Bryant – Cowboys ($7.7k) and Calvin Johnson – Lions ($7.2k)
Julio Jones is the easiest call of the week and just like last week (and every week), we also like ODB. But Bryant and Megatron are two fun, safe elite plays to consider, as well. Bryant had a big week nine and gets Tony Romo back in week 11, so he could be ready for his best game of the year. It helps that he faces a beatable Miami defense and that Dallas badly needs to win this week.
Megatron has been just decent for most of 2015, as he’s put up 10+ fantasy points in every game but week one. He’ll do that and more in week 11, as he faces a very shaky Raiders secondary. Johnson is due for a huge game and the Lions seem to be getting their mojo back after winning two out of their last four contests.
TE: Greg Olsen – Panthers ($6.2k) and Jason Witten – Cowboys ($5.1k)
Gronk remains the easy and obvious call at tight end, but there are other safe, high upside routes to take. Olsen is definitely one, as he’s still all Cam Newton really has in terms of consistent and reliable weapons. Olsen is a constant red-zone threat and has now put up 16+ fantasy points in three straight games. The Redskins are not the easiest matchup, but he should get plenty of targets and could score this week.
Witten is a fun try just based off of what he did in Romo’s only two games in 2015. He scored twice in week one and in Romo’s only action he racked up 15 catches. I don’t know if Romo goes nuts in his first game back, but the matchup certainly supports that possibility.
DEF: Seattle Seahawks ($4k) and Carolina Panthers ($3.4k)
Seattle is too obvious of a call to not include here this week. They are at home against Blaine Gabbert and a putrid Niners offense. Gabbert actually looked solid in a week nine win, but he’s on the road against the Legion of Boom. If they don’t get you 10+ fantasy points, it’d be a total shock.
Carolina is another strong team defense for week 11, as they go up against Kirk Cousins. Cousins has actually been solid lately but he only has two multi-score games on the year and typically turns the ball over a good amount. Carolina is a safe bet to get some turnovers and produce around 10 fantasy points.
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