Here are my DraftKings value plays for Week 11. They are listed in descending price order, not a ranking of who to play out of each group. YOU ultimately make the decision on these players and whether to put them in your lineup. These are not necessarily must plays (some are in my opinion) but players you can squeeze for extra value to save money on the rest of your roster. Be sure to check out the Fantasy Knuckleheads Podcast that airs live every Tuesday at 10pm (Value plays) and Thursday at 10pm (Lineups).
Matt Ryan – 6400
Ryan didn’t quite live up to my expectations last week, but that just keeps his price low in another dream matchup for this week. Carolina got lit up by the Eagles and even back at home, I don’t see a big time improvement from the Panthers secondary to keep Ryan from racking up the points this week.
Robert Griffin III – 6300
Pure speculation pick based on the matchup. Could he have a great game? Absolutely. Could he drop a dud? Absolutely. Play at your own risk here.
Mark Sanchez – 5800
Though the matchup against the Packers this week is much tougher than against the Panthers, I think that actually bodes well for Officer Butt Fumble. The way Rodgers is slinging the rock, Philly is going to need to score points to stay in this one and I don’t see a reason why they won’t. He may turn the ball over once or twice, but I think 300+ yards and 2+ TDs is attainable.
Alfred Morris – 5400
Alfred Morris is a different running back with RG3 under center because of the added threat Griffin is to tuck and run. Morris has been great the past two weeks and has even started catching the football! I’m just as confused as you are. Gerald McCoy might be back for the Bucs, which limits a bit of the upside, but the upside is still sky high in this one.
Rashad Jennings – 4700 / Ryan Mathews – 4500
If they’re back, they could have huge days. Jennings is the better DK player, but Mathews’ matchup this week evens them out in my opinion. Jennings should touch the ball 20+ times and catch the ball out of the backfield with regularity while Mathews will have 15+ touches to embarrass the Raiders lackluster run defense. Both are risky, but both won’t be at this price level for more than a week or two.
Frank Gore – 4500
This is a tough one to recommend but the Giants are so soft in the middle it just seems unfair. Gore has been the epitome of hit or miss this year even in dream matchups. I personally won’t play him until I see back-to-back weeks of solid production and a commitment to getting Gore the ball. Then again, Marshawn dropped 4 TDs on them last week. Great price, great upside, but play at your own risk.
Terrence West – 4400
Two weeks in a row West has led the Browns in carries. I personally believe he is a better fit for the Browns right now because there is no Alex Mack. Ben Tate came from Gary Kubiak’s zone-run scheme in Houston and he needs Mack on that line to be an effective runner. West just runs hard and tries to find a hole, which is why he’s been effective, even without Alex Mack. The headache of trying to figure out which of the three Browns’ backs will get into the endzone makes this a tough decision, but I’ll go with the guy I know will lead the team in touches…I hope.
Brandin Cooks – 5800
Home/road splits. Just look at them.
Roddy White – 5500
The Panthers held Maclin in check (not that they really needed to throw him the ball) but let Jordan Matthews run amok. The Falcons will score points this week and I expect both Roddy and Julio to have big time games.
Kelvin Benjamin – 4900
Even after struggling all game long, Benjamin still wound up with two touchdowns in the fourth quarter in a laugher last week. The targets will be there every week, and the worse the Panthers defense plays, the better the chance Kelvin scores a garbage time TD.
Jordan Matthews – 4500
Time to recognize Jordan Matthews everyone. In a draft class loaded with budding superstars, Jordan Matthews could be one of the best of all of them. With Sanchez now in the mix, the “extra” targets not going the way of Jeremy Maclin, have made their way from the ineffective Riley Cooper to Matthews and he is making the most of them. He’s the real deal and should find space to operate in a high-octane game with the Packers.
Pierre Garcon – 4000
Like RG3 and Morris, all about the matchup. Could have a monster PPR day or he could go for 2 catches and 15 yards. Good tourney play, don’t touch him in a 50/50.
Kenny Stills – 3500
Definitely a risk, but I like the targets he’s getting especially in the redzone. He’s not an endzone target, but Brees does like to give him an opportunity to break a short pass for a score in the redzone and I like his chances this week while the Bengals have their hands full with Graham, Cooks and Ingram.
Travis Kelce – 4000
Give me all the Kelce shares this week. The Seahawks cannot cover the tight end with Wagner still out of the lineup. Alex Smith has not thrown a touchdown pass to any wide receiver this year and I think the Seahawks will be able to contain Jamaal Charles to a certain extent. Put all that together and the ONLY way the Chiefs make this game competitive is if Kelce is heavily involved.
Kyle Rudolph – 3600
Rudolph and his banana hands are back! I’d like to see how he does this week, but is a serious threat to get in the endzone every single week with that massive pair of hands.
Mychal Rivera – 3100
Rivera has been averaging over nine targets and seven catches per game over the last three weeks with three touchdowns over that span. The matchup may be tougher than what he has been going up against recently, but he’s too heavily involved in this offense not to drop at least double digits in DK.