Week 11 may be one of the most wide-open weeks we have seen in quite some time in the NFL. There are good plays; however, I'm not sure there is a consensus must-play at any of the positions. If you have a strong feeling on a player, go with him. If not, and you are doing many drafts, consider diversifying your player selection. This may also be a good week to give the Dream Team contests a try, since there should be very few duplicate lineups in those games this week.
H2H or 3-Person Contests
Quarterbacks: There are three main options I see in these games. Russell Wilson is the top projected QB on DRAFT, and it's not a bad choice. With very little running game, Wilson will continue to throw a lot, as he has 86 pass attempts in his past two games at home. His running ability also gives Wilson a very high floor. Tom Brady gets to face Oakland in Mexico City. Oakland gives up the highest passer rating the past 8 games to quarterbacks at 116 and allow over 280 passing yards a game. Carson Wentz would be third for me on Sunday night against Dallas, who is allowing just under 21 fantasy points to quarterbacks in the last 8 games. In his past three games, Wentz has 10 touchdowns and the Eagles look unstoppable on offense.
Running Backs: Even in a week where there is no Le'Veon Bell, and no obvious matchup for running backs, there are still plenty of options that can cause you to wait on the position, if you like the other spots better. I don't see a top choice as all the players have things for and against them. Todd Gurley will be my "top" choice this week. Minnesota has been the stingiest defense against RBs all season. However, Gurley only has one game this season where he didn't finish with double-digit points on DRAFT. His ability to catch passes out of the backfield does raise his floor. Melvin Gordon is the top ranked RB on DRAFT, and the matchup is great against Buffalo, who just allowed over 300 rushing yards to New Orleans last week. The concern is Austin Ekeler saw quite a few touches last week. Gordon has the highest upside of this group. Speaking of the Saints RB, both Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara are fine plays. Kareem Hunt has a great matchup against the Giants, who allow 4.4 ypc and over 100 yards rushing this year. Hunt hasn't found the end zone lately and isn't getting as many touches as fantasy players would like. But, after Gordon, I think he has the highest upside of any RB this week.
Wide Receivers: I see the same problem here as I do Running Backs. Plenty of good options, but no one stands out. And I don't see anyone matching Antonio Brown's 3 touchdown performance on Thursday Night. Julio Jones should be the top option, especially with no Richard Sherman and a matchup against Shaq Griffin. With no Devonta Freeman, I can see Atlanta throwing more and getting Julio involved. My next two favorite options are tight ends. Travis Kelce gets the best matchup for a tight end: The New York Giants. The Giants have allowed a tight end touchdown every week this season, and Kelce has scored in three straight. Rob Gronkowski is always in play, and while Oakland has been average against tight ends, I don't think they have the defense to stop Gronk. Adam Thielen is ranked highly and could be involved in a shootout against the Rams. He has a Top 20 WR/CB matchup on Pro Football Focus. DeAndre Hopkins is fine later, but I may fade him. Tom Savage has been targeting him, but Hopkins drawing Patrick Peterson will severely limit his upside. He's playable if you don't like anyone else, but don't expect a monster game from him.
6 and 10 Person Games
In this tier, my favorite play would be Alex Smith. The Giants defense has been quite generous this season, allowing over 25 fantasy points to QBs. We keep waiting for Drew Brees to have a typical Brees game at home, but I don't know if it's coming. The running game is so good that he doesn't have to do much. He's an ok play, but you're taking him for a safe floor. Matt Ryan intrigues me, as Seattle is so banged up in the secondary, that he should be able to take advantage. I also think no Devonta Freeman may have them throwing more often. Dak Prescott is only in play if LT Tyron Smith is back. Keep an eye on that news throughout the week. Finally, though Minnesota is a tough defense, it's hard to argue what Jared Goff has been doing the past few weeks. Kirk Cousins was productive against the Vikings a week ago, and don't see why Goff couldn't continue it.
Other quarterbacks you can use: Derek Carr, Kirk Cousins
I'm fading LeSean McCoy this week. He has not done much the past two games, and this doesn't seem like a good spot, with Buffalo turning to rookie QB Nathan Peterman to start. I expect the Chargers to load the box and not let McCoy beat them. I know he disappointed last week, but Jordan Howard gets a Lions run defense that gives up over 21 points a game to running backs. Leonard Fournette didn't play much in the second half last week (not sure why) and draws a surprisingly tough matchup against Cleveland's top ranked DVOA run defense, according to Football Outsiders. Lower your expectations. I do have some interest in Jerrick McKinnon, who disappointed last week vs Washington, but gets a Rams run defense that does allow 4.3 ypc. With no Devonta Freeman, Tevin Coleman should be getting a majority of touches.Seattle has given up some production to running backs, including seven rushing touchdowns over the past eight games.
Other running backs you can use: Chris Thompson, Lamar Miller
I'll start two good receivers in tough matchups. I don't see myself having much A.J. Green against Denver. While Michael Thomas may see Josh Norman, the Vikings were productive against him last week, so I don't mind Thomas, who continues to be one of the most consistent receivers each week. Doug Baldwin has the 8th best WR/CB Matchup according to Pro Football Focus, and has put up 4 straight games of at least 5 catches for 50 yards. Sterling Shepard is one of two main targets for the Giants and the Chiefs are allowing just under 30 points to receivers, second worst the past eight weeks. The worst team, allowing just over 30 points to WR? That would be the Texans, so Larry Fitzgerald is in play. Mike Evans, DeVante Parker, and Jarvis Landry are all in play in that TB-MIA game, that should have a lot of passing as well.
Other wide receivers you can use: Robert Woods, Brandin Cooks, Keenan Allen, Zach Ertz
Lots of ways you can approach this week. Find a core you like and players you are comfortable with. I will be on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports radio this week at 12:35 where I will talk DRAFT and DFS. Finally, remember that Fantistics has listener league contests going on all the way up until Sunday. To see these contest, follow FantisticsRadio and you will see the $3, 10-man games appear in the lobby. I will jump in a couple of them throughout the week (skeeter1114). Good luck with all of your week four NFL contests.