Draftster Plays Week 11: Start Your Lineups With Mark Ingram
November 16, 2014 | adam cook
By: Adam Cook (@fantasy_schnerd)
Running back is fun yet again in Week 11 and the popular zero RB strategy is paying off for owners who utilized that. Both of my running back plays this week could have possibly been found on the waiver wire at some point this season in Mark Ingram and Jerick McKinnon. I have been going cheap at running back and heavy at wide receiver and I have been getting lucky with this strategy. You will see where my top RB play isn’t a top 5 option and that my top WR play is more expensive. Dish a comment and let me know who you are playing on Draftster this week. If you like playing daily fantasy football, go check out www.draftster.com!
Phillip Rivers- San Diego Chargers- $7200
Rivers has routinely been priced in the $8000 range before one bad week on the East Coast deflated his salary. He gets a favorable home matchup against the Oakland Raiders who just got torched by Peyton Manning. Rivers is priced below inferior options like Matthew Stafford and Colin Kaepernick who average fewer points per game. He has been better at home as well averaging 288.5 PYPG with an 11:2 TD/INT ratio. The Raiders have allowed 17 touchdown passes this year to only 5 interceptions. Play with confidence.
Top Value Play
Teddy Bridgewater- Minnesota Vikings- $5500
If your strategy involves saving money at the quarterback position then Teddy is a must play in Week 11. Everyone knows how bad the Bears defense is after allowing 6 touchdown passes to Aaron Rodgers in primetime last week. For the season, they are allowing 268.6 PYPG and the 2nd most touchdown passes at 23. Their defense is depleted with injuries and has been terrible recently. Bridgewater has been playing better recently without turnovers in two straight weeks. He also had a bye week last week to get extra preparation in.
Mark Ingram- New Orleans Saints- $6300
Ingram is the hottest running back in the league with 100 rushing yards in 3 straight games and 3 touchdowns over that same span. In 2 home games this year, Ingram is averaging 146 RYPG and 23.7 FPPG. He gets a dream matchup versus the Bengals who just allowed 3 rushing touchdowns to 3 different running backs in Week 10. The Bengals are allowing 143 RYPG and 4.5 YPC in 2014. He is a top 5 RB this week in my opinion and you can play him for a mid range price.
Top Value Play
Jerick McKinnon- Minnesota Vikings- $4300
Unless Adrian Peterson all of a sudden gets reinstated immediately, McKinnon is a great value play this week. 2014 has not been kind to McKinnon in the TD department as he hasn’t scored yet despite 552 total yards. The Vikings are coming off a bye week which should have helped McKinnon get more implementation into the game plan and passing game. Again, the Bears defense isn’t very good and they are allowing 112.8 RYPG. Week 11 is the week that McKinnon scores his first TD.
Jordy Nelson- Green Bay Packers- $8400
Demaryius Thomas, Calvin Johnson, and Antonio Brown all have plus matchups, but Jordy is my top play. His chemistry is top of the line with Aaron Rodgers and he is tied for the league high touchdown total for wide receivers with 8. The Packers and Eagles game has one of the highest over/unders in Week 11 and I expect a lot of fireworks in this game. In 4 home games this year, Nelson is averaging 126.8 YPG with 5 TD’s. Pay up and enjoy the production.
Top Value Play
Jordan Matthews- Philadelphia Eagles- $4400
Let’s flip the script and go to the other locker room for the top value play this week. Matthews is a rookie, but Mark Sanchez loves this guy as they built a lot of chemistry in the off-season in 2nd team practices. Sanchez also loves throwing the ball in the middle of the field and that is where Matthews does his route damage. In 2 games with Sanchez, he has totaled 10 receptions for 178 yards and 3 touchdowns. Riley Cooper and Zach Ertz are afterthoughts leaving Jordan as the 2nd passing game option behind Jeremy Maclin. He is a must play at his deflated price.
Rob Gronkowski- New England Patriots- $8200
If you can fit Gronkowski in your lineups, you have to play him. He faces a Colts team that ranks 26th against the TE in the highest over/under game of Week 11. He is coming off back to back games with 9 receptions, 100 plus yards, and 1 plus touchdowns. He should be fully healthy after the bye week. The “Gronk” is back and is a shear lock for 20 plus fantasy points.
Top Value Play
Kyle Rudolph- Minnesota Vikings- $3000
If Rudolph suits up in Week 11 (Questionable), then he is a flat out injury steal. The Bears rank dead last against the tight end this year and that is who Rudolph squares off against. Rudolph practiced fully on Thursday, so I expect him to play. He wasn’t setting the world on fire prior to his injury, but his replacement Chase Ford has posted respectable stats with Bridgewater at the helm. Greg Jennings is just a guy and Cordarrelle Patterson is in a sophomore slump. Rudolph could emerge as the No. 1 option in the passing game.
Cleveland Browns- $3800
The Browns defense should be extra prepared having played on Thursday last week. They get a home matchup versus Ryan Mallett who is making his 1st start this year. Mallett is not a mobile quarterback and I’m looking for Cleveland to pile up sacks in a hurry. The Browns are a run heavy team which is great for the defense as it limits the possessions they have to be on the field. They are a top 3 defense this week.
Kansas City Chiefs- $3600
The Chiefs have a dangerous defense at home and the Seahawks struggle on the road. They are loaded with sack specialists and haven’t allowed a rushing touchdown all year! I look for them to stop Marshawn Lynch and force Russell Wilson to beat them through the air where he has struggled this year. The Chiefs are averaging 11.5 FPPG at home and are only allowing 314.8 YPG. They also have 17 sacks in 4 home games! They are my top sneaky start at the D/ST slot in Week 11.