After reading through both opinions, but sure to vote for the stack that you prefer for Week 11 in the NFL. Click on the tweet below to vote!
Here are this week’s nominees.
Carson Wentz ($7,700 FanDuel; $6,300 DraftKings) / Zach Ertz ($7,600 FanDuel; $6,600 DraftKings)
Let me start by saying that I see Sunday’s Eagles/Saints game being a back-and-forth, high-scoring affair in which either of these two stacks would ideal. But let me tell you why the Eagles’ stack is the way to go.
Wentz is only the eighth-most expensive quarterback this week despite a matchup against the second-to-last ranked pass defense in the NFL when it comes to allowing fantasy points. On top of this juicy matchup, Wentz has also been very consistent lately as a DFS quarterback option notching at least 20 fantasy points in five of his last six games.
Over this time span, Wentz has tossed 14 touchdown passes and has thrown for at least two scores in all but one game he’s appeared in so far this season – his first game back from injury.
Another enticing aspect of Wentz’ performance over these last six games is the fact that four of these games came against defenses ranked in the top seven in fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks. Sunday’s opponent is at least statistically much weaker than anything he’s faced to this point in the season.
As for Ertz, he is the most expensive DFS tight end this week for a good reason. We just witnessed him score 34 FanDuel points last week after his monster 14 catch, 145 yards and two touchdown performance Sunday night against the Cowboys.
On top of that, Ertz has double-digit fantasy points in each of his last six games, including an average of 19 points per game during this stretch.
Most weeks my strategy is to find a bargain play at tight end that I feel has a decent chance of catching a touchdown. However, this week I’m going to opt for the positional advantage over my opponent and look for bargains elsewhere.
As for which bargains fit nicely into a DFS lineup featuring a Wentz/Ertz stack, take a look at guys such as Alex Collins and Corey Davis.
Collins seems to be a lock to score between 10-15 points this week as he faces the Bengals who give up the second most fantasy points to opposing team’s running backs.
Davis on the other hand faces a Colts’ defense that ranks just 24th against the pass; and he’s been Marcus Mariota’s go-to option at receiver recently seeing 20 targets over the last two games.
A DFS lineup with the Eagles’ stack and Collins and Davis as bargain plays allows enough cap room on FanDuel to still be able to afford David Johnson, Odell Beckham Jr., Larry Fitzgerald and Kerryon Johnson.
Sample FanDuel Lineup:
QB: Carson Wentz, $7,700
RB: David Johnson, $7,900
RB: Alex Collins, $6,000
WR: Odell Beckham Jr., $8,500
WR: Larry Fitzgerald, $5,900
WR: Corey Davis, $6,200
TE: Zach Ertz, $7,600
Flex: Kerryon Johnson, $6,200
Defense: Carolina Panthers, $4,000
Drew Brees ($8,500 FanDuel; $6,500 DraftKings) / Michael Thomas ($8,800 FanDuel; $8,800 DraftKings)
Same game, just the other side. I want a piece of this offense every time they play in a dome, especially at home. I’m taking a stack that may be the most popular because the matchup itself has a 54.5 over/under.
The Eagles are coming in with a banged up defense that currently ranks 23rd in passing yards, and have now more than likely gotten worse with their best CB Ronald Darby going down in Week 10 with a torn ACL.
Brees comes in on DraftKings as the most expensive quarterback costing $6500. He has been pretty dominant at home this season averaging 29.3 points and has a 21/1 touchdown to interception ratio for the season.
What makes it even better is with the cost of Brees being reasonably cheaper than he should be, it’s safe to go ahead and pair him up with his top receiver in Thomas.
Yes, looking at Thomas as the most expensive receiver coming in at $8,800 might seem steep, but hear me out here. In home games this season, Thomas is averaging 31 points as he’s developed a fantastic connection with Brees. What’s even better is that the Eagles are the sixth-worst team against wide receivers and that was with Darby in the lineup. Now the sky is the limit for Thomas this week against this set of backup defensive backs.
As for bargain fill ins, I was able to afford both Dion Lewis and Ricky Seals-Jones.
Most may be on Derrick Henry this week as he had two touchdowns in a game last week where the Titans were in control the entire time against New England. This week’s divisional matchup is guaranteed to be a shootout in Indianapolis and Marcus Mariota is going to have to do his part to keep them in the game. Enter Lewis who will emerge as the lead back and should get his fair share of rushes along with targets in the passing game. Just like Ben said above, this Indianapolis pass defense is ranked 24th so I see a nice stat line ahead for Lewis.
Seals-Jones hasn’t really done much this season, but that was before Byron Leftwich took over as offensive coordinator. His usage went up last week as he saw a season-high nine targets and now he gets an Oakland pass defense that ranks 26th against the tight end position. He is basically free at this price.
A DFS lineup with Brees/Thomas gives you great freedom when you add David Johnson with a matchup against a bad rush defense from Oakland. Alshon Jeffery is part of what should be a high-scoring game, Amari Cooper has been heavily targeted since joining the Cowboys and gets a Falcons’ defense that struggles mightily against the past, and I went with Phillip Lindsay in the flex position despite Royce Freeman coming back this week. Broncos head coach Vance Joseph said he is going with the “hot hand” approach with the backfield, and I think Lindsay will be the one to benefit.
With $2,600 remaining I took the Giants DST. They will be home against Tampa Bay and we know how Ryan Fitzpatrick has been throwing interceptions lately. They are a boom/bust pick for me at defense.
Sample DraftKings Lineup:
QB: Drew Brees, $6,500
RB: David Johnson, $7,500
RB: Dion Lewis, $4,800
WR: Michael Thomas, $8,800
WR: Alshon Jeffrey, $6,300
WR: Amari Cooper, $5,400
TE: Ricky Seals-Jones, $2,900
FLEX: Phillip Lindsay, $5,200
DST: New York Giants, $2,400
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