Top Picks & Targets for NFL Week 11

In this article, I will be breaking down some of my top NFL plays on FantasyDraft position by position. I will be giving my top-ranked player at each position regardless and the reasons why I like them. I will also give you a FLEX player and this player will be my favorite player of the week at either of the skill positions minus quarterback. Now you may not be able to fit all five of these players in your lineup due to salary constrictions as while I am taking salary into account when making these plays I am not building an actual roster. This goal is with this article along with the value plays article that I will be writing later on in the week is meant to be a base to help you construct your winning lineups. 

Quarterback

Alex Smith-$12,100-KC

Whenever the Chiefs are on the road Smith needs to be on your radar. In his five road games this season, Smith has thrown for 1,452 yards and 14 touchdowns. Smith has produced at least 15 fantasy points in each of those games and is averaging 25.42 fantasy points in those games. Not only does Smith play great on while on the road but Smith is in a dream match-up this week against the Giants. The Giants have allowed the third most passing yards per game this season, the most passing touchdowns, the most fantasy points per game to quarterbacks and rank in the bottom five in DVOA against the pass. Smith should have another monster game this week and as hard as it is to believe, Smith is my top-ranked quarterback on this slate.

Running Back

LeSean McCoy-$13,800-BUF

The running back position scares me to death this week. It seems like every running back on this slate has major question marks or is in a bad match-up. With that being said one running back stands out to me as the best option and that is Shady McCoy. McCoy has struggled the past two weeks as he failed to rush for 50 yards in either game or produce double-digit fantasy points but should bounce back this week. The reason why McCoy should bounce back this week is all due to the match-up with the Chargers. The Chargers have been one of the worst run defenses in the NFL. This season they are allowing the most rushing yards per game have allowed the third most fantasy points per game to the position and rank in the bottom ten in DVOA against the run.

Wide Receiver

Sterling Shepard-$12,900-NYG

Shepard’s salary has risen a lot since last week but even with the increase of salary, Shepard is still one of your top wideouts. In the two games, since Shepard has returned from injury as the no doubt top wide receiver option for the Giants with the loss of Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall, Shepard has been close to unstoppable. In those games, Shepard has 16 catches for 212 yards. Shepard has produced double-digit fantasy points in each of those games and has produced at least that amount of fantasy points in the past four games he didn’t leave early with an injury. Not only is Shepard playing excellent right now the match-up is one I like to target. The Chiefs despite having Marcus Peters on their roster have been awful against wide receivers. This season they have allowed the most fantasy points per game to the position and have the 29th ranked DVOA against WR1.

Tight End

Travis Kelce-$12,500-KC

The first thing I do each week when starting my research is look to see which tight end is facing the Giants. The Giants have been the worst team in the NFL against tight ends this season by a mile. This season the Giants have allowed at least one touchdown to opposing teams’ tight ends and are allowing the most fantasy points per game to the position. My eyes lit up when I saw that Travis Kelce was the tight end that received that honor. Kelce has been in a neck and neck battle with Zach Ertz as to who the best tight end in the NFL has been this season. While it is close right now Kelce holds the lead as he is second at the position in catches with 51, first in yards with 629 and tied for second in touchdowns with five. Kelce is going to dominate this match-up this week and he is a must play for me especially in cash games.

Flex

Jarvis Landry-$12,400-MIA

Landry get’s hated on a lot for his average yards run per route but I don’t understand the hate from a fantasy perspective especially on full PPR sites like this one. In fantasy, you don’t need your player to pick up a lot of yards to be successful all you need is for your player to catch a lot of passes and nobody in the history of the NFL has caught as many passes as Landry has in the number of games he has played. In his 57 career games, Landry has 349 catches which average out to over six catches a game. This season alone through nine games, Landry has 61 catches for an average of 6.78 catches per game. What that means for you in fantasy is you are locking in six fantasy points right off the bat without even accounting for yards which Landry is bringing you another five fantasy points per game with as he is averaging 52.4 yards per game or touchdowns which Landry is scoring in bunches. Landry has caught a touchdown pass in his past five games that Jay Cutler has been the starting quarterback. Those stats show that Landry not only has a high floor which we look for in cash games but also has upside for GPPs. That alone makes Landry one of my favorite players week in and week out but when you factor in the match-up against the Bucs, Landry becomes my top player on this slate. The Bucs have one of the worst secondaries in the NFL this season as they are allowing the fourth most passing yards per game and second most fantasy points to wide receivers.

Good luck with NFL this week!

Zach Qualtieri

Zach Qualtieri

Zach is an accomplished fantasy player who has had success in multiple sports across multiple platforms. Zach specializes in cash games where he can often be found playing $25 H2Hs but has also had a lot of success in GPPs as an 11-time winner of a large field GPP. When not talking about fantasy sports, Zach enjoys hanging out with his son. If you have any questions about fantasy or sports in general Zach can be found on Twitter @zachsgotmoxy.

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