Week 11 shapes up to be a really fun slate and made for a fun Week 11 DFS Building Blocks piece. Dalvin Cook (in this article mind you) is set to see around 35 percent ownership on both sites. Taysom Hill has been named the starter for New Orleans, and you can get him at the minimum price on FanDuel at tight end. There are only two games with a Vegas total of 50. The mid-tier pricing of the wide receiver position on both sites is littered with great plays. Weeks like these shape nicely for those of us who look to go against the grain or tend to lean contrarian. We can look at plays that are “good chalk” like Dalvin and still come up with “contrarian” builds by attacking game environments that are being overlooked.
These five plays I write in the Week 11 DFS Building Blocks are plays that I’m starting my builds with and seeing what I can do from there. I expect to have a generous amount of exposure this week to each of these guys. Let’s get into the plays!
Price: $7300 on DraftKings, $8400 on FanDuel
This slate for me is shaping up just like last week. Let me take a quarterback who can score in the high 20’s or even 30 points if the passing game is clicking with the rushing numbers Jackson is putting up. Last week I was all over Kyler as he’s been consistently giving us double-digit rushing points. While Lamar has not been his 2019 self, he has at least 50 rushing yards in four straight games. That to go along with a touchdown in two out of those four games. Heading into the bye, Jackson had a stretch without 200 passing yards in four games, yet still had two games of 26+ DraftKings points. He has 18+ DraftKings points in every game since Baltimore’s Week 7 Bye, and that’s with facing Pittsburgh, Indy, and New England.
He now gets a matchup versus the soft Tennessee defense that fails to get pressure on the quarterback (only 11 total sacks on the year). They’re allowing the sixth-most DraftKings points and seventh-most FanDuel points to the quarterback position. Including 300 passing yards to the likes of Philip Rivers last week and Nick Foles (!!) in Week 9. Jackson is no stranger to this team either looking to get revenge versus them from last year’s AFC Divisional playoff matchup. In that game, he compiled over 500 total yards of offense. Jackson is my favorite quarterback this week and my lone quarterback for the Week 11 DFS Building Blocks.
Price: $9000 on DraftKings, $10,500 on FanDuel
I don’t think I can stomach paying $10,500 on FanDuel for Cook but to each their own. Look, this is another play similar to last week. The field wanted to play Aaron Jones with lots of uncertainty at the position. Last week, Mike Davis at the minimum price on DraftKings made the decision to just “eat chalk” across the board easier to digest. Am I looking for leverage plays off of Cook in tournaments this week? You better believe it, especially in large-field tournaments. There are a lot of questions for the top running back plays on DraftKings and I feel enough value to warrant the Cook play there.
Cook will have to have a monster game here to pay off his price, and he’s more than capable of doing so. The Cowboys defense has not faced many daunting running backs like Cook to date. They’ve still allowed the second-most rushing yards to the position. Remember Week 6 when they allowed Kenyan Drake to rush for 169 yards? That was fun. The other thing that makes Cook appealing to me is how bad the Cowboys secondary is. Thielen and Jefferson could do all the heavy lifting here, but give up the scoring to Cook. Cook is fourth in rushing attempts inside the 20. Nine of his twelve touchdowns have come within the red zone. Cousins has only attempted 28 passes inside the 20, good for QB26 in that department.
Even if Cook only gets around 20-25 points there, I think there are scenarios you can live with that if we have another dud week of running back play. Cook is a staple for me in my Week 11 DFS Building Blocks.
Price: $7300 on DraftKings, $8000 on FanDuel
There are so many phenomenal wide receivers in play this week, but the position starts and ends with Keenan Allen. It’s been talked about a ton, but the numbers Allen is seeing with Herbert as the starter should have him priced closer to Davante Adams. A late touchdown last week saved Allen’s stat line to give him his 8th week in a row, all with Herbert, with double-digit fantasy points. Last week’s game was also the first game with Herbert (Week 5 he left the game with an injury) where he didn’t have double-digit targets. Allen had 21 or more DraftKings points in the three previous games before that.
The workload for Allen is locked in. If he’s able to find pay dirt, there’s a great chance he’s flirting with 20 points on DraftKings, and then it just becomes a matter if the Jets can keep this game close. The Chargers have not been in the business of “blowing teams out”. Even if this is the Jets and they are missing three cornerbacks this week. Even given Sunday, right? I’m not going to let a potential dictate my builds this week. Keenan Allen comes in as the Week 11 DFS Building Blocks cover boy.
Price: $5900 on DraftKings, $6400 on FanDuel
It’s Juju Smith-Schuster’s birthday…so do with that what you will. I talked up Chase Claypool in the DFS Top Low-Owned Plays video, and I’m going to write up Diontae here. I have just as much interest in JSS, but when searching for ceiling it’s hard to overlook Johnson’s outlook here. He will probably see his fair share of Sidney Jones, Jacksonville’s highest-graded corner suiting up Sunday. But with CJ Henderson out for this game, Chris Claybrooks will Jacksonville’s other outside corner. Johnson splits about 80% of his routes on either the left or right side, giving him a great shot to see the production on nearly half of his snaps.
It basically breaks down like this – if Johnson is healthy he is putting up nearly 4x his salary this week. Johnson is criminally underpriced as the WR15 on DraftKings, and the WR18 on FanDuel. He’s seeing 10+ targets in every game he’s been healthy.
Price: $3,800 on DraftKings, Price on FanDuel doesn’t matter – You’re playing Taysom Hill
I avoided TJ Hockenson in this article for what would have been probably been the fifth week of the season. So, of course, he’ll pop off this week. Tight end is gross this week so I don’t think there are many “sure-fire” plays here. I’m going to use this position and try and swing for upside, not floor. I thought about putting Mark Andrews here as I did write up Lamar earlier. Mark Andrews is a great play, but he does come in at the highest priced tight end on the slate. I love the mid-tier group of wide receivers so much and will probably be going the route of Washington, Miami, or Philadelphia at defense – meaning I’ll need salary relief.
Goedert not only offers the salary relief, but he’s probably mispriced by at least a couple hundred dollars on DraftKings. Since returning from injury in Week 8, he is running a route on 79 percent of Wentz’s dropbacks. It is frustrating to see the stat line from Richard Rodgers last week (4-60 on 5 targets) and because of this I think Goedert’s ownership will be lower than it should be, namely on DraftKings (On FanDuel you lock in Taysom and move on!). We can take solace in the fact that over the past two games for the Eagles, Goedert has nearly 80 more offensive snaps than Rodgers (115-37). Zach Ertz will miss another week and Cleveland is allowing the seventh-most targets and sixth-most receptions to tight ends. We can safely fire up Goedert at tight end in our Week 11 DFS Building Blocks.
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