Last week marked the start of our video addition to our FanDuel advice articles and that will continue in Week 11. Once again we start at the quarterback position, often a great deciding force in whether fantasy owners finish in the green or lose out in DFS this week. Last week proved to be a surprise with many of the top scorers, specifically Case Keenum, DeShone Kizer and C.J. Beathard, coming out of nowhere.
The chalk plays and results we expected didn't happen and while it's unfortunate at the time, it provides an opportunity to learn and get better. Now it's a new week and with it comes quarterbacks to target heavily, look at for value plays and two players we'll want to avoid this weekend. Now, let's get started with the quarterback evals for Week 11.
Tom Brady, NE @ OAK, ($8,600)
We listed Brady as a quarterback we wanted to avoid last week and it didn't quite work out as he finished the week as a top-seven quarterback. A new weeks brings a new opportunity and this time around, Brady firmly lands in the top play range of our quarterback targets on FanDuel.
Any concerns over the altitude in Mexico City, where this game will be played, should be lessened thanks to New England's plan to spend the week practicing in Denver's altitude before they travel to Mexico City. So it comes down to the matchup and it's a great one for Brady.
Even without Chris Hogan, who is not expected to play in Week 11, Brady should take full advantage of an Oakland Raiders defense that allowed the 12th-most FanDuel points per game to opposing quarterbacks through 10 weeks. Whether Brady attacks them on the perimeter, in the middle of the field or with his running backs, he should finish Sunday as a top-three quarterback.
Carson Wentz, PHI @ DAL, ($8,700)
If the Dallas Cowboys are without linebacker Sean Lee, the defense takes an even further step backwards than normal. Lee is the leader of this defense and its level of success is greatly impacted by his presence on the field. Without him, Wentz will face a Dallas' defense that would be worse than usual.
Philadelphia is coming off the bye week and with two weeks to scheme for this matchup, Wentz and company should come out firing on all cylinders this Sunday. The second-year quarterback averages 22.1 FanDuel points per game this season and even in low yardage games is a safe bet for two-plus touchdowns.
Alex Smith, KC @ NYG, ($7,900)
Jay Cutler, MIA v. TB, ($6,600)
Plays to Avoid
Kirk Cousins, WAS @ NO, ($8,200)
Anyone who played Cousins in their lineups in Week 10 walked away ecstatic. He finished with 28.58 FanDuel points, one of the top performers on the slate. While Cousins only threw one touchdown, he capped off his 327-yard performance with two rushing touchdowns. It may have been an unusual performance, but Cousins delivered elite fantasy numbers.
Don't expect another elite fantasy performance. Cousins travels to New Orleans and faces a Saints' defense that allowed the sixth-fewest FanDuel points per game to opposing quarterbacks.
New Orleans' pass rush and a greatly improving secondary have turned this unit into one of the best in the NFL. If fantasy owners can avoid starting Cousins this week, they should. Season-long owners might have no choice, but there will be numerous options to start over Cousins in DFS.
Dak Prescott, PHI @ DAL, ($8,500)
Prescott is a quarterback we typically love in fantasy, unfortunately the situation in Dallas makes things a nightmare. The loss of Ezekiel Elliott is a blow with his presence in the passing game paired with his outstanding ability to run the football, he is a difference maker.
The biggest loss is left tackle Tyron Smith, who missed Week 10 and is uncertain to play in Week 11. Backup tackle Chaz Green filled in on the left side and surrendered five sacks.
If that happens again and Prescott ins under constant pressure without a left tackle or running game to support him, he becomes a very difficult play in season-long leagues. He will be under constant pressure and as his numbers will take a hit as a result. Avoid him in DFS this week if Smith is out of action.