FanDuel Fantasy Football Week 11: Evaluating the Wide Receivers

By Matt Johnson on Wednesday, November 15th 2017
FanDuel Fantasy Football Week 11: Evaluating the Wide Receivers

Of all the positions for fantasy lineups, wide receiver might be our favorite. At wide receiver, you often get the best matchups. It's also a position where the player's chance at success isn't as dependent on a plethora of factors going their way. If a wide receiver creates just a little separation, all they need is their quarterback to put the ball near them to make a play.

In Week 11, we once again find a number of wide receivers to choose from. Whether you want to find that elite option to help lead your wide receiver corps or the value play that helps you bring those two elite wide receivers together, there are plenty of great selections to choose from. As always, there are a few players we'll want to avoid on the slate and we'll let other DFS users roll out in their lineups. Now let's get started for the Thursday-Monday slate.

Top Plays

Antonio Brown, PIT v. TEN, ($9,000)

After a rather poor statistical performance against the Indianapolis Colts, Brown should turn things around on Thursday Night Football against the Tennessee Titans. Even at a time when JuJu Smith-Schuster emerges as a key player in this passing game, Brown will take advantage of the Titans' secondary.

While Tennessee's total receiving yardage allowed (144) is low, they surrender touchdowns to wide receivers like few others. On the season, Tennessee allows the second-most receiving touchdowns per game to opposing wide receivers (1.33) and the unit benefits from a schedule that includes matchups against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens, Miami Dolphins and Indianapolis Colts. Brown is a weapon this team is unable to match up with and on a short week, Brown's talents should rip apart this secondary.

Michael Crabtree, OAK v. NE, ($7,500)

The elements in Mexico City may provide some issues as the high altitude could reduce some of the deep passing plays and cause players to need more rest. That said, Crabtree is an excellent wide receiver and when great players face off against one of the most fantasy-friendly secondaries in the NFL, the odds will always be in favor of the wide receiver.

A frequent argument made in favor of New England's defense is that they make significant adjustments to turn things around for the second half. In many cases that is true, but New England still allowed the seventh-most FD points and sixth-most receiving yards per game this year. The Patriots-Raiders matchup should be a shootout and a high volume of targets against a weak secondary solidifies Crabtree as a top-seven receiver this week.

Tyreek Hill, KC @ NYG, ($7,600)

Andy Record's 16-2 record coming off the bye week is well known at this point. He will put it to the test against a New York Giants that seems in surrender mode and a team that lacks drive is one opponents take advantage of. Better yet, New York allowed the fourth-most receiving yards in the NFL over the past four weeks.

It all means good news for Hill. One of the NFL's fastest players and potentially its best deep threat, Hill will take advantage of the Giants' secondary. Always a threat to break off 60-plus yard receptions, we could see Hill break off multiple big plays this weekend. With the upside for 25-plus points, DFS users should be sure to plug shares of Hill into their lineups.

Value Plays

Sterling Shepard, NYG v. KC, ($6,500)

The season-ending injuries to Odell Beckham Jr and Brandon Marshall earlier in the season served as a major blow to the Giants' season. It's difficult to find a bright light from it and in this season, but the clear shining light is the continued growth of Shepard and his expanding role.

Over the last two weeks, Shepard saw 22 targets and hauled in 16 of them for 212 receiving yards. His biggest performance came last week with a 142-yard performance against a bad 49ers' secondary. This week he'll see another great matchup against the Chiefs' secondary. While Marcus Peters is one of the league's best cornerbacks, he won't shadow Shepard and the rest of Kansas City's secondary is pedestrian on its best days. At his price, Shepard offers outstanding value for FanDuel users.

DeVante Parker, TB @ MIA, ($6,200)

Now healthy, Parker finds himself returning to his role as a fixture in Miami's passing attack. With 17 targets combined in his past two games, Parker is returning light in line with the nine targets per game he saw at the start of the season. Because of that, the 24-year-old's opportunity for fantasy success is excellent.

On the season, Tampa Bay's secondary allowed the third-most receiving yards to opposing wide receivers (276.78) and the sixth-most FanDuel points per game (81.35) to the position. Neither of these two Florida teams offer defenses to be proud of and both struggle to put significant pressure on the quarterback. In a close game that should see plenty of scoring, Parker offers great upside thanks to the matchup and volume of targets.

Marqise Lee, JAX @ CLE, ($6,500)

When he isn't committing idiotic penalties, Lee is earning his work as Jacksonville's top wide receiver. In his past four games, Lee saw 10-plus targets in three of them and recorded 70-plus receiving yards in three games as well. Better yet, Lee found the end zone in each of his past two games.

In Week 11, Lee should see plenty of opportunities against a Browns' defense that allowed the ninth-most FanDuel points per game to opposing wide receivers this season. Cleveland's defense sells out versus the run, opening the door for opponents to pass all over them. Given Lee's strong chemistry with Blake Bortles, this is a great opportunity for Lee.

Players to Avoid

A.J. Green, CIN @ DAL, ($7,800)

Doug Baldwin, ATL @ SEA, ($8,100)

Michael Thomas, NO v. WAS, ($8,600)

Fantasy Alerts

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