Earlier this week we looked at the value plays at quarterback, running back and wide receiver. The research put into those articles and the names generated from that work, help everyone when it comes time to put DFS lineups together. With so many different options, DFS users have a variety of lineup variations to work with. Here, we put together one of our favorite lineup combinations for you as our "optimized lineup" for the week.
So, let's take a look at eDraft's Week 11 optimized lineup on FanDuel.
Alex Smith, KC @ NYG, ($7,900)
Kareem Hunt, KC @ NYG, ($8,600)
Since his incredible start to the season, Hunt's numbers have cooled off. It got worse in his last two games before Kansas City's bye week with consecutive games below 10 FanDuel points. Some will stay away from Hunt, but this is exactly the type of game and matchup where you'll want to join the Hunt wagon and ride it to a big cash payout. The rookie running back comes off a bye and is set to face a bad New York Giants' defense.
Head Coach Andy Reid is historically great in his career with two weeks to prepare, demonstrated by his 16-2 record. Hunt should see the ball 20-plus times in this game and it's an excellent matchup against a New York Giants defense that seems to surrender early in games and got shredded by Carlos Hyde and Matt Breida. If the San Francisco 49ers' running back duo can rush for 130-plus yards and a touchdown against New York, Hunt easily offers the upside for 100-plus total yards and a touchdown. Lock him in as an elite running back play this week and at a reasonable price as well a lower ownership percentage than he should have this week.
Mark Ingram, WAS @ NO, ($8,200)
The trade of Adrian Peterson opened the door for Ingram to emerge as the featured running back of Sean Payton's offense. Since that time, Ingram continues to dominate on a weekly basis with one outstanding fantasy performance after another. Last week marked the dream scenario with three rushing touchdowns and 131 rushing yards, a 31-point performance on FanDuel. While it's extremely doubtful we see that again, this is an elite talent in a matchup and at a price point we can take advantage of.
In the last four weeks, Washington's defense allowed the seventh-most rushing yards per game (136.5). Now they'll face a stout Saints' offensive line that pushed the Buffalo Bills front seven around and continues to physically dominate opposing fronts on a weekly basis. It also helps Ingram that the Saints are at home and favored in this game, two additional factors that increase his odds of seeing more touches and the offense being even more successful.
Tyreek Hill, KC @ NYG, ($7,600)
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. We obviously take somewhat of a gamble with four Chiefs' players, but they all should see significant opportunities in this game.
Additionally, this is a matchup we need to take advantage of. New York's secondary allowed the third-most receiving yards (311) to opposing wide receiver over the past three weeks and the defensive unit seems out of it. Facing a player with Hill's speed, just one missed step or not enough contact on him at the line and he'll be five yards ahead of you in a matter of seconds. Smith should get time to throw and with a few deep shots, Hill could turn in some excellent WR1 numbers.
Sterling Shepard, NYG vs. KC, ($6,500)
There is little doubt that Kansas City will put up a lot of points in this contest. The Chiefs are a 10.5-point favorite in this game in Las Vegas and the over/under is set at 45, it's easy to do the math for how much Vegas loves the Chiefs' offense this week. Because of that, the game script should play very well into Shepard's favor and the matchup is something Shepard will also greatly enjoy.
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. Now he'll take that volume against a Chiefs' secondary that allows the fifth-most receiving yards per game to opposing wide receivers and routinely encounters issues with wide receivers who line up away from Marcus Peters. Look for New York to move Shepard around in this game and put him in the best position to post a 100-plus yard game.
Dontrelle Inman, CHI vs. DET, ($4,900)
Inman's price puts him at the very bottom of the fantasy barrel, but it makes him an excellent target to plug into some lineups on FanDuel this week. In his first game action with the Chicago Bears since they acquired him from the Los Angeles Chargers, Ingram hauled in six of eight targets for 88 receiving yards and showed how substantial of a role he should play this season.
Many would expect Inman, Chicago's top outside wide receiver, to draw Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay this week. if that's the case, Slay would completely wipe out any potential fantasy value this week for Inman. That said, Inman will be playing in just his second game and Detroit might not view him as worthy of putting its top cover corner on and instead allow Nevin Lawson to cover him. Right now, we'll bet on Lawson matching up more frequently with Inman and in that scenario, Inman is worthy of a few lineup plays and is a nice value WR3.
Travis Kelce, KC @ NYG, ($7,500)
At this point, you should know the story. The Giants' defense now carries a streak of 10 consecutive games with a touchdown allowed to opposing tight ends. It's remarkable to watch unfold and it always makes a starting tight end facing New York an immediate target, especially when they offer extreme ROI as George Kittle did last week. In Week 11, things are a little different.
New York's defense faces an entirely different nightmare this week. Kelce is arguably the best tight end in the NFL and certainly the most physically and athletically gifted at this point. A featured player in Kansas City's passing attack, a matchup against a defense that allowed over 70 receiving yards per game to tight ends in the past four weeks is everything you could ask for. The weirdness of football makes the mind wonder if this is the week where New York shuts down a tight end, but we must side with logic.
Nick Novak, BUF @ LAC, ($4,500)
Los Angeles Chargers v. BUF, ($4,300)
When a team makes the decision to hand the keys over to a rookie quarterback, a critical aspect for the young quarterback's success is protection around him to keep him standing in the pocket and not get flustered by constant pressure in his face and repeated hits. Unfortunately for Nathan Peterman, that will not be the situation he finds himself in this week.
Buffalo's offensive line allowed the eighth-most sacks (28) in the NFL through the first 10 weeks of the season and surrendered 52 quarterback hits in that span. Now they'll face a Chargers' defense that ranks third in the NFL with 29 sacks. By the time this game is over, Peterman will fall asleep with Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram living in his nightmares. Make sure to plug in shares of the Chargers' DFS into your FanDuel lineups.