People are raking in the cash playing Yahoo DFS. If you want some of that green, you’ll need the best of the best on your team. With that in mind, get some of these must-start players on your team to give yourself the best shot of winning big.
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Matthew Stafford (DET), QB - Matchup: OAK@DET (Salary: $32 & FPPG: 216.2)
Matthew Stafford hasn’t had a standout week since Week 6 where he threw for over 400 yards (405) and four towndowns. He might finally play at a level similar to that this week though against a lowly Raiders defense that has given up the second most passing yards in the league on average this season (293.2). For the price and potential production, you can’t beat picking Stafford this week at the QB position.
Marshawn Lynch (SEA), RB – Matchup: SF@SEA (Salary: $26 & FPPG: 10.9)
In three out of his past four weeks of action, Marshawn Lynch has averaged 13.9 fantasy points and looks to be a good bet scoring at least that much or maybe even more in Week 11. Lynch scoring at least 20 fantasy points this week is a very real possibility versus a 49ers defense that gives up rushing yards each week that reaches well over 100 yards (111.9) and that is tied for fourth worst in the league between three other teams in Opp. Rush TDs/G (1.0). It’s also worth noting that he almost scored 20 points against the 49ers already in their matchup earlier this season in Week 7 (18.2). It should be a good week for Lynch.
LeGarrette Blount (NE), RB – Matchup: BUF@NE (Salary: $22 & FPPG: 12.5)
LaGarrette Blount has now averaged 16.8 fantasy points in his past two games played. This week will be no walk in the park for Blount versus a Buffalo defense that ranks ninth in the league this season in Opp. Rush Yds/G (97.4), but since New England has one of the top passing games in all of football and Buffalo has about an average passing defense, the Pats should have no problems setting up at least a couple of goaline situations for Blount to potentially run in one or two TDs. Blount may not have a big rushing yard total this week, but one or two rushing TDs is a good likelihood.
Jeremy Langford (CHI), RB – Matchup: DEN@CHI (Salary: $17 & FPPG: 10.2)
I wouldn’t normally suggest starting any player versus Denver’s stellar defense, but the Broncos defense hasn’t been playing the way it typically does for the past three weeks now in any way, shape, or form. That’s one of three key reasons that makes starting Jeremy Langford this week a sneaky good cheap buy and play. The other two is the fact that Langford is coming off of a game in where he scored 33.7 fantasy points against a very solid Rams defense and is averaging 28.7 fantasy points in his past two games. That’s really all you need to know here.
Julio Jones (ATL), WR – Matchup: IND@ATL (Salary: $33 & FPPG: 20.3.)
The amount of targets thrown in Julio Jones’ direction in his past three games has been incredible. He’s had 47 of them thrown at him in that span and has managed to haul in 31 passes for 291 yards and two touchdowns during that time frame too. When a wide receiver becomes that efficient in any stretch throughout a season, it really shouldn’t matter to a DFS contestant who that player goes up against next on his schedule. Without any doubt, be sure to give him a start this week at one of your wide receiver spots.
Mike Evans (TB), WR – Matchup: TB@PHI (Salary: $25 & FPPG: 11.3)
In three out of his past four games played, Mike Evans has been phenomenal. He has averaged an eye-opening eight catches, 147 receiving yards and 20.1 fantasy points in that time period. He faces a pretty solid Philly defense next, but Evans is another one of those players this week (much like Julio Jones) that simply has to get a start out of you due to the fact that he’s been almost unstoppable of late.
Danny Amendola (NE), WR – BUF@NE (Salary: $22 & FPPG: 7.6)
Danny Amendola seems to be the first receiver on the Pats that has taken advantage of his newfound playing time and increased looks in New England’s passing game (due to the injury of Pats starting WR Julian Edelman). He caught a team-high 10 passes for 79 yards last week and faces a not too impressive Bills pass defense this week that ranks 18th in the league in Opp. Pass Yds/G (252.1), so he looks to be one of the top cheap buys of Week 11 at any position.
Crockett Gilmore (BAL), TE – Matchup: STL@BAL (Salary: $13 & FPPG: 9.2)
In his last two games, Crockett Gilmore has hauled in at least one TD pass and is coming off of a game last week in where he scored 12.2 fantasy points. He seems to be targeted even more of late in the red zone now that the team’s starting wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. has been out of action since his last game in Week 8. He also has the luxury of going up against a Rams defense that struggles this season, on average, with stopping tight ends from receiving and scoring a solid amount of touchdowns when compared to all other defenses in the league in that particular field. He’s a solid cheap buy this week at the tight end spot.
Seattle Seahawks, DEF - Matchup: SF@SEA (Salary: $15 & FPPG: 11.1)
This one was a no-brainer for me. Seahawks defense still ranks as one of the top two defenses in all of Yahoo DFS NFL and they face a 49ers offense next that is dead last in the league in team yards per game (286.2) and in team points per game (14.0). San Fran also might be starting a new quarterback this week in place of the struggling Colin Kaepernick, so it’s anyone’s guess if that change will help or improve the 49ers offense. There’s a good chance the change won’t help though, so trust me, starting Seattle defense in Week 11 should wind up looking like a smart decision.