I would like to take this time to formally apologize to the coaches, trainers, players, and anyone associated with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. At the same time, I would like to apologize to those who played the Buccaneers in their NFL DFS or fantasy football lineups last week. To show how crazy last week was, if you were someone that double-stacked Tom Brady with Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, you would have had only 41.9 points on DraftKings from those three.
That being said, if I had the opportunity to play Brady against a struggling defense like the Washington Football Team again, I’d do it in a heartbeat. But there are unexpected moments in NFL DFS and we just need to move forward. There is one game in particular that everyone is going to be targeting this week, but I’m not going to mention any names. Before you begin running lineup combinations on DraftKings on your phone while you go to sleep, check out what my favorite stacks and bring-backs are for Week 11.
DAL: Dak Prescott ($7,200), CeeDee Lamb ($7,600), Amari Cooper ($6,200), Dalton Schultz ($4,600), Michael Gallup ($4,200)
The highest expected total of the week comes in the anticipated bout between the Dallas Cowboys and the Kansas City Chiefs, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that they are my favorite stacks this week. Following a dismal showing in Week 9, Dak Prescott bounced back with 26.3 points on DraftKings in Week 10. CeeDee Lamb caught two touchdowns from Prescott last week and is the most explosive wideout on the Cowboys. This feels like it could be a massive week for Amari Cooper as he could be the lowest-owned wideout from Dallas due to being priced between Lamb and Michael Gallup. Gallup played his first game since Week 1 in Week 10, hauling in three passes for 42 yards, and he comes in at an affordable $4,200 on the green site. Dalton Schultz has become a favorite target for Prescott over Blake Jarwin, especially in the red zone.
Bring-back options: Tyreek Hill ($8,200), Travis Kelce ($7,100), Darrel Williams ($5,400), Clyde Edwards-Helaire ($5,200), Mecole Hardman ($4,000), Byron Pringle ($3,400)
Most of the people stacking the Cowboys are likely going to bring it back with either Tyreek Hill or Travis Kelce — and for good reason. Hill has seen 10+ targets in six out of his last seven games, and he’s scored 20+ four times in that span. Plus, he’s done that with only one ceiling game as the last time he got the 100+ yard bonus was in Week 4. Kelce had his first 20-point performance since Week 3 in Week 10, achieving 100+ yards for just the third time this season. I included both Darrel Williams and Clyde Edwards-Helaire as CEH is trending toward making a return on Sunday. Williams has performed well in Edwards-Helaire’s absence, so guessing which one leads the backfield could be tricky. While I listed Mecole Hardman, we saw Byron Pringle out-snap and out-produce him in Week 10 after dropping another pass. It could be just a one-game thing, or Pringle could be overtaking the speedy wideout as the No. 3 receiving weapon in the offense.
KC: Patrick Mahomes ($7,600), Tyreek Hill ($8,200), Travis Kelce ($7,100), Mecole Hardman ($4,000), Byron Pringle ($3,400)
Speaking of the Chiefs, they come in as my second-favorite stack of the week. The Cowboys are slightly more affordable, so they edge out Kansas City in my rankings. I don’t think you can go wrong with either, though. Even though everyone said Patrick Mahomes was ‘figured out’, he got un-figured out (if that’s a thing) last week against the Las Vegas Raiders with a season-high 39.2 points on DraftKings. Hill and Kelce are the obvious choices to stack with Mahomes as 90% of the offense funnels through them. Don’t fact-check me on that. Once again, I’d take a flier on Pringle in this situation in tournaments if he has legitimately taken over for Hardman as the No. 2 wideout on the depth chart.
Bring-back options: Ezekiel Elliott ($7,700), CeeDee Lamb ($7,600), Amari Cooper ($6,200), Dalton Schultz ($4,600), Michael Gallup ($4,200)
While the defense of the Chiefs has shown signs of life in recent weeks, I hate to break everyone, they are still not THAT good. Teams play who is on their schedule, but their last three games have come against the Daniel Jones-led New York Giants, the Aaron Rodgers-less Green Bay Packers, and the Las Vegas Raiders, who have a handful of off-the-field issues going on. The offense of the Cowboys is far superior to those teams mentioned above, and they are a high-octane group that could win in a variety of ways. Using Ezekiel Elliott is one way to get slightly different from those that target the aerial attack of the Cowboys. Cooper seems to be the forgotten guy of the bunch, which makes me believe he’s going to be the most productive in Week 11.
GB: Aaron Rodgers ($7,000), Davante Adams ($8,400), AJ Dillon ($6,200), Randall Cobb ($4,400)
Aaron Rodgers hasn’t practiced in recent days with what is being described as a toe injury for the All-Pro quarterback. Rodgers himself said he’ll suit up on Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, so I’m not concerned with his status as of right now. Davante Adams is always going to command the majority of the targets, making him one of the safest options in NFL DFS. With Aaron Jones sidelined, AJ Dillon is primed for a massive workload for the Packers, making him a smash value at $6,200. Everyone is going to find ways to convince themselves to play either Allen Lazard or Marquez Valdes-Scantling, but I’ll go with Randall Cobb instead due to Rodgers’ struggles on deep passes this season. Rodgers is completing only 31.7% of his deep passes this season, which is 29th in the NFL. I’d probably just stick with using Adams and Dillon while trying to differentiate by using different bring-back options.
Bring-back options: Dalvin Cook ($8,200), Justin Jefferson ($8,100), Adam Thielen ($6,600), Tyler Conklin ($3,900)
Dalvin Cook has historically had success against the Packers in his career, averaging 5.3 yards per attempt on 82 attempts and eight total touchdowns. Though, Green Bay’s defense has given up the ninth-fewest points per game (22.13) to running backs on DraftKings in 2021. Justin Jefferson has been priced above $8,000 for the first time this season, but it’s hard not to like him in tournaments this week. If the Vikings get in the red zone often, Adam Thielen is a threat to score multiple touchdowns, with a team-high seven receiving touchdowns this season. Tyler Conklin continues to be a solid value at tight end under $4,000 as he’s coming off a two-touchdown performance in Week 10 versus the Los Angeles Chargers.
SEA: Russell Wilson ($6,500), D.K. Metcalf ($6,800), Tyler Lockett ($6,000), Gerald Everett ($3,100)
What a dud last week’s game between the Packers and the Seattle Seahawks was. We got a matchup with Rodgers and Russell Wilson, only for both touchdowns scored in the contest being rushing scores from Dillon. You have to have a short memory in NFL DFS, and I choose to believe that Wilson is poised to bounce back in Week 11. Some people are going to avoid Wilson and the Seahawks after getting burned by them last week, but what makes them an enticing stack is their targets typically go to two different guys in D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. On the surface, Lockett bombed last week, but he had 140 air yards despite finishing with only 23 receiving yards. I feel a ceiling game coming from Lockett soon. Gerald Everett saw more usage in Week 10, catching all eight of his targets for 63 yards. Just be careful having too much Everett as Metcalf/Lockett are the only two guys to trust getting targets. I’ll feel even better in using the Seahawks this week if Kyler Murray returns, who was limited at practice on Thursday for the Arizona Cardinals.
Bring-back options: DeAndre Hopkins ($6,500), James Conner ($6,100), Christian Kirk ($5,700), Zach Ertz ($4,800), A.J. Green ($4,600)
Besides Murray, the Cardinals are hoping that DeAndre Hopkins can return sometime soon. But unlike Murray, things aren’t looking positive for Hopkins as he has yet to practice this week. If Hopkins is out for his third straight game, Christian Kirk, A.J. Green, and Zach Ertz all receive boosts, especially if Murray is back under center. James Conner will be the starter for the second consecutive week as Chase Edmonds remains sidelined for Arizona. Conner leads the NFL with 11 rushing touchdowns and appears to be a fantastic option against a Seattle defense that has surrendered the second-most points per game (30.91) to running backs on DraftKings this season. Of the players on the Cardinals, Conner is the safest option.
CIN: Joe Burrow ($6,600), Ja’Marr Chase ($7,200), Tee Higgins ($5,400), Tyler Boyd ($4,800), C.J. Uzomah ($3,500)
With my final stack, I was torn between Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers, or Jimmy Garoppolo and the San Francisco 49ers. However, the one game that is getting somewhat overlooked is the upcoming tilt between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Raiders. Stacking Joe Burrow with Ja’Marr Chase has been fruitful this year, but Tee Higgins remains underpriced on DraftKings. Higgins has seen 29 targets in the past three games for the Bengals, and he’s seen eight red-zone targets, but he hasn’t scored a touchdown since Week 2. I don’t want to guarantee that Higgins is going to score a touchdown this week, but once he does, he’s going to have a 20+ point performance at a price in the mid $5,000s. Tyler Boyd has fallen out of favor in Cincinnati’s offense upon the return of Higgins, posting 29.7 points in the past three weeks. C.J. Uzomah is touchdown-dependent like most tight ends, and the Raiders are tied for the second-most touchdowns allowed (6) to tight ends this season.
Bring-back options: Darren Waller ($6,100), Josh Jacobs ($6,000), Hunter Renfrow ($5,800), Kenyan Drake ($5,200), Bryan Edwards ($4,100)
Darren Waller has been largely disappointing this season, but you have to think he turns it around soon. The volume is there as he’s seen 7+ targets in all but one of his outings this season. With no Henry Ruggs, Hunter Renfrow has taken a larger role in the offense, scoring 35.5 points on DraftKings in his past two games combined. Renfrow isn’t a wideout that will get you 30-35 points, however, he does give you a relatively safe floor at the wide receiver position at sub $6,000. Josh Jacobs continues to deal with a knee injury, but there’s no indication that he won’t be active on Sunday. The Bengals give up the fifth-most points per game (28.26) to running backs on DraftKings. Most of Cincinnati’s struggles against running backs is through the air, with them allowing the second-most receptions (70) and the fourth-most receiving yards (553) to running backs this season. That makes me intrigued in using Kenyan Drake in tournaments as a pivot from guys like Myles Gaskin, the Chiefs’ running backs, and potentially Mark Ingram (if Alvin Kamara is out again). Bryan Edwards is a threat to score touchdowns with his contested-catch ability, but he still isn’t seeing the volume, making him a boom-or-bust play in NFL DFS.