Fanball’s Week 11 Thursday-Monday NFL slate features 14 games, with the Panthers, Colts, Jets and 49ers on bye. The Fanball format calls for a QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, TE, FLEX WR/TE, FLEX RB/WR/TE, D/ST lineup with a $55,000 salary cap. The players below can fit into lineups regardless of strategy, as they all offer strong value relative to price.
Dak Prescott, DAL vs. PHI ($7,300): The Cowboys scored just seven points in their first game without Ezekiel Elliott (suspension), but Prescott salvaged his fantasy day with a rushing touchdown. With the home crowd behind them on Sunday Night Football, look for the whole team to deliver a stronger effort against the NFC East Division rival Eagles. Philadelphia allows a league-low 66.4 yards per game on the ground while scoring early and often on offense, so Prescott will have to produce more through the air to keep up. Luckily for the second-year quarterback, he has a capable receiving cast featuring veterans Dez Bryant and Jason Witten. Prescott comes into this game with a career 39:8 touchdown to interception ratio and another 11 rushing scores in 25 games, so he has all the tools for a huge performance in prime time.
Drew Stanton, ARI at HOU ($5,100): Stanton’s career resume is far from impressive, but he’s produced a serviceable 3:1 touchdown to interception ratio in two starts since Carson Palmer broke his arm. While the Cardinals would prefer to establish the run, they’ll almost certainly have to lean on the aerial attack against a Texans defense that ranks seventh at defending the run and 27th against the pass. Stanton’s shown good chemistry with Larry Fitzgerald and tight end Jermaine Gresham, and has a trio of other capable receivers at his disposal in John Brown, Jaron Brown and J.J. Nelson, so he has the weapons necessary to capitalize on this matchup while coming at an affordable price for owners.
Joe Mixon, CIN at DEN ($6,200): Denver’s been a mess defensively of late, allowing a combined 92 points in its past two games. The Broncos have actually defended wide receivers and the run pretty well, but running backs and tight ends have killed them in the passing game. Mixon is building momentum with rushing touchdowns in consecutive games, and the rookie second-rounder has shown good hands with at least three catches in six of nine games this season. His rushing total is unlikely to blow you away, but Mixon’s likelihood of goal-line opportunities and receiving work give him solid upside this week.
LeSean McCoy, BUF at LAC ($8,200): McCoy’s been a disappointment in consecutive weeks, but he’s got a golden opportunity to get back on track against a Chargers run defense that’s allowing a league-high 135.1 yards per game on the ground. He averaged 19.6 carries and 5.4 receptions per game during Buffalo’s 5-2 start before seeing his touches drastically drop during this recent 0-2 stretch, so expect McCoy to get his number called early and often as the Bills go back to what was working against this 3-6 opponent.
Mark Ingram, NO vs. WAS ($8,100): Ingram has been a major weapon since Adrian Peterson was traded, racking up at least 75 rushing yards in all five subsequent games while averaging over 20 carries and three catches per contest. His ability as both a runner and pass-catcher keeps Ingram involved irrespective of game flow, and he’s been money near the goal line with seven rushing touchdowns in those five games. Fellow Saints running back Alvin Kamara has been excellent in a change-of-pace role, but Ingram’s the clear lead back and is playing as well as anybody at the position ahead of this matchup with a middling Redskins run defense.
Dez Bryant, DAL vs. PHI ($7,800): Bryant failed to step up last week sans Elliott, but his dud against cornerback Desmond Trufant and the Falcons can be largely attributed to an ankle injury that kept him out of practice during the week. The veteran receiver should be healthier this week, and an Eagles defense that’s allowing the seventh-most passing yards per game in the league has nobody near Trufant’s level to stick on Bryant. With 71 touchdowns in 106 career games played, the 6-foot-2, 220-pound mismatch has the capability to take over games and will be given every opportunity to do so with the running game unlikely to produce.
Robert Woods, LAR at MIN ($6,100): Woods has amassed 241 yards and four touchdowns on 12 catches in two weeks since his Rams came out of the bye, so keep riding him until he cools down. The 25-year-old former Bills receiver has emerged as the clear-cut No.1 target on his new team, and at worst offers a solid floor after racking up double-digit fantasy points in each of his past five games. Minnesota’s defense has been stingy, but the Vikings are more susceptible in the secondary than they are against the run.
JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT vs. TEN ($6,300): Smith-Schuster’s final game as a 20-year-old should be a good one, as the NFL’s youngest player has looked like a seasoned vet of late. He’s scored touchdowns in three consecutive games, while also contributing 12 catches for 290 yards in the last two alone. The Titans are only slightly below league-average at defending the pass, but the team’s cornerback play is very suspect and game-planning for Smith-Schuster on top of more obvious weapons Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell will be difficult on a short week.
Travis Kelce, KC at NYG ($8,500): Kelce should absolutely feast in this matchup. New York’s allowed a touchdown to a tight end every game this season and appears to be mailing it in after allowing a combined 82 points in losses to the Rams and 49ers since its bye week. Kelce comes in riding a three-game touchdown streak and has excelled in favorable matchups by posting seven catches for over 110 yards and a touchdown against both the Redskins and Broncos.
Jermaine Gresham, ARI at HOU ($3,500): Gresham has shown excellent chemistry with Stanton, getting into the end zone in both of the quarterback’s starts after failing to score a touchdown while Carson Palmer was under center. The veteran tight end is also coming off a season-high 64 yards and has a great opportunity to build on his momentum against a Houston defense that ranks 27th in passing yards allowed (253.8) and 31st in points allowed (26.8) per game.
Baltimore Ravens, BAL at GB ($3,200): Green Bay quarterback Brett Hundley has thrown for just 544 yards with a 1:1 touchdown to interception ratio in his three starts, and he’s unlikely to be much of a threat as a runner after tweaking his hamstring last week. The Packers are also beat up at running back, with Aaron Jones (MCL) out and Ty Montgomery (ribs) questionable at best. Look for a savvy Ravens defense that’s already shut out two opponents this year to take advantage of this favorable matchup despite the hostile environment.
Jacksonville Jaguars, JAC at CLE ($4,000): It doesn’t get much more obvious than this pick. Jacksonville’s stellar defense is allowing a league-low 14.9 points per game while the winless Browns have scored the second-fewest points per game at 15.9. The Jaguars also lead the league with 35.0 sacks and rank third in both interceptions (11) and fumble recoveries (seven), so things could get really ugly for a Cleveland offense that’s already lobbed up a league-high 18 interceptions.