Your sneaky Fantasy Football plays for Week 11
Eli Manning vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Eli Manning may not be the first name to come to mind as a sneaky play, but his matchup in Week 11 puts him in that category. Manning has been somewhat steady lately with either 300 yards or multiple scores in four of his last five games. Matched up against a Buccaneers secondary that is next to last in the league in points allowed (24.11 Fantasy PPG), he should continue that trend. In a game that could prove to be a back-and-forth affair, the scoring opportunities should be easy to come by for Manning and the Giants. If you are a Tom Brady owner looking for a bye week replacement, Manning should be your guy in this matchup. When it comes to DFS, Manning could potentially be a low-owned, cheap option that—stacked with Odell Beckham—could prove to be fruitful for you in Week 11.
Doug Martin @ Arizona Cardinals
Since taking over the full-time role in the Raiders’ backfield, Doug Martin has been serviceable to the team as a rusher, but in Fantasy he has been an end-of-the-bench type of player. In Week 11, he gets the juicy matchup against one of Fantasy’s worst defenses in points allowed to opposing running backs (24.74 Fantasy PPG), the Cardinals. Playing on the road against a secondary that can be tough to crack, I expect the Raiders to make this a ground-based attack. The game itself should be a low-scoring tilt, giving Martin more opportunities to pile up stats for your Fantasy team. Look for him to get into the end zone this week and add in around 80 yards on the ground. He’s certainly worth a look as a Flex option in this matchup. In DFS, he will be overlooked and can slide into one of your running back spots as a cheap play that helps you build your roster elsewhere.
Michael Gallup @ Atlanta Falcons
Michael Gallup’s role in the offense continues to increase by the week, and the acquisition of Amari Cooper has actually opened things up for the rookie. He may not be wowing you with his catch totals or his targets (which you could say about all Cowboys receivers), but his Week 11 matchup may be one to exploit in Fantasy. The Falcons’ secondary is currently one of the worst in the league in points allowed to opposing receivers (29.01 Fantasy PPG). Aside from this past week against the Browns, the Falcons have been giving up yards and touchdowns aplenty and team’s secondary receivers are typically taking full advantage. That is what you could see here with Gallup in this game. With the Falcons focusing on stopping Ezekiel Elliott and Amari Cooper, Gallup should see a rise in targets in a back-and-forth game. I expect to see Gallup score in this one, making him a sneaky play as a low-end WR3 or Flex option. In DFS, he will be low-owned and cheap, giving you roster flexibility.
Jordan Thomas @ Washington Redskins
Thomas has scored three touchdowns in his last two games but on only five catches. So, he’s not a major part of this offense, but he gets the job done where it matters most in Fantasy. The Redskins defense is one of the better units in the league against opposing tight ends (6.02 Fantasy PPG), but Thomas should see some action here as the defense focuses on slowing down DeAndre Hopkins. At the tight end position, if you do not own one of the top tier players, you are likely streaming at the position. If you are doing so, Thomas could be on your radar in Week 11. He may not give you that six catch type of game, but getting into the end-zone gives you what you need to compete for a win. In DFS, Thomas will be a player that will be virtually free and not used on many rosters, giving you an advantage if he hits.
Washington Redskins vs. Houston Texans
Staying in the same game, the Redskins’ defense at home could be in store for a solid performance. Like I said, I like Thomas for a score in this game, but as a whole this could be a low-scoring affair. The Texans have had some issues along the offensive line recently, which could lead to an influx of sacks in this game for the front seven. Add in a couple of turnovers and that’s a defense that will be worth streaming in Week 11.