I put together an NFL Week 11 DraftKings Classic Team. My philosophy was to stay away from the highest-cost players save for Kansas City RB Kareem Hunt. Hunt isn't even the highest-cost RB on the board. I'm also throwing my lot in with Cleveland's defense.
Yeah, I know. Stupid? Or, stupid genius? Check out the team!
QB – Derek Carr, $6,400, Oakland vs New England
The last time Carr played against a defense this bad he threw for 417 yards. He also tossed 4 TD passes. That was in Week 7 when Oakland beat Kansas City straight up. Carr's only averaging 16.8 fantasy football points per game.
His number should be much improved versus a New England D that ranks 32nd in passing yards allowed per game. Not only that, but this game takes place in Mexico City where the Raiders are incredibly popular.
RB – Alvin Kamara, $7,500, New Orleans vs Washington
Kamara averages 17.8 points per. He scored close to 28 fantasy points in Week 10. Washington's defense is decent versus the rush. What it means is that the Saints are likely to throw short to Kamara and allow him to get loose that way instead of pounding the ball with Mark Ingram. I think Kamara has a chance to outscore Ingram on Sunday.
RB – Kareem Hunt, $8,00, Kansas City at New York Giants
The New York Giants allow 132.6 rushing yards per game. The Giants also allow 267.8 passing yards per game. My guess, is that KC is going to want to rush the football versus the Giants. Kansas City must get back to playing decent football. The Chiefs were tired before their Week 10 bye. Hunt only had 10.1 fantasy point in KC's Week 9 loss to Dallas. Getting Hunt back on track should be a priority after the bye.
WR – Sterling Shepard, $6,300, New York Giants vs Kansas City
Shepard only averages 14.1 fantasy points per game. Although I'm not in love with his averages, I expect his production to accelerate big time versus the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs allow 259.2 passing yards per game. The Giants should call Shepard's number multiple times on Sunday just so they can stay in the game versus the Chiefs.
WR – Jarvis Landry, $6,400, Miami vs Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay's pass defense is woeful. The Buccaneers travel to Miami to battle the Dolphins. Jay Cutler could surprise with over 300 yards passing. More than likely, he'll target Landry 12 times. Landry will catch at least 8 of the 12 targets. Hopefully, 2 of Landry's 8 catches will be for TDs.
WR – Amari Cooper, $6,000, Oakland vs New England
Amari scored less than 10 fantasy points in Oakland's Week 9 27 to 24 win over the Miami Dolphins. QB Derek Carr did target Amari 9 times in that game. He only caught 4 of the 9 passes for 58 yards. Because Carr to Cooper is how Oakland sprung the upset win over Kansas City earlier this season, my guess is the Raiders go back to the well in Week 11 versus New England. This is especially true because Oakland heads to Mexico City for this battle off their bye.
TE – Tyler Kroft, $2,900, Cincinnati at Denver
Kroft hasn't been as effective as Cincinnati's TE 1, Tyler Eifert. He has had some decent moments, though. The big thing about Kroft is that he faces a Denver defense that ranks 31st versus opposing tight-ends. If Cincinnati can beat any team, it should be a reeling Denver Broncos' squad. Beating the Broncos means that Andy Dalton throws to Tyler Kroft.
FLEX – Isaiah Crowell, $4,100, Cleveland vs Jacksonville
I don't expect Cleveland's offense to dominate the best defense in the NFL. I do feel that Isaiah Crowell has been hot lately while Jacksonville's defense is predicated upon an excellent pass rush. The Browns should use Crowell as much as they can to slow the game down. This could be one of those 17 to 13 games where Crowell rushes for a TD along with 100 yards. At only $4,100 in salary, I think Isaiah is worth adding.
DEF – Cleveland Browns, $2,300, Cleveland vs Jacksonville
There's the misunderstanding that Cleveland's defense isn't very good. Okay. The Browns don't have a good defense. What Cleveland does have is a decent defense. The Browns' D should be flattered on Sunday because Jacksonville's offense is garbage after rookie RB Leonard Fournette. Fournette is a straight ahead rusher going up against a defense that allows around 86 rush yards per game.