Week 11 NFL DFS DraftKings Stacks & Lineup Picks

Written By Nate Lawson on November 16, 2017

DraftKings.com NFL DFS Week 11 Stack Picks for Cash and GPP Lineups

Week 11 of NFL DFS is here, and everyone is looking to cash in on the big money daily fantasy football contests at DraftKings. Every week, we’ll take a look at the top stacks for players over at DraftKings, finding optimal combinations based on matchup, usage, and recent performance, among other noteworthy metrics.

As with any daily fantasy sport, the advice below is relevant for fantasy purposes. A player, stack, or team might be better or worse from a fantasy perspective than in real life due to matchup, price, gameflow, and more. This is important to keep in mind when constructing a roster.

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Week 11 DraftKings.com NFL DFS Top Stacks

Tom Brady ($7.4K), Rob Gronkowski ($7.1K) @ OAK – Cash/GPP
This shouldn’t take much explaining. The Oakland Raiders rank fifth-worst in TE DVOA and dead last in DVOA against the pass. The New England Patriots aren’t defensive stalwarts either, ranking 30th in Pass DVOA, so this should be a shootout. Sure, Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski in a stack equals more than 1/4 of your salary cap, but they have immense upside. If you need more reasoning, check out why each, specifically, made our top plays yesterday. Now back to Oakland…

Derek Carr ($6.4K), Amari Cooper ($6.0K) vs. NE – GPP/Cash
As I was saying, the Pats are one of the worst defenses in the league, and I’m not ready to say all’s well in the Raiders’ backfield. This team is still Derek Carr’s, and against a potent, high-powered Pats offense, Oakland is going to need to have some firepower of its own. Fortunately, they have two very good wide receivers in Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper, the latter of which, like Brady and Gronk, was featured in my top plays yesterday. While Crabtree has been far more consistent this year, Cooper has the better upside, especially since the Pats likely don’t feel they have to gameplan around him. He’s been far too quiet this season for that. However, in the past three weeks, he’s seen 19, 10, and nine targets. That 19-target day led to a 47-point outing for Cooper. Coming off the bye, he should be rested, healthy (or at least healthier), and ready to deliver in a big home game. Exposure to Carr, meanwhile, is a nice hedge; a touchdown or two could go to Jared Cook, Michael Crabtree, or even a running back.

Tyreek Hill ($7.1K), Chiefs D/ST ($3.3K) vs. CLE – GPP
Tyreek Hill is easily one of the most dynamic players in the game. Against a Giants team that has completely phoned it in, now seems like as good a week as any for the freak athlete to tally his second return touchdown on the season. While I’m certainly not counting on it, I like the upside of stacking Hill up with the Chiefs D/ST, who get a miserable Giants offense. It’s, of course, still missing OBJ and Brandon Marshall.

Look, Kansas City should completely control this game. Kareem Hunt should be ultra-chalky this week, but he has gotten worse and worse as his rookie season has worn on. Then, there’s Travis Kelce, who is always a threat to steal targets and touchdowns from KC players. But the Giants have been worse against wideouts and quarterbacks than tight ends and running backs in terms of DVOA. Hop on this great matchup for both Hill and the Chiefs defense (though I’m not sold on the latter in Cash).

Leonard Fournette ($8.2K), Jacksonville Jaguars D/ST ($4.0K) @ CLE – GPP
I don’t love this play after Leonard Fournette’s last week. But the Jags’ lead back has just been so good on the road, scoring at least 24 DK points in each road matchup this season. Meanwhile, he’s broken 20 DK points just once in four home games. That’s an odd split, but up against a Cleveland team in shambles, I think Fournette has immense upside. He’s a perfect pairing with the Jags D/ST. Jacksonville has the best secondary in the league, hands down, though they’ve struggled against the run. Isaiah Crowell could do some damage, but I just don’t expect this game to stay close for long, leading to more passing out of Cleveland.

The Browns’ season has basically come down to a battle royale between a front office trying to get a coaching staff fired and a coaching staff trying to divert blame to an incompetent front office. Jacksonville’s defense should have an easy day and limit points allowed, while Fournette should be leveraged as an asset to wear down the Browns defense and run off the clock. I expect him to lead this game in touches by a wide, wide margin.

Lamar Miller ($5.0K), Houston D/ST ($3.1K) vs. ARI – Cash
The Arizona Cardinals are averaging 12 points per game in their past three outings. That bodes well for a battered Texans defense in a game with an over/under of 38.5. They held Todd Gurley to just 68 rushing yards in their last outing (though the Rams scored 33 in the game). Without Carson Palmer, the Cardinals will lean, once again, on Adrian Peterson, but the Texans have allowed the sixth-fewest yards to opposing backs this season to go along with a league-best one rushing touchdown allowed.

Meanwhile, Lamar Miller has become an important core of an offense missing its best player in Deshaun Watson. The Texans’ lead back is averaging over 5.5 yards per carry in his past two games, and he comes at a bargain on DraftKings (just $5.0K). I went deeper into this play yesterday, but I think if you’re going to roster Miller, stacking on Houston D/ST is a logical route. After all, the down week last week had a lot to do with a bad matchup for the Texans, and the Cardinals offer a much easier route to victory.

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Ryan Fitzpatrick ($5.3K), Mike Evans ($7.9K) vs. MIA – GPP
I love rostering Mike Evans, which made last week so tough. The Bucs’ stud receiver was suspended, and that left Ryan Fitzpatrick very little to work with. Fortunately, Fitzpatrick’s bummer performance and Evans’ suspension should decrease each player’s ownership. I went on and on yesterday about how much I like these two, and I’d go far as to call it “love” for Evans. The Dolphins are fresh off a week in which they let Devin Funchess look like a complete stud, and Mike Evans is a borderline matchup-proof wideout anyways. Expect Fitzpatrick to crush value this week against a bad Miami team (31st in pass DVOA), while Evans should get his, as the Dolphins rank 26th in WR1 DVOA.

Matt Ryan ($5.8K), Tevin Coleman ($5.8K) @ SEA – Cash (Sunday-Monday slate)
I normally do not like pairing RBs and QBs on the same team, and that especially goes for when that pairing is taking on the Seahawks in Seattle. However, with the hobbled Seahawks defense missing Richard Sherman and Devonta Freeman’s injury last week, Matt Ryan and Tevin Coleman are each in much better spots than anyone could have guessed.

Coleman is close to a lock for me simply due to workload (and because I expect him to be more active than usual in the passing game, taking most, if not all, of Freeman’s targets). Ryan, meanwhile, has three consecutive two-TD games, including a 300+ yard performance against a tough Carolina Panthers defense. But you’re looking at a two-touchdown floor (combining the two players), and I expect one or the other to get a performance bonus.

Tyler Kroft ($2.9K), Bengals D/ST ($3.0K) @ DEN – GPP/Cash
There isn’t much good going on in Cincy this season, but, hey, that’s the past decade for the Bengals, right? This week, they head to Denver, bringing their 1-4 road record with them, along with a two-game losing streak. However, Denver is no prize either, as their quarterback situation has become messy after bringing Brock Osweiler back into the fold. Further, the Broncos have allowed 121 points in the past three weeks. That’s more than 40 points per week, on average.

The Bengals do not have a good running game, even with the addition of Joe Mixon, and the Broncos are normally elite against the run (first in DVOA). However, they’ve long struggled with tight ends, and this year is no different. Look for Tyler Kroft to run wild against a defense ranking 26th in TE DVOA, and one that has allowed one touchdown to an opposing tight end in each of the last three games. I loved him yesterday, and that love has only grown.

Regarding the Bengals D/ST, they’ve shown moments of greatness this season but are middle of the pack (15th in DVOA). That said, this game has an over/under of 39, and the Broncos are averaging 14.5 total points per game over their last four. Given the salaries of both options, along with the Bengals’ poor running game/Denver’s elite run defense, I think this stack is a great option for tournaments and also viable in Cash.

Other Stacks to Consider:
Eli Manning, Evan Engram
Kareem Hunt, Chiefs D/ST
Dak Prescott, Dez Bryant
Drew Brees, Alvin Kamara
Carson Wentz, Zach Ertz
Alex Smith, Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill
Case Keenum, Stefon Diggs
Tom Brady, Brandin Cooks
Derek Carr, Michael Crabtree
Russell Wilson, Paul Richardson

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Nate began playing DFS back in 2013, focusing on low stakes MLB contests over at DraftKings. Now, the vast majority of his DFS time is spent identifying optimal picks and player exposure for NBA and NFL GPPs, though MMA and eSports are his DFS guilty pleasures. With a focus on constant iteration, Nate spends a lot of his non-DFS time reading books and essays by leaders in finance and entrepreneurship for application to his DFS strategies...with a bit of cryptocurrency trading on the side.

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