Once again we get five games to build our rosters from in the late slate of games this week. This player pool has a ton of elite quarterback, wide receiver and tight end options. The running back pool is not as good; there really are no studs, and finding more than one reasonably-priced running back is not going to be easy. It will make for some interesting teams this week. Here are the players I like this week 11:
Tom Brady, New England, $9,800 — There are some very nice stud quarterbacks available in the late games this week. I like Brady the most because he has been playing very well lately — over 30 fantasy-points in his last two games and two of his last three. On top of that, Indianapolis has struggled against QB recently– in their last two games they have allowed 47.78 and 26.16 fantasy-points to the starting QB they were facing.
Mark Sanchez, Philadelphia, $5,800 — The pricing for this week came out before the Monday Night game. Sanchez does not have a great matchup in week 11. But, I doubt that the Philadelphia defense will be able to slow Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay offense down. That means a shoot out. Sure, Sanchez could well throw three interceptions this week, but if he does so, you can also expect 300+ yards.
Eddie Lacy, Green Bay, $6,800 — Lacy has sure come on after his slow start… He has been getting better as the season progresses — though his schedule has ha a lot to do with the improvement. In a slate of games light with elite RB, Lacy seems like the best bet to give you a solid or better game. He has topped 20 fantasy-points in each of his last two games, and Philadelphia has been slightly below average against running backs this season.
Andre Ellington, Arizona, $6,400 — Quietly, Ellington has been on a nice run lately. His fantasy points totals the last six games: 33.4, 15.3, 22.0, 16.5, 23.4 and 15.2. The matchup is not ideal as Detroit ranks 10th against running backs this season, but Ellington has been producing even against tougher defenses.
Darren Sproles, Philadelphia, $4,900 — It is almost as tough to find an economy running back as it is a stud running back this week. Sproles is a risk, but he is a good receiver and I expect the Eagles to be throwing a lot as they attempt to keep up with the Green Bay offense.
Ryan Mathews, San Diego, $4,500 — Since Mathews has not played since week two, he comes into the week with a low salary. That is perfect for daily fantasy, as he gets the low salary just in time to face the Oakland defense. You know, the defense that just allowed C. J. Anderson to score 26.3 fantasy points. While I do not consider Mathews a stud, I do think he is a better back than C. J. Anderson.
Calvin Johnson, Detroit, $8,500 — He’s back! Calvin Johnson came back with a bang last week putting up 27.3 fantasy-points against Miami on Sunday. This week he draws an Arizona defense that ranks 28th against opposing wide receivers on the season.
Jordy Nelson, Green Bay, $7,700 — There is a lot to like with Nelson this week. He is coming off of a 36.2 fantasy-point game, he has averaged 26.7 fantasy-points in home games, and Philadelphia has allowed the third most points to opposing wide receivers this season.
Malcom Floyd, San Diego, $4,600 — While there are a lot of good stud-level options at wide receiver in the late games this week, finding an economy selection I liked was a challenge. Yes, there are a lot of guys who could have big games, too bad they could all easily fail to return value. When Floyd faced Oakland in week six, he put up 24.3 fantasy points, the Oakland defense is no better now than it was five weeks ago.
James Jones, Oakland, $4,100 — The last time Jones faced San Diego he had five receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown. The Chargers were playing better back in week six than they have been lately making Jones a solid play today. [Admission: I had Kenny Britt initially for some reason. He looks like a great play, too bad he is not in a late game!]
Rob Gronkowski, New England, $7,900 — Sure, that is a lot to pay for a tight end, yet Gronkowski is well worth it. He is healthy now, will be coming off of his bye week, and is facing a team that has struggled against tight ends. As an added bonus, the game will be in prime time which will provide a little extra motivation for Gronkowski. Even at that price, I am a big fan of “the Gronk” this week.
Mychal Rivera, Oakland, $3,100 — Rivera is running a close second to Travis Kelce on my tight end stalking list. What can I say? I am cheap, and I like finding bargains, which Rivera is again. This price can be justified since San Diego has been tough against tight ends this season. The Chargers also have not had a very challenging schedule in terms of opposing tight ends faced. Rivera is a risk, but well worth the risk given his price.
Modest Priced D/ST
San Diego, $3,200 — The fact that the Oakland offense “only” ranks 24th this season was a bit shocking to me. I would have thought they were much worse than the 24th best offense in the NFL. I am not buying it, I also think them giving up 0 sacks to Denver Sunday was a fluke. You should have no qualms about using the San Diego defense this week.
Arizona, $2,800 — There are just not many good options at D/ST in the late games. The Cardinals do have a solid defense, are playing at home, and Matthew Stafford has been known to throw a few interceptions. If you are looking to save money at D/ST to spend elsewhere, Arizona is really your only decent option.
That is all for this week, good luck with your teams. You can catch me on Twitter @STCDub.