DraftKings NY Giants Fantasy Update - Week 11
Ethan Haskell - DK Playbook Manager
Draft a new fantasy football lineup every week on DraftKings. Put a team together of a QB, RB, RB, WR, WR, WR, TE, FLEX (RB/WR/TE) and DST within a $50,000 salary cap.
Aaron Rodgers came through in a big way last weekend against the Bears and turned out to be the highest scoring QB of the weekend even after just one half of football. This week the options are spread a little wider as there are only four teams on their bye week compared to six in Week 10. The quarterback pool on DraftKings looks plentiful and there are a number of potential shootouts to target. The one guy who stands out right now is Drew Brees at home against the Bengals. Brees has been impressively consistent over his last six games, posting at least 20 fantasy points in each game. Yet he's priced well below Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, and Andrew Luck. Those four quarterbacks are at least $9,400 or higher on DraftKings for NFL Week 11, while Brees sits at just $8,300 out of the $50,000 total salary cap you have available. The biggest concern with Brees is that he draws a Bengals secondary that has been mediocre against QBs on the season, but is #1 in fantasy points per game allowed to opposing quarterbacks over the last three weeks. The Bengals secondary has talent, but their last three quarterbacks faced were Joe Flacco, Blake Bortles and Brian Hoyer so the level of competition hasn't been too steep. The other fear is that the Saints might try and attack Cincinnati on the ground more than through the air this week. While they might run more often than usual, this is still a New Orleans offense that throws the ball on 61% of plays this year, which is the 9th highest rate in the NFL. This high-octane offense will be hard-pressed to move away from their pass-first mentality and that helps explain why Brees is able to be so consistent with his fantasy scoring on DraftKings.
The biggest challenge I personally face when trying to roster Brees in daily fantasy contests is figuring which receiver to pair him with. Brees tends to spread his targets around between the 20's then consistently work the ball to Jimmy Graham inside the red zone. Graham remains the safest player to pair Brees with, especially considering the Bengals rank 27th in FPPG allowed to opposing tight ends this season. Graham also carries a pretty steep price point for a tight end though, so there may be another option to consider in this passing game. This week, I think that secondary option may be Brandin Cooks. The Bengals have Adam Jones and Terrance Newman on the outside, both of whom have rated out as above average corners this season but Cooks moves around a lot in this offense and the Saints will try to get him matched up in the best situation on most downs. Cooks has a pair of 20+ fantasy point efforts over his last four games and has nice upside at a reasonable $5,800 price point ($1,200 less than Jimmy Graham). Graham is still the best play among the Saints receiving weapons, but Cooks could provide some decent salary relief on DraftKings this week - allowing you to spend up elsewhere.