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Daily Fantasy Football Picks for NFL Week 11 (2020)

| November 17, 2020 12:48 am PDT
NFL DFS Picks Week 11 ,2020

Daily fantasy football is headed for a week of uncertainty. I mean, what am I going to do with Russell Wilson and Kyler Murray off of the main slate?

It just won’t be 2020 NFL DFS, I reckon.

They’re not the only elite fantasy options we’ll have to live without, either. Josh Allen is also on a bye, as well as anyone you’d have wanted to roster on the Bears, Giants, or 49ers.

Nobody wanted any of the latter guys, but still.

Even so, there should be plenty to like in week 11. My NFL DFS picks did not deliver like they had been in recent weeks (Aaron Jones and the Saints defense were the only plays that panned out), but we can always try again.

I think I’ve got my finger on the pulse of this new week, just as it’s getting started. That has me loving these NFL DFS picks for week 11.

Lamar Jackson, QB, Ravens ($7.3k)

This may not necessarily be the week to pay up at quarterback, seeing as there is a litany of pricey stud running backs at our disposal.

There’s also an argument that Lamar Jackson just isn’t the same guy that won the NFL MVP a year ago.

Both could be true statements, but there’s no Kyler Murray, Russell Wilson, Josh Allen, or Patrick Mahomes on the main slate this week.

That makes at least considering Jackson’s dual-threat upside necessary.

While he hasn’t been on the level he was last year, Jackson can still tear it up on the ground, and he’s still averaging over 21 fantasy points per game.

Don’t ignore his ceiling in a huge clash with the Titans, who have allowed the 12th most fantasy points per game to quarterbacks, and have also struggled to contain the run in 2020.

Without a clear play staring us in the face, it may make sense to roll the dice and target Jackson’s upside in week 11.

Dalvin Cook, RB, Vikings ($9k)

This is the week of the running back. Cook has been unstoppable, Alvin Kamara is coming off of a 34-fantasy point explosion, and Christian McCaffrey is possibly due back (again).

It is a positively loaded position, but of those three studs, Cook is the cheapest. He could also be the safest, and he may also have the best overall matchup.

Cook has been a punishing and explosive runner. McCaffrey and Kamara score a lot and are very active as receivers, but in 2020, Cook has been perhaps the most dominant pure rusher of any back in the NFL.

The form, role, talent, and matchup point to Cook being the first back we click on this week. I have ideas about rostering two or (gulp) even three of these guys this week, but most of my builds will at least start with Cook.

Amari Cooper, WR, Cowboys ($5.4k)

If I end up paying up at running back this week – whether it’s one slot or more – I probably won’t have a ton of extra funds to invest big at wide receiver.

There are still elite wide receivers we’ll want, but I’m not entirely sure availability and matchups make most of them necessary.

By comparison, Cooper is an elite receiver who still maintains a key role (5+ targets in each of his last four games), and has a great matchup against a suspect Vikings secondary (3rd most fantasy points allowed to WRs).

Quarterback play has been a problem, but I expect Minnesota to be ahead in this game (hence the Cook plug). I’m hopeful that Garrett Gilbert continues to start, and we see more of this.

If all of that holds true, Cooper should be plenty active in this one, and his explosiveness and volume could off-set any connection issues.

Obviously paying up for the likes of Davante Adams, Julio Jones and others is appealing, but on this slate, I’m not sure it’ll be the best path to high-level success.

Mark Andrews, TE, Ravens ($4.9k)

Tight end remains a wasteland. I’ll probably have to pay down here at a totally diluted position, but if you need some safety, just confide in the (for the most part) tried and true Mark Andrews.

His price has come down due to the position as a whole, but also because he’s been quite touchdown-dependent in 2020.

What tight end not named Travis Kelce or Darren Waller hasn’t, though? When you consider his talent, role, and red-zone ability, Andrews is way too cheap, and he could smash in this spot against Tennessee (5 TDs given up to TEs).

He’s a solid stack option with Jackson, but is cheap enough to be used in any lineups this week.

Miami Dolphins Defense ($3.4k)

The early week 11 NFL betting lines list Miami as a favorite, and there’s a big reason why.

The Dolphins have been really strong defensively, and I’m starting to buy-in. They’ve been regulars in my weekly NFL DFS sleepers post, but they have since graduated to being in my NFL DFS picks.

Their price has gone up, but Miami has also proven to be quite reliable. Their balanced defense allows them to limit the opposition, and create chaos.

The Dolphins have been ho-hum with six and eight fantasy points in their last two games, but if this showcases their floor, I’m all-in. This is a unit that has flashed solid upside with four previous outings over 12+ fantasy points, and in week 11 they’ll face the Broncos.

Miami specifically battles Drew Lock, who tossed four picks last week, and simply cannot take care of the football or consistently generate offense. The Fins feel like one of the easiest calls of this slate.

Summary

My week 11 NFL DFS picks are understandably pushed out early in the week, so this doesn’t have to serve as some type of “only build around these players” stand.

These are just the options I presently covet the most at each respective position, especially when you consider matchup, value, and the slate at hand.

Is there another quarterback or two I may end up using over Lamar Jackson in my week 11 NFL DFS lineups? Sure. Will I punt tight end a lot, or even end up paying up at wide receiver?

Almost certainly, and probably.

How you approach each week of NFL DFS can honestly be reshaped throughout the week, and completely change before you lock on Sunday. It all depends on what news comes out, how the NFL odds change, and what feels the most optimal.

Hopefully my top NFL DFS picks for week 11 get you on the right track and help you this week.

If you want to take things up a notch and bet on pro football this week, feel free to incorporate my insight here into some bets. Just make sure you use the best football betting sites before doing so.

Noah Davis
Noah Davis

Noah Davis is one of the more diverse writers at GamblingSites.com. Like many of his colleagues, he's a huge fan of both football and basketball. But he also writes about box office records, TV show prop bets, DFS, and all kinds of other subjects.

When it comes to the NFL, Noah's favorite team is the Cleveland Browns. He enjoys cheering them on with his wife and daughter.

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