I'm tasked with bringing you the best bargain plays for the week and that's what I will do. But I would also like to strongly suggest you pay up at the quarterback in week 11. However, if you desperately want to go cheap to compensate for a thin wide receiver position, I will timidly suggest Ryan Fitzpatrick as the best of the bottom barrel. Miami's defensive stats look decent thanks to their first five games where they only allowed 16 points a game, but they have been gashed for 40, 27, and 45 in their last three, and their pass defense has looked especially susceptible. Fitzpatrick also gets Mike Evans back this week and should have a good enough game to make his cheap price tag worth it.
Orleans Darkwa continues to be priced low due to the Giants' dysfunction, but he continues to be a steady source of 9-14 fantasy points at a very cheap price. The Giants inexplicably abandoned the run against the 49ers, robbing Darkwa of what should have been an even bigger fantasy day, but he was still productive posting 70 rushing yards and 18 receiving yards on 16 touches. With a stranglehold on the backfield and involvement in the passing game, Darkwa looks set to have another solid fantasy performance against an underperforming Kansas City defense.
Throughout most of the year Duke Johnson Jr. has seen limited usage in the Browns offense, despite being it's most effective weapon. Last Sunday, Johnson finally saw an uptick in that usage, posting double digit carries for the first time all year. Johnson is more dynamic than Isaiah Crowell and is the Browns preferred passing down threat. This week's matchup against Jacksonville and the number one pass defense means the already inept Browns passing offense will be nonexistent other than short passing, something that Johnson thrives in. Look for him to see another high volume of carries as the Browns avoid the air and at least 15 touches on his way to a serviceable fantasy day.
Kenyan Drake out performed Damien Williams for the second straight week and continues to out snap his counterpart. He also busted another rush of over 40 yards and looks the more explosive of the two options. Tampa Bay's defense is average at best, and Drake should find running room and opportunities. He's a tournament look considering his inconsistent volume but big play ability.
Other considerations: Alfred Morris vs. Philadelphia: $6,000
Another position where you should be paying up in week 11, as anyone under $6,500 (save Parker) looks really dicey. I'd like to give a special shout out to this value columns favorite wide receiver Robert Woods who, after 3 straight weeks of recommendations and big games, has graduated all the way up to a valuation of $6,900. Good for you Robert. Anyway, Parker is about the only cheap consistent option left, as he has, outside of one game, posted almost identical 5 catch 75 yard performances. That's a good fantasy day to bank on from your number 3 wide receiver and odds are he is going to get into the end zone one of these games.
Jared Cook is coming off one of the best performances of his entire career and clearly has built a strong rapport with Derek Carr who has targeted him 21 times over the past three games. New England's defense has been improving since September, but is still in the bottom third of the league in fantasy points allowed to tight ends. Add in the fact that Oakland will likely be playing from behind and airing the ball out, Cook makes for one of the safest tight end choices for week 11.
Other considerations: Vernon Davis vs. New Orleans: $5,200 (if Jordan Reed does not play)
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