The Perfect Lineup: Week 11's FantasyScore Team
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If you've never played before and aren't sure who to pick, our fancy algorithms have you covered for Week 11. Take a look at this week's FantasyScore Perfect Lineup.
Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota Vikings
Bridgewater comes in at just $3,800 on FantasyScore, which makes him the 27th-most expensive quarterback this weekend on the site. He'll be facing a Chicago secondary that's allowed 11 touchdown passes over their last two games (to Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady), and when you add in Ryan Tannehill's performance from three weeks ago, every signal-caller they've faced over the last three weeks have finished as top-five fantasy options.
Bridgewater hasn't thrown for more than a single touchdown pass in a game this season, but given his price and matchup, he makes a great value play.
Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
It's tough to ever bet against Forte, and this is especially true this weekend against Minnesota. According to our schedule-adjusted Net Expected Points (NEP) metrics, Minnesota ranks 26th against the run. That's translated to fantasy success for running backs, as the Vikings have allowed eight double-digit PPR performances this season. Forte should get back to being the stud he is this week.
Le'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
Speaking of studs, expect Steelers' running back Le'Veon Bell to get things going in Week 11 as well. Despite just one rushing touchdown all season - and zero since Week 1 ended - Bell has ranked in the top 16 at the running back position in PPR leagues each and every week of the season. He'll face a Titans defense that ranks 29th against the run this year according to NEP, so he should have no trouble bringing points to the table in Week 11.
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
Brown was a slight disappointment last week in a cake matchup thanks to a pair of fumbles, but he should turn things around this week against the league's 18th-ranked secondary.
No wide receiver is more of a lock than Antonio Brown in fantasy football. He has at least 5 receptions and 74 yards in every game this season, and has ranked in the wide receiver top 8 in PPR leagues a ridiculous six times. Our projections think he's the second-best wide receiver option in Week 11, which is why he makes this week's lineup.
Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
If Julio Jones can find the end zone, he's essentially a lock to be a top-10 weekly wide receiver. He's scored in just two games this year, but his worst line of the season was a 4-catch, 58-yard performance against Detroit, a team that's stopped virtually every wide receiver they've faced.
Jones will face a Panthers defense that's been awful against the pass this year, ranking 25th. Even though Jones is costly on FantasyScore, he should bring results.
Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
Greg Olsen gets the nod at tight end, as he's facing the league's worst defense (Atlanta) this week. The Panthers are a dumpster fire offensively right now, but Olsen continues to be consistent, and he now has six top-four tight end performances in PPR leagues this year. He'll still be involved in the offense despite Atlanta ranking fairly well against the position from a fantasy points against perspective.
Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ers
Like the wide receivers above, Boldin has a nice, high floor, and is rarely priced accordingly. He's priced as the 38th-most expensive receiver for Week 11 on FantasyScore, but has reached a weekly wide receiver ranking higher than that in each of his last five games.
Boldin faces a Giants pass defense that's completely average according to our schedule-adjusted analytics, so it's not as though he'll be in trouble this week.
Josh Brown, New York Giants
As usual with your FantasyScore lineup, go with the cheap kicker. Brown is the cheapest kicker out there this week, but our projections have him pegged as the second-best option at his position this week.
Cleveland Browns Defense
Starting the Browns may make you feel a little uncomfortable. But they rank 14th overall in team defense, and have posted five straight games - opponents aside - with seven or fantasy points.
They'll face the Texans (in Cleveland) this week in what will be Ryan Mallett's first NFL start. Mistakes will happen, and the Browns defense will benefit.