Alex Smith vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Alex Smith will not fool anyone as a stat sheet stuffer, he is a game manager plain and simple. He has just three touchdowns in his last four starts, and has thrown for no more than 224 yards during that span. That could very well change in Week 11, when the Tampa Bay Bucs come to town with a defense that has surrendered the fourth-most TDs to opposing QBs. With Winston and the somewhat consistent Bucs offense, the Chiefs will have to stay balanced to come away with the win. If Jeremy Maclin is back, add him to the shifty Tyreek Hill and you have weapons to utilize on the outside. The Tampa Bay defense is strong up the middle but their corners are not the best around, so you can assume that this is where the Chiefs will attack the defense. Look for Smith to capitalize on this matchup and finish the day with a 300-yard, two touchdown game. If you are down a QB due to the bye, Smith is a guy you can stream for cheap, and a player in DFS that will be a low percentage owned QB in Week 11.
Isaiah Crowell vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
After starting out the season on a hot streak, Crowell has cooled off in the past few weeks. With a combined 15 carries for 27 yards over the last two games, you could say that Crowell has become frigid.
Week 11 will have AFC North rival Pittsburgh coming to town, fresh off getting smoked by Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys’ offensive line. Does Cleveland have anywhere close to a similar offensive line? Certainly not. But there must be something that they see on game tape to take advantage of in this game. The Browns’ offense will want to win the time of possession battle and keep Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers’ offense off the field to have a shot in this one. Crowell could be in for a high touch total in this matchup, which means he will have plenty of chances to pad stats. He will finish the day closing in on 100 yards and will definitely find the end-zone. He’s a sneaky RB2/Flex play this week based on recent performance, who will also have low ownership in DFS in Week 11.
Eli Rogers @ Cleveland Browns
Since returning from injury two weeks ago, Rogers has been a factor in the Steelers’ passing attack with 10 catches, a 100-yard game and a TD. While none of the other receivers aside from Antonio Brown have stepped up, Roethlisberger has found a rapport with Rogers and it is showing on the field. With his snaps and targets increasing each week, you have to like Rogers’ chances this week against a Browns defense that allows the most points to opposing WRs. While Antonio Brown will likely be shadowed by Joe Haden all day, Rogers will end up in single coverage. After an embarrassing loss to Dallas at home in the final seconds, I would expect to see Pittsburgh put the pedal to the metal in this game and put plenty of points on the board. A 100-yard game with a touchdown should be obtainable for Rogers in this one, making him a viable WR3 candidate for Week 11.
Julius Thomas @ Detroit Lions
Thomas is currently riding a touchdown streak, with three scores in his last four games. While he may not be tearing it up in the yardage department, he is starting to see increased targets each week. In Week 11, Thomas will get the pleasure of seeing the league’s worst defense in terms of points allowed to the position in the Detroit Lions. While the Lions’ offense should be able to score at will on the Jags defense, it will be up to “Captain Turnover” Blake Bortles to keep the Jags in the game. As we all know, the Jaguars rarely show up in the first half of games, meaning you should start watching after halftime as Thomas starts to accumulate points. I can see Thomas getting five catches for about 70 yards and a score, making him worthy of a start if you are streaming at the position. In DFS, TE is a position that people normally pay down for and play the matchups, so I would expect to see a few people on Thomas in Week 11.
Robbie Gould vs. Chicago Bears
Call it a revenge game if you want, as Robbie Gould gets his first crack at his former team in the Chicago Bears. Gould, oddly enough, is in the better spot in this game, as he will be kicking for the better offense. Eli and the Giants should be able to move up and down the field in this matchup, so you can expect to see a few opportunities for Gould to put the ball in the air. Two FGs and three XPs are what I am looking at for him in Week 11, which is worthy of a streaming start and a cheap option for you in DFS.
Detroit Lions vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
This is pretty simple, take the defense that is facing Blake Bortles. He has proven to turn the ball over at will, resulting in a pick-six on a few occasions this season. The Lions at home will dominate this game in the early going, which tends to happen to this Jaguars team. I wouldn’t be shocked to see a shutout in this one, but junk-time Bortles will rear his head in the fourth quarter for a couple of scores. The points that you will get from this unit will come from sacks and turnovers, of which there should be a few. They’re a sneaky play at defense for the week, and an option that may be overlooked in DFS.