By Jamie Calandro
Jamie Calandro

Week 11 is upon us, and apparently so is the return of Cam Newton! He’s going to be the main focus of cash lineups this week, with some top skill players on tap again. Don’t forget to join me tonight on Sirius XM fantasy with the Football Diehards, and the GPP stack article will be out tomorrow!



Patrick Mahomes, KC ($7600)

Fresh off his 406-yard, 5-TD performance, Mahomes comes into this week underpriced relative to his peers, as DraftKings does not adjust for Sunday or Monday night football players. Cowboys/Chiefs comes in as the premier offensive environment with two fast-paced teams and an O/U of 56.5, and Dallas is still missing their two top pass rushers in DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory. Mahomes was in vintage form against the Raiders on Sunday, and Dallas has allowed the 12th most FPPG to opposing QBs. There’s a glaring value in Cam Newton (see below), but if for some reason Cam doesn’t start I’ll be looking to pay up for Mahomes here in cash.

Other options - Josh Allen, Lamar Jackson, Dak Prescott

Mid-tier options - Joe Burrow, Russell Wilson



Cam Newton, CAR ($5100)

The only thing holding this play back is the fact that Cam still has not officially been named the starter yet, but I expect it will happen. When (if?) it does, Cam becomes a screaming value at $5100 against Washington who has allowed the third most FPPG to QBs, the second most to WRs, and will now be without Chase Young. Even coming off the bench, Cam still vulture a rushing TD, and later threw for another, so we can predictably say his red zone equity will stick around.

Other options - Derek Carr





Christian McCaffrey, CAR ($8900)

McCaffrey’s low ownership baffled me last week at $8400, and he went on put up typical CMC numbers, rushing for 7.3 YPC and catching all ten targets. I let the low ownership sway me off of him in cash, but I won’t make that mistake again. He’s still far too cheap at $8900, and Cam starting would not hurt him at all. Over 16 full games played together, McCaffrey averaged 10.4 targets per game from Cam.

Other options - Dalvin Cook, Nick Chubb

Mid-tier options - D’Andre Swift, Joe Mixon



James Conner, ARI ($6100)

This was a TOUGH call between Conner and AJ Dillon, and I’ll make every effort to fit both in alongside McCaffrey, but I’m going to slightly lean Conner as the preferred play even with both RBs in pristine matchups. Seattle has been absolutely trucked by RBs this year, allowing 5.3 YPC and the third most FPPG. The blowout did not give Conner a chance to get going last week, although he did get a lucky late TD. His price has dropped, and I’ll be taking advantage.

Other options - AJ Dillon, Eli Mitchell, Myles Gaskin, Mark Ingram (if Kamara sits), Darrel Williams (if CEH sits)





Davante Adams, GB ($8400)

Minnesota is missing several key pieces on defense still, and Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams have a strong recent history against this team. The Vikings have allowed the seventh most FPPG to opposing WRs, and Aaron Jones’ absence should funnel even more looks Adams’ way (hard to believe since he has a 34% target share as it is).

Other options - Tyreek Hill, Stefon Diggs, AJ Brown

Mid-tier options - Ja’Marr Chase, DK Metcalf



Tee Higgins, CIN ($5400)

This is becoming an evergreen play for me, but DraftKings refuses to price this guy up. Despite the flashiness of Chase, Tee Higgins still has a higher target share on the year and only one less RZ target. Now the Bengals get to face off against this Raiders secondary that just got eviscerated by the Chiefs, and CIN leads the league in plays per game again.

Other options - Brandin Cooks, Tyler Lockett, Hunter Renfrow, Jaylen Waddle, Cole Beasley, Michael Gallup, Mecole Hardman






Darren Waller ($6100)

I have Waller and Kelce about even in production for this week, so the $1000 savings is the tiebreaker if choosing one. Cincinnati has been tough against TEs (ninth fewest FPPG allowed), but this game has a close spread and a 52 O/U, and Waller is as bankable for targets as any WR.

Other options - Travis Kelce, George Kittle

Mid-tier options - Mike Gesicki, Dallas Goedert



Cole Kmet, CHI ($3400)

If looking to drop all the way down, Kmet seems like the best option right now. He was largely invisible for the majority of this year, but Justin Fields is coming on and Kmet had a 22% target share last week while averaging 11 yards per target. The Ravens have been beaten by TEs all season, allowing the third most FPPG to the position.

Other options - Dan Arnold, Tyler Conklin, David Njoku

Carolina Panthers ($2700)
New York Jets ($2300)
Cleveland Browns ($3100)
Detroit Lions ($2400)
Houston Texans ($2000)