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Hunter Report Week 11 2017
By Dave Hunter
Let’s get right to this week’s suggestions. Keep in mind that I use the DraftKings.com as the basis of my write-up and do not include Thursday, Sunday night or Monday games. Good luck!
Tom Brady, NE @ Oakland Raiders ($7,400) – Obvious as obvious could be, right? Sometimes that’s the case when it comes to picking your lineup. I mean, don’t ignore the obvious when it’s presented to you, even if that means you may be part of the group that locks in a player that’s highly-owned. Sometimes it’s okay, and in Week 11 I’m fine drafting Brady facing the Raiders. Brady has a great shot at meeting 4X his salary range, just under 30 fantasy points. That’s why I’m rostering Brady.
Other choices: Alex Smith, KC @ New York Giants ($6,700); Jared Goff, LAR @ Minnesota Vikings ($6,500)
Derek Carr, OAK vs. New England Patriots ($6,400) – As much as I like Brady, I dig Carr too. I’m okay with you paying up to land Brady, but I you’re scrimping at QB then Carr is a nice option at a $1K less. I don’t expect much defense in this game and Carr should have his way with his receivers downfield. In fact, this will be one of Carr’s best games of the year in 2017. As I write I’m talking myself into Carr more than Brady. Hmm.
Other choices: Kirk Cousins, WAS @ New Orleans Saints ($6,100)
Nathan Peterman, BUF @ Los Angeles Chargers ($4,700) – Yes, Peterman is starting instead of Tyrod Taylor. We have seen NOTHING from Peterman yet, but his price dictates a major dart throw. Doesn’t it? I mean, let’s consider the Bills offense of late and that they’re facing the Chargers, the NFLs stepchild. Peterman won’t give you a boom day but I like him to rack up about 15 fantasy points for your lineups. And, yes, Peterman is for tournament play only. No way you’d use him in cash play.
Other choices: Blaine Gabbert, ARI @ Houston Texans ($4,900)
RUNNING BACKTop Level
Kareem Hunt, KC @ New York Giants ($8.000) – You’re missing the Week 1 Kareem Hunt, aren’t you? Sure, we all are. I like Hunt to put up a game reminiscent of Week 1 – that’s good, isn’t it? We won’t see that big of a game, although Hunt should remind owners why he’s one of the best RBs in the game facing the Giants defense. I love Hunt for cash games mostly, although a nice underneath play in tournament lineups too. Don’t be afraid to pay the $8K price tag for Hunt – he’ll more than earn it this week.
Other choices: Mark Ingram, NO vs. Washington Redskins ($8,100); LeSean McCoy, BUF @ Los Angeles Chargers ($7,800); Alvin Kamara, NO vs. Washington Redskins ($7,500)
Adrian Peterson, ARI @ Houston Texans ($6,000) – Peterson has been so up-and-down that I won’t blame you if you pass and move along. Still, AP offers some intrigue in Week 11. Wow, really? Week 11? It’s crazy how the time passes. At any rate, I like AP enough that I’m willing to roster him in a lineup or two. I’m not going nuts with AP, but the appeal is nice enough with him that I know he’s going to get at least 20-plus touches.
Other choices: Jerick McKinnon, MIN vs. Los Angeles Rams ($5,700); Chris Thompson, WAS
@ New Orleans Saints ($5,400)
Samaje Perine, WAS @ New Orleans Saints ($3,800) – If you haven’t heard, Rob Kelley is done for the year. I know that’s not crazy news or anything, since Kelley hasn’t done squat this season. Perine now gets the touches for the Redskins, and I like him to get at least 15 touches overall. For $3.8K, that’s not bad in tournament play. Don’t feel the need to play Perine in cash play as he’s a major dart throw for lineups this week.
Other choices: Alex Collins, BAL @ Green Bay Packers ($ 3,900)
Todd Gurley, LAR @ Minnesota Vikings ($8,400) – The matchup is what stalls me in rostering Gurley – that’s the only reason. So, if you’ve got reasoning behind your Gurley lineup start, then great. I’m passing though at this price, taking advantage of other values without having to hurt my lineup overall. Don’t get me wrong – Gurley is a dominant option this season, just not someone I’m lining up this week.
WIDE RECEIVERTop Level
Tyreek Hill, KC @ New York Giants ($7,100) – Hill’s all-around game gets him to this spot, and the price isn’t out of this world even as an upper-echelon receiver to roster this week. The matchup is fantastic and the Chiefs will want to put the ball into their best players hands. That means Hill gets to touch it. I like Hill for cash games, considering he’s a “safe” play overall. If you feel the need to roster him in tournament play, go for it.
Other choices: A.J. Green, CIN @ Denver Broncos ($7,000) – the price tag is enough for me to take a chance facing the Broncos secondary; Larry Fitzgerald, ARI @ Houston Texans ($6,900)
Amari Cooper, OAK vs. New England Patriots ($6000) – Cooper is a good play based on his salary, and that he’ll be facing a very weak Patriots secondary. I like Michael Crabtree too in this spot, as I mentioned earlier in this piece I think the Pats/Raiders game is going to be a high scoring affair. There will be plenty to go around for all. Taking a chance on Cooper is a risk, so don’t feel like you can trust him for cash play.
Other choices: Michael Crabtree, OAK vs. New England Patriots ($5,900); Marqise Lee, JAC @ Cleveland Browns ($5,500)
Mike Evans, TB @ Miami Dolphins ($7,900) – Has Evans really earned this price tag? I don’t think so, not with Jameson Winston hurting. I know the matchup seems enticing, but can’t bring myself to start Evans in my lineups even facing the inept Dolphins. You will be better served to look elsewhere, even if your brain is telling you “Mike Evans is due”. Blah.
TIGHT ENDTop Level
Travis Kelce, KC @ New York Giants ($7,300)
Rob Gronkowski, NE @ Oakland Raiders ($7,200)
Evan Engram, NYG vs. Kansas City Chiefs ($6,000)
Charles Clay, BUF @ Los Angeles Chargers ($3,900)
Good luck in Week 11! Feel free to reach out to me on Twitter: @TheRolyPolyBoy