Last week was a hit or miss one for my fantasy surprises. Blake Bortles and Mike Davis both exceeded expectations, while Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Josh Lambo both had impacts. The Vernon Davis and 49ers defense picks didn’t quite live up to expectations unfortunately. We’re now towards the end of the fantasy football regular season and things get interesting with six teams on bye. This has been a very intriguing fantasy year as some quarterbacks have scored right up there with do it all running backs, and for the first time I recall, we had a player taken top two in most leagues that didn’t suit up at all for non injury related reasons. That’s something to go into more another time, but for now here’s a fantasy surprise at each position for week 11.
QB: Eli Manning vs Buccaneers: If you were scared to stream or play Manning in DFS, I’d understand. Just the matchup he has at the price could be too much to ignore. Even after limiting the Redskins last week, there still isn’t enough to show the Buccaneer defense has turned the corner. With the weapons at his disposal in this matchup, it wouldn’t surprise if this was Manning’s best fantasy performance of 2018. Expect around 270 yards and two touchdowns.
RB: Alex Collins vs Bengals: So far this year, Collins has been a borderline RB2 play in PPR formats. While he may never see a ton of passing game volume, this matchup bodes well for him. The Bengals have been gashed by opposing backs the past month or so, and on top of that the Ravens without Joe Flacco could lean on the run. Expect around 90 total yards and a touchdown.
WR: Amari Cooper vs Falcons: Can fantasy owners finally trust Cooper again? Some might have their doubts, but he’s worth a look this week. The Falcons have been getting in shootouts at home, and Cooper saw his targets rise after another week in the offense. It might not be a sexy pick, but assuming he sees eight to ten targets, Cooper’s worth starting this week. Expect around 70 yards and a touchdown.
TE: Ricky Seals-Jones vs Raiders: A favorite of the fantasy community entering the year, Seals-Jones has been impacted by play calling, and inconsistent quarterbacking to this point. The good news is with Byron Leftwich as offensive coordinator, he has been running more routes the past few weeks. Against a Raider defense that has struggled against tight ends, he’s worth considering this week. Expect around 50 yards and a touchdown.
K: Ryan Succop vs Colts: The Colts defense has improved, but the Titans offense has started to click the past few weeks. If you have faith in Marcus Mariota and company, Succop makes for a solid streaming option in a dome. Expect around two field goals and two extra points.
DST: Steelers vs Jaguars: After the Jaguars’ offensive showing, some might be hesitant to stream the Steelers defense in this spot. To me, it essentially comes down to how much faith you have in the Steeler offense. We don’t know what it is, but something’s going on internally with that Jaguar defense. If Ben Roethlisberger and company can put up points early, it takes the Jaguars out of their gameplan. Blake Bortles played well last week, but we already know game to game consistency is lacking there. Expect around four sacks, a fumble recovery and an interception.