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DraftKings Week 11 Cash Game Plays

Pat James highlights the best bang for your buck in cash game plays for the DraftKings Week 11 main slate.

Week 10 Review

Chalk bombs littered the field in Week 10 as highly owned plays such as Bilal Powell, Jordan Howard, Adam Humphries, and Cameron Brate did not meet expectations. Matt Stafford, Golden Tate, and Garrett Celek salvaged an otherwise poor week. In the honorable mention section I highlighted Sterling Shepard and Robert Woods, so hopefully they made it into your lineup. Overall my record on the year sits at 45-38.

DraftKings Week 11 Cash Game Plays

Weekend Update: MetLife Stadium looks like it will have some nasty weather, so track the Chiefs’ and Giants’ players in your lineups. If weather is going to play a substantial role, I’d move from Alex Smith to Tom Brady and upgrade Kareem Hunt. I won’t change my Travis Kelce exposure as he is a low aDot player. I have also since moved off DeAndre Hopkins. If you need a second high priced player, Mike Evans or Mark Ingram fit the bill.  And now Sterling Shepard is out, so he’s a scratch. Jarvis Landry would be my next pic in the range, but I’d reconstruct my lineup to use the cheaper wide receivers and pay up at running back.

Quarterback

Alex Smith ($6,700)

Boxes Checked: team implied total, matchup, pace bump, turnover rate, red zone play calling I’d rather roster the safety of Alex Smith this week than the volatility of Kareem Hunt. I have a feeling people will be on Hunt in cash games, but here’s why I’ll be leaning Smith instead. He finds himself in a good spot with a 27-point total as a 10-point favorite. The Chiefs also get a pace bump, playing a top-five team in terms of tempo. Those stats are positive for both Hunt and Smith, though. Here is where Smith separates. Hunt has been ceding carries to Charcandrick West, only playing on 55 percent of snaps in Week 9. In the red zone, Hunt has 19 carries versus Smith’s 40 pass attempts and two carries. When it comes down to it, the Chiefs are going to put points on the board. I’m more confident in Smith getting it done against a Giants’ secondary that has struggled outside of Janoris Jenkins. Smith spreads the ball around enough that he should have open targets all game long. The Giants’ rank 29th in pass DVOA and Smith has the lowest turnover rate aside from Tom Brady. When an offense moves the chains and stays on the field, fantasy points pile up.

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