NFL DFS Core Plays for DraftKings – Week 11 2020 (11/22/2020)

Welcome to the DraftKings NFL DFS core plays column for week 11 of the 2020-2021 season.

In this post, we will be breaking down our top options and plays for DraftKings for each DFS week of the 2020-2021 NFL DFS season.

As a note, I am always going to write this article by not giving you the most expensive players at every position, but instead, four that could realistically be a core four to build around where you are able to still roster higher-priced or mid-tier options.

Core Plays

QB – Alex Smith (vs CIN) – $5,300

Smith completed 38-of-55 passes for 390 yards against Detroit, with the only real knock to his fantasy line being the fact that he did not find the end zone, as Washington scored all their touchdowns on the ground. Regardless, it was still a strong showing from Smith, who managed 19 fantasy points even without the end zone. DraftKings didn’t see a need to increase the price here, as Smith only got a $100 raise from his week 10 price of $5,200. This week is another favorable matchup with Cincinnatti and the deep deep savings we are getting on Smith here can not be ignored. Smith has 752 yards passing yards on 104 attempts and a 68% completion percentage.

RB – D’Andre Swift (at CAR) – $6,400

Swift grabbed his first career start against the Washington Football team in week 10 and turned in a fantastic performance, averaging 5.1 yards per carry for 81 yards total and another 68 yards in the passing game on five receptions – including a touchdown. It was only a matter of time before Swift was fully unleashed and his work in the running and passing game makes him an ideal option on DraftKings. The Lions have the Panthers up next which is another positive matchup for this rushing attack. Swift’s price is definitely up to its highest point on the season, but even at $6,400 I still feel this is a bit underpriced for the amount of work Swift sees in the passing game.

WR – Keenan Allen (vs NYJ) – $7,400

The Justin Herbert-Keenan Allen connection has been a fun one to watch grow since Herbert has been the starter for LA, however, this team doesn’t have much to show for it as they have lost four of their last five. Allen was stifled a bit by a surprisingly dangerous Miami defense, but prior to that had seen weeks of 13, 12, and 11 targets. This duo should be able to easily get back on track when they host the 0-9 New York Jets and their 28th ranked pass defense. Allen should be locked into double-digit targets here and with no real running game for the Chargers right now, the passing game should be leaned on a bit heavier.

TE – Mark Andrews (vs TEN) – $4,900

The Ravens passing attack (and the team in general) has been disappointing as of late, but this is a pure pricing play for me as Andrews’ price has dropped $1,600 from its highest point on the year. It’s now four straight weeks without the end zone for Andrews, though he did manage nine targets and seven receptions against New England in week 10. The loss of fellow tight end Nick Boyle for the season should open up more snaps for Andrews as well, though he was already playing a large share in the offense. A matchup with the Titans this week should paint a scene of points and at $4,900 Andrews actually is the most expensive tight end on the board this week. As mentioned, the Ravens have been incredibly inconsistent on offense recently, but Andrews remains the highest ceiling option at tight end this week.

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