Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS): DraftKings Tournament "Draft" for Week 11

Sean Beazley and I collaborated recently on putting together a tournament lineup for DraftKings main slate (Sunday games only) of Week 11 games.

Essentially, it was a draft with each of us alternating picks for the lineup. Sean had the first and odd-numbered picks; I had the second and even-numbered picks.

Below we will include analysis of each pick, but here is how the final roster shaped up:

QB - Tom Brady, New England Patriots (at SF), $7,800
RB - LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots (at SF), $6,400
RB - Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns (vs. PIT), $3,900
WR - Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (at KC), $8,100
WR - T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts (vs. TEN), $7,700
WR - Eddie Royal, Chicago Bears (at NYG), $3,400
TE - Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans (at IND), $5,700
FLEX - Martellus Bennett, New England Patriots (at SF), $3,700
DST - Arizona Cardinals (at MIN), $3,100

Below are the players in the order they were "drafted" (with comments by boths us):

1. Sean - Isaiah Crowell, RB, Cleveland Browns ($3,900): There is an excess of value this week, so pegging the right value options is going to be just as important as hitting those high-priced studs. Hue Jackson said he would like to Crowell to be more involved in the offense this week, and the Steelers are ranked 31st in DraftsKings points allowed to RBs. I think Crowell is in a great spot for a 100-yard game with a TD this week.

Comments by Kevin: Only $300 less than Seattle's C.J. Prosise, Crowell will likely have relatively low ownership as I expect Prosise to be one of the most popular value plays of the week. Crowell has been a massive disappointment over the past month and a half with five games of sub-30 rushing yards in his past six games. During that six-game span, he has just 12.5 touches per game (as opposed to 16.5/G in his first four). If he gets the bump in opportunities as Jackson suggests, there is upside in a favorable matchup against the Steelers at home.

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2. Kevin - LeGarrette Blount, RB, New England Patriots ($6,400): Blount is not much of a receiving threat, but few players have as much upside as he does this week. Blount has scored a touchdown in all but one game (Week 4 without Tom Brady), but he has scored every other game this season and has a league-high 12 rushing touchdowns on the season.

Allowing the most fantasy points to opposing running backs this year, the 49ers have allowed opposing running backs to score 13 rushing touchdowns and average 5.26 yards per carry, both of which are position-against highs. Before this past week, the 49ers had allowed seven consecutive 100-yard rushing games.

Favored by nearly two TDs, there should be plenty of scoring opportunities for Blount and the Patriots, who have this week's highest implied total (32.0) using Vegas odds.

- Related: Blount was my choice in our Week 11 DFS Roundtable post

Comments by Sean: Blount’s price rose $1,500 this week, and the pricing was released before the Sunday night contest where he scored three touchdowns. That just shows you how much DK is pricing up RBs facing the 49ers. Blount has scored a TD in every game this year except one and it's a safe bet that he will find paydirt this Sunday.

3. Sean - Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots ($7,800): Even though Kevin picked Blount, I am still going Brady here. QB-RB doesn't usually correlate well, and when it does it usually is because the RB is a dual-threat. Blount definitely isn't a dual-threat, but having Blount and Brady I get exposure to every Patriots offensive touchdown basically. I can see the Patriots scoring seven touchdowns in this one. This is a dream matchup for this offense. I love the Patriots In a bounce-back spot as well.

Comments by Kevin: Last week, my highest-owned stack was Ben Roethlisberger-Le'Veon Bell-Antonio Brown and that will likely be a highly-owned stack again this week in a soft matchup agianst the Browns. This version of a QB/RB/TE team stack will likely be an uncommon trio even though I think all three will have high ownership levels individually. Unafraid of running up the score on opponents, I could see Brady throw for 350/3 with Blount also rushing for 125/2.

4. Kevin - Eddie Royal, WR, Chicago Bears ($3,400): His best season is still his 2008 rookie season (91/980/5) with Denver when his current quarterback, Jay Cutler, was also his quarterback. With the suspension of Alshon Jeffery, many will load up on Cam Meredith over Royal. Given their history and chemistry, it wouldn't surprise me if Royal is as productive as Meredith this week at a much lower ownership level.

Comments by Sean: It's too bad that the Bears just didn't release Cutler this week so we could go back to throw the ball only to the right side of the field and load up on Cam Meredith again. Cutler has a better rapport with Eddie Royal and I think he makes a very good GPP option this week. I think Royal will be lower-owned than both Meredith and Zach Miller this week.

5. Sean - Delanie Walker, TE, Tennessee Titans ($5,700): Delanie had a good game in his last outing vs. the Colts (7/84/1) and should have success against this same defense this week. He's still priced too cheap at under 6K and you get him at reduced ownership as well, I think, as most will be paying down for TEs like they do every week to jam all the studs in. I think this game will be a shootout Sunday.

Comments by Kevin: The only thing I dislike about Walker this week is that he is coming off his best game of the season (9/124/1 on 11 targets). In other words, I expect his ownership level to be relatively high. Compared to some of the other big names at the position, however, Walker tends to be lower-owned than he should most weeks.

6. Kevin - Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers ($8,100): At $900 more last week, Evans was a popular pick -- and a major disappointment -- in a soft matchup against the Bears. I'm hoping that recency bias keeps his ownership level relatively low this week. And while he had just five targets last week, Evans had double-digit targets in his previous seven games with an average of 13.43/G during that seven-game span. With that type of volume, the 6-foot-5 wideout always has the upside for 100 yards and a couple of scores.

Comments by Sean: I'm on board with the Evans pick here. The matchup is great vs. Kansas City, and he is coming off his worst game of the season, which should keep some people off him.

7. Sean - Martellus Bennett, TE, New England Patriots ($3,700): Gronk missed practice again today and I doubt he plays Sunday given the fact they really don't need him this week vs. San Francisco. Bennett is priced at only $3,700. I think he will be fairly popular this week, but I don't think I can pass on him at this price.

Comments by Kevin: I love Bennett this week, but there are two primary concerns: (1) his ownership level will be sky high assuming Rob Gronkowski is inactive and (2) he may could be used as a blocker more often than fantasy owners would like. There is a little bit of boom (three 100-yard games) or bust (three games with less than 15 yards) with Bennett, but this matchup has "boom" written all over it.

8. Kevin - T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts (7,700): With the last two picks, I debated Jordy Nelson with the Dolphins DST here as well. Hilton has three games of 29-plus DK points including his first matchup against the Titans. No game has a higher over/under this week than Colts/Titans (53.5) and I will have my fair share of game stacks with players from both sides. Hilton has as much upside as any non-QB in this game.

Comments by Sean: Hilton is one of my favorite WR plays this week. Hilton had 29 DK points in the last meeting vs. Tennessee. I think Luck and the Colts offense will have no problem moving the ball this week. Hilton could have another 30'ish-point performance.

9. Kevin - Arizona Cardinals DST ($3,100): On a four-game losing streak, the Vikings have allowed 16 sacks and their offensive line remains a mess with another injury at left tackle. The Vikings can't run the ball (league-low 2.7 YPC this season) and the Cardinals have allowed a league-low six pass touchdowns with 24 sacks (tied for eighth-most in NFL).

Comments by Sean: I generally don't like playing road defenses but I think this is a great spot for the Cardinals. The only way the Vikings have moved the ball recently was with Stefon Diggs. He gets a dose of Patrick Peterson this week. I think the Vikings will struggle to move the ball, and we know Sam Bradford is prone to turnovers.

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