Cheers, fellow fantasy drunks! Whether you had a bad week or a good week, you can always toast the players who got you the win or pour one out for those that cost you a much-needed victory. First, I’d like to pour some of this beer out for the managers who drafted Christian McCaffrey, Saquon Barkley or Ezekiel Elliott in the top 5…Alright, it’s time to sack up! There’s still a lot of football left to be played. Let’s make some moves to get you to the playoffs and in position to win that championship!
This week the guys I’m looking to shotgun a few beers with are:
Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger – Big Ben has been on fire these last few weeks and I don’t see him slowing down. The offensive line is giving Ben plenty of time to sit back and pick opposing defenses apart. Having Jacksonville, who is 30th in the league as an overall pass defense is simply a matchup you can’t afford to pass up.
Lions RB D’Andre Swift – Swift is coming off a heater last week and faces another great matchup as he takes on a Carolina Panthers squad who ranks 29th in the league against opposing RBs. What makes this guy even more worthy is Lions QB Matthew Stafford has an injured thumb on his throwing hand and that has my drunk thoughts thinking that means a lot of carries for Swift and those dump down passes will be coming just like a round of shots!
Cardinals WR Deandre Hopkins – I know; this is an easy pick, but the guy has just been unstoppable. Ask the three defenders from the Bills who watched him snatch the ball away to secure the dub! You know those three went home and got hammered! With Hopkins going up against the worst passing defense in the league, how could you not love him this week?
Chiefs TE Travis Kelce – With the news coming out that the whole Raiders defense is on the COVID-19 list, Kelce is going to be drunk off targets alone. I know, I know; Hopkins and Kelce are weekly starts, but if you’re playing DFS, make sure to construct your rosters to get them in your lineups to win that big money.
Honorable mentions that I’d also kick back and have a beer with this week are:
Jameis Winston with all his weapons and good matchup. Dalvin Cook – he’s playing the Cowboys and there’s not really much more needing to be said there. Every Steelers WR. Dallas Goedert – the Eagles played poorly last week, but that was Goedert’s first week back from injury and this feels like a get right game for him and the Eagles to get back on track. Wentz relies heavily on his TEs so you can expect better things from Goedert this week.
Now for that nasty shot at the bar you don’t want to take, but your buddy got it for you so you wait until he’s not looking to pour it into an empty beer bottle…
Texans QB DeShaun Watson – Watson has not played well all season and I don’t see him turning it around against the Patriots. The Pats put the cuffs on Lamar Jackson and will do the same to Watson. Stay away if you can – pour it out!
Bengals WR Tee Higgins – Higgins has been amazing this year, but that matchup is not one I want to try my luck on. Washington has been clamping down on opposing WRs and I don’t see that changing this week even with a guy with the talent level of Higgins.
Lions TE TJ Hockenson – The up and down slope with Hockenson this year has been like a tequila shot – sometimes it goes down smooth and other times it has running for the nearest porcelain throne to get it back up. This week is no different and with Stafford’s injury, it has me believing that this just isn’t one of those smooth tequila weeks.
Well, fantasy friends and foes, cheers to you on all your fantasy matchups in week 11. I’ll leave you with a toast. Here’s to two things I just don’t mess with – rattlesnakes and Patriots running backs!