The main slate in Week 11 may not feature some of the league’s most prolific offenses, but there should be plenty of scoring. Sure, the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers showdown will have a game total in the mid-thirties, but there are a handful of offenses that figure to be popular DFS stacks, highlighted by the Houston Texans, Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins, and San Francisco 49ers. By taking a look at projected game and team totals, as well as our NFL DFS Week 11 player projections, we’ll get a good look at how we can best optimize the wide receiver position in our NFL DFS lineups. From superstar receivers to top NFL DFS stacks, the NFL DFS WR Coach will have multiple plays at various pricing tiers to help construct your lineups. Without further ado, let’s dive into this week’s DFS WR Coach, highlighting the top plays, values, and fades at the wide receiver position to help build your NFL DFS lineups for Sunday’s main slate on DraftKings and FanDuel.
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NFL DFS WR Top Tier Picks
The Bucs have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points per game to wide receivers over the last four weeks, and while Aiyuk only had three receptions last week, he turned in 55 yards and a touchdown, giving him double-digit fantasy points on DraftKings in his fourth straight contest. This is such a good matchup, and despite San Fran throttling Jacksonville last week, Tampa Bay could put up some points in this contest, forcing the 49ers to continue to let it rip. Aiyuk should feast on the outside in this matchup, making him the cash game choice amongst the San Fran receivers.
Matchup proof. Elite. Stud. St. Brown has 100 or more receiving yards in four straight games, and in six of eight overall this season. The Bears are more forgiving to boundary receivers than in the slot, but it doesn’t matter. St. Brown has a sky-high floor in DFS, and he shouldn’t see all that much of Chicago’s best corner (Jaylon Johnson). Pay the money and don’t look back.
The matchup isn’t the easiest, but how do we ignore Lamb at this point? He’s feasted on good matchups of late, but hey, he doesn’t make the schedule, he just plays the games. He has at least 117 yards in four straight games, averaging 12.8 targets per game during that stretch. Dallas will continue to throw the ball even when up big, so there should be plenty of opportunities for Lamb in this matchup. Honestly, at this point in this insane run that the star wideout is on, no one will fault you for paying up for arguably the hottest receiver in the league.
After losing to the Chiefs, expect Hill and the Dolphins to come out guns blazing against a Raiders team. The Raiders don’t have a winning record, so the Dolphins should win this game, and Hill should get fed plenty of targets, per usual. He only has one game this season where he didn’t receive at least nine targets, and while the Raiders have only allowed one receiver to surpass 100 yards in a game this season, I will note that players who received at least nine targets against the Raiders this year have averaged 80.2 receiving yards per game. Hill is just a different type of dude and he can wreck any game.
NFL DFS WR Mid-Tier Picks
The Rams haven’t been good in slot coverage, but Quentin Lake has been relatively effective the past few weeks. Cobie Durant has been playing outside a bit more, and he’s the one to attack. It seems like Metcalf should see a good bit of Durant. At 5’11” and 180 lbs, Metcalf (6’4” & 235 lbs.) will have the size advantage, and Metcalf has at least nine targets in three of his last four games. I like the Rams to score some points in this one, and the Seahawks will need to throw a bunch against this defense. Metcalf found the end zone against the Rams in Week 1, and he’s the team’s top target in the red zone. At the end of the day, Metcalf is my preferred Seattle wideout in Week 11.
McLaurin LOVES facing the Giants. In eight career games against New York dating back to 2019, he has 740 yards in eight games, with his per game averages coming out to seven receptions for 92.5 receiving yards. This New York team is down bad, and I mean down really, really bad. The Giants have allowed the most yards to the position over the last four weeks, and they’ve allowed the third-most fantasy points per game to the position over the entire season! Sam Howell is giving him a steady dose of targets, as he’s averaging 9.6 targets per game over the last five weeks. McLaurin went for 90 yards on six receptions back in Week 7 against the Giants, and he has at least eight targets in six of his last seven contests.
While I lean Aiyuk in cash, Samuel is my GPP play here, as his big play ability can lend itself to massive fantasy outputs. In his first game back from injury, despite playing only 56 percent of the snaps, he turned seven touches (four receptions, three rushing attempts) into 59 total yards and one rushing score. His volume of targets have waned since the beginning of the season, but he’s still an important part of this offense, and his big play ability could wreak havoc against a Tampa Bay defense that has bled fantasy points to receivers this season overall, and especially so in recent weeks.
Trusting Zach Wilson isn’t the most fun or encouraging thing to do in DFS, but I’m diving right into that well head first this week. Say what you want about [Zach] Wilson, but he feeds [Garrett] Wilson with targets, and the star receiver has been incredibly reliable in recent weeks. Wilson has at least seven receptions, 12 targets, and 80 receiving yards in four straight games! On DraftKings, we are looking at a floor of 15 fantasy points over the past month! The Bills have allowed the seventh-most receptions to wideouts over the last four weeks, and if the Buffalo offense comes out firing (no pun intended) after the firing of Ken Dorsey, the Jets could be playing from behind early, leading to more passing volume for Wilson and Wilson.
Nico Collins could be back in the mix this week, and if so, he and Dell will have the best matchups for Houston on the boundary against this Arizona defense. Marco Wilson has struggled all year in coverage, and in fact, only one other corner has allowed more yards in coverage than Wilson. Since stepping into a more prominent role, Starling Thomas has allowed 81.3 percent of his targets to be caught, and one of the higher fantasy points allowed per route run on the entire slate, per Pro Football Focus. I will note that while Stroud has played exceptional of late, he averages 339.8 passing yards per game at home this year, compared to 253.4 on the road, and this game is being played in Houston, so look to Collins and Dell in this Houston passing attack. Dell’s price point is far more attractive on DraftKings, and with no Noah Brown for this one, I expect these two to be heavily involved.
11/19 ADD: DJ Moore, Chicago Bears
The connection between Moore and Justin Fields has strengthened as the year has gone on, and when building lineups throughout the week, Moore's price tag began to look more and more appealing. I like Darnell Mooney, too, as you'll read in a bit, but you can very easily fit Moore into your lineups this week, and you wouldn't be sacrificing upside whatsoever. Detroit is more susceptible to slot receivers, but it's worth noting that they are one of just four teams to have allowed at least 11 receiving scores to wideouts this season.
NFL DFS WR Value Picks
Let me start by saying that my favorite Arizona pass-catcher this week is Trey McBride. However, there should be enough to go around in this contest, and I like Wilson against a zone-heavy Houston defense. Thus far in 2023, Wilson has averaged 17.7 yards per reception against zone coverage, including 2.02 yards per route run, per Pro Football Focus. In Kyler Murray’s season debut, he targeted Wilson six times, resulting in three receptions for 34 yards, though I expect better results this week against Houston, a team that has allowed the ninth-most fantasy points per game to receivers over the last four weeks.
UPDATE: Wilson is not expected to play in this game due to a setback suffered during the week. If you want a piece of the Arizona passing attack, Trey McBride is my top choice, but amongst the wide receivers, I'm looking to Marquise Brown over Rondale Moore.
Justin Fields should be back on the field, and while he fancies DJ Moore, Mooney could be an interesting contrarian play. He’s cheap, so he won’t break the bank, and his volume has been more steady in recent weeks. This is a great matchup for Mooney, because slot receivers have been productive against the Lions all season long. The Lions have allowed the eighth-most fantasy points per game to wide receivers over the last four weeks, and in terms of slot receivers, Detroit has been one of the worst in the league in slowing them down. Mooney is the primary slot man for the Bears, so here’s to hoping the “slot receivers against the Lions” narrative holds strong in Week 11.
The Chargers have allowed a boatload of yards to slot receivers this season, and Reed finds himself in a great matchup against this Los Angeles defense that has stunk up the place in 2023. The Chargers have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points per game to receivers this season, and while he still isn’t playing enough snaps overall, he gets enough work to be usable in DFS. He’s found the end zone four times on the season, and he has double-digit fantasy points on DraftKings in three of his last four games. Ja’Sir Taylor has allowed the third-most yards in slot coverage and sixth-most YAC amongst corners, per Pro Football Focus, so we’ll hope for a big play or two from Reed on Sunday.
NFL DFS WR Fades
If P.J. Walker was playing, I’d actually be inclined to use Cooper, but with the team going to Dorian Thompson-Robinson, I’m fading Cooper. It’s a good matchup for Cooper, as Pittsburgh has struggled with perimeter receivers, but in DTR’s lone start this season, he threw three picks and completed just over half of his passes. Furthermore, Cooper caught just one of six targets for 16 yards in that game. This game should stay close, meaning Cleveland can go run-heavy, reducing the number of opportunities for Cooper and the rest of the Cleveland pass-catchers.