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Daily fantasy football expert picks for Week 11

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Woodhead is PPR difference maker (0:49)

As Danny Woodhead is set to return to the field for the first time since Week 1, Matthew Berry says to pick up the running back wherever available. (0:49)

With Week 11 NFL daily fantasy contests starting to fill up, our experts have scouted out the players they're locking into their DFS lineups first. From the star performers to the top values, here are our expert picks for this week in DFS football.


Star performers

Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs

Let's start with this: Kelce is awesome. He's one of the best players in the league, which merits a spot in your lineup with no other advice needed. But if that isn't enough to entice, allow me to offer this: The Giants have allowed a touchdown to an opposing tight end in every game this season (the only team to do so). Moreover, beyond the apparent weakness in covering tight ends, the entire defense has cratered of late, surrendering 1,309 passing yards in the past four games. It's an incredible matchup for the entire Kansas City offense and I expect Kelce to have a monster day. -- Field Yates

Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles

Coming off the bye, I'll take the high ceiling of Wentz versus the Cowboys. The Eagles quarterback has tossed 13 touchdowns in his past four games and is dicing up opposing secondaries with a combination of college spread and West Coast concepts in Doug Pederson's offense. That's going to create some open windows and matchups versus a Dallas defense that has given up five touchdown passes in the past three games while allowing an average of 16.8 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks (No.19 in the NFL). -- Matt Bowen

Tyreek Hill, WR, Kansas City Chiefs

I'm going to want some sort of investment in the Kansas City Chiefs' passing game, considering the New York Giants' 1,544 yards and 13 touchdowns allowed passing the past six weeks combined (and keep in mind they had their bye during that time span), and Hill is a reasonably priced way from the upper tier to do it. Janoris Jenkins' return from suspension last week does hurt Hill's matchup somewhat, but the San Francisco 49ers had little trouble moving the ball nevertheless, and Hill is one of the speediest receivers in the game who should be tough to cover. The Giants, by the way, have allowed the third-most yards after catch in the past six weeks. -- Tristan H. Cockcroft

Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants

No team permits more fantasy points to wide receivers than the Chiefs, and Giants quarterback Eli Manning should have one of his better games of the season. Fantasy managers know to make tight end Evan Engram a weekly play and now that Shepard is healthy and a focus of the offense, a similar case, for the right matchups, can be made. The Chiefs have allowed more than 50 fantasy points to wide receivers in three of five games. That's pretty bad. -- Eric Karabell

Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints

The Saints' run blocking has been incredible of late, as over the past five weeks they have posted a 50.5 percent mark in my good blocking rate (GBR) metric that measures how often an offense gives its ball carriers quality run blocking. Mark Ingram was the star of the Saints show last week, but Kamara still has more fantasy points than Ingram despite Ingram having 69 more rushes and receptions than Kamara. Add in a matchup against a Washington defense that has allowed opponents' running backs to post 100 or more yards in two of the past three games and Kamara should provide elite upside value at a reasonable salary. -- KC Joyner

Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints

This isn't the Saints' offense that we've come to know and love during the Drew Brees era ... and that's a good thing. Ingram, priced among the elite at the position, is paying off his hefty price tag on a weekly basis. Since Week 6, he leads all non-suspended running backs in points per game (21.8) and his volume (more than 20 touches in four of those five games) supports the likelihood he can sustain this high level of production. Washington's run defense isn't terrible, but they've allowed five running back rushing touchdowns over the past five weeks and momentum is with the seven-wins-in-a-row Saints. -- Stephania Bell


Top values

Rex Burkhead, RB, New England Patriots

Burkhead has emerged for the Patriots of late, scoring exactly 15.3 points in PPR scoring in each of his past two games (while playing 26 and 36 snaps, respectively). He's an adept pass-catcher (he has two receiving touchdowns in just five games played this season) whose rushing role (10 carries in Week 10) also figures to stay steady this week after the Patriots made Mike Gillislee a healthy scratch in Week 10. Burkhead projects for double-digit touches in a powerful offense with a solid matchup, as the Raiders rank in the bottom 10 in both yards per game allowed and points allowed. -- Field Yates

Jay Ajayi, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

When the Eagles say they plan to increase Ajayi's workload in Week 11, I believe them, He's their most talented running back, showing it in limited duty in Week 9 against what at the time had been considered one of the game's best run defenses in the Denver Broncos. The Dallas Cowboys just allowed 117 yards and a score rushing to Tevin Coleman and the Atlanta Falcons, and I think there's a good chance that the Eagles will quickly capture command of this game and give Ajayi 15-plus carries. -- Tristan H. Cockcroft

JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

With a matchup against a Titans defense that ranks No. 24 overall in fantasy scoring versus opposing receivers (allowing 35.1 points per game), Smith-Schuster provides solid value because of the volume he is now seeing in the Steelers' route tree. Over the past two games, Smith-Schuster has caught 12 of 17 targets for 290 yards and two touchdowns. The rookie has the route-running skill set and toughness to work inside the numbers and I like the upside here with Ben Roethlisberger tossing the ball around in a home start. -- Matt Bowen

Doug Martin, RB, Buccaneers

The Dolphins made Jonathan Stewart look like Barry Sanders on Monday night, so Martin should have some degree of success against a Miami defense that has been poor much of the season. The Buccaneers will get wide receiver Mike Evans back from suspension and he should thrive as well, but each of these struggling teams figures to try to run the football, and Martin costs less than Miami's Kenyan Drake. -- Eric Karabell

Isaiah Crowell, RB, Cleveland Browns

The Browns may not do many things well, but they do rank seventh in GBR over the past five weeks. The Jaguars' pass rush and coverage have been superb this year, but their rushing defense has been awful. Jacksonville ranks 27th in GBR over the past five weeks and 28th in that category for the entire season. Crowell has posted a double-digit point total in his past three games and should make it four in this contest, thus giving him upside well above his salary level. -- KC Joyner

Danny Woodhead, RB, Baltimore Ravens

As long as Woodhead is active -- and he is expected to be, barring a setback -- there is no reason to overthink this. Since 2015, only the Saints have completed more passes to their running backs than the Ravens ... a team that has yet to even reap the benefits of having Woodhead on its roster. Among qualified RBs since 2013, only Le'Veon Bell averages more catches than Woodhead. In his first (and only) regular-season game with the Ravens, Woodhead played just six snaps before exiting with injury yet he touched the ball four times, including three receptions. The veteran back will have a nice matchup in his return to action as the Packers are allowing opponents to complete 81.8 percent of passes to running backs (fifth-highest rate). -- Stephania Bell