By James Fotheringham (@nflhypetrain)
ALL ABOARD! Trains for week 11 are about to depart.
WARNING: Lineups may close up to 30 seconds prior to kickoff.
There are no trains for Tennessee, Green Bay, New York (Giants) and Seattle this week so you may have a few different routes to take on your way to points, but don’t worry. The departure board is here to guide you where to go. Let’s take a look.
Falcons @ Panthers
Despite their victory against the Saints last week, I still feel the Falcons are a team to stream against.
The Saints are bitter rivals and the team played out of their skin defensively to beat them. The offence is still shaky and losing Austin Hooper hurts them, but it may be a spark for Julio and Calvin Ridley.
The Panthers as usually have CMC but Kyle Allen has been quietly improving and now DJ Moore and Curtis Samuel might also be playable in addition to Greg Olsen, who frankly has always been an option when you look at how sparse the TE position is now.
Cowboys @ Lions
Matt Stafford will miss another game, so Jeff Driskel takes on the mane role for the Lions. It limits how good Golladay and Marvin Jones are but from last week’s evidence they should be serviceable.
The Cowboys are strong against the run and with options limited JD McKissic is playable but not with a lot of confidence. The Cowboys DST looks a good play while the opposite is true for the Lions.
Dak, Cooper, Gallup and Zeke should all feature and Zeke is going to be heavily owned in DFS. He is a guy to pay up for so it’s time to send Zeke to the buffet car so he can eat.
Jaguars @ Colts
This game is huge in the AFC South. If the Jags lose that’s the end of their hopes, if the Colts lose, they look shaky.
Brissett may well be back but not 100%, which against the Jags defence, is not what you want to hear. Hilton isn’t back and Pascal hasn’t been as good now people have put expectations on him. The Tight Ends for Indy may be the most fantasy relevant assets, along with Marlon Mack.
The Jags will again rely heavily on Fournette who has been good value this season when you consider how many busts there have been. Nick Foles returns and may well be a decent streaming option. Foles’ return also improves the prospects for Dede Westbrook and DJ Chark.
I was hoping to use Seth DeValve as a safety valve but now he’s ruled out I’ve had to reduce the pressure on that one.
Bills @ Dolphins
The Dolphins are on a resurgence and the Bills are maybe not the locking for the playoffs people thought they might be.
This game will probably return both teams to their usual scripts as the Buffalo defence is still strong.
It’s not a week to fish for points in Miami but it may be a big week for the Bills offence, especially Josh Allen who may be a decent options for DFS line ups looking to save money on QB.
Texans @ Ravens
This is a juicy matchup where quite simply, I want the offensive pieces on both teams and I’m not sure I’d want to risk either defence. Keep an eye on Will Fuller who is unlikely to play, which usually means goods things for DeAndre Hopkins.
Short and sweet.
Broncos @ Vikings
The Vikings again appear to be Thielin-less so it may be time to find Diggs again. Dalvin Cook will once again feature heavily on the menu and Kyle Rudolph might be a redzone reindeer once more.
The Broncos are still not looking great on offence and I wouldn’t want to play the defence against Minnesota.
Jets @ Redskins
No first class available here.
Two dire teams. Derrius Guice returns for Washington but the Jets did completely stuff Saquon last week. Haskins and McLaurin still haven’t really clicked while the defence isn’t quite what we expected it to be.
The Jets have some decent receivers, Sam Darnold seems to be the issue. Le’Veon Bell isn’t performing either, but this is maybe is his week.
Saints @ Bucs
The Saints need a bounce back game and the Bucs are not a bad opponent to have for this. Brees, Thomas, Kamara and even Jared Cook may be a sneaky play at TE.
Jameis Winston and the passing attack are also looking tempting this week. Ronald Jones has become playable so apart from the defences and the Bucs TE’s, it’s a game to play what you have.
Cardinals @ 49ers
The 49ers finally had their unbeaten record ended last week but this team is still “for real” (and I’m not just saying that to wind up Tim, honest…).
Losing Kittle is a huge blow to the offence and with Sanders looking limited if he plays at all, you want the running back who are fit and Deebo Samuel. The 49ers DST may be vital for them to succeed in this game but with the state of the Arizona running game and the passing attack still learning the system, it’s not a bad call.
Kyler should be solid this week, although the 49ers DST does make me scared to play Kirk and co. I’d avoid the backfield as the split between DJ and Drake feels very volatile.
Bengals @ Raiders
The Bengals are the only remaining team left who are able to put up a 100% record… of losing. Finley at QB and AJ Green still injured make them an offence to avoid apart from Mixon, Boyd may be a bit of a reach.
The Raiders are threatening to be a playoff team and Josh Jacobs is set to be a league winner for fantasy. He will be a heavily owned DST play again but be warned as it could be a Tyrell Williams game. The Raiders DST are an easy stream option too.
Patriots @ Eagles
After the Ravens derailed the Patriots shot at a perfect season, it’s time to see if the Eagles can continue to send them down the wrong track. This week they signed Jay Ajayi which suggests that Jordan Howard is questionable. Miles Sanders will get a lot of action but how much he will be able to do with it is uncertain. The receiver situation looks awkward as well with Jeffrey out and Agholor unable to catch a cold.
The Patriots will be back to trusting Brady, Edelman and co. You may want the Pats DST back in your line up if you have them.
Bears @ Rams
The final game of the day is the Bears and the Rams. Two strong defences with questionable offences. The Steelers shut down the Rams and the Bears do a good job of shutting themselves down. David Montgomery is questionable so Tarik Cohen may be more worth playing than usual, Allen Robinson is usually relevant but after that you’re only playing the defence.
The Rams seem to only perform when Cooper Kupp is open. The Steelers had his number and Goff didn’t know where else to turn. Expect Kupp and Gurley to be the main men, albeit without particularly high expectations.
Time to take a look in the Signal Box and pick out a few player who are on the right lines and who may be taking a wrong route.
QB – Josh Allen (BUF) – A rushing QB against the Dolphins… do I need to say more?
RB – Josh Jacobs (OAK) – One of the hottest RBs in the league against the worst team in the league…
WR – Michael Thomas (NO) – The Saints disappeared last week, but they are coming back this week.
TE – Mark Andrews (BAL) – The Texans may not have an answer to Andrews.
DST – Cowboys(DAL) – A somewhat tamed Lions team are going to get rounded up.
QB – Kirk Cousins (MIN) – He had no Thielin and Cook may leave him stewing.
RB – Phillip Lindsey (DEN) – The Vikings and Royce Freeman may halt Lindseys usefulness.
WR – Robert Woods (LAR) – Unless you’re called Kupp, it’s hard to score for the Rams.
TE – Zach Ertz (PHI) – Goedert’s production and the Patriots defence Ertz his value.
DST – Dolphins (MIA) – The Bills are usually a team to stream against but I think the Dolphin resurgence ends here.
QB – Carson Wentz (PHI) – The Patriots find Nick Foles harder to crack.
RB – David Johnson (ARI) – A fall from grace to the point where you can’t trust what he may do.
WR – Devante Parker (MIA) – The Bills may not even allow garbage time yards for him.
TE – OJ Howard (TB) – Godwin and Evans prevent TE from being a thing in TB.
DST – Lions (DET) – A weak run D against Zeke… Eeek.
That’s it for this week. Come back next week to see what is standing at the station and which Hype Trains will lead you to points.