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DFS NFL FanDuel Week 11: Mini Slate Lineup Advice
Welcome to the Week 11 NFL FanDuel Mini article. In this article we will be taking a look at a relatively new slate that was introduced about half-way through the MLB season this year. Unlike ar9e traditional FanDuel NFL lineup, you only have to roster five players (QB, RB, RB, WR, WR) in the FanDuel Mini format. One other slight difference is that all tight ends also appear as wide receivers, so you do have the option of using a tight end if you choose to do so. The total salary cap ($60,000) is the exact same as a traditional NFL FanDuel lineup, but they do scale the salaries up a little bit to accommodate for the smaller roster size. Let’s take a look at some of my favorite plays for the FanDuel Mini slate in Week 11.
Alex Smith (KC): $11,000 @ NYG
Alex Smith was rolling prior to the Chief’s bye week with the third-most FanDuel points for all quarterbacks. Andy Reid coached teams have been historically great after their bye and there is no reason to believe that trend will reverse against the 1-8 Giants who have really struggled against the pass this season.
Tom Brady (NE): $13,500 @ Oak (Mexico City)
The game between the Patriots and Raiders will be down in Mexico City which has an elevation 2,000 feet higher than Denver. The Patriots practiced at the Air Force Academy’s athletic facilities this week which is at nearly the same elevation as the stadium in Mexico City. My guess is that the Patriots will operate at an extremely quick pace this week in attempt to really gas the Raider’s defense. A quicker pace will likely lead to more passes attempted by Tom Brady and the current Patriots projected team total of 31.25 reflects this.
Kareem Hunt (KC): $14,000 @ NYG
Kareem Hunt started off his rookie season great with at least 100 yards in each of his first seven games. However, he has slowed down quite a bit over his past couple games and has not scored a touchdown since Week 3. I believe he gets back on track this week against the Giants who could be without two key pieces of their defensive line in Jason Pierre-Paul and Damon Harrison.
Mark Ingram (NO): $13,500 vs. WAS
The Saints have really changed their identity this season have become a run first offense with the two-headed monster of Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara. Ingram has led the charge averaging a total of 113.8 yards per game over his last five games while scoring seven touchdowns.
Chris Thompson (WAS): $11,500 @ NO
With Rob Kelley placed on IR, Chris Thompson should see a nice increase in his snap count. In the two game that Kelley missed earlier this season, Thompson had a one touchdown and a total of 326 yards on 24 carries and 10 receptions. The Saints have been decent against the run this season, but they have allowed the fourth-most receptions to opposing running backs this year.
Jarvis Landry (MIA): $10,000 vs. TB
Despite the return of Devante Parker in Week 9, Jarvis Landry has still seen seven and 10 targets in each of his past two games and has scored a touchdown in five of his last six games. Also, he has a pretty solid individual matchup against Vernon Hargreaves, who has struggled to contain opposing slot wide receivers this season.
Travis Kelce (KC): $11,000 @ NYG
It may seem excessive to play three Chief players in a format where you roster five players. However, the Chiefs are in an outstanding spot against the Giants and currently have the third-highest projected team total in Vegas this week. Travis Kelce has been great lately scoring a touchdown in each of his past three games.
Rob Gronkowski $9,000 @ OAK (Mexico City)
This week it is all about the tight ends in the Mini format for me. In GPPs I will definitely be pairing Brady/Gronk in a ton of my lineups. The Raiders have really struggled against opposing tight ends for a few years now and if the theory that the Patriots will be playing a fast pace this week, then surely Gronk will be in a prime spot to have a huge game.