November 18, 2016
NFL DraftKings Week 11: Lineup Picks For Upcoming Schedule And FanDuel Merger Update

Fantasy sports competitors will be looking to the NFL DraftKings Week 11 lineup picks ahead of this weekend's slate. The schedule holds a total of 12 matchups spanning Sunday, with a Monday Night Football game also on the way. Four teams will be on bye status, as the Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos, New York Jets, and San Diego Chargers will take the week off from NFL action. So who are the best NFL DraftKings lineup picks for the Week 11 schedule?

According to Heavy in their November 18 report, competitors will want to seriously consider several of the Tennessee Titans in their lineup this weekend. The Titans' upcoming match is against the Indianapolis Colts, a team not known for passing or rushing defense. That includes quarterback Marcus Mariotta, running back DeMarco Murray, and tight end Delanie Walker, who could have great games against the Colts on Sunday.

Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy DraftKings pick
Bills' running back LeSean McCoy has a favorable matchup on Sunday. [Image by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images]

Add Colts' wide receiver Donte Moncrief, Buffalo running back LeSean McCoy, Lions' receiver Golden Tate, and Bears' receiver Eddie Royal for the lineup and it could produce stellar results. For the flex option, Heavy's Tim Keeney suggests C.J. Prosise, with the Detroit Lions' defense as the top choice in that slot. This could make a superb strategy heading into Sunday's matchups, based on player prices and their abilities to perform.

The Sporting News' Thomas Emerick suggests a different DraftKings lineup strategy for the coming week. His lineup has quarterback Aaron Rodgers along with backs Frank Gore (Colts) and McCoy. Tampa Bay's Mike Evans has had a great year in terms of fantasy value, so he's one of the three receivers in this lineup, along with Cleveland's Terrelle Pryor Sr. and Jamison Crowder of the Redskins. To complete the lineup, select Eric Ebron of the Lions, with the Redskins' Rob Kelley at the flex. The recommended DST here is the Dolphins at the Rams.

Senior fantasy writer Heath Cummings of CBS Sports is also offering up some helpful advice on a DraftKings tournament lineup. His picks include quarterback Colin Kaepernick with backs Le'Veon Bell and LeSean McCoy. For the receivers, look to Odell Beckham Jr. of the Giants, T.Y. Hilton of the Colts, and Tyreek Hill of the Chiefs. To complete this particular lineup, Cummings recommends tight end Vance McDonald (49ers), Charles Clay (Bills) at the flex spot, and the Miami Dolphins as the DST.

Miami Dolphins defense as DST option
Consider Miami Dolphins for the DST in your DraftKings lineup this Sunday. [Image by Chris Trotman/Getty Images]

It's no surprise that there are several overlapping picks for the DraftKings Week 11 lineups. LeSean McCoy is currently No. 8 in the league, with 683 rushing yards and averages just over five yards a carry. He'll face a Cincinnati Bengals team that ranks at No. 24 in the league in rushing defense, allowing 4.4 yards per carry and a total of 1,051 yards to their opponents so far this season.

As for the defensive choice of the Miami Dolphins, the team is still in the AFC playoff chase at this point in their season and will be hungry for wins. While victories don't matter all that much in this spot for fantasy game competitors, their defensive abilities will on Sunday. They'll be visiting the Los Angeles Rams, who are second to last in terms of total yards put up this season and average yards per game.

The Dolphins are the No. 16 team in terms of defense, ranking at No. 9 in passing offense. The Miami defense will be licking their chops with a matchup against a rookie quarterback in Case Keenum, so they could be one of the top DST picks on the board.

In related news, fans of fantasy sports contests might be interested to know that FanDuel and DraftKings will merge together, according to a report from Wall Street Journal. The two fantasy sports companies have faced plenty of hurdles in terms of state-by-state regulations and legal challenges. It's also been reported that they spent almost a half billion dollars on advertising just last year.

The report notes that DraftKings Chief Executive Jason Robbins will be the CEO of the new company, while FanDuel's CEO Nigel Eccles is going to serve as chairman. Expect this deal to be sealed during the second half of 2017, so for this weekend and until then, keep focusing on the particular fantasy sports website you prefer.

As always, remember to do your homework in terms of player costs when adding your lineup together. However, the three lineup ideas listed above will definitely give some food for thought when coming up with your NFL DraftKings Week 11 strategies.

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