Generally, I prefer paying down at D/ST because the outcomes can be so random. But if you have the salary leftover, spending it on a solid defense can payoff. Here are three plays over $3,000 that could put you in the green on the Week 11 main slate. Salaries via DraftKings.
Patriots ($3,500) at PHI
New England’s defense lost a bit of its shine in Baltimore two weeks ago, and has been somewhat forgotten coming off the bye. This is another formidable road opponent for the Patriots, but the Eagles’ offense is nothing like the Ravens’ offense. This D/ST was averaging over 20 DKFP entering the Baltimore game, and will present a huge problem for Philly’s passing game, that’ll be missing Alshon Jeffery. There’s only so far the run game can take the Eagles in this one.
Vikings ($3,400) vs. DEN
Brandon Allen performed better than expected in his debut, but facing the Browns at home is much different than the Vikings on the road. Minnesota’s D/ST averages twice as many DKFP at home this season — 11 per over four games. Giving up less than 14 points per game at home, and averaging 3.5 sacks per game, the Vikings will keep plenty of pressure on Denver. Allen has been very mistake prone in preseason action throughout his career, and turnovers could become an issue on the road.
Jets ($3,100) at WAS
The Jets D/ST has shown some really high upside in tough spots this season. It’s scored 16-plus DKFP on three occasions, and gets an ideal road matchup here in Washington. The Redskins’ offense has looked completely different depending on who the QB is, and we know it’ll be Dwayne Haskins. The rookie’s appeared in three games this season, throwing four interceptions and zero touchdowns. In the three games Haskins has appeared in, opposing defenses are averaging 14.6 DKFP.
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