By Nick Rufo
Standout Performers from Week 10: Marcus Mariota, Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell, Ezekiel Elliott, LeGarrette Blount, Ryan Mathews, Jordy Nelson, Allen Robinson, Dez Bryant, Doug Baldwin, Delanie Walker, Cameron Brate, Kyle Rudolph.
Bye weeks in week 11: Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos, New York Jets, San Diego Chargers.
Quarterbacks I Love for Week 11
The GOAT will be seeking vengeance this week after being ripped off of a potential win against the Seahawks. I think Brady will be the top fantasy player this week, and out score all of his competition. The Niners will be a cakewalk for the Pats this week, and it wouldn’t surprise me if they put up 40+ points. Brady is very deserving of the highest projection among all fantasy players this week.
A matchup between two teams with solid offenses and below average defenses? These types of games prove to be the best for fantasy
players, as there are loads of points scored. With Jacksonville’s rushing attack being nonexistent this season, Bortles will do what he does best, pass, pass, and pass some more. His matchup against the Lions is quite favorable, as they allow 21.2 fantasy points per game to the opposition’s quarterback, second most in the league. Bortles tends to throw interceptions though, but he might get lucky in this matchup since the Lions have only intercepted the ball 4 times this season, which is the second fewest picks by a defense this year.
Quarterbacks I Hate for Week 11
Winston has been turnover prone in his short NFL career. He has committed a turnover in every game except for one this season, while the defense he will face this weekend boasts a league leading 13 interceptions. These statistics don’t bode well for Winston, and he will struggle against the Chiefs elite defense.
Carr has had his fair share of good games this season, but he has also produced pretty pedestrian numbers when he goes up against top defenses (9 fantasy points against Kansas City, 7 fantasy points against Denver.) He will have another tough task against Houston in this upcoming Monday night battle, who allow the fourth fewest fantasy points per game to opposing QBs, and have only let up 8 passing touchdowns.
Running Backs I Love for Week 11
Gurley might be the biggest bust of this fantasy season. The first round pick is currently ranked outside of the top 20 for running backs, and has not surpassed 85 yards rushing this season. He has averaged 3.1 yards per carry in his sophomore campaign, a significant difference from his 4.8 average in his rookie season. Now, you may be wondering why he appears on my love list this week. Well, we all know that any given Sunday any player can break out, so don’t count out Gurley every week, he’s still one of the most talented backs in the league. His offensive line and poor QB play from Case Keenum have allowed opposing defenses to keep Gurley in check this season. With the announcement that first overall pick rookie Jared Goff will be the starter this week, the offense can have the possibility of opening up and prevent defenses from stacking the box. It won’t be hard for Goff to outperform Keenum, which in hand will help Gurley have a solid game.
The perfect model of consistency. How could you not love this guy every week? Gore has scored less than 10 points only twice this year. He’s not flashy or a big name, but he just gets the job done. You’d probably be surprised when I tell you Gore is actually the 10th ranked running back in fantasy. Coming off of the bye week, Gore will have a fair matchup against Tennessee. Being the team’s main goal line option, he is poised to find the endzone.
Running Backs I Hate for Week 11
Absolute flaming hot take right here. We saw the Ravens limit Le’Veon Bell, arguably the league’s best running back, to 38 yards rushing, and only 6 total fantasy points in week 9. The Ravens have allowed the fewest rushing yards this season, and only 3 touchdowns. Zeke has the talent to overcome this dreadful matchup, but it will be his toughest test of the season.
The league’s worst team playing against one of the best offenses in the NFL. The Steelers will jump out to a large lead quickly against this poor Browns team, and Cleveland will not have an option but to pass as much as possible to keep up, as we saw in last Thursday night’s tilt against Baltimore. Similar to the game against Baltimore, Crowell will receive very few carries.
Wide Receivers I Love for Week 11
I know, I know, this is pretty bold considering how bad he has been this entire season. Hopkins is also up there with Todd Gurley for biggest bust of the season. However, his schedule for the rest of the season has multiple matchups against some of the league’s worst pass defenses, including Oakland, San Diego, Green Bay, Indianapolis, and Jacksonville. It starts with Oakland this coming Monday night, who have allowed the fifth most yards to opposing receivers. We all know the talent is there with Hopkins, it’s just a matter of syncing with Brock Osweiler. If the Texans want to win more games and make a playoff run, they need to start utilizing their best player. I believe that Hopkins can become relevant again, and with all those matchups against bottom ranked defenses, he can be a savior to teams once playoffs come.
GUEST RANK (by David Fisher)
Allen Robinson is back and here to stay. Most people drafted Robinson in either the second or third round in this years draft following his campaign last year where he put up monster numbers. Robinson has been climbing up the rankings and sees himself at 21. I think we continue to see him dominate and end the year in the top 10 in WR points. Robinson is targeted on average 8.1 times per game. He has seen success of late where he has gotten at least 70 yards in his last three games. In this same stretch he has scored 2 touchdowns. Look for another big week out of Robinson as he goes up against Detroit in a game that has shootout written all over it.
Wide Receivers I Hate for Week 11
If you know me personally, then you know I’ve been saying this for a while now. I think that T.Y Hilton is pretty overrated. He dominated when fellow Colts wide receiver Donte Moncrief was absent from the team due to an injury. But Moncrief came back two weeks ago, and he is truly the team’s WR1. Since last year, when Andrew Luck is the quarterback, Moncrief receives more targets and is a much better touchdown threat. Hilton has played every game this season (9) and has caught 4 touchdowns. For comparison, Moncrief has only played 3 full games and has caught 3 touchdowns.
Don’t let the matchup fool you. Edelman has not eclipsed 10 fantasy points in a game this season, and has only caught 1 touchdown pass. He isn’t a safe bet to plug into lineups each week until he proves something, unless you’re desperate.
Tight Ends I Love for Week 11
Bennett emerged as the better fantasy tight end last week in the Patriots loss to the Seahawks, as he caught 7 passes for 102 yards, as opposed to Rob Gronkowski’s 3 catches for 56 yards. Gronk may have suffered a potential chest injury, which could hold him out of this week’s game against San Francisco. Even if the injury isn’t that serious, I could still image the Patriots holding out Gronk for a game or using him sparingly for precautionary reasons, as he is too valuable to this team, and they need to look towards the playoffs as the bigger picture. Bennett has proven to be a TE1 when Gronk is absent from the lineup, and he will have the opportunity for a big game against a decimated 49ers defense that ranks in the bottom 5 in the league.
Tight Ends I Hate for Week 11
I may have been wrong about my prediction for Rudolph last week, but he was facing a poor Washington defense. This will be the first time the Vikings face a legitimate defense without offensive coordinator Norv Turner. The Cardinals have not allowed a touchdown against opposing tight ends this season, and have allowed a league low 246 yards and 2.7 points per game to them. Rudolph’s dismal projection of 4 fantasy points is justified this week.