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Fantasy Football Week 11 Recap

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It was an exciting week in the land of NFL fantasy football. Between Jonathan Taylor’s 5 touchdowns, Justin Jefferson’s assault on the Green Bay secondary, and Austin Ekeler’s big day on Sunday Night Football, among others, almost every fantasy manager got something to cheer about. Beginning this week, I will be providing a summary of each NFL game. Everything fantasy relevant from each game will be recapped here to provide a concise summary of the week.

New England Patriots @ Atlanta Falcons

Rhamondre Stevenson (12/69) and Damien Harris (10/56) are both touchdown-dependent flex considerations next week against Tennessee. Kendrick Bourne (4/42), Nelson Agholor (5/40/1), and Jakobi Meyers (4/39) are best left on benches until one of them can separate as the clear number 1. Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith fall into the same category. Mac Jones’ solid floor was on display, but he lacks a high ceiling and is simply a streaming option. On the other hand, the Falcons offense was anemic without star Cordarelle Patterson. The rushing game averaged 2.5 yards per carry and Russell Gage (5/49) was the only player over 35 yards from scrimmage. Kyle Pitts (3/29) disappointed, and I would stay away from Atlanta in fantasy football if possible.

Washington Football Team @ Carolina Panthers

Taylor Heinicke threw for 3 touchdowns as this Washington offense continues to impress. Furthermore, Antonio Gibson is finally healthy and has posted 159 rushing yards and 2 scores over his last two games. Unfortunately, he doesn’t get much use in the passing game, keeping him outside the top tier of running backs. Terry McLaurin (5/103/1) continued his breakout season, and is a WR1 for the rest of the year. Cam Newton (21/27, 189 yards, 2 touchdowns) had a great homecoming game, and proved that he can get it done through the air. He also ran for 46 yards and a touchdown. Additionally, Christian McCaffrey had 7 catches and 119 total yards, while scoring through the air as well. He is a safe top-3 option at RB. Next, D.J. Moore had his best game in weeks, coinciding with the return of Newton. He could once again be a top 20 WR.

Baltimore Ravens @ Chicago Bears

In a low-scoring affair, Tyler Huntley got the start at quarterback over the sick Lamar Jackson. Sadly, he did not provide the same explosive offense as Lamar, but that is to expected. Huntley’s presence still allowed for a good game out of Mark Andrews (8/73), who is arguably the TE3 over George Kittle. The rushing game was ineffective without the presence of Jackson, as Freeman and Murray are in a timeshare that will prevent either player from being a starter for your fantasy football team. Justin Fields suffered a rib injury, but early tests do not show a break. He will be tested again on Monday, and Andy Dalton won’t be a viable option if Fields misses any time. David Montgomery (14/58) was serviceable in his return, but once again received very little receiving work. If he continues to be a non-factor through the air, then he will be nothing more than a touchdown-dependent RB2. Darnell Mooney (5/121/1) continued his breakout campaign, and must be used in fantasy football lineups if Fields is able to play.

New Orleans Saints @ Philadelphia Eagles

Surprisingly, Trevor Siemian (22/40, 214 yards, 3 scores, 2 interceptions) appears to be a true streaming option. Mark Ingram (16/88) added 6 catches this week, and is an RB1 in the event that Kamara misses New Orleans’ next game. Both Tre’Quan Smith (5/64) and Adam Trautman (5/58/1) showed up in a big way. Smith is beginning to earn flex consideration, while Trautman remains a low-end TE2. Jalen Hurts had the most Jalen Hurts game of his career, as despite only passing for 147 scoreless yards, he ran the ball 18 times for 69 yards and 3 touchdowns. He remains an elite QB1 with rushing upside that only Lamar Jackson can match. Miles Sanders (16/94) had a great return, and the arrow is pointing up for his ROS outlook. Dallas Goedert (5/63) and DeVonta Smith (4/61) remain the only startable pass-catchers in this offense.

Miami Dolphins @ New York Jets

Tua (273 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception) looked good against a leaky Jets secondary, but I’d wait to see how he does against better defenses before committing to him as a starter. Myles Gaskin (23/89 rushing, 3/7/1 receiving) continued his streak of big games in odd-numbered weeks. He’s still too inconsistent to start against a good Panthers defense in Week 12, unless you have no other solid options. Jaylen Waddle (8/65) continued to be a target-hog, and he carries extreme value in PPR leagues ROS. Mike Gesicki (5/50) remains a top 5 option at TE. Shockingly, Joe Flacco turned in a pretty decent performance with 291 yards and 2 touchdowns. He will be a streaming option against Houston. If Zach Wilson plays against Houston, however, the entire Jets offense will be downgraded. Michael Carter suffered an ankle sprain and will miss 2-3 weeks, per Adam Schefter. Tevin Coleman and Ty Johnson will not be fantasy relevant. Elijah Moore (8/141/1), Jamison Crowder (6/44/1), and Corey Davis (3/35) are only starting-caliber options if Flacco is under center.

Indianapolis Colts @ Buffalo Bills

Carson Wentz (11/20, 106 yards, 1 touchdown) barely threw the ball as Jonathan Taylor’s historic day meant that he didn’t need to. Taylor (32/185/4, plus a receiving touchdown) has cemented himself as the consensus RB1 in fantasy football going forward, and will likely be the number 1 overall pick in most 2022 fantasy drafts. Michael Pittman (2/23) (and the Colts passing game as a whole) should bounce back against a Tampa Bay defense that will force Indianapolis to win the game through the air. Josh Allen (21/35, 209 yards, 2 touchdowns, 2 interceptions) had a rough game, but still ranks as an elite QB1. No running back from the Bills should be started if at all possible. The receiving threats, however, are a different story. Dawson Knox (6/80) is a top 10 TE play, while Stefon Diggs (4/23/2) remains a top 10 WR. Cole Beasley (4/23) and Emmanuel Sanders (3/26) remain streaming options in plus matchups.

Detroit Lions @ Cleveland Browns

The presence of Tim Boyle (15/23, 77 yards, 2 interceptions) somehow reduced the ceiling of the Lions’ passing offense below its normal Jared Goff levels. Per Adam Schefter, Jared Goff is unlikely to play on Thanksgiving. T.J. Hockensen and every other Lion pass catcher should be benched if Boyle takes the field on Thursday. D’Andre Swift (14/136/1), however, has reached every week must-start status as an RB1. Baker Mayfield (15/29, 176 yards, 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions) continued his struggles this season, and for Cleveland, running back is the only position that fantasy football managers can look for points out of. Stud running back Nick Chubb ran the ball 22 times for 130 yards in his return from COVID, and D’Ernest Johnson remains on the roster as an elite handcuff. Kareem Hunt has a chance to return in Week 12 as well.

San Francisco 49ers @ Jacksonville Jaguars

Jimmy G wasn’t asked to throw much in a game that quickly got out of hand, but still scored 2 touchdowns and is a great streaming option next week against a Minnesota defense that just got torched by Aaron Rodgers. Jeff Wilson (19/50) and Trey Sermon (10/32) both failed to provide much juice for the running game sans Elijah Mitchell. Deebo Samuel (8/79/1) was instead the leading rusher, as the electric playmaker lined up at running back. Unfortunately, the position change meant that he only caught 1 pass, and fantasy owners will hope for Mitchell to return next week. Brandon Aiyuk (7/85/1) is finally a weekly fantasy football starter. George Kittle (4/34/1) remains a top 4 TE. Trevor Lawrence passed for 158 scoreless yards, but gets an appealing week 12 matchup against Atlanta. James Robinson (12/29/1) is Jacksonville’s only startable skill player.

Houston Texans @ Tennessee Titans

Anything can happen on any given week in the NFL. Houston somehow managed to defeat the AFC’s one seed. Tyrod Taylor’s 107 scoreless yards keep him out of the streaming conversation. Neither Rex Burkhead (18/40) nor David Johnson (13/18) have enough left in the tank to excite fantasy managers. Brandin Cooks is the only Texan that you should consider starting, but, due to the team he plays for, is prone to bad weeks like this one (2/18). Ryan Tannehill (35/52, 323 yards, 1 touchdown, 4 interceptions) had a bad game, and the New England defense is on tap for next week. Wait until he plays Jacksonville after the bye to start him again. Adrian Peterson (9/40), D’Onta Foreman (7/25), and Dontrell Hilliard (7/35) split carries almost evenly, but Hillaird caught 8 passes for 47 yards. However, if Jeremy McNichols clears concussion protocol, Hilliard will probably return to the practice squad. Nick Westbrook-Ikhine (7/107) had a big day, but is likely not a weekly starter. A.J. Brown (5/48) had his 3rd straight game with under 10 points, and is a fade next week against the Patriots.

Green Bay Packers @ Minnesota Vikings

Davante Adams (7/115/2) and Justin Jefferson (8/169/2) and an epic duel, and are both locked-and-loaded top 3 options at WR. Aaron Rodgers (23/33, 385 yards, 4 touchdowns) and Kirk Cousins (24/35, 341 yards, and 3 touchdowns) both had great games as well, and will be top 10 plays in Week 12. Marquez Valdes-Scantling (4/123/1) had a huge game as well, and his 10 targets is a great sign. However, MVS is too boom-or-bust to trust as a starter, unless you are desperate. AJ Dillon (11/53 rushing. 6/43 receiving) filled in admirably for the injured Aaron Jones, and will be an RB1 again next week assuming Jones misses another game. Dalvin Cook (22/86/1) will again be a high-end RB1 against San Francisco next week. Tyler Conklin (3/35) is a touchdown-dependent TE2.

Cincinnati Bengals @ Las Vegas Raiders

Joe Burrow (148 yards, 1 touchdown) didn’t have his best game, and will be a high-end QB2 next week against Pittsburgh. Joe Mixon (30/123/2) had a phenomenal day, and with 3 straight games of 20+ points and 10+ points in 9/10 games, Mixon is finally having an elite year. Tyler Boyd (6/49) led the team in receiving, but is often the odd man out, behind Chase and Higgins. Tee will be a WR3 next week, while Ja’Marr remains a WR1 against a secondary that just got torched by both Mike Williams and Keenan Allen. Derek Carr (215 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interceptions) is a low-end streaming option against Dallas for Week 12. Josh Jacobs ran for just 37 yards, but his 5 catches provide a solid RB2 floor. Darren Waller (7/116) is a top 2 TE. Hunter Renfrow (4/30) is a solid WR3 with a stable role in the gameplan.

Arizona Cardinals @ Seattle Seahawks

Colt McCoy (35/44, 3328 yards, 2 touchdowns) was able to fill-in for Kyler Murray and lead Arizona to a victory over Seattle. Murray is expected back against the Bears after a week 12 bye. James Connor (21/62/1) continued his great stretch of play, and will be a high-end RB2 whenever Chase Edmonds doesn’t play. Zach Ertz (8/88/2), A.J. Green (4/78), and Rondale Moore (11/51) all had big games in the absence of DeAndre Hopkins. Ertz will be a TE1, while Moore and Green will be low-end WR3s as long as Hopkins remains sidelined. Russell Wilson and the Seattle offense struggled for the second straight game. Alex Collins (10/36) is an RB3 at best while Seattle shakes off the rust. Tyler Lockett (4/115) and D.K. Metcalf (4/31) are still must-starts, but both have a low floor while Wilson gets reacclimated.

Dallas Cowboys @ Kansas City Chiefs

Dak Prescott was playing without his 2 top receivers, and he was terrible. He’s someone you have to start, but expectations should be tempered next week Las Vegas if Lamb remains out of the lineup. Ezekiel Elliott wasn’t great on the ground, but his 6 catches allowed for a decent fantasy day. Dalton Schultz (6/53) is a TE1. Michael Gallup (5/44) is an intriguing option if Lamb is out for Week 12. Mahomes struggled a bit as well, throwing for 260 scoreless yards and 1 interception. Clyde Edwards-Helaire (12/63/1) has all the makings of a high-end ROS RB2. Tyreek Hill (9/77) is a top 3 WR and Travis Kelce (5/74) remains the TE1.

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Los Angeles Chargers

Ben Roethlisberger (28/44, 273 yards, 3 touchdowns) turned back the clock a bit in a high-scoring battle. Najee Harris (12/39/1) survived an injury scare and should play next week as an RB1. Diontae Johnson (7/101/1) had his 7th game of 10+ targets, and will finish the year as a WR1 in my rankings. Chase Claypool (5/93) will be a WR3 with upside next week against the Bengals. Pat Freiermuth (4/11/1) will not be a viable fantasy option with Eric Ebron (3/24/1) back in the lineup. Justin Herbert (30/41, 382 yards, 3 scores, 1 interception) also added 90 yards on the ground for a monster performace. He will be an elite QB1 next week, even in a tough matchup against Denver. Austin Ekeler had 115 total yard and 4 touchdowns, and is an RB1 ROS. Keenan Allen (9/112) has reclaimed the alpha wide receiver role in Los Angeles, but Mike Williams (5/97/1) is a boom-or-bust WR2 in his own right.

New York Giants @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Daniel Jones (23/38, 167 yards, 1 touchdown, 2 picks) was not great, and due to the disappearance of his rushing upside, he is not a recommended streamer next week against Philadelphia. Saquon Barkley ran just 6 times in a negative game script, but caught 6 passes and should regain RB1 form. Kadarius Toney (7/40) saw 12 targets, and will be an upside WR3 next week if Sterling Shepard remains sidelined. Kenny Golladay (1/12) was not involved in the offense and should not be started in any formats. Tom Brady (307 yards, 2 scores, 1 interception) bounced back this week. Leonard Fournette (10/35) caught 6 passes to salvage his day. Mike Evans (6/73/1), Rob Gronkowski (6/71), and Chris Godwin (6/65/1) were all heavily involved. Evans and Godwin are top 15 fantasy football wide receivers ROS, while Gronk is a top 8 TE with upside for top 5.

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