Trashman’s Fantasy Fallout going into Week 11
There was a lot of injury upheaval in Week 10, so there are a lot of personnel changes coming for week 11. Get you waiver adds ready as we delve into the fallout…
Bengals vs Titans
- Joe Mixon only got 9 carries on the day and was again saved by a TD. He did out-snap Gio Bernard 30 to 21 though, in a game where the Bengals fell behind, so he still has a hold on the job. His ceiling is just severely limited in this offense, as his best game all year has been 51 yards and a TD.
- Brandon LaFell led the team in targets with 10 and came away with 95 yards and a TD. That being said, the Bengals face the Broncos this week, so don’t bank on another stellar performance. He’s not a must add in any format.
- Corey Davis had 10 targets on the day to lead the Titans and would have had a good day if not for losing the ball as it crossed the endzone. He’s still owned in less than half of Yahoo leagues, so pick him up.
Browns vs Lions
- Deshone Kizer had arguably his best game of the season against the Lions, but there is still no rhyme or reason to this offense. TE Seth DeValve led in targets(6) and 70 yards, but he hadn’t reached 30 yards in 6 games prior to the that. Kizer does give me some hope that Corey Coleman, and perhaps Josh Gordon, will be of some value when they return.
- Isaiah Crowell is finally hitting a stride with his 2nd 50+ 1 TD game in a row, but it may all be for naught as the Browns face the Jaguars this week. I can’t advocate starting anyone but maybe Duke Johnson in this one.
- Marvin Jones Jr’s value left as soon as Kenny Golladay stepped on the field Sunday. Golladay needs to be added where you can get him and Jones returns to shaky WR3 status.
Chargers vs Jaguars
- Philip Rivers had a good day in large part due to rookie Austin Ekeler‘s 2 TD catch and runs. Ekeler has been sneaky productive over the last month or so and should be added in PPR formats.
- Leonard Fournette couldn’t get anything going on 17 carries against a usually soft Chargers front. He’ll have another tough matchup this week against the Browns, who actually defend the run very well.
- WR Keelan Cole continues to see significant snaps in the Jaguars offense. If DeDe Westbrook is inactive again this week, Cole makes for an interesting deep league flier against the Browns.
Jets vs Buccaneers
- The Jets vs Bucs was not the offensive slugfest I imagined, but it was interesting to see that Elijah McGuire out-touched and out-targeted Bilal Powell. He’ll be a hold going into Week 12 after the bye.
- Robby Anderson is the no.5 WR in fantasy on the season, and he’s still available in %20 of leagues.
- Rookie WR Chris Godwin was targeted 10 times on the way to a 68 yard day. He’ll fall back in the pecking order with Mike Evans returning to the fold this week, but he should be added in dynasty formats and will push Adam Humphries for snaps.
Packers vs Bears
- Jamaal Williams is looking likely to start against the Ravens in week 11 after both Aaron Jones(3-6 weeks) and Ty Montgomery went down to injury on Sunday. Williams’ YPC has been underwhelming, but he could see 20+ carries this week.
- Brett Hundley strung together a decent game against the Bears that was absent of turnovers and included a couple of pretty passes to Davante Adams that even made Aaron Rodgers smirk. He’s not a strong start versus the Ravens but I have hope that Adams, Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb may be useful going forward.
- Mitch Trubisky is finally starting to look like an NFl QB, but I still don’t have much faith in his receivers. Dontrell Inman came into his first game as a Bear and garnished 8 targets and 88 yards though, so perhaps he will have some respectable value moving forward. I’m still skeptical.
- Benny Cunningham played ahead of a fading Tarik Cohen on Sunday, playing on 28 of 60 snaps. He didn’t do much with it, but it appears that Cunningham is the passing back of choice in Chicago right now.
Saints vs Bills
- The Saints showed that they’re for real on Sunday, smashing the Bills over the head with a47 point sledgehammer. It was the Ingram, Kamara and Thomas show all day, and it’s proven to be a winning formula. All other pieces of the offense are luxuries, so don’t expect consistency from Ginn, Coleman, or Snead – who played 47% of snaps on Sunday and did not register a target.
- Rookie QB Nate Peterman entered the game when it was well out of hand, so don’t expect a QB change going into Week 11. Tyrod Taylor is still the starter.
- Kelvin Benjamin led Bills pass catchers with 6 targets on the day, his first game for Buffalo. He’ll maintain WR2 status, but I don’t think Charles Clay is going to move forward as a TE1 like he was before he got injured. The Bills run the ball too much, and Benjamin is the top dog.
Steelers vs Colts
- Even with the Steelers making a concerted effort to include Martavis Bryant in the offense, Big Ben targeted JuJu Smith-Schuster 7 times, as many targets as Antonio Brown got on the day. JuJu is here to stay as a WR2 in Pittsburgh. Bryant is more WR4 material.
- Chester Rogers caught all 6 of his team leading targets on Sunday for a 104 yard 1 TD monster. I see it more as a product of gameflow as the Steelers corners shut down everyone else, and Rogers just wasn’t a major priority. That being said, no one is really stepping up behind T.Y. Hilton and Jack Doyle so Rogers might have earned himself some more playing time.
- We might have sneezed and missed Marlon Mack‘s Colts backfield dominance. Frank Gore has out-snapped and out-produced him over the last few weeks, and it will be difficult to forecast his usage moving ahead.
Vikings vs Redskins
- Case Keenum is fighting for his job over Teddy Bridgewater, going tit-for-tat with “franchise” QB Kirk Cousins and winning. He’s done enough to keep him under center for Week 11 against the Rams, which should be a high-scoring affair.
- Jerick McKinnon out-snapped Latavius Murray 31 to 30, but didn’t do as well on the stat sheet, as he wasn’t used as much. It’s going to be difficult to rely on either of these backs as more than flex plays as long as this true timeshare is going on.
- Rob Kelley is out for “multiple games”, meaning that Samaje Perine has a chance to establish himself as the first two-down back in Washington and should be added in most formats. Chris Thompson is going to benefit the most though, as usual.
- The Redskins seem intent on getting Jamison Crowder the ball, as he’s lead them in targets the last 2 weeks(24). He needs to be owned in more than 50% of leagues by now.
Texans vs Rams
- Tom Savage was terrible in an embarrassing loss to the Rams, but he did at least air the ball out a lot. DeAndre Hopkins remained relevant due to sheer target hogging, but Bruce Ellington wasn’t too far behind, compared to the rest of the WRs. Ellington could see more action this week, as Will Fuller will likely miss the game with cracked ribs, and Patrick Peterson will aim to shut down Hopkins.
- The same can be said for C.J. Fiedorowicz, who saw his first action since Week 1. C.J. got 6 targets and makes for a fair streamer against Arizona.
- I’ve said it for weeks now, but Robert Woods is the Rams’ go-to receiver and needs to be owned and started in all formats. Cooper Kupp should be owned in most, as he leads the league in end-zone looks, according to Alex.
Cowboys vs Falcons
- Most say that the Cowboys lost their advantage when they lost Zeke Elliott to suspension, but I think they may have actually lost it when LT Tyron Smith was injured. The Falcons had no trouble pressuring the Cowboys, sacking Dak Prescott 6 times on the day. Smith is doubtful again this week, so be wary about starting your Cowboys against a swarming Philly defense.
- Alfred Morris was the lead runner on Sunday with 11 carries. The Cowboys had to abandon the run as the Falcons pulled away so, he wasn’t used much in the second half.The game script could be very similar this week.
- Rod Smith played ahead of Darren McFadden, still only getting 6 carries. He did get 6 targets on the day though, so he may be useful in PPR formats. He could come in handy in a game against Philly in which the Cowboys are likely to trail early.
- Devonta Freeman left the game early with his 2nd concussion of the season. The Falcons are likely to ease him back slowly so Tevin coleman is in line for heavy usage for the foreseeable future. Terron Ward should be added where possible, as he receiver 9 carries to Coleman’s 20 on Sunday.
Giants vs 49ers
- RB Orleans Darkwa is the undisputed leader in the Giants Backfield, out-touching all other Giants backs by close to double-digits. Surprisingly, he’s still available in about 25% of leagues.
- RB Matt Breida is getting enough action in San Fran’s playmaker starved offense to warrant flex consideration in deep leagues.
- Marquise Goodwin had an excellent stat line with 83 yards and a TD, but it all came on one catch. He’s hard to trust going into a nightmare matchup against the Seahawks.
Patriots vs Broncos
- James White saved his day with a TD, but Rex Burkhead seriously ate into his snaps, getting 36 on Sunday night. Dion Lewis and Rex seem to be the frontrunners in the Pats backfield for the time being.
- There are just too many mouths to feed in New England to feel comfortable starting any pass-catchers but Rob Gronkowski and Brandin Cooks on a weekly basis, even with no Chris Hogan.
- The three main backs in Denver saw almost even snaps on Sunday night. C.J. Anderson still carries the most value though, as the snaps he’s in on are almost always running plays.