Trasman’s Fantasy Fallout Going Into Week 11
Another week, another slew of injuries and inconsistent players to pivot away from. Here’s the fallout…
Ravens – 12 @ Dolphins – 22
- Devonta Freeman out-touched Le’Veon Bell 13-3 on Thursday, so it looks like he’s the lead back for now. Latavius Murray could return in Week 11 and throw a wrench in the works, but Freeman would be a flex with a decent floor otherwise.
- Rashod Bateman out-snapped Sammy Watkins on Thursday, and Watkins didn’t help his future chances by fumbling what would become a TD for Miami and losing a would-be TD pass on his own. Bateman is averaging 7 targets a game and has picked up 80 yards in 2 of his 4 appearances. He’s only owned in 50% of leagues, and is the Ravens most dynamic pass-catcher aside from Marquise Brown.
- Albert Wilson and Isaiah Ford both had 80+ yard games on Thursday, with 5 and 4 targets behind Jaylen Waddle‘s 6. If Will Fuller isn’t activated this week, either player makes for a deep league dart throw against the Jets with Tua Tagovailoa back under center.
Jaguars – 17 @ Colts – 23
- Lavishka Shenault led the Jaguars with 8 targets, but he only managed 15 yards for his trouble, while Jamal Agnew scored on just 3 touches. As long as Agnew is around, Shenault’s value will be sapped. Agnew, if you’ll remember, needs to have been owned weeks ago.
- Jags TE Dan Arnold has had at least 7 targets and 60 yards in 4 of his last 5 games. He’s a solid streamer most weeks.
- The Colts have found a winning formula in handing the ball off to Jonathan Taylor ad nauseum. Ty Hilton and Jack Doyle both had 5 targets to match Michael Pittman, but only Pittman is viable in fantasy while the offense is operating so one dimensionally.
Lions – 16 @ Steelers – 16
- Both rookie Jermar Jefferson and special teamer Godwin Igwebuike popped off long TD runs in Jamaal Williams‘ stead on Sunday. If neither Williams nor Jefferson, he hurt his ankle in the game, can go this week, Igwebuike makes for a desperation flex against the Browns.
- Amon-Ra St. Brown and Kalif Raymond both had 6 targets, with St. Brown capitalizing for a team-leading 61 yards. Neither makes for a compelling play against Cleveland this week though.
- Ray-Ray McCloud saw 12 targets, behind only Diontae Johnson(13), with Mason Rudolph under center for the COVID-19 listed Ben Roethlisberger. He caught 9 of them for 60 yards, and he makes for a deep league flex this week if Chase Claypool can’t go.
- James Washington started in place of Claypool and managed to score on 6 targets – He had 15 yards otherwise. McCloud makes for a better plug and play next week, if Claypool is out.
Browns – 7 @ Patriots – 45
- D’Ernest Johnson had a monster game against the Patriots, as the only Brown to net more than 26 yards. Nick Chubb will likely return from the COVID-19 list this week, but you should hold Johnson until we know for sure. With Baker Mayfield playing like trash, Johnson would be a surefire RB1 this week against the Lions if Chubb can’t go.
- No Patriot receiver had more than 4 targets, but Kendrick Bourne, Jakobi Meyers and Hunter Henry had at least 1 TD reception. All 3 will be viable flex plays against Atlanta this week.
- Rhamondre Stevenson ran right through the Browns’ front on Sunday, picking up 114 yards and 2 TDs, with Damien Harris out with a concussion. It’s a stellar performance, but it only complicates matters, as Stevenson and Harris will probably be in a timeshare if Harris returns this week, diminishing both of their values. That being said, Stevenson needs to be owned moving forward.
Falcons – 3 @ Cowboys – 43
- Wayne Gallman led the Falcons backfield in a blowout loss to the Cowboys, touching the ball 16 times for 76 yards – Mike Davis only touched the ball 4 times for 18 yards. Gallman was getting involved before the game got out of hand though, and he deserves to be added ahead of this week’s tilt with the Pats. Davis can be dropped as far as I’m concerned.
- Olamide Zaccheaus led the Falcons with 7 targets but managed only 2 catches and 22 yards. Zaccheaus also caught 2 TDs the week before, so he has some juice going into Week 11 – His floor is sea-bottom low though.
- Michael Gallup immediately retook his role as the 3rd WR in Dallas over Cedric Wilson upon Gallup’s return from a 7 game absence, garnering 5 targets for 3 catches and 42 yards. He needs to be picked up where you can add him.
Buccaneers – 19 @ Washington – 29
- Tyler Johnson didn’t add much to the equation in Antonio Brown‘s stead, catching 3 of 5 targets for 17 yards, but neither did anybody else really with the Bucs getting stymied by Washington. Still, he’s only viable in deep leagues this week against the Giants.
- Antonio Gibson saw a season high 26 touches on Sunday, shin be damned. He seemingly came out no worse for the wear, so continue to fire him up. Jaret Patterson and Jd Mckissic aren’t the threats we thought they were.
- DeAndre Carter was second on the Football Team in targets(6) behind only Terry McLaurin, catching 3 of them for 56 yards and a score. It’s his 2nd straight 50+ yard, 1 TD game, and Carter is establishing himself as the no.2 behind McLaurin with Curtis Samuel unlikely to return this season.
Bills – 45 @ Jets – 17
- Devin Singletary, Zach Moss, and Matt Breida all scored on Sunday, with Breida actually finding the end-zone twice. Breida hadn’t played since Week 1, and he was involved from the get-go. He ended up with 6 touches to 7 and 8 touches for Moss and Singletary, muddying up the outlook for Week 11.
- Gabriel Davis caught 3 balls for 105 yards on Sunday, but these performances have been few and far between for Davis. He’s best left on waivers in all but the deepest formats.
- So much for the Mike White experiment. White threw 4 INTs Sunday and could have easily thrown a couple more. The Bills defense is just that good. Joe Flacco came in and threw a garbage time TD and would presumably be the starter this week if Zach Wilson can’t suit up. I’m failing to find a silver lining for Jets pass-catchers in any scenario, especially when they face the Dolphins’ reinvigorated defense this week.
Vikings – 27 @ Chargers – 20
- Tyler Conklin scored twice on Sunday, on only three targets. I’ll take it. Conklin is doing
Well enough to keep in your lineups on the weekly.
- Larry Rountree scored his first TD of his career against the Vikings, in a goal line leap, but with just 5 touches on the day he’s still not an option.
- Mike Williams is living and dying by Justin Herbert‘s hand, and right now he’s on his deathbed it seems. He’s still getting targeted, he tied for second most with 6 on Sunday, but he’s not producing. He banged up his knee in Week 5, and he’s been ineffective ever since. Consider shipping him if you still can. Who knows when he’ll get right.
Saints – 21 @ Titans – 23
- Mark Ingram had a fine game for a back seemingly on his last legs, totaling 108 yards and a score. Chances are that Alvin Kamara is back for Week 11, but it’s good to know that Ingram still has some juice, just in case Kamara sits.
- All 3 starting WRs for the Saints had decent fantasy days, but that’s not unexpected against the league’s worst secondary. Tre’Quan Smith tied Ingram for the lead in team targets, so maybe he’s working his way back to no.1 WR status. It’s more likely though that he just ended up on top today, and that either Marquez Callaway or Deonte Harris could be the guy this week. What’s more certain is that Trevor Siemian makes for a decent streaming option against Philly this week.
- D’Onta Foreman was the busiest Titan RB on Sunday, compiling 78 yards on 13 touches. It makes sense, as he’s the closest thing they have to a 2-down back who isn’t over age 35. More explosive than AP at this point in their careers, Foreman needs to be owned in most leagues.
- It appears that Marcus Johnson is Julio Jones‘ replacement for now, as he led the team with 5 catches for 100 yards – AJ Brown was double-teamed most of the game. With defenses aiming to stifle Brown now that they don’t have Derrick Henry to worry about, Johnson could be in for some big games. Pick him up.
Panthers – 34 @ Cardinals – 10
- Cam Newton scored twice on Sunday, despite PJ Walker getting the start, and he’s slated to start this week against a Washington team that’s been notoriously easy on opposing QBs. They’ll be even worse now that Chase Young is done with an ACL tear. Newton offers a lot of upside this week and perhaps beyond.
- Robby Anderson scored his first TD in 4 weeks with Newton under center. He’s still hard to trust but Anderson could see a resurgence in fantasy value with Newton. He’s worth picking up again if your bench is deep.
- Colt McCoy disappeared on Sunday after having a hero game in Week 9, and he injured his pectoral in the process. Chris Streveler relieved him and did nothing to help the team, but all will be right in the world if Kyler Murray can find the field this week. If not, McCoy should be ok to go, though all Cardinals pass-catchers will suffer.
Seattle – 0 @ Packers – 17
- Russell Wilson was rusty on Sunday, putting up a dud against a beatable Packers defense. Wilson’s finger obviously isn’t quite right, and he along with his receivers are risky plays this week against the Cardinals.
- Expect the Seahawks to lean heavy on the run in Week 11, due to Wilson’s woes. Alex Collins and Travis Homer, who is the passing down back, will both have some juice against Arizona’s run-funnel defense.
- TE Gerald Everett caught all 8 of his targets for 63 yards on Sunday, as Wilson’s safety blanket. He should continue in that role for at least the next few weeks.
- Aaron Jones is out for 1 – 2 weeks with a knee injury sustained on Sunday, making AJ Dillon a must own player going into Week 11. He’s still available in almost 30% of leagues.
Eagles – 30 @ Broncos – 13
- Jordan Howard and Boston Scott led out the Eagles’ running attack, touching the ball 12 and 13 times a piece for 83 and 105 yards. Ken Gainwell is the confirmed odd man out, only touching the ball 3 times. Both Howard and Scott should be owned as long as Miles Sanders is out.
- Courtland Sutton‘s looks have plummeted with the return of Jerry Jeudy, with 2 and 3 looks in the past 2 weeks – Even Tim Patrick is out-targeting him. This is probably due to Teddy Bridgewater‘s affinity for short throws. The Broncos have a bye this week, so maybe they reconfigure things.
- Albert Okwuegbunam led the team in receiving yards(77) on Sunday on just 33 targets, but the bulk was gained on one 64 yard play. As long as Noah Fant is around, Albert O is only useful in TE premium formats.
Chiefs – 41 @ Raiders – 14
- The Chiefs roared back on Sunday night with a fantasy week winning effort by Patrick Mahomes. Byron Pringle finished behind the big three for KC in targets with five and makes for an interesting dart throw in what will be a shootout with Dallas this week.
- Bryan Edwards was fourth in targets but first in yards for the Raiders on Sunday, picking up 88 yards and a score. The Raiders we’re doing all they could through the air to keep up with KC so this isn’t terribly surprising. Edwards is worth watching but I want to see him do it again before adding him.