Week 11 Fantasy Sleepers and Busts
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Week 11 Fantasy Sleepers and Busts
Week 11 only has two teams on bye so we will get to pick here this week from almost the full flight of players. One team that is on a bye this week that has big fantasy implications is the Los Angeles Rams with Matthew Stafford, Cooper Kupp, and Darrell Henderson on byes so a lot of teams will have to find replacement players. The bye week probably couldn’t come at a better time for the Rams however, as they are coming off back to back losses. For week 11 let’s look at some of the top waiver wire pickups on the week, some players who you should sit or start in your lineups, and then compare some players one on one at each position to see who is a better start for your lineups.
RB’s Week 11
Rhamondre Stevenson Replaces Damien HarrisWeek 11 waiver wire pickups starts with the New England Patriots running back Rhamondre Stevenson. With starting running back Damien Harris out last week Stevenson had a massive day as his replacement. The Patriots are likely to hold Harris out again this week as they face the Atlanta Falcons. The Patriots can definitely do damage on the ground against the Falcons and Stevenson definitely has what it takes to put up big numbers. Last week as the lead back for the Patriots, Stevenson got exactly 100 rushing yards with two touchdowns and added four catches as well. Even with Harris back, Stevenson should be a good pickup as he managed 10 carries for 62 yards the week before.
D’Onta Foreman like another good pickupD’Onta Foreman looks like another good pickup due to his explosiveness in the Tennessee Titans backfield. Adrian Peterson has not looked good in his time with the Titans and it is very possible that Foreman takes over the majority of the carries starting as early as next week. The Ttians face the Houston Texans in week 11 who they can put up a lot of yards and points on so the matchup is great next week but he also looks like he could be a good season long pickup. Foreman got 11 carries in week 10 but the majority of his damage was done on a big catch that added to his 48 total receiving yards.
Jeff Wilson Jr. is a decent fill in play in week 11A third pickup is Jeff Wilson Jr. who is the clear No. 2 running back in San Francisco and should be a decent fill in play in week 11 against the Jaguars or a good handcuff for Elijah Mitchell who may miss this game even with a broken finger.
WR’s Week 11
The return of Michael Gallup to the Dallas CowboysLooking at wide receiver pickups for week 11 we start with the return of Michael Gallup to the Dallas Cowboys. Gallup returned to the lineup in a week where they reignited the offense for 43 total points and also the passing game with 296 passing yards. Gallup is a big play wide receiver but looked like he was being eased back into the offense. In week 11 the Dallas Cowboys should fully unleash Gallup against the Kansas City Chiefs and he should see an increase in targets from five last week.
DeAndre CarterDeAndre Carter is an unlikely player to make an impact recently for the Washington Football team. Carter has essentially been a special teams and return player for the majority of his career that began in 2015. The Football Team has needed a wide receiver to step up after Curtis Samuel has gone down with an injury and Carter has done just that. In his last two games Carter has put up almost identical stat lines with six targets, three catches, and a touchdown in each game with 56 and 53 yards in those games. He is a speedy receiver who will make the most out of limited opportunities but is dynamic with the ball in his hands and has found a nose for the end zone recently.
QB’s Week 11
Cam Newton – Top QB for Week 11The top quarterback to add this week is Cam Newton after his return to Carolina. In limited snaps that were mostly around the goal line Newton scored two touchdowns. It is no secret that Newton wants to run the ball when he is in there and he is always a threat to get a rushing touchdown as a lot of the goal line carries go to Newton. In week 11 Newton is expected to be named the starting quarterback in a matchup against his former coach now with the Washington Football Team that can also be exposed on defense this year.
Tua TagovailoaAnother quarterback to add for week 11 if he is available is Tua who gets a nice matchup in week 11 against the New York Jets. Tua has been really good this year against lesser opponents and is still just over 50% owned so may be available in most leagues.
TE’s Week 11
Adam Trautman is a good bet in Week 11Looking for a good replacement tight end for week 11 Adam Trautman is a good bet to have a high floor and a high ceiling as well compared to anyone else who could be found on the waiver wire. Trautman has three games in a row now with at least six targets and looks to have some chemistry with Trevor Siemian. He seems to be on the verge of a breakout game given his high number of targets and with the upcoming matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles is a favorable one for tight ends.
Logan ThomasLogan Thomas was a preseason top 10 tight end who is coming back from injury that could be a good pickup as well, especially as Rickey Seals-Jones is banged up.
Running Backs to start in Week 11
Myles GaskinThe Miami Dolphins now look committed to the run in the second half of games played this season. Myles Gaskin has been the main beneficiary as he has had at least 12 carries in each of the last four games. Gaskin hasn’t been able to do much with the carries recently as he hasn’t had over 36 rushing yards in his last three games but now he gets a good matchup against the Jets. Gaskin looks like a player you can start in your lineups as an RB2 or RB3 that has some upside due to his juicy matchup.
Rhamondre StevensonRhamondre Stevenson is not only the top waiver wire prize in week 11 but is close to being an RB1 in week 11. The Patriots have a great matchup against the Falcons and the Patriots love to run the ball. Stevenson is the only healthy running back who can handle a big workload.
Mark IngramAnother running back to start is Mark Ingram after he filled in for Alvin Kamara in week 10 he is also looking to be in line to carry the load again with Kamara out of the lineup. Last week Ingram put up 108 total yards from scrimmage and had a touchdown but has an even better matchup in week 11 against the Eagles.
Saquon Barkley to sitSaquon Barkley makes his return to the lineup in week 11 but should be left on the bench in fantasy. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may dominate this game leaving little room for Barkley to get going as he will also probably be eased in and not get a ton of touches.
Wide Receivers to start in Week 11
DeVonta SmithDeVonta Smith looks like a great start in week 11 at wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles. Smith and Eagle’s passing offense shows up more against quality opponents where they need to comeback and that is what they should be in store for against the New Orleans Saints. Smith is a big play rookie wide receiver but his quarterback Jalen Hurts is not afraid to take these shots to him and Smith has three touchdowns in his last two games including one game with 116 receiving yards.
Russell Wilson, Tyler Lockett and DK MetcalfThe Seattle Seahawks have Russell Wilson back now after missing a few games and he struggled in week 10 where the Seahawks scored no points and Wilson threw two interceptions. Expect a whole different game from the Seahawks similar to the bounce back Dak Prescott had for the Dallas Cowboys in week 10. This would bode well for both wide receivers Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf in week 11. They both look like good starts as they had been extremely productive earlier in the season with Wilson and now he has had an extra week to get back to full health.
Elijah Moore to be a sitElijah Moore is a player who has been really good the past two weeks with three total touchdowns but should be a sit in week 11. He has a lot of hype but now faces a Dolphins defense that has shown up and Moore now is fighting for targets with Jamison Crowder and Corey Davis both back in the lineup.
Quarter Backs to start this week
Joe BurrowA quarterback coming off of a bye week and his worst performance of the season the week before that is Joe Burrow for the Cincinnati Bengals. Burrow had been great up until that game throwing multiple touchdowns in every single game. He has some of the most talented wide receivers to throw to in the NFL and will get a nice matchup against the Las Vegas Raiders. The Raiders gave up 41 points and over 400 yards to Patrick Mahomes after the Chiefs failed to get over 20 points the three games prior and Mahomes hadn’t thrown over 275 yards during that same stretch. So it is a good matchup for Burrow and he has had a bye week to prepare for it.
Carson Wentz to sitA quarterback who can be sat this week is Carson Wentz as he faces the hot Buffalo defense who haven’t allowed more than 17 points in a game in the last three weeks. Wentz is also coming off of a game with just 180 passing yards and no touchdowns.
Tight End to start this week
George KittleA tight end to start this week is George Kittle for the San Francisco 49ers. Kittle began the year pretty slow and then got injured but in his return he has been great these last two weeks. The 49ers could be without running back Elijah Mitchell which could cause them to pass more in Kittle’s direction and they get a good matchup against the Jaguars.
Tight End to sit – CJ UzomahA tight end who can be left on the bench, unless desperately needed, is CJ Uzomah for the Cincinnati Bengals. He only commands about three targets per game and has only had 33 and 24 yards with no touchdowns in his last two games.
One on one comparison of RB’sIn this last section we will go back to running backs to look at some players who have comparable point projections for the week but some look to be better plays when compared one on one.
Is Leonard Fournette better than Josh Jacobs?The first running back to look at is Leonard Fournette from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who was back to getting touches in the receiving game last week. Fournette should be able to get back to getting 12+ carries again this week as the Buccaneers play the New York Giants in a matchup where they could be up big and control the clock. Fournette should be a good bet to also find the end zone and finds himself as a mid tier RB2 play in week 11. He looks to be a better play than Josh Jacobs who is a similar type of player who can handle a big load and now has been utilized in the pass game. The difference is in the matchup that greatly favors Fournette over Jacobs as the Raiders face the Bengals.
James Robinson – Even better than FournetteA player who looks like a better play than Fournette is from his former team, the Jacksonville Jaguars, is James Robinson. Robinson faces the 49ers whose weakness is in their rush defense. Robisnon also has been great this year for the underperforming Jaguars with six rushing touchdowns on the year.
David Montgomery or Michael CarterAnother player who looks like a borderline RB2 in week 11 is David Montgomery from the Chicago Bears who faces the Baltimore Ravens. Montgomery was back in week 9 after missing four games in a row. He got 13 carries and two catches in that game back but now has a tough matchup for running backs against the Ravens. He still looks like a better play than Michael Carter who has seen some success in his rookie year but now faces the Miami Dolphins defense that has been tough recently. James Conner is a running back for the Arizona Cardinals to start over Montgomery as he has been a touchdown monster with 11 rushing and one receiving touchdown. Conner also faces the Seattle Seahawks who can be beaten on the ground.
One on one comparison of WR’s
Mike Williams vs Darnell MooneyLooking at WR3s this week we will start with one who started off the year as the best fantasy wide receiver but now has flamed out is Mike Williams for the Los Angeles Chargers. Williams still has high upside as a big play wide receiver with two multi touchdown games and two one hundred yard receiving games. However, in the last four games he had played in he has not exceeded 58 yards in a game and only has one game in the last four with more than two catches. Williams still looks like a better play than Darnell Mooney from the Chicago Bears who a lot of people are really high on recently. Williams still offers a higher upside and could break out at any time with his deep threat and touchdown ability. Christian Kirk has been the No. 1 wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals with Deandre Hopkins out of the lineup and should be even better fantasy wise with the potential return of Kyler Murray making him a better play than Mike Williams.
Can Cam Newton replace DJ Moor?Another wide receiver to look at is DJ Moore for the Carolina Panthers who has not been as good recently as he was in the beginning of the year. Now the Panthers get Cam Newton back and it could bump up his value again. Diontae Johnson looks like a better play than Moore as Moore is in an unknown situation with Newton back and it remains to be seen how he will throw. With Johnson, it would help him to get Big Ben back but with Mason Rudolph he still managed seven catches for 83 yards. DJ Moore does look like a better play than any New York Jets wide receiver in a tough matchup against the Dolphins who now have three receivers to get the ball to in Moore, Davis, and Crowder as they could take from each other’s output.
One on one comparison of QB’s
Jalen HurtsAt quarterback this week Jalen Hurts of the Philadelphia Eagles is always an interesting player to look at because of what he can do with his legs. The Eagles haven’t been throwing much the past few weeks but they have been effective when doing so. Hurts has had at least 53 rushing yards in each of the last three games, however and this week against the Saints he should have to throw more. Hurts should make a better play than another dual threat quarterback in Justin Fields for the Chicago Bears who face the Baltimore Ravens in a hard matchup this week.
Tua TagovailoaA quarterback who does look a little better this week is Tua for the Dolphins because he seems to have big games in every matchup against terrible defenses. He has only played four full games this season but in two of those he has thrown for 291 yards or more and has a game with four passing touchdowns. This could be another big week for Tua against the New York Jets.
One on one comparison of TE’sAt tight end the four top studs are locked into your lineups in the tight end spot with Travis Kelce, George Kittle, Mark Andrews and Darren Waller but besides them there are some decent plays out there.
Is Mike Gesicki better player than Kyle Pitts?The one to look at this week is the rookie Kyle Pitts from the Atlanta Falcons. Pitts has had some really big games but then also has games where he disappears. He finds himself in a tough matchup this week against the New England Patriots which could push him towards the bottom 10 of some NFL fantasy experts fantasy tight end rankings for the week. A player who looks like a better play than Pitts in week 11 is Mike Gesicki from the Miami Dolphins. Tua has gotten a lot of praise this week and the same will go for Gesicki as he has been one of his favorite targets.
Dan ArnoldA tight end that Pitts looks like a better start this week than is Dan Arnold. Arnold has been getting a lot of love but faces the 49ers defense who has been shutting down the pass to wide receivers and tight ends lately and could control the clock in this game.
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Week 11 Fantasy Sleepers and Busts