In an effort to aid you in your lineup-setting endeavors, I’ll be providing a weekly glimpse into my rankings; meaning, I’ll be highlighting players I like or dislike more compared to the expert consensus rankings as listed on FantasyPros.com or who I simply like or dislike for that given week. My ranking at the time of the writing will be alongside the player’s name. Needless to say, that ranking will likely change as the week progresses. Bear in mind that I start this writing earlier in the week, so Expert Consensus Rankings will likely be different by the time of publication. These cannot be held against me – only used for credit.
While I do acknowledge that kickers are people too, neither they nor D/STs will be included. Finally, these cannot be held against me – only used to give credit when credit is due.
As always, feel free to reach me on Twitter for any queries before the slate and I’ll try to get back to you.
*Note that half PPR scoring applies.
Week 11 Likes
LAC vs. NYJ – QB4
Listen, I’ve seen the haircut. It doesn’t exactly radiate confidence. As long as he doesn’t have a girlfriend named Delilah, I’m OK with the change. Hair aside, Herbert’s last outing was one of his worst, yet he still totaled three touchdowns. As we all know by now, the Jets are a defensive disaster. Herbert’s in my Top 5 right now.
NO vs. ATL – QB11
Well, well, well. Here we are again. Drew Brees’ loss is Winston’s gain. Indeed, fate has dealt Winston a favorable hand as he couldn’t ask for a much better matchup in his first start as a Saint. Atlanta’s 22 touchdowns surrendered through the air lead the NFL and the average fantasy finish of an opposing quarterback is QB7. Only twice has an opposing quarterback finished outside of QB1 territory.
Odds are there are better quarterback options on your squad at this point in the year. Of course, you may have the misfortune of rostering Dak Prescott, Drew Brees, Gardner Minshew, etc. If you’re in a pinch or want a DFS discount, Winston is your man.
WAS vs. CIN – RB12
While Gibson’s relative lack of involvement in the passing game is frustrating – and sometimes infuriating – he is holding his own in the running game. As a matter of fact, Gibson has scored seven of Washington’s 21 offensive touchdowns. I know J.D. McKissic is the flavor of the month, but Gibson faces a Bengals squad that is one of six teams to yield over 1,000 rushing yards this year. He’s a fringe No. 1 fantasy running back for me in Week 11.
DET @ CAR – RB3
The Lions have been sluggish in unleashing Swift (see what I did there?). I think they’ve finally seen the light and are prepared to officially make him their go-to running back.
The diaper dandy saw season-highs or tied season highs in snaps played (43), carries (16), receptions (5), targets (5) and receiving yards (68). It was his second-best output from a production standpoint and his best output from a volume standpoint.
Swift rides a wave of confidence into what is arguably his best matchup of the year in the Carolina Panthers, thus vaulting him into Top 5 fantasy running back status.
BAL vs. TEN – WR29
This is the scariest “like” of the week. Brown has been nearly invisible in what was supposed to be a breakout sophomore campaign. Alas, he has managed a meager 431 yards and only two touchdowns while surpassing 70 yards just thrice in nine contests.
Not to make excuses, but his opponents of late have been stifling (Patriots, Colts, Steelers). His Week 11 opponent has been the opposite of stifling as the Titans rank in the bottom five in fantasy defense against wide receivers. If Brown doesn’t rebound this weekend then we’ll be forced to keep him on the bench thereafter and/or release him.
PHI @ CLE – WR31
It’s Reagor time, you guys. I, for one, am psyched out of my mind. And go ahead and look at his upcoming schedule. It’s tasty, folks.
Even with Alshon Jeffery back on the gridiron in Week 10, Reagor was in on 88% of offensive snaps, according to Football Outsiders. The future of the Philadelphia receiving corps will seemingly be headlined by Reagor and Travis Fulgham. It wouldn’t surprise me to see Reagor put up the top numbers among Philly receivers. I might even have him ranked ahead of Fulgham this week.
NO vs. ATL – TE11
It’s a little worrisome that Cook wasn’t targeted when Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill took over the quarterback reins on Sunday. I’m choosing to look on the bright side. The Saints have a whole week to plan with Winston and the matchup couldn’t be better than the intra divisional Falcons. No team has allowed more fantasy points to tight ends than Atlanta this season.
LAC vs. NYJ – TE5
Henry tallied a touchdown for the first time in a month in a bummer of a loss to the Dolphins. In an unsung manner, he is averaging more than six targets over his last five outings.
The big key for Henry in 2020 has been his health; he’s stayed off the sideline and out of the medical tent (knock on wood) on his way to Top 10 fantasy tight end status. Let’s try to squeeze in at least one more quality start from him before Austin Ekeler returns and siphons some of those targets away.
Week 11 Dislikes
Drew Lock/Broncos QBs
DEN vs. MIA – Outside Top 25
Lock fell back down to earth HARD last week en route to four interceptions and a rib injury. He may not even play versus Miami. I’m simply avoiding Lock and/or Brett Rypien and/or Jeff Driskel. The Dolphins have quietly performed as one of the best defenses over the last couple of weeks to boot. Drew is by no means a lock this week. See what I did there?
IND vs. GB – QB23
Congrats to Rivers on surpassing Dan Marino for fifth place on the all-time passing yardage leaderboard. He just threw for 300 yards for the third time in 2020. I’m not falling for the trap, though. The Packers are a different animal than the Titans and are in the Top 4 in fantasy points per game given up to quarterbacks. They could be getting back Jaire Alexander and Kevin King, too.
LAR @ TB – RB31
What a mess this backfield continues to be. Cam Akers led the Rams in attempts and rushing yards while Malcolm Brown scored twice and Henderson scored once. Yuck. I’m not spinning the wheel on this backfield again, especially not when they’re facing what is arguably the league’s best rush defense in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
MIA @ DEN – RB29
I know, I know. The Broncos just let Josh Jacobs and Devontae Booker run all over them and Ahmed just turned in a solid game as the new starter for the friendly sea creatures.
My issues are that Matt Breida could be back in the fold and Denver had mostly stifled the run before the Vegas duo. I’m willing to start Ahmed as a flex; likely nothing more.
CIN@ WAS – WR55
This thought is harassing my mind so I need to spill it: A.J. Green is now T.Y. Hilton in a Bengals uniform. That is to say, he’s an old wide receiver whose glory days are behind him thanks to injuries and young talent.
Did you know that I had as many catches in an NFL football game as A.J. Green did last week? I know it was a tougher matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers, I just can’t trust Green. This wide receiver corps is anchored by Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins now.
TB vs. LAR – WR27
No, I am not sitting Mike Evans. He paced the Buccaneers in targets in Week 10 and found the end zone on a tremendous touchdown grab in the back of the end zone. We do, however, have a Jalen Ramsey shadow alert going into a big Monday night tilt with the Rams.
D.K. Metcalf managed a meager two catches for 28 yards on four targets under the watch of Ramsey and the Rams. I’d rather start Chris Godwin if pushed to start a Tampa Bay receiver.
GB @ IND – TE17
What’s with Marquez Valdes-Scantling suddenly torching the league? I know the guy can’t maintain his deep bomb touchdowns every game, but still. His emergence, the presence of the always-reliant Davante Adams and the inevitable return of Allen Lazard means Tonyan’s volume takes a veritable hit. Not that he was being targeted much in the first place. The lack of looks and the fact that he’s facing the best tight end fantasy defense has me swiping left.
Texans Tight Ends
HOU vs. NE – TE24
We can’t put a whole lot of stock into last week’s results. The weather in Cleveland was abhorrent – again. Even so, the Patriots have not been welcoming to the tight end position and Jordan Akins and Darren Fells only hinder each other’s success. There are a plethora of better tight end options even with bye weeks still in play.
Zach hails from the bustling metropolis of Cheyenne, Wyoming. Three things Zach enjoys are football, food and water. Three things Zach doesn’t enjoy are kale, mushrooms and the company of those who enjoy either (except hobbits). Zach is a life-long Broncos fan and has been playing fantasy football longer than he hasn’t. He had top-five finishes in FantasyPros’ 2016 NFL DFAC competition and the 2016 SFB480.