Fantasy Attack: Week 11
Mining for Diamonds
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It’s Week 11! How are your fantasy teams doing?
Your trade deadlines have likely passed. This is the time of year where you’re looking for that diamond in the rough that could carry you to a championship. It happens most years…some running back that’s either done nothing or hasn’t been given the chance to do anything rises from out of nowhere and carries the lucky soul that picked him up to championship glory.
Typically, it’s a backup. The Atlanta Falcons have a backup in a pretty good spot right now. Should Dalvin Cook get hurt, the Vikings backup might be something to look at since all they do is run the ball. Maybe it’ll be somebody in the Cardinals backfield. David Johnson carried me to a title a few years back, but he’s getting pushed out of the way now.
Keep an eye on those RBs. Now is the time where one waiver wire pick-up could change the course of your league.
Jimmy Garoppolo: Everybody got excited about Jimmy Graps going off on a Thursday night against Arizona and chatting up Erin Andrews. Then his next game was on a Monday night against Seattle, he didn’t do much of anything, and Lisa Salters probably wouldn’t have had any of it. Luckily for Jimmy, he gets another game against the Cardinals this week, and it’s doubtful that the Cardinals’ defense will do a heck of a lot better this time around.
Michael Thomas: Even while the rest of the Saints’ offense was stuck in a quagmire against the previously hapless Falcons defense, Thomas was over there getting 152 yards and wondering what the hell was going on. He’ll get his, and he’ll get more than his against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers secondary that’s given up the most fantasy points to wide receivers. Their lead in that category will increase after this week.
Melvin Gordon III: There’s a reason that people were stashing Gordon through his holdout, and it’s been on full display here the last two weeks. Two touchdowns against Green Bay & 108 yards & a touchdown against the Raiders have put him back on the fantasy map. He heads into Monday night playing a weak Chiefs rush defense this week and stands to win a lot of fantasy matchups for people with a top-notch performance.
Julian Edelman: The Patriots’ offense definitely isn’t what it used to be, but one thing you can count on is Edelman getting more than ten targets from Tom Brady. There just aren’t many other options there, and Julian will get a fair chance to take advantage of a weak Eagles secondary.
Josh Jacobs: I know this is an easy one. But we’re talking about a stud rookie running back with ten days’ rest against the worst rushing defense in the history of Western Civilization. Jacobs might break the record for points by a running back here. Or at least break his own record.
Carson Wentz: We’ve been down on Wentz for most of this season, and for good reason. He’s gone under 25 fantasy points in four out of his last five games and hasn’t really established himself as a QB1 for fantasy purposes. Here’s the really bad news for this week: He’s facing a New England Patriots defense that’s coming off of a bye week and got embarrassed by Lamar Jackson & the Baltimore Ravens the last time they played. You think they’re going to want to send a message to the rest of the league through their play against the Eagles? Oh yeah.
Stefon Diggs: There was a minute there where Diggs was on the same page with Kissin’ Kurt Cousins and things were going fantastically. That minute has passed. After basically getting shut out against Kansas City, Diggs couldn’t even manage fifty receiving yards against the Cowboys for a game with Adam Thielen not on the active roster. Things aren’t looking much better this week against a Broncos defense that’s fifth-best against wide receivers this season. Stay away from everything in the Vikings offense except Dalvin Cook this week.
Nick Chubb: The Browns have a short week to prepare for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Chubb has Kareem Hunt breathing down his neck & getting plenty of targets & carries. This adds up to a less than pleasant Thursday night for Chubb owners. Nick should still have a role in the Browns offense provided he remains healthy, but there are more mouths to feed now.
Allen Robinson II: Robinson will be involved in what might be the most interesting WR/CB matchup of Week 11, as he’ll be going across from new Rams CB Jalen Ramsey. They suffered through several Jacksonville autumns together, and now they’ll get to reenact their practice wars against each other. I think Ramsey is better at his job than Robinson is at his, so I give the Rams the edge.
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Hunter Renfrow (10% Yahoo-owned): As previously mentioned, the Raiders are up against the sorry, no-account Cincinnati Bengals this week. The rookie hasn’t done a whole heck of a lot this season, but did have touchdowns in Week 9 & 10, and has had at least four catches each of his last three games. So you’re telling me there’s a chance?
Brian Hill (7% Yahoo-owned): The path to relevance has cleared for Hill. Devonta Freeman has a toe injury and his status for next week is uncertain. Ito Smith, Atlanta’s usual backup running back, went on IR this week. He had a solid showing against the Saints in relief, and the Panthers aren’t scaring anybody with their rush defense. This guy might be over 50% owned by the time you read this.
Tyler Eifert (8% Yahoo-owned): Listen, it’s really tough to recommend anything associated with the Cincinnati Bengals at this point. With that being said, tight end is still a wasteland & Ryan Finley has enough time to get the ball his way. Occasionally. It’s a touchdown dependent play, but there’s always garbage time.