The Fantasy Footballers Podcast Recap – Week 11
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Alexander Mattison left Sunday’s game with a concussion, and the Vikings followed up by signing Myles Gaskin. Derek Carr also left with a concussion and a shoulder issue, and he hopes to return after the bye, much to fantasy managers’ chagrin. Mac Jones was benched on the final drive of the New England game, and RB De’Von Achane has been designated to return from IR.
Dak Prescott was on fire, and owners have been delighted! Justin Herbert has been figuring it out, Josh Dobbs is the hero we all needed, and Sam Howell got it done. Geno Smith and Brock Purdy also had great games. Jahmyr Gibbs highlights the RB studs, even with David Montgomery back. Both are must-starts for the rest of the season. Brian Robinson had a great WR game, Devin Singletary carried the ball 30 times, and Austin Ekeler got it done. Welcome back, Kenh Walker. Both Steelers RBs were successful, but their matchup next week is tough.
Keenan Allen is a beast. CeeDee Lamb and Brandin Cooks were both great for Dallas, and Amon-Ra St. Brown had a fantastic week. Ja’Marr Chase managed to get it together at the end, and even with a dropped TD, Mike Evans was successful. With Nico Collins out, Tank Dell and Noah Brown were stellar for the Texans. TJ Hockenson highlights the TE studs. Kittle had the big TD, and Trey McBride had a game.
This week, expensive Dak Prescott, a.k.a. Trevor Lawrence, was a real dud. Lamar Jackson did play the most difficult defense, and he could not deliver. He is very Gabe Davis. RB dud names are unusual, including Tony Pollard, Travis Etienne, Saquon Barkley, and more. Aaron Jones was also bad. No, thank you to Diontae Johnson, Calvin Ridley, and DeAndre Hopkins. Hollywood Brown was a big surprise, and Jahan Dotson was a goose.
Monday Night Breakdown
Andy wins again with Denver beating the Buffalo Bills on Monday night. The Bills avoided getting the ball to their best players, Stefon Diggs and James Cook. Cook ended the game with a decent fantasy stat line, but it makes fantasy managers nervous moving forward. Javonte had a good night on the Denver side, and Courtland Sutton keeps scoring. Stay in the flames.
Tee Higgins is unlikely to play in Week 11. Deshaun Watson had an MRI but is expected to play. Keenan Allen and Gerald Everett are day-to-day, and Michael Thomas has a significant knee injury. Keep an eye out for players returning from IR coming up.
The bye-week dance continues as the guys start with the RBs. Keaton Mitchell is at the top of the list, but Jason is still hesitant to slide him right into his lineup. You should also be looking at Ty Chandler and Devin Singletary. Some players to keep in mind include Zeke, Antonio Gibson, and Elijah Mitchell. You can drop Miles Sanders if you need to.
Last week, no one wanted to buy into Noah Brown, and Andy thinks he is a worthy flex play this week. Michael Wilson, Jayden Reed (with a great matchup this week), and Brandin Cooks should be considered. Jason has some trouble trusting Cooks. Kyle Phillips continues to get targets and is an option in deeper leagues, as well as Jalen Guyton. Rashid Shaheed is a sneaky pickup.
If Trey McBride happens to be on your waivers, grab him. Beyond him, the options aren’t great – Logan Thomas and Cade Otton are a couple, and you could take a chance on Luke Musgrave. Defense-wise, take a look at Detroit, Washington, and Miami.
Hungry for More
Big news! Deshaun Watson will be out with a displaced shoulder fracture for the season, and the Browns are starting DTR. Justin Fields looks to return this week for Chicago, and the Muth looks to be Luth again for the Steelers.
Thursday Night Preview
Baltimore and Cincinnati meet each other on Thursday night, and it should be a good game. Jason thinks Lamar will have a great game on the back of Mark Andrews. With the RBs, the guys think Gus Edwards is the best option, but you could also start Keaton Mitchell. The Bengals’ side is tough – that Ravens defense is solid, so start with caution.
Jason and Andy use this segment to highlight players you should target heading into the playoffs. Dak has an incredible playoff schedule, and once you get past the bye week, so does Kyler Murray. Tua has the worst schedule, and CJ Stroud and Joe Burrow have tough ends to the season. Austin Ekeler has the best schedule for RBs, and if you can possibly acquire him, do it! Derrick Henry and Bijan also have great schedules. Same with Jerome Ford, but without Watson, be cautious. Saquon Barkley has one of the worst RB schedules. James Conner has a bad schedule as well as a bye week late.
With the WRs, Waddle and Hill will have a tough time. The Washington Commanders’ and the Jacksonville Jags’ WRs also have tough matchups. Conversely, you can’t get much better than the Seahawks’ WRs. The Cowboys’ and Rams’ WRs could also win managers’ titles. Look at Jake Ferguson for a TE, and Pat Freiermuth must be added.
Defenses to target include the Jets, the Eagles, and the Chiefs. Atlanta is a sneaky option.
After the drama discussion and the firing of Papa Josh, Andy and Jason start the show.
Dameon Pierce didn’t practice, and it looks like you can fire up Devin Singletary once again. Also in Houston, Noah Brown did not practice. Justin Fields should start this week against the Lions. Justin Jefferson is still limited, and it is uncertain if he will play on Sunday.
The barnburner of Pittsburgh and Cleveland starts us off. With Cleveland’s excellent defense, paired with DTR, the fantasy options are sparse. Steer clear of most players here, but Diontae Johnson is the only option in a pinch. Jerome Ford is in play for Andy. The Bears and the Lions are the next matchup, with Fields potentially returning. Jason is Gibbs over Montgomery, even in this revenge narrative. Start your other Lions studs, then lean away from the Bears’ RBs. You can start Cole Kmet.
The Chargers head to Green Bay to take on the Packers. It might be a game where Hebert passes less, so be aware. Ekeler and Keenan Allen are a go and call it a day. For the Packers, if you can avoid the pass-catchers, it could be a good plan. The Raiders play the Dolphins next and start your Miami studs. If Achane is back, Jason is starting him. For the Raiders, it’s Jacobs and Adams, and stop talking.
In a battle of the NFC East, the Giants take on the Commanders. Look away. Saquon is your only option in a decent matchup against the Washington defense. For the Commanders, Sam Howell can be started. You can also start your other usuals. The Cowboys play the Panthers next in another “exciting” game. This is the best matchup for Tony Pollard, and Adam Thielen shall live again.
Tennessee takes on Jacksonville after both teams had a rough Week 10. You can bid farewell to Trevor Lawrence. You are starting the RB stars, and you should avoid Tyjae Spears. DeAndre Hopkins is an option, and you keep starting Christian Kirk.
Starts of the Week
The day ends with Jason’s Boom Boom Kicker! Enjoy the Thursday night game!
Thursday Night Recap
It was a Thursday to forget with the plethora of injuries that happened last night. Jake Browning came in for an injured Joe Burrow, and the pass catchers suffered. It was a massive game for Joe Mixon, the Gus Bus, and Lamar Jackson.
Keenan Allen returned to a limited practice and said he would be out there on Sunday. De’Von Achane should also be back on Sunday, barring any setback. He was limited at practice. Khalil Herbert was upgraded to full, and Dameon Pierce remains sidelined.
The highest over-under of the week is Arizona versus Houston. Start up your big playmakers for Houston with Tank Dell (with Noah Brown probably out). Devin Singletary is a go. Kyler is a great start for Arizona, and we have a good chance for a shootout. Start McBride and Hollywood. Tampa Bay takes on San Francisco, who is heavily favored. Start your Niners studs, including Jason’s Start of the Week, Brock Purdy. Mike Evans and Chris Godwin are good options on the Tampa side.
The Jets play the Bills in a New York battle. If Garrett Wilson can’t play, this could look pretty gross. You are starting Breece Hall. On the Buffalo side, it is Diggs and Dalton Kincaid, and James Cook is a solid play. Seattle heads to Los Angeles to play the Rams, and Matthew Stafford is making his return. Jason is hopeful for a good fantasy game here. Cooper Kupp is a go, and in most situations, Puka as well. The Seahawks aren’t great at stopping the run, so you can start Darrell Henderson. Ken Walker is a wildcard, and the guys are ok with Geno.
Minnesota and Denver are the next matchup, and both teams are on fire. Andy is leaning away from Jordan Addison with Denver’s defense coming alive. Alexander Mattison has been limited, and if he cannot go, you can throw Ty Chandler in your lineup. Start Javonte, and you can flex Courtland Sutton. The week closes with a Super Bowl rematch with Philadelphia and Kansas City. You are starting all your Philly studs, easy peasy. It is a little more complicated on the Chiefs’ side; Andy doesn’t want to mess with the WRs. It is a bad matchup for Isiah Pacheco, and Kelce should find plenty of blank spaces in the end zone.
The guys reveal their DraftKings lineups, and Andy spins the Wheel of Shame. Enjoy Week 11!