Mon Nov 18 9:11am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
Prescott produces big again
It was a bit of an uneven week of scoring once again in the NFL. There were some high scoring and low scoring teams around the league. Six teams had 30-plus points but six teams had 10 or fewer points. It was kind of a go big or go home week for fantasy teams.
There were two 400-yard passers and five other quarterbacks hit the 300-yard mark. So passing games enjoyed much success in Week 11. There also were seven quarterbacks that had three or more passing touchdowns. The quarterback position saw plenty of success.
Running backs didn’t have near the success. We had just four 100-yard rushers and the high rushing total of the week was 116 from Colts backup running back Jonathan Williams. In fact, two of the 100-yard rushers were backup running backs, meaning next to no fantasy teams used them. It was a disappointing showing from the running back position in Week 11.
The receiver spot was a little more successful than the running back spot because of all the success in the passing games. We had 12 players hit the 100-yard receiving mark. There were just five players that had multiple receiving touchdowns, though, so receivers had more success getting yards than finding the end zone.
So here is to hoping you were on the right side of things in Week 11, taking advantage of some of those big passing numbers.
Browns 21, Steelers 7
Fantasy Stud: Baker Mayfield. Mayfield didn’t threw for 200 yards but scored three touchdowns, making for one of his best fantasy performances of the season. He was 17-of-32 for 193 yards and two touchdowns without a turnover. He also ran once for a one-yard touchdown. This was his first three-touchdown game of the season. Hopefully, this game gets him going for the rest of the season. We’ll see.
Fantasy Dud: Mason Rudolph. Rudolph was a disaster in this game. He was 23-of-44 for 221 yards and a touchdown with four interceptions. He was under siege much of the game, though, getting little time to throw. This was his first multiple interception game of the season. Rudolph is a tough fantasy player to trust. His fantasy numbers have been pretty mediocre much of the year.
Game Notes: James Conner and Juju Smith-Schuster both were injured in the game. Conner re-injured his shoulder and Smith-Schuster suffered a concussion. Both were injured early and be out for some time. Keep an eye on the player notes for the latest.
Kareem Hunt continues to be a big part of the passing game. He ran six times for just 12 yards but had six receptions for 46 yards. Hunt has 13 receptions in two games for the Browns this year.
Cowboys 35, Lions 27
Fantasy Stud: Dak Prescott. Prescott had another one of his huge games, picking apart the Lions defense. He was 29-of-46 for 444 yards and three touchdowns without a turnover. Prescott has three straight three-touchdown games. He also has three 400-yard games this year. He is having his best fantasy season to date and performing like a top-five fantasy quarterback. Enjoy the rid.
Fantasy Dud: Kenny Golladay. Golladay had a rare down game, catching just a pass for 34 yards. It wasn’t a huge surprise, though, with Jeff Driskel starting at quarterback again for the Lions. He was targeted five times but connected on just one of those targets. Golladay has produced some down showings, having were than 40 yards three times. He could have more erratic play going forward with Driskel starting.
Game Notes: Ezekiel Elliott didn’t produce much yardage but found the end zone two times. He ran 16 times for 45 yards and a touchdown. He also caught two passes for 28 yards and a score. This was his first multiple touchdown game of the season.
Randall Cobb hit the 100-yard mark for the second straight game. He had four receptions for 115 yards and a score. Cobb has 16 receptions his last three games.
Colts 33, Jaguars 13
Fantasy Stud: D.J. Chark. Chark got back to his big ways, having a nice rapport with Nick Foles. Chark had eight receptions for 104 yards and two touchdowns. This was his third 100-yard game of the year and second time with multiple scores. Chark is having a big rookie season and should continue to see plenty of targets with Foles as his quarterback. He had a season-high 15 targets.
Fantasy Dud: Leonard Fournette. Fournette had a disappointing performance. If not for several receptions, his fantasy game would have been awful. He ran eight times for just 23 yards and caught seven passes for 34 yards. His fantasy point total was the second lowest of his season, scoring just fewer than 13 points.
Game Notes: Marlon Mack was having a big game but had to exit early because he suffered a fractured hand. He ran 14 times for 109 yards and a touchdown before the injury. Jonathan Williams hit the 100-yard mark in relief of Mack. He ran 13 times for 116 yards and could keep starting going forward with Mack injured.
Nick Foles played pretty well in his return to the starting lineup, going 33-of-47 for 296 yards and two touchdowns with an interception. Folks has missed on just 27 passes in two games, going 38-of-55.
Bills 37, Dolphins 20
Fantasy Stud: John Brown. Brown continued his best season, catching nine passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns. This was his first multiple touchdown game of the season but second time with 100-plus yards. He has at least four receptions every game. He also has more than 50 yards every game. He has been super consistent all year as the top pass catcher in this offense.
Fantasy Dud: Devin Singletary. Singletary is getting most of the work at running back these days for the Bills but is fantasy production hasn’t been great in recent weeks. He had 15 carries for 75 yards, averaging five yards per carry. Those are solid numbers but he didn’t score and caught just a pass. It wasn’t a good showing at all for his fantasy owners. Singletary has fewer than 10 fantasy points two straight games.
Game Notes: DeVante Parker continues to lead the way at receiver for the Dolphins. He had seven receptions for 135 yards. This was his first 100-yard game of the season. He has at least 55 yards five straight games.
Josh Allen found the end zone four times. He was 21-of-33 for 256 yards and three touchdowns without an interception. He also ran seven times for 56 yards and a score. Allen has multiple touchdowns five of six games.
Vikings 27, Broncos 23
Fantasy Stud: Stefon Diggs. Diggs had one of his big games in this one. He had five receptions for 121 yards and a touchdown. This was his fifth 100-yard game of the season. Diggs had fewer than 50 yards his last two games, so this performance was a welcome sight for his fantasy owners. Diggs has been erratic but his high ceiling makes him a must weekly start. Diggs is just 20 yards shy of 900 yards for the season.
Fantasy Dud: Phillip Lindsay. Lindsay had a pretty mediocre game, rushing 16 times for 67 yards. He also caught just two passes for eight yards. Lindsay had fewer than 10 fantasy points, which was just the third time this year that happened to Lindsay. His numbers have been pretty average much of the year, though. He has just one 100-yard game and just over 800 total yards.
Game Notes: Kirk Cousins had another three-touchdown game. He was 29-of-35 for 319 yards and three touchdowns. Cousins has three-touchdown games four of six games.
Courtland Sutton had his second 100-yard game of the season. He had five receptions for 113 yards. He has at least four receptions all but a game. Sutton has 70-plus yards five of six games.
Saints 34, Bucs 17
Fantasy Stud: Michael Thomas. Thomas continued his huge season, catching eight passes for 114 yards and a touchdown. Thomas has 100-yard games four straight and six total for the season. He already has 94 receptions and over 1,100 yards with six games to go. Thomas is having an unbelievable season, putting himself in position to finish first overall in fantasy receiver scoring.
Fantasy Dud: Ronald Jones. Jones was a bust after a couple productive games. He ran just four times for 13 yards and caught two passes for a yard. Jones had 16-plus fantasy points each of his last two games but just over three in this game. Jones proved he can’t be totally trusted by fantasy teams just yet. He has been all over the map much of the year in the Bucs pass-first offense.
Game Notes: Cameron Brate led the way for the Bucs, catching 10 passes for 73 yards. He got a workout, having 14 targets in the game. It was a little surprising being the huge workload for Brate, who didn’t have more than six targets in a game all year.
Drew Brees was 28-of-35 for 228 yards and three touchdowns without an interception. Brees has three-touchdown games two of three.
Jets 34, Redskins 17
Fantasy Stud: Sam Darnold. Darnold had his best game of the season, going 19-of-30 for 293 yards and four touchdowns with an interception. He had just fewer than 30 fantasy points, carrying many of the fantasy teams that started him this week to a victory. Darnold remains a hard fantasy player to trust but this performance shows he is capable of the big game on occasion. He might be worth using in the right matchup.
Fantasy Dud: Adrian Peterson. Peterson did start and had the most carries for the Redskins, but didn’t produce well at all. He ran nine times for 25 yards and caught two passes for five yards. With Derrius Guice back, Peterson is going to be very hard to trust for fantasy teams. Peterson should see his workload decrease in the coming weeks.
Game Notes: Ryan Griffin had five receptions for 109 yards and a touchdown. Griffin has become the go-to target at tight end, having at least four receptions three of four games.
Jamison Crowder had five receptions for 76 yards and a touchdown. Crowder had at least five receptions three straight games and scores all of those games.
Falcons 29, Panthers 3
Fantasy Stud: Christian McCaffrey. McCaffrey had his usual monster game. He was held out of the end zone for once, but that didn’t matter for his fantasy production. He ran 14 times for 70 yards and caught 11 passes for 121 yards. McCaffrey topped 30 fantasy points for the fifth time this season. He is having just a huge season, having more than 1,500 total yards with six games to play.
Fantasy Dud: Brian Hill. Hill was supposed to be a solid fantasy fill in for fantasy teams, getting the chance to start for the Falcons with Devonta Freeman out of the lineup. Hill got his chances to run the ball but did little with those and also wasn’t a factor in the passing game. He had 15 carries for just 30 yard and a catch for eight yards. You expected a little better from Hill, especially in the passing game.
Game Notes: Kyle Allen really struggled, turning the ball over four times. He was 31-of-50 for 325 yards without a touchdown and four interceptions. Allen has multiple interceptions two of four games.
Calvin Ridley had eight receptions for 143 yards and a touchdown, leading the way at receiver for the Falcons. This was his second 100-yard game of the season. He does have at least three receptions all but a game.
Ravens 41, Texans 7
Fantasy Stud: Lamar Jackson. Jackson had another big game, doing through the air and on the ground. He was 17-of-24 for 222 yards and four touchdowns without a turnover. He also ran nine times for 86 yards. Jackson has three straight games with 30-plus fantasy points. He has three straight three-touchdown games. Jackson is having a monster fantasy season and is making a strong case for top fantasy quarterback this year.
Fantasy Dud: Deshaun Watson. Watson had a rare poor performance for all his fantasy owners. He failed to score a touchdown and didn't even throw for 200 yards. It was a really surprising showing from Watson. He was 18-of-29 for 169 yard with an interception and lost fumble. Watson had a touchdown every game this season before this showing. You just expect better from the star quarterback.
Game Notes: Mark Ingram had two receiving touchdowns. He ran 13 times for 48 yards, and caught three passes for 37 yards and two scores. Ingram has 10 touchdowns for the season.
Gus Edwards hit the 100-yard mark despite having just eight carries. He ran eight times for 112 yards and a touchdown. He has scores two of three games.
49ers, 36, Cardinals 26
Fantasy Stud: Jimmy Garoppolo. Garoppolo carried the offense with the 49ers being unable to run the ball. He was 34-of-45 for 424 yards and four touchdowns with two interceptions. Garoppolo has four-touchdown games two of three games. He is producing better with the 49ers having to pass the ball a little more. He has 248 or more passing yards three straight games and at least 37 pass attempts each of those games. He is trending up for fantasy teams.
Fantasy Dud: Tevin Coleman. Coleman couldn’t do anything on the ground and wasn’t much better as a receiver. He had 12 carries for only 14 yards. Coleman also had three receptions for 48 yards. His receiving performance was the only thing that saved his fantasy performance. Coleman had fewer than 10 fantasy points, giving him fewer than 10 fantasy points two of three games.
Game Notes: Deebo Samuel continues to emerge as the No. 1 receiver for the 49ers. He had eight receptions for 134 yards. Samuel has two straight 100-yard games and 16 receptions those two games.
Kyle Murray had a good performance against a solid 49ers defense. He found the end zone three times. He was 24-of-33 for 150 yards and two touchdowns without an interception. He also ran eight times for 67 yards and a touchdown. Murray has consecutive three-touchdown games and three total for the season.
Raiders 17, Bengals 10
Fantasy Stud: Joe Mixon. There was not much offense in this game, so Mixon gets the nod for “stud” honors. He had 15 carries for 86 yards and a touchdown. He also caught a pass for 17 yards, giving him 103 total yards and a score. Mixon has played his best football of the season lately, topping 100 total yards two straight games.
Fantasy Dud: Tyler Boyd. Body was a big disappointment in what seemed a favorable matchup for him. He had just a catch for no gain. He had three straight games with at least 55 yards and topped that mark all but two games until this dud of a game. Boyd is going to be hard to trust going forward as long as Ryan Finley is starting for the Bengals.
Game Notes: Josh Jacobs hit the 100-yard rushing mark for the fourth time this season. He ran 23 times for 112 yards and caught three passes for 12 yards. Jacobs is just 77 yards shy of a 1,000-rushing yards season.
Ryan Finley had his struggles again as the starter for the Bengals, going 13-of-31 for 115 yards with an interception and lost fumble. Finley has failed to throw for 200 yards in two starts and has four turnovers to just one score.
Patriots 17, Eagles 10
Fantasy Stud: Julian Edelman. Edelman did a little bit of everything. He had five receptions for 53 yards and threw a touchdown pass, connecting on a 15-yard score to Phillip Dorsett. Edelman topped 15 fantasy points, giving him at least 13 fantasy points six straight games. His season hasn’t been off the charts but very consistent for all his fantasy owners. He just gets it done on a weekly basis.
Fantasy Dud: Tom Brady. Brady was held without a touchdown, leading to a very disappointing performance for all his fantasy owners. He was 26-of-47 for 216 yards without a touchdown or an interception. This was his second time this season failing to score a touchdown. Brady has one or no scores four of five games. He has been a fantasy disappointment much of the year. The yardage numbers are fine but he isn’t finding the end zone a whole lot or producing the monster games of past years.
Game Notes: Zach Ertz had nine receptions for 94 yards. He has nine receptions each of his last two games, getting more work because the Eagles are so banged up at receiver right now.
Miles Sanders did get most of the carries at running back with Jordan Howard out, but wasn’t much of a fantasy help. He ran 11 times for 38 yards and caught two passes for nine yards. Boston Scott was the top backup and ran seven times for 26 yards.
Rams 17, Bears 7
Fantasy Stud: Todd Gurley. Gurley was finally leaned on a little more, getting 25 carries for 97 yards and a touchdown. He also had three catches for 36 yards, giving him 133 total yards in the game. His carries and total yardage numbers were season highs for Gurley. He could be getting a bigger workload down the stretch, especially with the Rams passing game struggling.
Fantasy Dud: Allen Robinson. You knew Robinson had a tough matchup with Jalen Ramsey, but still expected some production from him. That didn’t happen. Robinson was shutdown, catching four passes for 15 yards. His fantasy point total was his second lowest of the season. Robinson has been very good all year despite erratic quarterback play, but could have some up and down play going forward if the Bears keep struggling offensively.
Game Notes: Mitchell Trubisky had his struggles again and was even sent to the bench very late in the game. He was 24-of-43 for 190 yards and a touchdown with an interception. Chase Daniel played in relief and was 1-of-4 for nine yards. It will be interesting to see if the Bears stick with Trubisky as their starter.
Tarik Cohen scored a touchdown for the second straight game. He had nine carries for 39 yards, and five receptions for 35 yards and a score. Cohen had double-digit fantasy points four of six games.
Jeff Paur is a two-time finalist for FSWA Fantasy Football Writer of the Year and won the FSWA award for Best Fantasy Football Article on the Web in 2011. He also was the most accurate expert in 2012, winning the FSTA Fantasy Football Accuracy Award. If you have any questions for Jeff, email him at email@example.com. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.
Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones did not play well during his first encounter with the Bears Defense back in Week 1, finishing the night with just 39 yards on 13 attempts, while catching only one pass for no gain. However, the 25-year-old is fresh off of a Week 14 outing against the Redskins, where he logged 134 yards and a score to go along with six catches for 58 yards. Though Chicago is a much more formidable opponent, his performance against Washington suggests that the potential for significant production is always there, with his outlook for Week 15 being no different despite the tougher matchup.
Green Bay Packers running back Jamaal Williams still remains fantasy relevant despite rushing for a subpar 24 yards on seven carries against the Redskins in Week 14. The 24-year-old has demonstrated this season that he can produce on a week-to-week basis, as evident by the five touchdowns he logged in four-straight outings not too long ago. While the matchup against a tough Chicago Defense will likely make fantasy owners apprehensive, he still should have a place in fantasy lineups, especially in deeper formats for those looking for someone with a significant upside in Week 15.
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (toe) has been removed from the team's injury report and should be ready to go against the Bears in Week 15. After an up-and-down season from a production standpoint to start the year, coupled with a four-game absence as a result of turf toe, the 26-year-old has picked things up, especially as of late, compiling 31 catches (49 targets) for 307 yards and three touchdowns over his last five outings. He did struggle against Chicago in Week 1, but the upside is always there whenever he is on the field and should be considered a must-start in all formats on Sunday.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has a difficult matchup on Sunday against a Bears Defense that limited him to just 203 yards and a touchdown during the Thursday night season opener. The veteran hasn't been consistent, especially as of late, and has logged a touchdown or less in four of his last five games. The 36-year-old has played relatively well against Chicago throughout his tenure in the league, however, maintaining a 66.9 completion percentage to go along with 46 scores and only 10 picks in 22 career meetings. The upside is there for the fantasy managers who won't be scared off by his recent string of shoddy performances and is worth a start in Week 15 in all formats.
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs had a great game in a tough matchup last week, beating Darius Slay for six catches and 92 yards in the win. He'll have another tough draw against Casey Hayward and the Los Angeles Chargers Defense in Week 15. They have a great secondary and play a lot of zone coverage, which is not Diggs' strong suit. However, Diggs has shown huge upside this season and he put up strong fantasy numbers despite tough matchups in two of the last three weeks. Having Adam Thielen back to draw attention away only helps his cause, and this game projecting to be close means that the Vikings will likely be forced to the air more. Start Diggs as a WR2 who has some sneaky upside in Week 15.
Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook is as volume-based RB1 in Week 15, as he has been for most of the season. He wasn't listed on the injury report at all on Friday and backup Alexander Mattison (ankle) being out definitely increases his projected workload. Mike Boone and Ameer Abdullah will split the backup role, but it's unlikely that they'll see the type of volume that Mattison was getting. The Chargers Defense ranks 23rd in rush DVOA but has been stingy as of late as they've had key players return from injury. In fact, they haven't allowed a back to eclipse 63 total yards in their last three games. Start Cook as an RB1 this week as he's a lock for at least 20 touches and a good bet for a few red zone opportunities.
Despite struggling in Week 14 against the Chargers, Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette should still be considered a solid RB2 in Week 15 against the Oakland Raiders. Fournette dominates the backfield touches on this Jaguars team and has seen his role as a pass-catcher increase over the past three games. The Raiders Defense hasn't offered too much resistance to opposing backs this year and are also allowing the fourth-most receiving yards to running backs. With D.J. Chark out, expect quarterback Gardner Minshew to rely more on Fournette as a receiving option as well, setting him up for what should be a solid outing.
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Dede Westbrook should be the team's top weapon on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders with fellow receiver D.J. Chark already ruled out. Westbrook entered the year as the team's number one target, but Chark emerged as a key deep threat and Westbrook dealt with injuries. Now, though, the third-year receiver has a great shot to put up strong fantasy numbers against a Raiders team that's allowing the 13th-most PPR points per game to opposing wide receivers. He's still got risk, especially as he deals with a shoulder issue, but he's the best fantasy option among Jags pass-catchers this week.
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew threw for just 162 yards in his return to the starting role last week, but he should be in line to surpass that when Jacksonville faces the Oakland Raiders in Week 15. Oakland allows the second-most fantasy points per game to opposing passers, and the last time Minshew started against a comparable defense in fantasy points allowed was when he threw for 300 yards against Houston in Week 9. D.J. Chark won't play, which puts a little damper on Minshew's upside, but this is still a plus matchup for the rookie, who should be considered as a solid QB2.
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Devante Parker has signed a four-year extension with the team that includes the next two years guaranteed, locking the breakout receiver into a deal with a rebuilding Miami team. This is a good spot for Parker, who's been become a reliable fantasy option for the Dolphins this season, and while there's risk involved based on his track record, he should still be considered a strong fantasy option moving forward in dynasty leagues.
Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald is eighth in fantasy points at the position over the last five weeks. He isn't posting out-of-this-world numbers, but he gets to the quarterback almost every game. The Dallas Cowboys have one of the best offensive lines in the game, and Donald doesn't do much outside of the sacks category. Sit him this week.
Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff has started to right the ship a bit after a three-game touchdown drought. He has thrown for 717 yards, four touchdowns and two picks the last two games. He'll have a solid matchup against a struggling Dallas Cowboys Defense. They've allowed 218.8 passing yards a game the last five games, but they've allowed nine touchdowns to one interception total during the span. Roll with Goff as a low-end QB1 with some upside.
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp has been really sketchy of late, but he has scored a couple of touchdowns to salvage his last two weeks. He has 19 grabs for 198 yards and two touchdowns in the last five games. Quarterback Jared Goff has really grown a rapport with receiver Robert Woods, and Kupp has suffered. The Dallas Cowboys are a midrange matchup, and Kupp is a low-end WR2 this week.
Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley has performed like an RB1 in his best stretch of the season the last five weeks. He has rushed 85 times for 366 yards (4.3 yards per carry) and three touchdowns. Gurley caught a modest 11 balls for 87 yards during the stretch. The Cowboys present a midrange matchup that has allowed 3.9 yards per carry during the same span. Gurley will be a high-end RB2 this week.
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Robert Woods is having the best run of his career the last five weeks. In point-per-reception formats, he ranks seventh in fantasy points. He also missed a game due to personal reasons in the span. He's averaging 8.3 receptions for 115.5 yards during the last four games, but the one downside is he has one touchdown on the season. The Dallas Cowboys are a midrange matchup, and Woods is a high-end WR2 play.
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks has caught four passes for 56 yards in the last three games since returning from a concussion. His freefall disqualifies him from consideration for fantasy against the Dallas Cowboys.
Los Angeles Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein is 6-for-9 in field goals the last five games, and he has nailed all 11 extra points in what has been a bit of an outage in fantasy. The offense isn't presenting him enough opportunities, and the Dallas Cowboys limit what kickers do against them as well. Steer clear of "Greg The Leg" again this week.
The Los Angeles Rams Defense has been good over the last five weeks as they're seventh in fantasy points. The Dallas Cowboys are one of the better teams against opposing defenses because they don't turn the ball over or allow many sacks. Look elsewhere for a defense this week.
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson came through with a receiving touchdown last week in his first visit to the end zone in nearly two months. Running back Kenyan Drake has really diminished Johnson's role. Johnson has rushed for just 36 yards on 12 carries (3.0 yards per rush) with five catches for 51 yards in his last four games. Maybe the last week's touchdown gave him a bigger piece of the pie, but he can't be played until that's evident. Sit him against the Cleveland Browns.
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Christian Kirk balled out with a three-touchdown game a month ago, but he has slowed since. He has averaged 5.7 catches for 49.7 receiving yards and no touchdowns per game the last three games. He catches enough to be used in point-per-reception formats, but his yardage and touchdown output is suspect without that point. The Cleveland Browns are a bend-but-don't-break matchup. They've allowed 162.8 receiving yards and 11.8 catches over the last five games and two touchdowns total to the position. Kirk is worth using as a flex option in PPR leagues, but he's a risky choice in non-PPR formats.