Sun Oct 20 4:53pm ET
By LARRY LAGE
AP Sports Writer
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) reacts after a touchdown by running back Dalvin Cook during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins reacts after a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
Detroit Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones (11) is greeted by quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) after a 10-yard reception for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Olabisi Johnson reacts after catching a 1-yard pass for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Olabisi Johnson (81) catches a 1-yard pass for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
Detroit Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones (11), raises his arms after an catching an 11-yard pass for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins throws during pregame of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
DETROIT (AP) Kirk Cousins matched a career high with four touchdown passes, leading the surging Minnesota Vikings to a 42-30 win over the slumping Detroit Lions on Sunday.
The Vikings (5-2) have won three consecutive games in part because their quarterback is making plays to complement one of the NFL's top defenses.
Matthew Stafford also threw four touchdown passes, all to Marvin Jones, and became the fastest to reach 40,000 yards passing in NFL history. And Jones became the first Lions player in the Super Bowl era with four receiving TDs in a game.
The Lions (2-3-1) dropped their third straight game after a 2-0-1 start and they probably can't complain too much about officiating in their latest setback. The Lions had some critical penalty calls go against them in a 23-22 loss to Green Bay on Monday night.
Detroit's defense simply couldn't get Cousins off the field on Sunday.
Cousins was 24 of 34 for a season-high 337 yards and four TDs without an interception. He led the Vikings on four straight TD drives starting in the first quarter and ending in the third, going ahead for the first time on a 5-yard pass to C.J. Ham to make it 28-21.
Cousins threw a fourth TD pass for the second straight game, and sixth time in his career, on a 15-yard pass to Kyle Rudolph to put Minnesota ahead by 11 points with 5:46 to go.
After Stafford threw a season-high fourth TD with 3:10 remaining, the Vikings sealed the victory.
Cousins lofted a long pass to Stefon Diggs on a second-and-5 from his 30 and the speedy receiver took a 66-yard reception to the Lions 4 to set up Dalvin Cook's TD run.
Cook had 142 yards rushing and two TDs on 25 carries. Diggs had seven receptions for 142 yards.
Adam Thielen caught the first of four TD passes from Cousins in the first quarter and the receiver didn't return because of a hamstring injury.
Stafford was 30 of 45 for 364 yards with four TD passes and an interception on his last possession. Jones had 10 receptions for four TDs, matching his best total from 2013 when he played for Cincinnati. Danny Amendola had eight receptions for 105 yards.
Vikings: Thielen had a game-ending hamstring injury in the first quarter after he was hurt while scoring his seventh touchdown of the season. DE Everson Griffen limped off the field in the third quarter.
Lions: RB Kerryon Johnson (knee) and CB Darius Slay (hamstring) were injured during the game and did not return.
Vikings: Host Washington on Thursday night.
Lions: Host the New York Giants on Sunday.
Arizona Cardinals safety Budda Baker has emerged as one of the best defensive backs in fantasy of late with the fourth-most fantasy points the last five weeks. The San Francisco 49ers aren't a great matchup for him, but the volume figures to be there for him to land enough tackles as a DB1.
Arizona Cardinals linebacker Chandler Jones makes his fantasy living with sacking quarterbacks. The San Francisco 49ers allow 2.6 sacks per game over the last five weeks. Jones is a risky play because he's all-or-nothing, and he'll have to reach the quarterback to score many points. Treat him as a flex option.
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Andy Isabella has flashed some big plays the last couple of weeks, and he has become the de facto third receiver for the club. He's not worth the risk against the San Francisco 49ers, though. The Niners are too tough of a defense to bank on Isabella's inconsistency.
Arizona Cardinals kicker Zane Gonzalez has entrenched himself as a solid PK1 going a perfect 10-for-10 in field goals and 12-for-12 in extra points the last five games. He's facing the toughest team to kick against during the stretch in the San Francisco 49ers. He's still worth running as a low-end PK1, but there could be better options on waivers this week.
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Christian Kirk broke out for six catches, 138 yards and three touchdowns last week. However, that momentum may halt against the San Francisco 49ers, which are one of the better teams against wideouts. Kirk has the talent and upside to overcome the matchup, though. Wide receivers have averaged 9.8 receptions for 102.8 yards and 0.4 touchdowns per game over the last five against the Niners. Kirk is still worthy of a WR3 play.
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is coming off an eight-catch game that energized his owners after several stale showings. Don't expect him to carry that over into Week 11. The San Francisco 49ers are one of the top-five teams at defending receivers the last five weeks. They've allowed 9.8 receptions for 102.8 yards and 0.4 touchdowns per game to opposing receivers. That doesn't leave a lot of upside for Fitz, who has struggled to do much with his receptions. He's a flex option in point-per-reception formats, but he's not a very enticing one.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Demarcus Robinson has been forced into a split time role with Mecole Hardman for the third receiver position. The Chiefs have both Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins back healthy and ahead of them on the depth chart. Robinson caught four of five targets for 56 yards in the loss to the Titans in Week 10. He saw five targets, while Hardman was targeted just once last week. However, he'll have a limited role going forward, so consider him a low-end flex option for deep leagues for Week 11.
Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce has been reliable for the team and fantasy owners all season long. He's only caught three touchdowns this season, but that hasn't hurt this fantasy value. He's heading into a matchup against the Chargers in Week 11. The Chargers are fairly good at stopping tight ends, but Kelce is elite. He's going to find a way to get open and make receptions. Fantasy owners can feel confident with Kelce as a high-end TE1 for Week 11.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins has caught at least five receptions for 39 yards or more over each of the last three games. He's been targeted eight or more times during those contests. The Chiefs are looking his way often and Watkins is making plays. The Chargers Defense has been tough at times against receivers, so Watkins could be slowed down a bit. Fantasy owners should consider Watkins a WR3 with good upside for Week 11.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman has seen one target over the last two weeks as his fantasy value is quickly fading away. Hardman was targeted once for a 63-yard touchdown in Week 10 versus the Titans. Both Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins are back healthy, so that has pushed Hardman into a split role for the No. 3 spot. He'll have a limited role going forward and shouldn't see more than two or three targets against the Chargers this week. Fantasy owners should avoid Hardman unless there is really no one better available.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill looked unstoppable versus the Titans in Week 10. He caught 11 of 19 targets for 157 yards and one touchdown. Getting quarterback Patrick Mahomes back was a huge boost for Hill. They have great chemistry together and that should continue in Week 11 against the Chargers. Fantasy owners can count on Hill as a reliable WR1 and he should surpass his projection on Monday night.
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray may be relegated to the fantasy bench this week against the beefy San Francisco 49ers Defense. The Niners have been the best defense against the quarterback position the last five weeks, and they have consistently tortured them all season. Opposing signal callers averaged just 157.2 passing yards per game over the last five games, and QBs tossed three touchdowns and four interceptions as a whole. Murray was decent against them a couple of weeks ago with 241 passing yards, two scores and no picks in a 28-25 loss. He's a low-end QB1 on his own merits, but you really have to be in a jam to throw him out there against this squad. Seek a one-week play with a great matchup off waivers.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes returned last week from an injury and threw for 446 yards and three touchdowns. The injury clearly isn't lingering on Mahomes and he's back to being an elite fantasy option. They head into a matchup with the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday. Mahomes should have no problems getting what he's projected and then some for Week 11.
Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (calf) returned to practice fully Friday after he was limited by a calf injury the first part of the week. Peterson will be good to go for the Cardinals Defense against the San Francisco 49ers. Peterson isn't a great player to use in individual defensive player formats, but he fortifies a low-end option in the Cardinals Defense.
Kansas City Chiefs running back Damien Williams has been solid for fantasy owners over the last two games. He gave owners headaches for most of the season, but is finally beginning to pay off. Veteran LeSean McCoy was scratched in Week 10, so that helped Williams get 19 carries with ease. It's unclear whether McCoy will suit up this week or not. The Chiefs are seeing positive results when they run with Williams, so they should continue to trust him. He'll have RB2 value for Monday night against the Chargers.
Kansas City Chiefs running back LeSean McCoy was a healthy scratch for Week 10 versus the Tennessee Titans. There is no signs of him sitting out for Week 11, so fantasy owners should prepare for him to play. However, Damien Williams has been running the ball very well over the last two weeks. The Chiefs are likely going to stick with what's working right now. McCoy is basically a deep league desperation option at this point with little upside. He shouldn't be trusted against the Chargers on Monday.
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Chris Conley has been a big-play threat averaging 20 yards per reception this season. However, those opportunities don't come often against the Indianapolis Colts. They've allowed one touchdown to receivers the last four games, and Conley doesn't catch enough volume to contribute otherwise. Keep him on the bench this week.
Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Seth DeValve (oblique) is doubtful for Week 11 against the Indianapolis Colts. DeValve actually delivered four catches for 41 yards in a rare cameo appearance for Jaguars tight ends in their last game. No Jaguars tight end is worth consideration against the Indianapolis Colts.
Detroit Lions backup quarterback Jeff Driskel will get the start in Week 11 against the Dallas Cowboys with starting quarterback Matthew Stafford (back) ruled out. Driskel performed well in Week 10, throwing for 269 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He also showed some impressive mobility, adding five rushes for 37 yards. The Cowboys secondary is one of the best in the NFL, as they've allowed just nine passing touchdowns on the year and opposing quarterbacks have thrown for over 238 yards against them just twice, but the Bears team Driskel faced in Week 10 is a tough unit as well. Without a reliable running back, the Lions will likely focus on the ground game in this one, so 40-plus pass attempts could be in the books again. Driskel will slot in as a QB2 for this matchup.
Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Josh Lambo has tied for 10th in fantasy points among kickers the last four weeks by going a perfect 10-for-10. He'd be even better if he had more than four extra-point attempts, which he made three of. He could have a golden ticket this weekend against the Indianapolis Colts, who have surrendered the most fantasy points per game to kickers over the last five weeks. PKs have gone 12-for-12 in field goals and 6-for-6 in extra-point attempts. Treat Lambo like a midrange kicking option this week.