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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.
San Francisco 49ers rookie wide receiver Deebo Samuel has lived up to his second-round billing in recent weeks and remains a steady WR3 in Week 15 against the Atlanta Falcons. Over his last five contests, Samuel has either surpassed 100 scrimmage yards or scored a touchdown, becoming an instrumental piece of the offense. Even with veteran wideout Emmanuel Sanders reassuming No. 1 receiver status, Samuel has continued finding ways to make an impact. Against an Atlanta Falcons Defense ranked 26th in DVOA, there should be ample opportunities for all Niners playmakers.
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders played his best game in over a month last Sunday and is a WR3 in Week 15 against the Atlanta Falcons. After being limited with a rib injury, Sanders looked healthy en route to 157 receiving yards and two touchdowns (one passing) in Week 14. Against a Falcons Defense ranked 26th in pass DVOA, Sanders is well-positioned to capitalize as the Niners top receiver. Even with rookie wideout Deebo Samuel ascending as a big-play talent, Sanders veteran savviness and ability to move the chains make his floor palatable in any fantasy format.
New Orleans Saints tight end Jared Cook (concussion) was limited in practice on Thursday. Cook caught both of his targets in Week 14 against the 49ers for 64 yards and two touchdowns, but he also suffered a head injury that makes him questionable for Monday night against the Colts. The fact that he's already practicing is a good sign, but we'll have to wait and see if he clears the league's concussion protocol this weekend. Until them, consider him a low-end TE1 for Week 15 in the second week of the fantasy playoffs. If he's not given the green light, Josh Hill could be on the TE2 streaming radar against Indianapolis.
San Francisco 49ers running back Tevin Coleman appears to be the odd man out in the Niners backfield. With Raheem Mostert assuming control and Matt Breida running well in relief, Coleman is a tough sell as a flex play in Week 15 against the Atlanta Falcons. Since his four-touchdown explosion in Week 8, Coleman has been pedestrian, registering under 75 yards in each contest and finding the end zone just once. After playing just 11 snaps in Week 14, Coleman will be a high-risk fantasy option in a critical playoff week, even in a favorable matchup.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (elbow) and rookie wide receiver N'Keal Harry (hip) are both practicing in full on Thursday ahead of Week 15 against the Bengals. Both players should be fine to play in an excellent bounce-back spot against the one-win Bengals this Sunday. Brady has been a disappointment in the second half of the season, but he's on the QB1 radar this weekend in the second round of the fantasy playoffs. While Harry has a great matchup, he's caught only five passes on 10 targets for 40 yards and a touchdown in his four games in his rookie season. It's really hard to trust anyone outside of Julian Edelman in this passing offense.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has been scorching lately and could flirt with QB1 status in Week 15 against the Atlanta Falcons. After game managing to start the year, Jimmy G has three four-touchdown games in his past six contests and has registered a QB rating over 110 in six of seven. While hes endured turnover issues this season, Garoppolo has grown increasingly comfortable taking an assertive role in the offense. Against a Falcons pass defense ranked 26th in DVOA, Garoppolo will look to parlay a dangerous complement of weapons into another top-10 fantasy performance.
San Francisco 49ers running back Matt Breida ran well in his return from injury in Week 14 (9.0 YPC) but played just 12 snaps. With Raheem Mostert taking charge of the backfield, Breida and Tevin Coleman will battle for touches, rendering both risky flex options. Averaging a healthy 5.2 yards per tote this year, Breida has outplayed Coleman, giving him the slight edge in change-of-pace duties against a beatable Falcons rush defense. However, Breida has been a nonfactor in the red zone and his uncertain opportunity share makes him a relatively low-ceiling play.
Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku (knee) was a full participant in practice on Thursday after being limited on Wednesday. Njoku returned in Week 14 from Injured Reserve and posted just one catch for four yards in the win over the Bengals. The 23-year-old has plenty of upside, but fantasy owners will be worried that he'll have his snaps limited for the second straight game. The Cardinals Defense is the worst team at defending the position, though, so Njoku will have boom-or-bust appeal as a TE2 this Sunday.
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle cemented his status as a gridiron beast in Week 14 by securing the Niners victory with a highlight-reel catch-and rumble. Hell return to his premium TE1 status in Week 15 against the Atlanta Falcons. Despite missing two games with a broken ankle, Kittle has heated up in the second half, amassing 292 yards and three touchdowns since Week 10. The Niners draw a cushy matchup against a Falcons Defense ranked 26th in pass DVOA, setting up Kittle favorably for an encore performance. In a critical fantasy weekend, Kittle managers should feel confident having the All-Pro on their roster.
Philadelphia Eagles WR Nelson Agholor (knee), DE Derek Barnett (ankle) and OT Lane Johnson (ankle) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 12. RB Jordan Howard (shoulder) and CB Jalen Mills (elbow) were limited. LB Kamu Grugier-Hill (concussion) practiced in full.
Tennessee Titans WR Adam Humphries (ankle) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 12.
Fantasy Spin: It appears like Humphries will miss another game because of the injury, so he should be avoided in all fantasy leagues.
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Kendrick Bourne has emerged lately as a red zone threat. The third-year pro has collected five spikes in his last six games, operating as the teams primary third receiver. With Marquise Goodwin (foot, knee) on injured reserve, Bournes 50 percent snap share should remain steady in Week 15 against the Atlanta Falcons, even with sophomore disappointment Dante Pettis (knee) back in the mix. While his touchdown prowess is tough to ignore, Bourne hasnt eclipsed four catches or 45 yards during his scoring run, rendering him a volatile WR5.
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee), who was limited in practice on Thursday, is still expected to play in Week 15 against the Bills on Sunday night, barring any future setbacks. Smith-Schuster practiced in full on Wednesday, so the limited practice was initially seen as a troubling setback. He's been out since Nov. 14, though, and is more of a weak WR4 choice for fantasy owners with Devlin Hodges throwing him passes in an extremely tough matchup. Avoiding all Pittsburgh pass-catchers is probably the best strategy in the fantasy playoffs. James Washington's upside takes the biggest hit with Smith-Schuster expected back.
Tennessee Titans LB Daren Bates (shoulder), RB Derrick Henry (hamstring), WR Adam Humphries (ankle) and CB Adoree' Jackson (foot) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 12. DT Jurrell Casey (knee) was limited. C Ben Jones (thumb), CB LeShaun Sims (ankle) and S Kenny Vaccaro (concussion) practiced in full.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans (hamstring) and OT Donovan Smith (ankle, knee) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 12. LB Anthony Nelson (hamstring), LB Jason Pierre-Paul (knee) and QB Jameis Winston (thumb, knee) were limited. OG Alex Cappa (elbow), OT Demar Dotson (non-injury), WR Scott Miller (hamstring) and DL Beau Allen (ankle) practiced in full.
Updating a previous report, Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (calf) was officially limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 12.
Fantasy Spin: Hilton appears to have a chance to play in Week 15 but will be a risky option since the Colts play on Monday Night Football. Fantasy players should monitor the situation over the next few days to have a better idea of Hilton's status.
Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry (hamstring) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 12.
Fantasy Spin: Henry is optimistic about his availability for Week 15, but fantasy players will need to keep an eye on the situation. He is a must-start option in all fantasy leagues if he is active for the game.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Scott Miller (hamstring) got in a full practice on Thursday after being limited on Wednesday. He looks to be on track to return for Week 15 in a mouthwatering matchup against the Lions. There is increased opportunity to produce as well with Mike Evans shut down for the rest of the year. Miller has only 10 catches on the year for 151 yards and no touchdowns, so he'd still be a lottery ticket for desperate fantasy owners in redraft leagues. Behind Chris Godwin, it will be Miller, Breshad Perriman and Justin Watson fighting for targets from quarterback Jameis Winston.
Detroit Lions OG Joe Dahl (back, knee), LB Jarrad Davis (ankle, knee), DT Damon Harrison (calf, knee, shoulder, rest), DT A'Shawn Robinson (shoulder), RB Bo Scarbrough (ribs), QB Matthew Stafford (hip, back) and OT Ricky Wagner (knee) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 12. DE Austin Bryant (hip), LB Christian Jones (shoulder) and P Sam Martin (abdomen) were limited. CBs Jamal Agnew (ankle) and CB Rashaan Melvin (ribs) practiced in full.
Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (shoulder) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 12.
Fantasy Spin: Fitzpatrick was held without a touchdown pass last week but did post five touchdowns in the previous two games. He should have a favorable matchup this week but may only be a starting option in two-quarterback leagues.