Mon Nov 5 8:32 am
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
Thomas dials up big game
The huge fantasy performances weren't quite as prevalent this week but the players that had big games had really big games. There were two four-touchdown games from quarterbacks and one receiver hit the 200-yard mark. The bigger story of the fantasy week was fantasy defenses scoring some big-time points. There were two defenses that absolutely dominated their games and were huge factors for fantasy teams. This is rare and should be enjoyed by fantasy owners. It is good to get points from unexpected sources.
49ers 34, Raiders 3
Fantasy Stud: Nick Mullens. The undrafted free agent was forced into action and showed great in his first NFL start. He was near flawless most of the game, going 16-of-22 for 262 yards and three touchdowns without an interception. Mullens proved he can start and might be a help to fantasy teams in the right matchup.
Fantasy Dud: Derek Carr. Carr wasn't terrible in his game but the entire team really struggled, leading to a terrible fantasy game for Carr. He was 16-of-21 for 171 yards without a touchdown or an interception. The Raiders are a mess as a team, so Carr is a shaky play going forward for fantasy teams.
Game Notes: Raheem Mostert had a great showing but broke his arm in the game and likely will miss the rest of the year. He suffered a nasty break. Mostert had seven carries for 86 yards and a touchdowns before the injury.
George Kittle had his second 100-yard game of the season, catching four passes for 108 yards and a score. He is having a breakout year, having 41 catches for 692 yards.
Vikings 24, Lions 9
Fantasy Stud: Dalvin Cook. Cook didn't play a full workload but still produced great numbers in his limited role. He led the team in rushing, running 10 times for 89 yards. He also had four receptions for 20 yard, giving him 109 total yards. Cook should just get better going forward as his workload increases. This was a very encouraging game for his fantasy owners.
Fantasy Dud: Matthew Stafford. Stafford was a disaster in this one as the offensive line gave him next to no time to throw. Stafford didn't even throw for 200 yards and failed to score a touchdown. He was 25-of-36 for 199 yards. This offensive line needs to get better in a hurry if the Lions want to get much done in the passing game.
Game Notes: Adam Thielen failed to hit the 100-yard mark for the first time this year. He did score a touchdown, though. Thielen had four receptions for 22 yards and a touchdown.
Marvin Jones led the Lions in receiving yard, catchings six passes for 66 yards. Jones has 13 receptions his last two games.
Dolphins 13, Jets 6
Fantasy Stud: Dolphins defense. The Dolphins defense put up some points in this one, picking off four passes. The defense also scored the only touchdown in the game, returning one of their interceptions 25 yards for a score. Miami also had four sacks. It was quite an impressive performance for a defense that has really played well much of the year.
Fantasy Dud: Sam Darnold. Darnold had his worst game as a pro, going 21-of-39 for 229 yards with four interceptions. This was just the second time all year Darnold failed to score a touchdown in a game. He is having a decent year but needs some help around him to be a fantasy factor.
Game Notes: Elijah McGuire returned from Injured Reserve this week and got a lot of work in his first game back. He ran eight times for 31 yards and caught three passes for 37 yards.
DeVante Parker fell on his face once again after his huge showing last week. Parker had just a catch for eight yards, getting targeted just twice in the game.
Steelers 23, Ravens 17
Fantasy Stud: James Conner. Conner had his usual huge total yardage game. He ran 24 times for 107 yards, and caught seven passes for 56 yards and a touchdown. So he had 163 total yards and a score. Conner has four straight 100-yard games and is now over 1,000 total yards for the year. He is having a spectacular, breakout year.
Fantasy Dud: John Brown. Brown was a disappointment for his fantasy owners, especially if you consider his big game against this same team earlier this year. Brown had just three catches for 17 yards. Brown has cooled some in recent weeks, having fewer than 30 yards three of four games. He is a little hard to trust right now for fantasy owners.
Game Notes: Alex Collins scored a touchdown for the third time in four games. He ran nine times for 35 yards and a touchdown.
Ben Roethlisberger had a strong game against a good defense. He was 28-of-47 for 270 yards and three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing). He has four three-touchdown games.
Bears 41, Bills 9
Fantasy Stud: Bears defense. Chicago had a dominating performance for fantasy teams, carrying many to victory all by themselves. This unit scored two return touchdowns, recorded for sacks, had three interceptions, and recovered a fumble. It was one of the best fantasy defensive performances of recent seasons.
Fantasy Dud: LeSean McCoy. McCoy had another poor showing for his fantasy teams. He had 11 carries but managed just 13 yards. He also caught four passes for 19 yards. So in his last two games, McCoy has run 13 times for 26 yards his last two games. McCoy belongs on fantasy benches right now.
Game Notes: Nathan Peterman had another game to forget as the starter for the Bills. He was 31-of-49 for 189 yards with three interceptions.
Jordan Howard ran 14 times for 47 yards and two touchdowns. Howard has touchdowns three straight games.
Chiefs 37, Browns 21
Fantasy Stud: Kareem Hunt. Hunt had another one of his monster fantasy performances. He ran 17 times for 91 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught a pass for a 50-yards touchdown. He had 141 total yards and three scores. Hunt is up to 13 scores for the year, having touchdowns eight straight games. His only game without a score came in Week 1.
Fantasy Dud: Jarvis Landry. There were very few poor fantasy showings in this one. Landry didn't have a bad game by any means, but his owners probably thought he was going to produce a little better in this great matchup. Landry had six catches for 50 yards, producing pretty mediocre numbers. This is the fourth game of the season Landry had 50 or fewer yards.
Game Notes: Duke Johnson had his best game of the year, catching nine passes for 78 yards and two touchdowns. This was his first game all season with more than four receptions.
Nick Chubb found the end zone for the second time in three games. He ran 22 times for 85 yards and a core. Both his rush attempts and yards were season highs for Chubb.
Falcons 38, Redskins 14
Fantasy Stud: Tevin Coleman. Coleman had his best game of the season. He ran 13 times for 88 yards, and caught five passes for 68 yards and two touchdowns. He finished with 156 total yards and two scores. Coleman has really picked up his play lately, having touchdowns three straight games.
Fantasy Dud: Adrian Peterson. Peterson had a rare down performance for this year, running nine times for just 17 yards against a bad Falcons rush defense. This was an unexpected fantasy performance, especially if you consider how well Peterson had played in recent weeks. Hopefully, this isn't a sign that Peterson is slowing down some.
Game Notes: Maurice Harris had his best game as a pro, leading the Redskins in receiving. He had 10 receptions for 124 yards. Harris did not have more than 50 yards in a game before this big performance.
Julio Jones finally found the end zone, scoring for the first time this year. He had seven receptions for 121 yards and a touchdown. Jones has three straight 100-yards games and five total this year.
Panthers 42, Bucs 28
Fantasy Stud: Christian McCaffrey. McCaffrey enjoyed his best fantasy game of the season. He ran 17 times for 79 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught five passes for 78 yards and a score. McCaffrey finished with 157 total yards and two scores. McCaffrey is up to 880 total yards for the year.
Fantasy Dud: Mike Evans. Evans was a big bust for fantasy teams, catching just a pass for 16 yards. You didn't see this game coming from Evans, who had two straight 100-yard games before this one. It was his first game all year with fewer than 58 yards. Evans will be just fine going forward but this game likely hurt many of his owners.
Game Notes: Ryan Fitzpatrick started slow but finished well for his owners. He was 24-of-40 for 243 yards and four touchdowns with two interceptions. This was his third four-touchdown game.
Greg Olsen found the end zone for the third straight game. He caught six passes for 76 yards and a touchdown. His catches and yards were season highs.
Texans 19, Broncos 17
Fantasy Stud: DeAndre Hopkins. Hopkins had another huge game, hitting double-digit receptions and the 100-yard mark. Hopkins had 10 receptions for 105 yards and a touchdown. Hopkins has four 100-yard games this year and seven touchdowns. He continues to produce as well as any fantasy receiver in the game.
Fantasy Dud: Lamar Miller. Miller cooled off in a big way in this contest. He ran 12 times for just 21 yards. He also caught two passes for 27 yards, giving him 48 yards on 13 touches. Miller had two straight 100-yard games before this poor showing. This is the fourth game of the season for him with fewer than 50-rushing yards.
Game Notes: Demaryius Thomas had a decent showing in his first game with the Texans. He caught three passes for 61 yards and played much of the game.
Jeff Heuerman was a big surprise for the Broncos, leading the way at receiver for the team. He caught 10 passes for 83 yards and a touchdown. This game was just his second all year with more than 25 yards.
Chargers 25, Seahawks 17
Fantasy Stud: Melvin Gordon. Gordon was iffy to play but played and played very well once again. He ran 16 times for 113 yards and a touchdown. He also caught a pass for 10 yards. This was his third 100-yard game of the year. Gordon also has 10 total touchdowns. He has been an elite fantasy back all season.
Fantasy Dud: Tyler Lockett. Lockett had just three catches for 22 yards. Lockett had touchdowns three straight games before this game. He has fewer than 35 yards three straight games, looking more like a touchdown dependent fantasy player. He has high touchdown potential, though, with scores in six of eight games.
Game Notes: Doug Baldwin finally had a decent game. He caught four passes for 77 yards. This was just his second game of the season with more than 50 yards.
Chris Carson was active but didn't get a ton of work. He ran eight times for 40 yards while Mike Davis had 15 carries for 62 yards. Carson should get more work as he gets healthier.
Saints 45, Rams 35
Fantasy Stud: Michael Thomas. Thomas had one of the best games for a fantasy receiver this season. He was unstoppable, having 12 receptions for 211 yards and a touchdown. Thomas has four games with double-digit receptions and three 100-yard games. If his season ended right now, most receivers would be thrilled with his numbers. Thomas is well on his way to a monster season.
Fantasy Dud: Mark Ingram. Ingram was one of the few fantasy players in this game that did nothing. He ran nine times for 30 yards and caught just a pass for three yards. Ingram also lost a fumble, which hurt his fantasy numbers even more. Ingram hasn't been off the charts productive since his return from suspension. Hopefully, he starts producing better in the coming weeks.
Game Notes: Cooper Kupp returned from his knee injury and looked just fine. He caught five passes for 89 yards and a touchdown. Kupp has six touchdowns in six games and at least four receptions every game.
Drew Brees had a tremendous game, going 25-of-36 for 346 yards and four touchdowns without a turnover. Brees has four three-touchdown games this season.
Patriots 31, Packers 17
Fantasy Stud: James White. White continues his torrid pace for fantasy teams. He ran 12 times for just 31 yards but scored two rushing touchdowns. He also caught six passes for 72 yards, giving him 103 total yards and two scores. White has touchdowns three straight and 10 total scores this year. He is among the elite fantasy backs in the game right now.
Fantasy Dud: Chris Hogan. Hogan went without a catch for the first time all season. He was targeted just once in the game. This was a really disappointing showing because Hogan was making a few more plays in recent games. He had 49 or more yards three straight. Hogan is a hard guy for fantasy teams to play because of his inconsistent play this year. This game might have done him in for the rest of the year for fantasy teams.
Game Notes: Cordarrelle Patterson led the Patriots in rushing, running 11 times for 61 yards. He continues to make the most of his chances as a running back for the Patriots.
Josh Gordon hit the 100-yard mark for the second time in three games. He caught five passes fro 130 yards and a score. He was targeted a season-high 10 times in the game.
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.
Seattle Seahawks LB K.J. Wright (knee) will be a game-time decision for the Week 11 game, according to head coach Pete Carroll.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Kendell Beckwith (ankle) has a chance to play in the Week 11 game, but head coach Dirk Koetter said it is too soon to determine his status for the game.
Washington Redskins WR Jamison Crowder (ankle) is still not 100 percent at this point, but his MRI did not show any more damage to his ankle. Head coach Jay Gruden said he expects Crowder to return soon.
Fantasy Spin: Crowder may not be able to play this week but could return to the lineup in the next week or two. Owners in all leagues should avoid Crowder until he is able to participate in practice.
Philadelphia Eagles DT Timmy Jernigan (back) has a chance to play in the Week 11 game, according to head coach Doug Pederson.
Detroit Lions wide receiver TJ Jones saw his most snaps (50) of the season in Week 10 due to Marvin Jones (knee) being forced to leave the game in the third quarter. However, it didn't lead to increased production as the former caught just one pass for 12 yards. This week against Carolina, if Marvin Jones is unable to suit up then expect TJ Jones to line up opposite of Kenny Golladay, making the available Jones a dart-throw DFS play but nothing more. Although, if Marvin Jones is able to play, it takes away any fantasy value of TJ Jones.
The Indianapolis Colts defense has seen a drastic fall in their sack totals, with only four across their last five games compared to 17 in the first four weeks of the 2018 NFL season. They also failed to produce a single turnover against the Jacksonville Jaguars last week while giving up 21 fantasy points toBlake Bortles. That being said, the Tennessee Titans are completely erratic when it comes to turnovers and have given up the fourth-most fantasy points to team defenses on the year. Don't let the Titans stunning victory over the New England Patriots fool you too much, as the Colts defense could surprise many fantasy owners with a big day in Week 11.
The Indianapolis Colts have heavily featured their tight end group in the passing game as evidenced by six of their last passing touchdowns coming from the motley crew of Jack Doyle, Eric Ebron, and Mo Alie-Cox. Colts tight ends have been targeted in the red zone the most of any team in the NFL this season and their top-two options should have solid fantasy outings against the Tennessee Titans in Week 11. Doyle continues to operate as the No. 1 option, leading the group in snaps and routes run on offense which should ultimately result to another big game akin to his six reception, 70 yard and a touchdown game in Week 8. Ebron might have run only 12 pass routes last week, but his three touchdowns makes it clear that he remains a great play due to his scoring upside week in and week out. With Indianapolis likely to continue featuring its tight ends, plug Doyle and Ebron into your lineups.
Detroit Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay caught six passes in Week 10, the same amount he caught over weeks 7-9 combined. He also found the end zone for the first time since Week 5. These are the results fantasy owners were expecting when Golden Tate was traded away. This week at home against Carolina, Golladay has a chance to have another solid showing with the Lions looking to break a three-game losing skid. His teammate Marvin Jones (knee) left Sunday's game in the third quarter, leading to a missed practice on Wednesday; he is considered day-to-day. If for some reason Jones doesn't play against Carolina, Golladay should easily see double-digit targets. Look at the second-year man as a WR2 with upside in Week 11.
Detroit Lions running back Theo Riddick recorded his highest receiving yardage total of the season last Sunday against the Bears, catching six passes for 60 yards. Serving as the Lions pass-catching back, the 27-year-old returned two weeks ago from a knee injury and has since caught 13 of 15 targets. This week, the Panthers present a challenge for a player like Riddick, as they have allowed the fourth fewest receptions to running backs this season. Keep in mind that Detroit has trailed in each of the past three games, thus forcing them to throw consistently. Look for Detroit to do whatever they can to break the three-game losing streak this Sunday at home, meaning Riddick has some flex appeal but nothing more.
Free-agent QB Paxton Lynch (Broncos), WR Tre McBride (Jets) and WR Tavarres King (Vikings) worked out for the Miami Dolphins Wednesday, Nov. 14.
Atlanta Falcons LB Deion Jones (foot) is making progress, according to head coach Dan Quinn, but the team is going to make sure he's 100 percent ready first before putting him back on the field.
Detroit Lions running back Kerryon Johnson scored a rushing and a receiving touchdown last week against the Bears, but outside of that was very average against a good defense. This week, Johnson has another questionable matchup against the Carolina Panthers. The rookie's yardage totals have suffered recently because the Lions have trailed in each of the past three games. Detroit will need to get ahead early or keep it close throughout to get Johnson opportunities on the ground. However, if they do get behind again, Johnson can still get it done in the passing game, having seen 20 targets since Week 8. Clearly the return of Theo Riddick hasn't affected how the Lions will use the Auburn product. Look at Johnson as a flex play with RB2 potential.
Detroit Lions running back LeGarrette Blount hasn't crossed the goal line in three weeks and has totaled only 15 yards rushing in the same period. That is all you need to hear when breaking down Blount's fantasy value. Making his case even worse is the fact that Kerryon Johnson received a goal-line carry last week that ended up as a touchdown for the rookie. It's obvious the team is losing their interest in Blount as a factor in the offense. Keep him on waivers in Week 11.
Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis is 'still hopeful' he'll have WR A.J. Green (foot) back on the field for the team's Week 11 game Sunday, Nov. 18, versus the Baltimore Ravens.
Fantasy Spin: It seems a lot more likely than not that Green will remain out through Week 11, as his injury has kept him sidelined for only one game thus far when his original timetable called for him to miss more time than that. Either way, he's a WR1 whenever he gets back, but his owners should begin preparing for another week without Green's services.
Cincinnati Bengals LB Nick Vigil (knee) is making progress in his recovery but is not expected to play in the Week 11 game.
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has thrown three or more touchdown passes in six consecutive games, the longest streak since Tom Brady's 10 back in 2007. Despite heading into a Week 11 tilt with a Tennessee Titans defense that has allowed the fewest offensive touchdowns, points per play, and touchdown conversions in the red zone on the season, Luck's hot hand is too hard not to ride. For fantasy owners in need of reassurance, Carson Wentz, Philip Rivers, and Deshaun Watson all managed to put up 20-plus fantasy points against the Titans in previous weeks. Plug and play Luck as a QB1 with confidence for fantasy purposes.
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has a decent matchup at home with the Carolina Panthers this Sunday. Stafford saved his Week 10 stat line with two garbage-time touchdowns against the Bears; however, he did toss two interceptions. The Panthers are in damage control after getting torched by Ben Roethlisberger for 5 touchdowns last Thursday. With the Lions back home after two straight road games, Stafford will be looking to get back to winning ways. Since Golden Tate was traded, Kenny Golladay has been up-and-down, while Marvin Jones injured his knee last Sunday and did not practice Wednesday. Pay attention to his designation for the game, but if he plays look at Stafford as a QB2 against the Panthers.
Oakland Raiders WR Martavis Bryant (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 14. CB Gareon Conley (groin), C Rodney Hudson (ankle), OG Kelechi Osemele (knee), LB Kyle Wilber (knee) and CB Daryl Worley (shoulder) were limited during practice. OG Jon Feliciano (ribs), WR Dwayne Harris (foot), OG Gabe Jackson (pectoral) and OT Kolton Miller (elbow, knee) fully participated in practice.
Oakland Raiders RB Doug Martin (hip) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Nov. 14.
Fantasy Spin: Martin has received at least 10 carries in each of the last three games and has rushed for at least 60 yards in two of the games. He should have some success against the Arizona Cardinals and can be at least a flex option in standard leagues.
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (non-injury) didn't participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 14.
Fantasy Spin: The veteran was simply just getting a day off in order to manage his reps. He'll be out there come Sunday, but at this point in time, it's under the status of a WR3 with inconsistent freshman Josh Rosen throwing him the football.