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 wide receiver Kendrick Bourne signed his one-year tender on Monday. Bourne had 30 receptions on 44 targets for 358 yards and a career-high five touchdowns in 16 games (zero starts) for the team in 2019. There is plenty of opportunity for Bourne and others to start in three-receiver sets in 2020 behind Deebo Samuel. With nine touchdowns in his last two seasons with the Niners, the 24-year-old has proven to be a nice red-zone presence for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, but it remains to be seen if he can become a consistent starting option. There will be plenty of competition at the receiver position in San Fran, and they're also likely to address the position in the draft.
Carolina Panthers general manager Marty Hurney said that the team has "had internal discussions" about an extension for running back Christian McCaffrey. The stud running back is heading into the final year of his rookie deal, but the Panthers may wait and have him play on the fifth-year team option in 2021 before signing him to a long-term extension. Whether or not McCaffrey is playing with a new deal or not, he should be the No. 1 overall fantasy selection this fall. The 23-year-old former eighth overall pick ran the ball 287 times for a career-high 1,387 yards and 15 touchdowns, while also catching 116 passes for 1,005 yards and another four scores.
New York Jets general manager Joe Douglas acknowledged that wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (neck) remains a "big question mark" heading into the 2020 season and beyond. Enunwa played in just one game in 2019 before being shut down for the year, and he was diagnosed with spinal stenosis. He also played in just 1 games in 2018 due to neck and back issues, and it's unknown if he'll ever be 100 percent again, which makes it hard for the Jets to rely on him behind Breshad Perriman and Jamison Crowder. If healthy, the 27-year-old (28 in May) wideout would likely be the team's No. 3 receiver, but he'll have to compete with Josh Doctson and Vyncint Smith and prove he's healthy in training camp.
The Kansas City Chiefs have had contract talks with defensive tackle Chris Jones, but there haven't been any offers up to this point. The Chiefs will also be trying to work out a long-term extension with Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes, but that is unlikely to happen until sometime after the draft. The Chiefs placed the franchise tag on Jones earlier this offseason, but they'll have until July 15 to figure out an extension. The 25-year-old made the Pro Bowl for the first time in 2019, registering nine sacks, 36 tackles (23 solo), eight tackles for loss and 20 QB hits. Jones has become an essential inside presence on KC's defensive line and has 33 sacks in his four seasons in the league.
Minnesota Vikings tight end Irv Smith should see an increased role in the offense in 2020 now that Stefon Diggs is playing for the Bills. When wide receiver Adam Thielen was out for almost two months with an injury last year, Smith caught 36 passes for 311 yards and two touchdowns and emerged as a reliable target for quarterback Kirk Cousins. Minnesota's offense also relies heavily on tight ends under coach Gary Kubiak; tight ends have received an average of 23 percent of targets per season in Kubiak's 21 seasons as a head coach or offensive coordinator. Even battling for targets with Kyle Rudolph, Smith could become worth rostering as a TE2 in standard leagues in his second season in the NFL.
Dallas Cowboys WR Michael Gallup had 39 catches for 686 yards and five touchdowns in November and December last season compared to 27 catches, 421 yards and one touchdown in the first two months of the year.
Fantasy Spin: Gallup had more receptions, yards and touchdowns in the final two months of 2019 than he did in his entire rookie season, and he and Amari Cooper suddenly look like one of the better receiver duos heading into 2020. For his part, Gallup should be a WR3 with upside.
Los Angeles Rams TE Tyler Higbee had 43 catches for 522 yards and two touchdowns in the month of December last season compared to 26 catches, 212 yards and one score over the first three months combined.
Fantasy Spin: Jared Goff actually led the NFL in pass attempts last year, and now that Todd Gurley is not in the mix, Higbee's strong finish to 2019 could be a sign of things to come if the Rams continue to embrace a pass-heavy attack. Target him as a TE1 in 2020.
Baltimore Ravens TE Mark Andrews caught 31 passes for 440 yards and five touchdowns at home in 2019 and had 33 receptions for 412 yards and five scores in road contests.
Fantasy Spin: It didn't matter where the Ravens were playing. Andrews was routinely Lamar Jackson's favorite target and the most consistent member of the passing attack in an otherwise run-heavy offense. He's locked in as a TE1 heading into 2020.
Houston Texans WR Will Fuller played in 11 games in 2019, and the team averaged 26.3 points in those contests compared to 19.6 in the five games he missed. Houston had an 8-3 record when Fuller played and went 2-3 without him in the lineup.
Fantasy Spin: Fuller will be asked to be the No. 1 receiver for Houston in 2020 following the trade of DeAndre Hopkins, and while good things tend to happen when he is on the field, he has yet to play a full season. In fact, Fuller has played 11 or fewer games in each of the past three seasons. Fuller will have WR2 upside, but fantasy owners need to make sure to have depth at the receiver position if they choose to take a chance on him.
Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson threw for 14 touchdowns versus only three interceptions in seven home games last season. In eight road outings, he accounted for 12 passing scores versus nine interceptions.
Cleveland Browns RB Nick Chubb averaged 100.4 yards rushing, 0.75 touchdowns and 3.1 catches in eight games while Kareem Hunt served his eight-game suspension to begin last season. After Hunt was activated, Chubb averaged 86.4 yards rushing, 0.25 TDs and 1.4 catches.
Fantasy Spin: Hunt was very successful in his backup running back/slot role over the second half of the season, so it's fair to wonder if new head coach Kevin Stefanski has any designs on changing something that worked so well under the previous regime. Working in Chubb's favor is the likelihood Cleveland will be holding leads more often this season, meaning he could in a position to break off some more long scoring runs against tired defenses late in games. With Hunt around, however, Chubb should be considered a high-end RB2.
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner broke a tackle once only every 23.2 rush attempts last season. In 2018, he broke a tackle once every 10.8 carries.
Baltimore Ravens RB Gus Edwards averaged 2.5 yards per carry before contact and 2.8 yards per carry after contact in 2019, slightly outperforming starter and backfield teammate Mark Ingram (2.4 and 2.6, respectively) in each category.
Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker finished third in the league with 939 yards before the catch last season, while his 13 yards before catch per reception was good for sixth among qualified players.
New England Patriots RB Sony Michel averaged 19 carries for 73 yards and scored four touchdowns in three games with Rex Burkhead injured last season. In those same contests, Michel compiled six of his 12 catches for the year. In the 13 games Burkhead was active, Michel averaged 14.6 carries for 53 yards and scored only three times.
Free-agent WR Jaron Brown (Seahawks) likely will not re-sign with the Seattle Seahawks this offseason since the Seahawks signed WR Phillip Dorsett earlier in the offseason.
New York Jets WR Quincy Enunwa (neck) is not considering retirement even though he is recovering from a neck injury. He is scheduled to receive $10.1 million in guaranteed money over the next two seasons.
Fantasy Spin: Enunwa has been limited to 12 games over the last three seasons because of injury and his status for the 2020 season is still uncertain. Fantasy players should keep an eye on his situation, but he should be considered a risky option in all leagues.
San Francisco 49ers running back Matt Breida didn't have much of a role on offense to end last season behind Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman. If Jerick McKinnon is actually healthy in 2020, he gives the 49ers a legitimate route-runner and third-down option out of the backfield. San Fran could be willing to trade Breida's rights for a low-round draft pick. Of all the backs in this crowded backfield, Breida is the most likely to be playing for another team come the start of the season. The 25-year-old from Georgia Southern has been productive with 5.0 yards per carry on 381 career rushing attempts in his three years with the Niners, but he's also consistently battled nagging injuries and is now buried on the depth chart. A move out of this crowded backfield and onto another team with more opportunity would be best for Breida's real-life and fantasy value.
The Seattle Seahawks may only be willing to pay free-agent LB Jadeveon Clowney $13 million to $15 million annually to return, according to 710 ESPN Seattle's John Clayton. Clowney is reportedly seeking a deal which will pay him at least $17 million per year.
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Eric Ebron is one of six tight ends with at least 20 red zone touchdowns over the last five seasons, and he joins a Pittsburgh offense that ranked last in red zone scoring in 2019.
Fantasy Spin: A healthy Ben Roethlisberger under center should also go a long way to helping the Pittsburgh offense, but Ebron addresses a big need. He's a lower-end TE1 candidate, even if he could be a little touchdown dependent.