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FFL: Week 11 | NFL: Week 11

Elway says not trading stars, will see team through dive

Fri Oct 11 11:33pm ET
By ARNIE STAPLETON
AP Pro Football Writer

Players: Joe Flacco, Emmanuel Sanders, Theo Riddick, Drew Lock

In this June 17, 2019, file photo John Elway, general manager of the Denver Broncos, speaks during a news conference at the NFL team's headquarters in Englewood, Colo. Elway said Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, hat despite Denver's 1-4 start none of his veteran players are on the trading block and that he remains committed to seeing his beloved Broncos out of their prolonged plummet. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)


Denver Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco passes against the Los Angeles Chargers during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)


DENVER (AP) John Elway says that despite Denver's 1-4 start, none of his veteran players are on the trading block and the general manager remains committed to seeing his beloved Broncos out of their prolonged plummet.

The Broncos have won just 18 of their last 50 games and haven't been to the playoffs since winning Super Bowl 50 in Peyton Manning's final NFL game over three years.

Another slow start, this time under yet another new coach in Vic Fangio and yet another quarterback in Joe Flacco, has led to speculation the Broncos will shop veterans Emmanuel Sanders, Chris Harris Jr., Derek Wolfe and even scuffling superstar Von Miller ahead of the Oct. 29 trade deadline.

''You guys bring all those names up. I have not brought any names up,'' Elway said Friday to reporters at an event outside Denver's stadium honoring Hall of Fame inductees Champ Bailey and Pat Bowlen , along with some of the team's all-time top 100 players, which included Elway and Manning.

''We're trying to win football games,'' Elway said. ''So, no one from our side is on the trading block. We're going to try to continue to win football games.''

Elway said he's frustrated that it's taken so long to turn around Denver's dive and reiterated a point he made this summer to The Associated Pres that his job isn't enjoyable right now - but he stressed he has no plans to walk away before fixing the team he led to two Super Bowl titles as a Hall of Fame quarterback and another as a front-office executive.

''I think the hardest thing about losing is you get in a situation to where something bad happens in a game and you say, `Here we go again,' and that is a very tough thing to break,'' Elway said. ''That's what we've got to get out of. I think it's hurt us a couple of times. But we went out and got one last week and so we've got to continue to stay positive with it and work our way through it.''

The Broncos, who host Tennessee (2-3) on Sunday, lost their first four games under Fangio, including two home games on last-second field goals, before snapping an eight-game overall skid with a 20-13 road win over the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.

Elway said he's committed to staying on and fulfilling his contract; he's about halfway through a five-year extension signed in July 2017.

''Yeah, I don't like to lose,'' Elway said. ''You know, it's not enjoyable. But all we can do is continue to work. Not a whole lot we can do now except try to play better.''

Beyond safety Kareem Jackson, Elway's 2018 free agent class has been a bust so far. Cornerback Bryce Callahan (foot) and receiving running back Theo Riddick (shoulder) haven't played and right tackle Ja'Wuan James (knee) has played just 10 snaps.

Callahan's absence has hurt the most, forcing Fangio to shuffle his secondary. He recently had another procedure on his surgically repaired left foot.

''It's been frustrating for everybody this year, including him,'' Elway said. ''We'll see how the last thing goes and see if he'll be able to get back this year or not. We're hopeful, but we really don't know.''

Elway said he likes the way Fangio has handled the tough times, saying, ''he's been a pillar,'' and he sees Flacco and first-time offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello are ''growing together and getting more comfortable with each other.''

Elway said he hasn't made any decision on which of his sidelined players will come off injured reserve. One of those is rookie quarterback Drew Lock, who sprained the throwing thumb on his right hand in the preseason and is eligible to return to practice next week.

Also receiving an endorsement from Elway was Miller, who has just two sacks so far and lost pass-rush partner Bradley Chubb to a season-ending knee injury two weeks ago.

''It's frustrating for Von, he gets a lot of attention,'' Elway said. ''But I think he'll keep working at it, stay after it. He's still the same player he always has been. ... But you know, you lose a player like Chubb on the other side, it's not going to help Von.''

Player Notes
Buffalo Bills Nov 17 6:10pm ET

The Bills Defense had an ideal matchup against the lowly Dolphins in Week 11, but came out with a somewhat underwhelming fantasy day. The highlight was their ability to come up with seven sacks on Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. However, they allowed 20 points in the game, the third-most points they've allowed all year. Additionally, they only came up with one turnover, a fumble recovery. Next up for the Bills is a home game against another struggling offense, the Broncos, so make sure to keep them in your lineup.

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Irv Smith Jr. Nov 17 6:10pm ET

Minnesota Vikings tight end Irv Smith Jr. caught all three of his targets for 20 yards and a touchdown in a 27-23 win over the Denver Broncos in Week 11. The touchdown was a 10-yarder in the third quarter and it was the first career touchdown for the rookie tight end out of Alabama. He's seeing 4.8 targets per game in his last five games and has been a decent desperation streaming option with Adam Thielen (hamstring) out. The Vikings have their bye next week and Thielen should be back for Week 13, but Smith Jr. has put himself in the TE2 conversation moving forward with his recent production.

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Chris Conley Nov 17 6:10pm ET

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Chris Conley caught six passes for 58 yards in Sunday's loss to the Indianapolis Colts. He was targeted eight times, making it the fourth game in a row where Conley saw at least seven targets. Conley's not going to light the world on fire, but he's got some deep league appeal based on his current target share. With Nick Foles back at quarterback, the Jaguars offense should be trending upwards, so maybe we'll see some more solid performances out of Conley moving forward.

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Dede Westbrook Nov 17 6:10pm ET

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Dede Westbrook (neck/shoulder) returned to the field in Week 11, but he wasn't able to get much going. Westbrook caught four passes for 32 yards in the loss to the Colts. His six targets were fourth on the team, and it's become apparent that Westbrook isn't the top fantasy receiver that many guessed in the preseason that he might be this year. He's got appeal in deeper PPR leagues, but it's looking like it's time to fade Westbrook in shallower formats.

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Dawson Knox Nov 17 6:00pm ET

In Week 11, Buffalo Bills tight end Dawson Knox found the end zone for the first time since Week 3. He caught two of his three targets for 32 yards against the Dolphins in Week 11. Meanwhile, fellow tight end Tyler Kroft caught his only target for six yards. Knox has only exceeded two receptions in a game once since Week 4 and has only topped 40 receiving yards three times all year. He could be a low-end starting tight end option in deep leagues going forward but he's very risky with a very low floor. His next matchup is at home against the Broncos in Week 12.

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Alexander Mattison Nov 17 6:00pm ET

Minnesota Vikings running back Alexander Mattison was pretty much silent in Week 11 as he had just three carries for five yards in a comeback win over the Denver Broncos. Mattison was just not involved in the game plan and lost work due to the Vikings playing from behind for almost the entire contest. Mattison has had some nice outputs backing up star Dalvin Cook this season, but Week 11's tough matchup against the Broncos Defense wasn't the spot to stream the rookie. He won't be a recommended start when the Vikings return from their bye in Week 13 against the Seattle Seahawks, but he remains a high-priority handcuff.

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Brett Maher Nov 17 6:00pm ET

Dallas Cowboys kicker Brett Maher made all of his kicks in Week 11, making two field goals and three extra points. He wasn't needed for any long kicks this time, making a long of just 34 yards, but he still showed the consistency that makes him one of the better kickers in fantasy football.

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Isaiah McKenzie Nov 17 6:00pm ET

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie was second on the team in targets with six in Week 11. He had two more targets than Cole Beasley and only trailed John Brown, who had a whopping 14 targets in the game. Unfortunately, McKenzie did very little with his six targets, catching just three for 21 yards. Duke Williams was inactive for the game and Robert Foster went without a catch. So McKenzie appears to be the team's de facto No. 3 receiver for now. He can be left on waivers in all leagues until he shows he can do something productive with his workload.

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Dallas Cowboys Nov 17 6:00pm ET

The Dallas Cowboys Defense was disappointing again in Week 11. They managed a win, 35-27 over the Detroit Lions, but with Matthew Stafford (back) out for the Lions, the Cowboys defense was one of the top predicted units of the week. Instead, they allowed 27 points and did not record an interception or a fumble recovery. They were only able to sack backup quarterback Jeff Driskel three times. The Cowboys are unlikely to be a recommended fantasy defense next week against the New England Patriots.

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D.J. Chark Nov 17 6:00pm ET

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver D.J. Chark was the bright spot for the Jaguars in Sunday's loss to the Indianapolis Colts, catching a pair of touchdowns and finishing with 104 yards on eight catches. He led the team with 15 targets. There was question about whether or not Chark would remain Jacksonville's top wide receiver with Nick Foles back, but Sunday provided some evidence that Chark's role is safe. He's a strong WR2 option moving forward.

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Nick Foles Nov 17 5:50pm ET

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Nick Foles returned on Sunday from a collarbone injury that had kept him out since Week 1. His first game back didn't go greats for the Jags on the scoreboard, but Foles did end up with some solid numbers. He was 33-for-47 throwing the football, finishing with 296 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. Foles should have a higher fantasy ceiling than Gardner Minshew had, but he's likely no more than a mid-tier QB2 at best moving forward.

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Jason Witten Nov 17 5:50pm ET

Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten caught five passes in a Week 11 win over the Detroit Lions, gaining 33 yards. Witten did his usual thing, catching the ball then falling to the turf. Second tight end Blake Jarwin gained 38 yards on his two targets, but Witten was still clearly quarterback Dak Prescott's first choice for short gains. Witten will continue to be a low-ceiling option but should maintain his decent non-zero floor each week.

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Cole Beasley Nov 17 5:50pm ET

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley caught all four of his targets in Week 11 against the Dolphins for 38 yards. He was third on the team in targets behind John Brown, who went for a whopping 137 receiving yards in the game, and Isaiah McKenzie, who earned six targets. This was the second straight week in which Beasley caught exactly four passes. He hasn't had more than four catches since Week 4, when he caught seven against the Patriots. He's a WR3 or flex option in PPR leagues but his upside is limited due to his low yardage outputs.

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Leonard Fournette Nov 17 5:50pm ET

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette struggled to get going on Sunday against the Colts, finishing with just 23 yards on eight carries. He also added 34 receiving yards on seven catches. The receiving total helped make up for the slow rushing game in PPR leagues, but owners in standard scoring leagues can't be happy about Fournette's lack of production. The game script didn't favor the run, though Fournette should still be a high-end RB2 with RB1 upside moving forward.

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Blake Jarwin Nov 17 5:50pm ET

Dallas Cowboys tight end Blake Jarwin was targeted twice in Week 11, catching both passes for 38 yards. He fell significantly behind starter Jason Witten, who saw seven targets and caught five passes. Jarwin can do way more after the catch than Witten at this point in their respective careers, but Witten has proven to still be the safety valve for Dak Prescott. Jarwin could have a fantasy significant role if Witten were to miss time, but unless that happens, Jarwin's role is too unpredictable to trust in any fantasy format.

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Dalvin Cook Nov 17 5:50pm ET

Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook carried 11 times for 26 yards (2.4 yards per carry) and a touchdown in Week 11 against the Denver Broncos. He tacked on five catches for 31 yards in the 27-23 comeback win, but he was just not that involved in the offense as his 16 touches were the lowest he's had all season. His three-yard rushing touchdown was his 11th of the year and it saved what was an otherwise nondescript fantasy day for the third-year back. Look for Cook to rebound in a big way against the Seattle Seahawks and their below-average run defense in Week 13 after the bye.

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Michael Gallup Nov 17 5:40pm ET

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup caught nine of his 13 targets in a Week 11 victory over the Detroit Lions. He gained 1448 yards, leading the team in receptions and yards by a wide margin. Amari Cooper wasn't able to do much in this one, leaving Gallup to run wild through the Lions secondary. Gallup will have a tough matchup against the Patriots next week, but he's moving further and further up the WR2 ranks.

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Randall Cobb Nov 17 5:40pm ET

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Randall Cobb played another great game in a Week 11 win over the Detroit Lions. He caught four of his seven targets, gaining 115 yards and scoring a touchdown. Cobb's touchdown came on a 19-yard pass at the end of the first half. Cobb has been racking up yards lately and could have another significant role next week if Amari Cooper is still not at 100%.

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Frank Gore Nov 17 5:40pm ET

Buffalo Bills running back Frank Gore received 11 carries in Week 11 against the Dolphins, but failed to do much with them, gaining just 27 yards, good for only 2.5 yards per carry. His biggest offensive contribution on the day was an 18-yard reception, his only reception in the game. Devin Singletary led the team in carries (15) and rushing yards (75), but he had two fumbles in the game, which likely led to Gore's increased workload. Gore is the clear No. 2 back on the team for now and would need either an injury to Singletary or quite a few more Singletary fumbles in order to regain fantasy value.

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John Brown Nov 17 5:40pm ET

Buffalo Bills wide receiver John Brownwent wild against the Dolphins in Week 11, catching nine of his 14 targets for 137 yards and two touchdowns. Nearly half of quarterback Josh Allen's 33 passing attempts went in Brown's direction and no other Bill had more than 38 receiving yards in the game. Brown is a solid WR2 going forward who should be locked into your lineup on a weekly basis. His next matchup is at home against the Broncos in Week 12.

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