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FFL: Week 11 | NFL: Week 11

Bridgewater stays unbeaten as Saints beat Jaguars 13-6

Sun Oct 13 4:12pm ET
By MARK LONG
AP Sports Writer

Players: Drew Brees, Jared Cook, Teddy Bridgewater, Marqise Lee, Michael Thomas, Geoff Swaim, Alvin Kamara, Leonard Fournette

New Orleans Saints quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) releases a pass just before he is hit by Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Najee Goode (52) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)


New Orleans Saints tight end Jared Cook (87) celebrates his touchdown catch against the Jacksonville Jaguars with wide receiver Austin Carr, right, during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)


New Orleans Saints tight end Jared Cook (87) catches a pass for a 4-yard touchdown in front of Jacksonville Jaguars defensive back Jarrod Wilson, left, during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)


New Orleans Saints tight end Jared Cook (87) catches a pass for a 4-yard touchdown in front of Jacksonville Jaguars defensive back Jarrod Wilson, left, during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)


New Orleans Saints quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) throws a pass as he is hit by Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Josh Allen during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)


New Orleans Saints wide receiver Ted Ginn (19) cannot makes a reception on a pass as he is covered by Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Tre Herndon, left, during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)


Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew, right, tries to scramble past New Orleans Saints defensive end Marcus Davenport (92) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Teddy Bridgewater found Jared Cook for a 4-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter, and the New Orleans Saints held on to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 13-6 on Sunday and improve to 4-0 without injured starter Drew Brees.

Coming off a 300-yard, four-touchdown performance against Tampa Bay, Bridgewater was less effective against the Jaguars (2-4). But he did enough for New Orleans' defense, which turned Minshew Mania into Minshew Mayhem.

Minshew was sacked twice, hurried often and threw his first interception as a starter. The rookie sensation completed 14 of 29 passes for 163 yards and was held without a touchdown for the first time this season. His worst outing came on the same day the team, in conjunction with the NFL, handed out 30,000 ''Minshew mustaches'' as fans entered the gates.

Bridgewater was 24 of 36 passing for 240 yards for the Saints (5-1). He picked up a first down on a quarterback sneak in the closing minutes to seal the victory.

Michael Thomas had eight receptions for 89 yards, and Alvin Kamara finished with 31 yards rushing while playing through an ankle injury.

Leonard Fournette ran for 72 yards, ending a two-game streak of reaching the century mark on the ground.

Jacksonville finished with a season-low 226 yards. The Jaguars had a chance late, but Minshew threw incomplete on a fourth-and-2 play from the New Orleans 40-yard line.

KNOCKOUT HIT

Saints linebacker Demario Davis delivered a knockout hit on tight end Geoff Swaim in the fourth quarter. Swaim was seemingly unconscious as he hit the ground. Team trainers and paramedics rushed onto the field. Davis knelt next to Swaim and removed his helmet.

Swaim eventually sat up and walked off the field without assistance.

New Orleans was flagged 15 yards for unnecessary roughness.

PAPAL PROPS

The Saints got some unexpected - and likely unintentional - support from the Catholic Church before the game.

Pope Francis included the Saints logo in a tweet Sunday morning. New Orleans football fans took it as good omen for their team.

''Today we give thanks to the Lord for our new (hash)Saints. They walked by faith and now we invoke their intercession,'' he tweeted.

The hashtag added the Fleur de Lis, the emblem associated with the Saints and worn on their helmets.

RAMSEY INACTIVE

Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey was inactive for the third consecutive week because of an apparent back injury. Ramsey was ruled out three days after owner Shad Khan said he expected the disgruntled defender to play against the Saints.

HOMECOMING GAME

Jacksonville recognized more than 80 former players before the game and honored the team's top 25 players from its 25 years of existence at halftime. Left tackle Tony Boselli, running back Fred Taylor and receiver Jimmy Smith got the biggest ovations during the ceremony.

LINEUP TWEAK

Jacksonville kept rookie linebacker Quincy Williams on the bench. Williams was taken out in the fourth quarter of last week's loss at Carolina. The third-round draft pick was out of position on many plays as the Panthers ran for 285 yards, the second most in Jacksonville's history. Veteran backup Najee Goode started in his place.

KEY INJURIES

Jaguars receiver Marqise Lee, who missed all of last season after tearing three ligaments in his left knee, injured his right foot/ankle in the third quarter and had to be helped to the locker room. ... Jaguars cornerback D.J. Hayden left in the fourth and was evaluated for a concussion. ... Jaguars special teams captain Cody Davis left the game in the first half with a right hamstring injury but later returned.

UP NEXT

Saints play at Chicago next Sunday. New Orleans has won the past four meetings.

Jaguars play at Cincinnati next Sunday. The Bengals have won four of the past five meetings.

Player Notes
Zane Gonzalez Nov 17 9:40pm ET

Arizona Cardinals kicker Zane Gonzalez was 2-for-2 in field goals and 2-for-3 in extra points against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 11. Gonzalez has been strong the last few weeks, but he'll be on a bye next week. He's probably not worth stashing in traditional formats to get through it.

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Chandler Jones Nov 17 9:40pm ET

Arizona Cardinals linebacker Chandler Jones recorded four tackles (three solo) in Week 11, and he extended his sack streak to three consecutive games. Jones has 11.5 sacks on the season and has reached the quarterback in all but two games. The Cardinals are off next week and will face the Los Angeles Rams Dec. 1.

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Jordan Hicks Nov 17 9:40pm ET

Arizona Cardinals linebacker Jordan Hicks had 12 tackles (eight solo), a sack, an interception and a pass defended against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 11. Hicks has been effective, but he hasn't quite reached LB1 status. He'll be in the mix for a flex play when the Cardinals return to play Dec. 1, against the Los Angeles Rams.

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Budda Baker Nov 17 9:40pm ET

Arizona Cardinals safety Budda Baker had 13 tackles (12 solo) against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 11. It's the third time in four games he has had 13 or more tackles as Baker has risen up the DB1 ranks in fantasy. The Cardinals will be off next week before they take on the Los Angeles Rams Dec. 1.

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Michael Thomas Nov 17 9:40pm ET

New Orleans Saints wide receiver produced more of his usual excellence in a 34-17 Week 11 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The All-Pro receiver tagged the Bucs secondary with eight catches on 11 targets for 114 yards and a touchdown. Thomas is the first player in NFL history to catch 90+ passes through the first 10 games of a season. As the number-one target on a team with less-than-stellar secondary wide receivers, Thomas should continue to eat. He'll square off with the Carolina Panthers in Week 12.

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Kyler Murray Nov 17 9:30pm ET

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray went 24-for-33 for 150 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions and rushed for a score in the 36-26 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in Week 11. He rushed eight times for 67 yards. It was a great performance considering it was against one of, if not the best defense in the league. Murray has now played two solid games against them, which is an outstanding sign for his development. He has established himself as a QB1, and he should be stashed through his bye next week.

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David Johnson Nov 17 9:30pm ET

Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson received no carries or targets in Week 11. That could go down as one of the biggest surprises all week. Johnson had been battling an ankle injury, but he was taken off the injury report. Unless something comes out about him still being limited due to injury, he has taken a serious backseat to Kenyan Drake. Johnson should remain owned in all leagues, and if he's dropped by an owner, scoop him immediately. The Cardinals are on a bye next week, and more should be learned before then.

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Kenyan Drake Nov 17 9:30pm ET

Arizona Cardinals running back Kenyan Drake rushed 16 times for 67 yards and caught six receptions for 13 yards in Week 11. He was kept out of the end zone, but it was a solid showing in point-per-reception leagues against one of the best defenses in football. Running back David Johnson didn't have a rush or a target in the game for a mysterious reason, but one thing is for sure. Drake has taken over as the lead back, and he'll be an RB2 option after the bye week against the Los Angeles Rams.

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Christian Kirk Nov 17 9:30pm ET

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Christian Kirk had six receptions for 41 yards in Week 11 against the San Francisco 49ers. His nine targets led the team. It was a rough matchup, but he still posted 10 points in point-per-reception leagues. Kirk will have the week off before facing the Los Angeles Rams Dec. 1. He'll remain a WR3 option.

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Larry Fitzgerald Nov 17 9:30pm ET

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald had five catches for 37 yards and a touchdown in Week 11, but he also lost a fumble. The score was his first one since Week 3. Fitzgerald has been catching just enough to be worth using in point-per-reception formats, but his yardage and touchdowns haven't been up to snuff. He'll remain a flex option after the bye week.

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Andy Isabella Nov 17 9:30pm ET

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Andy Isabella had just one catch for six yards in Week 11 against the San Francisco 49ers. Isabella flirted with fantasy relevance with big plays in recent weeks, but he didn't quite make it. The Cardinals are on a bye next week, and Isabella doesn't have roster viability.

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Latavius Murray Nov 17 9:10pm ET

New Orleans Saints running back Latavius Murray struggled to make an impact in Week 11 against the stingy run defense of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The 29-year-old posted 10 carries for 27 yards and two catches for five yards. Murray's physical, ground-and-pound style wasn't as successful against this defense as Alvin Kamara's elusive, scat-back style. The seventh-year veteran was out-touched by Kamara in this game 23-12. The positive for Murray is he'll likely be locked into around 10-12 touches each game, giving him flex value depending upon the matchup. Next week against the Carolina Panthers looks like a good one, as they've surrendered the fourth-most fantasy points to running backs this year.

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Tyler Eifert Nov 17 9:10pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert caught three of his four targets for 21 yards in Week 11 against the Raiders. The Bengals managed to move the ball well on the ground in the game, but quarterback Ryan Finley struggled mightily through the air, completing just 13 passes. Eifert has some value in deep leagues but Finley's inexperience and struggles make him hard to trust as a starter for now. Eifert has failed to top 25 receiving yards in five of his past six games, which is a very uninspiring trend.

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Tyler Boyd Nov 17 9:10pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd was a complete non-factor in Week 11 against the Raiders. He had just one catch in the game but he failed to gain any yards on it. His only positive yardage came on a 10-yard rush, his only rushing attempt in the game. Bengals quarterback Ryan Finley completed only 13 passes in the game, so it's no surprise that Boyd wasn't able to come through with a decent game. Boyd had been mostly consistent all year until this game, so hopefully he can bounce back against the Steelers in Week 12.

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Hunter Renfrow Nov 17 9:00pm ET

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Hunter Renfrow caught five passes for 66 yards as the team edged the Bengals 17-10 in their home victory. The Clemson product finished only one behind Darren Waller in targets with six as he recorded his fourth-straight game with four or more catches. Renfrow has emerged as a favored target for Derek Carr, and is starting to produce a safe floor in PPR formats. His ceiling is capped, however, as the third passing option on a team that chooses to run the ball nearly 50% of the time. Renfrow is an intriguing dynasty stash but is a WR4 at best in PPR redraft leagues. He'll look to continue his solid production next week when the Raiders travel to face the Jets

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Joe Mixon Nov 17 9:00pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon was the lone bright spot in an otherwise dreadful offensive showing for the Bengals in Week 11. Mixon carried the ball 15 times for 86 yards and a touchdown and added a 17-yard reception for his only catch of the day. This was one of Mixon's better performances of the season as he'd only topped 80 rushing yards twice before this game. He has a tough matchup against the Steelers in Week 12, but is still worthy of an RB2 start or at least flex consideration in most leagues due to his workload alone.

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Giovani Bernard Nov 17 9:00pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard carried the ball three times for 30 yards and added a 16-yard reception in Week 11. The Bengals managed 173 total rushing yards in the game, but most of it came from fellow running back Joe Mixon, while quarterback Ryan Finley also added 47 yards. Bernard is the clear No. 2 behind Mixon in the offense and would warrant some appeal if something were to happen to Mixon, but for now, Bernard can be left on the waiver wire.

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Auden Tate Nov 17 9:00pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Auden Tate led the Bengals in receiving in Week 11, catching four of his six targets for 56 yards. Tate has now topped 50 receiving yards in four of his past five games. Tate was fortunate that his line ended up decent on a day where quarterback Ryan Finley completed just 13-of-31 passes for 115 yards. No other Bengal had more than 21 receiving yards. Tate is a viable WR3 or flex option most weeks and is worth rostering in all leagues of 12 or more teams.

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New England Patriots Nov 17 8:50pm ET

The Patriots Defense might not have single-handedly carried your team this week as they've done in previous weeks, but they still managed to have a solid fantasy day against the Eagles in Week 11. The Patriots held the Eagles to 10 points in the game while recovering a fumble and sacking Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz five times. The Ravens have been the only team to eclipse 14 points against the Patriots, who will look to keep things rolling against the Cowboys in Week 12.

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Nick Folk Nov 17 8:50pm ET

New England Patriots kicker Nick Folk hit all three of his field goal attempts in Week 12 against the Eagles. He wasn't heavily challenged in the game as none of his attempts were longer than 39 yards. Folk is now a perfect 5-for-5 in two games with the Patriots. He should be owned in all leagues and counted on as a reliable starter until further notice.

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