Mon Nov 4 9:29am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
Wilson continued MVP season
It was a decent week of scoring in fantasy land. It wasn’t super high scoring but not low scoring, either. You could call it a middle of the road week. The receiver spot seemed to enjoy the most success. There were some really big scoring performances from fantasy receivers. Four receivers had double-digit receptions and 10 other receivers hit the 100-yard mark.
The quarterback spot saw much success once again in the pass-first NFL. Many quarterbacks racked up the touchdowns. We even had a five-touchdown performance (Russell Wilson). There were six quarterbacks that had three or more passing touchdowns. Passing yardage was a little down, though, compared to past weeks. We had six 300-yard passers in all.
Running games were decent with eight running backs hitting the 100-yard mark. That is a decent week, especially if you compare that to past weeks. There also were five backs that had multiple rushing touchdowns, making for some good fantasy games.
Here is to hoping you landed on the right side of things in Week 9!
49ers 28, Cardinals 25
Fantasy Stud: Kenyan Drake. Drake made quite the splash in his debut with the Cardinals. He not only got about all the work at running back but excelled in a starting role. He ran 15 times for 110 yards and a touchdown. He also caught four passes for 52 yards, giving him 162 total yards and a score. Drake has value as long as he is starting for the Cardinals going forward. He finally got a chance to start for a good offensive team and showed what he could do in that role. It was quite an impressive showing for Drake.
Fantasy Dud: Tevin Coleman. Coleman laid an egg after his huge Week 8 game. He got the work but ran 12 times for just 23 yards. He also caught just two passes for 13 yards. You just didn’t see this game coming, especially in a favorable matchup with the Cardinals. Coleman can rebound, though, as long as he keeps getting double-digit carries in the 49ers high-powered offensive attack.
Game Notes: Jimmy Garoppolo had his best game of the season, going 28-of-37 for 317 yards and four touchdowns without an interception. This was his second three-touchdown game of the season, but first 300-yard showing.
Emmanuel Sanders led the way at receiver for the 49ers in his second game with the team. He had seven receptions for 112 yards and a touchdown. It was Sanders second 100-yard game of the year and fourth time he hit 85-plus yards.
Texans 26, Jaguars 3
Fantasy Stud: DeAndre Hopkins. Hopkins didn’t have a huge yardage game but racked up the catches and scored a touchdown. He had eight receptions for 48 yards and a touchdown, making for a very good fantasy showing. He finished just shy of 20 fantasy points, breaking a streak of two straight games with 20-plus fantasy points. Hopkins isn’t having a huge year but has been solid. He has touchdowns two of three and at least five receptions every game.
Fantasy Dud: D.J. Chark. Chark had a great matchup against a banged up defense but couldn’t take advantage. He had four receptions for 32 yards. Chark has really cooled since a great start to the season. He has fewer than 55 yards three of four games. Chark is still having a great rookie year but been more inconsistent since early in the season.
Game Notes: Carlos Hyde had his second 100-yard game of the year, having 19 carries for 160 yards. He also lost a fumble as he was going in for a score, which put a dent in his fantasy performance. Hyde has 80-plus rushing yards five of nine games.
Duke Johnson had a big game despite getting shutdown on the ground. He ran seven times for 13 yards and a touchdown. Johnson had five receptions for a team-high 68-receiving yards.
Bills 24, Redskins 9
Fantasy Stud: Devin Singletary. Singletary had a big day, leading the way at running back for the Bills. He had nine more carries than Frank Gore, having 20 carries for 95 yards and a touchdown. He also had three receptions for 45 yards, giving him 140 total yard sin the game. Both totals were a career high for Singletary. He has touchdowns two straight and could be emerging as the go-to back in this offense.
Fantasy Dud: Terry McLaurin. McLaurin had another down game, which has been a trend of late. He had four receptions for 39 yards. McLaurin has fewer than 40 yards three straight games. He has really played some good defenses in recent weeks, though, so don’t give up all hope on the rookie. He can get going again.
Game Notes: Adrian Peterson had his second 100-yard game. He had 18 carries for 108 yards. He has 75-plus rushing yards four straight games.
Dwayne Haskins struggled in a starting role once again. He failed to score a touchdown, going 15-of-22 for 144 yards without a touchdown or an interception.
Eagles 22, Bears 14
Fantasy Stud: Zach Ertz. Ertz finally had one of his big games. He had nine receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown. This was his first 100-yard game of the year and highest reception total of the season. Maybe this is the game that gets Ertz going. He had just one score doing into the game.
Fantasy Dud: Allen Robinson. Robinson had a great matchup and been playing great football, so this was expected to be a big showing for him. Well, that didn’t happen. He had just a catch for six yards. Both were season lows for Robinson. He had at least five receptions five straight games before this dud. With the Bears struggling offensively, Robinson might be a little more erratic going forward.
Game Notes: Mitchell Trubisky had more struggles, going 10-of-21 for 125 yards without a touchdown or interception against a bad Eagles secondary. He has failed to score a touchdown two straight and five of seven games he has played.
David Montgomery got most of the work at running back again and played well, rushing 14 times for 40 yards and two touchdowns. He also had three receptions for 36 yards, finishing with 76 total yards and two scores.
Chiefs 26, Vikings 23
Fantasy Stud: Tyreek Hill. Hill had six receptions for 140 yards and a touchdown. He made several big plays throughout the game. This was his first 100-yard game of the season. He has at least 74 yards four straight games since returning from his knee injury. Hill has been super consistent as the No. 1 target in this offense.
Fantasy Dud: Stefon Diggs. The Vikings had three passing touchdowns and 221-passing yards, but Diggs wasn’t apart of nearly all of the passing attack. He had just a catch for four yards, which was a big surprise, considering his recent play. Diggs had three straight 100-yard games before this performance.
Game Notes: Adam Thielen didn't last long in this game, re-aggravating his hamstring injury. He did not have a catch in the game and left very early. He could miss more time with this one.
Kirk Cousins didn’t have a ton of yardage, but continued his hot play. He had three touchdown passes without a turnover. Cousins has three-touchdown games three of four.
Steelers 26, Colts 24
Fantasy Stud: Jaylen Samuels. Samuels didn’t lead the Steelers in rushing but had a huge game in the passing attack. He had eight carries for just 10 yards, but 13 receptions for 73 yards. He is a huge asset in the passing game when in the starting lineup, giving him a lot of fantasy potential. James Conner remains the starter when healthy, but if he misses more time, Samuels has good fantasy value.
Fantasy Dud: JuJu Smith-Schuster. Smith-Schuster had just three receptions for 16 yards. This gives him fewer than five fantasy points three of five games. Smith-Schuster really needs Ben Roethlisberger back in the starting lineup. His production has really suffered this year.
Game Notes: Jacoby Brissett suffered a leg injury early in the game and was unable to return. He was 4-of-5 for 59 yards before leaving. Brian Hoyer played well in his place. He was 17-of-26 for 168 yards and three touchdowns with an interception.
Trey Edmunds was the surprise leading rusher for the Steelers. He had 12 carries for 73 yards. He won’t have much of a role when Conner is back, but could keep getting carries while he is out.
Dolphins 26, Jets 18
Fantasy Stud: Ryan Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick has re-gained his Fitz-magic. He was 24-of-36 for 288 yards and three touchdowns without a turnover. Fitzpatrick has multiple touchdowns three straight and seems to have a strong grip on the starter’s job in the Dolphins pass-heavy offense. He might be worth a streaming look in the right matchup.
Fantasy Dud: Mark Walton. Walton seemed setup for a good showing, starting against a bad defense with Kenyan Drake not in the mix anymore. Walton got his work but did about nothing with it. He had 12 carries for just 29 yards. He also caught three passes for just 12 yards. Walton is going to be a hard player to trust in this offense going forward - even in a starting role.
Game Notes: Preston Williams had five receptions for 72 yards and two touchdowns. Williams has at least four receptions all but two games this year. He is making a name for himself in this offense.
Jamison Crowder led the Jets in receiving, catching eight passes for 83 yards and a touchdown. This was his first touchdown of the season, but Crowder has at least four receptions five of eight games.
Panthers 30, Titans 20
Fantasy Stud: Christian McCaffrey. McCaffrey had another one of his game-changing performances. He ran 24 times for 146 yards and two touchdowns. He also had three receptions for 20 yards and a score, giving him 166 total yards and three touchdowns. McCaffrey has touchdown all but a game this year and is making a big-time run at No. 1 overall fantasy back. He is some kind of back.
Fantasy Dud: Jonnu Smith. Smith got another start at tight end with Delanie Walker out, but did little after a couple solid performances. He had three receptions for 18 yards. Smith had 60-plus yards two straight before this game. He still has potential in a starting role in this offense, but isn’t a sure thing by any means.
Game Notes: Ryan Tannehill had his second 300-yard game of the season. He was 27-of-39 for 331 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions. He also ran in a score, giving him multiple touchdowns three straight games in a starting role.
D.J. Moore had his first 100-yard game of the season. He had seven receptions for 101 yards on 10 targets. He has 70-plus yards five of eight games.
Raiders 31, Lions 24
Fantasy Stud: Matthew Stafford. Stafford continued his red hot play, picking apart the Raiders secondary. He was 26-of-41 for 406 yards and three touchdowns with an interception. Stafford has three straight games with 300-plus yards and three-plus touchdowns. He has five three-touchdown games this season. He is having a huge season and performing as well as any fantasy quarterback in the game.
Fantasy Dud: Ty Johnson. Johnson did lead the way at running back for the Lions this week, but still didn’t produce with his chances. He ran nine times for 29 yards and caught three passes for seven yards. So he had 12 touches for 36 yards. Johnson might be the lead back for the Lions but that doesn’t mean you should play him. He is doing very little with this chances. The Lions are suddenly a pass-first team.
Game Notes: Josh Jacobs topped 120 yards for the third time in four games. He ran 28 times for 120 yards and two touchdowns. The only negative for Jacobs in the game was he didn’t have a catch.
Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones both hit the 100-yard mark. Golladay had four receptions for 132 yards and a touchdown. Jones caught eight passes for 126 yards and a touchdown.
Seahawks 40, Bucs 34
Fantasy Stud: Tyler Lockett. There were several big showings in this game, but Lockett gets the nod for “stud” honors. He had 13 receptions for 152 yards and two touchdowns. This is the third time he had double-digit receptions in a game. He also has three 100-yard games and six touchdowns. Lockett is quickly becoming an elite fantasy receiver.
Fantasy Dud: Cameron Brate. Brate got the start with O.J. Howard out once again, but failed to do anything in this game. He didn’t even catch a pass, getting shutout for the first time this year. It was a bad time for Brate to lay an egg in a game that saw the Bucs throw for 300-plus yards and score 34 points. There is not a tight end on the Bucs roster that you can trust.
Game Notes: Russell Wilson continued his MVP season. He was 29-of-43 for 378 yards and five touchdowns without an interception. Wilson has 25 total touchdowns to one interception this season.
Mike Evans had his second straight game with double-digit touchdowns and 100-plus yards. He had 12 receptions for 180 yards and a touchdown. He has 23 receptions for 378 yards and three touchdowns his last two games.
Broncos 24, Browns 19
Fantasy Stud: Noah Fant. Fant had three receptions for 115 yards and a touchdown. It was his first 100-yard game as a pro. He did not have more than 40 yards in a game until this big showing. It was an encouraging performance for the rookie tight end. Maybe the quarterback change will be just the thing to get Fant going for the rest of the year.
Fantasy Dud: Royce Freeman. Freeman had his worst game of the season. He ran five times for just 15 yards and caught a pass for a negative game. He had touchdowns two straight and 60-plus total yards three of four games, so this game was a surprise for his fantasy owners. He had been posting pretty consistent numbers. It is not a surprise to see him posting poor numbers, though, since he splits carries with Phillip Lindsay at running back. This could happen more often going forward.
Game Notes: Phillip Lindsay had just nine carries but still had 92-rushing yards and a touchdown. He averaged 10.2 yards per carry. Lindsay has touchdowns three of five games.
Baker Mayfield played one of his better games of the season. He was 27-of-42 for 273 yards and a touchdown without a turnover. He still has not thrown for multiple touchdowns in a game this year, though.
Chargers 26, Packers 11
Fantasy Stud: Melvin Gordon. Gordon finally had a big overall game. He ran 20 times for 80 yards and two touchdowns. He also had three receptions for 29 yard, giving him 109 total yards and two scores. This was the first time all season he had more than 50 total yards in a game. He has scores three straight, though, and seems to be hitting his stride at the right time for fantasy owners.
Fantasy Dud: Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers had been red hot but was a bust this week. He didn’t even hit 200 yards. He was 23-of-35 for 161 yards and a touchdown without an interception. It was the first time all year he didn’t top 200 yards. You didn’t see this game coming after watching Rodgers scores 10 touchdowns his last three games.
Game Notes: Davante Adams returned from injury and led the Packers in receptions, catching seven passes for 41 yards. Adams has seven or more receptions three of five games this season.
Mike Williams had his first 100-yard game for the season. He had three receptions for 111 yards. He is starting to produce better, having 69-plus yards four of five games.
Ravens 37, Patriots 20
Fantasy Stud: Lamar Jackson. The best defense in football couldn’t slow Jackson. He scored three touchdowns in the game, leading his team to 37 points. He was 17-of-23 for 163 yards and a touchdown without a turnover. He also ran 16 times for 61 yards and two touchdowns. Jackson has at least 23 fantasy points all but one game this year. He is having a breakout fantasy season, making a run at top fantasy quarterback in the game.
Fantasy Dud: Sony Michel. Michel was not a big part of the offense for really the first time this year. He had four carries for just 18 yards and one catch for 12 yards. This was his first game not getting at least nine carries in a game. It also was his first game all season with fewer than five fantasy points. It was a disappointing showing for the Patriots starting back.
Game Notes: Mohamed Sanu had a great second game with the Patriots. He had 10 receptions for 81 yards and a touchdown. His stock is going up on a weekly basis in this offense.
Mark Ingram hit the 100-yard mark for the first time since Week 3. He ran 15 times for 116 yards and caught two passes for 29 yards. Ingram broke a streak of three straight games failing to top 55-rushing yards in a game.
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San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (knee) was limited in Thursday's practice and it appears as if he could be headed for a game-time decision in Week 12. The 49ers have the Sunday night game this week, which makes things tough on fantasy owners, but he's a must-start if he's active. If there's no significant news prior to the first set of games on Sunday, owners would be wise to lock up a backup tight end playing Sunday night or Monday night to have on hand in case Kittle is inactive. If he plays, he'll be facing a very vulnerable Packers pass defense and should have the potential to deliver around six catches for close to 100 yards with solid touchdown potential.
Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku is tentatively expected to suit up for his team's Week 12 matchup against the Miami Dolphins. Njoku has been on injured reserve since he broke his wrist against the New York Jets back in Week 2. If he does end up playing, Njoku can be treated as a low-end TE1 for fantasy purposes on a weekend where many of the top tight end options are on bye, including Travis Kelce and Hunter Henry. Miami's pass defense has been average against tight ends this season, allowing the 15th-most fantasy points per game to the position. That being said, the Browns should spend plenty of time in the red zone in this contest, a part of the field where Njoku excels.
The Cleveland Browns Defense draws a fantastic home matchup against the Miami Dolphins in Week 12. Cleveland enters this weekend installed as 10.5-point home favorites against a Miami offense that is allowing the third-most fantasy points per game to fantasy defenses. Even though Cleveland will be without Myles Garrett, they should still have little trouble limiting a turnover-prone Dolphins offense led by Ryan Fitzpatrick. Fire up the Browns defense in all fantasy formats for Week 12.
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (ribs) was a limited practice participant on Thursday and is currently listed as questionable for Week 12. It's looking like he could end up being a game-time decision and, unfortunately, the team has a Sunday night game against the Packers, so owners might need to make a decision on him earlier than they'd like. The Packers have ranked amongst the bottom third of the league in pass defense, so there will be solid opportunities for whichever 49ers receivers are available. Sanders has the upside to deliver around six catches and between 80 and 100 yards with solid touchdown potential if he goes in Week 12.
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry brings a three-game touchdown streak into a Week 12 matchup against the Miami Dolphins. While teammate Odell Beckham Jr. gets most of the headlines, Landry has quietly been the more consistent fantasy producer this season. He will take on a Miami pass defense that has struggled to contain opposing wideouts, ranking last in the league in DVOA and having allowed the ninth-most fantasy points per game to the position. Treat Landry as a solid WR2 in all fantasy formats for Week 12.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has thrown four touchdown passes in two of his past three games. This week, Garoppolo and the 49ers face the Packers and there's a chance he'll have the team's top receiver Emmanuel Sanders (ribs) and tight end George Kittle (knee) back for the game. Both players are currently questionable and could end up being game-time decisions. The Packers rank amongst the ten worst passing defenses in the league, allowing around 258 passing yards per game. The 49ers have struggled to run the ball lately, so Garoppolo could be tasked with throwing a good amount. His upside is compromised if Sanders or Kittle or both are out, but he's a viable low-end QB1 start this week regardless.
Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt draws a beautiful Week 12 matchup against a weak Miami Dolphins run defense. Miami ranks 29th in the league in run defense DVOA and is allowing the sixth-most fantasy points per game to the running back position. Hunt has been busy in the passing game in his two contests with the Browns, hauling in 13 of 17 targets for 90 yards. There is some concern that the Browns jump out to a big lead and lean run-heavy in the second half but Hunt could see a sizable workload on the ground if the team decides to give starter Nick Chubb a break. Treat Hunt as an RB2 in PPR leagues and a solid flex option in standard formats for Week 12.
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has only one touchdown in his first season with his new team, although he came close to scoring on a few occasions in Week 11. He draws a fantastic Week 12 matchup against a leaky Miami Dolphins secondary that ranks last in the league in pass defense DVOA. Beckham is primed to break out in Week 12, making him a projected WR1 in fantasy for the first time in a few months. Start Beckham in all formats in what could very well be his best performance of the entire season.
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield has been trending up in recent weeks after a brutal start to the season. He finds himself in a fantastic spot in Week 12 as the Browns welcome the Miami Dolphins to Cleveland. Miami's defense has struggled to stop the pass this season, ranking dead last in the league in pass defense DVOA while allowing the fifth-most fantasy points per game to the quarterback position. Mayfield can be trusted as a mid-range QB1 in fantasy for Week 12.
Green Bay Packers tight end Jimmy Graham will square off with the San Francisco 49ers in Week 12. Graham was given veteran's rest again this week so that coupled with the Week 11 bye should have him feeling well-rested ahead of a clash with the league's best pass defense. The 32-year-old has gone over 50 receiving yards three times this year and has caught three touchdowns in 10 games. Graham will find it difficult to accomplish either feat this week. San Francisco has allowed the fewest receiving yards to tight ends and have only surrendered two touchdowns to tight ends in 10 games. Graham is a TE2 at best this week.
Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb draws a dream matchup against the Miami Dolphins in Week 12. Chubb will take on a Miami run defense that ranks 29th in the league in DVOA and is allowing the sixth-most fantasy points per game to the position. While Chubb has lost some passing game work since Kareem Hunt returned from suspension, the Browns should jump out to a big lead, thus giving Chubb a positive game script in the second half. Treat Chubb as a top-five fantasy running back in Week 12.
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Geronimo Allison isn't a recommended option against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 12. Allison has topped 50 receiving yards once this year and has just two receiving touchdowns in 10 games. The silver lining is the fact that the 25-year-old has been on the field for at least 63 percent of the snaps in the last three games, so he hasn't lost any playing time. Considering the 49ers allow the fewest passing yards in the league, this doesn't feel like a game where Allison will get going.
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling can't be trusted for fantasy purposes right now ahead of a Week 12 matchup with the San Francisco 49ers' number-one pass defense. In Week 10 against the Carolina Panthers, the 25-year-old was held without a catch and played a season-low 17 percent of the snaps. Valdes-Scantling put up 6-99-1 and 2-133-1 receiving lines this year, but those games feel very far away at the moment. He should be on fantasy benches until he gives us a reason to trust him again.
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams will square off with the San Francisco 49ers' number-one pass defense in Week 12. Green Bay isn't taking any chances with their star wide receiver's health, as they've limited Adams' practice reps in both sessions this week. With practice and bye week rest, Adams will be good to go for Week 12 and has averaged 9.5 targets per game in six games played. The 49ers rank seventh in fantasy points allowed to wide receivers. Even in a matchup like this, Adams is too involved in the offense to be concerned. Start him as a WR1.
Green Bay Packers running back Jamaal Williams will take on the San Francisco 49ers in Week 12. Despite fellow back Aaron Jones emerging as a fantasy star, there's still been room for Williams to operate most weeks. The 24-year-old has averaged 10 touches per game in nine games played and has a team-leading five receiving touchdowns. San Francisco's defense ranks first against the pass but just 20th against the run. Through Week 12, opposing backs have averaged 22 touches per game against the 49ers. Williams may get less rushing attempts than Jones, but he could operate as a safety valve for Aaron Rodgers out of the backfield. It's risky, but Williams can be used in the flex spot this week.
Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones will face the San Francisco 49ers in Week 12. Fantasy's RB4 through 12 weeks is rested coming off the Week 11 bye. On paper, the 49ers seem like the toughest test of the year for Jones. They are elite, but their number-one pass defense has been the tough shell to the soft underbelly of their 20th-ranked rushing defense. In the 49ers' past five games, each opposing back tallied at least 15 touches and all but one eclipsed 80 scrimmage yards. Green Bay will look to establish the run early and often, rather than throwing into the teeth of a stingy defense. There is some risk, but Jones should be started as an RB1 this week.
Houston Texans wide receiver Kenny Stills recorded just one catch for six yards during the Thursday night win over the Indianapolis Colts. Stills logged his worst performance of the year and was a victim from a production standpoint by the return of Will Fuller (hamstring), who missed the team's previous three games. He likely has a few more decent performances left in the tank between now and the end of the season, but his potential will continue to be relegated by Fuller's presence in the lineup moving ahead.
Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins played well against the Colts on Thursday night, finishing things up with six catches for 94 yards and two touchdowns. After recording just two scores during the first six games of the year, the 27-year-old has turned it up as of late by visiting the end zone in three of his last five games. Hopkins continues to get his looks from quarterback Deshaun Watson, and besides Michael Thomas, he remains the most efficient fantasy wide receiver in the league. He will look to keep things going against a rough Patriots Defense in Week 13.
Houston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller was targeted 11 times during the win over the Colts, finishing with seven catches for 140 yards. After accumulating 217 yards and three touchdowns against the Falcons in Week 5, Fuller fizzled in his previous two contests coming into Thursday night, so this performance was a step in the right direction. Fantasy managers shouldn't expect this type of production consistently moving ahead, especially in Week 13 against a tough Patriots Defense, but the ceiling is always high when the matchup is in his favor, as long as he can stay healthy and on the field.
Houston Texans running back Duke Johnson finished with 22 yards on five carries to go along with one catch for eight yards during the win over the Colts on Thursday night. This was yet another disappointing performance from the 26-year-old, who has now recorded just three receptions over the last two games. While he may have a few more games where he catches four or five passes, his ability to get it done on the ground will continue to be relegated by Carlos Hyde, who is averaging 16 touches per outing on the year. For those who are desperate, Johnson does have the potential to score from a week-to-week basis but don't hold your breath waiting for consistent production.