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 email@example.com. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.
Five Fantasy Takeaways from Week 2
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (knee) will officially miss the rest of the 2020 season after an MRI exam confirmed a torn ACL in his right knee. With Barkley missing the rest of the year, the Giants are bringing in veteran free-agent running back Devonta Freeman for a workout. As of now, expect Wayne Gallman to see early down carries in this backfield, with Dion Lewis serving as the third-down back. This could be a season-ender for Barkley's fantasy managers as well, with the running back coming off the board second overall in a lot of leagues. Lewis will be worth a pickup in PPR leagues, but this backfield would become even more unpredictable if the team were to sign Freeman.
The Seattle Seahawks fear that outside linebacker Bruce Irvin (knee) tore his ACL in the Sunday night win over the Patriots, according to a source. Irvin will undergo more tests to confirm. The 32-year-old veteran isn't on the IDP radar at this point in his career, but he brings veteran leadership to this Seattle defense. He's had five combined tackles in two starts in 2020. The Seahawks Defense should be avoided for now, regardless of Irvin's status moving forward, as they've allowed 986 offensive yards to the Falcons and Patriots in the first two weeks of the season. Rookie first-rounder Jordyn Brooks will see more playing time if Irvin is lost for the season.
Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (ankle) suffered the dreaded high ankle sprain in the Week 2 loss to the Buccaneers and is expected to miss four to six weeks. With is expected timetable, the Panthers could decide to place him on Injured Reserve, from which he can return in three weeks. This is obviously a huge blow for fantasy managers, as McCaffrey was taken first overall in the vast majority of fantasy drafts. Mike Davis, McCaffrey's backup, will be a hot pickup off the waiver wire heading into Week 3. Expect Trenton Cannon to work as his direct backup for however long McCaffrey is sidelined.
Minnesota Vikings LB Anthony Barr (pectoral) suffered a torn pectoral muscle in Week 2 and will not play again this season, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.
Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera said that offensive guard Brandon Scherff (knee) will miss a couple of weeks. The three-time Pro Bowl right guard is playing on the franchise tag this year for $15 million, and this injury doesn't help his chances of signing a long-term contract extension with the team after this season, but it's much better than a season-ending injury. The 28-year-old is considered to be one of the best guards in the league, so losing him for any amount of time is bad news for the offensive line, the running game and quarterback Dwayne Haskins as they head into a Week 3 matchup with the Browns.
Denver Broncos wide receiver Courtland Sutton (knee) tore his ACL in the Week 2 loss to the Steelers and will miss the rest of the 2020 season, according to a source. It's a brutal injury for Sutton and the Broncos just as he returned to action after missing the season-opening loss to the Titans with a shoulder injury. Denver also lost quarterback Drew Lock (shoulder) for a few weeks, so it'll be Jeff Driskel under center moving forward throwing to rookies Jerry Jeudy and K.J. Hamler, Tim Patrick and tight end Noah Fant, who has become the best fantasy asset on this team through two weeks. Sutton was in play as a strong WR2 this year after a breakout 2019 performance.
Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Parris Campbell (knee) suffered a PCL injury in the Week 2 win over the Vikings that is expected to keep him out indefinitely, according to a source. With all the season-ending injuries that popped up in Week 2 across the league, you might say that Campbell dodged a bullet here after being carted off the field. Campbell has plenty of potential, but he only played in seven games in his rookie season due to injury. In what was a run-first offense against the Jets, rookie Michael Pittman Jr. and Zach Pascal should be in on three-receiver sets next to T.Y. Hilton for as long as Campbell is out. Pittman has more upside in the long term, but Pascal shouldn't be overlooked in the short term in deeper leagues.
Baltimore Ravens CB Tavon Young (knee) suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in Week 2 and will miss the remainder of the season.
Indianapolis Colts safety Malik Hooker (Achilles) suffered a torn Achilles in the Week 2 win over the Vikings and will miss the rest of the season, according to a source. The first-round pick in 2017 has been injury prone in his career, which is why the team didn't pick up his fifth-year option. Hooker will finish the season with seven tackles (five solo) in two games. His absence for the rest of the season will surely weaken the Colts secondary, but their defense is still worth a play in Week 3 against a Jets offense that is among the worst in the league through two weeks.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said that wide receiver Chris Godwin (head) has cleared the league's concussion protocol and will play in Week 3 against the Broncos. Godwin will return to action after missing the Week 2 win over the Panthers. The 24-year-old got off to a good start in Week 1 with six catches on seven targets for 79 yards in the loss to the Saints. Against a Denver secondary that will be missing cornerback A.J. Bouye, Godwin has clear WR1 potential in his return to the field. His return will make Scotty Miller a much less interesting flex option in deeper leagues, especially after he had only two receptions for 11 yards with Godwin inactive in Week 2.
The San Francisco 49ers are meeting with free-agent pass-rusher Ziggy Ansah with the expectation that they will sign him after he goes through COVID-19 testing. Ansah has visited with the team twice, but the sides never agreed to a deal. With pass-rushers Nick Bosa (knee) and Solomon Thomas (knee) both suffering serious injuries in Week 2, the Niners are looking for reinforcements on the defensive line. The 31-year-old former first-round pick of the Lions in 2013 had 2.5 sacks in 11 games (one start) with the Seahawks last year and has had trouble staying on the field in his seven-year career. He could provide some much-needed depth, but Ansah won't be on the IDP radar. San Fran's defense is still worth starting in fantasy, but they'll lose some of that high-end potential with Bosa injured.
New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (toe) is believed to be dealing with turf toe after getting injured in the Week 2 loss to the Bears, according to a source. Shepard will undergo an MRI exam on Monday, but this is an injury that typically requires a wide receiver to miss some time. With running back Saquon Barkley (knee) done for the year with an ACL tear, the G-Men lost two of their best offensive weapons in the same game. Fantasy managers of Shepard should be planning on him missing multiple weeks. Darius Slayton, Golden Tate and tight end Evan Engram will be the team's top three receiving options for quarterback Daniel Jones if Shepard misses time.
New York Jets WR Jamison Crowder (hamstring) appears to be questionable at best to return in Week 3 versus the Indianapolis Colts after sitting out Week 2 with a hamstring injury, according to comments made by head coach Adam Gase on Monday, Sept. 21.
Denver Broncos CB Davontae Harris (hamstring) is expected to miss a week or two with a hamstring injury, according to head coach Vic Fangio.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle) suffered a high ankle sprain in the Week 2 win over the Jets, and he didn't play at all in the second half. The injury will keep Garoppolo off the field for at least one game and probably more. He was 14-for-16 in the game with 131 yards passing and two touchdowns before the injury, so it ruined what could have been a really good game for him. Already a low-ceiling QB2 in a run-first offense, Jimmy G can obviously be avoided for a few weeks in superflex leagues. Nick Mullens replaced Garoppolo in the second half on Sunday and should get the starts moving forward, but he doesn't have much fantasy appeal as more of a game manager under center.
Seattle Seahawks LB Bruce Irvin (knee) likely suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in Week 2 and will likely miss the rest of the season, according to a source.
Free-agent DE Ziggy Ansah is reportedly on the verge of signing a one-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers on Monday, Sept. 21, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.
Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Tyrod Taylor (chest) was released from the hospital late Sunday night after dealing with chest pain. His chest issue will be evaluated throughout the week, and head coach Anthony Lynn said that Taylor will remain the team's starter if he's fully healthy. The Chargers probably won't rush Taylor back after rookie Justin Herbert looked very solid in his NFL debut in the overtime loss to the Chiefs in Week 2. Lynn has been very loyal to Taylor, but even though Herbert had some rookie mistakes on Sunday, he probably presents the team with more upside right now. Keep a close eye on Taylor's status this week. If Taylor can't go for Week 3, the rookie signal-caller would become an attractive QB2 in superflex leagues in a great matchup with Carolina.
Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz has completed only 58.8 percent of his passes through two games, and he has amassed only two touchdown passes versus four interceptions over that span. However, head coach Doug Pederson told reporters Monday, Sept. 21, he is 'not concerned' about Wentz's play thus far.
Fantasy Spin: Pederson went on to say that Wentz is "just missing" so far, although he did call the quarterback's first interception against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 2 "unacceptable." To be fair to Wentz, he was sharp in the first half of Week 1 before the offensive line broke down multiple times, so there is hope this is a short-term thing. He will be in a prime bounce-back spot in Week 3 against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Zach Pascal caught three balls for 19 yards and a touchdown in a win against the Vikings. Pascal has just seven targets over the first two weeks. The Colts are much higher on young receiversParris Campbell and Michael Pittman Jr. Campbell was injured in Week 2, so this may open the door for Pascal to see more targets with Campbell out indefinitely. With this being said, Pascal has just two games in his career where he has over 100 yards. History suggests that even with more opportunity, Pascal does not hold much value in any fantasy lineup. He will match up against the Jets next week and is worth considering as a waiver pickup in deeper leagues if you're hurting at the position.