From The Godfather: Week 11

Sat Nov 21 11:18pm ET
By CHARLIE WIEGERT
Contributing Writer

While we have no major player missing this weekend because of the bat virus, Cleveland has lost one of the best defensive ends in the NFL in Miles Garrett for their game this week with the Eagles, giving Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia receivers a little better chance. And the Eagles have won their last five games with the Browns.

The Raiders defensive line has three starters and three reserves in the virus testing program this week, so the Chiefs could have a major blow out.

Not the bat virus, but concussion protocol will cost Lions rookie running back D’Andre Swift a nice matchup with the Panthers, who will also be missing receivers Kenny Golladay and Danny Amendola.  Plus, Matthew Stafford has a torn ligament in his thumb on his throwing hand.  On the other side of the ball, it looks like Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will be sitting this game out, thrusting XFL star PJ Walker into the starting lineup against a sad Lions defense.   I smell sleeper. And Walker’s favorite Temple receiver, Robby Anderson, is there to help him catch on. Super sleeper!

The news out of New Orleans is Drew Brees will miss at least three weeks.  While most thought Jameis Winston would step in, rumor has it Taysom Hill will be the signal caller.  It makes him a must play at tight end in ESPN and FanDuel leagues, but a weak quarterback play elsewhere.  And for all of us that picked up Winston for the cushy matchup against the Falcons this week, rats!

Looking at the teams that give up the most fantasy points to quarterbacks. Seattle and Arizona have already played. Buffalo has a bye. And Atlanta has the Saints with Taysom Hill.  Next on the list is Pittsburgh and Ben Roethlsberger at Jacksonville.  While Roethlisberger struggles on the road, he should have a better than average day against the Jaguars.  Next is a matchup of the third and seventh best defenses for quarterbacks with the Chargers and the Jets.  Rookie Justin Herbert should come out on top as the Chargers should dominate.  Next would be the Eagles and Wentz getting the Garrett-less Browns.

Running backs start with Carolina’s Mike Davis against the worst running back defense in the NFL, the Lions.  And with PJ Walker starting at quarterback, the Panthers will want to dominate the game with their rushing attack against a team that gives up the most rushing yards in the NFL.  The second worst rushing defense is the Panthers, but the Lions can’t capitalize with D’Andre Swift.  Adrian Peterson should be a workhorse for the Lions in a game that should feature a lot of rushing attempts.

The Packers third worst run defense goes against the Colts.  While most are hoping for a Jonathan Taylor breakout, the reality will be a Nyheim Hines stellar game.  Next is a Houston team that gave up 100-plus yards to two Cleveland running backs last Sunday.  Damien Harris (and Rex Burkhead) hope to do the same for the Patriots against them this week. 

Kansas City gets an already weak Raiders defense that could be missing some key players, putting Clyde Edwards-Helaire is a good spot to shine.  If Austin Ekeler plays for the Chargers, he should have a good game against the Jets. And perhaps this will be a big week for James Conner because Pittsburgh goes against a weak Jacksonville defense.

Much of the same for the wide receivers as the quarterbacks this week with Seattle and Arizona having already played.  The Titans are second in giving up fantasy points to receivers, making Marquise Brown and Willie Snead IV excellent plays.  Between the two, I think Snead will score the most fantasy points.

The Cowboys and the Vikings play each other and both are prone to letting wideouts have big games.  With Andy Dalton back this week, Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup get a boost, but the Vikings defense has stepped up the last two weeks.  I prefer the Viking receivers against Dallas in this game, and expect Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson to score the most points.  The other generous passing defense is the Falcons, but with the Saints quarterback situation, it’s hard to believe Michael Thomas will finally produce the fantasy points you expected when he was drafted in the first round.

Travis Kelce is always a top tight end. Taysom Hill is number two this week.  Jared Cook should be number three, playing against Atlanta, but the Saints quarterback situation makes him questionable.  Washington’s Logan Thomas gets the Bengals third worst defense to tight ends. The second worst Bills and fourth worst Bears have a bye this week.  Cleveland and Austin Hooper get the Eagles. Pittsburgh’s Eric Ebron gets the Jaguars. Cincy’s Drew Sample gets Washington. And the Lions TJ Hockenson plays Carolina.  All are worthwhile players at tight end this week.

Have a great Week 11! Next week will be interesting with three early games on Thanksgiving with fantasy playoffs on the line.  And keep an eye on the 49ers, who had three players test  positive for the bat virus this week.

Charlie Wiegert was the sixth person to be inducted in the Fantasy Sports Hall Of Fame in 2001. He is a founder of CDM Fantasy Sports and Fantasy Sports Trade Association. He has been playing and winning fantasy baseball leagues since 1984. If you have any questions for Charlie, email them to cwiegert@cdmsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @GFFantasySports.

Player Notes
New York Giants Dec 1 9:50pm ET

The New York Giants placed starting outside linebacker Kyle Fackrell (calf) on Injured Reserve on Tuesday with a calf injury. Fackrell will miss at least the next three games, leaving the Giants very short-handed at the position. He was tied for second on the team with three sacks and was playing close to 100 percent of the defensive snaps before suffering the injury in the Week 12 win over the Bengals. No outside linebacker on the active roster has more than one sack this year. Linebackers Lorenzo Carter and Oshane Ximines are also on IR. Jamaal Sheard and rookies Carter Coughlin and Cam Brown could start in Week 13 against the Seahawks, making the New York defense one to avoid for fantasy managers after they were a popular streaming defense against Cincy.

From RotoBaller

Drew Lock Dec 1 9:40pm ET

The Denver Broncos activated quarterbacks Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles from the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Tuesday after all three had PCR tests come back negative on Monday. They will all be eligible to play in Week 13 against the Chiefs. So barring additional team discipline, the Broncos won't be forced to use a practice-squad wide receiver under center against their division rivals. If Lock returns as the starter for this offense, it'll be excellent news for receivers Jerry Jeudy, Tim Patrick and K.J. Hamler and tight end Noah Fant. Denver will likely be forced to throw often to keep up with the Chiefs high-octane offense, too, but Lock's inconsistency this season keeps him as a low-end QB2. The 24-year-old was 24-for-40 for 254 yards and two interceptions in the first meeting against KC back in Week 7.

From RotoBaller

Olamide Zaccheaus Dec 1 9:30pm ET

The Atlanta Falcons placed wide receiver Olamide Zaccheaus (toe) on Injured Reserve on Tuesday after he left the Week 12 win over the Raiders with a toe injury. In a corresponding move, the team activated receiver Laquon Treadwell from the Reserve/COVID-19 list and added him to the 53-man roster. Zaccheaus popped up for a couple decent games this year, but it his production was inconsistent on a weekly basis and he was too far down the team's receiving depth chart to be a viable fantasy option in most leagues. The second-year wideout's best game came in Week 9 against the Broncos when he had four receptions for 103 yards and his first touchdown of the season. If he doesn't make it back this year, he'll finish with 20 receptions (32 targets) for 274 yards and the one touchdown. Christian Blake and Brandon Powell could see some more playing time as the No. 4 wideout with Zaccheaus out.

From RotoBaller

J.K. Dobbins Dec 1 9:20pm ET

Baltimore Ravens running backs J.K. Dobbins and Mark Ingram II are both eligible to be activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list prior to the Week 12 game against the Steelers on Wednesday, but it's not a given that either will play. Both players have been isolated since testing positive for the virus on Nov. 22 and aren't allowed to fly on the team plane on Tuesday night. At this point, if you have Dobbins or Ingram on your roster, you've likely benched them for other running backs that already played in Week 12. Even if they both play, Gus Edwards could see the majority of backfield touches and will be the best fantasy play of the trio. Those that picked up Edwards in order to start him this week are hoping that neither Dobbins nor Ingram suit up in the tough matchup against the undefeated Steelers.

From RotoBaller

Brandon Williams Dec 1 9:10pm ET

The Baltimore Ravens activated defensive tackle Brandon Williams, quarterback Trace McSorley, nickelback Tavon Young and cornerback Khalil Dorsey from the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Tuesday. They could activate more players from the list before kickoff against the Steelers on Wednesday. McSorley should be the backup to Robert Griffin III on Wednesday with Lamar Jackson testing positive for COVID-19 and being unavailable this week. The return of Williams will be good news for Baltimore's defensive line, who will again be without Pro Bowl defensive lineman Calais Campbell. The Ravens Defense is more of a gamble in DFS and season-long leagues against the undefeated Steelers, but inclement weather is expected and could make things tougher on both offenses.

From RotoBaller

Dalvin Cook Dec 1 7:53pm ET

Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (ankle) is 'just kind of beat up,' according to offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak Tuesday, Dec. 1.

Fantasy Spin: Cook briefly left the Week 12 game against the Carolina Panthers but returned to finish with 83 total yards and 22 touches. He leads the league with 1,385 yards from scrimmage and 14 total touchdowns on the season. The Vikings' schedule gets much tougher following the Week 13 home date against the Jacksonville Jaguars, but he'll remain a matchup-proof RB1 due to his heavy usage.

From TheHuddle

Jordan Willis Dec 1 7:43pm ET

San Francisco 49ers DT D.J. Jones, DE Jordan Willis and practice squad TE Daniel Helm will be activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list and practice Thursday, Dec. 3, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan Tuesday, Dec. 1.

From TheHuddle

Jaylen Watkins Dec 1 7:13pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers TE Matt Sokol and DB Jaylen Watkins were designated as protected practice squad players for Week 13 Tuesday, Dec. 1.

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Chris Smith Dec 1 7:03pm ET

Las Vegas Raiders LB Vic Beasley, PK Dominik Eberle, DE David Irving and DE Chris Smith were designated as protected practice squad players for Week 13 Tuesday, Dec. 1.

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Chad Hansen Dec 1 6:53pm ET

Houston Texans WR Chad Hansen, DT Corey Liuget, WR Steven Mitchell Jr. and WR Damion Ratley were designated as protected practice squad players for Week 13 Tuesday, Dec. 1.

From TheHuddle

Aldrick Rosas Dec 1 6:53pm ET

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Terry Godwin, DB Josh Nurse, DT Caraun Reid and PK Aldrick Rosas were designated as protected practice squad players for Week 13 Tuesday, Dec. 1.

From TheHuddle

Rashard Robinson Dec 1 6:33pm ET

Dallas Cowboys DB Deante Burton, OT Jordan Mills, DB Rashard Robinson and OT William Sweet were named protected practice squad players for Week 13 Tuesday, Dec. 1.

From TheHuddle

Troy Fumagalli Dec 1 6:33pm ET

Denver Broncos RB LeVante Bellamy, TE Troy Fumagalli, DB Alijah Holder and LB Josh Watson were made protected practice squad players for Week 13 Tuesday, Dec. 1.

From TheHuddle

Kyle Lauletta Dec 1 6:23pm ET

Cleveland Browns OT Michael Dunn, QB Kyle Lauletta, PK Matthew McCrane and OT Alex Taylor were designated as protected practice squad players for Week 13 Tuesday, Dec. 1.

From TheHuddle

Joe Webb Dec 1 6:13pm ET

Free-agent WR Joe Webb (Lions) is visiting the New York Giants Tuesday, Dec. 1.

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Tyler Bray Dec 1 6:13pm ET

Chicago Bears QB Tyler Bray was designated as a protected practice squad player for Week 13 Tuesday, Dec. 1.

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Kevin Hogan Dec 1 6:13pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals QB Kevin Hogan, WR Stanley Morgan, RB Jacques Patrick and TE Mitchell Wilcox were named as protected practice squad players for Week 13 Tuesday, Dec. 1.

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Darron Lee Dec 1 6:03pm ET

Buffalo Bills DE Bryan Cox Jr., C Jordan Devey, C Jonotthan Harrison and LB Darron Lee were chosen as protected practice squad players for Week 13 on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

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Will Fuller Dec 1 5:53pm ET

Houston Texans WR Will Fuller and CB Bradley Roby were officially placed on the Reserve/Suspended list Tuesday, Dec. 1. The Texans also activated DT Andrew Brown from the Exempt/Commissioner Permission list.

From TheHuddle

D.J. Foster Dec 1 5:53pm ET

Arizona Cardinals TE Seth DeValve, DE Michael Dogbe, RB D.J. Foster and WR A.J. Richardson were chosen as protected practice squad players for Week 13 on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

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