Fantasy Football Studs & Duds: Week 11
The 11th NFL Sunday is in the books, so let’s take a moment to reflect on the good (Josh Allen), bad (Deshaun Watson), and ugly (JuJu Smith-Schuster) from a fantasy football point of view. Take note that fantasy scores are listed in terms of half PPR scoring, and you can see the complete player results over at the nifty FantasyPros sortable results page.
Josh Allen (QB – BUF): 33.8 FP
Allen is your top fantasy scorer of Week 11 (heading into Monday Night Football), no matter the scoring format. The Bills apparently enjoyed the warm(er) weather in Miami, hanging 37 points on the Dolphins. Allen accounted for four total touchdowns (one rushing) while piling up 256 passing yards and 56 rushing yards on Sunday. He’ll have a tougher test against the Broncos next weekend.
John Brown (WR – BUF): 30.2 FP
Those who stacked Allen with John Brown in daily fantasy tournaments were handsomely rewarded. As mentioned in the previous write-up, Allen threw for 256 yards and three touchdowns. Brown accounted for 137 of those yards (nine receptions) and two touchdowns to become the top fantasy receiver of Week 11.
Lamar Jackson (QB – BAL): 33.5 FP
Jackson continues to make his case for MVP consideration, as he demolished the Texans with 222 passing yards, 86 rushing yards, and four passing touchdowns. His efficiency remains spectacular in both the passing and running games, as he only needed 24 passing attempts and nine rushes to gain that respective yardage.
Christian McCaffrey (RB – CAR): 24.6 FP
This wasn’t McCaffrey’s best performance, as he was held out of the end-zone in Carolina’s embarrassing 29-3 defeat against Atlanta. Still, McCaffrey piled up 191 total yards, which was enough to make him the top fantasy running back on Sunday. That just goes to show you that he can have a strong outing even when the Panthers aren’t clicking offensively.
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Jeff Driskel (QB – DET): 27.5 FP
Your QB5 on the week is Jeff Driskel, who made his second start in place of Lions’ quarterback Matthew Stafford. Driskel was better this time around (209-2-0), but adding 51 rushing yards and a touchdown on the ground really helped his fantasy total. We aren’t expecting a repeat performance, but Driskel would have a chance to make more noise against Washington next week, assuming he’s still starting.
D.J. Chark (WR – JAC): 26.4 FP
Nick Foles returned as Jacksonville’s starting quarterback, and Chark benefitted with eight receptions, 104 yards, and two touchdowns. His 15 targets were a byproduct of Jacksonville trailing throughout this game, but it’s nice to see Foles looking his way. Chark finished with the second-highest fantasy total for a receiver on Sunday, trailing only John Brown.
Calvin Ridley (WR – ATL): 24.3 FP
This one isn’t exactly “out of nowhere” if you think about it. The Falcons traded wide receiver Mohamed Sanu and tight end Austin Hooper was ruled out, leaving Ridley to absorb a healthy market share of Atlanta’s passing attack. That came to fruition on Sunday, as the talented speedster came through with a rewarding 8-143-1 line. He could continue to thrive in a mouthwatering draw against the Buccaneers next week.
Ryan Griffin (TE – NYJ): 19.4 FP
Fellow tight end Chris Herndon landed on injured reserve, meaning that Griffin should hold down the position moving forward. That paid off on Sunday, as the big man came through with a nice 5-109-1 line against Washington. Griffin will likely be up-and-down on a weekly basis, but he carries some fantasy value with QB Sam Darnold focused on the short passing game.
Deshaun Watson (QB – HOU): 5.0 FP
The meeting between Watson and Jackson turned out to be very one-sided. The Texans’ quarterback had a forgettable performance with 169 passing yards, no touchdowns, and one interception. That ranks him as the 26th-best fantasy quarterback for Week 11. Watson will have a chance to bounce back on shortened rest while facing the Colts on Thursday Night Football.
Tom Brady (QB – NE): 8.5 FP
Brady didn’t do much, but the Patriots still found a way to beat the Eagles 17-10. Go figure. Fantasy backers shouldn’t be too concerned, as a tasty matchup with Dallas looms on the horizon. The Cowboys let Kirk Cousins and Jeff Driskel have strong fantasy outings in back-to-back weeks, so Brady could come back in a big way.
Brian Hill (RB – ATL): 4.3 FP
Devonta Freeman didn’t play on Sunday, so many fantasy enthusiasts looked to Brian Hill against a vulnerable Carolina run defense. As it turned out, the Falcons didn’t need him to do much, as he posted just 4.8 fantasy points as the 48th-best running back of the week.
Amari Cooper (WR – DAL): 5.1 FP
It’s unusual to see Dak Prescott in the stud category and Amari Cooper as a dud in the same article. Randall Cobb and Michael Gallup did most of the heavy lifting in the Dallas passing game on Sunday, while Cooper hauled in just 3-of-8 targets for 38 yards. He has been playing through knee/ankle issues recently, so that could be something to monitor moving forward.