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Kyle Yates’ Last-Minute Week 11 Cheat Sheet (2020 Fantasy Football)

by Kyle Yates | @KyleYNFL | Featured Writer
Nov 22, 2020

We’ve got some fantastic matchups on the tv this weekend! Are you ready for them?

I’m here with my quick-hitting thoughts to help you get ready for your fantasy matchups heading into week 11! If you’d like a little bit more in-depth studying, you can also find my weekly rankings here or my weekly fantasy projections article with projections and notes for every fantasy relevant player in the NFL here.

Here are some last-minute quick-hit items designed to help you live your best fantasy life in Week 11:

5 Players I Like More Than ECR

Jd Mckissic: McKissic was in this section for me last week and it certainly paid off! I’m going back to him again this week and he lands at RB19 in my rankings versus RB21 in ECR.

Miles Sanders: It’s not a big difference from ECR, but with Myles Garrett out this week, Sanders should have plenty of room to run against this Browns defense. Sanders is RB6 in ECR, but he’s RB4 in my rankings.

Adrian Peterson: Peterson’s going to step in for D’Andre Swift in this matchup and he should see plenty of work against a poor run defense. Peterson lands at RB24 in my rankings versus RB28 in ECR.

Amari Cooper: With Andy Dalton back at QB, Cooper should soak up targets yet again. It’s not a big difference, but he lands at WR21 in my rankings and WR24 in ECR.

Eric Ebron: Ebron’s a tough projection due to the surrounding talent on the Steelers offense, but this is a matchup where you start your opposing TEs. The Jaguars are allowing the 3rd most fantasy points to opposing TEs this season. Ebron’s at TE10 in ECR right now, which is a borderline start option. However, I have him up at TE7, which means that he needs to be in your starting lineup.

5 Players I Like Less Than ECR

Todd Gurley: Gurley has looked atrocious as a runner the past several games, but he’s finding the end zone regularly in good matchups. The Saints defense is not a good matchup for opposing RBs, which makes it more difficult to buy into Gurley as a mid-range RB2 this week like ECR has him. Gurley lands at RB22 in my rankings and ECR has him all the way up at RB16.

Michael Thomas: Before we had news that Taysom Hill was going to be the starting QB in New Orleans, I was really excited about MT with Jameis Winston in the lineup. However, we cannot comfortably go into this game relying on Thomas for fantasy football with a QB that has only thrown the ball 18 times in his career. Thomas is still being ranked as a solid WR2 at WR16 in ECR and I’m hedging my bets here a little bit and ranking him at WR29.

Damien Harris: I loved Harris heading into this matchup against the Texans, but Sony Michel‘s return to the active roster muddies this situation for fantasy football. Harris’ ECR is currently RB18, but I’m playing it a little bit more safe and ranking him at RB20.

Aaron Jones: Jones is viewed as a top-5 lock in ECR this week, but this is a very tough matchup for opposing RBs and we can’t assume that he’s going to see more than 15 touches in this game. Jones is still a must-start option, but I’m not as optimistic on him as ECR. He lands at RB7 in my rankings.

Jamison Crowder: Crowder’s been a steady fantasy option when he’s in the lineup, but that’s mostly been with Sam Darnold at QB. Now, Joe Flacco will be back behind center, which downgrades Crowder’s fantasy outlook a bit in my mind. I still think he’s worth starting, but I’ve got him a couple spots lower than his WR32 ECR.

Desperation Pickups

Kerryon Johnson: Johnson’s only 15% rostered in Yahoo leagues and he should be heavily involved in this game plan with D’Andre Swift out of the lineup.

Matt Breida: Breida seems set to return to the lineup this week, which dampens any excitement we may have had for Salvon Ahmed. Breida should see enough touches this week to be a fine fill-in option for desperate fantasy rosters.

Jakeem Grant: Grant stepped up last week with his new expanded role in this offense and he delivered. While I would prefer to wait another week before I plug him into my starting lineup, Grant could be played if you’re in a pinch.

Willie Snead: Snead’s been involved in this offense and has been the most productive wideout for fantasy purposes on this team. It’s hard to trust him, but this is a good matchup for opposing WRs. He should only be played if you’re absolutely desperate though.

Irv Smith/Kyle Rudolph: For fantasy managers that desperately need a TE option this week, it’s important to look at the matchups. The Vikings get to take on the Dallas Cowboys, who have been one of the best matchups all season. Smith is questionable for this game, but if he plays, he can be plugged in as a streaming option. If Smith misses, Rudolph can be played due to the upside he brings and the chance that he has to find the end zone here. They’re desperation plays, but they could pay off.

5 Receiver/Cornerback Matchups to Watch

Jalen Ramsey/Mike Evans: This is going to be must-watch on Monday Night Football.

Michael Pittman/Jaire Alexander: Pittman broke out last week, but he now gets a tough matchup against the Packers secondary. Alexander should shadow Pittman, which is going to make life pretty tough for the rookie wideout all game long. If Pittman comes through this matchup victorious though, it’s wheels up with him from a fantasy perspective.

Will Fuller/Stephon Gilmore: Gilmore sounds like he’s going to play in this matchup and he’s most likely going to shadow Fuller. Fuller’s been extremely consistent for fantasy this season, but this could be the breaking point with him if Gilmore’s fully healthy.

Justin Jefferson/Chidobe Awuzie: Jefferson’s going to put on a show against the struggling CB.

Jalen Reagor/Denzel Ward: Ward hasn’t lived up to the draft capital just yet, but he’s still a very solid player. Reagor might struggle to get open in this one unless the Eagles are creative with how they get him the ball.

5 Bold Predictions For Week 10

Michael Thomas will finish outside the top-30 WRs.

Aaron Jones finishes outside the top-12 RBs.

All three Steelers WRs finish within the top-12.

Damien Harris and Sony Michel split the workload evenly in New England.

Cam Newton finishes as a top-5 QB.

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Kyle Yates is a featured writer at FantasyPros. For more from Kyle, check out his archive and follow him @KyleYNFL.

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