Welcome to Week Eleven! I hope you are arriving here in good shape. I suppose the fact that you are reading this means you still have something to play for. That’s good! I have some ideas for how to attack Week 11 and beyond, so let’s get to work!
As always, this is a living article that gets updated a few times up until about 7pm, so check back once it’s been finalized if you want more ideas.
The Packers, Titans, Giants and Seahawks are on their byes this week.
Unless specified, all players in this article are owned at a less than 50 percent rate on Yahoo.
Daniel Jones, Giants
As I’ve been saying for weeks, he has some very good matchups remaining on his schedule. In fact, Jones’ playoff matchups alone are worth rostering, if you are a team that looks like a playoff squad. He’s not an option this week, because New York is on its bye, but Jones makes a great QB2 for your playoff run.
Derek Carr, Raiders
He’s far from sexy and he lacks high-end weaponry, but what he does have is a very strong schedule over the next three weeks, including the hapless Bengals in Oakland this weekend. Carr can help you if you are in need.
Sam Darnold, Jets
It may not be pretty but we saw that Darnold is capable last week when he beat the Giants. He’s a functional starter every week for the next month, when he’ll face Washington, Oakland, Cincinnati and Miami.
Nick Foles, Jaguars
He’s back and he’s available. The schedule is not good or bad and neither is Foles, to be honest. He’s a backup option for depth purposes.
Colin Kaepernick, Free agent
NFL clubs were informed today that a private workout will be held for Colin Kaepernick on Saturday in Atlanta. Session will include on-field work and an interview. All clubs are invited to attend, and video of both the workout and interview will be made available to clubs.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 12, 2019
This is obviously a non-starter for seasonal purposes, but maybe CK is worth adding in deeper Suprflex dyno formats. I know he’s been released in most of the leagues I play in.
Brian Hill, Falcons
Devonta Freeman went down with a foot issue and in typical NFL fashion, we are left to chase the exact details. It’s being put forth as a two week injury or thereabouts, but I would not be at all surprised if it cost Freeman the season. In fairness, he could also return after one missed game. We just don’t know, but here’s the calculus from where I sit. Freeman is not very good right now. The cumulation of NFL carries has taken a toll on the veteran. Why would Atlanta force him back until he is ready? It feels like Hill could be the guy the rest of the way, so I’d go after him pretty hard. Even if you have no use for RB depth, you can market him at the trade deadline, which is this week in most leagues.
Derrius Guice, Washington
Washington is now past their bye week, and Guice will return for Week 11. He should emerge and become their starter at some point soon. As well as old man Adrian Peterson has played, Washington wants to get their future established, and that future is, hopefully, Guice. Unlike Peterson, Guice can make contributions as a receiver, which will help their quarterbacks. He’s been a great stash option in deeper leagues, but he’s a guy to add everywhere now.
Kalen Ballage, Dolphins
As I said last week, “they dealt away Kenyan Drake and now Mark Walton is suspended for four games (personal conduct policy), so whatever it is that Kalen Ballage is, we’re about to find out. As of now, he has effectively zero competition for touches. They say opportunity is everything for running backs. The Dolphins and Ballage are about to put that theory to the test.” So yeah, as I was saying, this is a volume meets incompetence situation. Ballage just lacks lead NFL RB instincts. As I said on the show last week, if there was a fire hydrant on the field, Ballage would run right into it. All that said, he received 24 touches in Week 10, and that kind of workload has value–even if we’re talking about a stiff like Ballage. And, don’t forget that Ito Smith (neck/IR) is also out of the picture.
J.D. McKissic, Lions
Kerryon Johnson is done. C.J. Anderson was cut long ago. Ty Johnson was concussed in Week 10 and could miss Week 11. This makes McKissic a nice player to add and play this week–particularly in full PPR leagues.
Raheem Mostert, 49ers
#49ers RB Matt Breida will get a second opinion on the sprained ankle he aggravated in last night’s loss to the #Seahawks, source said. Doesn’t sound like a bad injury, but may miss some time to let it heal.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 12, 2019
He’s the guy who most stands to benefit from Breida missing time. He’ll get up to about ten touches behind Coleman in my view. Not a bad flex option on a tough week.
Peyton Barber, Bucs
He’s very unsexy and worth more in standard scoring, but he’s still getting work and he saw enhanced work after Ronald Jones’ fourth quartr fumble. He’s a great add for those who’ve now rostered Jones. It protects your posterior, but Barber can be flexed this week in deeper formats as well.
The Chiefs Backs
I’d roster all of the Chiefs runners in deeper leagues. If LeSean McCoy gets dropped, pick him up. If Darrell Williams or even Darwin Thompson is available, I’d consider them. They have appeal in deep 12-team formats and in 14-teamers. Obviously, this is all about what a lead gig for the Chiefs could be worth. At this point, any back who could land tht gig, needs to be rostered or at least monitored. Right now, Damien seems like the guy but all of these backs have enough talent to smash with enough touches. It’s the offense.
Mike Davis, Panthers
He’s probably the handcuff for Christian McCaffrey now. In deeper leagues, he’s worthy of handcuff usage. I doubt they change CMC’s role much.
Will Fuller, Texans
This is just insane. He’s effin’ Will Fuller! How is he available in 45% of leagues? Just add him above all else if he’s out there. Easy button.
Daruis Slayton, Giants
This one is a bit tricky because there’s a chance that Sterling Shepard returns from his concussion (at some point) and throws a money wrench in the Giants target distribution. As long as that doesn’t happen, Slayton is nearing must-start status as a high-ceiling WR3. And, for what it’s worth, and it’s a lot, the Giants have to-die-for playoff matchups. Slayton is a great pickup no matter what your team’s current station is.
Demaryius Thomas, Jets
It’s about the usage and the upcoming matchups. Thomas is nothing special at this stage and you could make an argument that the Jets are wasting their time with him. Regardless, he’s a favorite of the head coach and his role is not going anywhere. As I said, it’s about the usage and the matchups. The Jets closing schedule, as I’ve said a zillion times, is excellent. Meanwhile, Thomas, with 40 targets over the last six weeks, is seeing the kind of usage that many lead receivers get, and, with their plus schedule, that kind of diet could start paying dividends soon. Yeah, it’s ugly, but it all counts the same in the box score.
Deebo Samuel, 49ers
Emmanuel Sanders suffered a rib injury versus the Seahawks on Monday Night Football. I’m not sure when we’ll learn about the severity of that injury. Deebo is, without question, the 49ers receiver to add for those looking to either cover their tails (Sanders teams) or for those looking to capitalize by getting Samuel into their Week 11 lineup. He’ll be a flex option if Sanders can play but he’s a solid WR3 if Sanders is out. By the way, with Sanders out last night, Samuel caught 8 balls for 112 yards.
Kyle Shanahan said WR Emmanuel Sanders (rib) could be a game-time decision for Sunday vs. Cardinals. #49ers
— Eric Branch (@Eric_Branch) November 12, 2019
Cole Beasley, Bills
He’s been a mainstay in this space and while he hasn’t achieved the volume I expected, he’s been a viable play almost every week. Somehow he is still available in about 70 percent of Yahoo formats. While his remaining schedule is mediocre, his best remaining matchup is this week at Miami, so he’s a great plug-and-play guy.
Diontae Johnson, Steelers
As I have been saying Diontae is “the clear number two weapon in the Steelers’ pass game.” The Steelers have very good playoff matchups in Weeks 14 & 16, though they do have the Bills in Week 15. I’d be rostering him for the plus matchups. He’s seeing 7-8 targets in most games at this stage.
Andy Isabella, Cardinals
His stars may finally be aligning. He played 26 snaps last week and caught three balls. We know he can make big plays with the rock in his hands. We just need to get him the ball enough. Add him now in all deep leagues, and get your mouse finger ready to pull the trigger in smaller ones. All we need to hear is that he’s earned more time. If your 12-team league has deep benches, maybe stash him now.
Russell Gage, Falcons
He got a big boost when Sanu was dealt and now there are even more targets available while Austin Hooper misses time (at least one week.) Gage is a nice add in full PPR leagues.
He’s back to full health and his usage over the last two games (8 targets in each) is encouraging. The Cowboys have great matchups in Week 15 and 16. In deep leagues, he could make some sense.
N’Keal Harry, Patriots
As I said back before the Patriots’ bye, “In deep formats, he’s a player to add just in case he establishes a role with fantasy value. He could do it, because he has the ability to be a red zone force–winning in contested catch situations like Gronk used to do. In 12-team leagues with adequate bench space or better yet, in 14-team leagues, Harry is a solid guy to stash. I’d stay away in smaller leagues or leagues with short benches.” Well, that all still stands. Harry is a player to monitor this week and next, but in deep formats, he may be worth stashing right now.
John Ross, Bengals
He’s tricky. Ross has the kind of upside we crave, but he’s an early December return, so we are getting lucky if we can play him Week 13. So he’s tough to roster if you are in a dogfight for a playoff spot. Where he could be a fit, is if you are a really good team and you are looking for upside at receiver. You could get a look at him before having to make Week 15 choices. It obviously helps here if you have deep rosters.
Dallas Goedert, Eagles
I missed his availability in the morning wire. He was obviously cut loose a lot while on his bye, so you can grab him in a lot of leagues. He’s a fringe TE1 every week but only an Ertz injury will get him to elite play status. He does possess elite talent.
Noah Fant, Broncos
As I said last week, “He’s their prized rookie tight end, and they have been shedding quality vets, like Manny Sanders. After Courtland Sutton, it appears that Fant is the next priority in terms of development, and again, make no mistake that this team is in full developmental mode. Fant had three catches last week (Week 9) and one went for a 75-yard touchdown. He’s on the verge of becoming a legit fantasy option. Roster the man.” Now, with Fant past his bye week, he can be a weekly option for those who play in deeper formats. For others, he’s a guy who has enough upside to stash on your bench, in case the snaps and targets continue to rise. He can be used as a bye week replacement in all leagues.
O.J. Howard, Bucs
Last week was really his last chance to show that he was relevant for the rest of 2019. And, the game resulted in a bit of a hung jury. OJ did have a solid day but it was really about the touchdown, because he failed to post even 50 yards. He did receive a season-high 7 targets and he did play a season-high 99 percent of the offensive snaps. Those two details are actually more exciting that a decent game against the best tight end matchup in the known Universe. The position is a bit of a dustbin, so I’d add O.J. where you can, but it’s a roster-and-hope thing versus a locked-in starter kind of thing.
Darren Fells, Texans
Is unsexy and not fun, but he’s producing. Use him while he’s getting it done, and don’t be shocked if he closes out the year much the way he’s played so far. It’s his gig now. It’s worth monitoring his usage with Will Fuller returning, but right now, he’s a player you can start.
Kyle Rudolph, Vikings
Imagine if this guy played in New England? He’d be n elite fantasy tight end. Oh well. For now, what his, is a guy who should make a solid Week 11 start, because we expect Adam Thielen to miss one more game. Even if Thielen plays, hey probably ride Rudolph’s hot streak to some extent.
David Njoku, Browns
As I mentoned on the pod, he’s due back next week (Week 12) and if you can spare the roster spot, he could be a weekly starter for the playoffs.
Jacob Hollister, Seahawks
He is on the bye, just so you don’t do anything silly. Add Hollister for depth or for a bye week issue in Week 12. He’s the guy now, with 8 receptions and a touchdown versus the 49ers.
Ryan Griffin, Jets
Now it’s official: the Jets have placed TE Chris Herndon and G Brian Winters on injured reserve, ending their seasons. They signed CB Kyron Brown from the PS and re-signed LB B.J. Bello. #Jets
— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) November 12, 2019
Griffin will now be a guy you can start on any week. He’ll never be a great play but he’s obviously capable of some big games.