Week 10 was chock full of amazing performances, and, of course, a batch of duds! Veteran quarterbacks led the way as Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger both accounted for four touchdowns, while Alvin Kamara continued to shine with a three-score gem. However, they were all “runners- up” to the play of the season. With time about to expire, Kyler Murray scurried to his left and begin to fall backwards, but was able to launch a “Hail Mary” into the end zone crowded with Buffalo defenders. DeAndre Hopkins leaped up in the crowd and miraculously pulled down the pass safely, which won the game for Arizona and secured its position atop the NFC West! This winning play has now been nicknamed the “Hail Murray!”
Hopefully you won’t need a Hail Mary to win in Week 11 or make the playoffs. Take a dive with me as review several players and a defense that will make a difference for you this weekend. Rain is expected in games in Seattle and Cleveland along with fog forecasted in Denver, so plan accordingly. Also, keep a constant eye on COVID-19 related news that continues to factor into many matchups.
Jameis Winston, QB, New Orleans
It is time to hop aboard the Jameis Winston roller-coaster! As we’ve witnessed the last few seasons, riding with Winston can lead to many huge performances but also some devastating, head-scratching duds. If you have Drew Brees or your starting quarterback is on bye or injured, consider Winston. In 2019 with Tampa Bay, Winston posted 10 multi-touchdown games and 11 times eclipsed 300 passing yards, but also had nine multi-interception games. If you are on the bubble of making the playoffs, he may deliver the boost you need with a talented receiving corps. Expect Taysom Hill to continue to receive snaps and a few trick plays, but Winston will have the reins. Consider Winston a risky, high-reward QB2 for Week 11 in a home matchup against Atlanta, who has allowed the most fantasy points to opposing defenses.
Week 11 projection: 250 passing yards, 15 rushing yards, 2 passing TDs
Damien Harris, RB, New England
Once the opportunity knocked, Harris continues to answer! Harris has run for at least 100-rushing yards in three of his last six games and has separated himself as New England’s top running back. The only gripes against starting Harris is the threat of Sony Michel and Rex Burkhead also in the mix and his minimal role in the passing game. Consider Harris as an RB2 or Flex for an attractive road matchup against Houston, who has given up the third-most fantasy points and most rushing yards to opposing running backs.
Week 11 projection: 100 total yards, TD
Mike Williams, WR, Los Angeles Chargers
Another true “boom or bust” candidate that may be worth starting is Mike Williams. Williams has three games with at least 81 yards, but also has four games where he has been held to under 50-yards. With an attractive home matchup against the New York Jets’ secondary that surrenders the ninth-most fantasy points to wide receivers, Williams may be worth the gamble as a WR3 or Flex play this weekend.
Week 11 projection: 80 receiving yards, TD
Hunter Henry, TE, Los Angeles Chargers
Henry can be considered a disappointment this season in fantasy football. He has shown consistency, he just never reached the potential TE1 tier that many predicted. Henry has caught 2-4 passes for between 23-39 yards each game over the last six games. It is hard to predict a huge performance with his lackluster consistency, but his home matchup against the New York Jets, who have allowed the 12th-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends, is favorable. Except for Travis Kelce, tight end has been inconsistent and a low-scoring position overall this season, therefore Henry still becomes one of the better options available this week.
Week 11 projection: 50 receiving yards, TD
With two weeks to prepare, I am betting on the Cleveland defense this week. Cleveland welcomes Philadelphia in a potential rainy matchup and Philadelphia looked out of sorts against the New York Giants last week. Philadelphia has welcomed some of its injured players back to the starting lineup, but still does not appear in sync offensively with all the new personnel returning. With Philadelphia giving up the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing defenses, start Cleveland this week!