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THE DIVE: Week 11

It would have been difficult to pack in any more action into Week 10. We saw rookies Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott lead the Dallas Cowboys to their 8th straight win.   The Seattle Seahawks claimed some revenge against the New England Patriots by stuffing them at the goal line for a win. The New Orleans Saints’ game-tying score in the 4th quarter was not enough to defeat the Denver Broncos whose defense ran back a blocked extra point. And this was just a piece of the action!

Take a dive with me as we discuss several key matchups for Week 11.

QB Tyrod Taylor

Tyrod Taylor has exhibited consistency with sparks of glory this season. In fact, “T-Mobile” has totaled nine touchdowns over the last five games and flirted with QB1 tiering. After the Buffalo Bills’ bye last weekend, Taylor should be fueled up and recharged to visit the Cincinnati Bengals who will be on short rest after their recent Monday Night Football defeat. Cincinnati’s defense has struggled against opposing quarterbacks as they have allowed the 5th most fantasy points including eight touchdowns over their last three games. With Philip Rivers, Matt Ryan, and a couple other quarterbacks on bye for Week 11, consider starting Taylor.

Week 11 projection: 200 passing yards; 40 rushing yards; 2 TD

RB James Starks

The Green Bay Packers’ running back situation has been helter-skelter to say the least. After Eddie Lacy’s injury, a hodgepodge of names floated around as potentially next in line. Lacy’s backup for the last few seasons has been James Starks who appears to be healthy and ready for his opportunity. Starks played 71% of Green Bay’s snaps in his Week 10 return and totaled 44 yards including a touchdown catch.   He would have likely received more action if Green Bay had not fallen behind so quickly to the Tennessee Titans. Starks will try to help his Packers rebound from their three game losing streak when they visit the Washington Redskins in Week 11. Washington has given up the 7th most fantasy points this season including four touchdowns over the last three games to opposing backs. Starks should be considered low RB2 or Flex with high upside for Week 11.

Week 11 projection: 80 total yards; 1 TD

WR Tyreek Hill

With Kansas City Chiefs’ top wideout Jeremy Maclin out with injury in Week 10, questions arose regarding who would step up between Albert Wilson, Tyreek Hill, or Chris Conley? Well, rookie wide receiver Tyreek Hill answered the call with ten catches on 13 targets for 89 receiving yards. Whether Maclin returns or not, Hill will serve as WR3 or Flex when the Tampa Buccaneers visit Arrowhead Stadium for Week 11. The Bucs have surrendered the 2nd most fantasy points to opposing wideouts including an average of 236 receiving yards over the last three contests. Look for Hill to continue building momentum!

Week 11 projection: 80 receiving yards; 1 TD

TE Jesse James

Ben Roethlisberger’s safety net used to be tight end Heath Miller until his retirement last season. However, Jesse James has begun to build chemistry with his veteran quarterback this season and may be a strong fill-in at tight end if your starter is on bye or injured. With Ladarius Green also in the mix, James’ value is definitely limited, but his matchup against the Cleveland Browns in Week 11 cannot be ignored. The Browns have given up the most fantasy points, receiving yards, receptions, and touchdowns to opposing tight ends.

Week 11 projection: 50 receiving yards; 1 TD

DST Miami Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins have not been the intimidating defense as advertised earlier the season, but have been growing stronger. Over the last four games, they have combined for 12 sacks, 6 interceptions, and a defensive score. In Week 11, they will visit the Los Angeles Rams who have allowed the 2nd most points to opposing defenses. Initially, it was reported that rookie Jared Goff would make his first career start on Sunday, but appears that the struggling Case Keenum will remain in the saddle for the time being. Regardless, the Miami Dolphins will be “fins up” for Week 11 as a great defensive play.

Week 11 projection: 11 points

 

Week 10 Results…tough week…

QB Jay Cutler

Week 10 forecast: 225 passing yards; 2 TD

Week 10 results: 182 passing yards; 1 TD; 2 INT (bad call)

RB Kapri Bibbs

Week 10 forecast: 80 total yards; 1 TD

Week 10 results:22 total yards (bad call)

WR Adam Humphries

Week 10 forecast: 80 receiving yards; 1 TD

Week 10 results: 48 total yards (bad call)

TE Lance Kendricks

Week 10 forecast: 50 receiving yards; 1 TD

Week 10 results: 0 receiving yards (bad call)

DST Kansas City Chiefs

Week 10 forecast: 11 points

Week 10 results: 13 points (good call)

Good luck in Week 11!

About Marc Griffis

Marc Griffis has competed in fantasy football, baseball, and basketball leagues since 2005. Marc has written "The Dive" for Fantasy Sharks since 2010. Additionally, his expertise is featured in David Gonos' E-books "101 Fantasy Baseball Tips" and "101 Fantasy Football Tips". Lastly, Marc competed in the Fantasy Sports Trade Association SiriusXM Fantasy Baseball experts' league from 2012-2014.