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THE DIVE: Week 11 “Get Back on Track”

If you are staring at your matchup results for Week 10 and shaking your head, you are not alone. For as many superb performances last weekend, there were quite a few disappointments and utter flops! If you started Aaron Rodgers, Jared Goff or Drew Brees, your quarterback failed to score a touchdown this week. Fantasy studs David Johnson and Cooper Kupp combined for zero points! Although Saquon Barkley salvaged several points with catches, he ran for a whopping 1 yard! On a positive note, Patrick Mahomes returned from injury without any apparent rust and threw for a season-high 446 passing yards!

With Week 11 approaching, let’s take a dive into several players and a defense that can help your team get back on track. With Green Bay, the New York Giants, Seattle and Tennessee on bye this week, you may need to dig deeper in your roster or go fish the free agent pool! Although the forecast appears clear this weekend, expect cold temperatures in the 30s and 40s in Cleveland, Baltimore, Carolina, Washington and Philadelphia.

QB Derek Carr, Oakland

At 6-4, Oakland has been a pleasant surprise this season and are very much in the AFC playoff hunt! Although Derek Carr was only satisfactory in the Week 10 win against the Los Angeles Chargers, he has multi-touchdown performances in three of the last four games. With 10 days to rest before Week 11, Carr is in line for a great start in a home matchup against winless Cincinnati, who have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks (including four touchdowns to Lamar Jackson last weekend). Consider Carr as QB2 with a high floor for Week 11, especially if your quarterback is on bye.

Week 11 projection: 275 passing yards, 2 TD

RB Melvin Gordon, Los Angeles Chargers

If you were patient holding onto to Melvin Gordon during his holdout, it is now paying off. Gordon totaled 133 total yards and a score in Week 10, which encored a solid Week 9 performance. Austin Ekeler will still serve as a major component in Los Angeles’ offensive schemes especially as a receiver, but this is now Gordon’s job. Consider him RB1 and expect a big performance in Week 11 against Kansas City, who has given up the most fantasy points – including rushing yards – to opposing running backs.

Week 11 projection: 125 total yards, TD

WR Calvin Ridley, Atlanta

 With Matt Ryan back and both Austin Hooper and Devonta Freeman out, opportunity will be knocking for Atlanta wide receiver Calvin Ridley. After a breakout in 2018, Ridley has topped 100-yards receiving only once this season. However, he should be in store for a solid start in Week 11 when Atlanta visits Carolina, who has surrendered the ninth-most fantasy points to opposing wideouts. Treat Ridley as a low-end WR2, WR3 or Flex.

Week 11 projection: 80 receiving yards, TD

TE Jared Cook, New Orleans

 Veteran tight end Jared Cook has been notoriously “boom or bust.” After a couple quiet games, Cook caught six passes for 74 yards from 10 targets from Drew Brees and one was one of the lone bright spots for the New Orleans offense in Week 10. Cook will breakout for his biggest start of the year when New Orleans aims to rebound against division rival Tampa Bay, who has allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. This matchup has shootout potential, which may serve Cook well as a TE2 with a high upside.

Week 11 projection: 80 receiving yards, TD

D/ST Oakland Raiders 

It is a rare occurrence that you will find the Oakland Raiders listed as a recommended defense. However, this is the perfect storm! Oakland‘s defense was excellent in their win against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 10, and has a dream home matchup against winless Cincinnati, who have failed to score more than 17 points since Week 5. Over the last three games, Cincinnati’s offense has allowed nine sacks, seven turnovers and three defensive touchdowns. Overall, they have allowed the fourth-most points to opposing defenses and should struggle again against the surging Oakland defense.

Week 11 projection: 11 points

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.