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THE DIVE: Week 11 “Leading The Pack”

How was your weekend? I bet it was great if you started Ben Roethlisberger, Ezekiel Elliott, Zach Ertz, Mitchell Trubisky, Christian McCaffrey, Nick Chubb or David Johnson. Each of these players had tremendous performances for their fantasy teams and actual teams this weekend. In a major upset, Tennessee pounded New England, 34-10. Tom Brady and the entire New England offense appeared flat and out of sync, which should improve in Week 12 following the team’s bye. All other NFL division leaders including Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Houston, Washington, the Los Angeles Rams, Chicago and New Orleans were victorious and several continued their lengthy win streaks. In other news, Le’Veon Bell chose not to report to Pittsburgh by this week’s deadline, and now will officially sit out for the 2018 season. Thus, you may drop him if he is on your roster. Lastly, Rams wideout Cooper Kupp tore his ACL and is done for the season, which is heartbreaking for him as well as the Rams and his fantasy owners.

Whether your team is continuing a win streak or looking to “get right” and start one, let’s take a dive into Week 11. With six teams on bye (Buffalo, Cleveland, Miami, New England, the New York Jets and San Francisco), this is an important week to dig deep into your current roster or even the waiver wire to set your team up for victory this week. Although weather will be continuing to cool down, Thursday’s game in Seattle is the only rain forecast thus far. Also, please note the Los Angeles Rams/Kansas City game which has been moved from Mexico City to Los Angeles.

QB Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys

After an impressive rookie season, Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott seemed to hit a plateau in 2017 and thus far in 2018. However, Dallas’ offense has improved and appeared more balanced in recent weeks. In addition, the acquisition of wide receiver Amari Cooper has also given Prescott a much-needed target. Prescott has posted at least two touchdowns (rushing or passing) in each of his last four games and has an attractive road matchup against Atlanta, who has allowed the third-most fantasy points to quarterbacks. If your quarterback is on bye or faces a difficult matchup, consider Prescott as a low-end QB2 this weekend!

Week 11 projection: 225 passing yards, 25 rushing yards, 2 TD

RB Doug Martin, Oakland Raiders

At 1-8, Oakland has the worst record in the league. Combined with the departure of Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper, the season has been a major disappointment. However, running back Doug Martin has been a solid contributor to the ground game with an average of 4 yards per carry and averaging 83 total yards over the last three games this season. Unfortunately, the veteran running back is yet to score this season, but should hit pay-dirt in Week 11 when Oakland visits Arizona, who has given up the fourth-most fantasy points to running backs. With the exception of Week 8 against San Francisco, Arizona has allowed at least 21 fantasy points to the running back position this season. Martin may be a solid flex or low-end RB2 to add to your starter roster.

Week 11 projection: 75 total yards, TD

WR Alshon Jeffery, Philadelphia Eagles

After four touchdowns in the first four games of the season, Alshon Jeffery owners have been scratching their head recently. Tight end Zach Ertz has emerged as quarterback Carson Wentz’s top target, while Jeffery, Nelson Agholor and Jordan Matthews have shared the remainder of receiving yards. Now, Golden Tate has been added to the mix! Even with the amount of wideouts in Philadelphia, Jeffery should break out of his brief slump when he visits the New Orleans secondary, who has surrendered the most fantasy points (including most receiving yards and touchdowns) to wide receivers. Consider Jeffery a WR2 or FLEX with a high floor this weekend.

Week 11 projection: 75 receiving yards, TD

TE Ricky Seals-Jones, Arizona Cardinals

Although the Arizona offense is still yet to “soar” this season, it has improved in recent weeks. With several tight ends on bye this week, you may need to a plug-and-play with a good matchup. Arizona tight end Ricky Seals-Jones has averaged at least six targets over his last five games and may be a great streamer this weekend. Seals-Jones and Arizona welcome Oakland, who has allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to tight ends (including six scores over the last six games). If you are desperate at tight end, grab Seals-Jones!

Week 11 projection: 50 receiving yards, TD

D/ST Pittsburgh Steelers

The Pittsburgh defense may be owned in your league, but add it now if not. Pittsburgh visits Jacksonville, who has struggled mightily offensively this season and has given up the 11th-most points to opposing defenses. Over the last five games, Pittsburgh has held opponents to 21 points or less and also accrued 18 sacks. The Pittsburgh defense is a must-start against a sluggish Jacksonville offense this weekend.

Week 11 projection: 12 points

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.