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LIKE/DISLIKE: Week 11

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Jared Goff, QB, Los Angeles Rams – The progression of Jared Goff from Year 1 to Year 3 is exactly what an organization looks for in their franchise quarterback. If Baker Mayfield can evolve the way Goff has, the Cleveland organization will be in good hands for the next ten years. Cleveland also has to find an innovative head coach similar to how the Rams landed Sean McVay, but that’s a story for another day. Speaking of McVay, learning from and having a head coach who is an offensive genius has undoubtedly aided in Goff’s growth, but the quarterback still has to make all the right decisions and execute the offense; Goff has done just that in his third year in the league. He’s totaled at least 315 passing yards in six of 10 games and has thrown for at least two touchdowns in seven of 10 games. His only poor performance of the year came back in Week 6 against Denver. Other than that, Goff has been remarkable. He enters Week 11 with 227.8 total fantasy points, which is third in the NFL among quarterbacks.

He’s averaged 26.9 fantasy points and thrown for at least 295 passing yards, two touchdowns in each of the previous three games and now gets to face a porous Kansas City defense on Monday Night Football in Week 11. The Kansas City defense has allowed the most completions (265) and passing yards (3,106) through 10 weeks and have also allowed an average of 19.2 fantasy points per game (22nd) to opposing quarterbacks this season. View Goff as a premium fantasy option in Week 11 and for the remainder of the season.

Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Ben Roethlisberger has thrown for at least 250 passing yards, two touchdowns and totaled at least 21 fantasy points in six of nine games this season. He had a monstrous game last Thursday night against Carolina, throwing for 328 passing yards and five touchdowns, bringing his fantasy point total to 37.7 on the day. Roethlisberger has always been capable of lighting up the stat sheet at certain times throughout his career, and while a Week 11 matchup on the road against a tough Jacksonville defense will be challenging, at this point in the season fantasy owners have to start looking ahead to their players’ fantasy playoff matchups. Pittsburgh plays at Oakland, home against New England, and at New Orleans in Weeks 14, 15 and 16. Each of those matchups is favorable for Roethlisberger and Pittsburgh, and as a result, you have to view him as a mid-level QB1 for the rest of the season. He enters Week 11 averaging 24.2 fantasy points per game, which ranks fourth in the NFL among quarterbacks. With two all-world receivers (Antonio Brown, JuJu Smith-Schuster) and a phenomenal running back (James Conner) to throw to out of the backfield, Roethlisberger will continue to rack up fantasy points for the rest of the season. Keep him plugged into your QB1 spot and enjoy the stellar production you’ll continue to receive from the 15th-year player out of Miami (Ohio).

Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis – Stud. Absolute stud. Andrew Luck has been incredible in 2018 and has cemented himself as a high-end fantasy quarterback for the rest of the season. After going through an awful shoulder injury that forced him to miss the entire 2017 season, Luck is the odds-on favorite to win the Comeback Player of the Year award in 2018. After averaging just 15.4 fantasy points per game in the first three weeks of the season, Luck has averaged an impressive 25.8 fantasy points per game over his last six games. He enters Week 11 with a total of 201.1 fantasy points, which ranks eighth in the NFL among quarterbacks. He’s thrown for at least three touchdowns in each of the last six games and gets to face a Tennessee defense in Week 11 against which he has historically played well. In his last five games against Tennessee, Luck has averaged 285.6 passing yards per game and thrown 13 touchdowns in those five games. The quarterback position in fantasy football is far and away the deepest position of them all. There are many quarterbacks out there who have a high weekly ceiling, but Luck is one of those quarterbacks who has a sweet combination of a high weekly floor and a high weekly ceiling. His high weekly floor makes him one of the most reliable quarterbacks in fantasy football.

Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Carson Wentz has been producing mid-level QB1 numbers over the last six games and enters Week 11 averaging 21.2 fantasy points per game in seven games this season, which ranks 10th in the NFL among quarterbacks. He’s thrown for at least 275 passing yards, two touchdowns and has totaled at least 20 fantasy points in each of the last six games. Even though he hasn’t gone for more than 24 points in any of those six games, his consistency and reliability are what most fantasy owners covet in their starting quarterback. Only two quarterbacks have totaled at least 20 fantasy points in each of their last six games. One of them is Andrew Luck, the other is Carson Wentz. Philadelphia didn’t play well as a team against Dallas in Week 10, ultimately losing 27-20 to its division rival, but a Week 11 matchup against a New Orleans defense that has been susceptible to giving up chunk plays this year is a favorable matchup for the third-year quarterback out of North Dakota State.

The New Orleans defense has allowed the fourth-most passing yards (2,799) and are surrendering a league-worst 24.5 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks through 10 games. Wentz’ newest weapon, Golden Tate, was mostly a non-factor in his debut, but you can bet your bottom dollar that the Philadelphia coaching staff will make it a priority to get Tate more involved once he becomes more familiar with the offense. Keep Wentz locked into your QB1 spot for an optimal matchup in Week 11 and view him as a mid-level QB1 for the rest of the season.

David Johnson, RB, Arizona – He’s baackk (hopefully). David Johnson was a force to be reckoned with in Week 10 against Kansas City. He carried the ball 21 times for 98 rushing yards and a touchdown, good for an average of 4.7 yards per carry. Entering Week 10, his best game of the year in terms of yards per carry came way back in Week 1 when he averaged 4.1 yards per carry on just nine rushing attempts. Johnson also had his best receiving line of the season last week, totaling seven receptions on nine targets for 85 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown in the loss to Kansas City. His 37.3 points per reception (PPR) league fantasy points bested his previous high of 21.1 points set in Week 5 against San Francisco. Is Johnson’s uptick in targets and increased usage as a runner a sign of things to come? You bet it is.

It’s incredible how much things can change (for the better) when there’s a coaching change, especially when the previous offensive coordinator (Mike McCoy) had no idea how to utilize the Arizona stud running back. Now that he’s getting into a groove, you should start to view him as a low-end RB1 with high-end RB1 upside for the duration of the season. A Week 11 matchup against a dumpster fire of an Oakland team is a highly favorable matchup for the fourth-year player out of Northern Iowa. Oakland has yielded the second-most rushing yards per game (128.4) and the seventh-most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs (28.4), so expect another monster performance out of Johnson in Week 11. If you’ve stuck it out with him up to this point, you’re about to reap the rewards in the way of high-end fantasy points. Keep him locked into your starting lineup for the duration of the season and start to consider using him in your daily (DFS) lineups, no matter the cost.

About Evan Reardon

An avid Boston sports fan, Evan has been a Patriots and NFL fan since the 1990's. Fantasy football runs in his family. He grew up in the 90's watching his father and uncles play in a 6-team, Touchdown-only league. He has been playing fantasy football since the early 2000's and has been writing fantasy sports content since 2014.