Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland Raiders
Phillip Rivers may be starting the end of his career as he has massively disappointed the last few weeks. He is also much better at home than on the road. Rivers completed close to 505 of his passes and had a line of 207/2/3. Melvin Gordon is the clear workhorse now in this offense as he had 22 carries for 108 yards and a touchdown. Austin Ekeler stole a touchdown and is still worth a flex spot depending on the matchup as he had just 48 total yards. Keenan Allen had one of his higher games in terms of targets with 11. We know he is highly volatile as he can have 2 catch games or 8 catches for 68 yards like he had in Week 10. Mike Williams is still not worth a start most weeks.
Derek Carr had another pedestrian game but this was a difficult matchup as we saw with Aaron Rodgers last week. Josh Jacobs continues to show he could be a RB1 and a top round selection next year in fantasy drafts. Jacobs had 16 carries and 3 catches for 101 total yards and a touchdown. Tyrell Williams finally had a dude game against a terrible matchup against Casey Heyward. Overall, it was disappointing to see that four players had 5 targets for the sake of fantasy production. Darren Waller disappointed with 3 catches for 40 yards. Waller has been a dud recently but still has the talent to go off any week so the upside is there.
Carolina Panthers at Green Bay Packers
Kyle Allen again showed he could be a starting quarterback in the league against a difficult matchup for quarterbacks. Allen had a line of 307/1/1 but this was mostly because he was behind on the scoreboard. It is clear the touchdown opportunities go to Christian McCaffrey. McCaffrey is not necessary to talk about as he is the undisputed number one fantasy player at running back. McCaffrey had 20 carries for 108 yards and a touchdown while having 6 catches for 33 yards. D.J. Moore has been talked about in this section a lot as he has seen many opportunities recently. Moore is a clear starter every week now as Kyle Allen and Moore have an amazing connection. D.J. Moore had 11 targets this game and had 9 catches for 120 yards. It is clear that taller receivers facing the Packers defense will have sensational days as they get to play against Kevin King. Greg Olsen had a great day with a line of 8/98/0 but this is against a Packers defense that funnels targets towards the tight ends. Smaller and quicker receivers are locked down in this Packers defense while tight ends and taller receivers get excellent matchups. Curtis Samuel again sees a good share of targets but catches just 4 balls for 35 yards and a touchdown. Samuel is starting material in deeper leagues or during bye weeks.
Aaron Rodgers had a disappointing game with a line of 233/0/0. I have said a few times in these articles before that Carolina has a brutal defense in terms of coverage and pass rush. This defense is certainly run funneled and we saw this with the Packers running game this week. Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams had 13 carries each but Jones was much more productive with 93 yards to Williams’ 63 yards. Aaron Jones is seeing all of the touchdowns in this offense with three this week. Aaron Jones has shown he should be started every week but he will have his ups and downs. Davante Adams had his return despite a brutal matchup. Adams saw 10 targets and had 7 catches for 11 yards. Allen Lazard was the next most targeted player with 6 targets but he had just 27 yards this week. Jimmy Graham had one long reception that was due to poor tackling and finished with 59 yards on 2 catches. For the only time this year, Williams nor Jones had any receptions.
Buffalo Bills at Cleveland Browns
Josh Allen again has issues throwing touchdowns but has no issue running for them. Josh Allen had 266 yards passing but added 2 touchdowns rushing to save his fantasy value. Devin Singletary and Frank Gore had way too similar rushing attempts. Singletary had eight attempts while Gore had five. This was far from the 20 carries we saw from Singletary before. Neither was fantasy relevant this week. John Brown continues to have a high floor and low ceiling. He had a line of 5/66/0 on a massive 11 targets. Cole Beasley continues to have starting value during these bye weeks also with a line of 4/74/0 this week.
Against the Bills and obviously against Pittsburgh last night, Baker Mayfield may be having a sneaky comeback at the end of this season. Mayfield has been massively improving in plays and stats the last few weeks.
Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears
Jeff Driskel will clearly not be the quarterback moving forward so this game will be taken with a grain of salt. If anything he showed how vulnerable this Bears’ defense is. J.D. McKissick led the team with 10 carries for 36 yards; no other running back had more than 7 carries. Marvin Jones was the leading receiver with Driskel at quarterback with 5 catches for 77 yards. Kenny Golladay had a massive 9 targets but had only 57 yards on 3 catches. Danny Amendola had 8 targets but had just 4 catches for 29 yards. Any of these receivers could be the leader depending on the week.
Mitch Trubisky is also starting to be a passable quarterback again. He had a line of 173/3/0 despite throwing just 23 times. David Montgomery had the opportunity we expected with 17 carries but had only 60 yards. Allen Robinson is again the top receiver with 6 catches for 86 yards on 9 targets. Taylor Gabriel is becoming a relevant receiver in deep leagues or if you need an emergency fill in. He had 4 catches for 39 yards and a touchdown this week. Other players were irrelevant to fantasy.