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REAR-VIEW: Week 11 Recap

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns

Mason Rudolph is starting to show his limitations as a passer against a Browns team that is finally healthy in the secondary. Rudolph threw for 4 interceptions and just one touchdown on an infamous night that he was hit with a helmet. If it wasn’t for many other poor performances from quarterbacks, he would have been ranked lower than his 23rd ranking this week with 10 points. No one in the Steelers backfield had more than five carries total and the workload was split between Jaylen Samuels and James Conner evenly. Neither appears to be relevant in fantasy if this is how everyone will be used. None of the Steelers receivers were relevant in this game either. James Washington was limited to just 6.5 fantasy points and no one had more than three catches outside of Jaylen Samuels. It is important to note that Vance McDonald led the team with seven targets. This was one of the few games in which the Steelers defense did not have over 10 points but they should continue to be used on a weekly basis. 

The Cleveland Browns started to catch fire against their divisional opponent but, do not think that Baker Mayfield has become usable for fantasy again as he barely had over a 50% completion percentage. He was able to save his day with a rushing touchdown to put him at 21.8 points but he would have been very average without that.  Nick Chubb though was still given 27 carries for 92 yards. He continues to be a standard league option but has lacked any hint of passing usage since Kareem hunt has been back. Chubb saw just one target while Kareem Hunt received eight targets and caught six passes for 46 yards. Hunt is a good option for people with running backs on bye weeks or might be worth a flex spot in negative game scripts in the future. Odell Beckham was the leading receiver for this team as he saw 10 targets again and continues to lead the team despite the low completion percentage when targeting him. Jarvis Landry continues to be another startable receiver each week as he had 7 targets this week. Landry had 12.3 points and back him had 8 points. 

Dallas Cowboys at Detroit Lions

 Dak Prescott continues to put himself in position for the MVP race and it is clear that this team has become dependent on the pass and not the run. Jack had a massive 31.6 fantasy points this week which ranked third. Ezekiel Elliott continues to save his value with touchdowns but has been inefficient this whole year. Elliot had 16 carries for 45 yards but was able to score a touchdown by rushing and receiving. This was able to give him 18.3 points against a team that gives up the most fantasy points to running backs. If you do the math, you can see how dangerous Ezekiel Elliott is to start and negative game scripts without two touchdowns. It is clear that the Dallas passing game is one of the best in the league and supports many fantasy options. Michael Gallup continues to be one of the steals of fantasy drafts and he led the team with 13 targets and caught nine balls for 148 yards. Randall Cobb has become fantasy relevant the past few weeks also as he had four receptions for 115 yards in a touchdown. Amari Cooper was able to see eight targets but only had three receptions for 38 yards. We have learned from the past that Amari Cooper plays poorly when hurt so always check the injury report before games. Michael Gallup and Randall Cobb had over 19 fantasy points this week which ranks seventh and eighth. Jason Witten had just five catches for 33 yards and is only worth a start if you are desperate.

Jeff Driskel had a quietly exceptional game filling in for Matthew Stafford. As we know with Driskel, he will give you value rushing the football also. Driskel was quietly the 5th ranked QB with 27.5 fantasy points. Bo Scarbrough became the lead back in this offense since they picked him up off waivers. He saw 14 carries while no other running back saw more than three. Scarbrough had 55 yards and a touchdown but did not receive any receiving production. Danny Amendola has fallen off from his hot streak last month but led this team with 47 yards this week. Marvin Jones continues to see much of the touchdown work as he had 17.9 points which ranked eighth. Kenny Golladay was surprisingly shut out as he received five targets but only caught one ball for 34 yards. It is clear his value goes down when Matthew Stafford is not in there.

Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts

 Nick Foles came back for his first game and was forced to throw the ball 47 times. This helped his fantasy stock significantly going forward as he had 18.8 points which ranked 12th for the week.  Leonard Fournette saw very few opportunities rushing due to the fact that the Jaguars were behind on the scoreboard so much. Fournette had just eight carries for 23 yards but caught seven balls for 34 yards to save his value. He ranked 27th with 9.2 fantasy points. D.J. Chark showed that he was not just a product of Gardner Minshew as he had eight receptions for 104 yards and two touchdowns. He had 15 targets which were more than Chris Conley (8) and Dede Westbrook (6) combined. Chark was ranked second this past week with 26.4 fantasy points. Chris Conley was clearly the second receiver in this offense and had six catches for 58 yards.

Jacoby Brissett had a disappointing first game back as he had just 16.1 fantasy points which were saved by a rushing touchdown. It appears that Marlon Mack will be out for an extended period of time while Jonathan Williams will take his place as the workhorse running back.

Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins

I am unsure whether Josh Allen showed he is an excellent fantasy quarterback or if the Dolphins defense is just that bad against quarterbacks. Josh Allen led the league with 33.8 fantasy points where he ran for one touchdown and threw for three. Devin Singletary has been disappointing  since his explosive week. Singletary saw 15 carries to Frank Gore‘s 11 and neither scored a touchdown or were used in the passing game. Devin Singletary had 8 fantasy points while Frank Gore was just under 5 points. John Brown was the star for the day as he caught 9 balls on 14 targets for 137 yards and two touchdowns while leading all receivers in fantasy points. No other receiver had more than six targets or 40 yards and it seems like Cole Beasley is largely irrelevant recently in this offense.

Ryan Fitzpatrick continues to see insane volume in the passing game as he had 45 attempts this week and was able to complete 32 of them for 323 yards and no touchdowns. This Bills defense is very good against the pass. No running backs had any notable value in this game. DeVante Parker had an excellent game with seven catches for 135 yards and it seems that he has put up starting production every week for the last three weeks. He is an excellent option to trade for as he will be an underrated asset and could be ranked as high as the 15th best wide receiver going forward for fantasy. Allen Hurns is starting to emerge for this team as is Patrick Laird. It will be important to monitor these two receivers going forward. 

About Justin Weigal

Medical professional turned fantasy football pro... I hope. Love best ball and the Packers.