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Week 11 is a monster.  Not “Stranger Things 2 — Shadow Monster” mind you, but close. There are only three games left to establish position in your league before the playoffs, we need to start now.

For most of us a 3-game win streak to finish the season could be the difference between making it in the playoffs or not and you can’t have a 3-game win streak to finish the season, if you don’t start with a win this week.

So let’s not mess around.  Let’s get right into the players that we can turn to this week and the ones that maybe we shouldn’t, and as always, let’s start with Quarterbacks.


Mitchell Trubisky had a nice Sunday completing 21-of-35 passes for 297 yards and 1 touchdown.  Trubisky is available in 95% of leagues and seems to be warming up a bit.  Most desperate owners would say that should make him a perfect QB to snatch up off the waiver wire this week.

But on second thought, Trubisky had his best game this season, his previous high was 164 yards passing, heck, he hadn’t even scored in the two weeks prior to this game.  He plays the very daunting Detroit Lions next week and even though he and his new toy Dontrelle Inman seem to be building a nice rapport, there are far more trustworthy picks still available out there.

Case Keenum would be one of those more trustworthy picks.  Available in 87% of leagues, Keenum threw for 304 yards and 4 touchdowns in a complete monster of a game on Sunday against Washington.  He is leading the Vikings very well in the absence of Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Bradford.

There have been rumblings of Bridgewater coming back this week and getting the start over Keenum.  The decision will not be made by Head Coach Mike Zimmer until Wednesday which is very scary for some owners but all sources point to the team sticking with Keenum one more week.

Keenum has given the Vikings five straight wins and seems to have a good rapport with the team, it just doesn’t make sense to throw Bridgewater in there right away.  So, if you are looking to pick up a quarterback for an injury or bye week fill in, Keenum would be a great pick this week for your line-up.

DeShone Kizer, who is available in 97% of leagues, also had a nice game on Sunday throwing for 232 yards and a touchdown, even after getting a little banged up in the third quarter.  He also ran for 57 yards and a score, giving fantasy owner something to be very happy about.

His ground work is what entices you to a guy like Kizer.  Like many mobile quarterbacks that have come before him, he almost always gives you a touchdowns worth of points or more on the ground.  When you add that to his mid-level passing yardage and touchdowns, it typically comes out as a nice fantasy score.

You can pick him up this week and know that you have a fairly high floor again due to his running prowess, but also know that he comes with a pretty low ceiling as well. This is mostly due to his upcoming opponent.

Kizer and his Browns take on the Jaguars this week.  The Jaguars have proven to be one of the toughest all season against opposing quarterbacks.  The only saving grace is that the Browns run game is fairly anemic and the Browns should be chasing points all day — so they are going to need Kizer to throw and run — which could mean some really nice garbage points for you this week.

Running Backs

Speaking of garbage points, Corey Grant is available in 99% of leagues and had a beautiful 56 yard run for a touchdown off of a fake punt.  I am sure you saw it on highlights this weekend, and if you were just watching highlights and noticed Grant post an 11 spot on the fantasy boards it might have you thinking he’s be an interesting pick up this week, right?

Wrong.  Grant has shown flashes of brilliance on trick plays in his career so far, but if you look at his stats you will notice that was his only attempt.  He just does not get attempts thanks to Leonard Fournette and Chris Ivory.

As long as those two are there he will be third in touches and will not give you the consistency you need out of the running back position, so if it is running back help you need then consider Jamaal Williams instead.

Williams can be picked up in 98% of leagues and is coming off of a great game this week.  On Sunday Williams got 20 attempts and turned it into a very nice 67 yards.  Williams got the nod because both Ty Montgomery and Aaron Jones were injured in the game.

Montgomery’s ailing ribs shelved him again and Jones is now reported lost for the season.  This should mean continued extra touches in the immediate future for Williams which can mean a nice pick up for you on the waiver wire this week.

If you are rolling the dice on the waiver wire this week then do not omit Austin Ekeler in your list of potential pick up candidates.  Ekeler had a seriously impressive game on Sunday against a tough Jaguars opponent when he ran for 42 rushing yards and caught 5 passes for 77 yards and two touchdowns.

By most insiders accounts, Ekeler was actually more explosive than Melvin Gordon on that night which caused quite a few eyebrows to raise.  Don’t get me wrong, the rookie will not be starting over Gordon this week but he certainly earned himself some more of the workload going forward.  Also, all the Gordon owners out there should take advantage of his 98% availability across all leagues and snatch him up quickly as a handcuff.

About Rick Olson

Rick joined FantasySharks,com as a staff writer in 2013, though he fell in love with fantasy football in 1988 with the first league he played in. In his articles he tries to feature players off the radar or deeper than most since, in his experience, by the time a player is a waiver wire "must have" they are not usually available in most leagues.