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What Did We Learn? – Week 11

As we look towards the fantasy playoffs, there are two different positions in which you might find yourself: comfort or desperation. If you have between seven and 10 wins, you’re probably comfortable, trying to stay the course. Barring a massive injury, you should be a playoff team and in solid position to make a run. If you fit into this category, congratulations.

If you have 4-6 wins, you’re desperate. You need to win, possibly win out, and given your struggles thus far, you’re going to need health (and luck) to be on your side. But don’t overthink things.
Adrian Peterson

Matt Forte

are studs; I don’t care if they’re playing Baltimore and Seattle, respectively. They’re in your lineup.

If you have fewer than four wins, I’m sorry. It’s going to be next-to-impossible to make the playoffs without something really screwy happening. But you get to play spoiler, knocking your friends out of the playoffs and picking guys up off waivers just to bug people. All of this can be really fun.

Whether you’re loading up for the playoffs or just trying to fill out your starting roster for this week, you may need a name or two to target. So whose stock is on the rise, and whose has plummeted?

Whose Stock is on the Rise?

Nick Foles

followed up his record-setting Week 9 performance with another solid game in for the Philadelphia Eagles. He threw for just 228 yards, but accounted for three touchdowns, and still hasn’t thrown an interception this season. In Philadelphia’s up-tempo offense, Foles can put up gaudy numbers.

Andre Brown returned to the New York Giants’ backfield, and he didn’t disappoint. The Giants fed him, too, as Brown carried the ball 30 times for 115 yards and a score. Brown will continue to provide a substantial upgrade over
Peyton Hillis

Brandon Jacobs

in the running game. I just hope he can stay healthy.

The Mark Ingram/
Pierre Thomas

combo came up huge for New Orleans on Sunday night. Ingram ran surprisingly well, rushing 14 times for 145 yards and a touchdown. Thomas added 87 yards and a score of his own on his 17 carries. He also scored on a short pass from
Drew Brees

. Add
Darren Sproles

and his 88 yards and two scores, and the running backs really seemed to carry the load this week for the Saints. That won’t happen every week, but it’s not ridiculous to think that all three could be in lineups next week.

Riley Cooper has been available in some of my leagues in recent weeks, and he’s still on waivers in a lot of leagues. He shouldn’t be following this week, as he’s probably been the hottest receiver in the league the past two weeks. In his last two games, he’s caught eight balls for 241 yards and five touchdowns. As I mentioned earlier, Foles is trending up, and he’s taking Cooper with him.

Tavon Austin may have been the most pleasant surprise of Week 10, as he finally flashed that big play ability that St. Louis has been waiting for since April. Following a 98-yard punt return for a score, he caught touchdowns of 57 yards and 81 yards. The first was a deep shot down the sideline, and the second was a short pass that became an electrifying catch-and-run in a hurry. Austin may not be reliable, but the Rams are going to have to give him more opportunities.

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