NFL Fantasy Football: Week 11 Rundown

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Must Pick Up

Quarterback
  1. Mitchell Trubisky-CHI-Own % 74.6
  2. Philip Rivers-SD-Own % 87.3
  3. Marcus Mariota-TEN-Own % 15.5

The Spin: Mitchell Trubisky just may be the ultimate fantasy sleeper for the year, with only a few games remaining before fantasy playoffs, its a safe bet to hold on to Trubisky. In his last three games, he is averaging just over 27 points per game. Philip Rivers is queitly have one of the most impressive years of his career. Rivers is an absolute fantasy beast and is still for some reason owned in about 13 percent of the leagues. In his last three games he is averaging 23 points per game. What can be said for the emergence of Marcus Mariota but wow, he is truly a player who has come on through the tutiledge of coach Vrabel. In his last three games, he is averaging 00 points per game.

Running Back
  1. Derrick Henry-TEN-Own % 52.2
  2. Mike Davis-SEA-Own % 45.7
  3. Jalen Richard-OAK-Own % 49.8
The Spin: Derrick Henry once was a fantasy dud but now is a fantasy stud. With the emergence of Marcus Mariota also came the re-emergence of Henry. In his last three games, he is averaging 14 points per game. Mike Davis has had an up and down season but finally looks to be the number one for the Seahawks. In his last three games, he is averaging 13 points per game. Jalen Richard also looks like he is ready to be the lead back over Doug Martin, not that much can be said about the weak Raider offense but Richard is definitely a bright spot. Richard, in his last three games is averaging 11 points per game.
Wide Receiver
  1. Donte Moncrief-JAX-Own % 15.3
  2. Josh Doctson-WAS-% 16.8
  3. Anthony Miller-CHI-Own % 13.3
The Spin: Donte Moncrief is that lone bright spot in a passing offense for the Jags that cant seem to pull it together week in and week out. Moncrief had a big week against his former team, the Colts, but in his last three games he is averaging 13 points a game. Josh Doctson is the one receiver for the Redskins that can be considered a fantasy option. In his last three games, Doctson is averaging 11 points a game. Anthony Miller has found a niche with fantasy stud QB Trubisky. In his last three games, Miller is averaging 15 points a game.
Tight End
  1. Jonnu Smith-TEN-Own % 0.6
  2. Trey Burton-CHI-Own % 86.4
  3. Chris Herndon-NYJ-Own % 10.6

The Spin:Whtcha know abougt Jonnu Smith huh? Well you should know that he is coming on as a solid fantasy option for the Titans and down the stretch in the coming weeks with all the bye options, he should be a top option. Only owned in less than 1 percent of the leagues, he is averaging 12 points over his last 2 games. Trey Burton is developing into a top option in a Bears offense that looks stacked. In his last four games, he is averaging 12 points a game. The Jets have struggled mightily but Chris Herndon has been one of the only bright spots on offense. In his last four games he is averaging nearly 10 points a game.

Defense

  1. Arizona Cardinals-Own % 15.5
  2. Los Angeles Chargers-Own % 82.8
  3. Pittsburgh Steelers-Own % 31.4

The Spin: I gotta believe that the Cardinals at least have a better defense than the Raiders, this may be one of the only matchups of the year where the Cardinals defense is favored against an opponent, take advantage of it! The Chargers have been steady as they go, each week, their defense has gotten better, in their last four games, they are averaging nearly 9 points a game. The Steelers are also another team where their defense has steadily gotten better as the year has gone on, in their last three games, the Steelers have averaged 10 points a game.

Kicker

  1. Josh Lambo-JAX-Own % 7.4
  2. Mike Badgley-LAC-Own % 7.3
  3. Chris Boswell-PIT-Own % 38.7

The Spin: I am not even going to pretend that any of these kickers have been studs this year, I believe at some point or another that I have had them on my drop list. This year for the kickers in the NFL has been the most inconsistent I can ever remember. These three represents the top point getters in relations to availablility. If you have a kicker consistently getting you 6-10 points a game, consider him a god damn god!

Must Drops

Quarterback
  1. Alex Smith-WAS-Own % 50.8
  2. Derek Carr-OAK-Own % 14.5
  3. Brock Osweiler-MIA-Own % 4.0

The Spin: Alex Smith has always been a great game manager but one can say that fantasy stud has never been what he is about and this year is no exception. The ground and pound game of the Redskins is where they are at and passing is not the focal point. Owned in over 50 percent of the leagues, its time to jump ship and pick up a better option. Derek Carr has gone a complete 180 from as little as two years ago, thought to be a MVP contender, now there are talks of trading and re-drafting in Oakland. Whats worse is that in his last four games, Carr is only averaging 15 points a game. Brock Osweiler had a fast start for the Fins against the Bears but since has only averaged just over 7 points a game.

Running Back

  1. Javorious Allen-BAL-Own % 36.3
  2. Austin Ekeler-LAC-Own % 63.8
  3. Corey Clement-PHI-Own % 30.6

The Spin:  Javorious Allen and the Ravens are coming off a bye and if I were a betting man, I would bet that the Ravens offense will sputter. I would stay away from Allen at all costs as his 9.7 point average for the year is not indicative of how badly he has played this season. Austing Ekeler appeared to be the best compliment to Melvin Gordon but in his last three games, he is only averaging just over 5 points a game, time to look elsewhere. Corey Clement was given an oppurtunity to be the man in Philly but he has fizzled and is looking like the odd man out, in his last three games, he is averaging just over 2 points a game. 

Wide Receiver

  1. Devin Funchess-CAR-Own % 87.0
  2. Kelvin Benjamin-BUF-Own % 24.1
  3. Mohamed Sanu-ATL-Own % 55.5

The Spin:  Talk about busts this year in fantasy, Funchess was looked upon to be a number one receiver and has done nothing but sputter. In his last three games he is averaging just over 6 points a game. The Buffalo Bills scored 41 points against the Jets this past week and Benjamin was not able to get at least a single yard. He is a bust and not worth even looking at in fantasy. Mohamed Sanu has been a bust this year for the falcons, in his last three games, he is averaging just 6 points a game. 

Tight End
  1. Cameron Brate-TB-Own % 10.9
  2. Ricky Seals-Jones-ARI-Own % 13.8
  3. Jared Cook-OAK-Own % 84.5

The Spin:  I have only tweaked the fantasy TE drop list again, I was certain that Fitzy had regained the starting position but clearly he has not. Brate will never regain his starting role over Howard and its time to look elsewhere. Ricky Seals-Jones is once again on this list, with two or three weeks to go in fantasy leagues, it is not worth picking up a question mark in Jones, in his last three games, he is averaging 5 points a game. Jared Cook was a fantasy stud for the beginning part of the year but with the struggles of Derek Carr, you just cannot depend on him to get you those double digit points, look elsewhere and consider him a flop going forward. In his last three games, Cook is averaging just 10 points a game, far lower than his season average of 17 points a game. 

Defense

  1. New York Jets-Own % 89.0
  2. Philadelphia Eagles-Own % 89.0
  3. Seattle Seahawks-Own % 18.8

The Spin:  This is an easy one, the Jets defense got hit with a negative 7 and gave up 41 points to a Bills offense. With the Jets on a bye and the team seemingly in a downward spiral, its time to drop the Jets. The Eagles are also on a downward spiral, after a demoralizing loss to the Cowboys, a team who has struggled this year on offense they gave up 27 points to the Cowboys and in their last three games, the Eagles has averaged just 2 points a game. The Seahawks are also on a downward projectory, in their last three games, the Seahawks are averaging just 1 point a game. 

Kicker

  1. Cody Parkey-CHI-Own % 47.6
  2. Brett Maher-DAL-Own % 21.2
  3. Harrison Butker-KC-Own % 93.9

The Spin:I am not going to sugar coat it for you, there is no rhyme or reason to picking up kickers in fantasy, you go for the projections and these three have been in the bottom half all year and will not project to give you that edge, in fact if you see these names pop up on your opponents team this week, you can rest assured that you at least locked up one position against them, that is of course unless you also picked a player from this list, Don’t pick a player from this list, dont do it!

Check back next week for an in depth look at the must pick/ drop list and good luck this week!
*Please note that all Own % totals and average stats are based on ESPN fantasy stats

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