The Fantasy season is winding down, and we know you're making your playoff push. This really is the best part of the year.
You're likely watching each game or nervously checking each box score to see if your players are coming through because every point could be the difference between making the playoffs or a better postseason seed, or your season could be over. There's plenty of excitement -- and plenty of despair.
For this week, we have four teams on bye (Atlanta, Denver, San Diego and the Jets), and our usual allotment of injuries, so Fantasy owners are again scrambling. But we hope your rosters are ready to go so you can maximize your point potential and extend your season for several weeks to come.
Editor's Note: Projections are provided by CBS Sports and not Jamey Eisenberg.
Start of the Week
We hope the bye in Week 10 didn't slow down any momentum for Latavius Murray, who has been doing a solid job in his past three games. After missing two games with a toe injury, Murray was back in action in Week 7 at Jacksonville and has 53 Fantasy points combined in his past three outings against the Jaguars, Buccaneers and Broncos.
The highlight was his performance against Denver with 20 carries for 114 yards and three touchdowns and one catch for 13 yards in Week 9, and the Raiders have finally started to lean on him with at least 16 touches in his past three games. He started the season with 15 touches or less in his first four outings before getting hurt, but the Oakland coaches finally realized he was better as a volume running back than forcing the ball to rookies DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard.
Washington and Richard are still part of this backfield (both had at least 10 touches against the Broncos) because the Raiders want to lean on their offensive line, which is a strength of this team, and the trio of running backs had 211 rushing yards against Denver. And this week, Oakland should have success on the ground against Houston in Mexico on Monday night.
The Texans bottled up the Jaguars running game in Week 10, but prior to that a running back had scored a touchdown or had over 100 total yards against Houston in each of the first eight games of the year. The Texans have allowed nine total touchdowns to running backs and eight have scored double digits in Fantasy points in a standard league.
It was difficult to trust Murray for a portion of this season due to his minimal workload and injury, but he's back in the good graces of Fantasy owners, which should lead to a strong finish. We expect his trip to Mexico to be a successful one, and he should be an excellent Fantasy option in Week 11.
Mariota is on fire coming into this game with at least 20 Fantasy points in six games in a row, including at least 30 points in four of those outings. His worst game was Week 7 against the Colts with 20 points when he had 232 passing yards and two touchdowns and 14 rushing yards with a fumble.
In two career games against Indianapolis, Mariota has 599 passing yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions and has averaged 21 Fantasy points over that span. Six quarterbacks in a row have scored at least 20 Fantasy points against the Colts, including Brock Osweiler, Brian Hoyer and Nick Foles, so there's a good chance for Mariota to have another big game this week.
Wilson is back in the good graces of Fantasy owners with his performance the past two games against Buffalo and New England with at least 30 Fantasy points in both outings. He combined for 630 passing yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions, and he scored his first rushing touchdown of the season against the Bills. This comes after just one game with more than 15 Fantasy points in his first seven games, and he finally appears healthy after dealing with lower-leg issues since Week 1.
This is eerily similar to what happened with Wilson last year when he had two games with at least 20 Fantasy points in his first eight outings before scoring at least 22 points in each of his final seven games. The Eagles defense is tough, but on the road Philadelphia has allowed its past four opposing quarterbacks (Matthew Stafford, Kirk Cousins, Dak Prescott and Eli Manning) to score at least 20 Fantasy points. Wilson should follow suit at home this week.
Cousins has been consistently good this season, and he enters Week 11 as the No. 13 Fantasy quarterback in standard leagues. There haven't been a lot of big performances this year with 28 Fantasy points his best showing in Week 8 at Cincinnati, but he also has just two games with fewer than 20 points, which last happened in Week 5. He comes into this matchup with at least 20 Fantasy points in four games in a row, and the Packers have been awful against opposing quarterbacks for most of the season.
Five quarterbacks have scored at least 23 Fantasy points against Green Bay, including Mariota last week, and Cousins will be looking for revenge against the Packers from last year's playoff loss. Cousins had 329 passing yards and a touchdown and a rushing touchdown against Green Bay for 25 Fantasy points, but the Packers beat the Redskins 35-18. We'll see if there's a different outcome in the rematch, but hopefully Cousins posts similar stats to once again help Fantasy owners this week.
Manning might be starting to heat up as a quality Fantasy quarterback after his performance the past two games against the Eagles and Bengals. He's combined for 53 Fantasy points in a standard league in those two outings, and he passed for 497 yards, seven touchdowns and four interceptions over that span.
We'd like to see him cut down on the interceptions, but he now has at least 23 Fantasy points in each of his past three home games. Chicago has allowed five quarterbacks to score at least 20 Fantasy points this year, including Jameis Winston last week. All five have been on the road, so Manning has a good chance to stay hot at home in this matchup. He should be considered a solid No. 1 quarterback in all leagues.
Stafford has a good track record coming off a bye in his career. He's averaging 21.8 Fantasy points in his past four games after a bye, with 19 points his low total over that span. He should be prepared for the Jaguars at home this week, and he's due for a quality outing after three games in a row with 19 Fantasy points or less. Two of those matchups were against two of the top pass defenses this season in Houston and Minnesota on the road, and prior to that he scored at least 24 Fantasy points in three of his previous four games.
Jacksonville has allowed three of five quarterbacks to score at least 21 Fantasy points on the road this year, with an average of 20 points over that span, and the two quarterbacks who failed to score at least 20 points were Hoyer and Foles. Stafford should be considered a low-end No. 1 quarterback this week, and we expect his success after a bye to continue against the Jaguars.
- Andy Dalton (vs. BUF): In his past two starts vs. BUF, Dalton has 57 FPTS. BUF has allowed 67 FPTS in its past two games against Tom Brady and Wilson.
- Tyrod Taylor (at CIN): Taylor has at least 23 FPTS in three of his past four games, and three of the past four quarterbacks vs. Cincinnati have scored at least 23 Fantasy points.
- Colin Kaepernick (vs. NE): He's scored 25 FPTS in consecutive games and has at least 55 rushing yards in three of four starts. He should do well chasing points this week.
Palmer had a dream matchup in Week 10 against the 49ers at home, but he failed to deliver with just 16 Fantasy points in a standard league. Turnovers have been an issue for the Cardinals, which has hurt Palmer, including J.J. Nelson dropping a pass that turned into an interception against San Francisco.
Palmer has now scored 16 Fantasy points or less in 5-of-8 games, and it's hard to trust him this week at Minnesota. While the Vikings defense has struggled of late and just allowed Cousins to score 22 Fantasy points, he's the lone quarterback to top 20 points, including matchups with Mariota, Aaron Rodgers, Cam Newton, Manning and Stafford.
We expect another poor performance from Palmer, and he should be considered just a No. 2 Fantasy quarterback this week.
We loved Flacco as a streaming option last week with his matchup against the Browns at home, but this week he should struggle on the road at Dallas. Flacco had 27 Fantasy points against Cleveland, but that was just his third game this year with at least 20 points, with two of them coming at home. The lone road game with positive production was at the Browns in Week 2, and he's averaging just 12 Fantasy points in four road games this year.
Dallas has allowed five quarterbacks to score at least 20 Fantasy points this season, including Ben Roethlisberger in Week 10 with 34 points, but this is more of a play on Flacco's struggles on the road than the Cowboys pass defense, which is beatable. He's only an option in two-quarterback leagues this week.
Tannehill had one of his best games of the season in Week 10 at San Diego with 240 passing yards and two touchdowns, and he made two impressive throws on a 39-yard touchdown to Kenny Stills and a 53-yard pass on the sideline to DeVante Parker. But this was just Tannehill's third game this season with at least 20 Fantasy points and first since Week 3.
He should have a tough time against the Rams, who have allowed just two quarterbacks to score more than 16 Fantasy points this season, which were Stafford and Jameis Winston, including matchups with Wilson, Palmer, Manning and Cam Newton. This game should be more of a low-scoring affair, and Tannehill will likely be more of a game-manager than a game-changer. He is only worth starting in two-quarterback leagues.
Winston is more of a bust alert than a must sit option, but his impressive run of at least 22 Fantasy points in a standard league will likely come to an end this week on the road. He's benefitted from great matchups against San Francisco, Oakland, Atlanta and Chicago, with the last three at home, and the Chiefs could get standout pass rusher Justin Houston (knee) on the field for the first time this year.
Winston has been hit or miss on the road this season with 33 Fantasy points at Atlanta, five point at Arizona, 16 points at Carolina and 26 points at San Francisco. The Chiefs have allowed at least 20 Fantasy points at home to Drew Brees and Blake Bortles, but this feels like a spot where Winston will struggle, especially if Houston plays. He's a low-end starting option at best in the majority of leagues.
We'll see if Texans cornerback A.J. Bouye (ankle) plays this week because that will impact Carr and the Houston secondary, which has played well. Last week, with Bouye out, Blake Bortles had 21 Fantasy points in a standard league, and he's just the third quarterback with more than 20 points against Houston this year, along with Sam Bradford and Andrew Luck. But Bradford and Bortles are the only ones with multiple passing touchdowns, and I expect the Raiders to be run heavy in this matchup.
Carr also has scored 15 Fantasy points or less in three of his past four games, and I consider him a low-end starter at best. As you can tell, I'm expecting a lot of Murray this week, and Carr should be held under 20 Fantasy points in this matchup.
Stewart was a dud the past two games against the Rams and Chiefs with a combined seven Fantasy points in a standard league, but we expect him to rebound on Thursday night at home against the Saints. He has a tremendous history against New Orleans with at least 80 rushing yards and a touchdown in three of his past four meetings. Including Week 6 when he had 19 carries for 85 yards and two touchdowns.
He's not going to help you much in the passing game with just three catches on the season, but he does have a good chance to score this week because the Saints are among the league leaders with 14 touchdowns allowed to running backs. There have been 10 running backs to score double digits in Fantasy points against New Orleans, and Stewart should add to the Saints struggles in run defense this week with another strong showing.
Like Stewart, Gore should have the chance for another productive rematch after he just played the Titans in Week 7 and had 17 carries for 61 yards and five catches for 22 yards and a touchdown. Tennessee has allowed a running back to score or gain 100 total yards in six of the past seven games, including Week 10 when James Starks had 10 Fantasy points in a standard league.
Gore, 33, has proven to be an ageless wonder with double digits in Fantasy points in four games in a row and 7-of-9 games this season. He has at least 75 total yards in every game this year, which is a solid floor, and he has a good track record against the Titans. In three meetings against Tennessee as a member of the Colts, Gore is averaging 13.7 Fantasy points in a standard league. He is a solid No. 2 running back in all leagues this week.
Kelley did a great job in a tough matchup against the Vikings in Week 10 with 22 carries for 97 yards, and he now has at least nine Fantasy points in a standard league in his past two games as the starter for the Redskins. According to ESPN, Kelley has lost yards on just two of his 60 carries this season, so there should be nothing but positive production almost every time he touches the ball. This week he faces a Packers defense that looked awful in Week 10 at Tennessee, and Green Bay is playing its second game in a row on the road.
The Packers have allowed a running back to score in three games in a row, with five touchdowns over that span, and last week DeMarco Murray beat them up for 123 yards and a touchdown and two catches for 33 yards. We doubt Kelley does that, but through two games he's been a solid Fantasy option and is worth trusting as a No. 2 running back in all leagues.
Martin returned from his six-game absence with a hamstring injury in Week 10 against Chicago and had 16 carries for 33 yards and a touchdown and one catch for 13 yards, and now it's worth starting him in all leagues, even on the road against the Chiefs. We hope Tampa Bay will lean on Martin for 20-plus touches in this matchup, and Kansas City has allowed plenty of production to running backs this year.
A running back has scored double digits in Fantasy points in a standard league in four of the past six games against the Chiefs, and all five running backs with at least 16 carries against Kansas City has scored at least 10 Fantasy points. We expect Martin to get at least 16 carries this week, and he's a solid No. 2 running back in all formats.
We hope the bye in Week 10 didn't slow down Riddick, who has been a solid Fantasy option in all leagues this season. He's scored at least seven Fantasy points in three games in a row, and that should be his floor this week against the Jaguars. You know Riddick will be involved in the passing game with at least four catches in 6-of-7 outings, and Jacksonville has allowed four running backs to catch at least four passes this season.
Riddick has also scored 24 Fantasy points combined in two home games, and he's been involved carrying the ball also with at least 10 carries in six games in a row. He's a potential No. 1 running back in PPR leagues and a must-start option in all formats at home.
- James Starks (at WAS): He's back and could get a heavy workload against the Redskins, who are among the league leaders with 11 touchdowns allowed to running backs.
- C.J. Prosise (vs. PHI): We'll see what happens with Thomas Rawls this week, but Prosise is at least a flex in standard leagues and a potential starter in PPR at home.
- Darren Sproles (at SEA): Four running backs have at least four catches against Seattle this year, and Sproles will be better than Ryan Mathews this week.
- Isaiah Crowell (vs. PIT): Cameron Hayward is out for the Steelers, and coach Hue Jackson wants to use Crowell more. He's worth starting this week as a No. 2 option.
- Kenneth Dixon (at DAL): He's a good option in PPR leagues this week after he caught five passes in Week 10 against the Browns. I like him better than Terrance West.
Mathews looked dominant in Week 10 against Atlanta with 19 carries for 109 yards and two touchdowns and two catches for 30 yards, and he scored 27 Fantasy points in a standard league. His performance came out of nowhere since he had nine combined carries in his previous two games for 25 yards, and he was being outplayed by Sproles. We'll see if the Eagles stick with Mathews this week, but this is a much tougher test on the road at Seattle.
The Seahawks have allowed five running backs to score double digits in Fantasy points in a standard league this year, but it's hard to trust Mathews based on the sample size of his work we have to deal with. He has two games with double digits in Fantasy points since Week 2 and five games with seven points or less over that span. He's likely to score the latter this week, which makes him just a flex option at best in most formats.
The Ravens have serious issues on the offensive line this week with guards Marshal Yanda (shoulder) and Alex Lewis (ankle) out, and center Jeremy Zuttah (ankle) is also playing hurt. Since Yanda first got hurt in Week 6 against the Giants, West has combined for 44 carries for 96 yards and no touchdowns in his past three games, which is good for just 2.2 yards per carry.
He's going to keep losing touches to Dixon, who is clearly better in the passing game, and Dallas has been tough against opposing running backs. Only three running backs have scored double digits in Fantasy points against the Cowboys, and Dixon should be the better Ravens running back this week if Baltimore is chasing points as expected. West is a low-end No. 3 running back at best in this matchup.
There was some hope for Ivory last week against Houston since he was coming off a strong performance in Week 9 at Kansas City with 18 carries for 107 yards in the first game under new offensive coordinator Nathanial Hackett. But Ivory reverted to his old ways with nine carries for 31 yards and two catches for 10 yards, and any small momentum was lost.
He now faces a Lions defense coming off a bye that could be getting linebacker DeAndre Levy (quad) back for the first time since Week 1. Detroit also has allowed just one rushing touchdown this year and two running backs to rush for 100 yards. Ivory will continue to share work with T.J. Yeldon and is too risky to trust in the majority of leagues.
Asiata has been the best Minnesota running back for Fantasy owners since Adrian Peterson got hurt in Week 2, but that hasn't accounted for much production. Now, he's been relatively safe with at least seven Fantasy points in a standard league in five of his past six games, but he's only topped seven points once, which was Week 5 against Houston.
Even last week when he scored at Washington he only had nine carries for 13 yards and one catch for 2 yards. This offensive line is awful, and the Vikings will have a tough time against Arizona since the Cardinals have allowed just four running backs to score double digits in Fantasy points this year. Maybe Asiata will score seven Fantasy points again, which puts him in the flex range, but there's not a lot of upside in a tough matchup at home.
The Panthers defense hasn't been as stout this season as last year, but they have been tough against the run, especially lately. Carolina has allowed just four total touchdowns to running backs and only four have scored double digits in Fantasy points. However, no running back has scored against the Panthers in the past five games, including Week 6 at New Orleans when Ingram was held to 16 carries for 51 yards and two catches for 9 yards. Since then, Ingram has lost playing time to Tim Hightower, who will continue to play a role this week. And Ingram struggled at home last week against the Broncos with 11 carries for 50 yards and two catches for 13 yards.
He's hard to bench in the majority of leagues because he still should remain heavily involved, but the Panthers run defense should be tough, making him just a low-end No. 2 running back in most leagues this week.
I'm looking forward to a strong finish for Moncrief, who continues to be productive whenever he and Luck are healthy. The two have played three full games this year, and Moncrief has scored in all three, including two in a row prior to the Colts bye in Week 10. We'd like to see more catches and yards because in his past two outings against Kansas City and Green Bay he's combined for just seven catches for 96 yards and two touchdowns, but he's been reliable going back to last year.
This week Moncrief faces a Titans secondary that has allowed seven touchdowns to receivers in the past five games, including T.Y Hilton in Week 7. Moncrief missed that game with a shoulder injury, but he and Hilton are must-start receivers this week in the majority of leagues.
I was excited about Rogers doing well last week against Dallas because the Cowboys have struggled with slot receivers all season, and Rogers was coming off a strong game at Baltimore in Week 9 with six catches for 103 yards on 10 targets. He didn't let me down with four catches for 42 yards and a touchdown on five targets against Dallas, and he's facing another team that has struggled with slot receivers this week.
Cleveland has allowed five slot receivers to score touchdowns this year, including Steve Smith and Cole Beasley in the past two games. We expect Rogers to stay hot in this matchup, and he's worth starting as at least a No. 3 Fantasy receiver in the majority of leagues.
DeSean Jackson (shoulder) could return this week after sitting out in Week 10 against Minnesota, but that shouldn't matter for Crowder. He's been Washington's best receiver all season, and he comes into this matchup with the Packers on a four-game streak with either 100 receiving yards or a touchdown. Against the Vikings, Crowder had four catches for 37 yards and a touchdown on six targets, and he's scored a touchdown in five games this season.
The Packers just got abused by the Titans with three receivers scoring touchdowns in Week 10, and Green Bay has allowed 14 touchdowns to receivers and nine to score double digits in Fantasy points in a standard league. Crowder has at least nine Fantasy points in 6-of-9 games this year, and he's a safe No. 2 Fantasy receiver in most formats this week.
Thomas had his worst game as a pro in Week 10 against Denver with four catches for 40 yards on six targets and two fumbles. He finished with zero Fantasy points, but he should rebound this week. Thomas already had success against the Panthers in Week 6 with five catches for 78 yards and a touchdown on five targets, and he's been the best receiver for New Orleans outdoors this year.
In his past three games at San Diego, Kansas City and San Francisco, Thomas has at least 10 Fantasy points in a standard league in all three outings, and he has combined for 19 catches, 247 yards and three touchdowns over that span. Brandin Cooks went off for seven catches, 173 yards and a touchdown against Carolina in the first meeting, but he's better indoors than outside. For this week, Thomas should be considered the No. 1 receiver for the Saints on the road.
As we noted with Rogers, the Cowboys struggle with slot receivers, and Smith should have the chance for a solid outing this week. He played well in Week 10 against the Browns with five catches for 60 yards and a touchdown on seven targets, and he should see at least seven targets again this week. Dallas has allowed six slot receivers to score touchdowns this year, including Rogers, Jordan Matthews and Randall Cobb in three of the past four games. Smith should be considered a solid No. 2 Fantasy receiver in the majority of leagues this week.
- Golden Tate (vs. JAC): He's become the best receiver for the Lions since Week 6 and has at least nine FPTS in a standard league in three of his past four games.
- Tyreek Hill (vs. TB): He's scored at least nine FPTS in three of his past four games, and he should remain the No. 1 receiver for KC if Jeremy Maclin (groin) is still out.
- Rishard Matthews (at IND): All he does is score touchdowns. Matthews has a touchdown in five of his past six games, with six touchdowns over that span.
- Sterling Shepard (vs. CHI): He'll benefit again if Victor Cruz (ankle) remains out, and Shepard has scored in consecutive games against the Eagles and Bengals.
- Robert Woods (at CIN): He's the No. 1 receiver in Buffalo until Sammy Watkins (foot) is back, and the Bengals have allowed three touchdowns to receivers in the past two games.
He's a popular name now that Alshon Jeffery (suspension) is out for the next four games, but Fantasy owners shouldn't rush to start him even if he's the new No. 1 receiver for the Bears. We saw Meredith play great for a two-game stretch from Week 5-6 with Hoyer when he combined for 28 Fantasy points against the Colts and Jaguars. But with Jay Cutler, Meredith had two catches for 74 yards and a Hail Mary touchdown in the past two games on only three targets.
Cutler might not feature Meredith as many hope, and Eddie Royal, Marquess Wilson and Zach Miller could end up as the top target with Jeffery out. For this week, Meredith is facing a Giants defense that has allowed seven touchdowns to opposing receivers, but we need to see Cutler lean on Meredith before recommending him as a starting option in the majority of leagues.
Whether he's a running back or receiver, the brief experiment with him as a quality Fantasy option might be over now that Starks is back. He's still dealing with an illness for the past three weeks, and he was limited to two catches for 11 yards on two targets and three carries for 9 yards at Tennessee in the first game with Starks.
We hope he's healthy, but his upside is limited now that he won't be the primary option in the backfield. And with Christine Michael added to the roster on Wednesday, Montgomery's value is capped even more. He's not worth starting in the majority of leagues this week.
Matthews is dealing with a back injury, which could limit his practice time heading into Sunday's game at Seattle. It's a bad situation to be at less than 100 percent against the Legion of Boom. Matthews has been a solid Fantasy receiver this season in PPR leagues, and he has at least six catches in three games in a row. But he only has three touchdowns on the year and just one since Week 5.
Seattle has allowed just five touchdowns to opposing receivers, but this could be a tough spot to trust Matthews if he's playing hurt. He should only be used as a No. 3 Fantasy receiver in PPR leagues this week.
I have Britt ranked as a mid-range No. 3 Fantasy receiver this week, but I'm concerned about him in his first start with Jared Goff. Britt could be great, and he's scored at least 10 Fantasy points in a standard league in three of his past four games, including two in a row.
He's been the Rams best offensive player this season, and the matchup with the Dolphins is far from daunting. But all of Britt's production has come with Case Keenum, and we hope there's still that same rapport with Goff. If he's been a starter for you of late and you don't have another option then keep him active. But you should also not be surprised if Britt struggles in his first game with a rookie quarterback making his NFL debut.
Diggs has been awesome of late, especially in PPR leagues, and he comes into this matchup with at least eight catches and 76 yards in his past three games. He has at least nine Fantasy points in a standard league in each outing over that span, and he's combined for 34 catches against Chicago, Detroit and Washington. But the Cardinals are going to be a tough test, especially since Arizona coach Bruce Arians said standout cornerback Patrick Peterson will likely shadow Diggs all game.
Peterson doesn't usually follow receivers into the slot, but the Vikings best weapon is Diggs, so the move makes sense. And with Tyrann Mathieu (shoulder) likely back, that's a lot of attention that should be on Diggs. He remains a solid No. 3 Fantasy receiver in the majority of leagues based on his potential, but he's downgraded from a must-start option given the matchup.
Eifert played well for the second game in a row, and it's time for Fantasy owners to start him across the board in all leagues, which wasn't the case in Week 10. But he delivered a solid performance at the Giants with three catches for 96 yards on five targets, and he's now scored at least nine Fantasy points in a standard league in his past two games.
We expect him to stay hot for a third consecutive game against the Bills, and Buffalo has allowed three touchdowns to tight ends in the past two games. Now, those touchdowns came from Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham (two), but Eifert has the potential to follow suit this week. It helps that he had four catches for 30 yards and a touchdown against Buffalo in Week 6 last year.
Ebron doesn't have an easy matchup this week against the Jaguars, who have allowed just three touchdowns to tight ends this year and none to score double digits in Fantasy points in a standard league. But he's faced some difficult matchups in his past two outings against Houston and Minnesota and delivered some excellent stat lines, especially for PPR owners.
He had seven catches for 79 yards on 10 targets against the Texans in Week 8 and seven catches for 92 yards on eight targets against the Vikings in Week 10. We hope the bye in Week 10 didn't slow down Ebron, and he should be considered a starting Fantasy option in all leagues in Week 11.
Bennett is expected to be the No. 1 tight end for the Patriots this week with Rob Gronkowski (chest) out. If that's the case then fire him up as a must-start Fantasy option in all leagues. We've seen plenty of inconsistent production from Bennett in the five games since Tom Brady has been active. He had the three touchdown game in Brady's return at Cleveland in Week 5 and caught seven passes for 102 yards in Week 10 against Seattle. But in the three other games against Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Buffalo, Bennett combined for seven Fantasy points in a standard league.
He has seven games this season with at least five targets, and he's scored double digits in Fantasy points in a standard league in four of them. He should see at least five targets if Gronkowski is out, and he has a great chance to become the third tight end to score double digits in Fantasy points against the 49ers this year.
- Julius Thomas (at DET): A tight end has scored against the Lions in 7-of-9 games, and Thomas has scored three touchdowns in his past four games. He's worth using this week.
- C.J. Fiedorowicz (at OAK): The Raiders have allowed four touchdowns to tight ends in their past five games, and Fiedorowicz remains an integral part of Houston's offense.
- Jack Doyle (vs. TEN): He had nine catches for 78 yards and a touchdown against the Titans in Week 7 and has at least nine targets in two of his past three games.
- Ladarius Green (at CLE): This is the perfect week to trust him and potentially Jesse James since Cleveland is tied with Detroit for the most touchdowns allowed to tight ends.
I was giving Pitta one more chance to prove he's worth starting in Week 10 against Cleveland, but he failed to deliver with just six catches for 26 yards. That's now seven games in a row with five Fantasy points or less in a standard league, and he hasn't scored a touchdown yet this season.
The Browns were a favorable opponent, and Pitta had his best game against Cleveland in Week 2 with nine catches for 102 yards. But it appears like he'll never get back to that level, and this week he's facing a Dallas defense that has allowed just three touchdowns to tight ends and only Zach Miller in Week 3 scored double digits in Fantasy points. Pitta is only worth starting in deep PPR leagues.
Here's some Full Disclosure for you on one of my teams. Last week, right before kickoff, I dropped Rudolph in a PPR league for Zach Ertz. Rudolph ended up being better by six points (17-11), and I lost by four points. That's overthinking at its finest, and hopefully it doesn't cost me a playoff spot. I liked Rudolph last week, but I thought Ertz vs. Atlanta was better than Rudolph at Washington, which was wrong.
This week, I don't like either tight end's matchup. Rudolph is facing a Cardinals defense that has yet to allow a touchdown to a tight end and allows the fewest Fantasy points to the position, including matchups with Bennett, Jimmy Graham and Greg Olsen. Rudolph is a low-end starting option in deeper leagues at best.
We don't know how injured Gronkowski actually was after he was hit by Earl Thomas last week against the Seahawks, but he finished the game and had only three catches for 56 yards. Now, Bennett had seven catches for 102 yards, but Kam Chancellor's return for Seattle helped the Seahawks defense against the No. 1 tight end, which will be trouble for Ertz this week.
He's still searching for his first touchdown this year, and he only has one game with more than five Fantasy points in a standard league. He does have 15 targets in his past two games against the Giants and Falcons, and he's combined for 14 catches and 152 yards over that span, which is good for PPR owners. But he only has two touchdowns in his past 25 games, and Seattle has allowed just one touchdown to a tight end this year, which was Levine Toilolo in Week 6. Ertz is only worth starting in deep PPR leagues.
I apologize for what might be construed as lazy analysis or being a broken record, but I'm not playing tight ends against the Chiefs, which is why several players have been in this spot over the past few weeks. Last week it was Olsen, who was held to five catches for 39 yards on eight targets, and Jesse James has scored the lone touchdown for a tight end against the Chiefs this season in Week 4. Kansas City also has allowed just four touchdowns to tight ends going back to last season, and none have scored more than seven Fantasy points in a standard league over that span.
Brate has been great for Fantasy owners of late with a touchdown in three games in a row, and he's coming off his best outing of the season in terms of catches (seven) and yards (84) with a score for 14 Fantasy points. He has a tough two-game stretch with the Chiefs and Seahawks in the next two weeks, but he also faces New Orleans twice in the Fantasy playoffs in Weeks 14 and 16. If you can stash him then do so, but you might want to bench him this week at Kansas City.
Dolphins (at LAR)
- Week 11 projected stats: 10.5 FPTS
This should be the perfect time to trust the Dolphins DST even though they are playing their second consecutive game on the road. Miami is facing Jared Goff in his first NFL start, so there's the obvious chance for rookie jitters. The Dolphins have also done a nice job on defense of late with six sacks, six interceptions and two DST touchdowns against the Jets and Chargers in the past two games, with at least 15 Fantasy points in a standard league in each outing.
The Rams have also allowed at least 11 Fantasy points in three games in a row against opposing DST units for the Giants, Panthers and Jets, and eight teams have scored at least 10 Fantasy points against Los Angeles this year. The Dolphins DST also faces the 49ers at home in Week 12 if you're looking for a two-week streamer.
- Steelers (at CLE): The Browns have allowed eight sacks in the past two games with just 17 points scored.
- Giants (vs. CHI): Alshon Jeffery is out, and Jordan Howard could be injured. The Giants DST could be good for a two-week span since they face Cleveland in Week 12.
- Lions (vs. JAC): The Chiefs DST and Texans DST have scored 14 Fantasy points in each game vs. Jacksonville in the past two games. This is a good week to stream the Lions.
Ravens (at DAL)
- Week 11 projected stats: 7.9 FPTS
The Ravens DST is coming off its best game of the season against the Browns with 24 Fantasy points in a standard league. Baltimore had four sacks, two interceptions a fumble recovery and allowed just seven points, and the Ravens DST has actually scored at least 16 Fantasy points in three games in a row. But facing the Cowboys should be a tough test since Dallas isn't turnover or sack prone and is averaging nearly 29 points a game this season.
Dak Prescott has just two interceptions on the year, and he's only been sacked more than twice in one game, with 13 sacks allowed for the season. This should be a letdown game for the Ravens DST on the road.
Prater is coming off a bye week, so he's probably available in the majority of leagues. That should be to your benefit, and we like him as a solid starter in all leagues. He just had his best game of the season in Week 9 at Minnesota, and he should build off that performance. Prater had three field goals, including two from at least 50 yards against the Vikings, and he scored 14 Fantasy points.
He's actually made at least two field goals in each of his previous three games, and the Jaguars allow the most Fantasy points to opposing kickers. Five of the previous seven kickers against Jacksonville have scored at least 10 Fantasy points in a standard league, and five kickers have made at least three field goals in a game against the Jaguars. Prater is a great streaming option in Week 11.
- Dustin Hopkins (vs. GB): He's 13-of-13 on field goals and 12-of-12 on extra points at home this year.
- Robbie Gould (vs. CHI): The always popular kicker revenge game. Six kickers have multiple field goals vs. the Bears.
- Sebastian Janikowski (vs. HOU): Only one kicker has failed to make multiple field goals against the Texans this year.
Sturgis comes into Week 11 as the No. 2 Fantasy kicker in standard leagues behind only Matt Bryant. He's scored double digits in Fantasy points in 6-of-9 games, including three in a row, and he's made multiple field goals in every game this season. But the Seahawks defense should make things tough on the Eagles offense, and Sturgis could have a down game this week.
Will Lutz is the only kicker with double digits in Fantasy points against Seattle, and no kicker has made multiple field goals in Seattle this year, including Bryant in Week 6. Since 2014, over a span of 19 home games, only Dan Bailey, Chris Boswell and Chandler Catanzaro scored at least 10 Fantasy points in Seattle, and Sturgis has limited upside this week on the road.
Full Disclosure from Week 10
Ben Roethlisberger was exceptional as our Start of the Week, and he was the No. 2 quarterback in Week 10 behind Marcus Mariota, who we also listed as a starter. We had a great week at quarterback, including sleepers, with Philip Rivers, Jameis Winston, Dak Prescott and Joe Flacco.
Quarterback wasn't our only positive start suggestions. We also had, including sleepers, C.J. Prosise, Rishard Matthews, Eli Rogers, Tyrell Williams, Stefon Diggs, Antonio Gates and Tyler Eifert. And we said to sit, among others, Andy Dalton, Christine Michael, Julian Edelman, Brandon Marshall and Greg Olsen.
But we missed on a few starts, including Carson Palmer, Alshon Jeffery and Zach Miller. And we failed miserably on some sit suggestions, including Colin Kaepernick, Ryan Tannehill, Kirk Cousins, Ryan Mathews, Willie Snead and Doug Baldwin.
For Week 11, I'm counting on a great week from Latavius Murray. Like Roethlisberger, he should be exceptional as our Start of the Week.
Start of the Week: Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers
- Fantasy points: 34
- Position rank: 2
Recommended starts who made us look good
Marcus Mariota, QB, Titans
- Fantasy points: 35
- Position rank: 1
Tyrell Williams, WR, Chargers
- Fantasy points: 18
- Position rank: 3
Antonio Gates, TE, Chargers
- Fantasy points: 12
- Position rank: 3
Recommended sits who made us look good
Andy Dalton, QB, Bengals
- Fantasy points: 13
- Position rank: 21
Greg Olsen, TE, Panthers
- Fantasy points: 3
- Position rank: 26
Brandon Marshall, WR, Jets
- Fantasy points: 1
- Position rank: 86
Recommended starts who made us look bad
Carson Palmer, QB, Cardinals
- Fantasy points: 16
- Position rank: 19
Alshon Jeffery, WR, Bears
- Fantasy points: 4
- Position rank: 56
Zach Miller, TE, Bears
- Fantasy points: 3
- Position rank: 23
Recommended sits who made us look bad
Ryan Mathews, RB, Eagles
- Fantasy points: 27
- Position rank: 2
Colin Kaepernick, QB, 49ers
- Fantasy points: 25
- Position rank: 8
Doug Baldwin, WR, Seahawks
- Fantasy points: 23
- Position rank: 1