Well it’s officially over. If you drafted Le’Veon Bell and held onto him hoping for some sort of points injection for your fantasy playoff run, you have been left bitterly disappointed. He will not play this season, leading to him being dropped in leagues around the world for some, quite frankly laughable players. Well at least you can take solace in the following fact: this season, on paper, you – yes YOU are as good a running back as Le’Veon Bell. Zero carries for zero yards and no touchdowns. Well done! So if you listened to the NinetyNineYards Podcast this week, a lot of this will sound familiar but if not, here are some picks for Week 11.
Eli Manning (vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
I hope Eli can build on last week’s win and continue the Giants’ run of luck this week against Tampa, which as we all know are a quarterback’s wet dream when it comes to yards allowed (unless you’re Alex Smith for some reason) and are still giving up the 2nd most fantasy points to both opposing quarterbacks and wide receivers.
Lamar Jackson (vs. Cincinnati Bengals)
If Joe Flacco doesn’t play because of a hip injury, which is now looking likely, he will be backed up by two Heisman winning quarterbacks in Lamar Jackson and RGIII. Both are interesting options but I see Jackson having a higher ceiling if he has fully recovered from the stomach ailment that kept him sidelined from practice earlier this week. Both in rushing ability and arm strength, Jackson has the tools needed to cement his position as Flacco’s heir apparent against the Bengals that give up the 3rd most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, and 4th most to wide receivers.
Theo Riddick (vs. Carolina Panthers)
Detroit will be missing some of their big dogs in this battle of big cats. Gone is Golden Tate and Marvin Jones is out this week. The Panthers have been pretty good against opposing running backs this season, but snap count and target share alone should be enough to return Riddick to fantasy relevance this week.
Jalen Richard (at Arizona Cardinals)
Same story as above with regards to the Raiders. Gone is Amari Cooper, plus with Jordy Nelson out, as well as Martavis Bryant not at 100% this looks like it could be Richard’s day. Even if the game script leads the Raiders to throw, Richard will still be on the field, but I fancy his rushing chances too as Arizona give up the 3rd most fantasy points to opposing running backs.
Amari Cooper (at Atlanta Falcons)
Since arriving to the Cowboys, Cooper has lead the team in both targets, receptions and yards. He is yet to break 100 but if there were a week for it to happen, this would be it against a Falcons secondary that has given up the 3rd most points to opposing wide receivers.
Corey Davis (at Indianapolis Colts)
The Titans offense has been shaky so this is no sure thing, but the facts are that over the past two games Mike Vrabel and Marcus Mariota have been making much more of an effort to feed Davis. Half of Mariota’s passing yards went to Davis last week for his breakout game in which he exploded for 125 yards and a touchdown, and he has garnered double digit looks in both of the previous weeks in which the Titans won both games.
Tyler Higbee (vs. Kansas City Chiefs)
With Cooper Kupp out for the season with a torn ACL the Rams will start looking for their tight ends more often, with Higbee picking up a touchdown last week against Seattle. If you need a BYE week fill in at a thin position, Higbee could be worth a flyer as he currently has more upside than down.
Houston Texans (at Washington Redskins)
The Redskins are yet to prove potent through the air and history has shown if an opponent can nullify their ground game, Washington will find it hard to win. Add to the fact that they have lost the majority of their offensive line unit to injuries, it could be a nice day for JJ Watt and Co.
Our NFC East reporter is Chris Milner who covers Redskins, Eagles, Cowboys, and Giants. Chris is a Washington Redskins fan who has followed the game since 2011. He is one of our fantasy football correspondents and also co-hosts the ‘Same Level Fantasy Football’ podcast. Follow him on Twitter @chrismilner