Big Time Producers – Biggest Stars of Week 11 Fantasy Football
Big Time Producers – Biggest Stars of Week 11 Fantasy Football
Welcome to the big time! We’re in the crunch time before the playoff stretch and hitting on the big time producers is more important now than ever. Here’s another edition of Big Time Producers, reflecting upon the guys that likely won you your week.
Lamar Jackson – Action Jackson continues to dominate the NFL and fantasy football alike. Jackson tossed 4 touchdowns and ran for 86 yards, electrifying fans and opponents every time he runs the ball. Lamar Jackson is easily the best fantasy quarterback this year because of where you drafted him, which was in the later rounds of your drafts.
Josh Allen – Lamar Jackson wasn’t the only quarterback with 4 touchdowns on Sunday, as Josh Allen also had 4 touchdowns; 3 through the air and 1 rushing touchdown. Allen’s legs are what usually give him a nice floor, so it was nice to see him utilize his running ability to find the endzone. Following his best game of the season, Allen will be playing at home against a beatable Broncos team.
Dak Prescott – For the past 3 weeks, Dak Prescott has been an absolute beast for fantasy football. This was his best game to date, as Dak diced the Lions defense to the tune of 444 yards and 3 touchdowns. This is now Dak’s third game over 400 yards this season and the Dallas Cowboys defense has been playing below average, inciting the offense to have to score more. Dak has his toughest matchup of the year up next against the New England Patriots, so you may need to pivot away from him for this matchup.
Jimmy Garrapolo – It was a career day for Jimmy G as he finished with 424 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions. This was a surprising stat line as not only was George Kittle inactive, Emmanuel Sanders was clearly playing hurt. Even still, the 49ers put the ball in Jimmy G’s hands after falling behind 16-0 and though he had some turnovers, Jimmy G ultimately delivered a big division win before a huge tilt against the Green Bay Packers next week.
Christian McCaffrey – Even on a day where the quarterback threw 4 interceptions and the team lost in blowout fashion, Christian McCaffrey was a beast. CMC did not find the endzone, but he racked up 191 yards, 70 on the ground and 121 through the air. In PPR leagues, he gave you an added boost with 11 receptions. Even on the road in New Orleans next week, CMC is a guy you’re starting no matter what.
Mark Ingram/Gus Edwards – Turning himself into a receiving back for one game, Mark Ingram did most of his damage on Sunday by catching 2 touchdown passes from Lamar Jackson. Then, to put an exclamation point on the game, Gus Edwards rumbled for a 63-yard touchdown. Gus Edwards needs to be owned as a flex option in more leagues, as the Ravens rely heavily on their running attack every week, even when Lamar Jackson is throwing the ball well.
Todd Gurley – For the first time this year, Todd Gurley saw volume when it came to touches. It feels like the Rams will lean on Gurley down the stretch, as this is essentially what they’ve been saving their star running back for. The matchups line up nicely as well, as Gurley will now face the Ravens, Cardinals, Seahawks, Cowboys, and 49ers to close out the season. Only the Ravens improved defense really makes me nervous, as we’ve seen these other teams get beaten on the ground.
Marlon Mack – This is bittersweet. Marlon Mack was on pace to have one of his best games of the season before he broke his hand. Mack will now miss at least one game and likely more, making Jonathan Williams a hot waiver add this week. Williams also topped 100 rushing yards as the Colts run game routed the Jacksonville Jaguars defense that has been very up and down this season.
Joe Mixon – I’m actually surprised they didn’t lean on him more in this game given how he was playing, but Joe Mixon for the second straight week had a good fantasy game. Mixon only saw 18 touches but finished with over 100 all purpose yards and a touchdown. As long as Ryan Finley remains the quarterback, the focal point of this team going forward will be Joe Mixon.
John Brown – This was a banner day for John Brown. Brown saw a season-high in targets, catches, yards and touchdowns in this game, finishing with 9 catches on 14 targets for 137 yards and 2 touchdowns. Brown has been a solid WR3 option all year, but this was an absolute explosion of production and finally came in a matchup where every single owner who has a share of John Brown should have started him. I expect Brown to return to normalcy against Denver next week.
DJ Chark – It doesn’t matter if it’s Nick Foles or Gardner Minshew, nobody can stop DJ Chark’s breakout season. Chark is the 5th highest scoring wide receiver in all of fantasy football on the season and you likely picked him up off waivers after the pre-season or week 1. Chark’s 8 receptions on the day also indicate he’s living off of volume and not just touchdowns, which is a good sign for his production going forward.
Calvin Ridley – With Austin Hooper hurt and Mohamed Sanu shipped out of town, Calvin Ridley tied Julio Jones for a team-high 8 targets and caught every single one of them for 143 yards and a touchdown. Not only did Ridley produce effectively in this matchup, but he’ll also get arguably his best matchup of the year as the suddenly surging Atlanta Falcons take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at home. Ridley will be a must-start this week.
Stefon Diggs – It was looking like a bad day for Stefon Diggs’ fantasy owners until midway through the 4th quarter when Diggs was able to separate and pull in a 54-yard touchdown strike from Kirk Cousins. Even if Adam Thielen returns, Diggs could be a league winner if he can be somewhat consistent, as the Vikings will have two high scoring matchups against the Seahawks and Lions on the docket after the bye week.
Michael Thomas – Officially on record watch, Michael Thomas is on pace to break the record for most receptions in a single season, currently held by Marvin Harrison with 143 receptions. Thomas has 94 receptions on the season thus far and needs 50 more to break the record, an average of 8.3 receptions over his final 6 games. Thomas has 7 straight games with at least 8 receptions, so if he can continue this ridiculous pace, he’ll finish as the all-time, single-season leader in receptions.
Ryan Griffin – I had a feeling that Ryan Griffin would be a great streaming option this week, but even I didn’t expect him to finish as the highest-scoring tight end in fantasy football in week 11. However, that’s exactly what Griffin did, as he operated as a deep threat with his best Robby Anderson impersonation. 4 of Griffin’s 5 receptions went for more than 15 yards, including his 16-yard touchdown reception. As long as Chris Herndon is out, Griffin is a viable streamer.
Mark Andrews – The Ravens beat down of the Houston Texans came mostly due to the running game, but Lamar Jackson also found the endzone four times, including to his star tight end.
Zach Ertz – It wasn’t a monster game, but it was an encouraging stat line as Zach Ertz finished with 9 of 11 targets for 94 yards. Considering the Eagles were without their top two wideouts, it was expected that Zach Ertz would see more work and he did. Ertz is now 5th on the year in fantasy scoring from the tight end position and will have a killer schedule down the stretch, including games against the Dolphins, Giants, and Redskins.
Cameron Brate – What did I tell you, huh? OJ Howard disappeared after hilariously turning the ball over on a pass he sort of caught but then juggled behind his back and Cameron Brate became a target monster for the rest of the game, reeling in 10 of 14 targets for 73 yards, pacing the team in all three categories. Brate is a bit of a dart throw week to week, but Jameis loves him so he’s a worthy risk.
Atlanta Falcons – After being a laughing stock for the majority of the season, the Atlanta Falcons have suddenly found a defense. They’ve shut down two division rivals with winning records in back to back weeks with the Saints and Panthers and are suddenly surging. Though it will ultimately result in a lost season, the Falcons defense might be playing well enough to save Dan Quinn’s job for one more season.
New Orleans Saints – After getting thumped by the Atlanta Falcons last week, the New Orleans Saints went into Tampa Bay and controller the Buccaneers high powered offense for the most part. Until a late Chris Godwin touchdown, the Saints secondary terrorized Jameis Winston, forcing him into 4 interceptions including one returned for a touchdown. After what we just witnessed from Kyle Allen, I believe you can stay in the flames and start the Saints again this week.
Baltimore Ravens – This was perhaps the most shocking result of the week, as the Baltimore Ravens surging defense shut down the high powered Houston Texans offense. Deshaun Watson had easily his worst game of the season, as he was constantly harassed by the Ravens defense and in particular Matthew Judon, getting sacked 7 times. They also took a turnover back to the house for six. Their next two games against the Rams and 49ers will be a good test for this defense.
Oakland Raiders – It’s nice when things work the way they’re supposed to. I started the Raiders defense in many leagues because of Ryan Finley and I was rewarded in kind with a top-five performance from a rising Raiders squad. The Raiders have 10 sacks and 5 turnovers in two weeks and I think they’re playable on the road against the New York Jets, so you can probably keep them for at least one more week.