Matt Hicks, Staff Writer
It’s Week 11 and things are starting to really heat up. Playoff battles are getting intense and every waiver claim has the potential to make or break your championship run. This week we feature a combination of difference makers and dynasty stashes.
It physically pains me to say this, but: Blake Bortles is a viable starting option in fantasy football. Bortles has been oddly consistent, scoring 16 fantasy points the last three weeks. In those games he’s protected the ball, throwing for 5 touchdowns and just 2 interceptions. Even better, Bortles is playing Cleveland this week; who gave up 20 fantasy points to Stafford in Week 10 and 17 to Keenum in Week 9. It appears Jacksonville may have finally figured out how to best utilize their franchise quarterback, and he’s available in 84.6% of ESPN leagues.
It appears that Keenum is going to finish the season as the Vikings starting quarterback. In his last two games, Keenum has thrown for 592 yards, 6 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. Keenum has been inconsistent so far this season, however, he’s been good enough to be a solid streaming option;, scoring at least 17 points the last two weeks. He’s worth a stash but be careful, he’s playing the Rams in Week 11. Keenum is available in 86.7% of leagues.
It’s time to stop shuffling our feet on Darkwa. He’s emerged as a productive back behind a horrendous offensive line. Since week 5, Darkwa has 68 carries for 363 yards (5.3 yards/carry). This makes him a great dynasty stash. It’s likely that the Giants will spend the offseason investing heavily into a better offensive line. They’ll also likely make an investment in a young quarterback; shifting the focus away from the passing game. If Darkwa can be productive in this train wreck of a season, can you imagine what he’d do with a better offensive line and more carries? Darkwa is still available in 30.8% of leagues and has the potential to be a RB2 next season.
It ain’t pretty, but it’s what Green Bay’s got. With both Aaron Jones and Ty Montgomery out indefinitely it appears that Williams will be the RB1 for Packers again. What’s promising is that Williams carried the ball 20 times after filling in mid-game; which is more carries than Jones and Montgomery had the last two weeks, combined. Williams has a two tough match-ups in Baltimore and Pittsburgh but if he proves himself he could reclaim the long-term starting position for Green Bay. Williams in available in 97.7% of leagues and is a great dynasty option.
Robert Woods is currently the 8th highest scoring wide receiver. I repeat, Robert Woods is a WR1 and has scored more fantasy points than: Brandon Cooks, Golden Tate, Michael Crabtree, Stefon Diggs, and Julio Jones. Woods has gone off the last two weeks; scoring 48 fantasy points on 12 receptions for 241 yards and 2 touchdowns. He’s been targeted by a red hot Goff (who I’ve been hyping up for weeks) at least 7 times in 5 games this season. Woods is a great dynasty option, too, with Watkins likely leaving town at the end of the season. Woods is available in 38.7% of leagues.
What do Amari Cooper, Kelvin Benjamin, Devin Funchess, and DeSean Jackson all have in common? They have less fantasy points than Marquise Lee. Much of the Bortles’ aforementioned success has been due to the consistency of Lee. Since Week 6, Lee is averaging 9.75 targets per game. He’s translated those targets into 285 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns. Remember, Lee is only 25 and can be a featured receiver in a dynamic offense for years to come in Jacksonville. He’s available in 57.4% of leagues and is a great dynasty option; drop your FAAB on him.
Hop on the Marquise Goodwin bandwagon while you can. Goodwin only has 3 receptions the last two weeks, but when he does make a catch; it’s a big one. He’s averaging 50.3 yards per reception and is now the featured receiver with Garcon on IR. It’s likely that Garappolo will be able to utilize Goodwin beating than Beathard. Goodwin is available in 89.8% of leagues.
Lewis is nothing to bank on long-term, however, he’s been solid in his last three games. He’s pulled in 7 catches for 107 yards and a touchdown. Lewis lines up against the Browns this week, making him a sneaky pick to have a huge week like he did in Week 5 when he put up 24 points against the Ravens. I’m betting big on his upside in Week 11. Lewis is owned in just 2.9% of leagues.
Kansas City D/ST
The New York Giants are the new Cleveland Browns; you need to stream the defense they’re playing. Kansas City is likely to stack the box to limit Darkwa and shutdown a defunct passing game.
Speaking of defunct, the once promising Arizona Cardinals are now down to their 3rd quarterback (to go along with their 4th running back). Blaine Gabbert is set-up for failures and turnovers against the Texans. The Texans’ Defense hasn’t been amazing recently, but expect them to bounce back big this week.
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