Here’s a quick recap of some of the best and worst performances from Week 11.

 

Good Trends

Robert Kelley, Wsh RB: The highest scoring player after Sunday in standard scoring leagues. Kelley came into Week 11 being considered a Flex option for most owners, but his 31 points really provided for those who started him. Many owners probably left Kelley on their bench this week in place of other options, but after this game Kelley has pushed himself into the RB2 must start category. Don’t expect him to reach the 30 point plateau again, but it was encouraging to see him get 24 carries and produce solid yardage. This is probably a nail in the coffin of Matt Jones, whoever was holding on to him might be better off dropping him this late in the season.

 

Kirk Cousins, Wsh QB: Another Redskin who won matchups for their owners this week. Scoring 27 points placed him as third highest scoring QB this week behind Brady (28 points) and Rodgers (29 points), and gave Cousins his highest scoring game this season. If you’ve been stashing him so far, now is the time to consider Kirk as your legitimate starting QB the rest of the way. After seeing his final stretch of games last season, Kirk may be able to make magic happen again for his patient fantasy owners. Don't expect 27 points every week, but multiple touchdown passes and 300 yards passing each game isn't a crazy projection.

 

Steve Smith Sr, Bal WR: The ageless wonder continues to produce for fantasy owners. There aren't many explosive games left in the tank for the 37-year old receiver, his 15 points this week might be his ceiling, but it’s still appreciated from his fantasy owners. It’s encouraging to see Smith reach the end zone in his last two games while tallying 13 catches and 159 yards. Steve Smith has a pretty solid floor every week in fantasy due to his presence on the field, and the fact that Joe Flacco loves throwing to him. The usage and floor make Smith a solid WR3 the rest of the way with WR2 potential some weeks.

 

Dez Bryant, Dal WR: After a sluggish start to the season, Bryant has gone back to his second round ADP stardom. It has been boom or bust for Bryant in the games he’s started, posting double digit points in five games and one point combined in the other two. Since the Dallas Bye in Week Seven, Bryant has posted 55 fantasy points. The only disappointing performance in the past four weeks was a game in Cleveland, where the Dallas run game dominated and Bryant was held to one catch for 19 yards. Dez Bryant goes back to being an elite WR1 after showing improved chemistry with Dak Prescott over the past month.

 

Colin Kaepernick, SF QB: Nobody wants to hear it, but Kaepernick has been a solid fantasy QB since his first start in Week Six. After a 19 point game against New England on Sunday, I now believe in Kaepernick as a low end QB1 and rank him higher than players like Alex Smith and Carson Wentz. Kaep has thrown five touchdowns and only one interception since his Week Eight Bye, and has been using his legs each week never having posted under 20 rushing yards. The smart passing and his ability to run make Kaep someone I would trust to spot start with games against Atlanta and Los Angeles coming up in his schedule.

 
 
 

Jared Cook, GB TE: It was refreshing to see a Packers tight end produce a good game for once. After being away from the field for six games due to injury, Cook came ready to play catching six passes for 105 yards and a touchdown. His 14 fantasy points were very solid and while he is probably a free agent in your league due to his 2.7 ownership in ESPN leagues, I still don't recommend him as a pick up. Green Bay continually chooses to keep tight ends out of their gameplan, and even Cook’s performance last night can be seen as unrepeatable. If you do choose to pick up a Green Bay tight end however, make sure it is Cook and not his fellow teammate Richard Rodgers, Cook provides the biggest upside of either and is a far superior athlete.

 

Bad Trends

Ben Roethlisberger, Pit QB: Another sub-par start from Big Ben who was only able to produce eight points in a prime matchup at Cleveland. Roethlisberger has been up and down all season, partly because of injuries, but his road performances have also been very underwhelming. This was Ben’s third single digit point game on the road this season, and coming against one of the softest defenses in the league drives fantasy owners crazy. It is always up for debate whether Big Ben is an elite fantasy QB, and after sunday I think he is just an average QB1 until he can prove otherwise. Not all is bad for owners though, because if you guess right with Ben he can reward you greatly, he has three games this season with 28 fantasy points or more, which is best in the league.

 

Isaiah Crowell, Cle RB: Following a hot start to the season, Crowell has produced decreasing fantasy points in five straight games, and it doesn't look promising for him to get back on track. Crowell has not seen double digit carries since Week Eight and also hasn't found the end zone since then. His stock is plummeting fast and it’s time to abandon ship and get whatever you can for him before your trade deadline. This isn't just me panicking, Crowell hasn't even seen at least 15 carries since back in Week Four. His early numbers were inflated by five touchdowns and a 75-yard run in Week Two. Crowell’s luck has run out and it’s time for you to find a replacement.

 

Odell Beckham Jr, NYG WR: Beckham posted a mere four fantasy points in this week’s win over Chicago. In what was a close game throughout, Beckham never got going and couldn't produce much with his five catches. After two good efforts in row this was a disappointing game for owners. There isn't need to worry though, as Odell remains one of Eli Manning’s favorite targets and possesses the most talent in the Giants receiving core.

 

Davante Adams, GB WR: After four weeks of tearing up opposing secondaries, Adams was kept in check on Sunday night against Josh Norman and Co. who limited the young wide receiver to three catches for 42 yards. In what was a disappointing game for Green Bay wide receivers in general, there shouldn't be too much blame on Adams. There is reason for concern going forward however, as Green Bay has a difficult schedule to finish the year, with a bunch of tough pass defenses in the next six weeks. Weigh your options before the trade deadline and think about how much faith you have in Adams once the tough secondaries focus on him like they did Sunday night.

 

Martellus Bennett, NE TE: In what should have been a field day for Bennett, Tom Brady and Bill Belichick had other plans. After the news that Rob Gronkowski would miss Sunday’s game, it became apparent that Bennett should be in all starting lineups, especially against a soft defense like San Francisco. Bennett was only able to produce one fantasy point due to the fact he was targeted two times the entire game making one catch for 14 yards. This was obviously a let down after producing 100 yards in Week 11 against Seattle, with Gronkowski active that game. Don't think to much about this performance, Gronkowski should be back next week and Bennett will go back to his boom or bust ways.

Published by Collin Moran