I heard a crazy statistic last weekend. This season, we have seen ten rookie quarterbacks start a game, the most since 1950! (I believe there were more during the 1987 season, as there was a strike, but that is an anomaly.) No wonder we are finding consistency a little hard to come by! We even saw a Jameis Winston appearance in Week 10! Well, you know what they say– when the going gets tough, the tough get going! We must dig even deeper into our bag of tricks to bring home those trophies this year!
Let’s take a quick look back at Week 10 before we dive into Week 11.
Week 10 Hits
Jordan Addison, WR MIN
Addison did not have a splashy game in Week 10, but he didn’t wreck your week. He hauled in 4 receptions on 7 targets for 69 yards (noice) but, sadly, no touchdown. Jordan finished with a respectable 10.9 PPR fantasy points. Addison played 97% of the team’s snaps but just did not have a massive fantasy output. Justin Jefferson could potentially be back next week, which I see as a boost to Addison. JJ will draw the top corners, which could leave a lot of space for this young budding star.
Jakobi Meyers, WR LV
Meyers only had 2 receptions on 2 targets for 21 yards and no score. The bigger issue is that since rookie Aiden O’Connell has taken over, he does not seem to be looking Meyers’s way. Davante Adams is one of the best wide receivers in the league, so it is fair to wonder if a rookie quarterback can sustain more than just a single fantasy weapon.
Week 10 Misses
Jahan Dotson, WR WAS
Jahan Dotson gave us the dreaded goose egg in week 10. I am dumbfounded! After putting in back-to-back-to-back solid performances, Dotson disappeared in last week’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks. He only had 2 targets and did not make a single catch. Even worse, he was on the field for 95% of the snaps! Unfortunately, it seems we can NOT trust Dotson as long as the other Commanders receivers are healthy and on the field.
Drake London, WR ATL
The good news is that London led the Falcons in receiving yards last Sunday. The bad news is he only had 36 receiving yards! Taylor Heinecke played very poorly and ultimately left with an injury, and Desmond Ridder did not cover himself in glory when he entered the fray. Thankfully, the Falcons are on bye this week, so we don’t have to even think about starting Drake London till next week.
JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR NE
I should have just left well enough alone. I try to go dumpster diving looking for hidden gems and then end up with a turd sandwich of a performance like this for my efforts. JuJu finished with 1 reception on 1 target for 9 yards. To add insult to injury, JuJu played a season-high 99% of snaps in Germany. The Patriots are on bye this week as well, so thankfully, we can forget they exist for a week and probably all be a little bit happier for that.
On the season, we are at a 53% hit rate. I am sitting on 28 hits and 25 misses. It has been a tough year for finding consistency, that is for sure! The issue is, I don’t want to just write up the same players every single week or take the “low-hanging fruit” of big names in nice spots. I will continue to try to bring some variety in the names I call out and give a reason or rationale for my suggestions.
As a reminder, I am using the FantasyPros Expert Consensus Ranking (ECR) as my guidelines each week. I will pick wide receivers and running backs outside their top 24 to discuss. I will give a couple I like and maybe one or two I don’t and brief reasons. Hopefully, these studs give you more than 10 PPR points and will all end up in next week’s “hits” section!
DJ Moore, WR CHI (WR25) ⬆️
It has been tough sledding for the last four weeks with Justin Fields sidelined for us DJ Moore faithful. The apparent return of Fields in week 11 is a welcome reprieve from the neverending onslaught of injuries and bad news. I honestly wouldn’t care what the matchup was in Week 11. If Fields is starting, I am starting Moore in almost any league I have him in.
Thankfully, the Detroit Lions are MOORE-or-less (see what I did there?) middle-of-the-pack against fantasy wide receivers. You should add DJ into your flex without hesitation as long as Justin Fields is starting. Let’s not forget, in the four weeks before Fields’ injury, DJ Moore was the wide receiver 3 in PPR leagues.
Jordan Addison, WR MIN (WR33) ⬆️
It does seem odd that Addison is ranked this low in Week 11. I believe the fear is that Justin Jefferson will return and take all of Jordan Addison’s targets away. However, Jefferson was limited on Friday’s practice report, and I genuinely don’t believe the Vikings will throw him straight back out there with a full complement of snaps just after returning from injured reserve. Even if Jefferson is active for this game, I believe you can start Addison in your flex.
Addison has shown he has a nose for the endzone, and the Vikings have been feisty (if nothing else) ever since Josh Dobbs took over at quarterback. The Broncos have been a fairly tough defense in the last five weeks against fantasy wide receivers, but again, with the Vikings lack of a dominant run game, I think they will be forced to throw the ball a fair bit.
Nico Collins, WR HOU (WR26) ⬆️
After missing Week 10 through injury, Collins officially has no injury designation heading into week 11’s matchup against the Arizona Cardinals. The matchup could not be much juicier, especially for fantasy wide receivers. Arizona has been in the bottom 10 in most statistical categories against our beloved wide receivers over the last five weeks.
Another point to note is that Noah Brown, who has been killing it lately, is questionable for Week 11 with a knee injury. When you combine that with the fact that CJ Stroud has been playing out of his mind, you would have to have an incredibly stacked roster to consider sitting Nico in Week 11.
Chuba Hubbard, RB CAR (RB31) ⬇️
Hubbard is still the presumed starter for the beleaguered Carolina Panthers. That is a point in his favor. The reality is that the Panthers offense has been a mess, and the Dallas Cowboys is not a “get right” sort of matchup you can hope to exploit. Dallas seems to have found a groove on offense, and the game could easily get out of hand fast for Carolina. I am not sure how much they will be attempting to lean on the run game or even how much success they would have if they did. Hubbard is not known as a prolific pass-catching back, so there is a genuine concern he could be game-scripted out of the match. There is always the possibility of the Canadian speedster breaking a big run and finding the endzone, but I would rather place my bets elsewhere in Week 11.
Gabe Davis, WR BUF (WR42) ⬇️
It’s nice to see that some things never change. Gabe Davis has been as volatile as ever for fantasy football in 2023. You can never know exactly what you will get when you slide Gabe into your starting lineup. Whilst it is nice to throw a little upside into the lineup now and then, I don’t think this is the matchup to do it with. The Jets are one of the best defenses in the entire NFL against wide receivers.
Josh Allen has been struggling a bit with his interceptions this year, and Ken Dorsey (the offensive coordinator) was just fired for the Bills this week. It is possible that Allen comes out and plays scorched earth, and Davis has 200 yards and 3 touchdowns. However, it is a fact that the Jets have allowed the fewest fantasy points, the fewest receiving yards, and the fewest receiving touchdowns to wide receivers of any team this season. On the balance of probability, it’s not an ideal week to play Davis.
Tyjae Spears, RB TEN (RB35) ⬆️
Last but not least, I am going to give my man Tyjae Spears a shout-out here. He is in a solid spot to contribute to your fantasy success in Week 11, especially in a PPR league. The Jacksonville Jaguars have given up the most receptions to fantasy running backs over the last five weeks. Spears adds most of his value through the passing game. He seems to be developing a nice rapport with fellow rookie Will Levis. In Week 10, he led the Titans in receptions and was only behind Kyle Philips for receiving yards. If you are stuck for options, consider giving Spears a nod!
There, you have my picks for Week 11. Some players to take a chance on, some players to avoid. I hope you have fantastic luck with your start-sit decisions, and thank you for taking the time to read the article!
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