Week 11 was defined by 1 major injury and a few big players making their returns after a long stay on IR. Other than that, Week 11 was a pretty normal week in the NFL. Fantasy owners are pretty much in “do or die” time, so if you have FAAB left or a decent waiver wire spot you may want to go all in on some of the players featured on this week’s list.
Apparently the Washington Redskins caught the injury bug. Or Perine is just bad luck to other running backs because one week after Rob Kelley was put on IR, leading rusher Chris Thompson broke his leg. That leaves rookie Samaje Perine to handle the rushing role in Washington. He has looked lackluster in the past, but this week he exploded for 117 yards and 1 touchdown on 23 carries. He also caught a pass for 9 yards. It’s unsure what the Redskins will do, but they will have to sign another running back or two at this point. For now, Perine should at least be the 1st and 2nd down running back. He is a must add in all leagues.
Danny Woodhead finally returned to the field in Week 11, rushing 1 time for 2 yards and catching 5 of 6 targets for 21 yards. It might seem like a little bit of a letdown, but Woodhead was probably shaking off the rust in his first game back. The Packers also played some pretty stingy defense. What this game does show is that Woodhead will be a large part of this offense almost immediately moving forward; those 6 targets were 2nd most on the Ravens. It seems as though Javorius Allen will be phased out slowly, and Woodhead should continue to see more targets. He is a must add in all leagues, especially in PPR.
Corey Coleman was another player to return to the field this week after a lengthy absence. He rewarded any fantasy owner who took a huge risk with 6 catches for 80 yards against the Jaguars…not bad for a guy returning from a broken hand against the toughest defense in the league. He was targeted 11 times, almost double what any other Browns’ pass catcher saw. It appears as though QB DeShone Kizer really has chemistry with Coleman, and even though he is a Brown, he should be added in 12 team leagues.
Danny Amendola has been relatively quiet the last month, even with Chris Hogan not playing. That changed in Week 11 against the Raiders, when Amendola caught 8 of 9 targets for 66 yards and 1 touchdown. He probably would have had more opportunity, but dehydration forced him to the sidelines in the 2nd half. If Chris Hogan continues to sit, Amendola becomes a valuable fantasy option on a high powered offense. Amendola should be owned in 12 team leagues, and may even make a case to be added in 10 team leagues.
I’m not sure what it is about Kenny Stills, but Matt Moore sure does love him. Stills had just 1 catch before Cutler was knocked out via concussion. Once Matt Moore came in, Stills had 6 catches and finished the game with 180 yards and 1 touchdown. This has now become a trend. Stills was targeted 19 times over two games in October when Moore was under center. If Cutler misses any time, Stills should easily become the most targeted receiver in Miami. Stills did have 8 targets in Week 10 with Cutler playing, so it doesn’t appear to be too risky of an add. Stills should be added in 12 team leagues, especially if Moore plays any extended period of time.
The Bills made a strange decision to bench Tyrod Taylor last week for rookie Nathan Peterman. Well, 5 interceptions later (in the first half), that looked like a big mistake. I can only imagine Taylor’s “HA” face on the sidelines. The Bills brought Taylor back in the 2nd half, and he completed 15 of 25 attempts for 158 yards and 1 touchdown. He also rushed 4 times for 38 yards and 1 touchdown. If the Bills stick with Taylor, he should see a nice bounce-back with a beautiful ROS schedule. He gets KC, NE twice, IND, and MIA twice to finish out the year. He very well could be a QB1 ROS and should be the QB you add if you are in need.
Corey Clement was included on this list 2 weeks ago, and even though I believed in him then, I wasn’t sure Philadelphia would continue using him. Boy was I wrong. Clement rushed 6 times for 50 yards and 1 touchdown in Week 11’s decimation of the Cowboys. He also caught a 2-pt conversion. Clement now has 5 touchdowns in the last 4 games, so it appears as though the Eagles like to use him a lot in the redzone. With the Eagles continuously blowing teams out, it looks as though he will continue getting use. Clement should be added in 14 team leagues.
Devontae Booker had his chance last year to take over the Broncos rushing duties, but failed to show anything worthwhile. This year, it appears as though he is slowly making a case to get more carries. Booker actually out-touched CJ Anderson in Week 11, rushing 14 times for 44 yards and catching 5 passes for 54 yards. If he keeps it up and Anderson continues to disappoint, we could see a real changing of the guard in Denver, especially if they call the season a “loss” and just run Booker to see what the future might hold. Booker is a 14 league addition for now.
Damien Williams has taken a back seat to Kenyan Drake recently, but Week 11 was Williams’ time to shine. He rushed 10 times for 78 yards and caught 1 pass for 24 yards. Now this may look great, but Williams’ first run was a 69 yard scamper, so his other 9 rushes were for 9 yards (ouch!). So why is he included here? Well, the Dolphins were playing catchup for most of the game and Matt Moore had his sights set on Kenny Stills, so there will be better opportunities for Williams in the future. It still appears as though this backfield is in a true split, so Williams can be added in 14 team leagues as a decent flex appeal.
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December 13, 2017
December 13, 2017
December 13, 2017