Week 11 Studs and Duds


Week 11 Studs and Duds

Welcome to Studs & Duds with me, Kari Thomas (@12ozCurlSports).  This article will aim to point out stud and dud performances from players that either overperformed or underperformed based on their matchup during the week.  Any fantasy points in this article are based on 0.5 PPR and 6 points per touchdown.  I hope you enjoy and give me a follow!  I welcome any feedback.

Studs

Quarterback
Cam Newton 25/37/357 with 3 touchdowns, 1 interception and 3 sacks; 30.5 Fantasy Points
Cam Newton tossed three touchdowns Sunday as the Panthers couldn’t get much going with the running game.  He looked solid and will look to keep things going against a Seattle defense that ranks 3rd against the quarterback position.  It likely won’t be another 30+ point week for Cam but we will see how he does against the best defense he’s had to face so far this season.

Andrew Luck 23/29/297 with 3 touchdowns; 29.9 Fantasy Points
Andrew Luck tossed three touchdowns as the Colts obliterated the Titans at home on Sunday.  Luck showed T.Y. Hilton a lot of love by passing him 155 yards of his 297 total yards and two touchdowns.  Luck and company get the Miami Dolphins this weekend who have been solid against the pass this season.  He just destroyed a higher ranked passing defense so he’s set up for another great fantasy day.

Aaron Rodgers 21/30/332 with 2 touchdowns and 5 sacks; 25.6 Fantasy Points
Aaron Rodgers put up a solid fantasy day against the Seattle Seahawks who have been a very tough opponent to the passing game.  He tossed two touchdowns for the third consecutive week but gets the Minnesota defense this weekend that will likely hold him to a lower number of fantasy points.  He had just 18 against them in week two but Rodgers can handle it.

Eli Manning 17/18/231 with 2 touchdown and 4 sacks; 21.1 Fantasy Points
Eli Manning has had the most unimpressive season of his career.  It was nice to see him put up more than 20 fantasy points for the 5th time this season.  Last week he threw for just 155 yards but his point total was buoyed by three touchdowns.  We will see how Eli performs against an Eagles defense that he was only able to put up 9.2 points in week six.

Running Back
Aaron Jones 11 rushes for 40 yards and 5 receptions for 63 yards and 2 touchdowns; 24.8 Fantasy Points
Aaron Jones is explosive, and the Packers seem to finally realize it.  I have faith that Mike McCarthy will screw it up somehow but every week that Jones is in, he should be in your lineup.  He went against a decent Seahawks defense and is an excellent pass catcher out of the backfield.  He gets Minnesota’s defense this weekend who have allowed the 6th fewest fantasy points to the running back position this season.  I still expect Jones to have a solid fantasy day despite a daunting matchup.

Phillip Lindsay 11 rushes for 79 yards and 4 receptions for 27 yards and 2 touchdowns; 24.6 Fantasy Points
Phillip Lindsay has been an amazing asset to the Denver offense this season.  He had 11 carries which he turned into 79 yards and two touchdowns.  He’s averaging 5.5 yards per attempt this season and should continue putting up good fantasy numbers the remainder of the season.  The Steelers will certainly be a test this week as they’re pretty stingy against the run game, but Lindsay’s dynamic capability should keep him in a spot to score some fantasy points for your team.

Gus Edwards 17 rushes for 115 yards and a touchdown; 19.5 Fantasy Points
Gus Edwards is not a name many people probably knew going into week 11.  He made an appearance earlier in the season due to some injuries to the Ravens backfield, but he exploded for 115 yards and a touchdown and seems to have locked down the role in the backfield since Alex Collins couldn’t get much going last weekend.  Edwards will go against a porous Oakland defense this weekend and should see the bulk of the carries again if the Ravens want to win.

Mark Ingram 16 rushes for 103 yards and 2 touchdowns; 22.3 Fantasy Points
Two consecutive weeks of 100+ rushing from Mark Ingram and now he gets to take on the leaky Atlanta Falcons defense that ranks 30th against the run game.  Ingram has gotten more than 20 opportunities each of the last two weeks and the Saints may lean a little heavier on him as they come down the stretch toward the playoffs.  Ingram is a safe play at running back any week.

Wide Receiver
T.Y. Hilton 9 receptions for 155 yards and 2 touchdowns; 32 Fantasy Points
T.Y. Hilton had himself a day against the Titans defense that had been very solid to this point.  He torched them for 155 yards and two touchdowns en route to 32 fantasy points.  The chemistry between Andrew Luck and Hilton is undeniable and makes him an every week start regardless of matchup.  He will face a challenge against the Dolphins Xavien Howard this weekend, but he should still put up solid fantasy numbers along the way.

Mike Evans; 6 receptions for 120 yards and 1 touchdown; 27 Fantasy Points
Mike Evans returned to form with his first 100+ yard game since week 8.  It was good to see him perform well despite the issues at quarterback on Sunday.  It’s got to be tough on a receiver to go from one QB at the beginning of the game to another to end the game.  He made the most of it and scored 27 fantasy points.  He will get the 49ers defense this weekend which ranks 19th against the wide receiver position this year.

Tre’Quan Smith 10 receptions for 157 yards and 1 touchdown; 26.7 Fantasy Points
Tre’Quan Smith held Drew Brees attention all day as he had 10 receptions for 157 yards and a touchdown.  His counterpart, Michael Thomas only had four receptions, but he turned those into 92 yards and a score to keep his day solid.  Smith is dealing with an injury right now but if he plays, he should be in your lineup against a Falcons defense that’s giving up the 28th most points to the wide receiver position this season.

D.J. Moore 7 receptions for 157 yards and 1 touchdown; 25.2 Fantasy Points
D.J. Moore had his first 100+ yard day of his young career.  He’s been a very reliable option for Cam Newton and has been utilized in the run game a little bit as well.  He has an amazing end of season schedule in the Bucs, Browns, Saints and Falcons.  D.J. Moore may well be a league winner this year.  He gets Seattle this weekend which will be tough, but he has the ability to overcome their defense.

Tight End
Gerald Everett 3 receptions for 49 yards and 2 touchdowns; 18.4 Fantasy Points
Gerald Everett had a very solid outing in what may have been the greatest NFL game ever played on Monday night.  He only had three receptions, but the two touchdowns led him to be the second ranked tight end for week 11.  The Rams are on bye this week before heading to Detroit to face the Lions.  He isn’t worth stashing as he has a rough road through the fantasy playoffs.

Jordan Reed 7 receptions for 71 yards and 1 touchdown; 16.6 Fantasy Points
Jordan Reed put up some solid numbers against the Texans defense.  It was his best fantasy game of the season and what we’ve grown accustomed to seeing from Reed over the last few seasons (when he’s healthy).  It’ll be tough sledding the rest of the season as he gets Dallas on Thanksgiving and then closes out the fantasy season with Jacksonville and Tennessee.

Antonio Gates 5 receptions for 80 yards and 1 touchdown; 16.5 Fantasy Points
Antonio Gates put up a great fantasy day for anyone who had the guts to start him.  He’s highly unreliable and unlikely to repeat his performance the rest of the season.  It’s also a slim possibility that Hunter Henry makes a return this season which would drop his value as well.  He isn’t worth a stash unless you’re really hurting at the tight end position in a very deep league.

Robert Tonyan 1 reception for 54 yards and 1 touchdown; 11.9 Fantasy Points
Robert who?  When Jimmy Graham broke his thumb, Robert Tonyan got opportunities at the tight end spot with Green Bay.  He was able to catch a pass for a touchdown and put up a nice fantasy score.  Lance Kendricks and Marcedes Lewis are the tight ends to roster from Green Bay if you’re looking for one while Jimmy Graham is out.  I don’t expect Tonyan to have any fantasy relevance the rest of the season.

Duds

Quarterback
Carson Wentz 19/33/156 with 3 interceptions and 3 sacks; 0.8 Fantasy Points
Carson Wentz’s performance against the Saints was miserable to say the least.  He did more passing to the Saints defense than his own receivers and shocked us all with the terrible showing.  0.8 fantasy points at the quarterback position is not fun to look at.  He will face a solid Giants defense this week and likely find it hard to get things going again but hopefully he will prove me wrong.

Marcus Mariota 10/13/85 with 1 interception and 4 sacks; 3.1 Fantasy Points
Marcus Mariota missed some of the game with an injury but was still playing pretty poorly before leaving.  He passed for just 85 yards and was sacked four times.  He’s got a date with the Texans on Monday Night Football where he will likely find it tough to get things going there if he’s able to play.

Deshaun Watson 16/24/208 with 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions and 3 sacks; 11 Fantasy Points
Deshaun Watson went up against a stout Washington defense on the road and couldn’t get a ton going.  The Texans did win the game because the Redskins made more mistakes than them but his 11 fantasy points are far from impressive.  He gets the Titans this weekend who proved that their exploitable and Watson certainly has the talent to play well against them.

Blake Bortles 10/18/104 with 6 sacks; 3.9 Fantasy Points
Blake Bortles looked atrocious on Sunday against the Steelers.  Passing for just 104 yards is laughable for any quarterback in this league.  It was a tight game until the end and the Jags ended up losing it.  Bortles will look to get back on track against Buffalo but that’s highly unlikely as they’ll be traveling there and Buffalo ranks 1st against the quarterback so far this season.

Running Back
Dion Lewis 10 rushes for 24 yards and 1 reception for 8 yards; 3.7 Fantasy Points
Dion Lewis put up a fantasy stinker by running for just 24 yards and receiving another eight.  It was definitely disappointing, but the Titan offense has been one that’s hard to trust this season.  Lewis will face Houston’s defense on Monday Night Football and will likely find it tough to run against them as they rank 12th against the running back position this season.

Dalvin Cook 9 rushes for 12 yards and 3 receptions for -2 yards; 0.5 Fantasy Points
No one expected this type of game from the sophomore back.  Dalvin Cook just couldn’t get anything going against a top tier Chicago defense.  It was a tough matchup, but you’d still expect at least a little more than 0.5 fantasy point.  Things will get a bit easier for Cook this weekend as the Vikings take on the Packers.  We will see if he can get back on track with this matchup.

James Conner 9 rushes for 25 yards and 6 receptions for 24 yards; 7.9 Fantasy Points
I won’t say it was surprising to see James Conner struggle against the Jacksonville defense because they’re notoriously tough, but it was a bummer to see him post single digit fantasy points for the second time this season.  He will look to get back on track this weekend against the Broncos who are allowing the 11th most fantasy points to running backs this season.

Alex Collins 7 rushes for 18 yards and a touchdown; 7.8 Fantasy Points
Alex Collins got completely outplayed by Gus Edwards on Sunday.  I’m calling this a dud performance because Edwards looked absolutely phenomenal and should have the lead back role locked down now.  The Ravens will continue to utilize Collins but more than likely not to the extent we all thought they would at the beginning of the season.  The Ravens take on the Raiders this weekend in what should be another great opportunity for Edwards to shine.

Wide Receiver
Amari Cooper 3 receptions for 36 yards; 5.1 Fantasy Points
After his first two games with the Cowboys, it looked as though Amari Cooper was destined for a fantasy feast against the Falcons on Sunday.  Instead, it was a fantasy dud.  He finished the day with 5.6 fantasy points which was highly disappointing.  The game between the Cowboys and Falcons was a back and forth affair and very low scoring.  Things could be different this weekend against the Redskins but it’s unlikely as Washington boasts an incredibly solid defense.  Cooper does have a tasty fantasy playoff schedule so he’s definitely a hold for now.

Alshon Jeffrey 4 receptions for 33 yards; 5.3 Fantasy Points
Alshon Jeffrey had a rough fantasy day (along with the rest of the Eagles offense and defense).  Just 5.3 fantasy points against an exploitable Saints defense was tough to swallow.  There are a lot of mouths to feed in the Eagles receiving corps now so there could be more of these dud performances on the way.  The Eagles face the Giants this weekend and have a pretty tough road to find the playoffs if they want to get there.

Allen Robinson 3 receptions for 39 yards; 5.4 Fantasy Points
Allen Robinson went from a fantasy stud to a fantasy dud in fairly quick fashion.  A week removed from this 100+ yard day, Robinson had only 39 yards on three receptions Sunday.  Things won’t improve as he will have to play without Mitch Trubisky this weekend.  It’s going to be a tough matchup against the Lions but if Chase Daniel can figure things out, A-Rob could have a decent day against a defense that ranks 21st against wide receivers this season.

Demaryius Thomas Goose Egg; 0 Fantasy Points
There isn’t much to say here…Demaryius Thomas wasn’t even targeted a single time on Sunday.  The Texans are saying they want to get him more involved but he’s playing behind Deandre Hopkins and Keke Coutee right now.  We will see how the utilization goes moving forward but with Hopkins and Coutee in, I’d be hesitant to start Thomas.  He gets the Titans defense this weekend which showed they were exploitable against the Colts last weekend.

 

Tight End
Trey Burton 1 reception for 9 yards; 1.4 Fantasy Points
Trey Burton put up a fantasy stinker against the Vikings.  It wasn’t exactly expected that he’d perform well against a very stout Minnesota defense, but it was disappointing nonetheless.  Burton faces the Lions this weekend and he put up eight fantasy points against them a couple of weeks ago.  Only problem is he won’t have Trubisky passing to him.  We will see what happens this weekend.

Zach Ertz 2 receptions for 15 yards; 2.5 Fantasy Points
Two receptions for 15 yards is far from what anyone expected as the Eagles went up against the Saints.  It was very interesting to see such a down week from the former Super Bowl champs.  Ertz should get back on track this week against the Giants who he put up 13.8 fantasy points against in week 6.

Eric Ebron nada, nothing, zilch; 0 Fantasy Points
Andrew Luck didn’t utilize his tight end in the passing game the way he has to start the season.  T.Y. Hilton got all of Luck’s love this weekend and there simply wasn’t any left for Ebron.  The Colts have a tough schedule coming up, so it will be interesting to see how Ebron is utilized down the stretch.  He gets the Miami defense this weekend which ranks middle of the pack against the tight end position.

Kyle Rudolph 2 receptions for 13 yards; 2.3 Fantasy Points
Kyle Rudolph hasn’t had a great season from a fantasy perspective.  He is the 13th ranked tight end but the numbers he has put up this season leave a lot to be desired.  He hasn’t scored since week three, so he is due for some positive regression in that department.  He plays the Packers this weekend who he put up 10.7 points against in week 2.  Look for a rebound week from him.

 


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