Football is a game of matchups. There is a saying in fantasy football to “start your studs,” but we really want to rely on the players who will score the most fantasy points. Talent plays a big factor in which players score the most, but matchups also heavily contribute.
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Digging deep into the PFF database, here are four cases where the combination of how the two teams play or use their players will lead to bigger games by the offenses involved in Week 11.
Ryan Tannehill continues to trend up
Tannehill had been the biggest disappointment at quarterback for fantasy managers over the first third of the season, finishing as QB19 or worse in five of his first six starts. He has rebounded in recent weeks, coming in as the highest-scoring fantasy quarterback over the last four. Tannehill's 89.5 PFF grade ranks third-best among quarterbacks. The Derrick Henry injury might not have been great for the Titans as a whole, but it has helped Tannehill’s fantasy value. If anything, it has given him the chance to score more rushing touchdowns, which is huge for his fantasy value.
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Fantasy quarterbacks facing the Texans typically don’t have high ceilings because those teams get a big lead and end up rushing. Despite this, Tannehill is still worth the start. Houston largely plays zone defenses, and that is where Tannehill is at his best. His average depth of target falls a little bit, but in return he has a much higher completion percentage and his average yards per attempt increases from 6.5 to 7.6. Tennessee should be in position to score a lot, which could lead to another rushing touchdown.
Tannehill might not be a top-five fantasy quarterback this week, but he should at least be a starter and can be trusted the rest of the season.
Antonio Gibson is healthier and ready to play