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NFL Week 11 Fantasy Football Recap: New Orleans Saints vs. Los Angeles Rams

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Chris Olave (12) celebrates his touchdown with Jarvis Landry (5) in the second half against the Los Angeles Rams at the Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Olave: 5 receptions, 102 yards, 1 touchdown

Allen Robinson II: 4 receptions, 47 yards, 1 touchdown

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Monitor Matthew Stafford’s health: Stafford was taken to the locker room after a third-quarter hit and was being evaluated for a concussion.

  • Stafford returned to the team this week after missing their Week 10 game due to a concussion.
  • If Stafford indeed suffered a concussion, it might be some time before he returns. 
  • Bryce Perkins took over as the starting quarterback. John Wolford was the starting quarterback last week but was inactive with a neck injury.
  • Wolford would likely be the starting quarterback if Stafford misses time and Perkins is healthy by next week.
  • The Rams have one of the most difficult schedules for quarterbacks for the rest of the season.
  • Stafford can be dropped in most fantasy leagues, even if we find out he can play next week, based on his performance so far this season as well as the loss of Cooper Kupp.

The Rams’ confusing backfield: Darrell Henderson started for the Rams but played only four snaps and didn’t return to the game.

  • He played all three snaps on the Rams' first drive. He ran twice for nine yards on those plays.
  • Kyren Williams took the first snap on the second drive, followed by three plays for Cam Akers. Henderson took the third-down snap, on which he ran a route and was untouched. That was his last offensive play of the game.
  • It’s unclear at the moment why Henderson would start and then get taken out of the game. He didn’t do anything in those four plays to lose his job, and he didn’t appear to get injured.
  • Akers was the clear rushing back over the rest of the game, while Williams was the clear receiving back.
  • Williams was still able to run the ball seven times in this situation and gain over five yards per carry.
  • Akers is probably the top waiver wire target of the group, as he ran the ball the most, but he might not score touchdowns since he wasn’t the clear short-yardage back. Plus, his playing time might decline depending on what happened with Henderson.
  • Williams can also be a waiver target in deeper leagues, as his playing time increased and he played well with the ball in his hand. That could lead to more playing time.

The Rams without Cooper Kupp: The Rams used six different wide receivers while attempting to replace Kupp.

  • Bennett Skowronek, Allen Robinson II and Van Jefferson were the clear top wide receivers, but all of them rotated out more than usual, and none emerged as the clear top target.
  • Tutu Atwell stole the show with a 62-yard touchdown reception but never ran another route. He would ideally see more opportunities going forward.
  • It would be best to avoid these receivers, especially given the current quarterback situation. We could also see the receivers rotate in and out even more going forward as the Rams fall further out of the playoff picture.

Saints newer contributors: The Saints had two notable players with increased playing time.

  • David Johnson became the Saints’ new backup running back. 
  • The Saints had lost Latavius Murray and Tony Jones from the practice squad earlier in the season when they were signed to other teams, and Mark Ingram II is injured. 
  • Jordan Howard and Derrick Gore were both picked up midseason, but both were cut from the practice squad earlier in the week and Johnson was added.
  • The former Cardinal and Texan would likely be the starter if Alvin Kamara gets hurt in the next week or two, but Ingram might be back sooner rather than later.
  • Rashid Shaheed became the Saints’ third wide receiver and led the unit in routes run.
  • The undrafted rookie had a noteworthy 53-yard touchdown in Week 7 and gained 38 yards on three catches in Week 8.
  • He likely won’t see enough targets this season to make it on fantasy radars, but he could be worth a dynasty stash if he can keep one of the top three or four jobs in New Orleans in 2023.

Table Notes

Snaps include plays called back due to penalties, including offensive holding or defensive pass interference. The other three stats have these plays removed.

Targets may differ from official NFL sources. The most likely discrepancy would be from a clear thrown-away pass, where the NFL may give the target to the nearest receiver, while this data will not.

Carries are only on designed plays. Quarterback scrambles won’t count for the total number of carries in the game.


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