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NFL Week 11 Fantasy Football Recap: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Cincinnati Bengals half back Samaje Perine (34) drags Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Levi Wallace (29) into the endzone for a score during the fourth quarter at Acrisure Stadium. The Steelers won 37-30. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports

Samaje Perine: 11 carries, 30 yards; 4 receptions, 52 receiving yards, 3 receiving touchdowns

Najee Harris: 20 carries, 90 yards, 2 touchdowns; 4 receptions, 26 receiving yards

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Monitor Joe Mixon‘s health: Mixon suffered a concussion in the middle of the second quarter and didn’t return.

  • Samaje Perine had assumed his usual role to start the game, playing on third downs and giving Mixon a break in other situations. This led to Perine catching a 29-yard touchdown pass to end the first quarter.
  • Perine took over as the every-down back after the concussion. He ran 11 times for 30 yards. He also caught another two touchdown passes after the injury.
  • Trayveon Williams started the game third on the depth chart but moved up to second. He played only a few snaps.
  • Chris Evans is typically the third back, but he was limited in practice all week with a knee injury.
  • Perine is worth a waiver target, but the Bengals have a tough matchup against the Titans next week. Tennessee has allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points to running backs this season.
  • There are also no bye weeks next week, so fewer teams will be desperate for a running back.
  • Perine can still hover around the top 24 running backs from volume alone if Mixon misses a game.

Monitor Jaylen Warren‘s health: Warren suffered a hamstring injury in the first quarter and didn’t return.

  • Warren had slowly been earning more playing time. He caught his only target for 9 yards today.
  • Najee Harris took the vast majority of snaps over the rest of the game, with Benny Snell taking a few snaps to give Harris a rest.
  • If the injury is serious, Harris a must-start again because few teams are willing to give a running back as much of the playing time as the Steelers are willing to give Harris without Warren.
  • Harris has run 20 times for 90 or more yards in back-to-back weeks. He was averaging 45 rushing yards per game prior to Week 10.
  • The Steelers have one of the easier scheduled for running backs over the rest of the season.

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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