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Fantasy Football: OL/DL matchups to target and avoid in Week 11

East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) calls a play at the line against the Houston Texans during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

  • Impressive numbers from Daniel Jones: When kept clean and given time, which he should be the case this week, Jones has performed similarly to the league’s best.
  • Devin Duvernay in line for a bounce-back week: After a poor outing in Week 9, Duvernay’s arrow is pointing up in a matchup against the Carolina Panthers.
  • Alvin Kamara’s numbers when getting contacted early: The Los Angels Rams defensive line ranks first in run defense grade this season, which could lead to some production issues for Kamara.
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Whether fantasy managers are looking for some important tie-breakers in fantasy start/sit decisions or a DFS advantage, understanding which teams have the advantage in the trenches can be a key to weekly fantasy football success. These are the most crucial matchups to be aware of as fantasy managers head into Week 11.

NOTE: Click here to see this week’s entire offensive line/defensive line matchup tool.


OFFENSIVE LINE MATCHUPS TO TARGET

BALTIMORE RAVENS VS. CAROLINA PANTHERS

The Ravens offensive line is the highest-graded pass-blocking unit in the league (82.1) so far this season, allowing the third-lowest pressure rate (18.5%). The Panthers defensive line enters this week ranked 20th in pass-rush grade (66.7) and is averaging just 1.30 sacks per game (27th) thus far.

TOP PLAYER(S) TO TARGET

WR Devin DuvernayDuvernay is the Ravens’ leading wide receiver in terms of targets (31), receptions (25 and receiving yards (318). Most of the damage he’s done this season has come from a clean pocket, accounting for 74% of his targets, 84% of his receptions and 82% of his receiving yards. As a result, Duvernay ranks 20th among wide receivers in deep target rate from a clean pocket (26.1%). All of Duvernay’s 21 clean pocket targets have been deemed catchable, leading to a 142.9 wide receiver rating, which is fourth among receivers with at least 25 snaps.

ATLANTA FALCONS VS. CHICAGO BEARS

The Falcons offensive line has been one the best run-blocking units in the league, earning a 78.5 run-blocking grade this season (third) and generating 1.7 yards before contact for its running backs (fifth). The Falcons also have the fourth-lowest stuffed run rate (5.9%). The Bears defensive line ranks dead last in run defense grade (34.1) this season.

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