NFL Week 11 was highlighted by a number of standout fantasy football performances, including a five-touchdown outing from Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor that just might end up as the best fantasy performance of the season.
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- Snaps include plays called back due to penalties like 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.
- Elijah Moore: 8 receptions, 141 yards, 1 TD, (3.92 YPRR)
- Jaylen Waddle: 8 receptions, 65 yards, (5.7 aDOT); 1 carry, 1 rushing yard, 1 rushing TD
|Miami Dolphins||Snaps||Routes Run||Targets||Carries|
|Duke Johnson Jr.||6||1||0||4|
|New York Jets||Snaps||Routes Run||Targets||Carries|
Elijah Moore has arrived: Moore has excited fantasy managers the past two weeks with three touchdowns in the short span. The only problem is that he’s been playing under 60% of offensive snaps each week while sharing time with Keelan Cole. This week, he saw his highest percentage of playing time in a game while all of the top receivers were healthy. This was also the best statistical performance of his NFL career. His big game was predictable, and the playing time and targets are reason to believe he could remain a must-start player.
Monitor the Michael Carter injury: The Jets rookie had emerged as a weekly must-start but suffered an ankle injury in the third quarter and didn’t return. Tevin Coleman took over as the primary rusher in his absence, while Ty Johnson saw the majority of playing time as the Jets were passing to catch up.
If the injury is serious, both Coleman and Johnson are worth waiver wire pickups. The better back each week will depend on the quarterback and how much they like passing to running backs, in addition to the game script.
The Dolphins' new backup running back: The Dolphins' backfield has recently seen a shift of Myles Gaskin rushing the ball more but getting less work on third downs. This meant more Patrick Laird and less Salvon Ahmed. Miami elevated Duke Johnson Jr. from the practice squad, which made Ahmed inactive. Johnson has historically been a receiving back, but Miami used him as the backup rusher. This means Johnson could be the primary runner for the Dolphins if Gaskin were to get hurt. That makes him a waiver wire option in deeper leagues. He could also be released whenever Malcolm Brown is ready to come back from his quadriceps injury.
- Jalen Hurts: 13-for-24, 147 yards; 18 carries (tied for 10th most all time by a QB in a game), 69 yards, 3 TD
- Adam Trautman: 5 receptions, 58 yards, 1 TD (36.4% threat rate)
|New Orleans Saints||Snaps||Routes Run||Targets||Carries|
|Mark Ingram II||47||28||8||16|
|Tony Jones Jr.||10||4||0||3|
|Philadelphia Eagles||Snaps||Routes Run||Targets||Carries|
Miles Sanders‘ return: Sanders had missed the past few weeks due to injury but returned to the top of the Eagles' depth chart. This turned Kenneth Gainwell into an inactive and reduced the Boston Scott‘s to mostly being a third-down back. Both Scott and Gainwell can be released in most league formats. Sanders was seeing the vast majority of work before losing a fumble. He should be in fantasy starting lineups most weeks going forward. Jordan Howard can be trusted only in games where the Eagles are likely to win.
Add Adam Trautman: The second-year tight end has been a borderline waiver wire target the past few weeks since Trevor Siemian took over as starting quarterback. On the bright side, he hauled in his first touchdown of the season and enjoyed his fourth straight game with at least six targets. On the down side, his playing time significantly declined with Nick Vannett playing his first game of the season. The decrease in playing time would have me concerned about starting him, but he’s seeing so many targets and playing well that it might not matter.
Dynasty watch on Dallas Goedert: Goedert’s dynasty value has pretty consistently been on the rise in the past month. Zach Ertz was traded to the Cardinals, which allowed Goedert to play nearly every offensive snap. He boasted the highest PFF receiving grade among tight ends this season prior to the week and could remain there after a strong performance.
Goedert signed a four-year contract extension earlier this week. He will either be tied to Jalen Hurts, who keeps getting better, or a quarterback the Eagles trade a lot of draft capital for. Goedert should be considered a top-five dynasty tight end right now.
- Justin Jefferson: 8 receptions, 169 yards, 2 TD (16.3% aDOT)
- Davante Adams: 7 receptions, 115 yards, 2 TD (41.2% slot rate)
|Green Bay Packers||Snaps||Routes Run||Targets||Carries|
|Equanimeous St. Brown||20||11||2||1|
|Patrick Taylor Jr.||15||7||0||4|
|Minnesota Vikings||Snaps||Routes Run||Targets||Carries|
Add Marquez Valdes-Scantling: The Packers receiver has largely disappointed this season, but he put together his best game of the campaign in Week 11. He recorded season highs in targets (10), receptions (4) and yards (123), and he scored his second touchdown of the year.
Fellow wideout Allen Lazard was inactive this week, which partly explains MVS' uptick in usage. It will be too early to put him in fantasy starting lineups, but it’s still worth seeing if he can keep up this momentum.
Don’t add Josiah Deguara: The former third-round pick has taken over as the Packers' lead receiving tight end with Robert Tonyan out with an injury. Deguara has caught at least two passes a game, which happened again this week. He also scored his first career touchdown, which will make him look more attractive to fantasy managers.
The Green Bay tight end also ran more routes than usual, but that was largely due to Allen Lazard being inactive. Once Lazard is back, Deguara will go back to running a limited number of routes.
Monitor the Vikings running backs' playing time: Alexander Mattison played much more than expected, given that Dalvin Cook was fully healthy. This didn’t have much of an impact outside of limiting Cook’s receiving potential in this game. It’s unlikely this amounts to anything and could have just been one drive where Cook needed more of a break than usual, but it’s worth noting in case it becomes a trend.
- Deebo Samuel: 1 catch, 15 yards; 8 carries, 79 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD (4 explosive runs)
- Brandon Aiyuk: 7 receptions, 85 receiving yards, 1 TD (29.2% threat rate)
|San Francisco 49ers||Snaps||Routes Run||Targets||Carries|
|Jeff Wilson Jr.||41||10||2||20|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||Snaps||Routes Run||Targets||Carries|
|Marvin Jones Jr.||42||29||6||0|
|Laviska Shenault Jr.||29||22||5||0|
Start Brandon Aiyuk: The 49ers spent the whole day running, but when they needed to pass they threw to Aiyuk. He’s received at least seven targets in three of the last four weeks. He’s played in at least 88% of the team’s offensive snaps in that span. It’s officially time to forget about all of the drama from the first third of the season and focus on the recent success.
Monitor the Jamal Agnew injury: Agnew suffered a hip injury early in the fourth quarter and didn’t return. Even before the injury, Agnew wasn’t seeing the amount of playing time he had in recent weeks. Laviskha Shenault Jr. spent the previous five games as an outside receiver but moved back to primarily playing in the slot today. Laquon Treadwell took over as the outside receiver in three-receiver sets. Even if Agnew is healthy for their next game, he probably shouldn’t be in fantasy starting lineups.
Hold onto Jeff Wilson Jr.: The 49ers didn’t have Elijah Mitchell in this matchup, leading to Wilson being the lead back for San Francisco. Wilson had a good majority of early down snaps, with rookie Trey Sermon coming in when Wilson needed a break, as well as a bit in the fourth quarter. Wilson wasn’t all that effective rushing with the ball, but he should remain on fantasy rosters because of the potential volume if Mitchell misses more time.
- D’Andre Swift: 14 carries, 136 yards, 1 TD (3.9 yards after contact per carry), 3 receptions, 0 yards
- Nick Chubb: 22 carries, 130 yards, (5 avoided tackles); 2 receptions, 14 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD
|Detroit Lions||Snaps||Routes Run||Targets||Carries|
|Amon-Ra St. Brown||41||21||4||0|
|Cleveland Browns||Snaps||Routes Run||Targets||Carries|
Josh Reynolds a new starter: Reynolds was granted his release from the Titans after Week 8 due to a lack of playing time. He was claimed by the Lions and made his team debut this week. Instead of being eased into action, he was an every-snap starter. He leaped over Tom Kennedy and KhaDarel Hodge. Trinity Benson had been the starter but was added to the injury report Friday with a knee injury.
There is a chance Reynolds might continue to start even if Benson is healthy. Reynolds didn’t catch any of his three targets, but he could be worth a waiver wire add in very deep leagues in case he becomes a favorite of Jared Goff once he’s healthy.
The return of Jamaal Williams: Williams handled his first game work since Week 7. He posted season-lows in both total offensive snaps and percentage of offensive snaps. He was largely ineffective, tallying 11 rushing yards on seven carries and no targets. He can likely be cut in most league formats with how well Swift has been playing.
Don’t panic on Jarvis Landry: The Browns had both Donovan Peoples-Jones and Anthony Schwartz inactive due to injuries, leaving Landry as the lone usual starter who was able to play. He led the team in targets but gained only 26 yards on four catches. Part of his poor performance could have been because he was dealing with a knee injury all week, which limited him in practice.
It might look odd to see him rank third in offensive snaps, but that is nothing to worry about. The Browns ran 19 plays with only one wide receiver on the field, and he was in on just six of them. They typically passed when he was on the field in those situations, and ran when he was not.
- Darnell Mooney: 5 receptions, 121 yards, 1 TD (41.7% threat rate)
- Marquise Goodwin: 4 receptions, 104 yards, 1 TD (3 explosive plays)
|Baltimore Ravens||Snaps||Routes Run||Targets||Carries|
|Chicago Bears||Snaps||Routes Run||Targets||Carries|
The return of Murray: Latavius Murray missed the previous four weeks with an ankle injury. His anticipated return led the Ravens to release Le’Veon Bell. This left the Ravens with a two-man backfield for the first half with both backs seeing exactly 18 carries. Freeman outplayed Murray during the half, just as he’s done all season. This led to Freeman gaining 70% of the offensive snaps in the second half. This is good news for Freeman and bad news for Murray going forward.
The return of Boyle: The Ravens also saw the return of their run blocking specialist tight end Nick Boyle. He missed exactly a season’s worth of games. While he doesn’t have any fantasy value, there was some concern this could hurt Mark Andrews’ fantasy value. Andrews didn’t see as much playing time in the past when Boyle was healthy. This was primarily on run downs but also cut into his pass routes.
That wasn’t a problem today, as Andrews ran a route on 43 of the Ravens' 44 pass plays. He was the favorite target of backup quarterback Tyler Huntley. This is good news for his fantasy value, and he should remain a top-five fantasy tight end the rest of the season.
Cut Khalil Herbert: Herbert saw 23 rushing attempts in Week 8, and that fell to four in Week 9 with the return of David Montgomery. Herbert’s playing time fell even further to just seven offensive snaps. Most of the time he just stayed in to block. The one time he touched the ball, he didn’t gain any yards. The only way Herbert will see fantasy value again this season is if Montgomery gets hurt again.
- Terry McLaurin: 5 receptions, 103 yards, 1 TD (23.3 aDOT)
- Christian McCaffrey: 10 carries, 59 yards, (4.7 yards after contact per carry); 7 receptions, 60 receiving yards, 1 TD
|Washington Football Team||Snaps||Routes Run||Targets||Carries|
|Carolina Panthers||Snaps||Routes Run||Targets||Carries|
|Terrace Marshall Jr.||14||9||1||0|
Drop Chuba Hubbard: The Panthers rookie running back is a clear third on the depth chart, as veteran Ameer Abdullah has surpassed him for the backup role. The backup role doesn’t even matter that much with Christian McCaffrey again playing over 90% of offensive snaps.
Monitor the Washington backfield: Antonio Gibson had a fine start to the game with eight of the first 10 offensive snaps, which included five carries. He then fumbled the ball and didn’t see another offensive snap in the first half. This is when Jaret Patterson saw the majority of his playing time. Gibson played in 60% of snaps in the second half, which included 76 rushing yards on 14 carries. Fantasy managers shouldn't worry too much about Gibson unless he keeps fumbling.
Dynasty watch on Terrace Marshall Jr.: The second-round rookie was the most impressive wide receiver of the preseason, but that hasn’t carried over into the regular season. He saw significant playing time over the first five weeks, but that has steadily declined. He missed time a month ago with injury but hasn’t caught a pass since his return. For the fourth straight game he saw a season-low in offensive snaps. The rookie is only 21 years old, so it’s definitely far too early to give up on him. Regardless, it is disappointing how little he’s been involved after what he did in August.
- Jonathan Taylor: 32 carries, 185 yards, 4 TD, (43.8% first down or TD rate); 3 receptions, 19 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD
- Stefon Diggs: 4 receptions, 23 yards, 2 TD (2 avoided tackles)
|Indianapolis Colts||Snaps||Routes Run||Targets||Carries|
|Michael Pittman Jr.||52||19||5||0|
|Buffalo Bills||Snaps||Routes Run||Targets||Carries|
Start Dawson Knox: Knox was one of the biggest surprises in fantasy football for the first third of the season, but a broken bone in his hand threw his season off-course. He returned last week after a three-week absence but only caught one pass for 17 yards. He was back to his old self today, playing nearly all of the snaps and catching six of 10 passes for 80 yards. He didn’t score a touchdown, but those will come as long as the Bills offense can get back on track.
Don’t start Cole Beasley: The Bills receiver had his second straight underwhelming performance with four catches for 23 yards. His playing time wasn’t as high as it had been in previous weeks. He’s still showing up on the injury report with a ribs injury that kept him out of practice earlier in the week, which has likely contributed to his poor play. As long as he’s showing up on the injury report, he should probably be avoided.
Dynasty watch on Kylen Granson: The Colts' fourth-round rookie has seen an increase in playing time recently. He played his most offensive snaps since Week 4 and almost saw as much time as Mo Alie-Cox. He hasn’t been used all that much as a receiver but has been very effective on his routes recently. He has caught three passes for 50 yards on 11 routes run over the last three weeks. His impact on a small sample size should lead to an even bigger role. There is at least a chance Granson could be the main tight end in Indianapolis in 2022.
- Nick Westbrook-Ikhine: 7 receptions, 107 yards (3 avoided tackles)
- Rex Burkhead: 18 carries, 40 yards (4 avoided tackles)
|Houston Texans||Snaps||Routes Run||Targets||Carries|
|Tennessee Titans||Snaps||Routes Run||Targets||Carries|
Add Rex Burkhead: The Texans' backfield has been one to avoid because they’ve consistently used four players. However, Mark Ingram II is no longer with the team, Scottie Phillips is on injured reserve and Phillip Lindsay is all but an afterthought, which makes this is a two-man committee going forward.
Burkhead led the team in carries and was the team's most impressive runner. He’s graded better than David Johnson on the season and put up better numbers today. This still isn’t an ideal situation due to the offensive line, but very few waiver wire targets have the upside of 15-plus carries.
Don’t add Dontrell Hilliard: Jeremy McNichols missed the game with a concussion, so Hilliard was elevated from the practice squad and took over as the receiving back. The Titans were constantly playing from behind, leading to Hilliard dominating playing time. Had McNichols been healthy, he would have seen the same role. It wouldn’t be surprising if Hilliard returned to the practice squad once McNichols clears the concussion protocol.
D’Onta Foreman fantasy managers should be more concerned about Adrian Peterson seeing more carries and gaining more yards per carry. This makes Peterson worth holding onto in fantasy leagues and a situation to monitor going forward.
Monitor the Titans wide receiver injuries: A.J. Brown suffered a hand injury early in the game. He briefly returned but then suffered a chest injury in the third quarter. Marcus Johnson suffered a hamstring injury late in the first quarter, which left him out for the rest of the game. He had been starting in place of Julio Jones.
This left Nick Westbrook-Ikhine to take on the role of the primary receiving target, while rookie wide receiver Dez Fitzpatrick scored his first NFL touchdown. Westbrook-Ikhine would be a waiver wire target if Brown and Johnson end up missing time.
- Joe Mixon: 30 carries, 123 yards, (77 yards after contact), 2 TD
- Darren Waller: 7 receptions, 116 yards (4.0 YPRR)
|Cincinnati Bengals||Snaps||Routes Run||Targets||Carries|
|Stanley Morgan Jr.||12||2||0||1|
|Las Vegas Raiders||Snaps||Routes Run||Targets||Carries|
Joe Mixon becoming more game-script dependent: Mixon played a huge role in the Bengals' victory, running the ball more times than the team passed. The only problem for fantasy managers is that Mixon is getting less involved in the passing game, and he ran a route on less than half of the team’s passing plays in Week 11.
Mixon can be an MVP on your fantasy team whenever the Bengals are winning, but he becomes much more reliant on touchdowns if they are losing. And the problem is that the Bengals have one of the most difficult schedules for the rest of the season.
Time to worry about Josh Jacobs: Jacobs is similar to Mixon but to an extreme. He’s unplayable whenever the Raiders are likely to fall behind and is great when they are favored. He gained 37 yards on nine carries today and 24 yards on five receptions. Part of his problem is Kenyan Drake is taking snaps away from him, and Jacobs might not have a lot of great games left this season, as the Raiders have one of the most difficult schedules remaining, as well.
Avoid the Raiders receivers: Darren Waller recorded more receiving yards than the rest of the Raiders players put together in Week 11. And to make matters worse, DeSean Jackson played more offensive snaps this week compared to the week before. This left Bryan Edwards as the only wide receiver seeing close to a starters' worth of offensive snaps. Edwards also didn’t see a single target.
Hunter Renfrow has been the best fantasy receiver this season, but he’s yet to tally more than 80 receiving yards in a game this year. This was his worst game of the season.
- Zach Ertz: 8 receptions, 88 yards, 2 TD (7 total first downs or touchdowns)
- James Conner: 21 carries, 62 yards, 1 TD, (43 yards after contact), 5 receptions, 37 receiving yards
|Arizona Cardinals||Snaps||Routes Run||Targets||Carries|
|Seattle Seahawks||Snaps||Routes Run||Targets||Carries|
Monitor the Seahawks backfield: There were reports before the game that Rashaad Penny would be heavily involved in the game. He saw the first carry of the game, and his hamstring didn’t feel right. He returned for a few snaps in the second half. Alex Collins went back to the primary runner, but DeeJay Dallas saw more playing time than other recent games. The Seahawks don’t seem to want Collins to be the lead back going forward, but they don’t have many other options. Until this backfield is better settled, it’s probably one to avoid.
The Rondale Moore roller coaster: The Cardinals continue to play without DeAndre Hopkins. This ideally would mean Moore could stay on the field for the majority of plays, but he played less than 40% of offensive snaps. On the bright side, he was targeted 11 times, catching every pass for 51 yards. It’s hard to trust him when he’s not on the field very often, and you can’t rely on Arizona to have 44 pass attempts every week. He seems to have a bright future but might not reach fantasy starter status in 2021.
Dynasty watch on D’Wayne Eskridge: The second-round rookie suffered a serious concussion in the season opener that kept him out until last week. He only played five snaps in that game but saw his role increase this week. Eskridge played in a third of the three-receiver sets, taking snaps away from Freddie Swain. He didn’t see a target in this game, but it’s good to see his playing time increase.
- Clyde Edwards-Helaire: 12 carries, 63 yards, 1 TD, (3 avoided tackles), 2 receptions, 13 receiving yards
- Travis Kelce: 5 receptions, 74 yards, (6.1 aDOT), 1 carry, 4 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD
|Dallas Cowboys||Snaps||Routes Run||Targets||Carries|
|Kansas City Chiefs||Snaps||Routes Run||Targets||Carries|
Clyde Edwards-Helaire’s return: Edwards-Helaire returned after a stint on injured reserve and was elevated back to the top of the depth chart. He saw the majority of the Kansas City carries while Darrel Williams took over as the primary receiving back. Jerick McKinnon suffered an injury early in the game on a special teams play, so this backfield could be even more crowded once he’s healthy. This also left Derrick Gore as inactive.
Edwards-Helaire can safely be put back into fantasy starting lineups, while Williams is borderline-droppable depending on league size.
Cut Mecole Hardman: Hardman’s role on the offense has steadily declined. He was consistently seeing at least 40 offensive snaps per game. That dropped to 24 snaps last week and was cut in half today. He caught two passes for 25 yards on his limited time. There is no need to have a fifth-string wide receiver on a fantasy roster.
Monitor the CeeDee Lamb injury: Lamb is in the concussion protocol, which kept him out of part of this game and could very well keep him out of next week. The Cowboys play on Thursday, which doesn’t give him much time to recover. Michael Gallup becomes a better play next week. He was the top target today and ended up with five catches for 44 yards. In deeper leagues, this also makes Cedrick Wilson an option on Thanksgiving.
- Austin Ekeler: 11 carries, 50 yards, 2 TD, (5 first downs or touchdowns); 6 receptions, 65 receiving yards, 2 receiving TD
- Diontae Johnson: 7 receptions, 101 yards, 1 TD (2-for-3 on contested targets)
|Pittsburgh Steelers||Snaps||Routes Run||Targets||Carries|
|Ray-Ray McCloud III||15||8||2||1|
|Benny Snell Jr.||8||6||0||2|
|Los Angeles Chargers||Snaps||Routes Run||Targets||Carries|
|Larry Rountree III||19||8||0||2|
Don’t start Pat Freiermuth: Freiermuth had a strong run of games at tight end, but it all happened without Eric Ebron in the lineup. Ebron returned to the lineup in Week 10 and returned to his usual role as the main receiving tight end in Week 11.
Ebron's presence greatly limited Freiermuth’s snaps and left him with 11 yards on four catches. It took him 55 minutes to score a touchdown, and it took turnovers and penalties to get him in that situation. He can remain on fantasy benches with his upside, but he’s not running enough routes to warrant inserting him into starting lineups.
Dynasty watch on Donald Parham: Parham didn't run many routes, but he was frequently the target when he did and caught four passes for 38 yards. Los Angeles’ main receiving tight end, Jared Cook, was held to under 30 yards for the seventh time in the last nine games. Cook will be 35 by next season and a free agent, so Parham will likely run more routes in the near future. If not, he could still be the Chargers top receiving tight end in 2022.
Dynasty watch on Josh Palmer: Palmer is another young player in the Chargers' offense who could be in store for a larger role in 2022. He played in the Chargers' first three-wide receiver set, and tonight brought a season-high in offensive snaps for a game where all of the Los Angeles receivers were healthy. The main thing holding Palmer back now is not seeing the field for the two-minute drill snaps. If he receives those snaps this season, he would be a waiver wire target. He should be the No. 3 receiver by 2022 at the latest.