A.J. Burnett won on Friday allowing two runs on five hits and four walks with six strikeouts over 7.2 innings against the Nationals.
Burnett picked up his first victory in four starts (1-2) to improve to 6-8 in 20 starts this season. Walks continue to be an issue as he has allowed 13 free passes over his last four starts, but with that his strikeout rate as increased. The righty punched out six or more for the fourth consecutive time Friday after not exceeding four strikeouts in his four previous leading up to this new streak. If AJB can keep up the strikeouts while continuing to limit the home runs (served up his first five outings Friday) he could prove to be a sneaky second-half provider for fantasy owners.ANALYST: Michael Pichan
Justin Pugh (concussion) is not practicing Wednesday.
This is an odd situation as the offensive lineman is now in the concussion protocol, but the Giants only said Pugh was dealing with an illness. Apparently, Pugh has had concussion-like symptoms prior to Week 9 and it’s never a good sign he is still having issues after the bye week. Consider the offensive lineman doubtful at best for Week 12. Analysis: Phil Backert
J.J. Watt named AFC Defensive Player of the Week
Watt continues to be a monster and had another huge week as he collected eight tackles and two sacks in the Texans victory over the Jets. For the season, Watt has 50 combined tackles and 11.5 sacks and will once again be one of the top IDP performers and will strongly be considered to win the defensive player of the year award. Analysis: Phil Backert
Eric Ebron said his recent struggles will end this week.
Ebron has been all hype since he was drafted by the Lions in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Fantasy owners don’t fall for this spin and look elsewhere if tight end is a position of need. Ebron dropped a would be touchdown against the Raiders and finished the game without recording a catch. The Lions tight end is trying to remain optimistic, but his fantasy value moving forward remains limited. Analysis: Phil Backert