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Updated: Mon, Nov 18th 2019 1:56:04 am

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Los Angeles Chargers

Venue: Aztec Stadium(Mexico City)Mon. 11-18 @ 8:15 pm ESTOver/Under: 53

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Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Chargers

Game Time: Monday, November 18 at 8:15pm ET

Spread: Chargers +4

Kansas City Chiefs

Patrick Mahomes – This guy is just a magician, and there is never a week that you can consider not playing him, unless possibly you have Lamar Jackson . Mahomes threw for 446 yards and three touchdowns against a fading Titans secondary. It really doesn’t matter who he is playing, Mahomes is so damn good he is a threat to throw for 300 yards and three touchdowns every week. The Chargers defense is solid, but they won’t be able to hold him down. 

Damien Williams – The Chiefs declared LeSean McCoy a healthy scratch before Sunday’s game, which make Williams the lead back. He had the role he enjoyed at the end of last season and he ran for 77 yards on 19 carries, and he also had five catches for another 32 more yards. For those of you who have held Williams through his horrible season this was music to your ears. The Chargers defense allows over 110 yards a game on the ground, and unless something changes, Williams looks like he will be a mid range RB2 going forward. 

Tyreek Hill – His value took a bit of a hit without Patrick Mahomes , but Hill was back to amazing with his quarterback’s return. Hill was targeted a ridiculous 19 times last week against the Titans which turned into 11 catches for 157 yards and a score. There is never a time or a matchup that you should not use him. He will face a tough matchup next week with Casey Hayward and the Chargers, but even the best corners in the game have a hard time containing Hill. He is a weekly WR1 and always a good #FFPieBet choice. 

Sammy Watkins – Since his huge first week blowup, Watkins has been fairly disappointing since. He has held some value in PPR leagues as he has had five catches or more in every week but one, but he only has topped 60 yards twice since. You can almost figure what he is going to do each week with five catches or so for around 50 yards. He is a reasonable flex play, but his ceiling is fairly low. 

Travis Kelce – Kelce has now scored in two of the last three weeks after his seven catch, 75 yard, and a touchdown performance in Week 10. He has consistently been targeted between seven and ten targets throughout the year, and while his stats aren’t exactly where you would like, Kelce will always be a must start. The Chargers haven’t been beaten badly by the tight end, and kept Darren Waller in check last Thursday, but there is just no scenario where Kelce isn’t in your seasonal lineups. 

Los Angeles Chargers

Philip Rivers – It hasn’t been a great year for Rivers, but he still does have 14 touchdowns on the year. However, he has just three touchdowns against four interceptions in the last three games. In fact, he could have easily had more than the three interceptions that he threw last Thursday. The Chiefs defense didn’t give up a ton to Ryan Tannehill last week, and this doesn’t seem like a week that Rivers will excel. With the issues of the offensive line, don’t expect more than 250 yards and two touchdowns from him in Week 11, and he likely will fall short of those numbers. 

Melvin Gordon – It is unclear what happened to change things, but Gordon certainly has clicked in the last two weeks. He has had at least 20 carries both weeks, and has run for a combined 188 yards with three touchdowns in the last two games. He has absolutely taken over the committee from Austin Ekeler , and should be treated as such going forward. The Chiefs defense just were completely steamrolled by Derrick Henry last week, and Gordon could be a low end RB1 for Week 11. 

Austin Ekeler – You can keep playing Ekeler if you want, but his workload keeps being whittled down each week. He did score a touchdown in Week 10, but he had only six carries and two catches on only two targets. It is getting to the point where if Ekeler doesn’t score he will be nearly useless from a fantasy perspective. That is a risky proposition to play, and he is at best a flex option at this point, but should be benched and can be dropped in 12 team leagues. 

Keenan Allen – The target numbers continue to be there, and the eight catches last week against the Raiders were nice, but he still didn’t top 70 receiving yards or a touchdown against one of the worst pass defenses in football. Allen sill hasn’t scored or topped 70 receiving yards since Week 3. There is no way that you can possibly trade this guy if your deadline hasn’t already passed as you will be getting pennies on the dollar. You also can’t drop him, or consider not playing him. You just have to keep throwing him out there and hoping that he breaks out of this ridiculous slump. 

Mike Williams – He did have one long catch last week against the Raiders, but that should have been a game where he blew the doors off. He still doesn’t have a touchdown, and hasn’t had more than three receptions in the last three weeks. The pass defense of the Chiefs is no great thrill, but at this point Williams is someone who is hard to trust and is a flex play at best anymore. 

Hunter Henry – It was far from Henry’s best game, but he still found the end zone to make it a pretty solid game. He now has two games in the last three where he has had just four catches and under 50 yards. The Chargers passing game continues to struggle, and with more injuries on the offensive line, it isn’t likely to get better. Henry is still a must start in every single game, especially against a fairly soft Chiefs defense. 

Summary: The Chargers are a better team than this, but you can’t argue with what you are seeing. They are playing incredibly inconsistent football, and shooting themselves in the foot on the regular. Rivers hasn’t been himself, and the whole team has been out of whack since Melvin Gordon returned. I’m not saying it is his fault, but the results are there. Despite Mahomes clearly not being 100 percent, he is still better than most quarterbacks out there, and while the Chiefs defense is far from gangbusters, it just doesn’t matter most weeks.

Prediction:  Chiefs 37, Chargers 24

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns

Venue: FirstEnergy Stadium(Cleveland)Thu. 11-14 @ 8:20 pm ESTOver/Under: 41.5

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Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns

Game Time: Thursday, November 14 at 8:20pm ET

Spread:  Browns -3

Pittsburgh Steelers

Mason Rudolph – It wasn’t a bad game for Rudolph, it just wasn’t anything amazing. He had his second highest yardage total of the season, but that is a very unimpressive 242 yards. He continues to limit his turnovers, and didn’t throw an interception in Week 10, but he also had just a single touchdown. That was the third week out of the last four where he had just one score. He is being labeled with the dreaded “game manager” tag, and isn’t really worthy of fantasy consideration, even against the Browns.  

James Conner – Considering he was practicing at the end of last week, it makes sense that Conner could play this week, even though they play on Thursday. He had his big breakout game of the season the last time he played in Week 8 with over 100 yards, albeit against the Dolphins. It has been a disappointing year for Conner to this point, but hopefully this game against one of the worst run defenses in the league will help him out. If he is able to go, Conner should be good for 100 yards and a score. If he can’t, Jaylen Samuels is barely a flex play as he hasn’t come through in Conner’s absence. 

JuJu Smith-Schuster – Those of you who used a first round fantasy pick on this guy must hate reading this news every week. Smith-Schuster continues to be a huge disappointment as he had just three catches and now has more weeks with fewer than five catches (5) than weeks with five catches or more (4). He still has just a single 100 yard game on the year, and has had fewer than 50 receiving yards in three of the last four weeks. He will certainly see a lot of Denzel Ward in this game and isn’t a great fantasy option. He could be your flex play, but this has the makings of another game under 50 yards. 

Diontae Johnson – He has been a very hard guy to trust of late, after it seemed a few weeks ago that he was the definite number two behind Juju. He did have four catches for 64 yards against the Rams last week, but he has been so up and down. The Browns pass defense doesn’t tend to give up a ton of yards, but they have allowed 16 passing touchdowns in nine games. With Mason Rudolph clearly not a guy who slings the ball around a lot, Johnson would be best served on your bench. He has now finished behind James Washington in production for two straight weeks. There seems to be little rhyme or reason of which of these two guys is the best receiver to play. Washington is hot right now and could be your flex, but both are inconsistent and unlikely to lead you to a fantasy win. 

Vance McDonald – He did have seven targets for the second straight week, but that turned into just a paltry 11 receiving yards on the day in Week 10. McDonald is not fantasy worthy in this offense, and even with tight end being a virtual wasteland, you can certainly do better than him for Week 11. 

Cleveland Browns

Baker Mayfield – It was an adventure, but in the end it wasn’t a bad game for Mayfield. He mostly looked like an NFL quarterback again, which was fairly impressive considering the Browns played the Bills. Although he failed to throw for even 250 passing yards for the fourth time in the last five weeks, it was Mayfield’s first two touchdown game of the season. Minkah Fitzpatrick and the Steelers defense just made Jared Goff look like a fool in Week 10, and Mayfield could be in danger of having that same fate this week. He has been improving a little the past two games, but is still a little too risky to put in your DFS lineups or seasonal leagues where you only play one quarterback. 

Nick Chubb – There was concern with Chubb’s value in fantasy with the return of Kareem Hunt from suspension, but he barely missed a beat with a 116 yard game in Week 10. Chubb ran the ball exactly 20 times for the fourth consecutive week, and was even targeted four times, even if he only caught two for six receiving yards. The guy is a beast, he is a stud, and even if Hunt does have a minor role, Chubb is still the main event in this offense. He will be a great play Thursday against a middle of the road rushing defense in Pittsburgh. 

Kareem Hunt – Hunt had just four carries for 30 yards, but he was super involved in the passing game with seven catches for 44 yards. Maybe this is how he will fit into the offense, which is great for everyone because Nick Chubb was only mildly involved as a pass catcher anyway. The Steelers defense has been strong this season and they are the reason that they are still in the playoff hunt. It still seems very risky to play Hunt not knowing if they threw to him a lot because of the tough Buffalo defense or if this is how he will be used going forward. He was on the field for 54% of the snaps, which isn’t a bad number. He could be used as a flex in a week with four teams still on bye, but that could be an ill-advised start. 

Odell Beckham – Considering he was blanketed by a great corner in Tre’Davious White all game, Beckham’s output of five catches for 57 yards isn’t that bad for Week 10. He was targeted a season-high 12 times, which is an encouraging sight, but in the end the production has been fleeting. The Steelers have a couple of strong corners as well in Joe Haden and Minkah Fitzpatrick , so this could be another rough one for Odell. The other problem with trusting him is the erratic play of his quarterback. Beckham was open a couple other times this past Sunday, and Mayfield just couldn’t get him the ball. He remains a must-start, but he has become more of a WR2 than that elite guy you thought you drafted back in August. 

Jarvis Landry – This is where the Browns receiving party has been at over the last three weeks. Landry has been targeted at least ten times in the last three games, and has scored twice over that stretch. His nine catches against the Bills was a season high, and in PPR leagues he has been a gem lately. Even with his quarterback not playing his best, Landry has scored at least 11 points in PPR leagues over the last three weeks. He remains a strong start as a WR3 in fantasy for Week 11 even against a fairly strong Steelers pass defense. 

Summary: The Browns got right last week at the expense of the Buffalo Bills, which was a bit of a surprise. Baker Mayfield sort of looked like an NFL quarterback again, and the defense played well. Mayfield faces another stiff test with a vastly improving Steelers defense. Since the trade for Minkah Fitzpatrick Pittsburgh’s defense has been very opportunistic and has been forcing turnovers. I see Baker struggling this week, and having a few turnovers. Mason Rudolph is far from a great quarterback, but he will do just enough, and James Conner will inject a little life in the offense with his return. This will be a hard fought divisional game, but the Steelers edge out the Browns in a squeaker

Prediction:  Steelers 27, Browns 21

Dallas Cowboys vs. Detroit Lions

Venue: Ford Field(Detroit)Sun. 11-17 @ 1:00 pm ESTOver/Under: 47

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Dallas Cowboys at Detroit Lions

Game Time: Sunday, November 17 at 1:00pm ET

Spread: Lions +6

Dallas Cowboys

Dak Prescott – He played exceptionally well on Sunday night against the Vikings with 397 yards and three touchdowns. He did have one interception, but it was on the last play of the game. That is the second consecutive game where Dak has thrown three touchdowns. With Randall Cobb getting hot, Prescott now has at least four reliable options he can throw to. He will be a dynamite play in Week 11 against a Lions pass defense that just allowed three touchdowns to Mitchell Trubisky of all people! Prescott should be nearly a lock for 300 passing yards and a minimum of two touchdowns. 

Ezekiel Elliott – The Vikings made a point to shut Elliott down, and it was one of his worst games of the year as he had just 47 yards on 20 carries Sunday night. There aren’t many teams that are capable of holding Zeke down, so there is absolutely zero reason to panic here. The Lions allow nearly 130 yards per game on the ground, and Elliott is a lock for 100 yards and a touchdown. 

Amari Cooper – He was one of the best plays in Week 10 as Cooper caught 11 of his 14 targets for 147 yards and a score. Not too bad for a guy who was a question mark if he would even play. He has scored in consecutive weeks, and has been one of the most consistent receivers of the season. He will likely see a lot of Darius Slay on Sunday, but he is a must play in any scenario. Cooper has a floor of 75 receiving yards in this one, and likely will score for the third straight week. 

Michael Gallup – After three straight disappointing games, Gallup was back on the fantasy radar with 76 yards and a touchdown. You wouldn’t have thought of him having a great game against a strong Vikings defense, but with Trae Waynes not playing, it certainly helped Gallup succeed. The Lions have one good corner and then a bunch of average players in their secondary, and Gallup will be a WR3 or a flex play in Week 11. 

Randall Cobb – He does have six catches in back to back games, and he surprised everyone with 100 yards and a touchdown Sunday night. It is hard to believe that the Cowboys pass game will support three fantasy relevant receivers, but with a matchup against a weak Lions defense it could last another week. Cobb could be flexy on Sunday if you are in desperate need for a receiver with four teams on bye. 

Jason Witten – Witten is only included here because of four teams being on bye and how inconsistent tight ends have been. He did have only two catches on Sunday, but he has racked up at least seven fantasy points in every game but two this season. Seven fantasy points is clearly nothing to get excited about, but the way tight ends have been, many of us will sign up for a consistent seven points every week. It is a scary situation, but Witten has low end value for that reason. 

Detroit Lions

Jeff Driskel – He was a last second substitution for Matthew Stafford , and considering he was playing the Bears, he didn’t do half bad. Driskel threw for 269 yards and a touchdown, although it did take 46 attempts to get to those numbers. He obviously isn’t someone you should count on in fantasy unless you are in a dire situation in a two quarterback league, but he played well enough that we don’t have to fade all of their weapons this week. 

J.D. McKissic – With Ty Johnson leaving the game with a concussion, McKissic had 36 rushing yards and had six catches for 19 yards. He is far from anything exciting, but it appears that he will be in for a start in Week 11. McKissic will have some flex value in PPR leagues as he is a very adept pass catcher out of the backfield. If he can pull out 50 rushing yards on 15 carries and five or six catches, it could be a decent day for him. The Cowboys are a legit defense though, and McKissic isn’t going to lead you to any fantasy wins. 

Kenny Golladay – It wasn’t a banner day for Golladay, but he still was more than adequate with 57 yards and a touchdown. The tough part of that was he was targeted nine times, but it only resulted in three catches. Of course, having a quarterback change on Sunday morning isn’t good for the fantasy value. Considering the circumstances, you can’t be too upset with Golladay’s afternoon. Considering Stafford’s injury you have to figure that Driskel will be in there again, and facing a tough Cowboys secondary won’t be easy. Golladay is still a WR2 for Week 11 and should be able to match last week’s stats at the very least. 

Marvin Jones – Taking the dud game against the Giants out of the equation, Jones is having himself quite the stretch. He had five catches for 77 yards on Sunday, and that is now his third game in four tries of topping 75 receiving yards. He also does have 27 catches over the last four weeks, and looked like the favorite target of backup Ryan Driskel. This week is a tough matchup against a solid defense, likely with a backup quarterback, but Jones appears to be a great WR3 again for this Sunday. 

T.J. Hockenson – He has had 13 targets in the last two weeks, although that has added up to only six catches and just over 100 yards. Many are still hoping Hockenson can provide some magic still like he did in Week 1. He hasn’t scored since Week 4, and he only has one game with more than three catches since that first game. The Cowboys just gave up two touchdowns to Kyle Rudolph on Sunday night though, and Hockenson could be a sneaky play in Week 11. 

Summary: The Lions weren’t likely to win this one with Matthew Stafford , they have almost no chance without him. Jeff Driskel was decent in his start, but he isn’t a real NFL quarterback. The Cowboys are going to be highly motivated coming off a loss to the Vikings on Sunday night, and the Lions just always seem to find a way to lose. That was is likely to be Ezekiel Elliott who will look to run wild after Minnesota bottled him up all game. Detroit gives up over 130 yards per game on the ground, so they should more than accommodate Elliott wanting to dominate. This one shouldn’t be all that close. 

Prediction:  Cowboys 31, Lions 20

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Indianapolis Colts

Venue: Lucas Oil Stadium(Indianapolis)Sun. 11-17 @ 1:00 pm ESTOver/Under: 43

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Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts

Game Time: Sunday, November 17 at 1:00pm ET

Spread: Colts -3

Jacksonville Jaguars

Nick Foles – Minshew Mania has officially been pushed to the bench as Nick Foles is ready to return from the broken clavicle. It will be interesting how this plays out this week and the rest of the season as we are unaware of what receivers that Foles will have a relationship with as he was hurt so early in the year. The Colts are a slightly better than average pass defense, and Foles will not be a quarterback to consider in his first game back. 

Leonard Fournette – It has been a dynamite season for Fournette, as not only has he been healthy, but he has been incredibly effective. He only ran for 40 yards in Week 9 in London, but the Jaguars also had to abandon the run as they were getting crushed by the Texans. There isn’t a week that Fournette is a bad play, and the Colts is middle of the road at best. The Jaguars running back will be a low end RB1 or an amazing RB2 in Week 11 for your fantasy team. 

D.J. Chark – What started as one of the surprises of the 2019 season, has started to fade in recent weeks. Chark had just 32 yards in the game in London, and he only topped 55 receiving yards in one of the last four weeks. It remains to be seen what kind of rapport Chark will have with Nick Foles and if he remains a highly used receiver. Chark will be a flex play at best in Week 11 in a game that will likely revolve around the run on both sides. 

Dede Westbrook – Westbrook made the trip to London in Week 9 but eventually was inactive, which means he should be fine to get the start in Week 11 after a bye. It makes sense that he and Foles will have a chemistry, and he should get a bump with the Jaguars starting quarterback’s return. He is a bit of a risk as he has barely played in three weeks, but Dede is a very reliable receiver and will be a decent WR3 option or at worst a flex play. 

Indianapolis Colts

Jacoby Brissett - He might not be the best quarterback in the league, but man is he a lot better than Brian Hoyer. With a full practice on Wednesday, he should be starting on Sunday. According to the Colts skill players, this couldn't come soon enough. Brissett had two games with no touchdowns, but every other game he has played in he has thrown multiple touchdowns. He breathes life back into the Colts offense and should be good for 265 yards and two scores against Jacksonville. 

Marlon Mack – The Jaguars are a slightly below average running defense, and are averaging just over one rushing touchdown per game on the ground. Mack hasn’t topped 100 yards in five games, but he has topped 70 rushing yards in three straight games. There is never a reason to sit Mack, and especially against the Jaguars defense he is someone that you can trust in Week 11 as a high end RB2. 

Zach Pascal – He was a fantasy darling coming into the week, Pascal has been up and down the last month basically had one good game followed by a bad game. T.Y. Hilton will miss another game in Week 11, and Pascal will be the top receiver for the Colts again. He certainly gets a bump in value with Jacoby Brissett back under center, and Pascal has more chances of success. Jacksonville has a pretty strong pass defense so he might not be a DFS target, but if he has been on your seasonal league rosters and you still have bye week issues, Pascal could be a fine WR3 or a flex option for the week coming up. 

Jack Doyle – He scored for the second straight week, but Doyle is incredibly tough to trust as he hasn’t had a game this season with more than four catches or more than 61 yards. Despite the touchdown it feels like he has fallen behind Ebron for targets, and without a touchdown Doyle is nearly useless. The Jaguars are a tough defense against the tight end and he shouldn’t be trusted in Week 11. 

Eric Ebron – He went to the upper management and complained about his compromised role in the offense after a breakout season in 2018. It worked to an extent as Ebron led the team by far with 12 targets in the game, but unfortunately it was only good for five catches and 56 yards. It was more than double his previous high in targets this season, and it was his second most receiving yards of the season. Ebron is still a mid range TE2, but the target spike means that he could have a better second half. He is a speculative option in Week 11 but is likely someone who will disappoint again ahead. 

Summary: Both teams will welcome their starting quarterback in this game. The Colts defense is fairly strong, but Jacksonville is coming off their bye and have had two weeks to get ready for this one. Nick Foles is likely to have some rust to shake off, but he will have some time if the Colts offense struggles again. They certainly will get a bump with Brissett back in the game, and that alone will help Indianapolis get a win at home. This one won't be a basket of excitement, but it isn't the Jets and Redskins either. 

Prediction:  Colts 23, Jaguars 20

Denver Broncos vs. Minnesota Vikings

Venue: U.S. Bank Stadium(Minneapolis)Sun. 11-17 @ 1:00 pm ESTOver/Under: 40.5

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Denver Broncos at Minnesota Vikings

Game Time: Sunday, November 17 at 1:00pm ET

Spread: Vikings -10.5

Denver Broncos

Brandon Allen – Allen didn’t embarrass himself in his start back in Week 9, but he certainly didn’t do much to instill confidence. He appears to be good enough that he doesn’t kill the value of the skill position players around him, but there are almost no scenarios where you want Brandon Allen anywhere near your fantasy lineups. The Vikings pass defense hasn’t been as tough as it has been in the past, but Allen is only to be used in extreme emergencies. 

Royce Freeman – The last two weeks have been horrible for Freeman’s fantasy value, especially Week 9 where he had just 15 rushing yards on five carries. He also hasn’t been nearly as involved in the passing game lately as he has had just two catches in his previous two games. Couple that with a matchup against one of the top ten run defenses in the league and Freeman is only an emergency flex play with almost no confidence. 

Phillip Lindsay – He may have had 92 yards and a score back in Week 9 before their bye, but he did it on just nine carries. The Broncos offense just hasn’t been spending much time on the field and they often have to abandon the run since they are often behind. The Vikings just spent last Sunday night shutting down Ezekiel Elliott , so this clearly isn’t a great spot to be using Lindsay. He certainly would be best served on your bench this week if at all possible. 

Courtland Sutton – Even a bad quarterback couldn’t stop Courtland Sutton in Week 9 as he still had five receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown. Brandon Allen is far from John Elway, or heck even Joe Flacco , but he isn’t Luke Falk either. Sutton had to do a bunch of work to get that touchdown as he basically reached over the defender to take the ball off his head. So, there are still some question marks with the quarterback play. He will likely be covered almost exclusively by Xavier Rhodes , but he has not been the same corner this year. Sutton remains on the WR2 radar for Week 11. 

Noah Fant – After being mostly a ghost for the first half of the season, Fant has woken up some the last two weeks with the trade of Emmanuel Sanders . He had five catches in Week 8, and then took a short pass 75 yards for a touchdown in Week 9. He hasn’t blown onto the starting tight end tier just yet, and Minnesota hasn’t allowed a touchdown to a tight end all season long. In PPR leagues you can give Fant a shot, but don’t have high expectations in this one. 

Minnesota Vikings

Kirk Cousins – Without his top receiver, and against one of the stronger pass defenses in football it isn’t a surprise that Cousins didn’t have a big day. That being said, he did throw for 220 yards and two touchdowns, so it wasn’t a complete dud by any means. Denver’s pass defense is one of the best in the league, allowing just over 200 yards per game through the air and just seven passing touchdowns all season long. Cousins has certainly woken up from his early season debacle, but this is not a good week to trust him. 

Dalvin Cook – He was an absolute beast against the Cowboys as he nearly had 100 yards rushing with a touchdown and caught seven passes for another 86 yards. Cook is a beast, there’s no other way to put it. The Broncos give up just over 107 rushing yards per game on the ground, and this looks like another great week to play Cook. Although, there really is no bad week to play Cook, and he will be an RB1 this week and the rest of the season. 

Stefon Diggs – Maybe Diggs counts on Thielen taking a strong corner away from him more than we thought. A week after a one catch performance, Diggs had just three catches for 49 yards against the Cowboys. Thielen is a major question mark again this week, which means the Denver’s shut down corner Chris Harris will spend the entire day with Diggs in all likelihood. That is bad news for Diggs owners, as Harris is one of the best corners out there. He has struggled for the past couple of weeks, and if he doesn’t have his buddy Thielen out there it will make for a long day. Diggs isn’t someone you can bench, but he will have a real strong chance of failing to break 50 yards again. 

Kyle Rudolph – He does have four touchdowns in the last four weeks, but he isn’t getting a ton of action to suggest that it will continue. Rudolph’s best game was five catches for 58 yards and a touchdown, and his four catches Sunday night marked his second highest total. Yes, two of them for touchdowns, but those four catches went for just 14 receiving yards. If you are really struggling at tight end you can use him and hope, but Denver’s defense is very good and has allowed just one touchdown to a tight end all season long. 

Summary: Brandon Allen might have gotten himself a win in his first start, and the team might be coming off a bye, but they aren’t going to win this one. The Vikings passing game has really been re-energized in the last month, and although the Broncos have a good pass defense, they won’t shut Minnesota down completely. The real problem that Denver will have is the same problem everyone has who plays the Vikings and that is stopping Dalvin Cook . The Broncos run defense is leaky at times, and Cook has been a fantasy MVP so far. The Vikings should be able to keep Allen’s arm in check and smother whoever is running the ball for them in a fairly easy win. 

Prediction:  Vikings 28, Broncos 17

Houston Texans vs. Baltimore Ravens

Venue: M&T Bank Stadium(Baltimore)Sun. 11-17 @ 1:00 pm ESTOver/Under: 51.5

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Houston Texans at Baltimore Ravens

Game Time: Sunday, November 17 at 1:00pm ET

Spread: Ravens -4

Houston Texans

Deshaun Watson – The Texans are coming off their bye, and they will need it as they are going against a Ravens defense that is vastly improving. This guy is a stud though, and there is no scenario where you think about sitting him. The Ravens defense has allowed 20 points or less in four straight weeks, including games against the Seahawks and Patriots. Watson will still be a solid play though, with a minimum of 250 passing yards and two touchdowns. 

Carlos Hyde – The last time we saw Hyde in jolly old England he was crushing the Jaguars for 160 rushing yards on 19 carries. This was the second straight game that Hyde was just one carry short of 20, and he has nearly 250 rushing yards in his last two games combined. He is well on his way to a 1,000 yard season, but the sledding will be very tough this week against Baltimore. The Ravens did give up over 100 yards to Joe Mixon , but they were also so far ahead that it is debatable how hard their defense was trying in the second half. Hyde isn’t likely to have a big game here, but he easily could top 65 yards rushing and perhaps another 20 through the air. Duke Johnson had a little bit more of an expanded role, but the Texans were crushing the Jags in London and just ran the ball and dinked and dunked the second half away. Hyde will be a great flex play for Week 11. 

DeAndre Hopkins – London wasn’t overly kind to Hopkins, but he still did find the end zone and racked up 48 receiving yards on eight catches. Previous to that, Hopkins had back to back 100 yard games and two touchdowns in the last three games. He is a stud of all studs, and although he is likely to match up with Marcus Peters this week, Hopkins still should be a WR1 in Week 11 against the Ravens. 

Will Fuller – It appears as though Fuller will be back for this one, but you’d have to be in a fairly dire situation to trust him right off an injury. He hasn’t played since Week 7 which he left early with the hamstring injury, and something like this is very easy to reinjure. They also won’t have an easy matchup against the Ravens. Fuller is an extremely boom or bust option, and he could have a play or two to make it a very productive fantasy day. He isn’t someone that you should count on against solid defenses though, and even if you have been stashing him it makes sense to let him get a game under his belt before trusting him with a starting spot. 

Darren Fells – He has three touchdowns in the last two weeks, but he also still has under 100 receiving yards in the last three weeks combined. Fells has been incredibly inconsistent this season, and in a game against a Ravens defense that plays better by the week you should be able to find a better option at tight end. 

Baltimore Ravens

Lamar Jackson – Sure, he crushed the Bengals in Week 10, and that was expected but he also destroyed the Patriots the week before. He is just playing on another level right now, and basically looks unstoppable. He threw for three touchdowns and ran for a fourth in incredible fashion last week against the Bengals. He still isn’t an overly accurate passer, but he is still much more than adequate. The Texans pass defense is pretty bad, and Jackson should have another big game in Week 11. There are very few quarterbacks that you should consider better than Jackson right now. He is smack dab in the middle of the MVP discussion.

Mark Ingram – The only thing that really stops Ingram is when Lamar Jackson really goes off as a runner, as he did in Week 10. He only carried the ball nine times in the game, good for only 34 yards but he did have the touchdown. He now has less than 55 yards on the ground in four of the last five games, but does have three touchdowns over that stretch. The Texans run defense is pretty strong as they have allowed just 84 yards a game on the ground with just three rushing touchdowns in nine games. This doesn’t appear to be a great game for Ingram, but he is still a low end RB2 in this game. 

Marquise Brown – With 80 yards and a touchdown against the Bengals, it is now apparent that Brown only has major success against the worst defenses. Good news for Brown owners is that the Texans pass defense is way worse than you’d think it was considering they are likely a playoff team. However, they have allowed an average of two passing touchdowns a game, and there is a serious chance that we could be looking at another 70 yard game with another touchdown. 

Mark Andrews – His two touchdowns in Week 10 were his first in just over a month, even though Andrews is by far the most targeted weapon in this offense. His hands aren’t always the best, but talent wise he is definitely one of the top five to seven tight ends in the game. As bad as their pass defense is, Houston hasn’t exactly been bad when it comes to guarding tight ends. So while on paper this doesn’t look like a great matchup for Andrews, you shouldn’t consider not using him unless you have a stud like Kelce. 

Summary: This one could be a lot of fun to watch as we have two of the most exciting young quarterbacks in the game. Lamar Jackson is playing on another level right now, and is smack dab in the middle of the MVP debate. He can’t be stopped. Deshaun Watson is one of my favorite quarterbacks in the league, and is also enjoying a fine season. This pick comes down to the defenses. Houston’s defense is atrocious against the pass, and on the other hand, the Ravens have looked like a whole new team since the trade for Marcus Peters . Watson will likely have a little trouble moving the ball at times, while I think that Jackson will be too much for the Texans defense to handle. This one will be fun and high scoring, but in the end the Ravens will come out on top.

Prediction:  Ravens 38, Texans 27

New York Jets vs. Washington Redskins

Venue: FedEx Field(Landover)Sun. 11-17 @ 1:00 pm ESTOver/Under: 38.5

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New York Jets at Washington Redskins

Game Time: Sunday, November 17 at 1:00pm ET

Spread: Redskins -1

New York Jets

Sam Darnold – He wasn’t great, but he was better in Week 10, of course it didn’t hurt that he was playing one of the softest defenses in the league. Darnold threw for 230 yards and a touchdown, and also ran one in. The big story of the week is that Darnold didn’t turn the ball over. If nothing else, hopefully Darnold has gotten over the hump of him being an absolutely awful quarterback to at least a decent signal caller. The Redskins pass defense isn’t great, but Quinton Dunbar and Josh Norman are a nice pair of corners, and the safeties aren’t bad either. Many thought Darnold would be a great streamer in the second half of the season due to his soft schedule, but he is very hard to trust in Week 11. 

Le’Veon Bell – A knee injury put his availability into question, but Bell played and he even scored. He did only have 34 rushing yards and four receptions in a game against a beyond subpar defense. Clearly Bell isn’t 100 percent and he doesn’t look anything like the guy who played for the Steelers. Washington allows over 134 yards per game on the ground, but it would be hard to think that Bell could even come close to that number. He hasn’t had 134 rushing yards in the last three games combined. If Bell isn’t catching a lot of passes, his value is barely a flex spot. Bell should be better than that, and if he can rest up and get closer to healthy he should be an RB2. 

Jamison Crowder Robby Anderson has become basically unable to put in a fantasy starting lineup, but Crowder continues to gain fantasy value. He had his second straight game with 80 receiving yards and a touchdown and has 13 catches in that span. Even when Sam Darnold is at his worst, he still is able to find Crowder. He has become a definite start in basically any matchup, and this week against the Redskins is one of those instances. 

Demaryius Thomas – Like the Jets offense, Thomas is incredibly inconsistent. He was solid on Sunday with six catches for 84 yards, although he didn’t score. This is coming off a game where he had just two catches for under 20 yards. The Redskins actually have a fairly solid secondary, and Thomas should not be counted on for any real production on a weekly basis. Thomas can only be put in the flex spot in the most dire of circumstances.  

Ryan Griffin – He had some fantasy value for a couple of weeks, but Griffin isn’t exactly the guy I want to have to trust at tight end. He will be the starter again with Chris Herndon hurt again for an indefinite amount of time. The Redskins are actually pretty stingy against tight ends, allowing just two touchdowns this season, and you should look in a different direction for your tight end in Week 11 than Griffin. 

Washington Redskins

Dwayne Haskins – It seems like a total of 284 passing yards in three games with no touchdowns and four interceptions is enough to get you a starting job in the NFL because Haskins has been named the Redskins starter for the rest of the season. It makes sense for the Redskins as they want to see what they have with their rookie quarterback, but this is scary from a fantasy perspective. Haskins is still yet to throw a touchdown in the NFL, although against the subpar Jets defense it is possible it happens in Week 11. He is a nightmare to consider using, and should be avoided in all formats. 

Adrian Peterson – He has been a workhorse in the last month since Jay Gruden has been fired, and he has been over 75 rushing yards in each of the last four weeks. He hasn’t scored since the first week of the season, but that is mostly because the Redskins offense is horrible. With Haskins under center, defenses will be able to just cue in on Peterson. Derrius Guice is also returning from injury this week to further muddy the fantasy water. Guice should spend one week on your bench to see what his role will be, but Peterson can be in your flex. The Jets don’t allow a lot of rushing yards and kept Saquon Barkley to a single yard. However, they have allowed 10 rushing touchdowns in nine games, so perhaps Peterson can finally cross that goal line again. 

Terry McLaurin – After an amazing first five weeks to start the season, the bottom has started to fall out on McLaurin’s rookie season. He hasn’t scored in three weeks, and he has just 89 receiving yards combined in the last three games. The talent is there with this kid, but the Redskins offense is a joke, and Dwayne Haskins isn’t ready to be a starting NFL quarterback. If Haskins is going to have any success, McLaurin is the receiver that can get the touchdown out of it. 

Summary: Oh my! Watching this game should be punishment for felons instead of spending time in jail. Although some criminals might rather spend ten years behind bars than watching three hours of these two awful teams playing what they are trying to pass for football. The Jets showed a little bit of life last week against the awful Giants. The Redskins defense is a little better than the Giants, but their offense is just putrid. Dwayne Haskins should not be playing right now, although I understand the Redskins want to see if he can play. This will be offensive to the eyes and one can only hope that it is over quickly. Based on the fact that I have more faith in Sam Darnold than Haskins, the Jets come away with a win.

Prediction:  Jets 20, Redskins 13

Atlanta Falcons vs. Carolina Panthers

Venue: Bank of America Stadium(Charlotte)Sun. 11-17 @ 1:00 pm ESTOver/Under: 49.5

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Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers

Game Time: Sunday, November 17 at 1:00pm ET

Spread: Panthers -5.5

Atlanta Falcons

Matt Ryan – Ryan had under 200 yards passing and two touchdowns against the Saints, but on the other hand it was their best game of the season as a team. It is another rough matchup in Week 11 against the Panthers who are among the better pass defenses in football. Despite the tough season for the Falcons, it has been a great year for Ryan, and while it isn’t an ideal matchup, he still will be a low end QB1 for Week 11. 

Brian Hill – With the injury to Devonta Freeman , Hill stepped in admirably in Week 10 with 61 rushing yards and a receiving touchdown. The Panthers run defense is among one of the worst in the game and they have been torched the past couple of weeks. Hill will be a hot name this week, and could be a solid flex play and a great bargain option in DFS games. 

Julio Jones – Jones did top 75 receiving yards for the fourth straight game, but Jones now hasn’t scored since Week 3. It is not like he has been bad though, as he has 27 catches in the last four weeks, and over 90 yards in three of them. The Panthers secondary is a hair banged up, and while Julio might not be the best DFS choice, he is a must start in seasonal leagues. 

Calvin Ridley – His five targets were his fewest since Week 3, and his three catches were his lowest since Week 4. It just hasn’t been happening for Ridley who started out hot but has really disappointed. It has been three weeks since he found the end zone and he has only topped 50 receiving yards twice in the last seven weeks. Ridley is a great talent on a solid offense, but for some reason it isn’t ending in results. He will be a flex play at best against a fairly solid Panthers secondary. 

Austin Hooper – OUT

Carolina Panthers

Kyle Allen – He had his first 300 yard game of the season in the same week where it came out that he would be the starting quarterback for the rest of the year with Cam Newton not returning this year. Allen is a game manager, but he has had some success. His touchdown capabilities are capped by the fact that Christian McCaffrey scores every drive for the Panthers. Allen gets a dynamite matchup against the Falcons next week, but he still likely isn’t someone to use in fantasy unless you are in dire circumstances. 

Christian McCaffrey – It was another 100 yard game on the ground for McCaffrey with a touchdown and six more catches. He is the most explosive player in fantasy, and was just inches away from another rushing touchdown at the end of the game, but fell just short. He is great, he is amazing, there is never a week where you shouldn’t use him in seasonal leagues or in DFS. Even though he is the running back with the highest salary every week, he is almost always worth it. You can’t go wrong with McCaffrey.

D.J. Moore – He has been great of late with nine or more targets in four straight games, and back to back 100 yard games. Moore has definitely claimed the spot of the top receiver for the Panthers, and has become a must start every week in redraft leagues. Moore is in for a dynamite matchup against the Falcons in Week 11 and will be a very reliable player to choose in DFS games. 

Curtis Samuel – Samuel has less than five catches in six straight games, but he also has been targeted 25 times in the last three weeks. Samuel has scored three times in the last four games, and has certainly come to life lately after struggling initially with Kyle Allen at quarterback. This is good to see considering that Allen is going to be the quarterback for the rest of the year. Samuel isn’t getting a ton of receptions, but certainly has become a every week flex play in seasonal leagues. He has a chance of being a bargain option in DFS tournaments if he can find the end zone again. 

Greg Olsen – He had a great game against the Packers with season high in catches with eight and nearly had his second 100 yard game of the season. Olsen hadn’t passed four catches or 55 yards since Week 3. He gets another great matchup in Week 11 against the Falcons. He is a bit of a risky play in any week, but the Falcons are among the ten worst defenses against tight ends and is definitely an option with four teams on bye. 

Summary: The Falcons shocked the NFL last week when they took down the Saints. Atlanta is going nowhere fast, while New Orleans is in the discussion for the number one seed in the NFC. The Panthers couldn’t get it done last week against the Packers, and welcome the Falcons to town. Kyle Allen isn’t a great quarterback, but you only have to be average to have a good game against the Falcons. And, of course, the Falcons will have to contend with Christian McCaffrey who will go over 1,000 yards rushing in this game. He very well could outscore the Falcons by himself, and is almost a lock for multiple touchdowns. The loss of Austin Hooper will be huge for the Falcons offense and they will be lucky to score two touchdowns in this one. 

Prediction:  Panthers 31, Falcons 17

Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins

Venue: Sun Life Stadium(Miami Gardens)Sun. 11-17 @ 1:00 pm ESTOver/Under: 40.5

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Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins

Game Time: Sunday, November 17 at 1:00pm ET

Spread: Dolphins +6

Buffalo Bills

Josh Allen – A week after being ultra-efficient against the Redskins, Allen looked more like his usual inconsistent self against the Browns on Sunday. He barely completed 50 percent of his passes, but he did throw for a season high 266 yards. He didn’t throw a touchdown, but in true Allen fashion he did run for two. The Dolphins defense has been fairly tough in the last two weeks, but Allen should have no trouble throwing for a touchdown and running for one as well. Allen is a great streamer for Week 11. 

Devin Singletary – Week 10 was supposed to be the encore performance after Singletary seemed to take control of the Bills backfield in Week 9. That party was cancelled though, as he had just 42 rushing yards on eight carries on Sunday. How this happens is inexplicable. Why does Gore have five carries and Singletary get just eight? This isn’t even about fantasy football, this is about why the Bills don’t want to win. This kid is legit, and has a lot of talent. He needs to get the ball more and hopefully he will in a great matchup against the Dolphins. 

John Brown – Five catches and 75 receiving yards. It is as consistent as the sun rising in the east and setting in the west. Brown does this almost each and every week, it is just a matter if he scores or not. He now has exactly five catches in five of his last six games, and has a great matchup against the Dolphins. The last time they played the Dolphins he had five catches for 83 yards and a score, and will likely improve slightly on that. Brown will be a great DFS option as well as a must start in all redraft leagues. 

Cole Beasley – He may have had a strong game against the Browns with 74 yards on four catches, and he may have a great matchup coming up with the Dolphins, but he just isn’t fantasy relevant. Beasley’s role is incredibly inconsistent, and although he scored the last time the Bills played the Dolphins, he had just 16 receiving yards. Don’t chase last week’s points here, Beasley is a no go. 

Dawson Knox – The rookie had a strong game against the Browns, but this would be another instance of chasing last week’s points. Knox has scored just once this season, and he has topped 50 yards just three times all year long. He had just two catches for 22 yards the first time these two teams squared off, and won’t be someone to consider in any fantasy format this week. 

Miami Dolphins

Ryan Fitzpatrick – It was a tough statistical game for Fitzpatrick, as there just wasn’t a lot of offense in the game with the Colts. He threw for 169 yards, and did not have a passing touchdown. He was able to run one in, but overall it was a disappointing fantasy day. He did leave briefly with a possible concussion, but was back on the field quickly, so there is no concern there for Week 11. However, the defense on the other side of the field is the concern. Fitzpatrick had some success against Buffalo in Week 7, but they are still one of the top units in football and will likely hold Fitzpatrick to under 200 yards and a single passing touchdown. 

Kalen Ballage – There will be no question who the starting running back will be for the Dolphins going forward as Ballage had 20 carries in Week 11 and next in line was Patrick Laird with just two. The question will be does it matter who the starting running back for the Dolphins is? Ballage had just 43 rushing yards on the day, but the Colts run defense is fairly strong. Ballage did also have four catches, although they went for almost nothing. He will have some chances at success, as the Bills run defense isn’t nearly as good as their pass defense and they have allowed nine rushing touchdowns in nine games. Ballage will be a stretch of a flex play at best in this one as the Dolphins will likely struggle to move the ball.  

DeVante Parker – With Preston Williams going down, there is very little competition for targets for Parker. He was looked at ten times on Sunday, although he had just five catches for 69 yards. It isn’t DeAndre Hopkins numbers, but Parker has 20 catches in the last four weeks and has topped 50 yards in each game. He also has four touchdowns in the last six weeks. The Dolphins pass game is far from explosive, and this will be a very tough matchup against the Bills. He did have five catches for 55 yards and a score against them in Week 7, so he still will have flex capabilities in this one. 

Mike Gesicki – He was the second most targeted receiver in Week 10, but Gesicki still had just three catches for 28 yards. His fantasy value is incredibly inconsistent, and he is very tough to trust. He had four catches for 41 yards the first time these two teams played, but you would have to be in a pretty dire situation to find a scenario where Gesicki makes a good play in any fantasy format for Week 11.

Summary: Listen, I’ve been as big of a supporter of the Dolphins of anyone this season, but even I can’t get behind them winning this one. Buffalo struggled scoring against the Browns last week, but they shouldn’t have the same trouble against Miami. And yes, the Dolphins defense played well last week, but it was against Brian freaking Hoyer! Josh Allen isn’t the most accurate guy, but he will also hurt you with his legs, and isn’t easy to deal with. The magical two game winning streak of the Dolphins comes to a screeching halt. 

Prediction:  Bills 24, Dolphins 10

New Orleans Saints vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Venue: Raymond James Stadium(Tampa)Sun. 11-17 @ 1:00 pm ESTOver/Under: 49.5

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New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Game Time: Sunday, November 17 at 1:00pm ET

Spread: Buccaneers +5.5

New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees – What kind of alternate universe have we slipped into if Drew Brees had no touchdown passes and didn’t get to 300 yards against the Falcons???? I think this was one of the signs of the apocalypse. It surely was incredibly disappointing, but he will get another chance against an even worse pass defense in Week 11 against the Buccaneers. Tampa gives up just under 300 passing yards a game and has surrendered 22 touchdowns through the air in just nine games. This is a week to use Brees in any and all fantasy formats. 

Alvin Kamara – As perplexing as the lack of passing was, Kamara having only four carries was crazy too. Yes, the Saints were behind the whole game, and Latavius Murray did have some action, but more was expected from Kamara. His eight receptions were solid, and he got through the game without an injury setback, all of which is good news. The Buccaneers actually have a very solid rush defense, so most of Kamara’s value next week comes in his ability to catch passes. He isn’t an overly attractive DFS play, but is always a must start in redraft. 

Michael Thomas – He didn’t score, but Thomas still had 13 catches for 152 yards against the Falcons. He was the lone bright spot for the Saints offense in a game where they should have put up 40 points. If Thomas seemed like a must start heading into Week 10, he is worth any amount of money in DFS games again for this game. Thomas should have at least ten catches for 125 yards and a touchdown. 

Ted Ginn – Ginn hasn’t had more than two catches since the end of September and had exactly no catches on only three targets last week. After Michael Thomas , the Saints spread the ball around a little to everyone, and no other Saints receiver is on the fantasy radar at all. Watch Tre’Quan Smith to see if he builds on his slight production, he is the one who could sneak into some value. 

Jared Cook – He had a season high six receptions on a season high ten targets for a season high 74 yards against the Falcons. He couldn’t make it three straight weeks with a touchdown, but this is a very good game for him to build on. The Buccaneers have given up six touchdowns to tight ends this year, and are the second softest defense against the position. Cook is a great start in both redraft and DFS games for Week 11. 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jameis Winston – He has thrown for 300 yards in four straight games, and the last time he threw for less than 300 yards was against the Saints. New Orleans defense could take a hit this week if Marshon Lattimore is forced to miss the game, but even if he can’t play the Saints secondary is still good. The game against the Saints was also the last game that Winston did not commit a turnover. He threw for just 202 yards and two touchdowns in that game. New Orleans is likely to force him into some bad decisions, and some turnovers. The Bucs will likely have to throw a lot to try to stay in this one, so it could turn out to be a decent statistical game for Winston, but not an ideal option to use at quarterback this week. 

Ronald Jones – Jones and Peyton Barber continue to split carries in a very uninspiring fashion, but it is the passing game where the difference is found. Jones had a few less rushing yards, but he caught eight passes for 77 yards. He only had 29 rushing yards, but did have a touchdown that made this a solid game. New Orleans only allows about 90 yards per game on the ground, and Jones only ran for 35 yards on nine carries the first time these two teams played. Neither Jones nor Barber is a great option in fantasy this week. Jones could be a flex in PPR leagues, but it won’t be with any excitement attached. 

Mike Evans – The Mike Evans Show continued against the Cardinals, although it wasn’t as explosive as it has been in recent weeks. Evans had just four catches, but they did go for 82 yards. He didn’t score for the first time in three weeks, but all in all it wasn’t bad. He has been on total fire since Week 3. This game will come down to the health of Marshon Lattimore . If the Saints top corner is able to play and is mostly healthy, Evans could be in for a bit of a soft game. If Lattimore is out for Week 11, we could be looking for another game of at least 75 yards and a touchdown for Evans. 

Chris Godwin – He hasn’t had one of those monster games that he had in the first month of the season, but Godwin is still producing. He was targeted 12 times on Sunday, and he turned that into six catches for 74 yards. He hasn’t had a 100 yard game since Week 6, and hasn’t had a touchdown since Week 5. Godwin won’t be a great DFS target in Week 11, but he is still getting enough usage that he is never worth sitting in a season long league. 

O.J. Howard – Howard might have had a solid game in Week 10, but it was against the Cardinals who we all know are one of the worst pass defenses in the game. Many might hope that this means that Howard is out of his doldrums and will start to produce. Don’t be one of those people. We call them dumb. He will face the Saints who might have given up a touchdown to Austin Hooper last week, but he is one of the best tight ends in football and Howard is trash. The Saints have only allowed two touchdowns to tight ends this year, and Howard won’t make it three. 

Summary: The Saints are coming off a shocking upset at the hands of one of the worst teams in the league this season, there is no way that they lose two games to the bottom feeders of their division. Where Drew Brees fell short of expectations last week, he will excel this week. The Saints will hopefully have Marshon Lattimore for this game, but it does appear iffy, which will make the passing game of the Bucs stronger. This won’t be a blowout by any stretch, but the Saints defense will come to play and in the end make a stop to win this scorefest. 

Prediction:  Saints 41, Buccaneers 34

Arizona Cardinals vs. San Francisco 49ers

Venue: Levi's Stadium(Santa Clara)Sun. 11-17 @ 4:05 pm ESTOver/Under: 44

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Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers

Game Time: Sunday, November 17 at 4:05pm ET

Spread: 49ers -11.5

Arizona Cardinals

Kyler Murray – He fully took advantage of his matchup against the putrid Bucs defense with 324 yards and three touchdowns. He now has thrown multiple touchdowns in two consecutive games. Riding high at the moment, Murray gets the 49ers again this week. He had some success against them, particularly when the offense went up tempo. It kind of seems like a trap game for Murray, as it would be hard to believe that a defense as strong as San Francisco’s would be taken advantage of the same way twice in three weeks. Murray should be reserved for use in only the best of fantasy matchups, and this certainly isn’t one of them. 

David Johnson – He might have come back last week, but if you blinked you may not have watched him in the game. Johnson had just five rushes for two yards to go with one catch for eight yards. He is clearly not healthy, and is not ready for a full workload. He doesn’t look like anything that resembles the real David Johnson out there. He missed the last game against the 49ers, but it doesn’t take a crystal ball to tell you that he likely won’t be overly involved and when he is he won’t be very successful. 

Kenyan Drake – Drake came crashing back to Earth last week with just 35 yards on ten carries, but he was very involved in the passing game again with six catches on seven targets. You wouldn’t believe it by their record, but the Tampa run defense is actually the best in football, so it isn’t a shock that Drake wasn’t overly successful. He hopes to have déjà vu this week as he faces the 49ers, the team he had his breakout game against with 110 yards on the ground and 52 more through the air against. San Francisco will be much more prepared for Drake this week, but he will do well enough to be worth a flex play. David Johnson is definitely not healthy, and Drake should be good for 100 total yards between rushing and receiving in Week 11. 

Christian Kirk – He had his big breakout party against the Bucs with 138 yards and three touchdowns last week, saving many fantasy football player’s faces from pies. He is clearly the number one option in the Cardinals passing game, for whatever that is worth. Before you get too excited, they are facing the 49ers again who Kirk had a whole eight yards against two weeks ago. Now, he should do better than that, but he is not going to top 100 yards unless there is some crazy fluke play with a broken coverage. Kirk is still worth a flex play, and then can be a WR2 against most other defenses. 

Larry Fitzgerald – He has caught all 12 of his targets the past two games, but it still hasn’t amounted to much. You also have to take into consideration that the Cardinals were playing one of the worst pass defenses in the league last week. He had just 38 yards two weeks ago when they played San Francisco last, and that’s a realistic expectation for Fitzgerald. Don’t chase last week’s points. 

Andy Isabella – He has topped 75 yards in each of the last two games and has 166 yards combined in those contests. However, 143 of those yards came on two plays. Isabella is way too dependent on the big plays to be fantasy relevant right now. He is a great dynasty stash and perhaps a keeper league speculative add, but you shouldn’t put him in any role where you need him to start for you. 

San Francisco 49ers

Jimmy Garoppolo – It was a rough Monday night for Garoppolo. Jadaveon Clowney was in his back pocket for most of the night, and that caused many bad decisions for the 49ers quarterback. He gutted it out, and nearly led his team to victory. The good news though, is that the Niners get a great matchup with their second game against the Cardinals in three weeks. Garoppolo tattooed them with over 300 yards and four touchdowns, and while he won’t reach those totals again, he would be a very nice streaming option for those needing a quarterback this week. 

Tevin Coleman – With Matt Breida set to miss a couple of weeks, that will give Coleman a little more value in the coming games. Yes, Raheem Mostert will get some carries and be a part of the offense, but he will not get quite as many carries as Breida typically does. He only ran for 23 yards and had two catches for 13 yards against the Cardinals two weeks ago, but you can bet the house he will easily eclipse both of those numbers this Sunday. Coleman will be a viable RB2 in Week 11. 

Emmanuel Sanders – He missed a lot of Monday night’s game with a rib injury and the Niners really could have used him in a loss to Seattle. They are deeming Sanders day to day and will be a game-time decision for this week’s game. Here is all you need to know. It appears Sanders avoided major injury. The 49ers have a real shot to make a deep run into the playoffs this year. They aren’t going to risk playing their top receiver in a game against a bad team like the Cardinals. If Sanders is active, you should use him. 

Deebo Samuel – With Sanders going out Monday night it was finally Samuel who stepped up and had the best game of his rookie year. He had eight catches for 112 yards, but he did have a couple of balls that he didn’t catch that he should have. He did have four catches for 40 yards in the first game against the Cardinals, but if Sanders is forced to miss the game he should easily eclipse those numbers. Samuel has been targeted 18 times in the last two weeks, and might finally be solidifying his role as the number two receiver on this team. 

Summary: The 49ers are coming off a short week with their first loss and playing a Cardinals team that almost shocked them in Week 9. They also will be dealing with injuries on their offense. However, the team is still rock solid and they will have a better idea of what to expect from the Arizona offense in this one. And considering what Arizona does can barely be called defense, San Francisco should have an easier time with this one.

Prediction:  49ers 27, Cardinals 13

New England Patriots vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Venue: Lincoln Financial Field(Philadelphia)Sun. 11-17 @ 4:25 pm ESTOver/Under: 44.5

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New England Patriots at Philadelphia Eagles

Game Time: Sunday, November 17 at 4:25pm ET

Spread:  Eagles +3.5

New England Patriots

Tom Brady – New England is coming off their bye, have had two weeks to stew about their loss to the Ravens, and now Brady is set to face one of the softest secondaries in the league. He has just four touchdowns and three interceptions in the last four games, and outside of Baltimore you wouldn’t call the defenses he played very good. Brady is capable of being amazing in any football game, and the Eagles allow nearly two passing touchdowns per game. Brady will be a very viable QB1 option in Week 11. 

Sony Michel – He is the workhorse back, and his value is at its highest when the Patriots are ahead, which is most of the time. Michel is good for at least 15 carries when the game script says that they Patriots are ahead. New England certainly should be ahead of this one, even though they are on the road. Michel has a pretty low yard per carry average, and he is barely involved in the passing game. Michel will be a flex play in Week 11 against the Eagles. 

James White – White only has value in PPR leagues, and he averages about 12 fantasy points a week there. Sure, that isn’t stellar, but it certainly is worthy of flex consideration on a weekly basis. White’s touchdown against the Ravens was his first on the ground, and just his second this season. White isn’t going to help anyone win their fantasy championships this season, but he is generally good for the end of your lineup on a given week. The Eagles allow less than 90 yards a game on the ground, but in a PPR format you can do worse than White in your flex. 

Julian Edelman – He has been targeted at least 11 times in the last four games, and he has seven or more catches in each of the last five games. He is on an amazing tear right now, and you can’t even consider sitting him right now, and he should have no trouble finding holes in the Eagles secondary. He is the catalyst of the entire Patriots offense right now and will be a very popular pick for the #FFPieBet if he isn’t chosen by one of the hosts. 

Mohamed Sanu – The Patriots didn’t give up a second round pick for this guy not to use him, and they made that blatantly obvious when he was the most targeted receiver on the team in Week 9 against the Ravens. His 14 targets and ten receptions were both team-highs in that game, and there is no reason to think that it won’t continue. Philip Dorsett and rookie N’Keal Harry will get some work, but this passing game revolves around Edelman and Sanu. He will be a firm WR2 against a less than stellar Eagles pass defense. .

Philadelphia Eagles

Carson Wentz – He was hot in the month of September, but ever since that calendar changed, things haven’t been the same for Wentz. He had nine touchdown passes in the first four weeks, and just six in the five weeks since. Granted, the competition has been much harder of late, but that won’t change this week when the Patriots come to town. Lamar Jackson is the one quarterback who has been able to torch the Pats defense, everyone else has been stopped in their tracks. Wentz is mobile, but he is a long way from Lamar Jackson so you’d be hard pressed to expect him to have much success in this one. It is safe to assume that 225 yards through the air and a single touchdown would be the most you could hope for in this one. 

Jordan Howard – Howard has really taken over the main back responsibilities in the last two weeks as he has been given 42 carries in that span. He has fully taken advantage of it too, with 178 rushing yards and two touchdowns. The Patriots run defense is among the top ten in the league, but the last two games that Howard has been successful in were against the Bills and Bears, so he has been doing it against good teams. He isn’t going to get you many, if any, passes to boost his value, but if the Eagles come out of the bye giving Howard as much work as he has gotten lately, he will be a solid RB2 in this game and is at worst a flex option. 

Miles Sanders – The rookie has been very big-play dependent this season, but to the delight of his fantasy owners, the big plays have come fairly regularly. He was given ten carries in their last game for the first time in five weeks, and he has consistently caught about three passes a game. You have to worry about his ability to gash out a big play against such a tough defense like the Patriots, but with four teams on bye you can still use Sanders as a play and hope option in your flex for Week 11. 

Alshon Jeffery – With DeSean Jackson gone again, Jeffery returns to the only fantasy relevant wide receiver on this team. He had a couple of hot weeks at the beginning of October, but Jeffery has been pretty average lately with just 138 receiving yards on only ten catches in the last three weeks. He will need to score a touchdown in this one to have any sort of fantasy day considering how good the Patriots pass defense has been. The Patriots allow just 150 yards per game on the ground and have given up just three touchdowns through the air all season long, while creating 19 interceptions. With All-Pro Stephon Gilmore attached to Jeffery’s hip, this will be a long and unproductive day for the Eagles top wideout. 

Zach Ertz – The schedule makers must hate Zach Ertz . He finally gets on track in Week 9 against the Bears with his only 100 yard game of the season, and he then gets a week off with the bye and returns back with a game against one of the best pass defenses in football. What a buzzkill! In fact, the Patriots are the best team in the league at defending the tight end, allowing less than three catches and 30 yards per game to the position. Now, Ertz is likely to top both of those figures, but not by much. A realistic expectation for this one would be four or five catches for 50-55 yards. If that is good enough for you at tight end, go for it, but this is definitely not an ideal game to use him. 

Summary: Both teams are coming off of their bye, but even on the road it just comes down to the Patriots are the better team. Their defense is rock solid in all facets, and Tom Brady is still one of the best out there. He will toy with the Eagles soft secondary, and in the end will make enough plays to win. Philadelphia will hang in this one for most of the game before Carson Wentz is forced to make a turnover and the Patriots win this one in the second half. 

Prediction:  Patriots 34, Eagles 24

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Oakland Raiders

Venue: O.co Coliseum(Oakland)Sun. 11-17 @ 4:25 pm ESTOver/Under: 48.5

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Cincinnati Bengals at Oakland Raiders

Game Time: Sunday, November 17 at 4:25pm ET

Spread: Raiders -10

Cincinnati Bengals

Ryan Finley – He wasn’t set up for success in his first NFL start going against a solid Ravens defense with a porous offensive line. Finley did what you would have thought, completing about fifty percent of his passes and turning the ball over twice, both of which were returned for touchdowns. He will have a slightly better chance against the awful Raiders defense, but he still won’t do well. Finley is going to have a lot of growing pains as a rookie quarterback and shouldn’t be counted on in fantasy football. 

Joe Mixon – It is hard to say why Mixon ran the ball 30 times in a game where the Bengals lost by over 30 points, but that is what happened. Mixon owners won’t complain as he had his first 100 yard game of the season. The Bengals will certainly be behind in this one, but maybe that doesn’t mean that they will abandon the run. Oakland’s run defense isn’t as bad as their pass defense, but Mixon isn’t going to stuff the stat sheet in this one. He is still worth flex consideration, but he likely won’t top 70 rushing yards in this one. 

Tyler Boyd – With Ryan Finley under center, the Bengals only have one fantasy worthy receiver, and that is Boyd. Auden Tate had just three catches, and Alex Erickson didn’t register a catch. They will be without A.J. Green for the foreseeable future, and that leaves only Boyd as a reliable target. He had six catches for 62 yards against the Ravens and actually has an outside chance of doing better against the Raiders defense. Oakland has been improving slightly on defense lately, but they still aren’t good. Boyd could possibly break 80 yards in this game, and will be a solid WR3 for Week 11.

Oakland Raiders 

Derek Carr – Carr had his streak of three straight games with 285 passing game snapped last Thursday as he threw for just 218 against the Chargers. He also had less than two touchdowns for the first time in a month. This is the best that Carr has looked in many years, and he is set up for a great Week 11 against the hapless Bengals.

Josh Jacobs – It has been an amazing rookie season for Jacobs and he is well on his way to a 1,000 yard year. He has proven everything he needs to in order to be an every week starter as a low end RB1 or an amazing RB2. The Bengals allow the most rushing yards per game at 173 per game and have allowed 12 rushing touchdowns this season. He is a smash play in both DFS formats and redraft leagues, and could be one of the top three running backs in Week 11. 

Tyrell Williams – While Williams five game touchdown streak ended, he now has five straight games with three catches. That is certainly much less impressive, but he is still clearly the most reliable receiver on the Raiders. The Bengals pass defense is a complete disaster. Williams has only topped 50 receiving yards twice this season, but it is nearly a guarantee that he will do that this week and get back on the scoring track in Week 11. Williams will be a must-start in redraft and a very possible DFS target as well.

Darren Waller – After an incredible start to the season, Waller has had three subpar games in a row and fantasy owners are starting to worry. He has just seven catches in the last three weeks combined. What is the best cure for a pass catcher who is in a slump? The Bengals defense should surely be that cure as they are among the worst pass defenses in the league, even though they haven’t been bad against tight ends. Waller is more like a receiver than a tight end, and should absolutely rock it this week against the Bengals. 

Summary: You might look at this one and say what a horrible game it will be between two bad teams. But pay attention, the Raiders are actually playing quality football. Derek Carr is far from going to the Pro Bowl, but he is leading the league in completion percentage, and isn’t turning it over like in years past. Josh Jacobs is the big difference as they now have a viable running game, and the rookie is a star in the making. The Bengals are winless and with Ryan Finley at quarterback will offer up little to no resistance in this one.

Prediction:  Raiders 34, Bengals 17

Chicago Bears vs. Los Angeles Rams

Venue: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum(Los Angeles)Sun. 11-17 @ 8:20 pm ESTOver/Under: 40

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Chicago Bears at Los Angeles Rams

Game Time: Sunday, November 17 at 8:20pm ET

Spread:  Rams -6.5

Chicago Bears

Mitchell Trubisky – It was far from a pretty game, but you can’t argue with the fact that Trubisky threw three touchdowns in Week 10. He only threw for 173 yards, but you can’t hate on three touchdowns. He has been a disaster for most of the season, and is almost impossible to trust in fantasy since he has just eight passing touchdowns all season and they came in three games. This offense that was supposed to be innovative is largely mediocre, and while the Rams defense has been less than expected this season, they still aren’t bad. Trubisky is likely to make multiple bad decisions this week, and throw for under 225 yards and more interceptions than touchdowns. 

David Montgomery – The Bears offense is wasting this kid’s talent as they can’t seem to help him get anything going. He gets plenty of touches, but it rarely turns into anything exciting. He has only topped 70 yards rushing once all season. His usage in the passing game is decent, but he could do more there as well, although Tarik Cohen robs him of a few more targets. The Rams run defense is one of the top five in the league, and Montgomery will be nothing more than a weak RB2 for the upcoming game. 

Allen Robinson – Despite the dysfunction of the Bears offense all season long, Robinson has been one of the most consistent receivers of the year. It hasn’t led to many touchdowns, but you can blame the quarterback and play calling for that. He has had five or more catches in seven of his nine games, and has topped 60 receiving yards in the same seven. He will likely see a whole lot of Jalen Ramsey this week against the Rams, which normally doesn’t spell success for a wide receiver. There are still four teams on bye, and Robinson has had good games against other solid defenses, so you can’t sit him. However, keep your expectations in check and don’t be surprised if he doesn’t have an ideal game this week. 

Taylor Gabriel – Please don’t fall for it. Yes, he scored a touchdown, and yes he was targeted six times which isn’t a horrible number. However, this passing game isn’t good enough to support two fantasy relevant wide receivers, and this was his first touchdown since Week 3 when he had three scores. Gabriel isn’t a wide receiver with fantasy implications. The Rams secondary is fairly strong, so there is little chance he will follow up this touchdown with another. 

Los Angeles Rams

Jared Goff – It was a nightmare game for Goff as he had three turnovers and not a single touchdown pass. The Steelers were all over him on Sunday, which led to many poor decisions and inaccurate throws. He completed under 60 percent of his passes for the fifth straight game, and has been a big fantasy disappointment. The Bears defense is still one of the better in the league, and although Goff is traditionally better at home, this one doesn’t look like a great matchup. Goff would be a risky option as your starting quarterback this week. 

Todd Gurley – The Rams weren’t having a great day, but the game was relatively close so it is a little disheartening that Gurley only had ten rushing attempts with none in the fourth quarter. There is little that is making sense with Sean McVay right now, including Gurley’s usage last week. He was averaging over six yards a carry, maybe give him the ball in crunch time? The Rams are definitely limiting Gurley, but he is still having mild success considering his role. The Bears run defense is solid, but it isn’t so good that you would sit a guy like Gurley. Put him in your RB2 or flex spot and he should top 70 rushing yards again in this one. 

Cooper Kupp – RIP to my face thanks to Cooper Kupp and the #FFPieBet. Kupp was my choice last week and not only did he have only four targets, he didn’t catch any of them. No catches, no yards, two pies! This is unexplainable. Goff was bad, but he threw the ball 41 times, and only four to their best receiver? Kupp owners have to just throw this one in the garbage and put him back out there and hope to never see something like this again. Most guys I have picked for the Pie Bet have excelled the following week, so Kupp could have a big game here. 

Robert Woods – He has been all over the fantasy map this season, and just as you think that he is starting to fade, Woods came through strong with seven catches and nearly 100 yards. It was Woods best game since Week 4, and obviously the loss of Brandin Cooks helps his value. The Bears will likely have Kyle Fuller on him most of the day, which won’t be an easy matchup for Woods. However, the Rams are likely to throw a bunch in this one as well so he should be a solid WR2 or great WR3 but not a DFS target. 

Josh Reynolds – He wasn’t as involved in the offense as he was the week before with Brandin Cooks out, but he still had 49 receiving yards. Cooks has already been ruled out for Week 11, so Reynolds will be out  there in three receiver sets again. This might not be the best week to use him as the Bears defense is fairly strong, and Jared Goff is on a cold streak. He could have three or four catches, but is unlikely to go over 60 receiving yards. 

Gerald Everett – Every other week now, Everett is targeted ten times or more. Those off weeks he averages just four targets a game and had just two catches in each. He was heavily involved against the Steelers and had eight catches for 68 yards. This would appear to be another good week to use Everett as the Bears have averaged allowing over six receptions a game to the tight end position. Everett appears to be the one guy that Jared Goff is looking to more often than the rest. 

Summary: This is a battle of two teams trying to find their identity on offense. Both quarterbacks were taken in the top two picks, but both are looking like sixth round picks lately. Their defenses are both pretty solid, and the running games have been underperforming their capabilities. While we expected the Bears to be inconsistent, the Rams should be far better than this. Goff is a better quarterback at home, and will do enough to win this one. It won’t be pretty, but in the end the game goes to the home team. 

Prediction:  Rams 27, Bears 20

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