Fantasy Football Week 11: Matt Camp's Fantasy Big Board
Assessing your personal depth chart isn't just something you do after the first month of the season. This process must continue throughout the year, especially as we move toward the end of the fantasy regular season.
David Johnson's injury woes have opened the door for both Chase Edmonds and Kenyan Drake to step in and post strong fantasy performances. While Edmonds is currently out of action, Drake remains in the mix, while Johnson is attempting to play through the pain. There's no way to put Johnson anywhere close to the RB1 tier.
Meanwhile, Melvin Gordon's struggles seem to be a thing of the past after scoring 46.2 fantasy points over the last two games, which makes him a top-five fantasy back during that span. He is playing his way into the RB1 tier, while Austin Ekeler is slipping into the RB2 grouping after a scorching start to the season in Gordon's absence.
These swings in fantasy value will continue as more injuries mount and teams start to fall out of contention, so keep reassessing your rosters with the trade deadline rapidly approaching.
Here's my first look at points-per-reception (PPR) rankings for Week 11. These will change throughout the week and up to Sunday's action as we get more information about injuries and limitations, so make sure to bookmark this page for my full rankings for all scoring formats.
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I present my top 100 players (minus quarterbacks) for the week as a way to help determine your flex spots. You may favor a certain position or player over another based on his role and/or your scoring rules.
As an additional tiebreaker, here are the teams I like as a whole this week based on their matchups:
- New Orleans Saints (at Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
- Minnesota Vikings (vs. Denver Broncos)
- Buffalo Bills (at Miami Dolphins)
- Oakland Raiders (vs. Cincinnati Bengals)
Week 11 Top 100 PPR Rankings
Better Than Usual
Josh Allen, BUF (at MIA)
Allen enters Week 11 as QB11 on the season, so he's been a solid, low-end starter. However, expectations should be a little higher for this weekend's trip to face a Dolphins defense he had success against in Week 7. Allen rushed for 32 yards in that game and had another 202 through the air with a pair of scores on 16-of-26 passing. He posted 21.3 fantasy points that week and was tied for a QB9 finish.
Miami's defense allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season, and the unit is also 29th in total yards per game (402.1) and 31st in points per game. There's nothing scary about this matchup, and with Allen's recent success against the Dolphins, you can confidently play him in Week 11.
Philip Rivers, LAC (vs. KC)
Rivers tends to have at least one meltdown game per season, and unfortunately that came in a beatable matchup with the Oakland Raiders last week. He connected on 17 of 31 passes for just 207 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. Logic said he should have come through and therefore be worth a spot in your lineup. Sometimes logic doesn't always come through, but we must continue to follow it.
That's why Rivers is back in the starting tier for Week 11, where he gets a home game with the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night and nothing to worry about when it comes to that matchup. The Chiefs allow the 11th-most yards per game (369.5) and are slightly higher than average in points per game allowed at 23.9. Rivers will likely need to keep pace with Patrick Mahomes, so volume should be there, and that means more fantasy production. Forget last week and take another look at Rivers.
Carson Wentz, PHI (vs. NE)
The Philadelphia Eagles come off the bye on a two-game win streak, looking to win three straight for the first time this season, but that won't be easy when they host the New England Patriots and that stout defense. Even in those two wins, Wentz is averaging just 14.8 fantasy points, which is well out of starting range.
You may have heard the Patriots defense has been a problem for just about everybody except the Baltimore Ravens this season. Over the last month, New England has surrendered the third-fewest fantasy points per game to quarterbacks. It might be easier to believe in Wentz in a tough matchup if his wide receivers were playing better, but that position has been a real problem for the Eagles. Keep Wentz on your bench for another week.
Week 11 Quarterback Rankings
|1||Lamar Jackson (BAL)|
|2||Patrick Mahomes (KC)|
|3||Drew Brees (NO)|
|4||Deshaun Watson (HOU)|
|5||Dak Prescott (DAL)|
|6||Tom Brady (NE)|
|7||Josh Allen (BUF)|
|8||Jameis Winston (TB)|
|9||Derek Carr (OAK)|
|10||Philip Rivers (LAC)|
|11||Kyle Allen (CAR)|
|12||Jimmy Garoppolo (SF)|
|13||Matt Ryan (ATL)|
|14||Kyler Murray (ARI)|
|15||Kirk Cousins (MIN)|
|16||Jared Goff (LAR)|
|17||Nick Foles (JAC)|
|18||Sam Darnold (NYJ)|
|19||Carson Wentz (PHI)|
|20||Jacoby Brissett (IND)|
|21||Baker Mayfield (CLE)|
|22||Mason Rudolph (PIT)|
|23||Dwayne Haskins (WAS)|
|24||Mitch Trubisky (CHI)|
|25||Ryan Fitzpatrick (MIA)|
|26||Ryan Finley (CIN)|
|27||Jeff Driskel (DET)|
|28||Brandon Allen (DEN)|
Better Than Usual
Le'Veon Bell, NYJ (at WAS)
Bell is a good example of someone whose value has dropped a bit since the start of the season. Instead of being a top-five RB in any week, he's settled into more of the low-end RB1/high-end RB2 category. Through 10 weeks (and nine games), Bell sits at RB11 in total points, but his 14.9 fantasy points per game is tied for 15th with David Johnson. Of course, that's a near-10-point difference from Dalvin Cook (24 FP). Bell is good, but he's certainly not elite.
Luckily, he should have a higher upside this weekend, as the Redskins have been the 11th-easiest matchup for running backs in the last four weeks and the seventh-easiest matchup on the season. Only four teams have allowed more rushing yards per game than Washington's 136. With rookie QB Dwayne Haskins starting for the Redskins, the Jets do have a better chance of controlling the game, or at least keeping it close enough to give Bell a lot of touches. His ceiling is higher because of the matchup and potential game flow.
Austin Ekeler, LAC (vs. KC)
It took some time, but the Los Angeles Chargers seem to be settling into what we've been used to seeing in the backfield in recent years. With Melvin Gordon back out in front, Ekeler has gone from one of the top fantasy backs to a decent RB2. All things considered, that's not a bad thing as long as you adjusted expectations. Having two players who can finish inside the top 20 in a given week is good for both fantasy and reality.
The Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs could be set for a high-scoring affair Monday night to close out Week 11, which is why the arrow for Ekeler is pointing up. The Chiefs have yielded the second-most fantasy points to running backs in the last four weeks, and no team has allowed more fantasy points to running backs this season. There's enough room for both Gordon and Ekeler to be top-15 backs, so treat them accordingly.
David Johnson, ARI (at SF)
If you aren't concerned about Johnson by now, you're in denial. The last four weeks of his season has resulted in two missed games, six carries for four yards and one reception for eight yards on a single target. He was outplayed by Chase Edmonds and then Kenyan Drake.
According to Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com, head coach Kliff Kingsbury admitted that Johnson has "obviously" been held back by his back and ankle injuries, with Kingsbury adding Johnson is "still working through those and getting a feel for it." Johnson was outsnapped by Drake 64-43 percent in Week 10. It would be much easier if the Cardinals kept Johnson inactive until he was healthy enough to contribute; however, if he does play, he's tough to call anything more than a shaky flex.
Week 11 Running Back PPR Rankings
Better Than Usual
Terry McLaurin, WAS (vs. NYJ)
McLaurin looked like the waiver-wire MVP through the first six weeks, but it's been a different story the last three weeks. Through Week 6, he averaged 18.8 fantasy points per game in five games, which put him in the WR1 tier. In his last three games, he has just nine receptions for 89 yards and no scores on 14 targets for a total of 17.9 fantasy points.
Luckily, McLaurin has an ideal matchup coming up. Last week, the Jets gave up 16 receptions for 232 yards and four touchdowns to the New York Giants wide receivers. And in the last month, only the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been an easier matchup for wide receivers than the Jets.
Tyrell Williams, OAK (vs. CIN)
Williams comes off a pair of mostly quiet performances against the Los Angeles Chargers and Detroit Lions, where he combined for six receptions, 73 yards and no touchdowns on nine targets. He hasn't had a five-catch came since Week 2, but he was on a five-game touchdown streak that ended in Week 9.
Which Williams are we getting this week? Based on his opponent, it should be the productive one, as Cincinnati has been the sixth-easiest matchup for wide receivers in the last month. The Bengals have shifted into evaluation mode as the last winless team in the league, so the Raiders shouldn't have a problem exerting their will. Williams is a nice WR2 for Week 11.
Odell Beckham Jr., CLE (vs. PIT)
No one who drafted Beckham is happy with his production. Through 10 weeks, he is WR26, which puts him almost into the WR3 category and certainly nowhere near the WR1 tier. Beckham's name value usually keeps expectations high despite his disappointing season, but it shouldn't since we're deep enough into the year.
He won't have an easy go of it against the Steelers, as Pittsburgh is allowing just 226.9 passing yards per game and is a top-10 defense in points allowed (20.1). Beckham's performance is obviously tied to the rest of his team, and Baker Mayfield could be in trouble against a defense that ranks third with 33 sacks this season. Once again, Beckham is definitely still usable, but you might want to keep him in more of a WR3 tier in terms of expectations.
Week 11 Wide Receiver PPR Rankings
Better Than Usual
Jared Cook, NO (at TB)
Playing with Drew Brees usually boosts everyone around him, so with Cook getting his first game action with Brees since Week 2, he was worth using in last week’s game with the Atlanta Falcons. The New Orleans Saints were upset, but Cook wound up having his busiest and best game of the season with 10 targets, six receptions and 74 yards.
You should be able to keep your confidence in Cook for Week 11 with another matchup in his favor. Tampa Bay’s pass defense has been a major problem for the team all season and stopping tight ends is part of the issue. In the last four weeks, only the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys are giving up more points to fantasy tight ends. You shouldn’t need any more convincing to start Cook on Sunday.
Greg Olsen, CAR (vs. ATL)
We know Cam Newton is on the injured reserve, which means Kyle Allen is the Carolina Panthers starting quarterback until further notice. Olsen cooled off a bit after a hot start to the season, but Week 10 was one of his best performances of the season. He got the Packers for a season-high eight receptions and 98 yards on 10 targets, which was also a season high.
The Falcons present Olsen with a beatable matchup as a middle-of-the-road defense in terms of defending fantasy tight ends in the last month of action. Atlanta is tied with the Cincinnati Bengals for fourth-most points allowed per game (28.8). This will be Olsen’s first meeting with the Falcons this season and it’s a game you should be targeting if you’re thinking about getting Olsen in your lineup. He should perform well in a positive situation.
George Kittle, SF (vs. ARI)
The San Francisco 49ers tried to hold out hope Kittle would be ready for the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night. However, it was not to be, so with Kittle coming off a Week 10 doubtful designation and inactive status, there’s obvious concern about his availability for Week 11 in a tremendous matchup with the Arizona Cardinals.
Arizona remains a bottom-10 defense against tight ends and back in Week 9, Kittle got them for six receptions, 79 yards and a score. Kittle’s knee should be monitored throughout the week, as the 49ers will clearly give him every chance to play.
Week 11 Tight End PPR Rankings
|1||Travis Kelce (KC)|
|2||George Kittle (SF)|
|3||Hunter Henry (LAC)|
|4||Darren Waller (OAK)|
|5||Greg Olsen (CAR)|
|6||Mark Andrews (BAL)|
|7||Jared Cook (NO)|
|8||Zach Ertz (PHI)|
|9||Gerald Everett (LAR)|
|10||Jack Doyle (IND)|
|11||Eric Ebron (IND)|
|12||Kyle Rudolph (MIN)|
|13||Vance McDonald (PIT)|
|14||Tyler Eifert (CIN)|
|15||T.J. Hockenson (DET)|
|16||O.J. Howard (TB)|
|17||Mike Gesicki (MIA)|
|18||Jason Witten (DAL)|
|19||Dallas Goedert (PHI)|
|20||Irv Smith Jr. (MIN)|
|21||Darren Fells (HOU)|
|22||Noah Fant (DEN)|
|23||Ryan Griffin (NYJ)|
|24||Dawson Knox (BUF)|
|25||Ross Dwelley (SF)|
|26||Benjamin Watson (NE)|
|27||Demetrius Harris (CLE)|
|28||Jordan Akins (HOU)|
|29||Nick Boyle (BAL)|
|30||Trey Burton (CHI)|
|31||Blake Jarwin (DAL)|
Best Streaming Option
Oakland Raiders (vs. Cincinnati Bengals)
No, the defense isn't a strong point for the team. Yes, you should still strongly consider using the Raiders this weekend. With the Bengals completely out of contention and basically in evaluation mode, this is a matchup to exploit for a defense widely available heading into Week 11.
In the last four weeks, no team has allowed more fantasy points to defenses than the Bengals. In that span, Cincinnati surrendered nine sacks, four interceptions, three fumble recoveries and three touchdowns while scoring just 40 points. You don't have to think much of the Raiders defense to know it is still a great fantasy unit against the Bengals.
Ownership percentage: ESPN, 1.2; Yahoo, 3.0
Week 11 Defense Rankings
|1||New England Patriots (at PHI)|
|2||Minnesota Vikings (vs. DEN)|
|3||Buffalo Bills (at MIA)|
|4||Los Angeles Rams (vs. CHI)|
|5||San Francisco 49ers (vs. ARI)|
|6||Oakland Raiders (vs. CIN)|
|7||New Orleans Saints (at TB)|
|8||Pittsburgh Steelers (at CLE)|
|9||New York Jets (at WAS)|
|10||Chicago Bears (at LAR)|
|11||Dallas Cowboys (at DET)|
|12||Kansas City Chiefs (at LAC)|
|13||Baltimore Ravens (vs. HOU)|
|14||Washington Redskins (vs. NYJ)|
|15||Carolina Panthers (vs. ATL)|
|16||Cleveland Browns (vs. PIT)|
|17||Jacksonville Jaguars (at IND)|
|18||Indianapolis Colts (vs. JAC)|
|19||Miami Dolphins (vs. BUF)|
|20||Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. NO)|
Best Streaming Option
Daniel Carlson, OAK (vs. CIN)
Surprisingly, Carlson can be had in almost any league despite the recent success of the Raiders offense. He's been a top-10 fantasy kicker over the last four weeks with 7.5 fantasy points per game, and look for him to get plenty of opportunities against a terrible Bengals defense. No team has allowed more yards per game (429.4) than Cincinnati, and the unit is tied for fourth-most points allowed per game at 28.8. Get Carlson and reap the rewards.
Ownership percentages: ESPN, 3.4; Yahoo, 5.0
Week 11 Kicker Rankings
|1||Wil Lutz (NO)|
|2||Justin Tucker (BAL)|
|3||Harrison Butker (KC)|
|4||Joey Slye (CAR)|
|5||Greg Zuerlein (LAR)|
|6||Robbie Gould (SF)|
|7||Nick Folk (NE)|
|8||Daniel Carlson (OAK)|
|9||Brett Maher (DAL)|
|10||Dan Bailey (MIN)|
|11||Matt Gay (TB)|
|12||Ka'imi Fairbairn (HOU)|
|13||Michael Badgley (LAC)|
|14||Matt Prater (DET)|
|15||Stephen Hauschka (BUF)|
|16||Chris Boswell (PIT)|
|17||Josh Lambo (JAC)|
|18||Zane Gonzalez (ARI)|
|19||Younghoe Koo (ATL)|
|20||Jake Elliott (PHI)|