By: Zack Patraw @ffdynasty_ztp
Booms and Busts
Week 11 of the NFL is in the books, and if your teams looked like any of mine, you either had monster weeks, or complete duds. It was an entertaining week in all, seeing guys emerge, and some of the stars fall flat. Here are a few notable names that had monster weeks, and some that had awful weeks.
Wilson had a huge fantasy game this week, posting the most points for a QB. He put up 258 passing yards and 2 touchdowns, but he did throw 1 interception. Where he did most of his damage was with his legs, rushing for 86 yards and a touchdown. With the Seahawks backfield decimated, he led his team in rushing yards, and tied with RB J.D. McKissic in rushing attempts with 7. With his team riddled with injuries all year, Wilson has been able to carry his team to a winning record, despite the loss on Monday night against the Falcons. He remains a top play at the QB position this week, as he takes on a mediocre 49er team.
I can’t remember the last time 2 RBs on the same team were in the top 3 in scoring during a week. But Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram have consistently put up good weeks since the departure of Adrian Peterson. Once the backfield turned into a 2 headed monster, the two backs have posted nearly an average of 6 yards per carry, topping 1000 yards, and 11 touchdowns in that span. Kamara and Ingram will continue to both be in my top 10 for RBs, and will be must plays going forward. I will not mind having both of them in my starting lineup.
I will be the first to admit it, I did not have Allen ranked as high as I should have. Considering he was playing a Buffalo defense that only gave up an average of 138 yards total to opposing WRs in the last 4 games, I did not expect him to do what he did. Allen was able to haul in all but one of his 13 targets for a total of 159 yards and 2 touchdowns. He was able to do most of his damage in just the first half, which is even more impressive about his big game. I will be re-evaluating my stance on Allen going forward, more so now that two of the Chargers starting WRs are currently questionable for their Thanksgiving matchup against Dallas.
Who? If you don’t follow college football, the Arizona Cardinals, or Texas A&M, you probably didn’t know who Seals-Jones was. But I’m sure you have now. He has received just 9 snaps this year, but Sunday he was able to haul in 3 of his 5 targets for 54 yards and 2 touchdowns. Obviously his sample size is much too small to warrant any sort of pick-up this week, but keep him in mind going forward, especially since the TE position has been brutal this year. If he gets more playing time, his value could start to creep up.
Smith has watched his game go from great, to average. He was the number 1 QB for multiple weeks, and this week, he watched his touchdown streak come to an end. He has thrown a touchdown in every game this year, until Sunday against a Giants team that ranks among the bottom in points against QBs. Rumors have been swirling that Andy Reid is considering replacing him with the rookie Patrick Mahomes to maybe give this team the boost they’ve been looking for the past 5 weeks. Since then, they have gone a dismal 1-4, and Smith owners have watched his fantasy value slip. They will be hoping for a bounce back game from Smith, as he takes on a Buffalo defense that just gave up over 280 yards and 2 touchdowns to Philip Rivers and the Chargers.
If you were thinking like me, you were thinking Crowell is finally out of his terrible slump he’s been in all season. Boy was I wrong! Crowell was only able to muster up 18 yards with his 11 carries, and was not targeted in the passing game. Though the Jaguars have been vulnerable in the run game this year, they have been much better as of late, having allowing less than 70 yards in their last 3 games coming into Sunday. Crowell will look for another bounce back game against a Bengals team that has allowed an average of nearly 115 rushing yards to opposing RBs. And with Duke Johnson nursing another shoulder injury, he could be in for a sizeable workload.
Tate was averaging 8 targets a game, and averaged over 6 receptions coming into Sundays contest against the division rival Chicago Bears. Unfortunately, that trend came to a screeching halt, as he was only able to get 4 looks. He hauled in 3 catches for 32 yards, with one of those catches going for 16 yards. He takes on a stifling Minnesota defense on Thanksgiving this week. I am tempering my expectations on Tate for at least this upcoming matchup.
This was a tough fantasy game for Ertz. He was held to a measly 8 yards with his 2 receptions. He was targeted 5 time, which remains on par for the amount of times he has been targeted in the last 3 games coming into Sunday. Unfortunately, he has seen his targets drop significantly since week 5, where he was averaging nearly 10 targets a game. I am mildly concerned about Ertz going forward, as we’ve seen Jeffery step up and have a couple big games, and also seeing Torrey Smith get into the action Sunday night. Nonetheless, Ertz, as of now, remains a top fantasy option.