There are more Ps and Qs next to player names this week than I’d like to count. It seems like a lot more than I remember from other seasons. But it also seems like questionable players play more often.
You’ll want to figure out if you want to play players from tonight’s Titans-Jaguars game.
It’s projected to be the fifth-lowest scoring game of the week, but there quite a few fantasy implications for both season-long and weekly players. I went over the biggest matchups in our projected scores/Las Vegas column. I have a couple daily fantasy lineups featuring players from the game — mostly the Titans defense.
As always check late NFL news at a site like Rotoworld to make sure games are being played and players are in lineups.
Our rankings will be updated early Sunday morning and don’t always reflect final starting lineups.
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Week 11 early rankings
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Week 11 early rankings notes
The Panthers are expected to win by a full seven points in a blowout at home against the Redskins. If a Panthers blowout is going to happen, Cam Newton is going to have a day.
Blake Bortles and Matthew Stafford kind of stand out against the rest of the industry. Bortles is way better than he was last week. The Jaguars are projected to score three touchdowns this week at home against the Titans. Is suspect they’ll all be Bortles touchdown passes.
Stafford is playing at home in the highest-projected scoring game of the week (tied with BUF-NE) against the Raiders who provide superb matchups for Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate.
We also have Aaron Rodgers way lower than the rest of the industry. He could bounce back for a huge game at any moment. But I thought that was going to be last week. You have to start him in season-long leagues, unless you lucked out and a backup QB or waiver wire addition is blowing up, but I’m limiting my exposure to Rodgers in daily fantasy this week.
Sometimes the rankings just have to be chalk. There aren’t any big surprises here.
Sure you might see Charcandrick West at the top and do a double-take, but he’s a top-5 running back this week according to fantasypros.com’s expert consensus rankings. If you happen to have Devonta Freeman and Todd Gurley and Adrian Peterson, too, and you can only start three running backs, I think you should seriously consider West part of the conversation. Peterson is questionable and Gurley’s matchup isn’t great. West has a killer matchup and is a do-everything-back for a team that doesn’t have much talent.
Marshawn Lynch all the way down at 15 might be a head-scratching, considering the Seahawks’ projected score. If he wasn’t so questionable and Thomas Rawls wasn’t so talented, Lynch would be quite a bit higher.
I’m not a huge fan of Danny Woodhead being ranked so high, but the industry is on him quite a bit and that affected our ranking cruncher. The Chiefs have allowed the least fantasy points to opposing running backs over the last five weeks and have allowed the third-least passing yards per game to running backs this season. Yes, the Chargers are probably going to force feed him the ball considering the team’s wide receiver injuries, but I could also see it all going very wrong for owners who start Woodhead.
Danny Amendola third? What the what-what? Games in which Amendola has been targeted nine or more times: 7-105-0, 8-86-1, 10-79-0. He has caught 40 of 45 targets this season. On any other team, Amendola would be a PPR god. Now with both Dion Lewis and Julian Edelman out of the picture, Tom Brady has to lean on Amendola. As I quoted in the projected scores post, Brady threw 61 times the last time they faced the Bills. Amendola is almost guaranteed to surpass that 9-target threshold.
Even though Eric Decker is the Jets’ No. 2 wide receiver, we have him quite a bit ahead of No. 1 Brandon Marshall. Decker’s in the top-10 because his matchup is better than his teammates and he has been a super-consistent PPR beast this season.
Yawn. Boring, I know. I guess the interesting thing is Jordan Reed at No. 2. Not terribly interesting. It’s just that the industry is all-in on him. I see it. He’s a wide receiver playing a tight end position and he’s Kirk Cousins‘ favorite target. I also think Cousins is going to struggle mightily against the Panthers, so much so that the Panthers leapt ahead of the Seahawks (who face San Francisco in Seattle) in our D/ST rankings.
The Redskins are projected to score 19 points, second-least in the NFL this week (behind the aforementioned 49ers). But that means they are still expected to score two touchdowns. If they score twice, I suspect one of them will be a Cousins-to-Reed pass.