Even as I was gathering stats and info to put together my final rankings, big injury news was breaking.
Matt Forte, Alshon Jeffery, Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Ladarius Green are not expected to play. Not only is Darren McFadden‘s groin ok, he’s supposed to get a pile of work. Vincent Jackson is also supposed to play, which could open things up for Mike Evans, but it also means he may not get all of the targets like he has the last couple of weeks.
I wish I could write up news blurbs for you on all of the players and late-breaking news. But that’s a lot to handle, especially when we already have fine news sites like Rotoworld.com. 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 are posted early Sunday and don’t always reflect final starting lineups.
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FINAL Week 11 rankings
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Final rankings notes
Matthew Stafford and Philip Rivers climbed a couple spots since our early rankings. It helped that Blake Bortles came out of the equation because the Jaguars played on Thursday. Still, I was surprised to see Stafford in fourth.
He’s my top quarterback play at Draft Kings in tournaments, and I’m warming to him as a cash game play, at home in a projected high-scoring game.
The biggest head-scratcher is still Aaron Rodgers at ninth. He’s still, arguably, the best quarterback in the NFL. His supporting cast — Eddie Lacy‘s ineffectiveness, Jordy Nelson‘s season-long injury and Davante Adams‘ drops — isn’t helping him out. He’s still a starting fantasy quarterback, and I’ll start him in season-long, but he’s not a safe play right now in daily fantasy.
We had quite a bit of change in the running back ranks since our early effort. The biggest was probably DeMarco Murray, leaping into third from eighth. Danny Woodhead, Darren McFadden and Adrian Peterson all leaped ahead of Todd Gurley and Lamar Miller. I like all of their situations and opportunities a little better, so no complaints here. Don’t get me wrong, Gurley and Miller are still starting fantasy running backs and deserve starts in season-long, but I’ll go with the other guys listed here in daily fantasy.
Marshawn Lynch is still expected to play through his abdominal injury, but I’m still a little concerned he could aggravate it on his first carry and give you zero points. He is, however, a tournament play in GPPS, where people will avoid him because of the injury. He has a plus matchup this week against San Francisco. That should be a blowout and I’m not sure how long the Seahawks will risk letting him run in a game where they lead by three touchdowns.
Some big changes here, too. I love Calvin Johnson moving into second. I think it’s a huge week for him. I wonder how much ownership he’s going to have this week. I think it spikes from last week. It was also a big mid-week move up for Dez Bryant and Mike Evans. Bryant’s floor and ceiling should return to his normal — which is pretty great — with Tony Romo‘s return. Evans has been getting more than the lion’s share of targets in Tampa. I don’t know what this morning’s Vincent Jackson‘s news does to his value, but it might open up coverage for him and we’ll get a flash of the superstar he was last year.
Demaryius Thomas‘ drop from second to eighth shouldn’t concern you. I still think Demaryius is in line for a big game. It’s just that the players moving up probably should have been there during the early rankings.
The big talking point at tight end is Rob Gronkowski. We all know he can have 100-yard, 3-TD games at any time. He has disappointed this season, but one of his finer performances came against the Bills in their first meeting, when Tom Brady threw around 60 times. Now, with Julian Edelman and Dion Lewis out, a similar game script would make Gronk the ultimate tight end play.
If you own him, you’re starting him and hoping that plays out.
In daily fantasy, you’re probably a little uneasy about starting him because of the disappointment, and because Travis Kelce, our No. 2 tight end costs a full Dontrelle Inman less ($3,000).
Despite the price gap, I feel the smart cash game play is to start him. No tight end has his ceiling and his floor this week should finally be Gronkowsk-esque.