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Kev Wheeler’s Week 11 Fantasy Football Rankings

Austin Ekeler Week 11 Fantasy Rankings

Who’s ready for the playoff run? This is the point in the fantasy football season where the contenders and pretenders separate. We are going to start to see the results of our past few months of grinding. We’ve done the right research and made the optimal moves, but there’s always that bounce of the ball that can bite us on any given Sunday.

In a typical head-to-head league, there are a few teams that are out of it and aren’t really concerned about their lineups. Maybe we get lucky and face those teams down the stretch, but let’s not depend on that. There are vultures out there looking to scoop up players that are dropped during bye weeks; let’s beat them to the punch and make trade offers to bolster teams playing against your closest competition. If we can’t win every game, we can still hedge our odds by forcing the competition to lose or make bad decisions. 

The Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers have their bye in Week 11. When I look into weekly matchups, I only use the past five games of data. Anything that happened six weeks ago is just going to cloud our judgment.

When examining these rankings, consider I am really only looking at positional ranks, not flex or overall rankings. When it comes to who you start in the flex, a lot will depend on your specific league rules and roster construction. If players are ranked within three spots of each other, the difference between them is negligible. They are expected to score the same amount of points. 

Quarterback

The QBs with the best matchups in Week 11, by my measures, include Justin Fields, Joe Burrow, Dak Prescott and Russell Wilson.

Rank QB Team Opp
1 Justin Fields CHI @ ATL
2 Patrick Mahomes II KC @ LAC
3 Josh Allen BUF vs CLE
4 Joe Burrow CIN @ PIT
5 Lamar Jackson BAL vs CAR
6 Jalen Hurts PHI @ IND
7 Dak Prescott DAL @ MIN
8 Justin Herbert LAC vs KC
9 Daniel Jones NYG vs DET
10 Kyler Murray ARI vs SF
11 Kirk Cousins MIN vs DAL
12 Russell Wilson DEN vs LV
13 Marcus Mariota ATL vs CHI
14 Aaron Rodgers GB vs TEN
15 Jimmy Garoppolo SF @ ARI
16 Jared Goff DET @ NYG
17 Taylor Heinicke WAS @ HOU
18 Kenny Pickett PIT vs CIN
19 Derek Carr LV @ DEN
20 Matt Ryan IND vs PHI
21 Mac Jones NE vs NYJ
22 Davis Mills HOU vs WAS
23 Jacoby Brissett CLE @ BUF
24 Ryan Tannehill TEN @ GB
25 Zach Wilson NYJ @ NE

 

Running Back

Most analysts look at fantasy points allowed when judging matchups, but for the RB position, I look at yards per carry (YPC) allowed. YPC is generally a misused metric that tells us less about running back efficiency but does give us a good indication of defensive efficiency. 

Running Backs with the best Week 10 matchups are Antonio Gibson and Brian Robinson against the Houston Texans, Jamaal Williams and D’Andre Swift against the New York Giants, Austin Ekeler facing the Kansas City Chiefs and Isiah Pacheco finally having a break-out game against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Rank RB Team Opp
1 Saquon Barkley NYG vs DET
2 Derrick Henry TEN @ GB
3 Austin Ekeler LAC vs KC
4 Jonathan Taylor IND vs PHI
5 Christian McCaffrey SF @ ARI
6 Joe Mixon CIN @ PIT
7 Josh Jacobs LV @ DEN
8 Nick Chubb CLE @ BUF
9 Dalvin Cook MIN vs DAL
10 Rhamondre Stevenson NE vs NYJ
11 Tony Pollard DAL @ MIN
12 Dameon Pierce HOU vs WAS
13 Alvin Kamara NO vs LAR
14 Aaron Jones GB vs TEN
15 Miles Sanders PHI @ IND
16 Antonio Gibson WAS @ HOU
17 D’Andre Swift DET @ NYG
18 James Conner ARI vs SF
19 David Montgomery CHI @ ATL
20 D’Onta Foreman CAR @ BAL
21 Devin Singletary BUF vs CLE
22 Brian Robinson Jr. WAS @ HOU
23 Jamaal Williams DET @ NYG
24 Cordarrelle Patterson ATL vs CHI
25 Gus Edwards BAL vs CAR
26 Najee Harris PIT vs CIN
27 Isiah Pacheco KC @ LAC
28 Michael Carter NYJ @ NE
29 AJ Dillon GB vs TEN
30 Kenyan Drake BAL vs CAR
31 Darrell Henderson Jr. LAR @ NO
32 Ezekiel Elliott DAL @ MIN
33 Kareem Hunt CLE @ BUF
34 Melvin Gordon III DEN vs LV
35 Elijah Mitchell SF @ ARI
36 Tyler Allgeier ATL vs CHI
37 James Robinson NYJ @ NE
38 Damien Harris NE vs NYJ
39 Jerick McKinnon KC @ LAC
40 Jaylen Warren PIT vs CIN
41 Latavius Murray DEN vs LV
42 Kenneth Gainwell PHI @ IND

Leonard Fournette was hurt late in the game on Sunday, but Rachaad White was playing a little more than him before that injury happened. White finished Sunday with a 65% snap share, per Next Gen Stats. His season high was 43% entering the week.

The Arizona Cardinals released Eno Benjamin, who started three games at running back while James Conner was injured earlier this season. The Cardinals are left with rookie Keaontay Ingram as the only backup to RB James Conner at the moment. The Houston Texans claimed Benjamin off waivers on Tuesday.

The Chicago Bears placed running back Khalil Herbert (hip) on injured reserve Tuesday, and he will miss at least the next four weeks. David Montgomery is in-line for 20 touches, but Atlanta has a decent rush defense against running backs.

Wide Receiver

I examine a few different statistics when trying to find good or bad wide receiver matchups, but yards per game and fantasy points allowed are the primary gages. Darnell Mooney could have a nice day against Atlanta, CeeDee Lamb should dominate the Vikings and Tyler Boyd should thrive out of the slot in Pittsburgh. 

Parris Campbell co-led the Colts with a 33% target share in Week 10. During his last three games with Matt Ryan starting, he has had 97% route participation, 29 targets (25%), 24 receptions, 203 yards and three touchdowns.

Rank WR Team Opp
1 Justin Jefferson MIN vs DAL
2 Davante Adams LV @ DEN
3 CeeDee Lamb DAL @ MIN
4 A.J. Brown PHI @ IND
5 DeAndre Hopkins ARI vs SF
6 Stefon Diggs BUF vs CLE
7 Amon-Ra St. Brown DET @ NYG
8 Tee Higgins CIN @ PIT
9 Terry McLaurin WAS @ HOU
10 Amari Cooper CLE @ BUF
11 Deebo Samuel SF @ ARI
12 Tyler Boyd CIN @ PIT
13 Chris Olave NO vs LAR
14 Brandon Aiyuk SF @ ARI
15 Gabe Davis BUF vs CLE
16 Courtland Sutton DEN vs LV
17 Keenan Allen LAC vs KC
18 Allen Lazard GB vs TEN
19 Michael Pittman Jr. IND vs PHI
20 DJ Moore CAR @ BAL
21 DeVonta Smith PHI @ IND
22 Diontae Johnson PIT vs CIN
23 Curtis Samuel WAS @ HOU
24 Jakobi Meyers NE vs NYJ
25 Darnell Mooney CHI @ ATL
26 Garrett Wilson NYJ @ NE
27 Allen Robinson II LAR @ NO
28 Rondale Moore ARI vs SF
29 Adam Thielen MIN vs DAL
30 Joshua Palmer LAC vs KC
31 George Pickens PIT vs CIN
32 Brandin Cooks HOU vs WAS
33 JuJu Smith-Schuster KC @ LAC
34 Drake London ATL vs CHI
35 Darius Slayton NYG vs DET
36 Mike Williams LAC vs KC
37 Christian Watson GB vs TEN
38 Donovan Peoples-Jones CLE @ BUF
39 Kadarius Toney KC @ LAC
40 Parris Campbell IND vs PHI
41 Jahan Dotson WAS @ HOU
42 Michael Gallup DAL @ MIN
43 Treylon Burks TEN @ GB
44 Nico Collins HOU vs WAS
45 Marquez Valdes-Scantling KC @ LAC
46 Terrace Marshall Jr. CAR @ BAL
47 Wan’Dale Robinson NYG vs DET
48 Elijah Moore NYJ @ NE
49 Isaiah McKenzie BUF vs CLE
50 Mack Hollins LV @ DEN

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp will be placed on injured reserve following tightrope ankle surgery on Wednesday, so he will be out for at least four weeks.  

Tight End 

Start your tight ends against the Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions, Buffalo Bills and New York Giants. 

Greg Dulcich had heavy usage again in Week 10. He had 71-of-80 snaps, 40 routes run on 49 Russell Wilson dropbacks, but just four targets for a 9.5% target share.

Rank TE Team Position
1 Travis Kelce KC TE
2 Mark Andrews BAL TE
3 T.J. Hockenson MIN TE
4 George Kittle SF TE
5 Cole Kmet CHI TE
6 Tyler Higbee LAR TE
7 Dalton Schultz DAL TE
8 Greg Dulcich DEN TE
9 Pat Freiermuth PIT TE
10 Kyle Pitts ATL TE
11 Dawson Knox BUF TE
12 Hayden Hurst CIN TE
13 Foster Moreau LV TE
14 Gerald Everett LAC TE
15 Juwan Johnson NO TE
16 Taysom Hill NO TE
17 Hunter Henry NE TE
18 Isaiah Likely BAL TE
19 Tyler Conklin NYJ TE
20 Robert Tonyan GB TE
21 Trey McBride ARI TE
22 David Njoku CLE TE
23 Logan Thomas WAS TE
24 Harrison Bryant CLE TE
25 Kylen Granson IND TE

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