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Week 11 highs and lows: Lamar Jackson’s historic tempo

Week 11 of the fantasy soccer season featured loads of notable performances. What ought to we make of them? Matt Bowen and Tristan H. Cockcroft are right here with evaluation on the largest performers — and duds — of the week.

Lamar Jackson’s historic tempo

Rinse, repeat. Jackson’s 33.5 fantasy factors gave him a fifth sport with 30-plus this season, tied for the second-most 30-point video games in a single season in historical past behind solely George Blanda’s six in 1961 — and keep in mind that Blanda’s got here within the AFL and he was a placekicker along with enjoying quarterback. With it, Jackson has now totaled 271.1 fantasy factors by 10 video games this season, the third most by any quarterback in historical past by his crew’s first 10 video games of any yr, trailing solely Tom Brady’s 277.2 in 2007 and Aaron Rodgers’ 272.three in 2011.

You learn that proper: Jackson, by 10 Ravens video games, has extra fantasy factors this yr than Patrick Mahomes had by 10 of his record-setting 2018. Mahomes, by 10 video games, additionally had solely 4 video games of 30-plus fantasy factors. — Cockcroft

Deshaun Watson has a sport to overlook

For the primary time in his 33-game NFL profession — together with his relief-appearance debut in Week 1 of 2017 — Watson was held below 5 fantasy factors, scoring simply four.zero in a disastrous efficiency in his first matchup with the Ravens. He was intercepted as soon as, misplaced a fumble and failed to attain both a passing or speeding landing, the scoreless day his first on the NFL degree. Watson was began in 72.four% of ESPN leagues in Week 11, letting down a big variety of fantasy managers, however keep in mind that the Ravens’ protection graded a bottom-eight matchup for opposing quarterbacks, whether or not utilizing full-season or past-five-weeks statistics. — Cockcroft

I am not going to get too down on Watson after a poor day versus the Ravens’ protection. That unit is nasty, and Baltimore must be within the dialogue with New England in the case of breaking down the highest secondaries within the NFL. These guys within the again finish can cowl, and I imagine we noticed that affect on Watson right this moment. The throwing lanes had been minimized, which allowed the strain to get dwelling. Search for Watson to bounce again subsequent week versus the Colts. — Bowen

DJ Chark Jr. has upside

Anytime there is a quarterback change, fantasy managers of their corresponding receivers are inclined to get nervous, fearful about both sport technique or chemistry between passer and receiver. There’s apparently no cause to stress with Chark Jr., who scored 30.four PPR fantasy factors in Nick Foles’ return to motion on Sunday, the second most of his profession. Chark has now scored 42.6 factors in 63 snaps working with Foles, or zero.68 per snap, in comparison with zero.31 per snap whereas Gardner Minshew II was his quarterback. — Cockcroft

Tristan, I actually suppose we’re seeing No.1 broad receiver traits with Chark. Sure, he’s somewhat tight-hipped, however the pace pops, the route working has improved and the quantity with Foles right this moment (15 targets) ought to maintain Chark within the WR2 vary. He can erase defensive angles after the catch, like we noticed right this moment on his first landing, and the physique management/body permits him to make performs on 50/50 throws. Upside right here with Foles again within the combine. — Bowen

John Brown’s breakout day

Brown was up in our WR2 ranks this week in each PPR and non-PPR codecs due to the matchup versus Miami. He feasted on that Dolphins secondary, racking up 137 yards receiving and two scores on 9 receptions. It was a breakout sport for Brown, who noticed a season-high 14 targets and topped the 100-yard receiving mark for the primary time since Week 1. Brown roasted the Dolphins on a rocket throw from quarterback Josh Allen to beat Cowl 2 for his first rating. Mesh that with the isolation routes on this Payments system, and I’ve no query that he’s a major match for what Buffalo needs to do within the passing sport. Plus, the quantity has spiked, as he has seen 25 targets up to now two video games. Even with some robust upcoming matchups, Brown must be seen as a weekly WR3. — Bowen

Along with his career-high 34.7 PPR fantasy factors on Sunday, Brown is now the No. 11 broad receiver in PPR fantasy factors for the season — with Sunday’s four p.m. and evening video games in addition to Monday evening’s sport left to play. Brown can be the primary Payments broad receiver to attain as many as 162.1 PPR fantasy factors by 10 video games of any season since Stevie Johnson had 178.eight in 2010, performing for a crew that is not historically identified for giant video games from the place. — Cockcroft

Deebo Samuel makes essentially the most of his alternative

For the second consecutive week, Samuel garnered double-digit targets and scored at the very least 19 PPR fantasy factors, his 21.four setting a brand new private greatest. He is 16-of-21 catching his targets the previous two weeks whereas filling in for injured receivers George Kittle (knee, ankle) and Emmanuel Sanders (ribs). Samuel should not be anticipated to get pleasure from a 79% fee of the 49ers’ offensive snaps performed or a 23% goal share each week, with these his numbers on Sunday (he exceeded each in Week 10). Nonetheless, he has presumably carved out a bigger position even with these receivers again, and would possibly but have some utility in future video games in opposition to the Saints, when Marshon Lattimore (if wholesome) most likely covers Sanders, and the Falcons in Week 15. — Cockcroft

Fast-hitters

Jamison Crowder: Rostered in 69.7% of ESPN leagues, and began in simply 37.6%, Crowder has now caught 13 of 17 targets for 159 yards with two scoring grabs up to now two weeks. Certain, these numbers got here in opposition to defenses from Miami and Washington. However given the actually poor offensive line play with the Jets, the fast passing sport needs to be on the prime of the decision sheet for Adam Gase. I anticipate the quantity to proceed for Crowder in Week 12 versus the Raiders’ protection, which places him within the WR3 vary. — Bowen

Bo Scarbrough: If you happen to’re on the lookout for a roster add in deeper leagues, then possibly you give Scarbrough a shot. At 6-foot-1, 235 kilos, Scarbrough is straight-line, downhill runner. Like a freight prepare on the tracks. He is not going to present you a lot within the cross sport, however somebody has to run the rock on this Detroit offense. Scarbrough led the Lions with 14 carries on Sunday within the loss to the Cowboys, speeding for 55 yards and a rating. There’s some quantity right here, and probably some non-PPR worth if Scarbrough continues to see carries — particularly contained in the 10-yard line. — Bowen

Mark Andrews: I believe we’re on the level the place we should always lock in Andrews as a top-five tight finish each week. The scheme match is there, the play-action throws are high-percentage for Lamar Jackson and the seam balls within the pink zone money in for fantasy managers. Andrews caught four of four targets for 75 yards and a landing within the win over the Texans on Sunday, plus he has seen at the very least seven targets in eight video games this yr. — Bowen

Christian McCaffrey: McCaffrey’s 30.1 PPR fantasy factors made it the fifth time this season he has reached the 30-point threshold, and gave him 302.6 factors by his first 10 video games of 2019. That’s the third most by any participant by his crew’s first 10 video games of a season since at the very least 1950, trailing solely LaDainian Tomlinson’s 329.eight in 2006 and Priest Holmes’ 304.zero in 2002. McCaffrey’s 243.6 fantasy factors utilizing non-PPR scoring, in the meantime, are the ninth most by any working again since at the very least 1950. — Cockcroft

Zach Ertz: In his previous two video games, Ertz has caught 18 of 22 targets for 197 yards and a rating. And I am not that stunned given the dearth of perimeter pace/playmaking skill on the broad receiver place within the Philly offense. Ertz has the route-running chops to work the center of the sector, and his formation versatility permits the Eagles to flex him exterior. With a Week 12 sport in opposition to the zone-heavy Seahawks subsequent Monday evening, Ertz ought to proceed to see fairly regular quantity. He is the best choice proper now in Philadelphia’s cross sport. — Bowen

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