Hello, Fantasy Community. This is the Week 11 – Who’s Hot, Who’s Not article.
In the last several weeks we have seen some great performances from some unexpected players. We have also seen some poor performances from players we expected a lot more from. This season has been one of the more difficult to gauge on who to start and sit, and who will be the weekly breakout player. On the flip side of that, it has been a lot more fun and rewarding.
A lot of these guys on the “hot” list were either drafted late or bought for cheap. In this week’s article we will dive into who is putting together a hot stretch heading into the playoffs, along with players who are drastically disappointing, in hopes of turning it around for a playoff push.
3. Who’s Hot Who’s Not Fantasy Football: Quarterbacks
Kirk Cousins – Kirk Cousins has had some pretty bad weeks this season, but in the last three weeks, Cousins has put together a good run. With the weapons the Vikings have and the opened up playbook, we are seeing the production we thought we would have seen the entire season. In this run, Cousins has thrown for 826 yards, 8 TDs and 1 INT. Cousins will look to continue his hot streak against Carolina in Week 12.
Justin Herbert – Justin Herbert has been one of the best fantasy quarterbacks since he took over as the Chargers starting quarterback. While still having a solid fantasy performance in Week 10, Herbert had his lowest yardage total of the season. In Week 11, Justin Herbert bounced back. Herbert completed 37 of his 49 attempts for 366 yards, 3 TDs and 0 INTs. Herbert will have a tough matchup against Buffalo in Week 12.
Taysom Hill – I am going to start this by saying, I know Taysom Hill had his first start at quarterback in Week 11. However, with a lot of negative opinions regarding Hill starting, he did have a mix of ups and downs but for a fantasy perspective, he had a good day. Hill is an athlete and played quarterback in college which will allow passing and rushing to factor into his game, as seen in Week 11.
In his first start, Hill threw for 233 yards, 0 TDs, 0 INTs. Hill added 51 rushing yards and 2 TDs. Taysom Hill will draw another start in Week 12 against the Broncos, looking to prove he can continue to start in place of Drew Brees.
Jake Luton – Coming out of the Jaguars bye week, Jake Luton was named the starting quarterback. In his debut, Luton impressed, throwing for 304 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT. He also had 1 rushing TD. Things have not been as good since. In the two games since that debut, Luton has thrown for 320 yards, 1 TD, and 5 INTs. Assuming Luton keeps the starting job, things will not get easier next week against Cleveland.
Tua Tagovailoa – Tua Tagovailoa has not been terrible for football needs, he doesn’t turn the ball over but for fantasy he has been underwhelming. In Week 11, Tua went 11 for 20 for 83 yards and 1 TD. Tua was benched due to performance reasons, but has been declared the starter moving forward. This will be a situation to watch closely before starting Tua moving forward.
Drew Lock – Drew Lock lit Atlanta up in Week 9. Since that game, Drew Lock has struggled mightily. In those games, the yardage has been there, throwing for over 250 yards each game, but he has a stat line of 1 TD and 5 INTs in the last two games. With the upcoming schedule, Drew Lock is not a locked in starter unless you are desperate.
2. Who’s Hot Who’s Not Fantasy Football: Running Backs
Antonio Gibson – One rookie who is quietly getting hot and could really be a difference maker in fantasy playoff hunts is Antonio Gibson. Washington has made an effort to get Gibson more involved the last two weeks. In those two games, Gibson has 34 total touches. Gibson has turned those touches into 139 rushing yards and 3 TDs with 5 catches for 30 yards. You can expect a large workload with good expectations again in Week 12 against Dallas.
Kalen Ballage – While Kalen Ballage is not setting the fantasy world on fire, many owners got him for cheap with no expectations. The Chargers have struggled to find quality production from a running back since Austin Ekeler got injured. In the three games since Ballage took the lead role over, he has 181 rushing yards with 1 TD and 14 catches for 76 yards. As long as Ekeler remains out you can start Ballage as a solid flex option.
Dalvin Cook – Dalvin Cook and Alvin Kamara have been the most consistent players in fantasy this season. Dalvin Cook leads the NFL in rushing yards and rushing TDs even with missing a game. On the season, Cook has 954 rushing yards with 12 TDs. He has also added 20 catches for 189 yards and 1 TD. Dalvin Cook is on pace for a career year and is a locked in start regardless of opponent.
Duke Johnson – A lot of people had hoped to see Duke Johnson get an expanded role. With the David Johnson injury that has happened, Duke has underwhelmed in those games. Johnson has 110 rushing yards with 1 TD and has added 7 catches for 52 yards in those starts. With how that offense is moving, Duke has to be considered a flex play as long as David Johnson is out, but unless he is getting TD opportunities, you cannot be too confident in the start.
Miles Sanders – Many owners waited patiently for the return of Miles Sanders, expecting big fantasy production. This has not been the case. As the Eagles have struggled it has affected Sanders in the two games since he has returned. The low production comes from no TDs. He has 151 rushing yards and 5 catches for 25 yards. There is hope next week against Seattle, but we will need to see the Philadelphia offense start clicking to really get the expected production out of Sanders.
James Robinson – This is not as much of a cold situation as it is a no TD production situation. The rushing yards have been there. In the last four games, Robinson has 400 yards rushing but only 2 TDs. So while he is averaging 100 yards a game in the last four, the 2 TDs are cause for concern because his schedule gets tougher and the yards will be harder to come by so owners will be hoping to see an increase in TDs in the upcoming weeks.
Who’s Hot Who’s Not Fantasy Football: Wide Receivers
Keenan Allen – Keenan Allen has really come on as of late. After two games where Allen had a total of 10 catches for 91 yards and 0 TDs, he has really started returning typical Keenan Allen production. In the last five games, Allen has 47 catches for 479 yards and 4 TDs, including 1 TD in four straight games. The Chargers get Buffalo in Week 12 and will lean on Allen heavily.
Adam Thielen – Adam Thielen came out of the bye week and had two very bad games where he had 5 catches for 65 yards and 0 TDs. In the two games since, Thielen has been on fire. In those games, Thielen has 12 catches for 166 yards and 4 TDs. Thielen is a must start in the next two weeks against Carolina and Jacksonville, especially with being the red zone favorite for Kirk Cousins.
Diontae Johnson – One bad thing about the Steelers receiving group is you never know who the hot hand will be. In the last three games, we may be getting that answer. In the last three games, Johnson has an incredible 37 targets, he has caught 24 of those balls for 304 yards and 1 TD. With Baltimore coming up, Johnson could see 10 or more targets again.
D.J. Chark – In Week 9 we thought we saw the reemergence of D.J. Chark, but in the last two games, Chark has reverted back to frustrating production. in the last two weeks, Chark has 8 catches for 97 yards and 0 TDs. With a tough Cleveland secondary upcoming, Chark very well could be a sit candidate.
Jamison Crowder – Jamison Crowder is the only New York Jet worth rostering and he has been successful, but in his two games since returning from injury, Crowder has also been very underwhelming. Crowder has 3 catches for 42 yards and 1 TD in those two games. With Miami coming up in Week 12, he is a sit unless you need a high risk, high reward player.
Travis Fulgham – Going into the bye week, no one was hotter at the receiver position than Travis Fulgham. In the two games since the bye week, it has been an incredible 180 degree difference. While Fulgham has had 12 targets in those two games, he has 2 total catches for 16 yards and 0 TDs. The upcoming schedule is lighter so there is hope, but it may be a prove-it case before starting him again.
1. Who’s Hot Who’s Not Fantasy Football: Tight Ends
Mark Andrews – After three bad outings, Mark Andrews has finally arrived the last two weeks. In those two games, Andrews has 16 targets and has caught 12 of those targets for 157 yards and 1 TD. With a showdown against Pittsburgh coming up, Baltimore will look to keep Mark Andrews heavily involved.
Hunter Henry – Finally, Hunter Henry has been able to put together a mini hot streak that we all know he has been capable of. Production that resembles what we thought we would get all season. In the last two games, Henry has caught 8 of 13 targets for 78 yards and 2 TDs. Henry once again looks like a top 5 option at the shallow tight end position.
Mike Gesicki – Mike Gesicki is a guy who the majority of the fantasy community truly believed would break the top 5 of the tight end rankings this season and each week is more disappointing than the last. For the season, Gesicki has 28 catches for 414 yards and 2 TDs. At this point with a questionable quarterback situation, Gesicki is an alternate option rather than a weekly starter.
Jared Cook – Just a few weeks ago, Jared Cook was on the hot list. Cook had a three-game stretch where he put up 10 catches for 135 yards and 3 TDs. In the three games since, things have been drastically different. In those games, Cook only has a total of 3 catches for 36 yards and 0 TDs. With a healthy Michael Thomas back, Cook is lower on the target volume and is not a weekly starter moving forward.
Thank you for reading my Week 11 – Who’s Hot Who’s Not Fantasy Football 2020 article.