Week 11 is (mainly) in the books after an action-packed 10-game fantasy football Sunday main slate. As always, it didn’t end without its share of regrets. If you have some of your own, feel free to send them my way on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.
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Zach Ertz ($6,600), PHI at NO, DKFP Total: 3.5
If you rostered Ertz, it’s very likely you used him to differentiate your lineups some. This was a week where paying up for two running backs was the ideal situation and punting at tight end was the play. Instead, paying up for Ertz would have given you a unique constriction. However, the only thing that was unique was the 3.5 DKFP you got from him. To be fair, the entire Eagles “offense” was abysmal to begin with. Golden Tate was your “leading” receiver with his five catches and 48 receiving yards.
We’ve been a bit spoiled with Ertz this season. For those of you with no long-term memory, Ertz scored five or less DKFP three times last season in games against the Cowboys (x2) and Seahawks. This year, tonight was his lowest score by a long shot, eclipsing the previous low of his 9.8 DKFP performance against the Falcons. Amazingly enough, of all tight ends that posted some DKFP score before the Sunday night Vikings-Bears game, he still outscored 15 other players. Tight ends, man.
Dion Lewis ($4,800), TEN at IND, DKFP Total: 4.2
“Dion Lewis is in a great spot against the Patriots and should be looking to capitalize on his revenge game against his former team” — People interested in Lewis for Week 10.
“Despite an 8.8 DKFP performance against the Patriots, Lewis is primed for a great bounce-back spot against the Colts in Week 11″ — Former Lewis truthers leading into Week 11.
Look, I didn’t mind the Lewis play personally. In fact, it was a good way to help save some salary at a position that was going to be dominated by the top tier plays. It just didn’t work out … at all. He still out carried Derrick Henry ($4,000), 10-9, but they were almost equal in DKFP with 4.2 and 4.6, respectively. Lewis had 10 carries for 24 yards while catching just one of his two targets for eight yards. It certainly didn’t help that the Titans’ usual solid defense allowed Andrew Luck ($5,900) to steamroll them in the 38-10 loss. Either way, looking forward to rostering Lewis against the Texans next week, right?
Amari Cooper ($5,400), DAL at ATL, DKFP Total: 6.6
The sensible part of us should have seen this coming. I mean, we couldn’t keep possibly trusting Cooper week after week. In Week 11, the two weeks of fantasy goodness finally came to a screeching halt. Seeing five targets, Cooper caught three for 36 yards and … nevermind, that was it. It’s quite disappointing that Michael Gallup ($3,700) saw the same amount of targets, but we know he did nothing with them. Cole Beasley ($4,400) led the team in targets, a throwback to Week 6 (holla!). In a game where Cooper was expected to smash, he was a massive disappointment, especially against a Falcons secondary that’s been so poor as of late. The silver lining was that Ezekiel Elliot ($8,500) accounted for 38% of the Cowboys’ receiving yards, a number I can’t be upset about. Make no mistake, Cooper will be in the conversation once again for Thursday’s matchup against the Redskins.
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