Why You Lost in Fantasy And Other Week 11 Notes

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Week 11 in the NFL means the playoffs are a mere few weeks away for some in fantasy football. The official “jockeying” for playoff position or even that last spot is in full effect and we are all watching our teams like (sea)hawks! Was this you?

We all know if you played against a QB like Lamar Jackson and his 4 TDs, Dak Prescott, Jimmy G, Sam Darnold and their record days, you were in an uphill battle. RB Christian McCaffrey has been an absolute points machine going for 1,000 yards rushing and 500 yards receiving in 10 games with a backup QB at the helm, and WR Michael Thomas has 90 catches and we still have 6 weeks remaining…scary stuff from this group that has been very consistent! Breakout star Jags WR DJ Chark continued his stellar season adding 8-104 and 2 TDs to further beat you down. Maybe the Falcons 10-week disappointing WR Calvin Ridley did you in with his 8-143 and a TD, or Bills WR John Brown who caught 9-137 and 2 TDs to beat the Dolphins. Either way, these guys made it tough on opponents this weekend.

But what about our guys? You know, the ones we drafted with such high hopes of leading us to the promised land? Well, some didn’t fare so well in Week 11, costing us BIG TIME.

QB Deshaun Watson was having an MVP-like season before he ran into the Ravens’s defense, letting fantasy owners down everywhere with 169 passing yards, 1 interception, a lost fumble in an absolute blowout.

Maybe it’s our fault for starting him, but if you started Steelers RB James Conner you were treated to 10 yards rushing and 2 catches for 6 yards before he left with an injury early in the game.

It’s definitely your fault if you started the secretly not so secretly injured Arizona RB David Johnson who put up exactly 0 points. Staying with disappointing running backs, Tampa Bay RB Ronald Jones II cooled off from his previous hot streak ending his day with 13 rushing yards and 1 receiving yard. Woof.

Wide receivers also let us down Sunday, and no I’m not referring to the league’s worst receiving corps, the Philadelphia Eagles, they aren’t a letdown because no one has any expectation that they COULD perform at a reasonable level. In terms of players that HAVE played well, Lions WR Kenny Golladay had 4 TDs in his previous 3 games but didn’t sniff the endzone with his 1-34 day. Cowboys toe tapping WR Amari Cooper only played half of the team’s offensive snaps and had a mediocre day (3-38) when many were hoping for much more. It was a rough day all around for the Steeler’s Thursday, in addition to James Conner, WR JuJu Smith-Schuster also exited with an injury finishing with 2-21. If you were counting on Bengals WR Tyler Boyd, maybe you felt the same way this guy did:

And finally, on Monday night, Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill got hurt a few minutes into the game and never returned, and suddenly my big-time projected win became a 5-point loss (I feel bad for any player that gets hurt I promise).

The rest of the demons from week 11 include:

Week 12 starts Thursday with two 6-4 teams, the Colts and the Texans battling for the AFC South title, I can’t wait to see what new and exciting ways people will lose this week (me included)!


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