One position absolutely dominated the fantasy football leaderboards in Week 11.
In Week 8, all three of the top scorers in fantasy football were non-QBs. In Week 9, one of the top three scorers was a non-QB. And last week, two of three were non-QBs.
This week, the top three fantasy scorers were Josh Allen, Lamar Jackson, and Jimmy Garoppolo - all quarterbacks. Spots four and five belonged to two more quarterbacks, as Dak Prescott and Jeff Driskel battled back and forth in an exciting shootout. Kyler Murray and Sam Darnold took spots six and seven. Finally, at the No. 8 spot, wide receiver John Brown finally broke the quarterback pattern.
All in all, 10 of the 12 highest scorers from Week 11 were quarterbacks. No running backs appeared in the top 12, and no tight ends appeared in the top 25. Let’s dive into this weird week of football and keep you up to date on every fantasy-relevant storyline.
After an unbelievable start to the game that included a terrific, double-spin touchdown run, Mack fractured his right hand to put an end to his 109-yard day. With a short week ahead, reports are saying that it’s highly unlikely that Mack will suit up on Thursday against the Texans.
Adam Schefter reported that Smith-Schuster injured his knee and is questionable for Week 12. He’s had a disappointing season due to the injuries of the quarterback crew in Pittsburgh, and has not lived up to his second-round draft value. Hopefully he’ll be able to play through this injury, as a matchup with the Bengals is juicy regardless of who’s throwing him the ball.
A.J. Green’s continual absence allowed Auden Tate to emerge as a viable receiving option this year in the Cincinnati offense. However, a scary injury knocked the FSU alum out of the game in the fourth quarter. Luckily, ESPN’s Ben Baby writes that Tate avoided a serious injury and flew back with the team.
Whether it was because of his performance or his hip is still up for debate, but Trubisky took a seat in the fourth quarter in favor of Chase Daniel. It’s not like Trubisky is relevant in fantasy football anyway, but the continual struggles of this Bears team make them very hard to trust across the board in fantasy football. David Montgomery is the only startable option week in and week out, but even he has a low floor.
The QB streaming strategy works
Check out our weekly QB streaming article here. In a season that has seen the position get ravaged by injuries and disappointing play, the quarterback streaming strategy has been a tremendous help to those fantasy owners who are wise/courageous enough to use it. This week, quarterbacks such as Jeff Driskel, Sam Darnold, Jimmy Garoppolo, and others finished among the leaders despite their low ownership and initial undrafted status.
Michael Thomas is the only reliable WR1
This doesn’t mean that you should question playing guys like Julio Jones and DeAndre Hopkins. But everyone else on the leaderboards, including studs like Jones and Hopkins and breakouts like D.J. Chark and Chris Godwin, are all prone to having bad weeks. This doesn’t seem to be the case with Thomas, who now has four straight games of 110+ yards and 10+ targets.
Josh Jacobs could be a top-three running back the rest of the season
Jacobs is already the No. 8 running back on the season, but he could have a massive end to the year. A matchup against the Chiefs gives him an opportunity to feast on the worst defense against running backs in all of fantasy football, and two bottom-half defenses await Jacobs in the fantasy playoffs in the Jaguars and the Chargers.
Marlon Mack went down, and Jonathan Williams immediately picked up the running duties for Indianapolis. His 48-yard explosion was the biggest play of his 13-carry, 116-yard day, and he was able to find the end zone as well. Should Mack miss extended time, which is fairly likely, Williams immediately becomes an RB2 candidate in the dynamic Colts offense.
The Ravens often go up big on opponents, but the hype surrounding the Baltimore-Houston matchup made it seem like Edwards’s opportunities would be limited. Even with the massive lead, Edwards only got eight carries. But the second-year back who came into this game averaging 4.4 yards per carry turned eight touches into 112 yards and a touchdown. He should be looked at as a last-ditch flex play, especially in matchups where the Ravens could get a big lead early.
Losing Matt Stafford really hurts, of course, but Driskel is doing everything he can to alleviate that pain. In a game that many predicted to be a blowout, Driskel made the Cowboys work all game long, using his legs to score once and getting two more through the air. I don’t think any fantasy experts had Driskel in their projected top 15 heading into Week 11, let alone top five.
Sam Darnold has seen some ghosts this season, but the ghastly Redskins defense provided some wide open receiving options for the Jets’ signal caller. One of them was Ryan Griffin, the tight end that has suddenly become an interesting fantasy option. After putting up a clunker against the Giants in which he had a grand total of -2 yards, he bounced back with five catches for 109 yards and a score. He’s another guy that you can use in an emergency in the shallow tight end position.
One of the better options in PPR leagues earlier on due to his high target rate, Boyd was targeted three times (against a mediocre Raiders secondary), pulling in just one of those balls for no gain. Unfortunately, it will be hard to trust Boyd going forward despite his talent, as QB Ryan Finley has thrown for just 282 yards in two weeks. If the Bengals go back to Andy Dalton, Boyd gains his WR2 value back.
Mike Evans/O.J. Howard
With Marshon Lattimore sidelined, this week held a lot of promise for Mike Evans and the rest of the Bucs’ receiving corps. While Chris Godwin had a solid day and found the end zone, Evans was just average and visibly expressed his frustration toward Jameis Winston for his turnovers and inaccuracy. O.J. Howard, after what appeared to be the week in which he finally found his footing, put up a complete goose egg. It’s hard to say if he’s worth a roster spot at this point.
After two weeks in the red and gold, the trade to San Francisco seemed to be the best thing to happen to Sanders. But the following two weeks saw Sanders held under 35 yards in each contest to two of the more vulnerable secondaries in all of football. He’s a flex play with a low floor but a high ceiling going forward.
Fantasy Football Season Awards (so far)
MVP: Christian McCaffrey
Rookie of the Year: Josh Jacobs
Bounce Back of the Year: Dalvin Cook
Breakout of the Year: Lamar Jackson
Bust of the Year: A.J. Green