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Sunday, November 20, 2016

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 11 WRAPUP

-Despite not being 100 percent healthy due to a balky back, Dallas Cowboys wideout Dez Bryant dominated Jimmy Smith of the Baltimore Ravens by catching 6 passes for 80 yards and 2 scores.  Bryant once again is doing his heavy-TD thing and the amazing success of rookie QB Dak Prescott has saved his fantasy football season after things looked dicey once Tony Romo went out. 

-As if we didn't already know that Dak Prescott was special, the rookie Dallas Cowboys QB went out and completed 27-of-36 passes for 301 yards and 3 touchdowns in the team's win over the Baltimore Ravens.  We are really seeing something rare here in terms of a rookie passer showing such poise and playing such mistake-free football as Prescott has.  He was picked in the very last round of the Experts League draft this past summer and needless to say has been an insane value that has not as rare as can be. 

-Jacksonville Jaguars running back Chris Ivory got almost the full allotment of work in team's backfield Sunday after T.J. Yeldon went out injured.  Ivory rushed for just 39 yards on 17 carries but he was big in the passing game as he hauled in 6 balls for 75 more yards.  We started seeing Ivory become a more dependable receiver last year with the New York Jets and this game shows he is getting more and more capable there.  If Yeldon sits next week, Ivory could be a very good RB 2. 

-It would be tough to imagine any Le'Veon Bell owners losing their matchup Sunday as the Pittsburgh Steelers monster running back went wild on the Cleveland Browns.  Bell rushed for 146 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries, while also catching 8 passes for another 55 yards.  There is not a better PPR back in all of fantasy football and even an overall back as well.  While Bell has been a bit frustrating to own the last two years with his injuries and suspension, his production is insane. 

-Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert is back to full health and full usage by the team as he caught 3 balls for 37 yards.  With A.J. Green having suffered a torn hamstring, Eifert is now set to get a huge amount of throws from QB Andy Dalton.  His stock is set to rise sharply. 

-The recent PPR monster run for Minnesota Vikings slot wideout Stefon Diggs came to an end on Sunday as Arizona Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson completely shut him down to the tune of 6 catches for a meaningless 37 yards.  Overall Diggs has been very good this season but his overall production has been more WR 2 then the WR 1 it looked like he may turn into back in September. 

-The disastrous season of Cardinals wideout John Brown continued on Sunday as the deep threat did not catch a single pass against the Vikings.  It is crazy the gigantic step back Brown has taken this season after he looked on the verge of stardom after 2015 but he has not been worth using in fantasy football since October.  He should not be on any roster at this point. 

-Cardinals QB Carson Palmer seems fully immersed in his "cliff season" where his career is going down the toilet after he was simply brutal again Sunday against the Vikings.  Palmer was hit on a crazy 23 dropbacks and wound up completing just 20-of-38 passes for 198 yards with 2 TD and 2 INT.  While he has had a nice career, Palmer has dragged down a good Cardinals team this season with his turnovers and awful play.  He should have been cut weeks ago. 

-The only Cardinals offensive player who could hold his head up high Sunday was running back David Johnson who rushed for 103 yards on 22 carries with one touchdown.  Johnson also caught 7 passes for another 55 yards and a second TD.  Simply put, Johnson has been worth every penny as a top pick or top three guy which he was in most fantasy football leagues this season. 

-DeMarco Murray topped 1,000 rushing yards for the Tennessee Titans Sunday as he picked up 70 yards on 20 carries, while also catching 3 balls for another 9 yards and a score.  Murray has been a scoring machine this season and also has been terrific in the run/receiving game.  He remains in the running for being this season's fantasy football MVP. 

-Adam Thielen flashed again for the Vikings Sunday as he caught 5 passes for 65 yards and a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals.  Thielen's big game coincided with the fact Stefon Diggs was shut down by Patrick Peterson and overall he is still just a bench guy since the weekly results are not consistent enough. 

-It was just one start but Jared Goff was horrific in his NFL debut Sunday as the 2016 number 1 overall pick completed just 17-of-31 passes for 134 yards with 0 TD's and no INT's as the Los Angeles Rams somehow coughed up a 10-0 lead in the last four minutes of the game against the Miami Dolphins.  Yes Goff deserves a leash as he works out the rookie kinks but we were not impressed with him in college as we stated in our yearly NFL Draft Guide.  Jeff Fisher could find his job in serious jeopardy by the end of the season. 

-Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson is getting hot at the right time after a somewhat rough first 8 weeks as he completed 18-of-31 passes for 272 yards and a TD, while also catching one pass for 15 yards and another score on gadget play.  With the Seahawks getting decimated at running back like they did in 2015, Wilson will likely be turned more loose in the passing game the rest of the season which bodes well for his fantasy football numbers. 

-Doug Baldwin has really solidified himself as a top wideout in fantasy football in 2016, posting another dominant outing Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles when he caught 4 passes for 104 yards, while also throwing a 15-yard TD toss to Russell Wilson.  His 2015 second half was a sight to be seen but Baldwin has more than validated that breakout in 2016.

-Thomas Rawls was back in the saddle finally Sunday as he made his debut alongside rookie speedster C.J. Prosise.  By the end of the game, Rawls was the bellcow back as Prosise suffered a scapula injury.  With regards to his numbers, Rawls rushed for 57 yards on 14 carries, while also catching 3 passes for another 31.  With Prosise likely out for the rest of 2016, Rawls will be a major standard league guy the rest of the way. 

-DeVante Parker has really had a nice sophomore season in 2016 in showcasing big-play ability and a knack for getting open.  He did more of the same Sunday as he caught 8 passes for 79 yards and  TD in the Miami Dolphins' comeback victory over the St. Louis Rams.  Parker is on the verge of graduating into WR 1 territory with some more seasoning as outings like we saw on Sunday are becoming his standard production. 


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