Cooper Kupp appears to have taken over the number one wide receiver role for the Rams. With Robert Woods (quarterback Jared Goff's usual favorite target) out due to a shoulder injury, Kupp became the primary pass option during Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints. Cooper Kupp hauled in 8 of his 11 targets for a total of 116 yards, including this 53-yard catch.
Nov 21st: Shortly after this post, it was announced that Robert Woods will miss a few weeks with a shoulder injury. He will likely be useful during the fantasy playoffs, but it's unlikely he will have the trade value discussed later in this post.
Nov 20th: Robert Woods has been a pleasant surprise for his fantasy football owners of late. Since the Rams' bye in Week 8, the fifth-year wide receiver has been phenomenal; he's caught 20 passes in three games for a total of 322 yards, including four touchdowns. He's clearly Jared Goff's number one target, and should provide great volume moving forward.
The rookie running back class of 2017 was the talk of football before the first game was even played. But with first- and second-round picks like Leonard Fournette, Christian McCaffrey, Dalvin Cook, Kareem Hunt and Joe Mixon getting so much hype, few were paying much attention to largely unheralded third rounder Alvin Kamara.
Fast forward to today, and it's a different story. Following his Week 11 performance, Alvin Kamara is sixth among running backs in PPR formats with 155 total fantasy points. The Saints juggernaut has rushed for an absurd 416 yards on 64 carries; a full 6.5 yards per carry. He's added another 373 yards on 42 receptions and reached the end zone a total of six times. He may be the fantasy MVP up to this point in the season; Alvin Kamara wasn't even drafted in most leagues.
Should I Start Joe Mixon? - Let's address the elephant in the room first: Joe Mixon hasn't lived up to his draft hype. The rookie running back was taken in the fifth or six round in most fantasy football leagues. Unfortunately, he hasn't rushed for more than 70 yards in a single game and has just three touchdowns on the season. His involvement in the passing game has helped keep him afloat as a fantasy option, but he hasn't had that "breakout game".
Simply put, Mixon has been frustrating for his fantasy owners. At this point, it's fair to wonder whether he's even a clear start going into Week 11 of the 2017 season. He hasn't topped 15 carries since Week 4 against Cleveland. He's put up crummy yardage totals in each of the past few weeks. His fantasy output totals the past two weeks were only saved by a touchdown in each game. The news gets even worse for Mixon's owners; in Week 11, he'll face a tough Broncos defense today that's allowed just 3.4 yards per carry to opposing running backs. In fact, Denver has only allowed 81 total rushing yards per game.
If you're asking the question, "Should I Start Jamaal Williams in Fantasy Football in Week 11 2017?", you've come to the right place. We've got a few reasons why Williams is indeed start-worthy for your fantasy football matchup with week. In addition, Kevin Kinder already listed some reasons why he's a solid DFS play for Week 11.
The (perhaps unsurprising) answer is that you should be starting the Packers running back in most formats today. Unless your roster is stacked beyond reason, he's likely to be your best flex option. And, well, if you were high enough on waiver priority to claim Williams, your roster probably isn't that stacked. If you're in a FAAB league, someone who was really desperate for a running back was probably willing to bid more.
Sterling Shepard may be one of the best fantasy football trade targets out there as we approach the standard fantasy trade deadline. I'll even go so far as to say he could be a top ten wide receiver for the rest of the season. There's a good chance his owner views him as a WR2, so if you're smart about it, you could make a key pickup for your playoff run.
When the season opened, Shepard was set to be the Giants' third-string wide receiver. But because of major injuries to Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall, Shepard sits firmly atop New York's depth chart at the position. He's dealt with his own injuries, there's no reason to think he's not healthy now, particularly after a monster Week 10 performance in which he caught 11 of his 13 targets for 142 yards.
During Week 10 of the NFL season, sophomore Rams quarterback (and former number one overall pick) Jared Goff put up a second consecutive monster fantasy football performance. Goff's 311 passing yards and four touchdowns against the Giants in Week 9 netted him 28.4 fantasy points in standard leagues. In Week 10, he proved that was no fluke by throwing for 355 yards against Houston. He connected for another three scores, ending the day with 26.5 points. Two of the touchdowns came on passes to Robert Woods, who had the best game of his career.
Cause For Excitement?
Definitely. But it's tough to go all-in on Goff just yet. He took major advantage of two weak matchups; the Giants have allowed more fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks than any other team in football (20.8), while the Texans have allowed the third-most (20.1).