Another week of football in the books, can you believe we’re already ten weeks through the season? Week 10 was one of the more quiet weeks for fantasy football, but it was a week of fantasy football nonetheless.
It was a week that didn’t see many breakout performances, and probably brought more frustration than anything with some disappointing showings from key players. I’m gonna try and help you out for next week and keep you stress free from here on out; or at least less, it’s impossible to be stress free in fantasy football, isn’t it?
Here are the top Risers and Fallers heading into week 11.
QB, Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins
Yes, he threw for 4 TDs against an abysmal New Orleans secondary, but he still threw for 4 TDs. Kirk Cousins has emerged as a viable starting QB, depending on the matchup. In the past three weeks he has 8 TD passes to just 1 interception with two games of over 300 passing yards. Jay Gruden loves to pass the ball, and that’s what the Redskins will continue to do. It looks like Cousins has finally solidified himself as the QB in Washington, putting the haters to rest. A solid spot starter in the coming weeks, if he has a favorable matchup.
RB, Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
In case you forgot, Adrian Peterson is really good at football. However, he hasn’t really posted the fantasy performances most owners had hoped for entering the season. Regardless, he remains an RB1 as he proved with his 200+ yard performance against Oakland. While most of his contributions so far this fantasy season have been more volume games, he has the upside to go off every single week – as he reminded us in week 10.
WR, Danny Amendola, New England Patriots
With the injury to Julian Edelman that could keep him out the rest of the season, Danny Amendola emerges as the top receiver for Tom Brady. Amendola is very similar to Edelman and should assume the same exact role which makes him lethal in that Pats pass happy offense. He caught 10 of his 11 targets this past week against New York – making him an even better option in PPRs. Amendola is a surefire FLEX start, at least until Edelman returns. (if he does)
WR, Brandin Cooks, New Orleans Saints
Things didn’t look so hot for Brandin Cooks the first few weeks of the season, but he has been red hot the past few weeks. After scoring only 1 TD through the first 7 games, he has answered with 5 in the past three and has solidified himself as the top option for Drew Brees. Even if the play of Brees has fallen off a bit, Cooks will remain productive and is a great option at WR2. It took a little longer than expected, but Cooks is now living up to the breakout status he had entering the year.
TE, Zach Miller, Chicago Bears
After catching a crazy game-winning catch last week on Monday Night Football, Zach Miller answered that with another great performance. He caught an 87 yard TD pass – the longest TD by a tight end since 1999. He has scored a TD the past two weeks and has caught all 7 of his targets. The Bears will continue to run 2 TE sets, and while Martellus Bennett is more of the sure thing, Miller is making a name for himself and brings a lot of upside to the TE position in the fantasy landscape. Can he score for the third consecutive week in week 11?
QB, Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
I still like Drew Brees as a fantasy QB, but he’s not going to throw for 7 TDs anytime soon, that’s for sure. The seasoned veteran can go off on any given week, but he can also turn in some duds as well – like he did this past week. Despite falling behind early, Brees still couldn’t put up a good fantasy performance despite throwing the ball on nearly every play. This just goes to show that everyone ages and play will regress. Who’s the better fantasy option from here on out, Drew Brees, or Kirk Cousins?
RB, Antonio Andrews, Tennessee Titans
Things were looking good for Antonio Andrews as he assumed the starting role in the Titans backfield just a week or so ago. He failed to live up to that position, however. After posting solid fantasy performances the past two weeks, Andrews had the worst game of his career, going for less than 10 yards on 11 carries. While it was against a stout Carolina defense, Andrews clearly can’t be trusted as a starter. Dexter McCluster looks like a better option at the moment, especially with his big play ability considered.
RB, Jeremy Langford, Chicago Bears
Before you call me crazy, hear me out. I absolutely love Jeremy Langford, he is a stud and the RB of the future in Chicago. However, with Matt Forte slated to come back this week, Langford’s workload will decrease, though he will still get a solid amount of carries. With Forte’s contract set to expire, the Bears are going to milk him for every last carry, while also keeping Langford fresh for next year and years to come. I really like Langford as a player, but not really in fantasy to close the year – unless Chicago gives him a bigger role than I expect with Forte back.
RB, James White, New England Patriots
What a disappointment the Patriots backfield was, aside from LeGarrette Blount. After the season-ending injury to Dion Lewis, many fantasy owners flocked to James White as the guy to assume his role. White had a very underwhelming debut with less than 20 yards. Brandon Bolden didn’t do much better. They should see better days, but both aren’t worth starting at the FLEX until they prove otherwise, maybe not even a roster spot – especially White, who was expected by most to have a much larger role.
WR, Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia Eagles
After his great performance last week where he went for over 100 yards with a TD grab, Jordan Matthews went pedestrian yet again. I garnered some hope for him after last week, but he went right back to a zero with less than 30 yards against Miami. Add his ineffectiveness with the injury to Sam Bradford, Matthews has all but no fantasy value at this point.