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2017 Fantasy Football Week 11 Drop List: Oh Danny Boy

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The running back landscape keeps getting thinner. This week, Devonta Freeman left Sunday’s game after suffering his second concussion of the season. Reports have already labelled him as doubtful for next week. Any player being ruled out this early does not bode well for their status moving forward.

Right on queue, Adam Schefter has mentioned that he would not be surprised if this turns into a multi-week absence. Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis also believes that Freeman was allowed to play through a concussion last week as well. If this is the case, Freeman may end up suffering from post-concussion symptoms for an extended length of time.

With the Russell Wilson and Jacoby Brissett concussion stories coming out, this is not a good look for the Falcons coaching staff.

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I won’t go into a long rant about concussions, but at some point, the NFL and NFLPA need to take this threat seriously or active players will start to show serious long-term side effects.

Rob Kelley suffered a high ankle sprain and MCL sprain and will miss significant time. I suggested that owners drop him a few weeks ago. With the latest injury news there is no reason he should be on any rosters moving forward.

Let’s see how I did last week.

Last Week’s Player Update

Allen Hurns came back with a strong game against the Chargers, catching 7-of-9 targets for 70 yards. He led the team in receiving yards on a day where Blake Bortles was forced to throw 51 passes. The Jags will try to avoid a pass-heavy game plan as much as possible so don’t expect a repeat anytime soon. Dede Westbrook has not been activated from IR, and that is something Hurns owners should keep an eye on moving forward.

Eddie Lacy was held out of the Seahawk’s game against the Cardinals. His status for Week 10 is unknown at the moment.

Randall Cobb had a limited workload once again, seeing just four targets from Brett Hundley. He managed 60 total yards, which is seemingly his ceiling in the struggling GB offense.

As expected, Darren McFadden was third in the Dallas pecking order on Sunday Night Football. He did not see any action until the fourth quarter, only seeing one carry for a loss of two yards. Despite Ezekiel Elliott being injured, McFadden is still just a handcuff for Alfred Morris and Rod Smith owners.

Jameis Winston was held out of Sunday’s game and is doubtful for Week 11. Those who still own him need to decide if he’s worth holding on the small chance he comes back this season.

2017 Fantasy Football Week 11 Drop List

Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers

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The Packers are definitely cursed.  Jones was looking like one of the best waiver adds this season, but will now miss a 3-6 weeks with a sprained MCL. The injury will likely keep him out Until Week 15 or 16.

With Aaron Rodgers in the lineup, Jones looked like a solid option, hitting 100 yards twice and scoring three touchdowns from Weeks 4-7. Like the rest of the Packers offense, Jones struggled without A-Rod, gaining just 12 yards in Week 9.

Owners in keeper leagues can hold onto Jones for next season, but he is droppable in redraft leagues. If he returns this season, he is not a viable option coming off an injury. He will also have tough matchups with the Panthers and Vikings to end the season. Jones owners should look to Jamal Williams if they need a FLEX option moving forward.

Danny Amendola, WR, New England Patriots

Amendola was expected to take on a much larger role with Chris Hogan out of the lineup, but failed to take advantage. Working against a tough Broncos secondary, he managed just 36 yards on four catches. Amendola has been trending down for weeks, gaining 40 yards or less in his last four games.

Even with Hogan out of the lineup, Amendola saw just four targets. Without a hefty number of targets, Amendola will not produce Fantasy relevant numbers without finding the endzone. He is a good possession receiver and can be relied on to move the chains, but he’s never been a big play threat.

Much of his value for Week 11 hinges of Hogan’s health. If Hogan can play, Amendola should be dropped in all leagues. If Hogan can’t suit up, Amendola would make a low-end flex option in PPR leagues. Standard league owners should look for more upside, regardless of Hogan’s status.

Tarik Cohen, RB, Chicago Bears

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This season’s first hot waiver pickup has fallen back to earth. The diminutive passing-down back burst onto the scene with 113 total yards and a touchdown in Week 1. He followed up in Week 2 with 68 yards and a fumble. The performance was still encouraging, as he was targeted nine times after seeing 12 targets in Week 1.

It’s been all downhill from there, as Cohen hasn’t seen more than four targets in a game since Week 2. Over his last three games, Cohen is averaging less than one yard per carry (on five attempts) and has caught just three passes. One of those catches went for 70 yards, but the volume simply hasn’t been there of late.

Under Mitch Trubisky, the Bears offense has relied heavily on Jordan Howard and Cohen has been phased out of the offense. He is not a reliable option in standard or PPR leagues at this time.

 Cameron Brate, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Three weeks ago, Brate was a locked and loaded TE1. He had scored a touchdown in four straight games, seeing at least eight targets in three of those games. It’s been a stark turnaround since Jameis Winston was injured, as Brate has caught just two passes for 19 yards in the last two weeks.

There is a clear lack of chemistry between Brate and Ryan Fitzpatrick. It’s not just limited to Brate, as the entire Tampa Bay offense has been awful without Winston. The tight end landscape is a bit of a wasteland, but owners who need immediate production can’t wait on the chemistry to develop.

On the Hot Seat

Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers

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If I told you last month that Nelson would be a drop candidate moving into the Fantasy playoffs, you would have laughed at me. Sadly, that’s what it’s come to in Green Bay in the absence of Aaron Rodgers. In three games without Rodgers, Jordy has totaled just 68 yards on eight catches. Brett Hundley simply cannot get him the ball.

Redraft owners in need of immediate help should consider dropping Jordy if someone in a better situation is available. It may seem crazy, but Corey Coleman is an option I like for the rest of the season. He will be the number one receiver in Cleveland and has performed well when he’s been on the field.

Owners comfortably in playoff position can hold Nelson, however, don’t expect WR1 numbers from him this season. If he develops chemistry with Hundley, he will put up mid-range RB2 numbers at best.


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Winning fantasy leagues since 2004. Losing them for much longer. Follow Jonathan on twitter @jchan_811 and he'll be ready for all your questions!

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