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2017 Fantasy Football Week 11 Recap: Winners, Losers and Injuries

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Can you believe that the regular season for fantasy is winding down? Time flies when you’re having fun right? This week started off Thursday night between the Steelers and Titans. Mariota struggled, throwing a career-high four interceptions. Antonio Brown continues to prove the league that he is the best wide receiver in the game today and the Steelers are running away with the AFC North title.

Another week of last second games and tough battles. Unfortunately, the jury bug reoccured this week, as if we need any more injured players this year. Another week full of surprises as guys like Kenny Stills, D’Onta Foreman, Ricky Seals-Jones and Ryan Fitzpatrick were found atop the leaderboard.

2017 Fantasy Football Week 11 Recap

The deeper the NFL season gets, the more intense things start to get as teams are fighting for playoff hopes. The Chiefs seem to be on the decline, Patriots and Jaguars continue to stay hot respectively. The Bills and Packers continue to fall as well. Nonetheless, it’s time for the weekly winners, losers and injuries after another week of football.

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Winners

Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

After catching just three passes for under 50 yards a week ago, Brown needed to bounce back. It was nothing short of that as he posted one of the top fantasy performances from any position all season. Brown went on to catch 10 passes for 144 yards and three touchdowns during the win against the Titans.

He has now caught 10 or more passes in four games this season. The three-touchdown performance was just the second time he has done that in his career. From the opening drive, you knew he was going to have himself an exceptional night.

It’s not even close as to who the best receiver in the league is right now. Brown has now eclipsed the 1,000 yard receiving mark once again, making it the fifth time in a row he has accomplished that. Showing no signs of slowing down, who knows when he will start to decline in production. Brown and the Steelers get a date with the packers next week.

Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers

The Bills were a favorable matchup for Keenan Allen on Sunday. We didn’t expect this kind of performance though. Allen exploited from the looks he got from Philip Rivers. He caught 12 passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns.

As the Nathan Peterman turnovers started to amass, it brought the Chargers impeccable field position to score. Allen was the go-to receiver today near the goal line as the defense had no ways of stopping the 25-year old.

This was much needed from fantasy owners after Allen failed to register more than 70 yards receiving in the past five games. Nobody caught more passes than he did Sunday and was just short of passing Antonio Brown in some leagues to take over as the top fantasy player of week 11.

Keenan Allen owners enjoy this one. A short week ahead of him as he gets a matchup against the Cowboys defense on Thanksgiving. He’ll be viewed as more of a WR2 for this game.

Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints

Mark Ingram completely dominated the Redskins defense Sunday. He carried the ball 11 times for a season high 134 yards and a touchdown. The deadly combo of Kamara and Ingram has the whole NFL shaken up as they both continue to dominate opposing defenses.

Ingram has eight rushing touchdowns since week 6 (first game Adrian Peterson wasn’t on the Saints). The eight touchdowns are three more than any other player in the NFL since that week. Ever since AP has been gone, Ingram has averaged 106 yards per game, compared to just 42.5 with Peterman in New Orleans.

The departure of Peterson was the best thing to ever happen to Mark Ingram fantasy owners. He’s a must-start RB1 every week even with Kamara lighting it up as well. The Saints get the Rams next week, a team that just gave up 95 yards on 15 carries to Latavius Murray.

Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota Vikings

Adam Thielen continues to turn heads across the NFL. He caught six passes for 123 yards and a score against the Rams. This past week was now the fifth top 10 fantasy week this season. The ability he possesses in the open field is like no other. The quick feet and athleticism makes him beat his defenders for big gains after the catch.

The 27-year old has now caught five or more passes in 11 straight games, the longest active streak in the NFL. With the 100+ yard performance Sunday, Thielen joins Randy Moss as the only Vikings players to have 900+ receiving yards in the first 10 games of a season.

Thielen has almost been unguardable recently and that trend looks to continue for the rest of the season. He’s now top three in receiving yards on the season. Lock Thielen in as a starter the rest of the way in your fantasy leagues.

Losers

Evan Engram, TE, New York Giants

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In a low scoring defensive game, Evan Engram was very quiet. He caught only one catch for nine yards during the win against the Chiefs. This is his worst performance since week five, a week where he failed to haul in one catch.

It was just a bad day overall for the rookie. He drew an offensive pass interference call late in the game to go along with the multiple dropped passes. In a game that featured no Sterling Shepard, Engram was due to see a heavy amount of looks from Eli Manning.

Next week he will be set up for a major bounce-back game. Engram will be a TE1 for his next matchup against the Redskins.

Isaiah Crowell, RB, Cleveland Browns

It’s been a very precarious start for Crowell this season. The game Sunday was just another disappointment for fantasy owners. This time, he ran the ball 11 times for just 18 yards. The yards are a season-low as he just couldn’t find any running lanes within the Jaguars defense.

It’s tough to trust Crowell to produce fantasy points for your team, especially when the Browns are down early in the game and are forced to throw the ball. There was some promise for Crowell owners as he was coming off of his two best performance of the year the past two games.

Moving forward, Crowell should be placed on your bench, especially now since the bye weeks are over. The Browns travel to Cincinnati for their week 12 matchup.

Adrian Peterson, RB, Arizona Cardinals

 After rushing for a preposterous 134 yards his first game as a Cardinal, Peterson has been in a slump. Besides his performance week nine against the 49ers, the veteran has failed to gain more than 30 yards in his three other starts.

Sunday he ran the ball 14 times for just 26 yards. All game long he was getting hit behind the line-of-scrimmage, forcing him to fight for positive yards. It’s been a rollercoaster of a season for Peterson. It doesnt get much easier for him moving forward as he faces off against a stout Jacksonville defense.

Nathan Peterman, QB, Buffalo Bills

Struggled is an understatement for the performance Peterman put on display against the Chargers. He completed six of 14 passes for just 66 yards and an appalling five interceptions. Things didn’t start off hot for him as he threw three interceptions in the first quarter alone.

After Tyrod got benched earlier this week, Peterman got sent right back to the bench after the first half. It was a poor coaching job to even bench Tyrod in the first place. Nonetheless, it’s safe to say Tyrod has his job back for the rest of the season.

If you were someone who took the chance on Peterman in your fantasy league, I am sorry for your loss. He ended up well below negative points after playing only one half of football.

Injuries

Chris Thompson, RB, Washington Redskins

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Chris Thompson’s breakout season comes to a brutal end. The 27-year old broke his right fibula, which will end his season. He entered the game as the leading rusher and receiver for the Redskins. He was clearly Kirk Cousins go-to guy all season long.

This one hurts, as the team is now forced to ride the rookie Samaje Perine as the lead back. Byron Marsahll will look to handle the pass catching work moving forward.

D’Onta Foreman, RB, Houston Texans

A torn achilles will end the rookie season for D’Onta Foreman. He sustained the injury on his touchdown run in the second half of the game against the Cardinals. At times, the rookie showed promise of taken over the backfield behind a very inconsistent Lamar Miller.

The performance Sunday was actually his best performance of the year too. A sad ending to his season. Lamar Miller will handle all the work the rest of the season.

Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Buffalo Bills

It was a very quick departure for Benjamin Sunday afternoon. After making a nice catch on the opening drive, he suffered a knee injury that would end his day.

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Not too much has been said about this injury, but an MRI on Monday will give the full details. Losing Benjamin would be a big blow to this offense. Zay Jones, Jordan Mathews and Charles Clay will be in line to have extended roles moving forward if this is a severe injury.


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About Michael Trivisonno

Michael is a big time NFL and sports fan who has been competing in fantasy football for years now. He goes in depth with stats and numbers to make his audience understand more not just about fantasy football, but about overall teams and players in the game. You can learn more about him by following him on twitter @Mike_Triv

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