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2017 Fantasy Football Week 11 Stock Report: Glad To Be Back

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Hello Fantasy Football Fans, yes, it has been a long time since my last writing, I am definitely glad to be back. I really hate when the job gets in the way of enjoying fantasy football, don’t you?

It’s been over a month, so did I miss anything?

Speaking of four weeks, fantasy playoffs are right around the corner. Now is the time to solidify your rosters. Let’s take a look at which player’s stock is on the rise and who stay away from in the 2017 Fantasy Football Week 11 Stock Report.

2017 Fantasy Football Week 11 Stock Report

Quarterback

Stock Up

Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions

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The highest paid player in the NFL is trying to lead his Lions team to a strong second half of the season and their third playoff berth in the last four years. Matthew Stafford broke his three-game streak of throwing for over 300 yards but threw three touchdowns in a 38-24 victory over the Browns this past Sunday.

He has now completed 67.3 percent of his passes in three games since the bye. Additionally, he has five touchdowns and just one pick during this three-game streak. His passer rating is at a scintillating 116.6, which is up from just 89.3 before the bye.

The Lions lack versatility on offense and are almost totally dependent on their passing game. While Stafford does have talent surrounding him, running back Ameer Abdullah has some talent but does not get enough help from his blockers. Stafford has multiple options when he goes back to pass in Theo Riddick, who is a brilliant receiver out of the backfield.

His receivers, Golden Tate and Marvin Jones are playmakers on the outside. The Lions have a somewhat favorable schedule down the stretch. There should be optimism for Stafford and the Lions to make things happen in the NFC and for your fantasy teams.

Stock Down

Josh McCown, QB, New York Jets

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Josh McCown is a journeyman veteran quarterback that has been a surprisingly effective fantasy quarterback this season, a serviceable QB2. All of us fantasy owners knew that wouldn’t last long.  There is a reason he has played on virtually all NFL teams in his career.

He had what seemed to be a prime matchup against one of his old teams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and their struggling defense. The offense could not get it going whatsoever. McCown was missing receivers all over the field and looked like a backup QB.

The Jets are not going anywhere and with a bye upcoming this week, they may want to see what they have coming out of the bye. Please feel free to drop McCown and open up a roster spot to secure your team some depth for your playoff run.

Running Back

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Rex Burkhead, RB, New England Patriots

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Rex Burkhead seems to have found his niche in the Patriots’ offense. He has the potential to be a three-down back but his ceiling is limited and his usage is extremely unpredictable. Coach Bill doesn’t feature any running back for long and with Dion Lewis and James White able to provide options to Brady, Burkhead’s floor might be a little lower than other backs.

However, the Patriots appear to be rolling with Lewis and Burkhead as the top two options on early downs. With wide receiver Chris Hogan continuing to miss games, Burkhead should see more targets heading his way. In this offense, all of the running backs have flex appeal.

Stock Down

Tarik Cohen, RB, Chicago Bears

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The fantasy community was all in and on the Tarik Cohen bandwagon in the first four weeks of the season. He averaged nearly 16 touches through the Bears’ first six games. He has had 17 total in their last three games. Cohen has not been close to the level of production that he showed in the first weeks of the season.

The rookie running back has really regressed since rookie Mitch Trubisky has been inserted into the lineup. He has the ability to score every time he touches the ball but that’s impossible if he never gets the chance, including being on the field for only 13 snaps in their last game.

The offense has become extremely conservative with a total reliance on ball control with Jordan Howard in the attempt to hide Trubisky. The Bears are also doing a great job in hiding Cohen as well.  That lack of usage is never good for Cohen and his fantasy outlook.

Wide Receiver

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Marquise Lee, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

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Former USC Trojan Marquise Lee has been on fire this past month. Lee leads the Jaguars in targets (39), receptions (23), receiving yards (285) over the last four weeks and has scored in each of the last two games as well.

With fellow receiver Allen Hurns likely out for Week 11, he should be heavily targeted in their Week 11 matchup against the Cleveland Browns. Lee saw double-digit targets in two of the last three games, making him an elite option in PPR leagues.

The Jaguars run their offense through rookie running back workhorse Leonard Fournette, and with quarterback Blake Bortles actually playing like an NFL QB and leading the offense, Lee leads the team with 7.3 targets per game.

Stock Down

Will Fuller, WR, Houston Texans

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Well, the party is over!!

The loss of quarterback Deshaun Watson destroyed the fantasy value of Will Fuller. While that seemed fairly obvious, Will Fuller suffers the most of any Texan with the loss of Watson.

He had an outrageous seven TDs on JUST 13 catches in his first four games of the season. For the season, Fuller had 17 catches for seven touchdowns and 326 yards.

Tom Savage took over at quarterback and he is mediocre at best.  He does not have a big arm that will utilize Fuller’s big-play ability. With Fuller now nursing a rib injury, fantasy owners felt like they also got hit in the ribs with how low Fuller’s value has dramatically sunk.

Tight End

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Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers

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Welcome Back!

Greg Olsen has been out since breaking his foot n Week 2, but he is eligible to return after the Panthers Week 11 bye. If he is somehow still available in your league, please go pick him up immediately!

Olsen immediately becomes a top three TE. Everyone knows the connection between Olsen and Cam Newton. He is an essential component of the Panthers offense. In 2016, he had 80 catches on 129 targets for 1,079 yards and three touchdowns. He is especially important in keeping drives alive.

In fact, Olsen’s 41 first downs when the Panthers moved the ball from their 21 to the opposing red zone in 2016 accounted for 26.9 percent of passing first-down conversions in that game situation.

The 2017 Panthers will look a lot different for Olsen. Gone is go to receiver Kelvin Benjamin. Devin Funchess is starting to emerge as a viable wide receiver, and rookie Christian McCaffrey has really opened up this offense with his quickness and receiving ability.

Most importantly, Cam Newton looks to be back to his MVP form. He seems to be fully recovered from his off-season shoulder surgery. The Panthers are also having him running the ball again, which bodes well for the fantasy outlook for all of the Panthers players.

Stock Down

Coby Fleener, TE, New Orleans Saints

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Coby Fleener is playing the part of the Invincible Man in the fantasy landscape. Fantasy owners were hoping for a rebound from Fleener after a disappointing 2016 season. His resurgence has failed to materialize.

The Saints are becoming more of a running team with Mark Ingram and rookie Alvin Kamara leading the way and their surprise commitment to defense. Fleener has been a non-factor in the Saints offense. He has just eight total receptions in his last seven games and is now sharing playing time with Josh Hill.

Please don’t be fooled by the name and potential of Coby Fleener, it is time to move on if you have not already.


Check out the rest of our 2017 Fantasy Football content from our great team of writers.

About Dennis Sosic

Dennis Sosic is from Cleveland, Ohio and a HUGE sports fan including NFL and college football, MLB (GO TRIBE), NBA (GO CAVS!) and MMA. He is an avid Cleveland and Ohio State sports fan. He has been called a Sports Geek by friends and foes alike and that fits him perfectly. He has been competing in fantasy sports, mainly fantasy football and baseball for over 20 years. He participates in numerous fantasy football leagues annually and is the commish in his two biggest money leagues. Also, participates in up to four fantasy baseball leagues annually and is the commish in one league that has been competing for over 15 years. Dennis has won several leagues in each sport and is the team to beat in the league and everyone knows it. Dennis is also an avid DFS player in both football and baseball. Dennis is a student of all sports and normally calls out what the game announcers say before they say it. Coming soon....twitter account.

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