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2019 Fantasy Football Week 11 Trends


As we plunge further into the cold-weather, another week of the NFL season goes by. This week saw some very good teams face some very tough tests. At one point, the Minnesota Vikings, San Francisco 49ers, and New England Patriots all trailed by 10+ points, respectively.

All three teams were able to come back and win. In fact, the Vikings were the first team in five years to win after trailing by 20+ points. These games and experience will help the team in January, and hopefully February.

The Bengals will not be partaking in playoff football games, becoming the first team to be mathematically eliminated from playoff contention on Sunday. Let’s get into some individual performances.

2019 Fantasy Football Week 11 Trends

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1. Kirk Cousins Continues His Elite Year

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You like that? Minnesota Vikings fans like that. After a pitiful first half, Cousins was surgical in the second half, erasing a 20-0 deficit and winning 27-23.

While the Broncos might be just 3-7, their pass defense is nothing to mess around with. Before Cousins’s performance is added, Denver was allowing the third least fantasy points to quarterbacks in the league. And Cousins diced them up. He finished with 319 yards and 3 touchdowns, going 29/35.

Cousins grades out very well in every statistic and has a legitimate case to be the MVP. His QBR (which is much better than passer rating, as a heads up) ranks 10th in the league, and he’s always near the top in terms of Expected Points Added.

Heading into the bye, the Vikings are 8-3 and hoping to secure a first-round bye. For his final four games of the fantasy season, he gets the Seahawks, the Lions, the Chargers, and the Packers. He’s a QB1.

2. David Johnson is Done

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Forget about it, folks. David Johnson is no longer a fantasy option. Whatever the reason may be, Kenyan Drake is the RB1 for the Arizona Cardinals. Many, including myself, trusted that Johnson would return to RB1 form. But that’s not the case.

David Johnson did not have a single touch in Sunday’s battle with the 49ers and played just 11% of the snaps. I didn’t even get the chance to see him run last week, but I saw him last week and he looked awful. He was slow and scared to get hit. Clearly, something is wrong.

The Cardinals are looking ahead to 2020 and want to figure out what the best course of action over the off-season will be. Clearly, it doesn’t seem that their plans include David Johnson. Fantasy owners, don’t drop him, but absolutely do not start him when he returns from his Week 12 bye.

3. Kareem Hunt Can Catch

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Something that flew relatively under the radar was the return of Kareem Hunt. He came back Week 10 against the Buffalo Bills. Since then, he has registered 13 catches for 90 yards in addition to 42 rushing yards.

Hunt has been on the field for 55% of the snaps in both games so far, meaning they are using him just enough for Hunt to be a fantasy option. And, keep in mind, his two games were against the Buffalo Bills. With the Miami Dolphins, Cincinnati Bengals, and Arizona Cardinals still left on the schedule, Hunt has the potential to do even better.

And, Hunt is still available in 23% of Yahoo fantasy leagues. There’s an outside chance you can pick him up in your league this week. If you have him and need an RB, don’t be afraid to play him, especially in PPR.

4. Deebo Samuel Capitalizes on Lack of Weapons

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It’s been an up-and-down season for Deebo Samuel. He was a top-40 pick in the draft, but hadn’t seen the usage some had expected. In recent weeks, Samuel has seen an uptick in usage. He’s registered at least seven targets in three straight games. He also made a ridiculously impressive grab on Sunday.

With Emmanuel Sanders coming to town, it looked like many San Francisco WR’s would be phased out. On the contrary, they’ve just begun passing the ball more. George Kittle‘s injury was more serious than was previously believed, and Emmanuel Sanders is currently banged up. Samuel might not be done impressing.

The Niners finish up the fantasy season with the Packers, the Ravens, the Saints, the Falcons, and the Rams. All five of those teams are solid offenses, so the 49ers could find themselves passing often in a shootout. For next week, consider Samuel a WR3 with or without George Kittle.

5. John Brown Feasts in Miami

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There is one wide receiver in the National Football League with 50+ receiving yards in ten straight games. Michael Thomas? No. DeAndre Hopkins? No. Tyreek Hill? No.

John Brown.

Brown has been quietly great this year, giving Josh Allen a much-needed WR1. Buffalo’s players and coaches were criticized last week for the ineffective offense, so they answered emphatically today. They posted their highest point total of the season in Sunday’s 37-20 victory over the Miami Dolphins.

The obvious chemistry in Buffalo is between Josh Allen’s rocket arm and John Brown’s burning speed. But, Brown has become a very effective safety valve for the team. He caught nine passes today and can do it all.

Next week, he has a tough matchup against Chris Harris Jr. of the Denver Broncos. But, Brown has a speed advantage between the two and Harris was just torched by Diggs for 5/121/1. Brown is a WR3 in what figures to be a very low-scoring game.

Check out the rest of our 2019 Fantasy Football content from our great team of writers.

About Noah Spurlock

Noah’s from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and isn’t afraid to show love for his hometown teams. If there’s a Steelers or Penguins game on, he’ll be watching. He’s been playing fantasy football since he can remember and isn’t afraid to give out some hot takes. Follow him on Twitter @NoahSpurlockNFL!

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