2023 Fantasy Football Week 11 Usage Report

by Joe Bond
2023 Fantasy Football Week 11 Usage Report

Sorry for the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 11 Usage Report for being a day late. With the holiday week, my kids have had half days at school and I have had a lot less time than usual. Nevertheless, here it is.

So anybody breathing normally again after that stressful, injury-plagued Week 11? For me personally, I'm still reeling a bit from the losses I sustained this close to the playoffs in many leagues.

  • Joe Burrow out for the year - Was my QB in a league I had reeled off six straight to get into playoff contention
  • Mark Andrews is likely out of the year - My TE in Kings Classic and RazzBowl. I also have Lamar in another league
  • Aaron Jones injured - RB in RazzBowl
  • De'Von Achane injured - RB in a Biscuit Bowl best ball league I made the playoffs in
  • Kenneth Walker injured - RB in the F6P staff/friends league.
  • Cooper Kupp injured - WR in Scott Fish Bowl.

Yeah, it was a rough one for me and many of you. But we must move on. This is where analyzing the usage and where things will pivot to once injuries pop up help. We can more accurately predict who will benefit from these injuries and stay ahead of league mates.

Of course, make sure you check out our Week 11 Waiver for both offense and IDP.

2023 Fantasy Football Week 11 Usage Report

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Running Backs

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Chicago Bears

Khalil Herbert returned from injury and saw 44% of the snaps and 38% of the carries. The number of carries is right on par for him, so that is good.

I think Herbert is the running back to get more use than any of the other two backs, D'Onta Foreman and Roschon Johnson, especially since he seems to be their favorite passing down back. The problem for fantasy is there are going to be three running backs involved in this offense moving forward, which severely limits any of their ceilings.

Denver Broncos

Just when we start believing Javonte Williams was getting going, he sees his workload cut. Now to be fair he did see 73% of the carries, but it was only 11.

What I'm talking about is the passing work. He ran just four routes, compared to 12 for Samaje Perine (7 targets) and seven for Jaleel McLaughlin.

I'm hoping this was due to game script as the Broncos were down for much of this game so they needed to rely on the pass more. Still, fantasy managers would like to see some more of that work go to Williams. Something to keep an eye on for sure.

Los Angeles Rams

After the bye week for the Rams, Royce Freeman was the favorite to run the ball with a 17-6 advantage to Darrell Henderson Jr. Now, Henderson kept his value up by being utilized in the passing game, seeing seven targets, catching four.

Three things.

  1. Henderson likely only saw that many targets because Cooper Kupp left early with an ankle injury.
  2. Kyren Williams is supposed to return this week.
  3. Henderson was waived, but Freeman is not likely to see much work.

Pittsburgh Steelers

I know people will look at the fantasy points and box score and get super excited about Jaylen Warren. I get it, it is easy to do, but slow down just a little.

Warren and Najee Harris still saw an even workload, with Harris actually receiving three more carries. Warren just popped off a 74 yard run to give him a massive advantage in the statbook.

This offense could change a bit moving forward with the firing of Matt Canada. They have been relying on the run game heavily lately which has made both Warren and Harris useful. I'm still putting both in RB2/3 territory this week, but this will be revisited next week I'm sure.

Seattle Seahawks

Sad to see Kenneth Walker go down with an oblique injury. While it is not official, my time playing fantasy baseball has taught me that oblique injuries mean he will likely miss some time.

Now we get to see what Zach Charbonnet has to offer. Charbs didn't do much with his chances last week only 69 total yards, but I will gladly take a running back getting 21 touches on an offense known for being able to run the ball well.

Other Running Backs

  • Ravens - Keaton Mitchell saw more carries this week than last week, but he is not being used enough to warrant starting, especially when has zero touches inside the 10-yard line.
  • Panthers - Miles Sanders is getting more involved again. After dropping to a 20% snap and 10% rush share the first week back, he has increased that to more of a 50/50 split with Chuba Hubbard. That is good news. However, this offense is going to struggle to produce which means if these two are splitting work it makes them flex plays at best.
  • Cowboys - Rico Dowdle was involved about a third of the time, just like the was in Week 10. We're happy Tony Pollard found the endzone, but this is going to cap his ceiling.
  • Lions - This is becoming quite the one-two punch. Jahmyr Gibbs and David Montgomery are great. This week DMont out-carried Gibbs, but Gibbs is more involved in the passing game which keeps his value up. Use both of these two with confidence.
  • Packers - Aaron Jones was injured in this one and it sounds like he will miss some time. A.J. Dillon is still not impressing me enough to push him into must-start territory, despite Jones's absence.
  • Dolphins - Ugh! We were all so excited to see De'Von Achane back. Instead touched the ball twice and got hurt. It doesn't sound great as it is a re-aggravation of the knee that placed him on the IR already this season. Back to Raheem Mostert and likely Jeff Wilson Jr., with Salvon Ahmed on IR too.
  • Vikings - Alexander Mattison was a surprise active and carried the workload over Ty Chandler 18-10. Chandler did well though rushing for just eight fewer yards (81-73) and also catching all four of his targets. Chandler is worth rostering if he is getting 14 touches a game.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

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Arizona Cardinals

Even with Kyler Murray returning, this has stayed a very unpredictable receiving corps. Rondale Moore dropped from nine targets to two. Greg Dortch saw the most targets this week, seven, filling in for Michael Wilson. Marquise Brown is not connecting at all seeing only seven total targets in Murray's two games.

Trey McBride tied Dortch for most targets with seven, after seeing nine in Week 10. He appears to be the only safe option here.

Baltimore Ravens

With Mark Andrews going out with an ankle injury, this is going to change drastically. Immediately gaining value is Isaiah Likely, but temper expectations as he has not taken advantage of his opportunities like some hope he would after a couple of good games last season.

I think this is a huge boost for both Zay Flowers and even Odell Beckham Jr. Flowers was already the target leader on the team, but for Odell, we've seen him turn things around lately. He has 16 targets in his last three games, scoring twice. Most importantly, he was heavily used after Andrews went out this past week. Just keep an eye out for his injury status this week as he is dealing with a shoulder injury.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Calvin Ridley had himself quite the Week 11. We know he is talented and can have these types of games. The question is can we trust him to be more consistent? Some stats for you to consider...

  • He has seven games with seven or more targets (two with more than 10)
  • Four games with six or more catches
  • Three games over 100 yards receiving
  • Scored in three games (four total TDs)
  • Five games of single-digit fantasy production
  • Only had back-to-back double-digit fantasy scoring weeks once.

With Christian Kirk gobbling up targets, Zay Jones returning who can have some good games, Evan Engram taking a lot of work and of course Travis Etienne, it will be tough for Ridley to be consistent.

Other Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

  • Bengals - Yes, the whole offense is going to take a step back with Joe Burrow out for the rest of the year. Honestly, the only receiver I want to start is Ja'Marr Chase in the immediate future. He drops to WR2 territory though. Tyler Boyd is a flex play when Tee Higgins is not there and probably not usable when he is. Higgins would prob drop to WR3 range when healthy.
  • Denver - Nothing has really changed here with usage, just want to point out that Courtland Sutton leads the team in red zone targets with 14, good for 7th most in the NFL. The next on the team is Jerry Jeudy with five. Sutton has also scored all eight of his touchdowns inside the red zone, leading the league. Something to remember when setting lineups.
  • Packers - Christian Watson finally scored, but still continues to disappoint. The two who seem to be more reliable are Romeo Doubs and Jayden Reed who have both scored in each of the last two games.
  • Houston - Tank Dell has taken over as WR1 on this team. In the last three games, he has outpaced Nico Collins in targets with an average of 11.67 compared to 7.11. The offense and C.J. Stroud can support both of them as viable fantasy starters though.
  • Rams - Here we go. Cooper Kupp is on the shelf again, this time with an ankle sprain. Looks like we will get Puka Nacua back to his heavy target share that we saw early in the season. This also makes Tutu Atwell a high-upside WR3.
  • Raiders - Davante Adams is still startable thanks to a whopping 26 targets over the last two games. Jakobi Meyers who showed that he could be good, is no longer a solid starter with Aiden O'Connell under center. He has seen just seven targets over the last two games, catching six for 70 yards.
  • Vikings - Justin Jefferson is close to returning. We've already seen Jordan Addison's stock drop a bit with Josh Dobbs as quarterback, this is not going to help.
  • Saints - Michael Thomas landed on the IR. This likely does not change much for Chris Olave who should still see his normal share of targets. We could see more go Rashid Shaheed and even A.T. Perry's way. Perry is more of a deeper stash, but Shaheed is firmly in the mix of flex plays. Even more so if we get Jameis Winston slinging the ball.
  • Jets - You asked for anything else Jets fans and you got it. They have officially benched Zach Wilson in favor of Tim Boyle. Trust me it can get worse. Garrett Wilson managers, start at your own risk.

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