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Fantasy Football Week 11 Drop List

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Welcome to the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 11 Drop List!

Another week is in the books, and it was a doozy.

For most NFL fans the biggest takeaway is to never go to Cleveland in November. That weather was treacherous.

In all seriousness, there were some great matchups, including an absolute barn burner of a matchup between the Bills and Cardinals, which came to a crescendo as Kyler Murray completed a Hail Mary pass to DeAndre Hopkins in the waning seconds to pull out a victory over Buffalo.

I’m still upset the broadcaster missed a perfect opportunity to say: “Hail Murray”.

With anything, there are winners and losers. Fantasy football is no different.

Playoffs are just around the corner and good fantasy managers react. Great fantasy managers get ahead of the curve.

The first step in getting ahead of the curve is to identify the weak spots on your lineup and make cuts. With the Fantasy Football Week 11 Drop List, we’ll take a look at who’s underachieving and look ahead to potentially detrimental matchups to determine who to cut ties with.

Fantasy Football Week 11 Drop List

Quarterback

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Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns (34% Rostered)

It’s no secret that the Cleveland Browns are a power-run team.

With Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt as their running backs, there’s little reason to lean on Mayfield’s arm. This was especially true against the Texans as gale-force winds took over in Cleveland. The horrible conditions led to a delay and when the contest resumed, Cleveland prevailed with a 10-7 victory. Mayfield threw for 132 yards and zero touchdowns.

Sure, the weather is not on Mayfield. But, independent of weather, Mayfield simply hasn’t been productive in all conditions.

Mayfield ranks 27th in the NFL in terms of fantasy points. Mayfield is a low-tier QB2 at best, and can’t be expected to make big plays by fantasy owners.

Running Back

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Adrian Peterson, Detroit Lions (48% Rostered)

In his fourteenth season, Adrian Peterson has shown he still has some tread left on the tires.

He showed this in Week 1, where he put up 114 yards against a stout Chicago Bears defense, blowing the minds of fantasy owners in the process. Part of this was due to Kerryon Johnson being sidelined by injury, while D’Andre Swift, their second-round pick out of Georgia was still getting acclimated to the speed and physicality of the NFL.

Swift has undoubtedly found his bearings and has broken out as the go-to ball toter in Motor City. Last Sunday, Swift had easily the best game of his career, rushing for 81 yards, while reeling in all five of his targets for 68 receiving yards and a touchdown.

Swift, who out-touched Peterson 21-4 against the Washington Football Team, looks poised to be the workhorse RB Detroit has longed for since the departure of Barry Sanders.

Peterson is a definite candidate for Canton, but fantasy owners should leave him off their ballots.

Latavius Murray, New Orleans Saints (57% Rostered)

When you have Alvin Kamara on your team, as the New Orleans Saints do, any other running back in the Saints system becomes extremely touchdown-dependent. As the top fantasy back in 2020, Kamara forces his running mate Latavius Murray into irrelevance.

Murray is still used robustly within the Saints gameplan, averaging 10 carries per game, but he hasn’t been able to capitalize on his opportunities. Through nine games, Murray has yet to total more than 64 rushing yards in a game. In Week 4, the nine-year veteran achieved his season-high with 14 carries for 64 yards and two scores.

Since then, he hasn’t been able to reach pay dirt.

Fantasy owners can also expect Murray to continue to disappoint as long as Kamara excels in the passing game and lead Murray in carries as well.

Mark Ingram, Baltimore Ravens (60% Rostered)

The phrase ‘Big Truss’ has become synonymous with the Baltimore Ravens and the QB/RB duo of Lamar Jackson and Mark Ingram as well as their success in the 2019 season. It means to have trust and believe in one another.



In 2020, ‘Big Truss’ has been a big bust.

The Ravens were expected to run the table this season, but with a loss to Cam Newton and the sub-500 Patriots on Sunday, Baltimore falls to 6-3.

Admittedly, the Ravens as a whole haven’t been a total bust. They’re easily in playoff contention and nobody has written them off. While not a bust, Lamar Jackson on the other hand hasn’t exactly blown the door off the hinges this year, regressing in virtually every stat that matters.

Mark Ingram is in the same boat.

Ingram has been pedestrian through the season but was particularly uninspired against the Patriots. The veteran ball-carrier participated in his first game since Week 6, tallying a paltry five yards on five carries.

Ingram has to contend with J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards in Baltimore’s time-share situation, not to mention having their top rusher at QB. Fantasy owners should expect the Ravens to go with the hot hand going forward, but each of their ceiling’s is seriously affected by Jackson’s propensity to run the ball at the drop of a hat.

Wide Receiver

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Marquise Brown, Baltimore Ravens (85% Rostered)

As mentioned earlier, Lamar Jackson has regressed since last season. He’s one of the most dynamic players in the league but hasn’t clicked with his receiving corps at the same level as 2019.

Marquise “Hollywood” Brown has been adversely affected arguably more than any other receiver in a Ravens uniform.

Last season, Brown notched seven touchdowns. The ability to break off big gainers is part of Hollywood’s skill set, but he hasn’t been as explosive as he was in his rookie campaign. This year, Brown has only two touchdowns.

In 2019, Brown played 51% of Baltimore’s offensive snaps. This year, he’s been on the field for 81% of snaps. The former Sooner has had the opportunity to compete but has been unable to find success despite an increased workload.

The increased snap count shouldn’t bring comfort for fantasy owners who had visions of point spikes on a week-to-week basis before the season began. Unfortunately for owners of Brown, he hasn’t topped 60 yards since Week 6 and has been less boom and more bust.

Curtis Samuel, Carolina Panthers (55% Rostered)

After making nine catches for 105 yards and a touchdown against the defending Super Bowl champions, Kansas City Chiefs, it looked as though Curtis Samuel had broken out.

Before Sunday, he racked up the 56 fantasy points in the three previous contests, while accumulating 26 touches—which led Carolina’s receiving corps during that span.

Last week, Samuel came crashing down to Earth, catching three passes for eight yards and rushing three times for four yards.

A large part of Samuel’s usage has been in the rushing game, totaling 25 totes on the season. Most of this has come with Christian McCaffrey out of the lineup.

Once McCaffrey’s injury issues are shored up, Samuel’s usage should drop. Also, Teddy Bridgewater is considered day-to-day with an MCL sprain. If Samuels doesn’t have his top QB throwing the ball, it gravely impacts his fantasy value.

Jump off the bandwagon while you can.

Tight End

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Tyler Higbee, Los Angeles Rams (53% Rostered)

Outside a handful of players, the tight end position is extremely shallow in the NFL.

Tyler Higbee is in the TE2 conversation because of a three-touchdown showing in Week 2 but has vastly underproduced since. Last week against the Seahawks, Higbee brought in three targets for 60 yards.

It was a solid outing, but Los Angeles has an upcoming schedule that is highly unfavorable for tight ends.

Outside of next week’s matchup against Tampa Bay (who rank 16th in fantasy points allowed against tight ends), Higbee is matched up with stout defenses in succession. Higbee will face the 49ers, Cardinals, and Patriots— all of whom rank in the bottom-10 in fantasy points given up to tight ends.



It’s tough to find decent production from tight ends and as a result, matchups become paramount in streaming strategy as we near the fantasy postseason. This selection is less of an indictment on Higbee as it is the matchups he’ll be facing down the stretch.


Check out the rest of our 2020 Fantasy Football content from our great team of writers.

About Tyler Mulligan

Sports Journalist from Toronto, Canada. Fantasy hockey, basketball and football aficionado.

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