Every team has bad weeks, even the Madman’s. After getting creamed in several leagues this week, and taking a beating on the DFS and gaming front, there is no better time for a short week.
We move on as if it was a series of anomalies, a different, variant reality in the Marvel multiverse. Wipe it from the memory. Like Ted Lasso says, “Be a goldfish.”
The best way to push Week 11 aside is to dive straight into Week 12. Luckily, it begins with three Thanksgiving games. Sadly, those games provide little in the way of pom-pom-shaking fantasy options.
Yet, we remind you, cheerleaders keep cheering even when the game is a dud. So gimme a G! Gimme an A! Gimme an L! Gimme another L! Gimme a U! Gimme a P! Whatdoyagot? Gallup! So let’s gallop right into it.
With Amari Cooper expected to miss a second straight game while he awaits COVID-19 clearance and CeeDee Lamb facing a tight schedule to try to clear concussion protocol, Michael Gallup is in line to be the Cowboys’ top wide receiver. The Raiders aren’t a great matchup, ranking eighth-toughest against WRs headed into Week 11, but the volume alone should help carry Gallup. This also makes Cedric Wilson a possible Flex consideration, if you’re in an injury dilemma or heavily reliant on Chiefs or Cardinals players who have byes.
Ezekiel Elliott tweaked his knee Sunday but returned to the game. Zeke brushed it off afterward, but even assuming he plays Thursday, that tweak and the short week are likely to curtail a full workload. Expect Tony Pollard to absorb some extra work, which puts him on the DFS radar and make him a fringe seasonal Flex option.
We don’t expect the Cowboys’ offense to look like the leading scoring unit it was before Sunday, particularly since left tackle Tyron Smith is not likely to return, but we also don’t expect it to be as bad as it was Sunday. Good offenses don’t often have two bad games in a row.
Speaking of good offenses gone bad, what has happened to Josh Allen and the Bills? Over his first seven games, Allen averaged 26.5 fantasy points. In his past three, that has plummeted to 15.6. And with him has gone the Buffalo offense — from averaging 33.8 over the first six games to 23 in the past four.
Four of his next five games are against top-10 defenses versus fantasy quarterbacks — the Saints, Patriots, Panthers and Patriots again, with a favorable clash with the Buccaneers in the middle. Perhaps it is time to adjust his projected output the way we’ve had to do for Patrick Mahomes.
The Bills face the Saints. Trevor Siemian doesn’t instill confidence in the Saints’ passing game, nor does what likely will be an angry Bills defense. It would be surprising if Alvin Kamara returns on a short week, so the risk-takers among you could take another stab at Mark Ingram.
That brings us to the kickoff game of the day, Bears at Lions. Yuck. But we’ll yuck it up with David Montgomery and Darnell Mooney.
Happy Turkey Day, all. Hopefully the Madman doesn’t look like such a turkey this week.
Hit the gas
Matt Breida RB, Bills
Led the team in carries and easily produced the most yardage Sunday. On an offense that is struggling, the best solution is to find a stable running game. Breida looks like the best path to that in Buffalo.
Elijah Moore WR, Jets
Told you a few weeks ago to pick him up. Now saying he should be a stable fixture in your lineup. With Zach Wilson possibly returning this week, Moore can confirm he is QB-proof with another strong outing.
Darnell Mooney WR, Bears
Easily the Bears’ leading receiver this year with the disappearance of (and then injury to) Allen Robinson. Mooney, who got a whopping 16 targets Sunday, is available in roughly 45 percent of leagues.
With A.J. Brown, Julio Jones and now Marcus Johnson dealing with injuries, Westbrook-Ikhine could be looking at a larger role while the others stagger back to health.
Pump the brakes
Dontrell Hilliard RB, Titans
For Tennessee’s Derrick Henry fill-in, first, we thought Adrian Peterson, then pivoted to D’Onta Foreman. This past week, Hilliard looked to be the main guy. This backfield is going to be an avoidable mess.
Ty Johnson RB, Jets
With Michael Carter to miss a couple of weeks, some will look to Johnson to fill that gap. But expect Tevin Coleman to steal a significant portion of that work in what isn’t a great running game. Pass.
Brandin Cooks WR, Texans
The return of Tyrod Taylor didn’t give Cooks an expected boost. Has topped 12 PPR points just once in the past seven games. Park him at the end of your bench.
Rondale Moore WR, Cardinals
Caught all 11 targets he had Sunday, but many were behind the line of scrimmage. Averaging just 2.3 average depth of target. Weird example of how volume doesn’t always deliver production.
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