Normally on Sundays, I find myself in front of a TV watching the RedZone channel for at least 4-8 hours and of course when my Chiefs play, I watch them too. This weekend was a little different. The Chiefs had a bye week and I found myself not in front of the TV but instead, I was courtside at the Florida International University’s men’s basketball game. It was awkward for me because normally I’m all over the twitter feeds and keeping an eye on all things fantasy. It was around 6:30 PM and I hadn’t checked my phone for updates since around 4:30 and there it was. Robert Woods 94 yard TD pass from Jared Goff. I couldn’t contain myself and yelled out, “Yes!” and it was awkward considering the stadium was empty with only the staff inside. If you had read the past few weeks we highlighted Robert Woods AND Jared Goff as pickups and as starters. We hit on more than those two this week alone but it’s proof the Fantasy Facts are just that, Fantasy Facts! Lets get into it for Week 11 and hopefully, we continue with the hot streak of picks.
Start: QB Blake Bortles @ CLE
So the Bills decided to sit Tyrod Taylor for rookie Nate Peterman despite being 5-4 so if you had Taylor or been streaming QB’s due to injuries, Bortles is a good play. Never thought I’d say this but he actually really is a safe play. He’s probably the safest of the streaming QB’s and his ROS schedule is actually pretty darn good so he’s a very intriguing stash.
Blake Bortles trying to dive for a first down from 5 yards away is poetry. pic.twitter.com/WfMcfD1V2u
— Dan Labbe (@dan_labbe) November 14, 2017
In related news, Blake Bortles, who has never even put together a stretch of mediocre quarterbacking that didn’t involve a prevent defense, will make his 55th consecutive start this Sunday.
— Awful White QBs (@AwfulWhiteQBs) November 15, 2017
Bust Alert: Marcus Mariota @ PITT
Thursday night football, on the road and was banged up with a shoulder and ankle injury? No thanks. Yes, he has fully cleared for full practice this week but road teams on Thursday nights always worry me. I wouldn’t start Mariota this week but I will look to start him Weeks 11-15 as all 4 of those weeks are against teams that rank in the top 10 of most points given up to QB’s.
Blake Bortles 2017: 139/234, 59.4%, 1657 Yards, 10 TDs, 5 INTs
Marcus Mariota 2017: 129/204, 63%, 1519 Yards, 6 TDs, 5 INTs
— Shane (@ShaneBryant31) November 6, 2017
— NFL UK (@NFLUK) November 16, 2017
Sleepers: Eli Manning @ SF & Ryan Fitzpatrick @ MIA
Start: Jay Ajayi @ DAL
Easy reason for this is Sean Lee is not playing for Dallas. Whenever Sean Lee misses a game, the opposing running backs explode for big games. In his first game with the Eagles, Ajayi scored a TD and had 77 yards on 8 runs so lock and load Ajayi for this week. Fantasy Facts is that Ajayi finishes as a top 10 RB this week.
— UNISWAG (@UNISWAG) November 12, 2017
Bust Alert: Adrian Peterson @ HOU
After exploding in his first game with the Cards, he’s put up two games with under 5 fantasy points and is going against a top 10 run defense this week on the road. To make things worse, David Johnson may be returning in a few weeks so the AP love and hype will fade very soon. Unless you HAVE to play AP, don’t do it.
Adrian Peterson: 20 carries, 36 yards pic.twitter.com/VSwxGCthnI
— TNF on NBC (@SNFonNBC) November 10, 2017
Sleepers: Rex Burkhead @ OAK & Orleans Darkwa vs. KC
Start: Sterling Shepard vs. KC
22 targets in his last two games means it’s safe to say he’s getting plenty of opportunities. He’s pulled in 16 receptions for 212 yards in the past two games and going against a secondary that is #notgood, he should be in line for tons of targets yet again. Only other threat Giants have in the passing game is Evan Engram and KC defends tight ends well so who else are they gonna throw to?
.@sterl_shep3 only needs one hand! 👋
— NFL (@NFL) November 12, 2017
Bust Alert: Jordy Nelson vs. BAL
The past 3 weeks, Jordy has totaled under 15 fantasy points and with Brett Hundley as QB, it may take another 2-3 weeks to total 15 points again. It’s an ugly situation and on the road against the #3 rated passing defense makes him a prime candidate for a bust alert. He is working his way to being a drop candidate
— B (@Sapongesque) November 7, 2017
Sleepers: Nelson Agholor @ DAL & Emmanuel Sanders vs. CIN
Start: Tyler Kroft @DEN
People see Denver defense and panic and honestly, they have underperformed big time in fantasy football this year. The so called no-fly zone seems not to apply to tight ends at all. Denver has given up the second most fantasy points to tight ends. The great thing about locking up Kroft this week too is you lock him up for next week against Cleveland who has given up the third most fantasy points to tight ends.
The pathetic Denver Broncos have no business being on #SNF! Horrible special teams, overrated defense — poor business decision by NFL!
— Football Trump (@realNFLTrump) November 13, 2017
In back to back weeks the Denver defense has given up 51 and 41 points
— trey wingo (@wingoz) November 13, 2017
Bust Alert: Delanie Walker @ PIT
The same reason I want to shy away from Mariota applies for Delanie. On the road against a solid pass defense on a Thursday night game doesn’t excite me at all. Pitt shut down a very hot Jack Doyle last week and as steady as Walker has been the past 3 weeks, don’t see that streak continuing at Heinz Field.
Sleepers: Mercedes Lewis @ CLE & C.J. Fiedorowicz vs ARI
Start: Arizona @ HOU
Tom Savage has been horrible and so has the whole Texans offense in general. This fares well for the Cards despite being on the road. Houston has given up the 4th most fantasy points on the season to opposing defenses and that’s good enough for me to want to start the Cards this week as a DS/T streaming option.
* watches Texans’ first drive *
“Maybe Tom Savage isn’t that bad”
* Savage throws a red zone interception * pic.twitter.com/kSyAK7i53d
— The Ringer (@ringer) November 12, 2017
Bust Alert: Minnesota vs LAR
Minnesota’s defense is similar to Denver’s defense in the overrated category in fantasy football this year. This game is either going to be a low scoring game with two good defenses or it could be a shootout. Either way, staying away from the Vikings this week.
In case you didn’t know, the Rams offense is EXPLOSIVE. pic.twitter.com/UWXR0Pezr2
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) November 12, 2017
Jared Goff had 355 yards and 3 TDs today. Case Keenum had 304 yards and 4 TDs today. Last year Goff and Keenum were both on the Rams, who had the worst offense in the NFL. I’m beginning to think Jeff Fisher and his staff were not a bunch of offensive geniuses.
— Michael David Smith (@MichaelDavSmith) November 13, 2017
Start: Jake Elliot @ DAL
Without Zeke, Dallas is going to pass more meaning the shootout potential for this game increases. Jake Elliot has 7 straight weeks with double-digit fantasy points and is playing indoors. Giddy up.
Bust Alert: Matt Bryant @ SEA
No Devonte Freeman on the road against the Seahawks may not fair well for this Atlanta Falcons offense. Seattle is ranked #26 in points allowed to kickers so yeah, not big on Bryant at all this week or the Falcons offense in general.
Be sure to check with us each week where we will discuss not only start, bust alerts, and sleepers for that particular week, but also who you should be adding to your roster and who you should be dropping.