NFL Week 11 overreactions: Mahomes shows magic, Colts make statement, Cowboys show a pulse
SportsPulse: Separation Sunday? The 6-3 log jam in the AFC cleared up after a dramatic weekend of football. The NFC East log jam is just getting started. Mackenzie Salmon reacts to all the biggest action from Week 11 in the NFL.
These players saw their fantasy values increase or decrease most based on their performances in Week 11:
QB Taysom Hill, New Orleans Saints: Hill has set the fantasy world ablaze this week with TE eligibility on some platforms. He also set the box score ablaze against a porous Atlanta defense. Hill showed precision passing (18-for-23, 233 yards, no interceptions) and also rushed for 51 yards and two scores.
WR Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers: Allen was targeted 19 times by QB Justin Herbert (and caught 16 of them) because he was consistently able to get open. With the fantasy playoffs looming, the Chargers have an upcoming schedule (Buffalo, New England, Atlanta and Las Vegas) that could yield even more massive target totals.
WR Damiere Byrd, New England Patriots: Byrd’s fantasy contributions can be spotty. This past week he finally clicked with QB Cam Newton for 132 yards, including a highlight-reel 44-yard touchdown. With not a lot of competition, Byrd could get more looks.
WR Diontae Johnson, Pittsburgh Steelers: Johnson dominated the passing game against Jacksonville with 12 catches for 111 yards. He’s seen double-digit targets four of the last five weeks, a trend that should only continue.
RB J.K. Dobbins, Baltimore Ravens: The day after tying his season high with 15 carries, scoring for the first time since Week 1 and adding a 2-point conversion, he ended up on the COVID-19 list. Look at his temporary absence as a buying opportunity.
RB Todd Gurley, Atlanta Falcons: Entering Week 11, Gurley had scored in seven of his last nine games. Against New Orleans, he managed a paltry 26 yards in eight attempts and was barely used in the passing game.
WR Jamison Crowder, N.Y. Jets: Crowder has essentially disappeared with Joe Flacco focused on throwing the ball downfield. As long as Sam Darnold is out, Crowder will suffer the most.
WR Jarvis Landry, Cleveland Browns: Given the keys to the wideout castle after Odell Beckham Jr. was lost for the season, it appears Landry has misplaced them. After being targeted just twice in Week 11, he looks like an afterthought in Cleveland’s run-first game plan.
WR Tee Higgins, Cincinnati Bengals: Losing talented QB Joe Burrow for the season could hurt Higgins more than anyone else on the offense. The two rookies had been building a solid and consistent relationship over the past two months.
TE Logan Thomas, Washington Football Team: Thomas has seen at least four targets in every game this year. The problem is catching them. He had two receptions for 6 yards against the Bengals. And the schedule only gets more difficult in the weeks ahead.
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