Week 10 was a very eventful one for fantasy football for several reasons. Patrick Mahomes and Dak Prescott, and their respective offenses, had tremendous bounce-back performances. Trevor Siemian, Mac Jones, Mason Rudolph, and Taylor Heinecke finished as top-12 quarterbacks in surprisingly effective games. Darrel Williams, Rhamondre Stevenson, and A.J. Dillon were the top three running backs in PPR scoring, just like everyone predicted. The unpredictability of fantasy football is one of the reasons it’s such an enthralling pastime, and it’s impossible to capture all of that variance in rankings.
These projections are a median of the potential outcomes for the week and will hopefully help you make more effective start-sit decisions. This week, the Los Angeles Rams and Denver Broncos are on bye, so keep that in mind when going through and setting your lineups. These rankings will change throughout the week, and feel free to hit me up on Twitter as always for any specific questions.
NFL Week 11 Quarterback Rankings
Joe Burrow: The Raiders’ defense got absolutely torched on Sunday night by Patrick Mahomes, and Burrow is no Mahomes, but the Bengals’ offense should be able to have a great game coming off the bye week. On the other side, Derek Carr is a fine play this week, as well.
Tua Tagovailoa: You may be surprised to find the Dolphins’ starter this high on the list, but I believe he’s in for a big game against a vulnerable Jets defense that has allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks over the last four weeks.
Carson Wentz: Over the past four weeks, Wentz has been the QB4 in fantasy scoring. However, he has to be downgraded this week against the Bills, who allow the fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks. I’m looking for other options if I can in leagues where I have Wentz.
Cam Newton: The Panthers are reportedly preparing for Newton to be the starter this week, and you should be preparing to make Newton your starter in fantasy football depending on your quarterback situation. He showed he still has plenty of juice last week and his rushing upside makes him an awesome fantasy play.
NFL Week 11 Running Back Rankings
Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson: The Patriots face the Falcons this week, who have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to running backs over the past four weeks. Stevenson was dominant last week as the starter, and if Harris is out again this week, I’ll catapult Stevenson likely into the top ten in my rankings. For now, I have them splitting work, and both are startable in a plus matchup.
A.J. Dillon: With Aaron Jones out for at least this week, A.J. Dillon will take over as the Packers’ starting running back. Dillon is coming off a dominant game with 128 yards from scrimmage and two rushing touchdowns, and he’s been very good for the past month. Now in a full-time role, he’s a top-five back for me this week.
NFL Week 11 Wide Receiver Rankings
Deebo Samuel: You’re not contemplating benching Samuel in any league, but it was fantastic to see that his role is not going to change now that George Kittle is back and Brandon Aiyuk is out of Kyle Shanahan’s doghouse. Samuel is going to be a smash play again this week against the hapless Jaguars.
DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett: You may be concerned about the Seattle receivers after they combined for five catches for 49 yards in Russell Wilson’s return. However, Wilson has now had the opportunity to shake off some rust, and he should be much more effective this week. I’m starting Metcalf and Lockett wherever I have them, even against a strong Cardinals defense.
Robby Anderson: I had completely written off Robby Anderson from fantasy consideration, but he scored 13.7 PPR points last week in his best fantasy outing of the year as he clearly benefitted from the quarterback change. He’s back in starting consideration as a decent flex play this week, although Washington’s defense looked much improved last week.
NFL Week 11 Tight End Rankings
Mike Gesicki: Last week, he was Mike Goose-icki, but I have him having a solid performance this week against the Jets. Gesicki should go back to being one of Tagovailoa’s preferred targets, and I’m not concerned about the down game last week as the Dolphins should open up their offense more this week.
Kyle Pitts: I had high hopes for Kyle Pitts with Calvin Ridley stepping away from football for the foreseeable future, but it hasn’t quite come to fruition as he has averaged just three catches for 45 yards over the past three weeks and has not scored a touchdown since Week 5. Defenses have been putting their top coverage players on him, and the Patriots will likely do the same to keep him in check this week.