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There were disappointing performances from a lot of fantasy studs like Saquan Barkley, Alvin Kamara, Ezekiel Elliot, David Johnson, Cooper Kupp, and Tyler Lockett during week 10. Looking at the waiver wire after week 10 you would’ve seen players like Darius Slayton, Jacob Hollister, James Washington, and Deebo Samuel all perform well. Matchups are one of the most important things to consider when setting your lineup and picking up players off of the waiver wire. In this article you will find some week 11 replacements for the last bye week of the season. All statistics found in this article can be found at our website https://www.lineups.com/nfl.
Who to Drop:
RB Tarik Cohen (CHI) vs. LAR – 66.6% Rostered
Cohen had his best performance of the season so far, carrying the ball 3 times for 14 yards and 4 receptions for 23 yards for 1 touchdown. In his best fantasy performance of the season he totaled 11.7 fantasy points. The fantasy darling from last season has fallen from grace. Cohen’s lack of involvement in the Bears’ offense is the main reason for his drop worthy status. Trubisky’s lack of performance this season has also hurt Cohen this season. Cohen has seen an average of 44.8% of the offensive snaps through this season but just has not been able to perform this year. Montgomery has taken over the backfield of the Bears, seeing nearly all of the carries and also some of the passing game. Cohen is no longer a key piece to the Bears’ offense and is now a safe drop to the waiver wire.
WR Robby Anderson (NYJ) vs. WAS – 56.7% Rostered
A sleeper who many predicted to breakout this year, Anderson has failed to live up to expectations. Seeing just 3 targets against the New York Giants on Sunday, catching 1 for 11 yards. The Giants are one of the worst defensive secondaries in the league, allowing the 5th most yards and the 5th highest yards per completion on the season. If Anderson failed to perform against such a favorable matchup, there isn’t anyone you can trust him to perform against. Anderson could always randomly catch a bomb on broken coverage but that is not something you can rely on if you are heading into week 11 needing a win to make playoffs. Facing the Redskins in week 11 who, despite their record, have been a solid defense this season. Anderson has been inconsistent to say the least this season and is a drop candidate this week.
WR Larry Fitzgerald (ARI) vs. SF – 82.5% Rostered
In week 11 Fitzgerald saw his highest targets since week 6, catching 8 of 8 targets for 71 yards, he had a solid performance. However, this was against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who have the 32nd ranked defense against opposing fantasy wide receivers, you were probably expecting a bit more. In the next 4 weeks the Cardinals face the 49ers (6th), have a bye week, then face the Rams (10th) with Jalen Ramsey, and then face the Pittsburgh Steelers (17th). This gauntlet of matchups proves very worrisome for the veteran wide receiver, who is losing the number 1 wide receiver position to Christian Kirk. Fitzgerald is a drop worthy candidate going forward.
Who to Pick Up:
WR Randall Cobb (DAL) vs. DET – 19.6% Rostered
Cobb has seen 16 targets over the past 2 weeks, 8 targets in each of his games. In week 11 against the Vikings he caught 6 of his 8 targets for 106 yards and a touchdown in a highly competitive game. Cobb has seen an uptick in offensive snaps played after playing just 47% in week 7. During the past 2 weeks he has played 76% in week 10 and 80% in week 11. He is back fully healthy now and Dak has targeted him a lot. Facing another likely competitive game against his former division rival the Detroit Lions, who rank 19th against opposing fantasy wide receivers. The Lions have allowed the 7th most passing yards, 4 most yards per completion, 8th most passing touchdowns, and the 8th most yards per attempt in the NFL this season. Cobb also leads the Cowboys receivers in red-zone targets on the season, another weakness of the Detroit Lions who have allowed the 4th most red-zone touchdowns this season. With another likely competitive game if Lions QB Matthew Stafford suits up. Against a familiar opponent and with an uptick in involvement in the Cowboys’ offense, which is which is the 2nd most productive offense in the NFL, Cobb is likely to start a streak of productivity against the Lions.
WR Demaryius Thomas (NYJ) vs. WAS – 4.5% Rostered
Thomas has been one of the most efficient wide receivers on the Jets’ offense, which has had a rough couple of weeks. Finally getting their second win against the Giants in week 10. Thomas was a big part of the Jets’ offense, catching 8 of 9 targets for 84 yards. The Jets will face off against the Washington Redskins in week 11, an overall solid defense. Over the past 3 weeks Thomas has seen the 2nd most targets from Darnold. He has also seen the 2nd most red-zone targets on the Jets’ offense this season. Thomas could end up being a reliable outside receiver for Darnold the rest of the season.
WR Deebo Samuel (SF) vs. ARI – 10% Rostered
During week 10 against the Seahawks Samuel caught 8 of 11 targets for 112 yards. We also saw the 49ers receiver Emmanuel Sanders go down with an injury, exiting the game. If Sanders is to miss week 11’s matchup against the Cardinals, you can expect another big game from Samuel. The Cardinals have allowed the most passing yards this season, the most passing touchdowns, 6th highest yards per attempt, and the 12 highest yards per completion. With few other note-worthy receivers on the 49ers Samuel will step into the number 1 receiver position against the Cardinals if Sanders injury keeps him out. Samuel should be your top waiver priority if you are in need of a wide receiver or a flex option going into week 11.
RB Derrius Guice (WAS) vs. NYJ – 38.5% Rostered
This former second-round pick has struggled to see the field for the past two years due to injury. Guice suffered a knee injury against the Eagles in week 1 that has kept him out since. In that game he was slated as the starter and saw 10 carries for 18 yards along with 3 reception for 20 yards. It is hard to say what Guice’s involvement will be in this Redskins offense. The Redskins recently announced struggling quarterback Dwayne Haskins as their starter going forward. Judging from Haskins struggles, the interim head coach announcing a more run heavy offense, and Adrian Peterson’s success in recent weeks, we could see limited work from Guice. I am expecting Peterson to be more of a 1st and 2nd down back with Guice getting mixed in and seeing a majority of the 3rd down work. However, Guice could retake this backfield in the coming weeks. Guice is a good pickup this week in a pinch with upside to take over the backfield.
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