What possibly is my favorite target before the trade deadline is a quarterback who I think will finish top 3 this week, and possibly #1. This player is Justin Herbert, my favorite start at QB this week. Herbert has been producing very successful numbers all year. The rookie is currently averaging 24 ppg and has a very high chance to break that this week. The chargers have one of the easiest remaining schedules for Herbert to produce, and he can be a league winner if he handles it correctly. The offense is clicking on all cylinders, and they will be putting up serious points. This week, Herbert will face against the brutal Jets defense. The jets are currently giving up the 4th most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. The secondary is playing horribly, and they are failing to apply pressure to the quarterback. I think herbert has his best week of the season and finishes top 3.
QB start: Ben Roethlisberger
After Big Ben went down last year, the Steelers’ offense became a fantasy hit or miss. Any player on any given week would boom or bust. Now, Ben has recovered exceptionally well, and so has the offense. The Steelers are currently 9-0 and have the best record in the NFL. Of course, this has resulted well for Steelers owners. It has benefited receivers like Juju, Diontae Johnson, and rookie Chase Claypool.
Most importantly, it has been a solid year for Ben fantasy-wise. When Ben faced a struggling Bengals defense last week, he had 29 fantasy points, and all the Steelers receivers benefited. This week, the Steelers will face the struggling Jaguars defense that ranks 3rd to last against opposing quarterbacks. Fire up Ben this week.
QB sit: Jared Goff
Even though the Rams are contenders and 6-3, Jared Goff has not been able to have a successful fantasy season. Goff currently ranks 18th amongst quarterbacks and has been disappointing in all his chances to succeed. Looking at last week, Goff had a perfect opportunity to finish as a top quarterback. He faced the worst defense in the league and failed to surpass 11 points. He has been turning the ball over way too much, and that will result poorly this week. The Rams will travel to Tampa Bay to face the Buccaneers. The Buccs will give Goff a tough time, and he is not worthy of a starting spot. Sit him down this week.
QB sit: Ryan Tannehill
Ryan Tannehill has been very disappointing in the second half of this season. Tannehill has not reached 20 points once since week 6. Over the past four weeks, Tannehill has yet reached above 17 points. The Titan’s offense has not looked good and needs to step up. Last week the skilled Colts defense completely shut down Tannehill, forcing him to complete only 15 passes. He failed to surpass 10 points. This week it does not get much more manageable. When the Ravens host the Titans this week, they will try to continue what the Colts defense accomplished against Tannehill. Sit Tannehill once again this week.
RB Start: Miles Sanders
One of my favorite players this week who I am starting in every league is Miles Sanders. When Sanders returned last week after his injury, he looked as if he had never been Injured. He played well, going for 85 yards on 15 carries. Sanders has had 80+ rushing yards in 3 straight games with under 15 carries. Sanders is starting to take part as a crucial part of Philadelphia’s offense, playing about 75% of the snaps. In week 11, Sanders should look to have another successful game against the Browns. The Browns have been solid against the run this year, but I don’t expect them to stop Sanders. Fire him up in all leagues.
RB Start: Dandre Swift
Dandre Swift has seemed to really break out and become the main back in Detroit. On the season, Swift ranks top 15 amongst running backs and is averaging above 12 points. He has shown electric sparks and flashes of being an elite, starting running back. Last week when the Lions said Swift would be the starter, they backed it up. Swift had 21 touches for well over 100 yards and a touchdown. He has proved that when given the opportunity, he can deliver. He is now the starter in the backfield and will be great moving forward. Swift should have a great game this week. He will be rushing against the struggling Panthers defense, allowing the 4th most fantasy points to oppose running backs. Go trade for and start Dandre Swift.
RB sit: Leonard fournette
Each week, we have the uncertainty of who the featured back will be in Tampa. Last week it was Ronald Jones. The week before, it was Leonard Fournette. This week, the central part of sitting Fournette is the matchup. In what should be an excellent game between the Rams and Buccaneers, the Buccaneers should have a tough time running the ball. The Rams rank 7th in the NFL in rushing yards per game. With Aaron DONALD and the Rams defensive line, and the uncertainty of who will be the primary back, I would sit Fournette this week.
RB sit: Darrel Henderson
Despite opening the season as the primary back, Henderson has slowed down as the Rams running backs became healthy. Since week 5, Henderson has not surpassed ten fantasy points. Last week, we saw the Rams use their committee in a very versatile way. Akers had ten carries, Brown had six carries, and Henderson only had 7. Along with Jared Goff, Henderson is a must sit this week as the Buccaneers defensive line is very talented and doesn’t give up many points to opposing backs. Sit Henderson this week.
WR start: Keenan Allen
Keenan Allen has been one of the most consistent fantasy receivers this season. Over the past four weeks, Allen is averaging about 17 fantasy ppg. He has most definitely been the primary target for Justin Herbert this season. Allen has just been getting consistent targets and producing from them. Over this four-game span, Allen has averaged about an incredible 11 targets. Allen has an incredible matchup this week against the Jets. The Jets are currently the worst, more embarrassing team in the NFL, and Allen will produce a lot against them. They rank 23rd against receivers, and I expect a big game from Allen.
WR start: Juju Smith-Schuster
One receiver has been producing elite numbers but has not gotten the recognition for it is Juju Smith-Schuster. Juju has been clicking with Ben and reforming the connection they had two years ago. Over the past four weeks, Juju has been averaging 15 ppg. These are numbers we are finally happy to see Juju produce. He’s seeing an average of 10 targets per game over this span despite the emergence of Diontae Johnson and rookie Chase Claypool. Juju knows how to expose a struggling secondary and should be able to do that this week against the Jacksonville defense that surrenders the 3rd to most points to fantasy receivers.
WR sit: Mike Evans
Even though Mike Evans has produced good numbers at times, he has mainly been very inconsistent. Any given week, he can put up 15+, but that won’t happen this week. Mike Evans is the number one, so he faces the number one corner. This week that will be against the best corner in the league, Jalen Ramsey. Last week, Ramsey went up against star DK Metcalf and surrendered just two catches. Evans will struggle this week against Ramsey and should only be started as a desperation play.
WR sit: Brandon Cooks
Brandon Cooks has been having a quiet, successful season this year. He has been forming an excellent connection with Watson, and it has been showing. Since week 5, Cooks has averaged just above 15 points. Last week, Cooks only scored seven fantasy points, and I don’t think that changes this week. The Texan’s offense hasn’t been great lately, and Cooks will have a tough matchup against the skilled Patriots secondary.
TE start: Jared Cook
Even though Drew Brees is out this week, I think Jared Cook becomes more of a start. The quarterback will be Jameis Winston, and this helps out Cook a lot. Winston throws the ball a ton and has a lot more power than Brees. Winston has had a history with tight ends, and I think Cook has an incredible week. The Saints face the Falcons in which should be a shootout. Start Cook this week.
TE sit: Noah Fant
One tight end I’m not too fond of this week is Noah Fant. The reason being his the matchup. Despite playing the Dolphin’s talented defense this week, Fant has been terrible all year. He has not posted more than ten fantasy points since week two and has just not been able to get it going. With his poor play and the uncertainty of whether Drew Lock will suit up this week, Fant is a lousy play at tight end this week.
Flex start: James Conner
Usually, James Conner would not be worthy of a flex-start and would be on the main RB start list. However, the past two weeks, Conner has been terrible. Fantasy managers have questioned whether to start him this week. In back to back weeks, Conner has failed to surpass 36 rushing yards. He has not totaled over 13 carries, and we don’t know why. This week, I think that changes and Conner return to his elite self. Conner has a very favorable matchup against the Jacksonville defense that allows the 6th most fantasy points to running backs.
Flex sit: Melvin Gordon
Melvin Gordon has been a player to avoid. He’s been nothing shy of terrible lately. Over the past three weeks, Gordon has not surpassed 7 points. Part of the poor fantasy play has been due to Phillip Lindsay. Lindsay has been taking away carries and raking up yards, which makes Gordon look bad. This week, they both will struggle against the Dolphin’s defense as the Broncos will have a terrible week. Sit Gordon once again this week.