Back on the winning track this week. The return of most of my starters, coupled with solid play from them, led to me improving to 6-4 on the season with a 120.5 – 96.8. All players on my team, with the exception of TE Chris Herndon, scored in double figures. The star pupils, however, were Aaron Jones and Dak Prescott
Jones followed up his dismal Week 9 performance with an outstanding performance against the Panthers. He totaled 93 yards rushing and had three touchdowns, to amass 27.3 fpts. He did not receive any targets in the receiving, which was a large part of his success in prior weeks. As stated last week, the return of DeVante Adams to the lineup in Green Bay affects Jones targets. Adams had a team-high 10 targets in Week 10; the next highest was Allen Lazard with six. But if Jones will keep getting the ball around the goal, there should be no reason to be concerned
Prescott was on fire in his game against the Vikings, and could have led the Cowboys to a comeback win. There were some questionable play calls in the red zone that prevented the Cowboys from pulling out the win and for Dak to produce even more, but that’s another argument. Prescott threw for 397 yards and three touchdowns against a tough Minnesota defense, good enough for 25.9 fpts. His only interception came on the last play of the game as he heaved it into the endzone. Prescott has pretty much flatlined and will consistently produce in 23-30 fpts range, which I am totally cool with.
The streak of zero touchdowns from my top two receivers continued and now sits at six weeks. Julio Jones hauled in three receptions for 79 yards on nine targets (10.9 fpts) in an upset win over New Orleans. Robert Woods was the top guy for the Rams (7 rec, 95 yards, 16.5 fpts), as Brandin Cooks missed the game with a concussion, and Cooper Kupp was bottled up defensively. I am hopeful that both players will find the endzone in Week 11. It is more likely for Jones, but if Woods can continue to be the possession receiver he has been the last couple of years, his production will be very helpful
Austin Ekeler and Cole Beasley provided the points they were expected to in Week 10. Ekeler totaled 48 yards, two receptions and a touchdown. Beasley had 74 yards on four receptions. The problem I have is that I have them both in the lineup. I cannot have that if I want to win this league. However, the signs are that James Conner will play this week against Pittsburgh. If so, that may help my problem.
Darren Fells will be back this week. That is all I have to say about my TE.
My Lineup for Week 11:
QB Dak Prescott I just need him to stay consistent
RB Austin Ekeler With Jones on the bye he gets another start.
RB James Conner He really needs to play this week or I will need to find an RB on the waiver wire.
WR Julio Jones Find the end zone
WR Robert Woods Keep proving you are the most reliable of the Rams receivers
Flex Cole Beasley This whole bye/RB/Injury situation is killing me
TE Darren Fells Herndon ended up on the IR, so Fells needs to stay healthy. Bad year for TE’s for me (Walker, Dissly, Herndon)
K Matt Prater He’s still the only kicker on my roster.
Players not on my team that I like this week:
Before I start, if you followed my advice last week, I’m sorry. I would never have guessed that the Falcons would have shut down the Saints. Also, I would never have thought there would be a time when Daniel Jones and Sam Darnold would have out-rushed Saquon Barkley
QB Patrick Mahomes He looked good in his return from injury, which bodes well for Kansas City. A Monday Night showdown with the Chargers could be a nice performance before heading into the bye week. For some reason, I really like Deshaun Watson this week at Baltimore. He seems to do well in these types of games.
RB Josh Jacobs I am really starting to like this kid. A nice double threat out of the backfield and it seems Derek Carr really trusts him. I’ve been high on Dalvin Cook all season If healthy, he is a top-five RB, hands down.
WR Amari Cooper at the Bengals seems like a no-brainer. The Bengals seem to give up a lot both on the ground and the air. Thank God they don’t go to war for us.
TE Hunter Henry He’s going up against a Chiefs defense that gives up a lot of yards to receivers.
There you have it. Good luck! Follow me on Twitter @nicoladandrea.