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The following is a rough outline of this week’s action as I took notes when reviewing the games. I apologize if it’s all over the place, but it should give you a good idea of how Week 11 turned out from a fantasy perspective. If you prefer not to read, follow @upperhandfantasy on Instagram to get the following information in Story form.

  • Leonard Fournette’s ankle injury might linger for the rest of the season, but it didn’t stop the Jaguars from giving up 28 carries
  • Broncos Offensive coordinator Mike McCoy was fired. I guess you have to make changes, but I understand that you can’t win with Trevor Siemian, Brock Osweiler, and Paxton Lynch, and with a defense that isn’t the same as it was.
  • Devontae Booker led the team in touches, with 19, 14 carries and 5 catches on 6 targets. CJ Anderson saw 15 touches. Will be interesting to see how this shakes out under new OC Bill Musgrave. Jamaal Charles only saw 3 carries, so it seems like this is more of a 2-headed backfield at the moment. Booker led the backfield in snaps 47-28.
  • Corey Coleman’s back and he’s the #1 WR and I’m very okay starting him moving forward. He saw 11 targets, which was a 34% target share. Deshone Kizer loves him, combined with the Browns constantly being in negative game scripts, I like Coleman moving forward and he’s getting into the every week starter category as the #1 guy in Cleveland.
  • Davante Adams continues to get it done – 10 targets, 8 catches for 126 yards. This boy can ball. Jordy Nelson – 2 of 6 for 24 yards. In 5 games with Brett Hundley, Adams averaging 5 catches on 9 targets for 67 yards (2 TDs total for Adams). Jordy averaging 3 of 6 for 30 yards with 0 TDs in that span.
  • Jamaal Williams had 18 carries plus 4 catches on 6 targets, so we know he’s going to get a ton of touches if Ty Montgomery is out. We’ll see if Montgomery is playing next week. I will presume that he will play. But Williams is startable because of his involvement in both phases of the game. We can’t make any assumptions of how the backfield will shake out once Ty is back.
  • I don’t know what to say about Doug Martin. Dude is getting serious volume but isn’t producing. He’s had at least 18 carries in 4 of the last 5 games, and is averaging 52.25 yards per game, not including his 8 carry for 7 yard game. He had 38 yards yesterday on 19 carries. 2 yards per carry with that kind of volume? Wtf is going on? How can you keep benching that kind of volume? As soon as we do, those guys go off. Don’t blame you if u want to bench him moving forward.
  • Kenyan Drake saw more snaps than Damien Williams, but Williams outproduced Drake because of a 69 yard run. On Williams’ other 9 carries, he had 9 yards. So outside of that 69 yard run, he gained 1 yard per carry. Can we give Drake more touches please? Drake did outsnap Williams 38 to 27.
  • Not sure how whether Jay Cutler will be out this upcoming week because of his concussion, but if Matt Moore is the QB, play Kenny Stills. Dude is a WR1 when Moore is under center. All he does is look for Stills, and Stills does the rest. I’ve harped on this before.
  • Robert Woods did not draw Xavier Rhodes, who just stayed on his side. I guess I was too worried, but it was a possibility. Woods saw 11 targets, a 30% target share, so he’s clearly becoming the #1 and go-to target. 10 and 11 targets the last 2 games. He went 8 for 81, but he did have his arm in a sling after the game and has a shoulder injury, so let’s hope it’s nothing serious.
  • Adam Thielen is the truth. He’s simply one of the best WRs in the NFL. Period. Who would have thought that the #1 WR on the Vikings would be Thielen and not Diggs? If you drafted him late like I did, kudos. If you followed me in draft season, I was all over him. I hate tooting my own horn, but I gotta do it sometimes. I’ll just be a little selective when I do it. Just do a little searchy search at upperhandfantasy.com. I liked him as a solid WR/flex player, but damn, didn’t think he would be a WR1.
  • Stop sleeping on Latavius Murray guys. This is a good offense, a much improved offensive line, and he hasn’t had less than 15 carries in the last 5 games. 4 TDs in that span. Stop it. Start his ass.
  • What a game between the Redskins and Saints. If you picked up Samaje Perine, you might have struck a little gold this late in the season. Unfortunately for Chris Thompson, he had a pretty bad injury as he got his ankle rolled up on, and it turns out he has a fractured fibula. He’ll be out for the rest of the season.
  • Back to Perine, he had a great game, and he’s capable in the passing game. He’s probably going to get a ton of usage going forward, and can become a must-start going forward. We have to expect the Redskins to sign someone or promote someone to the 53 man roster, so depending on who that is, we’ll evaluate the depleted backfield a bit further when that happens. I’ll say this about Perine though.. he’s looking a lot more patient behind the line and looking for those holes. Looks very different than when he was thrust into the lineup in those few games at the beginning of the year.
  • Jamison Crowder is starting to show some consistency over his last 3 games. He’s averaging 11 targets, 7 catches, and 90 yards over the last 3 games. With Thompson now out, gotta think that Crowder is depended on even more now on those short to intermediate routes. Josh Doctson has his role, and his target share can increase, but Crowder is intriguing moving forward as well.
  • Kareem Hunt ended up with 21 touches, but it was too late. He only saw 4 touches in the first half. Unbelievable. Give your playmakers the ball. The TDs are the real issue for fantasy owners. I think there is a regression to the mean coming, just gotta keep plugging him in. Can’t sell him low if you still can trade him.
  • Larry Fitzgerald looks like he’ll be fine with any QB. But Blaine Gabbert didn’t look that bad. He did have some picks, and yeah maybe this was a result of the Texans bad pass defense, but I thought he looks better than Drew Stanton.
  • Don’t overreact to this guy Ricky Seals-Jones. He caught 3 passes for 54 yards on 5 targets for 2 TDs. But he only played 8 snaps. Don’t do it.
  • DeAndre Hopkins caught 4 of 76 with a TD on 9 targets. This is why you can’t bench studs, even while being shadowed by Patrick Peterson. I fall victim to it too, we get worried. But we gotta start them. That TD was caught while Peterson was on him too. He caught 3 for 65 in Peterson’s coverage.
  • The big story was D’onta Foreman scoring a long TD and then went down in the end zone. Turns out he has a tore achilles and will miss the rest of the season. Doesn’t necessarily mean more volume for Lamar Miller, since we’ve seen Alfred Blue relieve Miller in a few games this season.
  • Hope you started the Chargers defense! I was harping on that defense all week long, hope it helped you guys out. The numbers just made too much sense. I hope they put Tyrod back out there next week. I don’t think he’s a good QB, but you can’t throw Peterman to the wolves right now. Especially in that matchup, it was rough.
  • Melvin Gordon bounced back with a solid game, and out-touched Austin Ekeler 20-8. Ekeler also saw most of his work once the game was out of hand, so it’s a good sign for Gordon’s workload moving forward.
  • Did not see that performance by Keenan Allen coming. 12 catches on 13 targets for 159 yards and 2 TDs. I’m honestly not going to overreact to this going forward. The Chargers saw a mismatch and chose to continue to exploit it. I expect more of what he was doing before this game. The Chargers just have way too many options on offense to rely on anyone heavily and expect that kind of fantasy relevance.
  • Speaking of other options, Mike Williams did see 8 targets, which is a season high. Caught 5 for 38.. keep that in mind going forward. He did see a season high in snaps as well.
  • LeSean McCoy – another reason we can’t bench out studs even when the situation looks horrible coming in. 126 yards from scrimmage and 2 TDs.
  • Kelvin Benjamin was carted off the field with a knee injury, no word on the severity yet.
  • AJ Green another example of why you can’t bench a stud in what appears to be a tough matchup. 4 for 50 and bailed you out with a TD.
  • Demaryius Thomas has now caught a TD in each of Brock Osweiler’s starts this year. Keep playing him.
  • Rex Burkhead continued to get receiving work, but it was only 4 catches on 6 targets for 21 yards. Dion Lewis himself had 4 catches on 4 targets and a TD, and James White seems like an afterthought at this point, only seeing 1 target and was catchless. Rex fumbled in the first quarter and didn’t play for a while because of it.
  • Patriots snap counts: Dion Lewis – 26, Rex – 19, White, 17
  • Brandin Cooks has been surprisingly consistent over the past six games. Averaging 8 targets, 5 catches, 82 yards and has 2 TDs in that span. I’ll take that. Averaging right around 5 catches a game.
  • What’s up with Jay Ajayi’s workload? Looks like the Eagles are taking their time.. hopefully. 4 players had at least 6 carries in this game for the Eagles. Ajayi outproduced everyone on the ground, so I think it’s a matter of time before he gets in… but I understand that fantasy owners need him to get the volume now. I would be weary of putting him in my lineup next week, but if you don’t have other options, he still has upside with his limited touches.
  • Alshon Jeffery is on a roll right now. As soon as I tell the world to trade him away, he starts killing it, I’ll own that one.  He still isn’t getting the type of volume we feel comfortable with – only saw 7 targets. But the way his rest of season schedule looked a few weeks ago looks very different now, and he’ll obviously be in lineups moving forward. Just keep in mind that Ertz hardly played a role in this game, and wasn’t in for their last game before the bye.
  • Alfred Morris looked good running the ball. Darren McFadden was a healthy scratch. That’s very telling that he’s not in their plans moving forward. Looks like the situation was a lot more simpler than a lot of us made it out to be. Morris is the guy, and performed well even in a tough matchup.