Nease’s Insights - Week 11 - Here They Come Down The Stretch

Michael Nease brings you his insights each week for the world of Fantasy Football. Follow him on Twitter @mikeinsights

Another week has come and gone. Terrance Williams, Bobby Humphries, T.J. Jones, Aaron Jones or any one of a myriad players have left you seething. You lost by four points in a crucial game and want a do-over. Plain and simply you want Sunday back with a shot at changing your losing lineup with the advantage of 20-20 hindsight.

Going into Week 11 many mixed thoughts come to my mind. First and foremost, in most of our leagues only three weeks remain in the season before the playoffs begin. Gnawing at us is that we are losing control of our own destiny. Opponents have unknown players whooping us. Some of our studs have been letting us down. Jordy Nelson, if you are out there, please start contributing.

Injured and underperforming players are giving most of us a significant challenge. Where we were blowing opponents away a few weeks ago, now we are starting to see sporadic scoring from week to week. It’s as though the degree of difficulty control has been turned up. The playoff races are getting tighter and every week.

As we get closer to winning that coveted chance to be in the playoffs, we start thinking ahead a bit. What players are returning from IR in the next couple of weeks? I have to believe a Corey Coleman at WR gives you a better chance to win than many other alternatives. Earlier this year we had a week where we talked about how valuable a solid flex player can be.

As you know, skill and analysis only takes you so far. Luck plays a huge role in fantasy football. Nonetheless, having superior sources of information to that of your competitors can give you the edge you need to win games and ultimately become the championship.

In a typical fantasy football lineup, we have one position dedicated to a flex player, that being an extra RB, WR, or TE. Many people just take a lower tier RB or WR and slap them into the lineup. Following that haphazard strategy will cost you games on a regular ongoing basis.

You can turn the challenging flex position in your lineup into one of strength, rather than an afterthought. Typically the selection pool here in a 12-team league includes those players ranked beyond RB24, WR36 and TE12. I will use several rankings sources to obtain a healthy consensus.

Here are some players I have selected to recommend this week. Some may even be available on your waiver wire and would make great pickups. With bye weeks still being a major lineup challenge (Week 11—Indianapolis, Carolina, NY Jets, and San Francisco) and injuries, some may even fill RB2 or WR3 slots with some of these players as well.

       

Positional

 
   

NFL

Week 11

Opp DST

Last 3

Pos

Player

Team

Opp

Strength

Weeks

RB

Theo Riddick

Det

Chi

Weak

29-7-5         14 

RB

Rex Burkhead

NE

Oak

Weak

15-Bye-15   15

RB

Jamaal Williams

GB

Bal

Average

Bye-11-8     10

RB

T.J. Yelden

Jac

Cle

Average

Bye-7-11       9


Theo Riddick
is a solid pass receiving back for the Lions and is a good option against a weak versus RBs Bears DST. Rex Burkhead has at least temporarily stepped up in stature in the Belichick offensive scheme, with Gillislee seemingly out and White getting fewer touches. Jamaal Williams, with Aaron Jones’ knee injury and Ty Montgomery.s reinjured ribs, is now the RB du jour for the Packers. The Jaguars T.J. Yelden has earned a role as a pass receiving back and is good for a few points each week.

       

Positional

 

 

 

   

NFL

Week 11

Opp DST

Last 3

Pos

Player

Team

Opp

Strength

Weeks

WR

Paul Richardson

Sea

Atl

Strong

29-7-5           14

WR

Dontrelle Inman

Chi

Det

Weak

X-X-15         15

WR

Corey Coleman

Cle

Jac

Strong

Injured

WR

Kenny Galladay

Det

Chi

Average

Inj-Inj-8         8


Paul Richardson
has given the Seahawks a WR2 to complement Doug Baldwin. He has six games with 10 or more points out of the first nine games. Dontrelle Inman, at least in one game so far, has given the Bears a valid WR option for Mitchell Trubisky. Corey Coleman was on IR and is making a quiet return on a winless Browns team in Week 11. In Week 10 Kenny Galladay, who has been hurting for several weeks, returned for the Lions and gave them a strong WR3 option.

       

Positional

 
   

NFL

Week 11

Opp DST

 

Pos

Player

Team

Opp

Strength

Weeks

TE

Ben Watson

Bal

GB

Strong

9-11-Bye      10

TE

Julius Thomas

Mia

TB

Average

2-20-9          10


At 36 and playing on a horrid passing team like the Ravens, Ben Watson is often overlooked. He has been very consistent all year and has scored nine or more points in all but one game. Julius Thomas is no longer the player he was years ago on the Broncos, yet Jay Cutler and he have a special bond. With Cutler now back in the lineup, Thomas is coming off two strong games and is facing the dysfunctional Buccaneers this week.

And there you have it—the Week 11 flex player recommendations. When you look at your lineup, view it as a combination of players designed to give you enough points not only to win this week, but enough to win each and every week and ultimately to win your league championship. Conversely, if your lineup is too impotent to score the points you need consistently, you MUST try to fix it to win. Fantasy football is not a game for slackers.

Over the years many readers have contacted me personally for lineup and other fantasy football questions throughout the season. I look forward to helping you in your quest to win championships this year. You can contact me with any questions or comments you may have at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., follow me on Twitter @mikeinsights, or join me as a member of Couch Tomatoes, my fantasy football discussion group on Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/330237687362965/.

Good luck! Have fun!

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