LA CROSSE/EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Week 11 is wrapped up, and there were tons of players that left a huge impact on fantasy rosters. Welcome back to Fantasy Football Leader Breakdown, where the top three quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, and tight ends will be analyzed and broken down from their latest matchup.
Quarterback #1 – Deshaun Watson = 31.4 Fantasy Points (STD)
Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson had an outstanding fantasy performance in the 27-20 victory over the New England Patriots. Watson came up big for his fantasy owners, completing 28-37 passes for 344 yards and two touchdowns. The mobile QB also used his legs, adding a rushing touchdown to his point pile. Watson will look to stay hot in Week 12 as he and the Texans will take on the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day. Watson is a must-start.
Projected Points for Week 12 = 24.0
Lucas’ Projections = 20.5
Quarterback #2 – Justin Herbert = 27.7 Fantasy Points (STD)
Los Angeles Chargers rookie quarterback Justin Herbert continues to rack up tons of fantasy points. Owners of Herbert are extremely happy with his consistent production. Herbert led the Chargers to a 28-34 victory over the New York Jets. Doing so, he completed 37 of 49 passes and three touchdowns. Herbert had zero interceptions in the contest as well. The young rook also rushed for 11 yards. Herbert has now thrown for over 300 yards in five games this year. He has also thrown for multiple touchdowns in seven straight games. Herbert will look to continue his dominate performance in Week 12 as the Chargers will take on the Buffalo Bills in a tough matchup. Herbert should be started as this may be a shootout.
Projected Points for Week 12 = 22.3
Lucas’ Projections = 26.9
Quarterback #3 – Taysom Hill = 24.4 Fantasy Points (STD)
Quarterback or tight end? If you play fantasy football on the ESPN app, you could’ve played New Orleans QB Taysom Hill in the Tight End slot for Week 11. Now, this either left people around the fantasy world furious or thankful, as the backup QB hauled in 24.4 fantasy points in the 9-24 victory over the Atlanta Falcons. Rostering two quarterbacks in a single quarterback league is truly unfair, so ESPN is now removing Taysom Hill’s tight end eligibility, making him a quarterback only. The backup to Drew Brees had a solid fantasy performance overall. Hill completed 18 of 23 passes for 233 passing yards and carried the ball 10 times for 51 rushing yards. While rushing, the mobile QB scored twice, creating tons of fantasy points. Hill is mainly known for his legs and tough athletic ability, but he showed some serious arm strength in his first start this season. Though he fumbled the ball once, Hill can easily be a QB1 with his rushing ability. Taysom Hill and the Saints will take on the Broncos in Week 12, and Hill can most certainly be started.
Projected Points for Week 12 = 17.3
Lucas’ Projections = 18.9
Running back #1 – Dalvin Cook = 20.0 Fantasy Points (STD)
As expected, Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook continues to haul in fantasy points. The RB carried the ball a whopping 27 times for 115 yards. He also added 45 receiving yards and one touchdown in the 31-28 loss to the Cowboys. As Cook continues to be a workhorse for the Vikings offense, fantasy owners can usually expect a decent point-pile in the coming weeks. Cook and the Vikings will take on the Carolina Panthers in Week 12.
Projected Points for Week 12 = 20.5
Lucas’ Projections = 23.7
Running back #2 – Clyde Edwards-Helaire = 19.7 Fantasy Points (STD)
Kansas City Chiefs rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire came up big in Week 11. CEH rushed the ball 14 times for 69 yards and two touchdowns in Week 11. Edwards-Helaire almost completed a hat trick in the Sunday night matchup, but veteran running back, Le’Veon Bell snagged the touchdown. Fantasy owners were worried about CEH’s production, knowing that the Chiefs are a pass-heavy offense. However, the shifty running back provided a hefty dosage of fantasy points in the nail-biting victory against the Las Vegas Raiders, 35-31. Fantasy owners should feel confident owning a starting running back in an explosive offense. The 9-1 Chiefs will look to defeat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their Week 12 matchup. CEH can be started as he gets a decent amount of volume through catches and rushes.
Projected Points for Week 12 = 9.8
Lucas’ Projections = 13.5
Running back #3 – Derrick Henry = 19.2 Fantasy Points (STD)
Titans running back Derrick Henry had a massive fantasy performance in the overtime win over the Ravens. Henry received a heavy amount of volume, rushing the ball a whopping 28 times for 133 yards and a game-winning touchdown. Henry has surpassed 100 rushing yards for the sixth time this season. The RB has a favorable fantasy playoff schedule. Henry will always be a must-start.
Projected Points for Week 12 = 15.6
Lucas’ Projections = 19
Wide receiver #1 – Adam Thielen = 24.3 Fantasy Points (STD)
Adam Thielen, wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings, caught eight passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns in the heartbreaking loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Thielen has been hot all season long, catching 11 touchdowns. The veteran receiver has three 100+yard receiving games as well. Though Thielen has often been a hit or miss when it comes to fantasy, he is still considered a WR1 and should always be started. Theilen will look to stay hot in Week 12 as he takes on the Panthers.
Projected Points for Week 12 = 11.1
Lucas’ Projections = 15.7
Wide receiver #2 – Damiere Byrd = 20.3 Fantasy Points (STD)
New England Patriots wide receiver Damiere Byrd put on his best game of the season in the loss to the Houston Texans. Byrd hauled in only six of his seven targets, but he gained 132 yards and a touchdown in the contest. Byrd has not gone over 100 yards all season until now. So how should fantasy managers react to Byrd’s big game? Don’t get too excited. Byrd can be rostered in deep leagues and can maybe be considered a desperate FLX, but the receiver does not do nearly as much to throw out on an active roster.
Projected Points for Week 12 =4.7
Lucas’ Projections = 3.9
Wide receiver #3 – Robert Woods = 18.6 Fantasy Points (STD)
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Robert Woods looked flawless in Week 11’s matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Woods caught 12 of his 15 targets for 130 yards and at touchdown in the Monday night victory. Woods has a floor that is generally one of the safest in football, being a WR2. He is a safe start in the Week 12 matchup against the 49ers.
Projected Points for Week 12 = 8.9
Lucas’ Projections = 10.1
Tight end #1 – Travis Kelce = 18.9 Fantasy Points (STD)
The number one tight end is back from his BYE and comes up huge in Week 11, positioning himself back at the #1 tight end spot for the fantasy leader list. Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce caught 8 passes for 127 yards and a game-winning touchdown in the Sunday night showdown against the Las Vegas Raiders. The tight end has now topped 100 yards in three consecutive games and has two touchdowns over that span. He’s remarkable. Kelce will face off against a tough Tampa Bay defense in Week 12, but the tight end has already shown that he can produce in any matchup.
Projected Points for Week 12 = 12.5
Lucas’ Projections = 18.5
Tight end #2 – Mark Andrews = 15.6 Fantasy Points (STD)
Baltimore Ravens tight end Mark Andrews came up big in Week 11. Andrews had his best yardage total of the 2020 season, catching five passes for 96 yards and a touchdown. Andrews was targeted seven times in the overtime loss to the Titans. It is extremely difficult to find a producing tight end this year, which is why Andrews will remain a TE1 as his targets are there and has big playability. Andrews and the Ravens will take on a tough Steelers defense in Week 12.
Projected Points for Week 12 = 7.5
Lucas’ Projections = 10.6
Tight end #3 – Darren Waller = 14.8 Fantasy Points (STD)
Darren Waller, tight end for the Las Vegas Raiders, had a beefy game in the Sunday night loss to the Chiefs. Waller was a favorite target in the contest, hauling in seven catches for 88 yards and a touchdown. The tight end once again proved why he is one of the best tight ends in the league right now. Waller has now caught at least five passes in his eight of ten games this season. Waller and the Raiders will face the Falcons in Week 12. Waller is a locked-in tight end for the remainder of the season.
Projected Points for Week 12 = 9.9
Lucas’ Projections = 12.8
Week 11 is wrapped up and fantasy playoffs are approaching. Keep in mind that the trade deadline is coming up, so get those upgrades finalized! Week 12 will be here quickly, as there are three matchups on Thanksgiving Day. Keep in mind there are COVID-19 complications floating around the league as well. Good luck in Week 11 and have a great Thanksgiving!