Elijah Moore leads off this article for the second time in three weeks. He exploded for 29.6 fantasy points in Week 11, picking up eight catches for 141 yards and a touchdown on 11 targets. Two weeks ago, Moore was the highest-scoring receiver and he is now a Top-5 WR going into Monday Night Football. Moore has seen six targets in five games straight and scored double-digit fantasy points each time. That includes twice breaking 27 fantasy points. The Jets have few explosive options, so Moore is an explosive option. He is QB-proof, and has been able to catch passes from Zach Wilson Mike White as well as Joe Flacco during that span. Moore has a high ceiling and a safe floor. He may have already been added, but he remains available in over half of NFL.com leagues. This needs to change. Moore looks like a solid weekly WR3 at best, but he has upside to be a winner.
Teams on bye in Week 12: Cardinals, Chiefs.
NFL SPORTS: Quarterbacks
Cam Newton made his first start of the 2021 season and ended up scoring 26 fantasy points. Because of his ability to use his legs, Newton is so valuable in fantasy. He rushed for 46 yards and a touchdown while throwing for 189 yards and two scores. This is impressive for a player who was signed only two weeks ago. Newton looks more at home in Carolina, and has better skill players than he had in New England. Because of his speed, he is an almost-QB1 every week. He will be facing the Falcons and the Dolphins in the next two games. If he’s still available, he’s the best option for a quarterback. He is in more than half of NFL.com leagues.
Tua Tagovailoa continues to be a good fantasy option when he plays. Tagovailoa failed to take full advantage of a strong matchup against the Jets, but he did score 17.5 fantasy points. He has demonstrated a safe floor, and has had big games to support it. He has thrown for multiple touchdowns in three of his last four starts and has multiple games with either 20 rushing yards or a rushing TD. Tagovailoa can be used as a backup quarterback and can be started in favorable matchups.
Tyrod Taylor rewarded those who had to stream him in Week 11. He threw for only 107 yards, but added 28 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns, good for 19 fantasy points. He is a great streaming option for good matchups because of his rushing ability. This is exactly what he will get next week against New York Jets.
NFL SPORTS: Running backs
Devonta Freeman remained the lead back for the Ravens even after Latavius Murray returned. In Week 11 Freeman played 57 percent of the snaps with 16 carries for 49 yards and a touchdown. He also was targeted six times, catching them all for 31 yards. Part of the reason for the large workload was Tyler Huntley starting, but either way, Freeman remained the lead option. The 20 fantasy points he scored in Week 11 was a season-high, but he has topped 11 in four of the past five weeks. While Freeman is the preferred option, Murray, who played 38 percent of the snaps and saw 10 carries and two targets should be rostered in deeper formats.
Ty Johnson and Tevin Coleman are worth taking a flier on as Michael Carter exited Week 11 with an ankle injury. Coleman played 34 percent of the snaps with five carries and one target in what was a close game. It had been Johnson operating as the secondary RB as of late, but that seemed to change in Week 11. It was possible that this was a one week thing. However, we will likely see a split if Carter is not available next week against the Texans. Johnson played 34 percent of the snaps and had one carry and one target against the Dolphins. Both could be used as flex options with Johnson being the preferred option against Houston, if Carter is not available.
Dontrell Hilliard was perhaps the most random top-scoring RB of the week. He played 63 percent of the snaps with a team-high 10 targets, catching eight of them for 47 yards. He also saw seven carries for 35 yards. The Titans were down against the Texans throughout the day so it was game-script related. The big question is has Hilliard now surpassed Jeremy McNichols, who was inactive in Week 11, in the role as the pass catching RB? There are certainly chances for the Titans to mix and match at RB. Hilliard is worth a look to see if he can continue this week.
Rex Burkhead saw 18 carries in Week 11 against the Titans. He turned them into 40 yards while playing 44 percent of the snaps. This volume could translate into fantasy points against the Jets next week, who give out the most fantasy points to RBs. They also allow the most yards, touchdowns, and a lot of catches to the position. David Johnson, who played 53 percent of the snaps and had 13 carries and four targets in Week 11, is also in play as a streaming option against the Jets. They are both very close but Johnson would be the prefer add as he sees more pass game usage.
Jeff Wilson Jr. was the lead back for the 49ers with Elijah Mitchell out in Week 11. Wilson ended up playing 56 percent of the snaps with 19 carries and two targets. He finished with just 58 yards but the volume is significant. Mitchell is clearly Wilson’s second back. Wilson is clearly Wilson. This role is versatile enough to allow for a flexible option in good matchups. Mitchell has been very injured this season, and we can see how Wilson is affected by missing time. Wilson is worth keeping on your bench.
Matt Breida is certainly a factor in the Bills’ backfield. He played 32 percent of the snaps and had a team-high five carries for 51 yards. He also saw two targets, in total going for 67 yards, while the other Buffalo backs combined for 48 yards on the day. The Bills’ coaching staff has spoke up Breida’s speed, and he showcased it with some big gains in Week 11. This is his second-touchdown game. He could be earning more playing time. Breida is playing well in a limited role but that could change. While he is not a target in the deeper leagues, he is definitely one to keep an eye on.
NFL SPORTS: Wide receivers
Darnell Mooney saw 16 targets, catching five of them for 121 yards and a touchdown with Allen Robinson out in Week 11. This volume is incredible. Mooney is a great option if Robinson is unable to play next week. Mooney will still be available if Robinson is unable to, since the Bears are playing on Thanksgiving. Robinson is out, but Mooney can be picked up if he’s still available. He is also in more than half of the NFL.com leagues. Mooney has had consistent volume throughout the season, with eight targets or more in three of his last five weeks. He has scored over 12 fantasy points in three straight and four of his past five games. Mooney is performing well and should be added to more leagues.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling saw a team-high 10 targets in Week 11, catching four of them for 123 yards and a touchdown. MVS is always a danger to catch a touchdown. However, that volume shouldn’t be overlooked. The 10 targets match the amount he has had in the Packers’ last four games combined. But the Packers are missing some key offensive players right now and need someone besides Davante Adams to step up. Valdes-Scantling, especially after this huge game, is your best bet. Give it a try and see if you get more volume.
Cedric Wilson saw seven targets in Week 11, catching four of them for 36 yards. Amari Cooper will miss the Thanksgiving Day game against the Raiders due to Covid-19. Meanwhile, CeeDee Lamb exited Week 11 with a concussion, and only having a four-day turnaround makes it tough for him to suit up. If Lamb does not play, Michael Gallup will be the WR1 (and top add if he is out there), but Wilson would step up as the second receiver, seeing a lot of time out of the slot. He would be a streaming option.
Nick Westbrook-Ikhine led the Titans with 107 receiving yards. He had seven catches on eight targets. Last week it was Marcus Johnson as the top receiver for the Titans, and he saw just one target this week. There could be another option, but Westbrook Ikhine has been the most consistent of all the options this season. Ryan Tannehill and A.J. Brown will both need someone to step up in Julio Jones‘ absence and NWI seems like the best bet. He is a better option for the deeper league.
NFL SPORTS: Tight ends
Adam Trautman scored a season-high 16.7 fantasy points against the Eagles. It’s partly because the Eagles have the most tight matchup possible, but Trautman has been performing well in recent weeks. He finished with a team-high eight targets, catching five for 58 yards and a touchdown. He now has at least six targets and scored at least eight fantasy points in each of his last four games. He has 23 targets from Trevor Siemian, the most on the Saints.
Austin Hooper finished with seven targets, catching four of them for 53 yards. In two consecutive games, he has at least five targets and in three weeks. In two consecutive games, he has attained at least nine fantasy points. Hooper is the Browns’ most consistent tight end, with targets available to him. Hooper should see at least five targets per match, which makes him a TE2 who can be streamed in favorable matchups.
Evan Engram plays on Monday Night Football, but regardless of the outcome he is a streaming option against the Eagles. Nick Vannett saw a target and did not score double-digit fantasy points snapping the streak. Yet every other tight end to see a target against Philly since Week 7 has topped 10 fantasy points. This includes two Broncos and three Chargers tight ends. Trautman scored nearly 17 fantasy points against them in Week 11. The Eagles are not a team that can be rushed.
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