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Fantasy football under-the-radar plays — Week 11

Washington is a great matchup for WRs over the past month. Photo via Texans/Facebook

Week 11 is already here and I’m back to give out more sleeper plays. My standard for a good fantasy game is around 100 total yards and/or a TD, and this is for PPR scoring. A game with a lot of catches helps too, obviously. Of course, the bar is a little lower for TEs. 

I went 7-6 last week, and you can check out that article here. Not my best work, but certainly not terrible either. I will continue to look for players that can help you with the bye week blues. These players are in no particular order.

QB

Dak Prescott (DAL): The Falcons have allowed 9TDs in their last 4 games and Prescott is playing better with the addition of Amari Cooper. Count on a lot of points getting scored in this game, and the Falcons are giving up over 27FPTS/G to QBs over their last 4 games. Plus, Prescott can get some yards with his legs.

Matthew Stafford (DET): It’s hard to get excited about Stafford, but he’s playing at home with a terrific matchup. The Panthers have given up 15 passing TDs in their last 5 games. He’s worth a flyer if you really need a QB this week.

RB

Alex Collins (BAL): I’m not sure what to expect at QB for the Ravens this week, but I like Collins to score some points. The Bengals are allowing over 5.5 yards per carry to RBs in their last 4 games, and the defense is banged up. Over their last 4 games, Cincinnati has allowed almost 40FPTS/G to RBs.

Mark Ingram (NO): I put him in this article last week, and he came through BIG TIME. The Eagles are a Top 5 matchup for RBs over their last 4 games and allowing 6.6 yards per carry.

David Johnson (ARI): He’s playing the Raiders. That is all.

Phillip Lindsay (DEN): The Chargers give up almost 27FPTS/G to the position over their last 4, and dude is fast.

WR

Demaryius Thomas (HOU): Thomas has a great opportunity against a Washington defense that’s giving up almost 45FPTS/G to WRs. I know he's still learning the offense, but I think Thomas and Hopkins go off here.

TY Hilton (IND): The Titans are a Top 5 matchup for WRs over the last month, Hilton is at home for this game, and Luck hasn’t been sacked in his last 4 games.

Amari Cooper (DAL): I like Dak this week, so it makes a lot of sense that I think Cooper comes through as well. I’ve been on the Cooper train since he was traded, and I don’t see that changing in this potential shootout with the Falcons. The Falcons are allowing over 41FPTS/G to WRs over their last 4 games.

Corey Davis (TEN): The matchup isn’t great, but Davis should continue to get a ton of volume.

Sammy Watkins (KC): If he practices all week with no setbacks, he's a great play.

TE

Austin Hooper (ATL): Hooper was in this article last week and he had a HUGE game. I like his matchup against the Cowboys this week with them allowing 23 catches to TEs in their last 4 games. Dallas gives up almost 17FPTS/G to TEs over the last month.

O.J. Howard (TB): The Giants have given up 29 catches to TEs over the last month. You could certainly do worse at the wasteland that is TE this year.

 

That’s all I have for this week. For more fantasy info, make sure you check out my show Moneyline on ESPN 97.5 every Sunday from 10-noon. Jerry Bo and I will get you ready for kickoff and answer any questions you may have. Also, follow us on Twitter.

Good luck in Week 11!

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A WEEKLY REVIEW OF CRENNEL'S COACHING

Now my job: Texans feast on Lions

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Thanksgiving is full of tradition. There's the typical family gathering, large meal, and of course, football. Sometimes, new traditions are added and old ones are retired. I think the Texans did both in their impressive 41-25 win over the Lions in Detroit. Old traditions were carried on (Lions losing on Thanksgiving), some were put to rest (Texans not being able to get turnovers), and new ones were started (multiple passing touchdowns by Deshaun Watson in six straight games).

The fact that this defense got three turnovers in the game was unbelievable! They got all three in the first quarter within the span of eight plays. JJ Watt's pick-six was insane. He went for a batted ball, ended up catching it, and ran it in. They forced Jonathan Williams to fumble on the Lions' very next play from scrimmage and recovered it. On the Lions' next possession, the Texans recovered yet another fumble after the challenge was reversed. Great call by the coaching staff to challenge and win. The defense looked good. Tyrell Adams stood out because he was in on those two fumbles, made 17 total tackles with 14 of them being solo tackles. They also brought pressure that seemed to make Matthew Stafford very inaccurate and resulted in four sacks. I give defensive coordinator Anthony Weaver credit for knowing he needs to blitz to get pressure, but the run defense has to improve.

The offense kept the tempo up in this game as well. The spread and hurry-up were used to keep the Lions already staggered defense off balance. Knowing the Lions were without a couple defensive backs, I thought it would be the perfect marriage of their defense and the Texans' offense. A buddy asked before the game about the line (Texans -3.5) and the over/under (52.5). I told him bet the Texans and the over because neither team can play defense and both have good quarterbacks. Offensive coordinator Tim Kelly put together another good game plan and Watson executed it flawlessly. One route combo I saw later on in the game I particularly enjoyed. Two receivers were tight to the left side. Cooks ran a hook/curl and settled in the middle of the zone while Fuller ran a vertical route. Duke Johnson ran a swing route to that same side. It left Cooks wide open as the attention went to Johnson in the flat, Fuller deep, and the action to the other play side. Route combos are important because it gives the quarterback different reads as he goes through his progressions and lets him pick apart the defense based on what he sees. Combine that with Watson's play and the way Kelly has changed his play calling now that he's liberated from he who shall not be named, we're seeing a beautiful thing.

As good as things were, there's still room for improvement. The defense gives up way too many easy yards, both run and pass. They can't get pressure bringing only four and will often give up big plays if the blitz is picked up. Plus the run defense is still an issue as evidenced by the Lions' first possession of the second half. The Lions ran the ball 10 plays straight for a total of 58 yards on that drive. Utterly ridiculous! Watson was good (17/25 318 yards and four touchdowns), but he missed two more touchdowns with passes slightly off, and continues to hold onto the ball too long at times. The difference between these two issues I've presented here is the fact that Watson has so played well, his "issues" are minor and very correctable, while the defense is terrible and there's no easy fix in sight. But let Romeo Crennel and Anthony Weaver tell it, they're getting the most out of these guys and they're playing disciplined.

The thought that this team may actually creep into the playoff picture may take shape better after next week if they can beat the Colts. I doubt it, but it is getting interesting. Let's see what else happens around them because they need help getting there.

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