A.J. Hoffman

NFL fantasy football rankings for Week 11

DeAndre Hopkins comes in at No. 2 this week. Bob Levey/Getty Images

QB 

  1. Drew Brees vs. PHI
  2. Patrick Mahomes @ LAR
  3. Jared Goff vs. KC
  4. Cam Newton @ DET
  5. Andrew Luck vs. TEN
  6. Carson Wentz @ NO
  7. Aaron Rodgers @ SEA
  8. Russell Wilson vs. GB
  9. Matt Ryan vs. DAL
  10. Deshaun Watson @ WAS
  11. Philip Rivers vs. DEN
  12. Ryan Fitzpatrick @ NYG
  13. Ben Roethlisberger @ JAX
  14. Mitch Trubisky vs. MIN
  15. Dak Prescott @ ATL

RB (standard scoring)

  1. Todd Gurley vs. KC
  2. Melvin Gordon vs. DEN
  3. Ezekiel Elliott @ ATL
  4. Saquon Barkley vs. TB
  5. Kareem Hunt @ LAR
  6. Alvin Kamara vs. PHI
  7. Christian McCaffrey @ DET
  8. David Johnson vs. OAK
  9. James Conner @ JAX
  10. Kerryon Johnson vs. CAR
  11. Leonard Fournette vs. PIT
  12. Joe Mixon @ BAL
  13. Aaron Jones @ SEA
  14. Marlon Mack vs. TEN
  15. Calvin Cook @ CHI
  16. Mark Ingram vs. PHI
  17. Phillip Lindsay @ LAC
  18. Tarik Cohen vs. MIN
  19. Tevin Coleman vs. DAL
  20. Alex Collins vs. CIN
  21. Adrian Peterson vs. HOU
  22. Dion Lewis @ IND
  23. Lamar Miller @ WAS
  24. Rashaad Penny vs. GB
  25. Doug Martin @ ARI
  26. Jordan Howard vs. MIN
  27. Ito Smith vs. DAL
  28. Jalen Richard @ ARI
  29. Chris Carson vs. GB
  30. Derrick Henry @ IND

WR (standard scoring)

  1. Michael Thomas vs. PHI
  2. DeAndre Hopkins @ WAS
  3. Odell Beckham Jr. vs. TB
  4. Tyreek Hill @ LAR
  5. Antonio Brown @ JAX
  6. Adam Thielen @ CHI
  7. Julio Jones vs. DAL
  8. Davante Adams @ SEA
  9. Robert Woods vs. KC
  10. Keenan Allen vs. DEN
  11. Brandin Cooks vs. KC
  12. Mike Evans @ NYG
  13. JuJu Smith-Schuster @ JAX
  14. TY Hilton vs. TEN
  15. Alshon Jeffery @ NO
  16. Corey Davis @ IND
  17. Kenny Golladay vs. CAR
  18. Stefon Diggs @ CHI
  19. Amari Cooper @ ATL
  20. Emmanuel Sanders @ LAC
  21. Larry Fitzgerald vs. OAK
  22. John Brown vs. CIN
  23. Sammy Watkins @ LAR
  24. Allen Robinson vs. MIN
  25. Sterling Shepard vs. TB
  26. Tyler Lockett vs. GB
  27. Golden Tate @ NO
  28. Marquez Valdes-Scantling @ SEA
  29. Courtland Sutton @ LAC
  30. Tyler Boyd @ BAL
  31. Calvin Ridley vs. DAL
  32. DeSean Jackson @ NYG
  33. Doug Baldwin vs. GB
  34. Demaryius Thomas @ WAS
  35. Marvin Jones vs. CAR
  36. Michael Crabtree vs. CIN
  37. Devin Funchess @ DET
  38. Anthony Miller vs. MIN
  39. Tre’Quan Smith vs. PHI
  40. Tyrell Williams vs. DEN

TE (standard scoring)

  1. Zach Ertz @ NO
  2. Travis Kelce @ LAR
  3. Greg Olsen @ DET
  4. Eric Ebron vs. TEN
  5. Trey Burton vs. MIN
  6. OJ Howard @ NYG
  7. Jack Doyle vs. TEN
  8. Jimmy Graham @ SEA
  9. Evan Engram vs. TB
  10. Austin Hooper vs. DAL
  11. Jared Cook @ ARI
  12. Vance McDonald @ JAX
  13. Jordan Reed vs. HOU
  14. Kyle Rudolph @ CHI
  15. Benjamin Watson vs. PHI

D/ST

  1. Ravens vs. CIN
  2. Chargers vs. DEN
  3. Bears vs. MIN
  4. Cardinals @ DET
  5. Texans @ WAS
  6. Vikings @ CHI
  7. Steelers @ JAX
  8. Redskins vs. HOU
  9. Panthers @ DET
  10. Giants vs. TB
  11. Cowboys @ ATL
  12. Titans @ IND
  13. Jaguars vs. NYG
  14. Colts vs. TEN
  15. SEA vs. GB
Cheerleaders are supposed to be hot. Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

In this age of safe spaces and emotional support animals I understand the plight of the modern day cheerleader and power dancer. They shouldn't have to hear hurtful words.

Longtime Texans cheerleader director Alto Gary was accused of calling her cheerleaders crack whores and porn stars when they wore too much makeup. This week a MIlwaukee Bucks cheerleader said she was locked in a dark closet and had to endure jiggle tests and fat grabbing.

These methods are probably unnecessary. Are they lawsuit worthy? That's for smarter people to decide. The Bucks did settle a suit for $250,000 because they underpaid their cheerleaders. That's something I can get behind. But that's arguable as well.

Exactly what are we looking for in our cheerleaders as 2018 comes to a close?

There are two main priorities in the cheer game: looks and dance-ability. We've gotten away from the gymnastics aspect. In high school competition it's still important but in the pro game we've gone to more synchronized dancing.

What we haven't gotten away from is how important it is to look good. As politically incorrect as that might be, it isn't going away anytime soon, maybe ever. We want our cheerleaders to look good. Sorry. Call me a neanderthal. Political correctness will never overcome a guy's pentiant to look at pretty girls. It just won't.

What we have here is the issue of how the cheerleaders are being treated and paid. Are the hurtful words necessary? No. But guess what. Stuff happens when livelihoods are on the line. You know what coaches call their players when they gain weight and get out of shape? You don't want to know. It's ugly. Body shaming? You bet. Happens every day in locker rooms all across the country at every level.

Some coaches are just mean and will pick at any inadequacy. Others use it as a motivational tactic. Who wants to be shamed publicly? No one but if I stay in shape I won't catch the coach's wrath so I stay in shape.

Let me make this perfectly clear though. I am anti-eating disorder. I like a little meat on the bones. That cheerleaders have to be Victoria Secret models is a thing of the past. Nothing wrong with some muffin tops in my book. I would be a great cheerleader director. After practice we'd order a few pizzas.

I'd be the only one who would do that but OK. Maybe I would change the game. Probably not but maybe.

As far as the inferior pay goes, I'm not sure that will change anytime soon. I don't want to be mean but let's be real. Cheerleaders are part of the game. They are not the game. Unless you are extremely perverted (and there are much better ways to get your perv on) the only people that are there just for the cheerleaders are their family and boyfriends/husbands.

The players are the product and they're expensive. Periphery attractions have to be affordable or the business plan doesn't work. Cheerleaders can and should make more than the miserly owners have been paying them but they're never going to get rich cheering. They're just not.

My cousin was a Honey Bear back in the day. She didn't make squat but she loved what she did and no one can ever take that away from her. There's a certain pride that goes along with it, not only for her but for the whole family. My cousin was hot enough to be a Bear's cheerleader. None of my friends had family that hot. I lauded that over them.

Let's not relent to political correctness on this. We just can't. Should directors lock cheerleaders in closets? Grab their fat? Wrap them in cellophane? Probably not. Should they at least make minimum wage and maybe more? Sure.

But we can't lower our hotness standards. They have to be smokin' hot and dance well.

I want my mechanic to know engines and fix my problem. I want my doctor to diagnose and cure my ills. I want my pilot to take off and land without incident and I want my cheerleaders and/or power dancers to be hot and dance well. That's the job. Period.

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