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Week 11 fantasy football rankings: Titanic Task

Mariota faces a Steelers defense that has given up the second fewest fantasy points to QBs. Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Below are my 1/2 PPR fantasy rankings for Week 11. Most leagues are using points per reception these days, so take that into consideration when looking at the ranks. Six points are awarded for every receiving and rushing TD, and four points for every passing TD. If you are playing in a non-PPR league, pass-catching running backs lose a bit of value and so do possession receivers. Make sure you check the status of players that have been limited or out of practice. The rankings will be updated on Sunday morning.

If you have any start-sit questions, feel free to hit me up at @jordanpfx on Twitter, and I will do my best to get to every question. Include your scoring system with your questions. Good luck!


1 T. Brady NE
2 C. Wentz PHI
3 R. Wilson SEA
4 D. Carr OAK
5 M. Ryan ATL
6 M. Stafford DET  
7 D. Brees NO  
8 A. Smith KC
9 D. Prescott DAL  
10 B. Roethlisberger PIT   
11 K. Cousins WAS
12 J. Goff LAR  
13 E. Manning NYG  
14 P. Rivers LAC  *Questionable
15 M. Mariota TEN


1 L. Bell PIT  
2 M. Ingram NO
3 T. Gurley LAR
4 K. Hunt KC 
5 T. Coleman ATL
6 M. Gordon LAC 
7 J. Howard CHI
8 A. Kamara NO 
9 L. Fournette JAC *Active
10 L. McCoy BUF
11 J. Ajayi PHI
12 D. Murray TEN
13 C. Thompson WAS
14 L. Miller HOU  
15 J. McKinnon MIN
16 M. Lynch OAK
17 D. Martin TB
18 R. Burkhead NE  
19 J. Mixon CIN
20 I. Crowell CLE
21 A. Peterson ARI
22 A. Abdullah DET
23 K. Drake MIA  
24 D. Lewis NE
25 D. Williams MIA
26 S. Perine WAS
27 D. Johnson CLE
28 A. Collins BAL
29 T. Riddick DET
30 J. Williams GB


1 A. Brown PIT  
2 D. Baldwin SEA
3 J. Jones ATL 
4 M. Evans TB  
5 A. Jeffery PHI
6 B. Cooks NE 
7 S. Shepard NYG *Inactive
8 T. Hill KC
9 G. Tate DET
10 M. Thomas NO
11 A. Thielen MIN
12 A. Cooper OAK
13 S. Diggs MIN
14 D. Hopkins HOU
15 M. Crabtree OAK
16 D. Thomas DEN
17 J. Landry MIA
18 K. Allen LAC
19 M. Lee JAC  
20 L. Fitzgerald ARI
21 A. Green CIN
22 D. Bryant DAL  
23 J. Maclin BAL
24 J. Smith-Schuster PIT
25 M. Sanu ATL
26 D. Parker MIA
27 M. Jones DET
28 J. Crowder WAS  
29 N. Agholor PHI
30 R. Woods LAR  
31 E. Sanders DEN
32 D. Adams GB
33 D. Jackson TB
34 C. Davis TEN
35 T. Ginn NO


1 T. Kelce KC
2 R. Gronkowski NE  
3 Z. Ertz PHI  
4 J. Graham SEA 
5 E. Engram NYG
6 D. Walker TEN
7 J. Cook OAK
8 V. Davis WAS
9 K. Rudolph MIN  
10 A. Hooper ATL
11 C. Brate TB
12 J. Witten DAL


1 Jaguars  
2 Ravens 
3 Cardinals  
4 Eagles  
5 Lions 
6 Broncos
7 Saints 
8 Chiefs 
9 Vikings 
10 Bears 
11 Bengals
12 Rams  
13 Seahawks  
14 Patriots 
15 Cowboys  


1 S. Gostkowski NE
2 J. Elliott PHI
3 J. Tucker BAL
4 G. Zuerlein LAR
5 W. Lutz NO
6 M. Prater DET  
7 C. Boswell PIT  
8 H. Butker KC
9  M. Bryant ATL 
10 R. Succop TEN  
11 J. Lambo JAC  
12 N. Novak LAC
13 K. Forbath MIN  
14 G. Tavecchio OAK
15 K. Fairbairn HOU

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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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