Week 11 was full of Studs… but not a ton of Duds. There were a ton of players to choose from that had huge fantasy scores this week, but I had to dig deep to find players that vastly underperformed. Here’s your week 11 Studs and Duds.
The future of the Seattle backfield is here. With a game time call for Lynch to sit, Rawls stepped up big time. My fellow Central Michigan alumni put up the #1 RB score on the week with 209 and a TD on the ground combined with 3 receptions for 46 yards and a TD through the air. He showed a rare combination of size/speed/vision similar to his predecessor. If this guy has not been picked up yet in your league go get him now. Like right now. Stop reading and go put in your waiver claim. With only 1 year remaining on Lynch’s contract and already considering retirement this past offseason, I see the RB job as Rawls’ to lose to begin 2016. Add in the fact that he has a soft schedule to finish the season and this is a no brainer.
I will be the first to admit that I am a hater. I cannot stand Jaemis Winston. I cannot wait to watch the guy fail. But, you have to give credit where credit is due. The #1 overall pick looked all the part of a seasoned pro against the Eagles going for 246 yards and 5 TD’s. That’s the same amount of legs that you can find on a cluster of King Crab legs. If you’re like me, now is the perfect time to sell high as I don’t think he will ever hit 5 TD’s again in his career.
If you didn’t believe me about the legitimacy of Jackson’s play the last time I highlighted him as a stud, D’Qwell spent all Sunday proving you wrong. He almost had too many statistics to list in one post, but I’ll give it a try. 6 solo tackles, 1 assist, 2 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 pass defended, 1 interception, 1 fumble recovery returned 6 yards for a touchdown. Wow, what a game.
To put it bluntly, the NFL’s passing yardage leader did not have a good game. He finished Sunday’s game against the Chiefs with 178 yards and an interception for a whopping 1 point in standard scoring. I would like to think that Rivers is good enough to be a solid contributor for the remainder of the year, but he has just about no-one to throw the ball to. The receiving corps has been decimated by injury, the offensive line is just terrible, and the running game does him no favors. It’s sad to see one of the leagues elite QB’s struggle so badly, but that’s what looks to be the case for the rest of 2015. There’s always next year I guess.
After a hot start to the season Lee has been slowly dropping off. 4 solo’s and an assist is not a terrible day, but not great for a guy who you expect to put up double digit points on a weekly basis. He did have a tough matchup, with Miami allowing the 9th fewest points to LB’s, but I only see Lee as a LB3 for the remainder of the season.
As I mentioned, I really had to dig to find my dud’s this week. Daryl Smith is good, but not typically someone I would highlight for a sub par week. 1 solo, 1 assist, not great numbers for a high end LB2, but not as disappointing as someone that you count on to win your game for you. This game was also against Saint Louis, who allow the 2nd least points against LB’s – just because their offense is so bad. He should continue to put up the lower end double digit numbers for you on a weekly basis, especially since the Baltimore offense has just about no one left, meaning the defense will be on the field a ton.