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B-Team - Week 11


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The effort was there, the result was not. We had a great showing from our Week 10 running backs and receivers. It was Drew Lock and his and his four interceptions that really let us down. That, and Nelson Agholor’s 1.8 points in our flex spot. Anyhow, even with a poor outing out of our quarterback we almost achieved the goal. Let’s just chalk this up as a win in our books and move on to Week 11.


This is a series where I construct a hypothetical fantasy football lineup using players that are owned in less than 40-percent of Yahoo and/or ESPN leagues. The goal of the series is to top 100 PPR fantasy points using the make-shift team. The premise is to show that there is readily available value at all times across most waiver wires. You can find last week’s results below and the result of previous weeks at the bottom of this article.


Lock’s four interceptions really let us down. If he managed just 8.26 more fantasy points we would have hit our goal. I guess this is what I get for trusting in Lock in back-to-back weeks. Our top performer was Rex Burkhead with his 22.6 points. He managed that on the back of two receiving touchdowns. Kalen Ballage also showed up as our second runningback. He ran for 68 yards and also caught five-of-six targets. Jakobi Meyers caught five-of-seven targets for 59 yards in route to 15.86 fantasy points. Everyone else topped ten fantasy points except our flex play, Agholor, who caught one-of-five targets. Even our defense didn’t have a bad week.


Week 10 Results

Drew Lock (Denver Broncos) - 10.98 points

Kalen Ballage (Los Angeles Chargers) - 15.2 points

Rex Burkhead (New England Patriots) - 22.6 points

Jakobi Meyers (New England Patriots) - 15.86 points

Tim Patrick (Denver Broncos) - 10.1 points

Jordan Reed (San Francisco 49ers) - 11.2 points

Nelson Agholor (Las Vegas Raiders) - 1.8 points

Detroit Lions - 4 points

Total: 91.74 points


Week 11 Lineup

Quarterback

Kirk Cousins (Minnesota Vikings) - Owned in 40% of Yahoo and 18.8% of ESPN leagues

I refuse to fall into this Taysom Hill trap that everyone seems to be on board for. Also, I can’t use him because of his tight-end eligibility on ESPN, he’s owned in nearly 80-percent of leagues. Instead, I’ll opt for Kirk Cousins who, despite not looking the greatest, has had back-to-back decent fantasy weeks and gets the Dallas Cowboys this week. The Cowboys have allowed the 13th most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. After finally getting his first Monday Night Football victory of his career while throwing the ball 36 times, I expect Cousins to come out with confidence and take advantage of this weak Dallas’ defense.


Runningbacks

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Kerryon Johnson (Detroit Lions) - Owned in 14% of Yahoo and 24.9% of ESPN leagues

D’Andre Swift will miss Sunday’s game with the Detroit Lions with a concussion. This leaves Adrian Peterson as the team’s lead back and Kerryon Johnson playing second fiddle. Peterson is owned in too many Yahoo leagues for us to use so we’ll go for the second best thing. The matchup is there, even though Johnson has only topped 10 touches in one of his last four games. This of course came with Swift playing. Without Swift, Johnson should serve as the pass catching back for Matthew Stafford. The Panthers have allowed the fourth most fantasy points to opposing runningbacks.


Jordan Wilkins (Indianapolis Colts) - Owned in 11% of Yahoo and 5.6% of ESPN leagues

Jordan Wilkins has 39 carries over the last three weeks as Nyheim Hines and Jonathan Taylor have 43 combined. Taylor continues to struggle during his rookie season, seeing more and more work going to both Wilkins and Hines. Wilkins hasn’t done much with his chances since Week 8 against the Lions. The Colts’ get the Packers who have allowed the second most fantasy points to opposing runningbacks. If Wilkins continues to see a fair amount of chances against this defense, he will put up good fantasy points.


Wide Receivers

Jalen Reagor (Philadelphia Eagles) - Owned in 28% of Yahoo and 22.5% of ESPN leagues

I love me some Jalen Reagor this week. I’m playing him across my DFS lineups as well. The Browns have allowed the sixth most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. On top of this, Reagor is becoming Carson Wentz’ favorite target. He’s seen 13 targets over the past two weeks. He hasn’t done a whole lot with his chances outside of scoring his first career touchdown in Week 8 against the Cowboys. I expect him to have his first career breakout game this week.


Michael Pittman Jr. (Indianapolis Colts) - Owned in 40% of Yahoo and 23.4% of ESPN leagues

Pittman had a breakout performance last week against the Titans as he cleared 100 yards for the first time in his young career. This week he gets the Packers, who have been putting up points in a hurry. I’m a little worried about playing both Pittman and Wilkins this week but I do like both of their matchups. Pittman has also seen 15 targets over his last two games. He’s become the WR1 in Indy and I don’t expect that to change this week.


Tight End

Dalton Schultz (Dallas Cowboys) - Owned in 20% of Yahoo and 24% of ESPN leagues

I’m looking for consistency here. Schultz is a safe play week-in-and-week-out. He’s seen 15 targets over the past two weeks and gets a bump with Andy Dalton returning. The Vikings are middle of the pact in terms of points allowed to tight ends as well.


Flex

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Keelan Cole Jr. (Jacksonville Jaguars) - Owned in 28% of Yahoo and 14.7% of ESPN leagues

Cole had a big week last week, catching a touchdown and returning a punt for one. He also saw seven targets. The Jags get the Steelers this week, who have allowed 13 touchdowns to opposing wide receivers on the season. There's no doubt that the Jags will be playing from behind, forcing them to throw the ball. Even if it’s garbage time, fantasy points are fantasy points.


Defense

Cincinnati Bengals - Owned in 13% of Yahoo and 3.9% of ESPN leagues

I’ve played the Bengals’ defense before and it has never turned out well for me. So, in the words of the famous Michael Scott, “I’m ready to get hurt again.” The Bengals get the Washington Football Team and Alex Smith this week. Alex Smith threw the ball 55 times last week and didn’t throw an interception but threw three against the Giants a week prior. Washington has allowed the seventh most fantasy points to opposing defenses.


Week 1 Results

Derek Carr (Oakland Raiders) - 13.56 points

Boston Scott (Philadelphia Eagles) - 7.4 points

Jerick McKinnon (San Francisco 49ers) - 13.4 points

Kendrick Bourne (San Francisco 49ers) - 5.4 points

Bryan Edwards (Oakland Raiders) - 1.9 points

Jack Doyle (Indianapolis Colts) - 7.9 points

Marquez Valdes-Scantling (Green Bay Packers) - 19.6 points

Detroit Lions - 1 point

Total: 70.16 points


Week 2 Results

Philip Rivers (Indianapolis Colts) - 11.86 points

Peyton Barber (Washington Football Team) - 0.10 points

Frank Gore (New York Jets) - 6.3 points

Corey Davis (Carolina Panthers) - 12.6 points

Scotty Miller (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) - 3.2 points

Logan Thomas (Washington Football Team) - 6.6 points

Tre’Quan Smith (New Orleans Saints) - 13.6 points

Seattle Seahawks - 3 points

Total: 57.26 points


Week 3 Results

Mitchell Trubisky (Chicago Bears) - 12.62 points

Jeff Wilson Jr. (San Francisco 49ers) - 21.9 points

Frank Gore (New York Jets) - 7.2 points

K.J. Hamler (Denver Broncos) - 5.8 points

Cole Beasley (Buffalo Bills) - 16 points

Logan Thomas (Washington Football Team) - 7.1 points

Marquez Valdes-Scantling (Green Bay Packers) - 1.5 points

Cleveland Browns - 14 points

Total: 86.12


Week 4 Results

Ryan Fitzpatrick (Miami Dolphins) - 23.3 points

Jeff Wilson Jr. (San Francisco 49ers) - 2.9 points

Brian Hill (Atlanta Falcons) - 4.3 points

Cole Beasley (Buffalo Bills) - 12.2 points

Greg Ward Jr. (Philadelphia Eagles) - 7.8 points

Robert Tonyan (Green Bay Packers) - 33.8 points

Hunter Renfrow (Las Vegas Raiders) - 10.7 points

Cincinnati Bengals - 5 points

Total: 100 points


Week 5 Results

Jimmy Garopollo (San Francisco 49ers) - 1.08 points

Justin Jackson (Los Angeles Chargers) - 14.4 points

J.D. McKissic (Washington Football Team) - 10.9 points

Golden Tate (New York Giants) - 8.2 points

Keelan Cole (Jacksonville Jaguars) - 10.7 points

Ian Thomas (Carolina Panthers) - 0 points

Tre’Quan Smith (New Orleans Saints) - 2.8 points

Dallas Cowboys - 9 points

Total - 57.08


Week 6 Results

Andy Dalton (Dallas Cowboys) - 13.04

Frank Gore (New York Jets) - 11

J.D. McKissic (Washington Football Team) - 14.4

Travis Fulgham (Philadelphia Eagles) - 19.5

Cole Beasley (Buffalo Bills) - 14.5

Trey Burton (Indianapolis Colts) - 21.9

James Washington (Pittsburgh Steelers) - 16.8

Washington Football Team - 4

Total: 115.14


Week 7 Results

Kyle Allen (Washington Football Team) - 16.86 points

J.D. McKissic (Washington Football Team) - 7.1 point

JaMycal Hasty (San Francisco 49ers) - 8.3 points

Laviska Shenault (Jacksonville Jaguars) - 7.4 points

Cole Beasley (Buffalo Bills) - 22.2 points

Logan Thomas (Washington Football Team) - 16 points

Adam Humphries (Tennessee Titans) - 3.9 points

Cincinnati Bengals - -2 points

Total: 63.76 points


Week 8 Results

Baker Mayfield (Cleveland Browns) - 7.78 points

La’Michal Perine (New York Jets) - 5.3 points

Tevin Coleman (San Francisco 49ers) - 2 points

Scotty Miller (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) - 7.2 points

Jalen Reagor (Philadelphia Eagles) - 13.2 points

Richard Rodgers (Philadelphia Eagles) - 0 points

Kendrick Bourne (San Francisco 49ers) - 16.1 points

Green Bay Packers - 0 points

Total: 51.58 points


Week 9 Results

Drew Lock (Denver Broncos) - 30.22 points

Gus Edwards (Baltimore Ravens) - 9.4 points

J.D. McKissic (Washington Football Team) - 17.2 points

Darnell Mooney (Chicago Bears) - 9.3 points

Randall Cobb (Houston Texans) - 5.1 points

Tyler Eifert (Jacksonville Jaguars ) - 8.8 points

Jakobi Meyers (New England Patriots) - 28.9 points

Houston Texans - 4 points

Total: 112.92


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