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Week 11 Flex Rankings for Fantasy Football

Week 11 presents a unique set of challenges for many fantasy managers. In addition to the usual allotment of bye weeks (four) and injuries (too many to count), we also have some wintery weather in store at several NFL locales. All of these influences can cause quite a shift in the projected value of players in a given week. Then of course there are the matchups themselves. Below are my current Week 11 Flex rankings based on all of these factors. As always, these rankings incorporate half-PPR scoring. Use these as a guide to assist you with those difficult lineup decisions, and make sure to keep up with the latest news before submitting those lineups.

Running Back Notes

Najee Harris managed to stave off landing in fantasy purgatory for at least another week. The Steelers running back totaled 99 yards in last week’s victory against New Orleans. Before we anoint Harris as “back”, however, we should note that 54 of those yards came on a single carry. Harris averaged an uninspiring 2.3 yards on his other 19 carries. Jaylen Warren saw his biggest workload of the year with 12 touches, and he had a solid showing. He ended up with 77 all-purpose yards and outscored Harris in half-PPR scoring. I still think Harris is the preferred start this week against Cincinnati, but Warren looms as a threat. I have Harris ranked as a low-end RB2 this week. Cincinnati has allowed four rushing touchdowns over their past four games. Harris will likely need to find the end zone to reach that threshold.

Gus Edwards returned to practice on Wednesday and looks to be on track to suit up on Sunday for Baltimore. I normally try to avoid starting players coming off a layoff due to injury. But the Ravens have already shown us they will not hesitate to ride players under these conditions. It was just last month when Edwards emerged as the overall RB10 in Week 7 after missing nearly two years. The matchup is certainly a favorable one against the Carolina Panthers. Carolina has allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to the running back position. However, that is at least in part because they have allowed four receiving touchdowns to enemy backs. Edwards is not much of a threat in the receiving game, so I do not expect him to thrive in this area. I think Edwards profiles as a borderline Week 11 Flex option depending on your other options.

Fantasy managers may have thought that Clyde Edwards-Helaire hit rock bottom in Week 9 when he ran the ball just four times for five yards. Not by a long shot. Edwards-Helaire failed to earn a touch in last week’s victory. Isiah Pacheco seems to be the preferred option on early downs, with Jerick McKinnon taking over the receiving role. I do not currently have either back ranked inside my top-25 running backs, but I think there is room for at least one of them to exceed my expectations. The Los Angeles Chargers have allowed the third-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season. They have been gashed to the tune of 5.71 yards per carry, which is why I favor Pacheco. Despite his recent success as a receiver, the Chiefs generally do not trust McKinnon to run the ball. He has just 33 carries on the season.

Wide Receiver Notes

Through his first six NFL games, Christian Watson accounted for 88 scoreless yards. He had never finished a single week inside the top 60 fantasy wide receivers. On Sunday, he had 107 receiving yards and his first three NFL touchdowns, finishing as the overall WR3 for the week. Who says fantasy football isn’t fun? The funny thing is that he still struggled with drops and mental errors, which plagued him during his rookie campaign. But his 4.36 speed was on full display as he routinely separated from Cowboys defenders. With Green Bay desperate for playmakers in the passing game and Romeo Doubs sidelined with an ankle injury, it appears they are willing to take the good with the bad when it comes to Watson. Fantasy managers will likely follow suit, as Watson was this week’s top waiver claim.

Watson will have the chance to build upon last week’s effort in Week 11 against the Tennessee Titans. The Titans are among the most difficult teams in the NFL to run against. They have allowed just 599 rushing yards and a single rushing score to opposing backs this season. They also lead the NFL with just 0.96 yards before contact per rush allowed. I still expect Green Bay to test them on the ground, but they figure to have more success through the air. Tennessee ranks in the bottom five in terms of fantasy points allowed to both quarterbacks and wide receivers. If Tennessee can establish dominance up front early, that could force Watson into more opportunities. Watson projects as a highly volatile WR3 who has a wide range of outcomes given what we have seen from the rookie thus far.

Watson was not the only wide receiver who scored his first NFL touchdown last week. Kadarius Toney found the end zone as well in his second game as a Kansas City Chief. Toney totaled 90 yards on six touches including a couple of carries. As I touched on earlier, Kansas City has had issues in their run game. Andy Reid may continue to utilize Toney on a couple of carries each week moving forward. That would raise Toney’s floor, and we know his ceiling will be high in the Chiefs’ vaunted offense. Toney could receive an unintended boost this week, as Juju Smith-Schuster is still dealing with a concussion suffered last week. I expect Toney’s role to continue to grow as he gets more acclimated with the playbook. I have Toney ranked just below Watson, but he also has high upside in an expected shootout.

Donovan Peoples-Jones quietly ranks inside the top 30 in the NFL in receiving yards. He has racked up at least 50 yards in seven of nine contests and has at least 71 yards in four straight. I currently have him ranked as a borderline Week 11 Flex, at WR39. But there is a good chance he falls in the rankings as we approach game time. Peoples-Jones and the Cleveland Browns travel to Buffalo this week to play the Bills. There is a severe storm rolling into Buffalo this week that could bring more than three feet of snow. Even if the snow clears by Sunday, it is expected that there will be high winds and freezing temperatures. These conditions are not conducive to much passing. If you are choosing between Peoples-Jones and a similar option this week, you may want to check the latest weather reports first.

Tight End Notes

The Chicago Bears have scored the most points in the NFL over the past four weeks. No, seriously, it’s true. Their recent hot stretch has of course been led by quarterback Justin Fields. But Cole Kmet leads all tight ends in fantasy points over the past four weeks as well. Kmet has scored five times over the last three games, including consecutive multi-score outings. He now enters Week 11 as the overall TE7 on the year. That is probably more an indictment of the tight end position than an endorsement of Kmet. After Week 6, Kmet was the overall TE37. Having said that, it makes sense to ride the hot hand.

Defenses are going to have to come up with creative ways to keep Fields from running all over them. For many teams that includes the use of a defender spying on Fields to keep him in the pocket. That means there is one less defender to deal with Kmet over the middle of the field. Kmet could be in line for another solid game against Atlanta on Sunday. The Falcons have allowed 60 tight end receptions so far this year. That is the third-highest total in the NFL. This game has the second-highest total of the week and will be played in the cozy confines of Atlanta’s dome. If you have been riding the Cole Kmet wave in recent weeks, I would continue to do so. I would not hesitate to use him as a Week 11 Flex if you already have an elite tight end option.

Week 11 Flex Rankings for Fantasy Football

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1Saquon BarkleyNYGRB1DET
2Austin EkelerLACRB2KC
3Christian McCaffreySFRB3@ARI
4Justin JeffersonMINWR1DAL
5Derrick HenryTENRB4@GB
6Stefon DiggsBUFWR2CLE
7Joe MixonCINRB5@PIT
8Josh JacobsLVRB6@DEN
9Dalvin CookMINRB7DAL
10Jonathan TaylorINDRB8PHI
11Davante AdamsLVWR3@DEN
12Travis KelceKCTE1@LAC
13Alvin KamaraNORB9LAR
14CeeDee LambDALWR4@MIN
15Dameon PierceHOURB10WAS
16DeAndre HopkinsARIWR5SF
17A.J. BrownPHIWR6@IND
18Rhamondre StevensonNERB11NYJ
19Aaron JonesGBRB12TEN
20Nick ChubbCLERB13@BUF
21Tee HigginsCINWR7@PIT
22James ConnerARIRB14SF
23Amon-Ra St. BrownDETWR8@NYG
24Devin SingletaryBUFRB15CLE
25Terry McLaurinWASWR9@HOU
26Deebo SamuelSFWR10@ARI
27Tony PollardDALRB16@MIN
28Allen LazardGBWR11TEN
29Miles SandersPHIRB17@IND
30Jamaal WilliamsDETRB18@NYG
31D.J. MooreCARWR12@BAL
32Michael PittmanINDWR13PHI
33Chris OlaveNOWR14LAR
34Amari CooperCLEWR15@BUF
35Gabe DavisBUFWR16CLE
36Tyler BoydCINWR17@PIT
37DeVonta SmithPHIWR18@IND
38Antonio GibsonWASRB19@HOU
39Courtland SuttonDENWR19LV
40David MontgomeryCHIRB20@ATL
41Garrett WilsonNYJWR20@NE
42T.J. HockensonMINTE2DAL
43Brandon AiyukSFWR21@ARI
44George KittleSFTE3@ARI
45Rondale MooreARIWR22SF
46Cordarrelle PattersonATLRB21CHI
47Najee HarrisPITRB22CIN
48D’Onta ForemanCARRB23@BAL
49Jakobi MeyersNEWR23NYJ
50Mark AndrewsBALTE4CAR
51Brian RobinsonWASRB24@HOU
52Josh PalmerLACWR24KC
53Brandin CooksHOUWR25WAS
54Curtis SamuelWASWR26@HOU
55Dalton SchultzDALTE5@MIN
56Pat FreiermuthPITTE6CIN
57Diontae JohnsonPITWR27CIN
58Allen Robinson IILARWR28@NO
59Adam ThielenMINWR29DAL
60Darnell MooneyCHIWR30@ATL
61Tyler HigbeeLARTE7@NO
62Kyle PittsATLTE8CHI
63Michael CarterNYJRB25@NE
64Darius SlaytonNYGWR31DET
65Christian WatsonGBWR32TEN
66Drake LondonATLWR33CHI
67George PickensPITWR34CIN
68Marquez Valdes-ScantlingKCWR35@LAC
69Kadarius ToneyKCWR36@LAC
70Parris CampbellINDWR37PHI
71Gus EdwardsBALRB26CAR
72Nico CollinsHOUWR38WAS
73Donovan Peoples-JonesCLEWR39@BUF
74Melvin Gordon IIIDENRB27LV
75Darrell HendersonLARRB28@NO
76Keenan AllenLACWR40KC
77Ezekiel ElliottDALRB29@MIN
78Isiah PachecoKCRB30@LAC
79Greg DulcichDENTE9LV
80Michael GallupDALWR41@MIN
81Kenyan DrakeBALRB31CAR
82Latavius MurrayDENRB32LV
83D’Andre SwiftDETRB33@NYG
84Devin DuvernayBALWR42CAR
85Jarvis LandryNOWR43LAR
86Terrace Marshall Jr.CARWR44@BAL
87Mack HollinsLVWR45@DEN
88Kareem HuntCLERB34@BUF
89Gerald EverettLACTE10KC
90Elijah MitchellSFRB35@ARI
91Tyler AllgeierATLRB36CHI
92Wan’Dale RobinsonNYGWR46DET
93Hayden HurstCINTE11@PIT
94Cole KmetCHITE12@ATL
95James RobinsonNYJRB37@NE
96Jerick McKinnonKCRB38@LAC
97Jaylen WarrenPITRB39CIN
98Van JeffersonLARWR47@NO
99Foster MoreauLVTE13@DEN
100Ben SkowronekLARWR48@NO
101Mike WilliamsLACWR49KC
102A.J. DillonGBRB40TEN
103Treylon BurksTENWR50@GB
104Mecole HardmanKCWR51@LAC
105Dawson KnoxBUFTE14CLE
106Isaiah McKenzieBUFWR52CLE
107Alec PierceINDWR53PHI
108Jerry JeudyDENWR54LV
109Juju Smith-SchusterKCWR55@LAC
110Robert WoodsTENWR56@GB
111Damien HarrisNERB41NYJ
112Noah BrownDALWR57@MIN
113Robert Tonyan Jr.GBTE15TEN
114Kalif RaymondDETWR58@NYG
115Josh ReynoldsDETWR59@NYG
116Chase ClaypoolCHIWR60@ATL
117Tyler ConklinNYJTE16@NE
118Corey DavisNYJWR61@NE
119Jahan DotsonWASWR62@HOU
120Laviska Shenault Jr.CARWR63@BAL
121Juwan JohnsonNOTE17LAR
122Olamide ZaccheausATLWR64CHI
123DeAndre CarterLACWR65KC
124Isaiah LikelyBALTE18CAR
125Hunter HenryNETE19NYJ
126DeVante ParkerNEWR66NYJ
127K.J. OsbornMINWR67DAL
128Chuba HubbardCARRB42@BAL
129Trey McBrideARITE20SF
130Nick WestbrookTENWR68@GB
131Damiere ByrdATLWR69CHI
132Chris MooreHOUWR70WAS
133Tyquan ThorntonNEWR71NYJ
134Austin HooperTENTE21@GB
135Demarcus RobinsonBALWR72CAR
136D.J. CharkDETWR73@NYG
137Cam AkersLARRB43@NO
138Dontrell HilliardTENRB44@GB
139Logan ThomasWASTE22@HOU
140Quez WatkinsPHIWR74@IND
141Justin WatsonKCWR75@LAC
142Kenneth GainwellPHIRB45@IND
143Taysom HillNOTE23LAR
144J.K. DobbinsBALRB47CAR
145David NjokuCLETE24@BUF
146James CookBUFRB46CLE
147Sammy WatkinsGBWR76TEN
148Clyde Edwards-HelaireKCRB47@LAC
149Harrison BryantCLETE25@BUF
150Keelan ColeLVWR77@DEN
151Samaje PerineCINRB49@PIT
152Caleb HuntleyATLRB50CHI
153Jauan JenningsSFWR78@ARI
154Deon JacksonINDRB51PHI
155Alexander MattisonMINRB52DAL
156Jonnu SmithNETE26NYJ
157Kenny GolladayNYGWR79DET
158Jordan AkinsHOUTE27WAS
159Kylen GransonINDTE28PHI
160Brock WrightDETTE29@NYG
161Chase EdmondsDENRB53LV
162Kendall HintonDENWR80LV
163Randall CobbGBWR81TEN
164Kyren WilliamsLARRB54@NO
165James ProcheBALWR82CAR
166Marquise BrownARIWR83SF
167Steven Sims Jr.PITWR84CIN
168Dyami BrownWASWR85@HOU
169Phillip DorsettHOUWR86WAS
170Rex BurkheadHOURB55WAS
171Equanimeous St. BrownCHIWR87@ATL
172Nelson AgholorNEWR88NYJ
173Isaiah HodginsNYGWR89DET
174Tom KennedyDETWR90@NYG
175Isaiah SpillerLACRB56KC
176James WashingtonDALWR91@MIN
177Tre’Quan SmithNOWR92LAR
178Braxton BerriosNYJWR93@NE
179Robby AndersonARIWR94SF
180Daniel BellingerNYGTE30DET
181Jack StollPHITE31@IND
182Matt BreidaNYGRB57DET
183Zach PascalPHIWR95@IND
184Brandon PowellLARWR96@NO
185Ameer AbdullahLVRB58@DEN
186C.J. UzomahNYJTE32@NE
187Marquez CallawayNOWR97LAR
188DeSean JacksonBALWR98CAR
189O.J. HowardHOUTE33WAS
190J.D. McKissicWASRB59@HOU
191Nyheim HinesBUFRB60CLE
192Mo Alie-CoxINDTE34PHI
193Keaontay IngramARIRB61SF
194A.J. GreenARIWR99SF
195Tommy TrembleCARTE35@BAL
196David BellCLEWR100@BUF
197Elijah MooreNYJWR101@NE
198Ross DwelleySFTE36@ARI
199Denzel MimsNYJWR102@NE
200Brevin JordanHOUTE37WAS
201Michael BandyLACWR103KC
202Kendrick BourneNEWR104NYJ
203Samori ToureGBWR105TEN
204Lawrence CagerNYGTE38DET
205Dante PettisCHIWR106@ATL
206Grant CalcaterraPHITE39@IND
207Tutu AtwellLARWR107@NO
208Tanner HudsonNYGTE40DET
209James MitchellDETTE41@NYG
210Shi SmithCARWR108@BAL
211David SillsNYGWR109DET
212Noah GrayKCTE42@LAC
213Josiah DeguaraGBTE43TEN
214Byron PringleCHIWR110@ATL
215Stephen AndersonARITE44SF
216Kyle JuszczykSFRB62@ARI
217Mike ThomasCINWR111@PIT
218Adam TrautmanNOTE45LAR
219KhaDarel HodgeATLWR112CHI
220Miles BoykinPITWR113CIN
221Stanley MorganCINWR114@PIT
222Chigoziem OkonkwoTENTE46@GB
223Ashton DulinINDWR115PHI
224Jelani WoodsINDTE47PHI
225Kevin WhiteNOWR116LAR
226Justice HillBALRB63CAR
227Tre’ McKittyLACTE48KC
228Trestan EbnerCHIRB64@ATL
229Cam SimsWASWR117@HOU
230Mark IngramNORB65LAR
231Sony MichelLACRB66KC
232Skyy MooreKCWR118@LAC
233Trent TaylorCINWR119@PIT
234John BatesWASTE49@HOU
235J.J. TaylorNERB67NYJ
236Boston ScottPHIRB68@IND
237Khalil ShakirBUFWR120CLE
238Justin JacksonDETRB69@NYG
239Jake FergusonDALTE50@MIN
240Chris MyarickNYGTE51DET
241Peyton HendershotDALTE52@MIN
242Reggie GilliamBUFRB70CLE
243Zach GentryPITTE53CIN
244Raheem BlackshearCARRB71@BAL
245Brycen HopkinsLARTE54@NO
246Rex BurkheadHOURB72WAS
247Richard RodgersLACTE55KC
248Geoff SwaimTENTE56@GB
249Ray-Ray McCloudSFWR121@ARI
250Tyler KroftSFTE57@ARI
251Shane ZylstraDETTE58@NYG
252Ian ThomasCARTE59@BAL
253Jody FortsonKCTE60@LAC
254Damien WilliamsATLRB73CHI
255Tyree JacksonPHITE61@IND
256Eric SaubertDENTE62LV
257Marcedes LewisGBTE63TEN
258Pharaoh BrownCLETE64@BUF
259Dwayne WashingtonNORB74LAR
260Jalen VirgilDENWR122LV
261Brandon BoldenLVRB75@DEN
262Greg DortchARIWR123SF
263Andrew BeckDENTE65LV
264Ty MontgomeryNERB76NYJ
265Teagan QuitorianoHOUTE66WAS
266Montrell WashingtonDENWR124LV
267Patrick RicardBALRB77CAR
268Blake BellKCTE67@LAC
269Jonathan WilliamsWASRB78@HOU
270Malik DavisDALRB79@MIN
271Quintin MorrisBUFTE68CLE
272Stephen SullivanCARTE69@BAL
273Ty JohnsonNYJRB80@NE
274Connor HeywardPITTE70CIN
275Zack MossINDRB81PHI
276Josh OliverBALTE71CAR
277Gunner OlszewskiPITWR125CIN
278Johnny MundtMINTE72DAL
279Mitchell WilcoxCINTE73@PIT
280Eno BenjaminHOURB82WAS
281MyCole PruittATLTE74CHI
282Rico DowdleDALRB83@MIN
283Ty ChandlerMINRB84DAL
284Chris EvansCINRB85@PIT
285Zander HorvathLACRB86KC
286Armani RogersWASTE75@HOU
287Curtis HodgesWASTE76@HOU
288Michael WoodsCLEWR126@BUF
289Ryan GriffinCHITE77@ATL
290Jesper HorstedLVTE78@DEN
291Marcus JohnsonNYGWR127DET
292Brittain BrownLVRB87@DEN
293D'Ernest JohnsonCLERB88@BUF
294Kevin HarrisNERB89NYJ
295Ronald JonesKCRB90@LAC
296Tommy SweeneyBUFTE79CLE
297Benny SnellPITRB91CIN
298Dylan SoehnerNOTE80LAR
299Jacob HollisterLVTE81@DEN
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