Simply whenever you assume you’ve gotten the fantasy panorama discovered, alongside comes Week 11.
Operating backs Bo Scarbrough and Jonathan Williams got here out of nowhere to provide double-digit fantasy factors. Receivers Deebo Samuel and Randall Cobb went over 100 yards for the second week in a row. And tight finish Ryan Griffin hit the century mark for the primary time in his seven-year profession.
So can we actually count on these guys to maintain this up? As at all times, ESPN’s NFL Nation reporters are right here to assist.
Scarbrough: That is about as “The place did that come from?” because it will get. The previous Alabama operating again made his NFL debut Sunday — lower than two weeks after becoming a member of the Detroit Lions’ observe squad. And he ran 14 occasions for 55 yards and a landing.
Scarbrough bounced across the NFL final 12 months with the Cowboys, Jaguars and Seahawks, however he had been out of labor because the preseason. Nonetheless, Lions reporter Michael Rothstein thinks the 6-foot-1, 235-pound bruiser has an opportunity to stay, contemplating how a lot Detroit has struggled to discover a go-to operating again since Kerryon Johnson was injured final month.
“Scarbrough is a much bigger again, which supplies the Lions a special dynamic than Ty Johnson or J.D. McKissic. And it confirmed in Darrell Bevell’s offense,” Rothstein stated. “Bevell stated Tuesday that what Scarbrough does — particularly breaking tackles — is ‘form of what we had been on the lookout for within the run sport.’ And he believed Scarbrough gave them a spark.
“Is he a one-week surprise? In all probability not contemplating Detroit faces woebegone Washington this week and nobody else has established themselves within the Lions’ backfield. However I nonetheless assume he is boom-or-bust on a fantasy stage, primarily based on whether or not he can rating a landing.”
Williams: The fourth-year professional has already doubled down on his breakout efficiency. He went from a complete of 1 dashing yard by the primary 10 weeks of the season to 116 in Week 11 and one other 104 yards and a landing Thursday night time.
Colts reporter Mike Wells stated it has develop into fairly apparent that Williams will stay the workhorse again whereas starter Marlon Mack is out indefinitely with a damaged hand. Though Wells stated that Williams doesn’t have fairly the identical explosiveness or imaginative and prescient as Mack, he has clearly made essentially the most of this treasured alternative along with his third NFL group.
Samuel: The San Francisco 49ers rookie had simply 227 receiving yards by the primary 9 weeks. Then he greater than doubled that whole over the previous two video games with 16 catches for 246 yards. As 49ers reporter Nick Wagoner identified, solely Michael Thomas has extra yards over that span.
Wagoner wrote about how the 6-foot, 215-pound “battering ram” has been precisely what San Francisco wanted whereas tight finish George Kittle and receiver Emmanuel Sanders are nursing accidents. Wagoner stated it could “in all probability be clever to mood expectations a bit” when Kittle and Sanders are wholesome — particularly since Samuel is coping with a shoulder harm of his personal.
However Wagoner additionally stated it’s cheap to assume Samuel will play a outstanding position even when all of them are on the sphere.
“Samuel has clearly earned the belief of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, which makes him value plugging in till/if he stops producing,” Wagoner stated.
Cobb: The ninth-year veteran isn’t any stranger to the fantasy highlight. Nevertheless it has been some time since accidents derailed his profession with the Packers earlier than he signed with the Dallas Cowboys this 12 months. And he additionally had simply 274 yards on the season by 9 weeks earlier than busting unfastened with 10 catches for 221 yards and two TDs over the previous two weeks.
Stephania Bell does not really feel assured in Michael Gallup’s fantasy manufacturing in Week 12 due to the Cowboys’ matchup with the Patriots.
Cobb is actually the No. three receiver in Dallas behind Amari Cooper and also-surging Michael Gallup. However Cowboys reporter Todd Archer thinks he can proceed to have worth for exactly that cause — particularly this week in opposition to Invoice Belichick and the Patriots, who’re recognized for taking away an opponent’s high goal.
“He’ll proceed to be a viable a part of the passing sport, particularly with the eye that must be paid to Cooper and if Gallup could be efficient on the skin,” Archer stated. “Dak Prescott is just not afraid to go to Cobb in any scenario. They’ve hit it off straight away, and Cobb’s numbers might be quite a bit higher if not for penalties and drops.”
Jacob Hollister: The Seattle Seahawks’ third-year tight finish belongs on this group too, despite the fact that his breakthrough got here in Weeks 9 and 10 (a mixed 12 catches for 99 yards and three touchdowns on 16 targets). As Seahawks reporter Brady Henderson wrote, Hollister virtually had a fourth TD, however Russell Wilson missed him by a couple of foot on his additional time interception in opposition to the 49ers.
“Hollister ought to stay a viable fantasy play for the foreseeable future given the affect he is fabricated from late and the accidents to Ed Dickson and Luke Willson,” Henderson stated — although he cautioned that it is likely to be arduous to depend on Hollister to maintain that many targets with not too long ago acquired receiver Josh Gordon “getting extra snug in a Seattle offense the place there are solely so many balls to go round.”
Griffin: The seventh-year veteran performed in 90 profession video games with the Houston Texans and New York Jets, together with the playoffs, earlier than he lastly posted his first 100-yard sport final week (5 catches for 106 yards and a TD). So expectations clearly should be tempered.
Matthew Berry is optimistic on Sam Darnold, Le’Veon Bell and Jamison Crowder due to the Jets’ upcoming schedule, and he reveals his different high Week 12 QB streamers.
However Griffin did catch 4 passes for 66 yards and two TDs in Week eight and 6 for 50 yards in Week 9. And Jets reporter Wealthy Cimini stated he thinks Griffin will proceed to be a “viable choice” within the passing sport, particularly now that it’s clear Chris Herndon received’t be returning due to a damaged rib.
“QB Sam Darnold trusts him, they usually’ve been shifting him across the formation in latest video games, making an attempt to create favorable matchups,” Cimini stated. “He’s tied with Le’Veon Bell for the second-most pink zone targets on the group, and there’s each cause to consider that received’t change.”
Now for the remainder of our weekly tour across the league:
Arizona Cardinals: The Playing cards’ backfield has develop into a committee of 1, wrote Josh Weinfuss, with Kenyan Drake operating forward of David Johnson.
Cincinnati Bengals: Squeaky wheel alert. Receiver Tyler Boyd voiced his frustration over his lack of targets after he caught only one go for zero yards, per Ben Child.
Dallas Cowboys: The Cowboys nonetheless consider Ezekiel Elliott is the “straw that stirs the drink,” regardless of his latest dip in dashing yards, wrote Todd Archer.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Squeaky wheel alert, Half 2. Leonard Fournette reached out to his father and to Corridor of Fame RB Marcus Allen, amongst others, after he was visibly upset about getting simply eight carries final week, based on Michael DiRocco. Fournette stated he’s optimistic his workload will enhance this week.
Miami Dolphins: Receiver DeVante Parker’s breakout season is lastly right here, wrote Cameron Wolfe.
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New Orleans Saints: Alvin Kamara’s workload received’t at all times be as heavy because it was in Week 11. However he was the elixir when New Orleans wanted to revive its offense.
New York Giants: RB Saquon Barkley hasn’t fairly delivered just like the No. 1 choose in most fantasy drafts this 12 months. However he’s feeling more healthy after the bye week. And he vowed to get again to his operating type and “simply ball and have enjoyable” over the ultimate six weeks, wrote Jordan Raanan.
Philadelphia Eagles: QB Carson Wentz can also be on the lookout for a late-season increase. And the NFL’s best remaining schedule received’t harm, wrote Tim McManus.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Per Jenna Laine, Bucs coach Bruce Arians nonetheless thinks TE O.J. Howard is a “gifted, gifted man. Nevertheless it’s not displaying up on Sundays.”