Week 9 of the NFL season was one of the most entertaining weeks of the season. The Vikings and Bills played in the game of the year and quite possibly the game of the decade. In that game was the catch of the year, made by Justin Jefferson, and you could also argue that this was a decade-best catch. The Packers and Lions overcame two-touchdown, second-half deficits to beat the Cowboys and Bears in thrilling fashion. To cap off the crazy day, Jeff Saturday won his first game as an NFL head coach after naming Matt Ryan the starting quarterback, which was not something many had on their Bingo cards for the day.
Week 11 will have another intriguing slate of games headlined by another potential Sunday Night Football shootout in primetime as the Los Angeles Chargers host Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs. In this article, I will try to pinpoint some of the best performances and pickups for the week to help you set your lineup.
Start of the Week: Justin Fields CHI
Justin Fields and the Chicago Bears offense have now scored over 29 points in three straight games. Over the two most recent games, Fields is averaging an insane 41.5 fantasy points per game. The opposing defense will not get any more difficult in Week 11 as the Chicago Bears take on the Atlanta Falcons. Justin Fields should feast against this poor rushing defense and could put up yet another QB1 week.
HM Starts: Justin Herbert LAC, Kyler Murray ARI
Streamer of the week: Marcus Mariota ATL
Marcus Mariota is, and always has been, the most intriguing waiver wire option for streaming quarterbacks. While watching him play might be sickening to some, he somehow manages to produce solid fantasy outings. This week he plays the porous Chicago Bears defense who are giving up points to every team they play. If you need a quarterback, I would look at Mariota while the coaches are still giving him a leash to play.
HM: Carson Wentz/Taylor Heinicke WAS, Jimmy Garoppolo SF
Start of the Week: Joe Mixon CIN
Joe Mixon had the best performance of his career in the week before Cincinnati’s bye. Mixon and the Cincinnati Bengals are playing the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. While they don’t have the worst rushing defense in the NFL, this matchup will likely provide a game script extremely favorable for Mixon, who could keep seeing touches resulting from his latest performance. Start Joe Mixon with confidence this week, and this is a very good matchup as he will likely get force-fed the ball.
HM: David Montgomery/Khalil Herbert CHI, Cordarelle Patterson ATL
Waiver Priority: Rachaad White TB
Rachaad White season is officially here with the hip injury of Leonard Fournette. Despite having a bye next week, reporters are saying the injury could force Fournette to miss time. In a small sample size, Rachaad White has looked far superior to his depth chart alpha and had many impressive runs in Germany this past Sunday. White is a low-end RB1 if he has that backfield to himself, and I hope you had him before this week, as his price is at an all-time high right now.
HM: Jaylen Warren PIT, Kyren Williams LAR
Start of the Week: CeeDee Lamb DAL
CeeDee Lamb was on a tear last as he had his best game of the season with eleven receptions for 150 yards and two touchdowns. In week eleven, he is playing a weak Minnesota Vikings secondary who are giving up the third most fantasy points per game to wide receivers. This could be another top-five week for CeeDee Lamb, especially with another cupcake matchup and a potential shootout.
HM: Tee Higgins CIN, Mike Williams/Josh Palmer LAC
Waiver Priority: Christian Watson GB
Christian Watson broke out last week against the Dallas Cowboys with 30 fantasy points. The former second-round pick might have finally found his groove in Green Bay’s offense, as Aaron Rodgers threw him eight passes last week. Christian Watson is an easy choice, as his value could skyrocket with consistent production over the next couple of weeks.
HM: Van Jefferson LAR, Jameson Williams DET
Start of the Week: George Kittle SF
George has been very up and down throughout the season. Frustrating managers with inconsistent play, Kittle is a very unpredictable player. However, Kittle and the 49ers play the Arizona Cardinals who are allowing the most points per game to tight ends. If they are bad enough to get Tyler Higbee back on track, George Kittle can have a monster performance this week.
HM: Pat Freiermuth, Kyle Pitts ATL
Waiver Priority: Cole Kmet CHI
Cole Kmet again showed the world what he can do when actually used as he hauled in four of seven targets for 74 yards and two touchdowns. He has shown that he can sustain volume in a questionable passing offense. Kmet remains a must-add for teams looking for or streaming a tight end, as this offense will only get better.
HM Waiver Priorities: Evan Engram JAC, Trey McBride ARI