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Sports Seriously’s Mackenzie Salmon breaks down games from NFL Week 11.
It can take time for some rookies to earn regular playing time. Others have it thrust upon them.
As the holiday week begins, several NFL teams are thankful they have capable backups who can slide into starting roles if needed. That may be the case for the Seattle Seahawks, who have a quick turnaround Thursday night with their starting running back ailing.
Meanwhile, the Cincinnati Bengals will turn their offense over to an undrafted 27-year-old.
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These players saw their fantasy values increase or decrease most based on their performances in Week 11:
Week 11 fantasy football winners
RB Zach Charbonnet, Seattle Seahawks: Charbonnet is expected to carry the mail on Thanksgiving night, as Kenneth Walker III left Sunday’s game with an oblique injury and did not return. Up next is a tough matchup against the 49ers, but the second-round rookie has RB2 ability.
RB Devin Singletary, Houston Texans: “Motor” has made the most of his opportunity while Dameon Pierce (ankle) has been out. The latter is nearing a return, but it’s hard to imagine head coach DeMeco Ryans won’t have a role for Singletary. He has exploded for 262 rushing yards and two touchdowns in the past two games, emerging as a low-end RB1.
TE David Njoku, Cleveland Browns: Njoku has been productive, going for four or more catches in each of the past five games, with 54 or more yards in four of them. With a rookie QB under center, his pass radius will be much smaller, throwing mostly short to intermediate routes. That’s great news for Njoku, especially in the red zone.
WR Khalil Shakir, Buffalo Bills: Shakir led the Bills in receiving yardage in Week 11, helped out by a long touchdown that featured him juking past several defenders after a rather short catch. Shakir’s role in the offense has been growing slowly, and that growth has come at the expense of Gabe Davis.
QB Jake Browning, Cincinnati Bengals: Browning takes the reins in Cincinnati with Joe Burrow done for the season with a wrist injury. He has a couple extra days to get ready for his first NFL start, and he has big playmakers like Ja’Marr Chase, Tyler Boyd and, when healthy, Tee Higgins. Browning has a chance to put up some good numbers.
Week 11 fantasy football losers
WR Terry McLaurin, Washington Commanders: McLaurin still has four or more receptions in each of the past three games, so PPR fantasy managers will want to hang onto him. But he has totaled 76 receiving yards in the past two games and just one touchdown across his last nine games. In standard formats, he can be dropped if you need the roster spot.
QB Will Levis, Tennessee Titans: Levis started out with a bang, tossing four touchdowns in his first NFL start. He has just two TDs across the past three games with two interceptions, and has been held under 200 passing yards in back-to-back weeks.
QB Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh Steelers: Pickett was atrocious in Cleveland, and that has to be the last straw for fantasy managers. He has dynamic playmakers George Pickens and Diontae Johnson downfield, as well as Pat Freiermuth and Jaylen Warren for short to intermediate routes, yet he has mostly been hot garbage.
RB D’Onta Foreman, Chicago Bears: Foreman got nicked up in Week 11, and that’s terrible timing with Khalil Herbert making his way back from the injured list. Foreman’s time as a fantasy option has passed, and he can safely be dropped.
WR Marquise Brown, Arizona Cardinals: Brown has just seven catches for 70 yards across the past three games. He has zero rapport with QB Kyler Murray right now. He started hot with former QB Joshua Dobbs, but Hollywood is suddenly a fantasy B-lister.