Scott Engel is in his 11th season as the official Fantasy Football writer and analyst for Seahawks.com. He is an inaugural member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association's Hall of Fame. Scott is a four-time FSWA award winner and a 10-time nominee, including being a finalist for the 2020 FSWA Fantasy Football Writer of the Year Award, which he won previously. Scott was the No. 1 most accurate fantasy football draft ranker at tight end and No. 6 at running back on fantasypros.com in 2021. You can find more of his fantasy football analysis at The Game Day including additional lineup and roster tips for fantasy football Week 9.
Scott was the No. 2 overall fantasy football accuracy ranker for Week 9 on fantasypros.com.
The Seahawks are on a bye this week, presenting a big challenge for fantasy players. Those who rely regularly on top Seahawks players such as Kenneth Walker III, DK Metcalf, Tyler Lockett and Geno Smith will have to replace those regular starters in their lineups. The Dolphins, Buccaneers and Jaguars are also off this week, making the task of attempting to build an optimum lineup seemingly even more daunting. We are here to help you plug those lineup holes with some recommended deeper plays, while also positioning fantasy teams for success in the weeks ahead. In addition to our Week 11 lineup recommendations, as the trade deadline is fast approaching in many leagues, we feature highlighted trade targets that can be true difference-makers in the weeks ahead.
Week 11 Fantasy Football Advice Guide
-Trade for Kenneth Walker III. As we have indicated in recent editions of Seahawks Fantasy Insider, some fantasy players are more willing to trade away a player on a bye week, especially if they have a losing record or are more focused on the current week while not thinking enough about the longer-term view. Walker had a career-high six receptions in Week 10, signaling that he could be even more of a dual threat fantasy performer going forward.
-Trade for Christian McCaffrey. Elijah Mitchell returned last week and carried the ball 18 times, raising concerns from those who roster McCaffrey that he may not dominate touches as he previously did with Carolina. Still, McCaffrey had 18 total touches and rushed for a TD in week 10. He will continue to be the 49ers' main pass-catcher out of the backfield, and having him share some work with Mitchell could help keep him fresh and expose him less to potential injuries. McCaffrey can still be highly efficient even with Mitchell in the picture and he can maintain his status as a fantasy RB1 with an adjusted workload. Now is a good time to see if you can acquire McCaffrey for a lower fantasy trade price than in the past.
-Trade for D'Onta Foreman. If the person in your league who rosters Foreman is concerned that a QB change in Carolina will alter his output, see if you can acquire the Carolina RB. Not every trade you make has to focus on acquiring a top-tier guy like Walker. Landing a quality RB2/flex option can also bolster the outlook. Regardless of who plays QB for the Panthers, they may continue to lean heavily on the running game with Foreman likely leading the way. Trade offers for Foreman won't require giving up a top guy of your own, and he is playing better than ever in recent weeks. He has three 100-yard games in his last four outings and four rushing TDs in his last three games.
-Start Cordarrelle Patterson. He should get into the end zone against the Bears, who have allowed an NFC-high 12 rushing TDs to running backs and seven in the last four weeks. If you have a close lineup call between Patterson and another RB, consider that he has rushed for five TDs in six games played so far this season.
-Start Brian Robinson. He carried 26 times in Washington's win over Philadelphia on Monday night, and the rookie has firmly claimed his role as part of an effective timeshare. The Texans have allowed the most rushing yards and TDs (13) to running backs. Robinson and Antonio Gibson are both quality flex options or fill-ins for guys on a bye, such as Kenneth Walker III, in Week 11.
-Start David Montgomery. He may get a larger workload now that Khalil Herbert is out, and the matchup is a good one for running backs. Atlanta ranks 27th in Fantasy Points Per Game allowed to RBs and the Chicago offense is rolling, averaging 31 points per game over its last four. The Falcons defense will be heavily concerned with attempting to contain Justin Fields, but Montgomery might get into the offensive mix more this time because of the matchup. Also keep a watch on rookie Trestan Ebner, who may operate in an increased role as a complementary RB to Montgomery.
-Start Isiah Pacheco. The rookie has emerged as an apparently important part of an RB committee for the Chiefs. He had his best game as a pro in Week 10, rushing for 86 yards on 16 carries. The Chargers have consistently been vulnerable to opposing RBs this season, as they have allowed the third-most rushing yards to the position. Los Angeles has also allowed 10 rushing TDs to RBs, so Pacheco has a good shot to notch his second rushing TD this week. He is worthy of lineup consideration if you need a deeper or flex option for Week 11.
-Trade for Jaylen Waddle. He is on a bye week and Waddle's 10.6 fantasy points scored in Week 10 was his lowest total in the last five games. The trade cost was much higher in the previous two weeks when he scored 30.6 and 19.5 points. This may be a last chance to acquire Waddle before his value skyrockets again or your trade deadline hits.
-Trade for Terry McLaurin. He had his best game of the season against the previously undefeated Eagles on Monday night, catching 11 passes for 128 yards. McLaurin has been the eighth-highest scoring WR in fantasy football over the past four weeks, averaging 16.6 points per game.
-Trade for Chris Godwin. His reception totals have been ultra-consistent, as he has caught six-plus passes in seven consecutive games, and the yardage totals are starting to improve, as he has 70-plus receiving yards in two of his past three games. Godwin has made more strides as he continues to move past last year's late-season knee injury and we could see him produce even better after the Buccaneers come off their bye week.
-Start Tyler Boyd. The Bengals are going to be looking for some payback after the Steelers defeated them in the season opener, and you can expect a good day from Joe Burrow. Boyd has more fantasy appeal while he is asked to contribute more in the passing game for Cincinnati while Ja'Marr Chase is out. The Steelers allow the second-most Fantasy Points Per Game to WRs, and they are tied for the most TDs allowed to the position.
-Start Darnell Mooney. The Atlanta defense ranks No. 31 in the NFL, and Chicago should be able to exploit the Falcons in various ways. The Falcons have allowed the most receiving yards and the second-most receiving TDs (12) to the position. Mooney has a realistic shot to hit 90 yards for the second time this year while having a good chance of catching his second TD pass of the season.
-Start Darius Slayton. He is clearly the No. 1 WR for the Giants and he has a favorable matchup in Week 11. The Lions have allowed the third-most receiving yards to WRs over the past four weeks. Slayton had a season-high 95 receiving yards in Week 10 and he has caught TD passes in two of his past three games.
-Start Terrace Marshall Jr in Week 11. He is another Panthers player who won't see his potential production hindered with a QB change. Marshall has been staying healthy this season and has recently showed flashes of promise that can soon turn into quality fantasy output. In Weeks 8 and 9, Marshall had 15 targets and caught the first TD pass of his career. The Ravens rank 29th in receiving yards allowed to WRs. Marshall may also still be available as a free agent in some leagues and he should be picked up if you need WR help.
Quarterbacks And Tight Ends
-Trade for Dak Prescott. He has scored 25.4 and 19.2 Fantasy points in his last two games. Prescott is healthy again and should be a very steady fantasy QB the rest of the way. The quarterback position is not as deep with reliable fantasy performers as in past seasons, so acquiring a dependable statistical producer like Prescott is a move that is not a blockbuster transaction, yet can complement the rest of your team well for the stretch run and fantasy playoffs.
-Start Daniel Jones as a Week 11 streamer. If you usually start Geno Smith or Tua Tagovailoa, who are both on bye weeks, Jones can be a quality fill-in. The Lions allow the most FFPG and second-most rushing yards to QBs.
-Start Jimmy Garoppolo. The Cardinals have allowed the third-most passing yards to QBs over the past four weeks and for the season. Garoppolo will now be playing his second game with a full offensive arsenal of Christian McCaffrey, Deebo Samuel, George Kittle and Brandon Aiyuk.
-Trade for Dalton Schultz. He is one of Prescott's top targets, and it is very hard to land steady performers at tight end right now. Schultz has totaled 30.8 Fantasy points in his last two games and he is an underrated and dependable fantasy TE when working with Prescott.
-Start Greg Dulcich. The Raiders rank 27th in FFPG allowed to TEs. Dulcich scored 11-plus fantasy points in three consecutive games from Weeks 6 through 8, and that kind of production is not easy to find on a frequent basis at the thinnest position in fantasy football.
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