Week 11 again features quite a few players who are matched up against the Bengals, which should come as no surprise for a team that has struggled to stop anyone. Just because we are fans of the Bengals doesn’t mean we can’t at least benefit from the teams struggles on our fantasy teams though.
Josh Jacobs, RB, Raiders: It sucks for Bengals fans, but whatever running back is playing them just has the best chance of being the best running back that week. They are currently giving up the fourth most points to opposing running backs, according to Fantasy Pros. Jacobs has had two weeks of 100 yard games with a combined three touchdowns over the same span. Don’t expect that streak to end in Oakland this week.
Terry McLaurin, WR, Washington: McLaurin hasn’t been as nice for fantasy owners the past few weeks. Part of that has to do with Dwayne Haskins getting the nod at quarterback, but this week he is facing a Jets defense that allows the second most points to opposing wide receivers per game. He has only had less than six targets once this season, and that should give him solid flex to WR2 value this week.
Jared Cook, TE, Saints: Those who drafted Cook coming into the season were probably disappointed early on, but his past three games have been impressive. He had two weeks with a touchdown before the bye week, and then he had 10 targets last week. He will now face the Bucs (again). The last time they played he had four catches for 41 yards and a touchdown.
Derek Carr, QB, Raiders: The Bengals allow the third most points to quarterbacks per games. In the four weeks since Oakland’s bye, Carr has eight touchdown to one interception, and he has had at least 280 passing yards in three of those four games.
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Jets defense against Washington
Jordan Howard, RB, Eagles: Howard will be a touchdown dependent play against the Patriots this week. They allow the fewest points to opposing running backs per week, but Howard has been a constant in the end zone for the Eagles. It is just best to temper expectations if you’re forced to have Howard in your lineup this week.
Lions wide receivers: With Matthew Stafford’s availability in question and the Lions set to face the second toughest matchup for wide receivers in the Cowboys defense, fantasy players should feel free to bench guys like Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones Jr. and Danny Amendola. The first two remain borderline flex options just because they are so involved when the team gets in the red zone, but Amendola is a safe sit.
Mike Gesicki, TE, Dolphins: Gesicki bursted onto the scene with a six catch 95-yard game in the Dolphins first win of the season. Last week he had six targets again, but he failed to crack 30 yards on three catches. Now Gesicki is facing a defense that only allows 3.8 fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends. He can be sat for now.