Fantasy Football

By Yisrael Rubin

We are in the final stretch of the fantasy football regular season and every matchup is critical. Six teams have a bye this weekend. Luckily, the teams that will be off are not the most fantasy relevant. But if you are in need of a fill-in, here are some suggestions.

Players I Like This Week

The Dallas Cowboys have had an up and down season so far but have a favorable matchup against the Falcons on Sunday. Dak Prescott should be a solid streaming option as the Falcons rank 30th in the league allowing nearly 300 passing yards per game. Amari Cooper should be the main beneficiary as he’s looked good so far in Dallas.

Doug Martin’s solid per touch efficiency has been overshadowed by the overall mess that is the Oakland Raiders. Last week Martin totaled 92 scrimmage yards on 18 touches and this week gets to play the lowly Cardinals defense. There is a risk that the Raiders will fall behind early and abandon the run, so proceed with caution.

The Rams versus the Chiefs is going to be an absolute shootout. Most of the players in this game are started on a weekly basis, but one player I’d like to mention is Josh Reynolds. Cooper Kupp is done for the season and someone needs to fill that role. So far this season, Reynolds has not done much, but I think in a matchup like this a desperate owner could do a lot worse.

The Eagles have not looked like the defending Super Bowl champions and face off against the red-hot Saints this week. The Saints run defense has been great all year, but the same cannot be said for their pass defense. Alshon Jeffery may be in line for a huge day.

Sterling Shepard hasn’t been the most consistent player this year, but after scoring in last week’s game against the 49ers I’m willing to trust him against the putrid Buccaneers defense.

Jeff Heuerman had a huge game before the bye week, and although the Chargers have been solid against the tight end position this year, his potential volume is too much to turn down.

Chargers D/ST should be in line for another solid week. Case Keenum has thrown at least one interception in 8 of their 9 games this season and the Chargers continue to get strong pressure on opposing quarterbacks.

Players I Will Avoid This Week

It’s bad enough that the Eagles running backs are stuck in a full-blown committee, but now they need to face the Saints run defense that is amongst the best in the league. This backfield should be avoided at all costs.

Jordan Howard has looked inferior to Tarik Cohen for most of the year. Besides scoring a few touchdowns Howard has been a complete disappointment. You probably don’t have many better options, but if you do, use them over Howard.

Good luck in week 11. All questions can be e-mailed to or posted on Twitter @yrub97


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