With the 2020 NFL season approaching its business end, it is crunch time for fantasy managers as the race for the playoffs edges towards a conclusion.
Most fantasy leagues start their postseasons in Week 14, meaning teams on the outside looking in at this stage have little time to turn it around.
It is, therefore, imperative to make the right line-up decisions in Week 11, but which players deserve starter consideration?
Here we look at four players and a defensive unit who figure to be strong fantasy selections for this week’s games.
QB: Justin Herbert – Los Angeles Chargers
If in doubt at the quarterback position, the wise play is to bet against the awful defense of the New York Jets and slide Herbert into your starting line-up.
Herbert has scored at least 20 fantasy points in all but one of his eight games this season.
The winless Jets are giving up the fourth-most passing yards per game in the NFL and present Herbert with the opportunity to earn his long-awaited second win as a starter while continuing his success as a productive fantasy quarterback.
Herbert set social media alight as he showed off his new haircut at Wednesday’s media conference, and expect the freshly trimmed Offensive Rookie of the Year favourite to torch the Jets come Sunday.
Justin Herbert has a new look @Chargers
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) November 18, 2020
RB: Antonio Gibson – Washington Football Team
Gibson is one of the few trustworthy offensive players on the Washington roster from a fantasy perspective.
He found the endzone twice last week as Washington’s comeback against the Detroit Lions came up short.
That double made it four touchdowns in three games for the undoubted focal point of the Washington running game and Gibson should have plenty of confidence of adding to his tally against a Cincinnati Bengals run defense surrendering 133.1 yards per game, the sixth-most in the NFL.
WR: Jakobi Meyers – New England Patriots
The Patriots offense has improved over the course of their back-to-back wins over the New York Jets and Baltimore Ravens, with Meyers becoming a favourite target of Cam Newton.
Meyers, who threw a touchdown pass on a trick play against the Ravens, has been targeted 37 times over the past four games and has caught 27 of those passes.
That kind of target share gives him a high floor in points per reception leagues and, facing a Houston Texans defense allowing the second-most adjusted yards per pass attempt (8.7), the smart money is on Meyers delivering another strong outing for Bill Belichick’s resurgent team.
Patriots wide receiver Jakobi Meyers finds Rex Burkhead in the end zone for a 24-yard touchdown.
Air Distance: 43.6 yards
Receiver Separation: 1.5 yards
Completion Probability: 34.0%*
— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) November 16, 2020
TE: Hayden Hurst – Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons face a New Orleans Saints defense that has become increasingly stingy in recent weeks, but they have been quite generous when it comes to tight ends.
Indeed, the Saints are allowing the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season.
That makes Hurst, who has been targeted at least seven times in each of his past three games and is coming off a seven-catch 62-yard performance in Week 9, a potential high-upside starter in Week 11.
D/ST: Cleveland Browns
The Browns have not pressured the quarterback to the extent they would have hoped in recent times, putting together just one game in the past five with more than two sacks.
However, Week 11 sees them face a Philadelphia Eagles offensive line that has allowed Carson Wentz to be sacked the most times of any quarterback in the NFL.
Wentz has suffered 35 sacks and the pressure he has faced has naturally led to a high number of turnovers.
The Eagles have turned the ball over 17 times this season and, though they did not do so in a Week 10 loss to the New York Giants, a Browns defense that held the Houston Texans to 153 passing yards and seven points last time out should take advantage of Philadelphia’s vulnerabilities and reward fantasy managers willing to bet on them in a significant way.