17 November 2023 • by Neal Maligno
What’s up and welcome to Rival Fantasy Week 11 Risers! The goal of this article is to keep you in the loop on the players that you might need to win big in week 1.
If you’re wondering why a player isn’t featured in this weeks article, then it’s likely because I recommended them previously. I try not to repeat players over and over, I want to keep each article filled with fresh new names. I’m assuming you’re in highly competitive leagues where league managers are active and the common names won’t be available anyway.
Sometimes I reach deep for those of you in leagues where there isn’t much talent available, so we’re looking at players who have some upside or I’m projecting forward before a player gets hot. That leads to misses, it happens, it’s part of the game when you’re not just stating the obvious.
I can’t believe I’m saying this, but Joshua Dobbs is currently a top 10 QB in fantasy football scoring. He’s been on two different teams this season, going from the Arizona Cardinals to the Minnesota Vikings and still hasn’t missed a beat. Dobbs is overcoming all the excuses we could make for him IF he was struggling, like “he has to learn a new offense”, “he has to get used to new coaches and play calling” and “he has to gel with his receivers”. He’s had 5 weeks with more than 20 points and that’s without playing with a WR like Justin Jefferson yet. Joshua Dobbs value continues to rise as he continues to outperform our expectations on a weekly basis and has a great matchup vs the Broncos in week 11.
Top 12 quarterback in week 10 in his first week back to football this season, not a bad return for Kyler Murray. It wasn’t a perfect game as he didn’t throw a TD, but he did run for one which put his knee on full display and appeared healthy. Now with another good matchup vs the Texans in week 11, we can expect Murray to once again perform like a top 12 QB. Houston hasn’t slowed down quarterbacks very much this season, especially those who can throw and run the ball. Look for Kyler Murray’s value to keep rising throughout the 2023 season.
QBs I mentioned last week: Taylor Heinicke & Aidan O’Connell
With Dameon Pierce out vs the Bengals in week 10, Devin Singletary had his best game as a Texan, rushing for 150 yards and 1 touchdown. While Pierce came into the season with all the hype, he’s missed two games and Singletary now has more fantasy points scored this season. Singletary also had a better game in week 10, scoring more fantasy points than Pierce has had any week this season. At some point Pierce will return to the backfield, but Singletary has no doubt carved out a bigger role for himself going forward, potentially as the starter.
Ty Chandler was fast and physical in week 10, getting more work with the loss of Mattison mid-game with a concussion. Chandler was running like a man trying to prove something and he’s stupid quick. Concussions are weird, so we don’t know just yet if Mattison will play or not, but if Chandler gave the Vikings coaches the same confidence he gave me, then the Vikings will be smart to let Mattison rest and see what Chandler can do with all the work.
RBs I mentioned last week: Keaton Mitchell & Antonio Gibson
It could be partially the ups and downs of quarterback Jordan Love, throw in some injuries, but Romeo Doubs and Christian Watson just haven’t lived up to the expectations I had for them this season. While Doubs hasn’t been bad, he has been inconsistent and Watson just hasn’t done much due to injuries. Enter Jayden Reed. Jayden has 5 weeks with double digit fantasy points, two of those weeks with 19 points. I initially wasn’t all in on Reed after his two touchdown game, but since then his consistency and production have made me a believer. Jayden Reed is a rising stud within the Packers offense and his stock continues to rise in fantasy.
CeeDee Lamb has more than double the targets of Brandin Cooks, tight end Jake Ferguson has more, Tony Pollard has a few less, but hell even Michael Gallup has one more target than Cooks. Because of the low targets and focus in other areas of the offense, Cooks hasn’t had a ton of big games to prove he deserves more. That is until he received 10 targets in week 10 and decided to absolutely go off, to the tune of 9 receptions, 173 yards, 1 touchdown, for a total of 32 fantasy points. While you may be thinking “Neal it’s just one game”, I’ll respond to that with, one game Cowboys coaches can’t ignore. Stock up for Brandin Cooks heading into week 11.
WRs I mentioned last week: Noah Brown & Khalil Shakir
Michael Mayer got his first touchdown of the season in week 10 vs one of the NFL’s best defenses in the New York Jets. Now I can see some writing this off as a flash play that likely won’t repeat itself, but if so, you’re ignoring some key details. Mayer has a new quarterback throwing him the ball in rookie Aidan O’Connell, who is clearly getting better each game that passes and having a tight end he can trust as an outlet just went up 100%. Mayer made a ridiculous TD catch off a similarly ridiculous pass from O’Connell. You can guarantee that the new head coach and offensive coordinator will be drawing up ways for these two to connect more often.
This isn’t the first time I’m mentioning Tyler Conklin this season, he continues to have flashes, they just haven’t been consistent enough. Seeing what Conklin gets done with Zach Wilson, only makes me that more bummed about what he could have done with Aaron Rodgers at QB. He’s had 5 games this season with at least 4 catches at 50 yards or more, he’s only missing the touchdowns at this point. Conklin and Evan Engram are the only two tight ends within the top 20 that haven’t caught a single touchdown yet this season. I’m banking on him catching some TDs down the road and maybe even the return of Aaron Rodgers this season.
TEs I mentioned last week: Hunter Henry & Juwan Johnson
This week I’m doing something a little different with the bonus flex in week 11. I’m raising the entire Cardinals pass catchers now that their starting QB Kyler Murray has returned and because on a smaller scale James Connor has returned. Everyone gets an uptick, Hollywood Brown, Rondale Moore, even the rookie Michael Wilson. As Kyler continues to shake the rust off, he raises the upside of the offense, even Trey McBride gets a bump. Stock up for the Cardinals pass catchers thanks to the return of their top 12 quarterback.
Bonus Flex I mentioned last week: Jaxon Smith-Njigba
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