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In today’s Fantasy Life Newsletter presented by Hulu + Live TV, we recap all the Week 11 action, take an initial pass on injuries, and preview Monday Night Football. It's 11/22. Take it away, Peter Overzet…

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Good morning to everyone who started Jonathan Taylor and Austin Ekeler. Today is your day, the world is your oyster. Here’s everything that caught my eye in Week 11 with Cootderdoodle’s favorite tweets sprinkled in:

* It took longer than we wanted, but the Elijah Moore (8-141-1) breakout is here. The Jets rookie WR is done sharing playing time with Keelan Cole and led the team in targets (11). The path to being a late-season hammer play is obvious.

* Jalen Hurts stole the show vs. the Saints. He turned a RB-esque 18 carries into 69 very nice yards and three rushing TDs. Miles Sanders returned to the Eagles backfield and split work with Boston Scott and Jordan Howard. There’s nothing to say about the Saints until Alvin Kamara returns and/or we are forced to discuss them on Thanksgiving.

* A large chunk of yesterday’s fantasy production came from a fun back-and-forth divisional game between the Packers and Vikings. Justin Jefferson (8-169-2) and Davante Adams (7-115-2) traded alpha WR blows throughout, and even boom/bust poster boy Marquez Valdes-Scantling (4-123-1) got in the mix on a surprising 10 targets.

* For most stud WRs, only having 1 catch would be a death knell to their box score, but not if you are Deebo Samuel, who managed to compensate on the ground with 8 carries for 79 yards and 1 rushing TD. Jeff Wilson Jr. didn’t pay off for managers, but he had 20 carries and was really close to multiple scores. 

* The Lions-Browns was about as eventful as you’d expect, but at least the lead backs delivered. D’Andre Swift (14-136-1) shrugged off Jamaal Williams’ return and Nick Chubb (22-130; 2-14-1) put COVID in the rearview mirror.

*The Lamar Jackson-Justin Fields bowl turned into the Tyler Huntley-Andy Dalton bowl by the end of the game. Surprisingly, it was the Bears pass catchers—Darnell Mooney (5-121-1) and Marquise Goodwin (4-104-1)—who made the splash plays.

* The Panthers are so much more fun with Cam Newton at the helm. D.J. Moore got off the schneid with a TD and Christian McCaffrey (10-59; 7-60-1) said “not so fast” to managers worried Newton would cap his production. Scary Terry McLaurin (5-103-1) kept spooky szn alive for another week. 

* The performance of the week, err, how about the year, was Jonathan Taylor’s massive FIVE touchdown game. He racked up 185 rushing yards and 32 carries while defying things like the Bills defense, pricey DFS salaries, and “negative game script” concerns. Enjoy your championships, JT managers. 

* I’m generally a completist but I can’t find it within me to write about the Texans-Titans game. Please stay healthy, A.J. Brown. We need you.

* With everyone hype on the Bengals passing game, it was only fitting that Joe Mixon (30-123-2) would hog all the production on the ground. Darren Waller put up a serviceable 7-116 line.

* Like most retirees, Zach Ertz (8-88-2) is thriving in Arizona. The Seahawks are broken until further notice. We’re back to asking the fantasy gods/Pete Carroll to let Russ cook. 

* The marquee game of the day flopped. Neither the Chiefs or the Cowboys could deliver on the hype and high projected over/under. Clyde Edwards-Helaire (12-63-1; 2-13) returned to the lineup and was solid. CeeDee Lamb left the game with a concussion and now looks shaky for Thanksgiving. Fs in the chat. 

* Not to be outdone, Austin Ekeler said “hold my beer, JT” while putting up a massive performance on SNF—11-50-2 on the ground and 6-65-2 through the air. The game ended up being the most exciting matchup of the day with the Chargers holding off the Steelers 41-37. Diontae Johnson (7-101-1) paced the Steelers. 

 

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🚑 THE INJURY WARD

Here are a few of the notable injuries that we will be monitoring throughout the week…

* CeeDee Lamb (concussion), Justin Fields (ribs), Michael Carter (ankle), A.J. Brown (chest), Jordan Howard (knee), Jarvis Landry (knee)

 

🔮 MNF PREVIEW

Tonight we have one more appetizer before the Thanksgiving slate. The Bucs host the Giants as massive 11 point favorites. The game has a decent 49.5 over/under, putting the Bucs implied team total at a juicy 30 points. 

Giants RB Saquon Barkley is expected to play after a three week absence due to an ankle injury. WR Sterling Shepard has already been ruled out.

On the Bucs side, Antonio Brown (ankle) will not play and Rob Gronkowski, who is listed as questionable, is expected to play after putting in a couple full practices last week.

Over on Sharp Football Analysis—part of the Rotopass network—Alex Vigderman outlines how the Bucs offense has been less of a juggernaut recently:

Since Antonio Brown’s injury a few weeks ago, the Tampa offense has gotten much more conservative. Brady’s expected snap-to-throw time based on the depth of his drops is two-tenths of a second faster the last three games, and his average throw depth has dropped more than a yard per attempt.

I think I like the Giants with the points coming off the bye and getting Barkley back. 

 

We’ll be back tomorrow with Week 11 waiver adds. Enjoy your Monday. 

- Pete Overzet

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