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#272 3 Rookies Who Will Be League Winners

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In today’s Fantasy Life Newsletter presented by Monkey Knife Fight, we recap the Thursday Thanksgiving games, check out Kevin’s data barrage, and take a look at the full practice report from yesterday. It's 11/26. Take it away, Peter Overzet…

D’Andre Swift and Darren Waller got hurt. CeeDee Lamb and Alvin Kamara didn’t play. Grandma spilled the cranberry sauce. Everything is fiiiiiine. 

There was still some fun to be had yesterday, though. The Raiders-Cowboys treated us to a 36-33 barn burner and a gravy boatload of fantasy points. 

Here is your Thanksgiving fantasy all-star team:

QB: Josh Allen (280 yards, 4 TDs; 8-43 on the ground)

RB: Josh Jacobs (22-87-1; 2-25)

WR: Hunter Renfrow (8-134) & DeSean Jackson (3-102-1)

TE: Dawson Knox (3-32-2)

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Kevin Tompkins, a fantasy football writer and podcaster, shares the most interesting nuggets from his Data Barrage series. Take it away, Kevin…

Jonathan Taylor, IND - You probably didn’t need to read this to know that Taylor is #good. Taylor has run 69% of routes for Indianapolis over the last month.He is only one target away from matching his 2020 total of 39 and adding that element to his rushing prowess solidifies him as the runaway league-winner of 2021.

Keenan Allen, LAC - From Week 3 through Week 6, Allen was PPR’s WR29. Over the last four weeks, Allen’s AVERAGE stat line is 9-98, with 20 fantasy points per contest. Add in Allen’s 33.1% target share (2nd in the NFL) and the fifth-highest targets per route run (TPRR) at 31% in those four weeks, and that puts Allen as WR5 since his bye. You love to see it.

Jaylen Waddle, MIA - No DeVante Parker, no Will Fuller, no problem. Waddle has been the top target hog for the Miami Dolphins in the last six weeks with the fourth-most targets in the league and a 26% target share. With the schedule softening up for Miami after this week, Waddle should be able to build momentum against the Giants, Jets, and Saints, all of whom sport a bottom-11 defense against fantasy wide receivers.

Elijah Moore, NYJ - After a sluggish start to the season, Moore has been the top fantasy wide receiver in the past month in PPR. The fact that he’s produced with Mike White and Joe Flacco is simply astounding. Moore’s routes spiked from 51% in Week 10 to 81% in Week 11, by far his season-high. There’s a little cause for concern with Moore now that Zach Wilson is back starting, but I’m willing to side with Moore’s burgeoning role and talent.

Pat Freiermuth, PIT - With Eric Ebron set to miss “extended time” with a knee injury, this opens the door for Freiermuth continuing to carve out a considerable role in the Pittsburgh offense. Without Ebron in Weeks 8-9, Freiermuth posted TE3 or better performances in both games while running 70% of routes and garnering a 21% target share. Still available in 37% of ESPN leagues, Freiermuth is a perfect addition to any TE-needy squad looking to solidify the position for a playoff push.

Brandon Aiyuk, SF - It’s been a tale of two seasons for Aiyuk, but we’re finally getting the Aiyuk we were hoping for when he was being drafted in the fifth round of fantasy drafts. With Deebo Samuel operating primarily out of the backfield in recent weeks, Aiyuk has been the top receiver for the 49ers, running 95% of routes and earning targets at a very nice 24% TPRR over the last four games. Aiyuk should keep the train rolling against the Vikings, who give up the fifth-most fantasy points to the wide receiver position.

Kevin Tompkins has been playing fantasy football for almost two decades. Amazingly in all that time, he has never drafted a bad running back. One would describe his fantasy takes as "reasonable."



* Did Not Practice: DK Metcalf (foot), A.J. Brown (chest), Mike Evans (back), Sterling Shepard (quad), Kadarius Toney (quad), Corey Davis (groin), Aaron Rodgers (toe), Antonio Brown (ankle)

* Limited participants: Saquon Barkley (ankle), Marquise Brown (thigh), Aaron Jones (knee), Rhamondre Stevenson (knee), Eli Mitchell (rib/finger), Antonio Gibson (shin), Cordarrelle Patterson (ankle), 

* Full participant: Chris Godwin (foot), Davante Adams (ankle)

We’ll be back tomorrow with Waz’s updated Week 12 ranks and updates on a lot of these injury situations. Enjoy the leftovers.



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