Can this season please slow down? As Week 11 begins, we are still dealing with bye weeks and injuries. With four teams on a bye and the injuries mounting, you’ll probably need to know who to play and who to sit. That’s where I, Roxanne, come in. In my latest article. We will look at some of the most important and exciting wide receiver and cornerback matchups each week. We’ll look at matchups to exploit or avoid, focusing on the defense, coverages, and corners a wide receiver might be facing. With that said, here are the matchups I’m keeping an eye on for Week 11.
Week 11 Wide Receiver Matchups
Davante Adams @ Denver Broncos
This is a fascinating one, with Davante Adams going against Patrick Surtain. Now we all know Surtain is one of the best cornerbacks right now, and Adams is one of the best receivers. Going back to Week 4, when these two teams met, Adams had 13 targets and caught nine of them for 101 yards but never saw the end zone. So while most teams are staying away from throwing Surtain’s way, the Raiders did not.
With Surtain covering Adams around 70% of his routes, this would prove Adams can be a playmaker in this game. Adams has been hot the last two weeks accumulating 272 yards and three touchdowns. This is precisely the reason the Raiders will try to get Adams the ball a lot. On the other hand, in the last two weeks, Surtain has only had four targets allowing two catches for a total of two yards. No other team has thrown Surtain’s direction in double-digits this year except the Raiders. While both these teams seem to be a wreck and possible head coaching jobs on the line, the matchup between these two players will be fun to watch.
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Chase Claypool @ Atlanta Falcons
Can anyone tell me why the Bears traded for Chase Claypool and refuse to get him involved in this offense? Last week we were told he was getting comfortable and would be utilized more. However, he was used less than the week before. In fact, he’s been almost irrelevant so far. Could this be the week they try to get him involved more? Maybe, but can you trust a maybe enough to plug him in a lineup? I’m saying no this week.
There are still better choices, even with byes and injuries. Here’s why: Justin Fields has figured out a way to be a good quarterback without throwing a lot. He is running all over teams himself. In fact, he has rushed for more yards (325) in the last two weeks than he has thrown (290). Cole Kmet suddenly emerged, and Fields seems comfortable getting him the ball when he does decide to throw.
If the Bears do decide to get Claypool more involved, he will be lining up against Darren Hall. Hall just took the starting job after Week 7, so there are not a lot of numbers to work with here. He has allowed a 68% catch rate, but that did drop to 50% last week. He also allows 14 yards per reception. Neither of these two is getting a lot of targets, and in fantasy football, we need targets that lead to receptions. As we all know, Claypool is a good receiver and should be seeing the field a lot more. This would have to be a desperation move to play him and hope for something to spark. I just don’t see it happening this week.
Did these wide receiver matchups affect our rankings? See for yourself!
If you’re looking for more, you can find all of our Week 11 fantasy football articles here.