It was a very strange Week 10 for fantasy football owners, as many of the NFL’s biggest stars wound up laying duds. Now, they’ll try to bounce back, and that’s why the bulk of this list below features huge names.
Let’s look at the five players who are poised to bounce back in a big way in Week 11.
Leonard Fournette, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Fournette was a head-scratching case for fantasy football owners in Week 10. He was facing a Charger run defense which has allowed a league-worst 135.1 rushing yards per game. Unfortunately, the Jaguars’ star managed only 33 yards on 17 carries. Now it’s time for a bounce-back week against the Cleveland Browns.
The Browns are really strong against the run, allowing just 86.4 yards per game, but I’m putting my money on Fournette to have a good turnaround. He may not rush for 150 yards, but I can see him catching quite a few passes and the Jaguars making sure he gets the ball.
Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
It’s been an interesting past two games for Brown. While he had an idle week between the two, he has been semi-quiet, totaling just eight catches for 117 yards and no touchdowns over that span. Brown has the potential to bust a game open by himself. Brown has games of 182, 110, 157 and 155 yards this season, so fantasy football owners shouldn’t be overly concerned.
Brown draws the Tennessee Titans’ defense, which has struggled quite a bit against top wideouts this season. Expect him to bounce back and have a 100-plus yard game with a touchdown or two.
Melvin Gordon, RB, Los Angeles Chargers
While backup running back Austin Ekeler collected 10 carries for 42 yards and caught five passes for 77 yards and two touchdowns, he also lost a big fumble late in the game. Still, those numbers look concerning for Gordon’s fantasy football owners, but when evaluating the young running back’s game, it’s less worrisome.
Gordon rushed 16 times and caught five passes, but couldn’t get anything going against the stingy Jaguars’ defense. While the Buffalo Bills aren’t an easy task for running backs, they also haven’t been exceptional. Expect Gordon to right the ship with a big showing in Week 11.
LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills
Speaking of the Bills-Chargers game we have on the horizon, did I mention how bad the Chargers’ run defense is? Sure, they just slowed down Fournette, but I’m not sure they’ll have the ability to do it all over again when facing another great running back. McCoy had just 49 yards on eight carries, but the offense as a whole struggled.
Now, McCoy gets a great bounce-back spot against the Chargers, and I’m confident he’ll turn things around after back-to-back poor performances.
Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys
Bryant was dealing with both knee and ankle injuries last week, but that doesn’t seem to be what slowed him down. The Cowboys were without Ezekiel Elliott and starting left tackle Tyron Smith. Both of those things certainly affected the Cowboys’ offense as a whole, and while the hope is that Smith will return, none of that directly affects my thought process on Bryant for fantasy football owners.
The Cowboys are facing a crucial Week 11 matchup with the NFC East-leading Philadelphia Eagles. This Eagle team has been stout against the run, but has struggled with wide receivers, allowing 249.4 yards per game through the air. The Cowboys will need to dominate through the air to win this game, and I see Bryant showing out in the prime-time matchup.
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