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The news: Packers WR Christian Watson caught four of six goals for 48 yards and two touchdowns against the Titans on Thursday.
What it means in fantasy: In Sunday’s game against the Cowboys, Watson had three touchdowns and two more on Thursday. Watson played 80% of offensive snaps and ran 31 routes. Allen Lazard was the only wide receiver to snap more and run more routes. In the Packers’ last two games, Watson averaged 53.8 fantasy points, which should please fantasy managers who picked him up. The stage is set for him to become a fantasy superstar for the remainder of the season, as I wrote in the No Wire column earlier this week.
go deeper: Watson is the first rookie to have at least two touchdowns in consecutive games since Calvin Ridley in 2018. The last five touchdowns thrown by Aaron Rodgers went to Watson. This ties for the most consecutive touchdowns by a receiver in his career. Randall Cobb and Davante Adams also caught five straight TD passes from Rodgers.
The news: Titans WR Treylon Burks hit seven of eight goals for 111 yards against the Packers on Thursday.
What it means in fantasy: Burks had eight goals and 18.1 fantasy points, both career highs. He only played 50% of offensive snaps. Nick Westbrook-Ikhine and Robert Woods both ran 27 routes compared to Burks’ 21 routes. After that performance, it would make sense for the rookie’s snap percentage to go up. Burks is in just 22.7% of ESPN leagues.
go deeper:Burks has accumulated 14 goals since returning from injured reserve in Week 10 with a foot injury.
The news: Titans QB Ryan Tannehill completed 22 of 27 passes for 333 yards and two touchdowns.
What it means in fantasy: Tannehill has scored 19 fantasy points in consecutive games. Tannehill was one of the quarterbacks I wrote about in the No Wire column, and he delivered for fantasy managers. Over the past two games, Tannehill has averaged 31.5 passing attempts, which is encouraging for a budding Titans passing game. He can be considered a high-end QB2 in Week 12 against the Bengals.
go deeper: Tannehill recorded 300 passing yards for the first time this season. The Titans’ wide receivers posted season-highs in receptions (15) and receiving yards (208). With 61 receptions and 811 yards, Tennessee finished bottom in both categories before Thursday night’s game.
The news: The Chiefs put WR Mecole Hardman on injured reserve.
What it means in fantasy: Hardman will miss the Chiefs’ next four games with an abdominal injury. He had averaged 20.3 fantasy points over the past three games before missing last Sunday’s game. Hardman has caught 25 of 34 goals for 297 yards and four touchdowns this season. JuJu Smith-Schuster also missed training on Thursday due to a concussion. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Kadarius Toney, Skyy Moore and Justin Watson are the other wide receivers on the Chiefs’ roster, although Travis Kelce himself commands a large portion of the targets. There’s a lot of excitement surrounding Toney among fantasy executives. On Sunday, he had six touches for 90 yards and one touchdown against the Jaguars. Toney is only in 55.9% of ESPN leagues.
The news: Browns TE David Njoku returned to training on Thursday.
What it means in fantasy: Njoku had been struggling with an ankle injury since Week 7 and has been on the field for the first time since. The fact that Njoku is training this week bodes well for the possibility that he will play against the Bills on Sunday. He has averaged 14.2 fantasy points in his last 5 games.
The news: The Rams expect QB Matthew Stafford to clear concussion record and play Sunday.
What it means in fantasy: Stafford will clear concussion protocol on Friday and resume his starting role against the Saints on Sunday, according to head coach Sean McVay. Stafford has averaged a dismal 11.7 fantasy points per game this season. He will be without Cooper Kupp for an extended period due to an ankle injury and center Brian Allen, who missed practice with thumb and knee injuries, may not be able to play. Going forward, Stafford will be difficult to trust in fantasy lineups.
go deeper: Over the past two regular seasons, Stafford and Kupp have combined for the most completions (217), touchdowns (22), and yards (2,760) of any quarterback-receiver duo in the league.
The news: Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins did not practice Thursday.
What it means in fantasy: Hopkins is dealing with a hamstring injury. No reason to panic yet, but it is important that he practices on Friday, even if only to a limited extent. Hopkins has averaged 11.5 goals and 21.9 fantasy points this season. Kyler Murray missed the Cardinals’ Week 10 game against the Rams with a hamstring injury. Murray and Marquise Brown, who recently returned from injured reserve, trained together on Thursday. The Cardinals host the 49ers on Monday night.
The news: Texan WR Brandin Cooks practiced Thursday.
What it means in fantasy: Cooks did not train on Wednesday with a hip and wrist injury. It’s a good sign that he can play against the Commanders this weekend, but will fantasy managers even want to use Cooks in their lineups? This season he has averaged 7.5 goals and 10.2 fantasy points. Nico Collins led the Texans in Week 10 with 10 goals against the Giants. On Sunday, Cooks will be a mediocre flex option against a strong Commander Defense.
The news: Giants WR Wan’Dale Robinson missed practice Thursday.
What it means in fantasy: Robinson’s hamstring strained on him Wednesday and his status for Sunday’s matchup against the Lions is uncertain, according to head coach Brian Daboll. It’s important for fantasy managers not to overlook Darius Slayton, who only features in 15.7% of ESPN leagues. He has scored 10 or more fantasy points in four of his last five games.
Today on ESPN.com/Fantasy and on the ESPN Fantasy App
Mike Clay’s Playbook: predictions and analysis for every game
Eric Karabell’s hot spot in week 11: Deebo Samuel is among the players who have something to prove in week 11
• Fantasy Improv by Daniel Dopp and Liz Loza: the lighter side of fantasy
• Fantasy Focus Podcast (10:00 AM ET)
• The Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet: this week’s best advice in one place
• Inactives Watch: Who’s in, who’s out and what does that mean?
• After the Games: The Fantastic Ups and Downs by Matt Bowen and Tristan H. Cockcroft
• Fantasy Football Now: Sunday at 10am ET on ESPN2
In case you missed it:
Field Yates Fantasy Field Pass: Replace Kupp how to rate Taylor, McCaffrey, Mitchell
Mike Clay’s TNF Playbook: Packers vs. Titans
Tristan H. Cockcroft’s position assignment map for week 11
Matt Bowen’s fantasy film room Tee Higgins, D’Andre Swift among week 11 upgrades, downgrades
Al Zeidenfeld’s DFS best buys for week 11
• Fantasy Focus Podcast: Field Yates, Mike Clay and Daniel Dopp watch TNF before discussing WRs that need to be on your lineup and what player stocks are up and down. Then Adam Schefter joins in to talk about the storylines to be seen in Week 11, including some big injury updates. We’re also celebrating a milestone birthday! Listen | watch