Agonizing Ways Your Fantasy Football Team Could Lose in Week 11
November 16, 2016
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You wisely start Cameron Meredith on the heels of Alshon Jeffrey’s four-game suspension, but Jay Cutler rewards you by throwing primarily to Eddie Royal, Zach Miller and Marquess Wilson. That is when Cutler isn't throwing interceptions.
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Vernon Davis continues to steal away Jordan Reed’s targets and touchdowns, putting a serious dent in the value of your early-round draft pick.
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Just like Jerry Jones, you’re riding the Dak Prescott train with glee, but the rookie suffers a high ankle sprain early on against Baltimore’s hard-hitting defense, putting Tony Romo back under center for the foreseeable future. Ouch!
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Jordan ("Nah, I ain't suffer nothing,") Howard, gets only two second-half carries for the second week in a row as John Fox tells the media the running back sustained another ankle or Achilles injury. Yeah, you started him and got burned.
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You finally decide to put DeAndre Hopkins and his miserable 48.2 yards per game on your bench, but he has a surprisingly good game against the Raiders in Mexico City, scoring three touchdowns, each over 20 yards.
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More important than being the Rob Gronkowski owner, you’re a decent person and are hoping, just like the rest of us, for his speedy and complete recovery from a chest injury that may or may not be a punctured lung. But from a fantasy standpoint, it’s gnawing at your psyche that he’s gonna miss a matchup against the 49ers. May we suggest Larry Donnell? Nah, didn't think so.
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Facing the Cleveland Browns again, Antonio Brown doesn't kick a punter in the head this time around, but does draw two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties for taunting and gets ejected before halftime, costing you the services of your No. 1 wideout.
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Jeff Fisher's decision to bench Case Keenum is applauded in other circles, but hurts you as the owner of a Rams wideout. Having never seen Jared Goff play, you don't know whether to start or sit your Rams, and, of course, you make the wrong decision.
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As a fantasy owner, you can't catch a break. Having already faced the Ezekiel Elliott and David Johnson owners, this week you're nervous about what kind of point-damage Jay Ajayi will do to you when he visits the Rams in Los Angeles. Why couldn't the schedule have broken so that you played the Ajayi owner when the sensational running back was being under-used by Adam Gase?
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You liked what you saw of C.J. Prosise in Week 10, and for good reason (153 yards total offense), but your gamble that he’ll replicate it against the Eagles falls woefully short as repeated holding calls wipe out long gains and the return of Thomas Rawls has an impact too.
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A week after he failed to throw a touchdown pass and had his worst fantasy scoring output of the season, Tom Brady has another lackluster passing outing in his first NFL game ever in San Francisco. This time it's because the San Francisco 49ers have no answer to New England’s LeGarrette Blount-powered rushing attack.
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Still sore from this hard landing last week and also dealing with a balky knee that required an early-week MRI, Larry Fitzgerald proves to be little more than a decoy this week against Minnesota.
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Just when you figured it was safe to drop Ty Montgomery, the Packers make him their feature back again. And you just know somewhere Aaron Rodgers is saying R-E-L-A-X.
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You refuse to buy into the massive regression that is Marvin Jones Jr., starting him with confidence against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Instead, Jones takes a back seat to Golden Tate yet again.
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Much like the hard-luck fantasy owner who saw a nearly two-point lead evaporate into a narrow loss thanks to the two kneel downs Eli Manning took at the end of last Monday's game, you suffer the same fate in Week 11 when your QB’s team goes into victory formation.
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You find yourself rooting for the Philly-Seattle game to go into overtime so that one of your players can tack on some much-needed points. Instead, Carson Wentz has a short fourth-quarter throw bounce off Jordan Matthews’s hands for a pick-six to the Seattle defense that your opponent is starting.
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The Steelers are determined not to go back-to-back weeks with a running back embarrassing them like Ezekiel Elliott did in Week 10, so they double down on stopping Isaiah Crowell, making his rushing totals even worse than they normally are.
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Once again you spend so much time on your daily fantasy lineups that you find yourself trying to make your commissioner league lineup decisions with only 15 minutes before kickoff. One of your mistakes is leaving Julius Thomas in at tight end when you know full and well that the Jaguars were talking up one of their other tight ends, Ben Koyack, who actually got the start a week ago against Houston.
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A.J. Green had his lowest-scoring fantasy game of 2015 when the Bengals took on the Buffalo Bills, being held to four receptions for 36 yards and no touchdown. Can Rex Ryan make it happen again?
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With questions being asked whether Adrian Peterson might yet play again this season, a newly motivated Jerick McKinnon surprises his owners and the fantasy football community in general by running wild against Arizona's stout defense. No one is starting him, right?
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Arizona stays true to its mid-week announcement that Patrick Peterson will shadow Stefon Diggs, cutting deeply into the production of the normally highly targeted receiver.
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You took the advice of the so-called fantasy experts and either traded or dropped Ryan Mathews. Now he's scoring points for another fantasy owner, ruining your Sundays.
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Not without precedence, a snafu with the replay feed prevents the replay official from reviewing a fumble-recovery-returned-for-touchdown by the defense that you’re facing. Later in the day the NFL admits to the error and says the fumble should have been ruled an incomplete pass. Unfortunately for you, neither your fantasy football provider nor your league commissioner gives a darn.
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You passed up the opportunity to take DeMarco Murray in your draft and you let Marcus Mariotta sit on waivers when you had the chance to take him, too. Now you realize you're gonna miss the playoffs yet again because you stink at this pursuit.
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