Monday Recap, Week 11

Jonathan Taylor's five-touchdown day powers Colts' rout of Bills

Week 11 of the NFL Season is cruising in for a landing and Thanksgiving is three days away. Time is flying in 2021 and you are likely in the crunch period trying to make the playoffs. Perhaps to do that you need a miraculous performance tonight. We’ll preview all the options in tonight’s clash in a minute, but first let’s consider what we learned in the rest of Week 11.

The Bills are in Trouble

I picked the Bills for the Super Bowl, so this one hurts. But at 6-4, now in second place in the AFC East, the Bills don’t look like the team that nearly won the AFC in 2020. Josh Allen is still a good talent but the offense has been up-and-down, and the defense has been suspect at times. Worse yet, the Bills seem to be struggling against other AFC contenders, falling to the Steelers, Colts and Titans already. The Bills need to avoid turnovers and find a way to get some balance in the offense before it’s too late. With two games coming against New England in the next month, if they don’t get their issues together quickly, the Bills will find themselves on the road at best as the post-season begins.

Jonathan Taylor is the NFL’s Top Running Back

Prior to the season I had Taylor in my Top 3 in Dynasty. Seeing how the season is playing out and the way the Taylor continues to dominate even when he doesn’t get a dominant work load, he’s moved squarely to RB1 in dynasty for me. He’s got 1,122 yards rushing, just 47 short of his 2020 totals, and 13 touchdowns rushing, two more than last season. And Taylor still has seven games left. He’s powering the Colts and looks like a beast, adding five touchdowns and more than 200 total yards on Sunday alone.

The Vikings and Eagles are in the Hunt

It was tempting at times to leave both Kirk Cousins and Jalen Hurts in the background, believing neither of their teams was a contender. And yet, both have quietly clawed their way back. The Vikings beat the Chargers in Los Angeles and topped Green Bay at home to move back to 5-5 on the season. The Eagles, meanwhile, continue to play tough and get timely wins. They’ve won two straight and three of four to move back to 5-6 on the season. While there’s still work to do, the Eagles aren’t going away quietly, making the NFC race a bit more intriguing.

And now, on to the last matchup in Week 11.

Monday Night Preview

The Buccaneers have lost two straight and seen Tom Brady struggle, throwing multiple interceptions in both losses. The Buccaneers are now 6-3 and need to get back on track to keep up with the leaders in the NFC. The Giants, meanwhile, have seemingly played better than their 3-6 record. Nevertheless, the Giants are last in the NFC East and would just like a quality win to move in the right direction.

In terms of fantasy, both teams offer plenty of lineup options. For the Giants, Saquon Barkley is back! It’s not an incredible matchup but he should be in your lineup. Daniel Jones isn’t a terrible Superflex option, either, but it’s hard to feel confident about any of the receivers, though Kenny Golladay seems to be tracking to return.

For the Buccaneers, Antonio Brown is out but Rob Gronkowski is back. He could give Tom Brady a nice Red Zone option. Brady, receivers Chris Godwin and Mike Evans and running back Leonard Fournette are all good starting options as well. It hasn’t worked out the past two weeks, but I expect the Buccaneers to have a bounce back game tonight. I’m picking them to win.

Matthew Fox is a graduate of the Radio, Television and Film program at Biola University, and a giant nerd. He spends his free time watching movies, TV, and obsessing about football. He is a member of the FSWA. You can find him @knighthawk7734 on Twitter and as co-host of the Fantasy Football Roundtable Podcast.

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