NFL.com analyzes the best and worst fantasy games ahead of each week of the 2022 NFL fantasy football season.
Best QB match of the week
Herbert has featured here at least three more times this season and he continues to disappoint week after week. The good news is that his ribs appear to have healed and he seems to be much more comfortable thrashing around on the run. The other good news is that he could bring back Keenan Allen and Mike Williams this week. That would be HUGE! This season, the Chiefs have given quarterbacks the most passing touchdowns and the fourth most fantastic points per game. Trevor Lawrence scored 21 fantasy points last week against the Chiefs. There really is no excuse that Herbert can’t do the same.
Other Favorable QB Matches
Jones has always been a risky fantasy quarterback. He scored fantastic 18+ points in two of his last three games, but in one game he missed that mark with just nine points. Jones gets a great game in Week 11 as he faces the Lions, who have given quarterbacks the most fantastic points this season. Jones is fourth among quarterbacks this season, behind Justin Fields, Lamar Jackson and Josh Allen. The Lions have allowed Fields, Jalen Hurts, Gino Smith and Aaron Rodgers to set record 40+ yards against them this year. Jones is a great opt-out option if you need a weekly replacement.
The Vikings have allowed opposing quarterbacks to score about 20+ fantasy points in three of their last four games. The Cowboys offense is starting to work and I’m expecting a big day from CD Lamb and Dalton Schultz on Sunday. The Vikings are a difficult defense but can be beaten in the air, so the Cowboys should rely more on their passing game in this matchup. This week, Prescott should be in the top six fantasy quarterbacks.
Worst QB match of the week
This season, the Giants have allowed opposing quarterbacks to score just 15.6 fantasy points per game. They’ve held quarterbacks to 16 points or less in six of their last nine games and have yet to let a quarterback score a fantastic 20+ points. On the other hand, Goff has been terrible on the road this year, averaging just nine fantasy points per game. 13 of his 15 passing touchdowns this season have come in home games. He also has just two touchdowns in four road games. Stay away from Goff in week 11.
Other heavy QB matches
Carr has amassed around 18 fantasy points in each of his last two games, which might make you consider starting with him on Sunday. However, even if you are desperate, I would stay away from him at 11 weeks. Carr has yet to hit a fantastic 20 points in a game this year, and the Broncos have allowed the fewest passing yards and passing touchdowns in the NFL this season. Carr has scored under 12 fantasy points in each of his last two games against the Broncos.
The Steelers are a completely different defense with T.J. Watt on the field, while Burrow has struggled against AFC North this season, throwing just five touchdowns and six interceptions in those three games. Burrow averaged only 16.2 fantasy points per game against the Steelers in his career and has yet to score 20 points in any game. The Bengals relied on a run with J’Marr Chase on the side and they could do it again as they know the Steelers offense won’t score much for the other side.
The best RB match of the week
The takeover has officially taken place; Pacheco is in the lead in Kansas City. Pacheco had a career-high 16 carries for 82 yards in Week 10, while Clyde Edwards-Heler had no touches in the game. In 2022, the Chargers amassed a league-record 5.7 yards per carry and the third-most fantastic points per game at running back. We’ve all been waiting for Pacheco to get his chance and this match is perfection. If you picked him up from rejections, he should be in your lineups.
Other profitable RB matches
Robinson looked perfectly healthy on his 26 carries in week 10 and his surge was noticeable. This week he will face the Texans, who have given the most yards, touchdowns and fantastic points to runners this season. This is not a team that is easy to get past, so commanders will most likely have to rely on their game on the run. Both Robinson and Antonio Gibson got off to a good start in week 11.
Patterson suffered a setback in the fantasy lineups in week 10, scoring just three points. However, he should be back in action this week against the Bears defense. The Bears have thrown the most rushing touchdowns in the NFL this season, and Patterson has had at least one rushing touchdown in four of the six games played this year. Patterson should get into the end zone at least once this week and I expect his usage to pick up another week after the injury.
Worst RB match of the week
- Michael Carter
- James Robinson
To put it mildly, the backfield of the Jets without Brice Hall is no fun. Carter and Robinson share a job, making it hard to find truth in the fantasy. This week they will face the Patriots, who have given the least amount of fantasy running back this season. No running back scored more than 15 points against the Patriots in 2022. Carter and Robinson COMBINED just 11.8 points against the Patriots in Week 8. I would have to be desperate to include them in my lineups this week.
Other heavy RB matches
Conner finally had a big fantastic day due to hitting the end zone twice in week 10, but I wouldn’t be chasing those points. This season, the 49ers allow running backs the fewest yards per carry and the second-most fantastic points per game. Conner is an ineffective defender even in easy matches, so I don’t think he will be very productive in this game. He will need to score a touchdown in order to show a solid fantasy result in the 11th week.
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