Our NFL Nation reporters answer questions about fantasy football every Tuesday during the season. Here is what they said after the 11th week.
This offense needs a receiver, and DeMarcus Robinson (9 interceptions, 128 yards) did it against the Panthers. Is this something of a managerial fantasy that needs to be worked on, or just a weekly outlier?
Consider this an exception because of the Lamar Jackson story. Since 2019, Jackson has completed 449 passes to wide receivers, ranks 22nd in the NFL. Jackson has always preferred throws to tight ends. This is why Mark Andrews is the only safe fantasy play in the passing game. But Robinson may have a chance to consistently produce if he continues to open up. On Sunday, Robinson was open (more than 3 yards) on five of nine targets, according to Next Gen Stats. The Ravens are also looking to wide receiver Devin DuVernay to get more touches, which could affect Robinson’s production. — Jamison Hensley
Did James Cook (11 carries, 86 yards) make enough to earn an extended role, and if so, did that affect Devin Singletery’s bottom line?
Consistently? No, we’re not there yet. But it needs to be watched as the Bills offense continues to work on this running game. Singletary is still in the lead, but this violation is still evolving. In the end, Nyheim Hines has a chance to take a more active part in the attack. Cook easily set a career-high in yards, and although the Bills continue to ease him, there is no indication that his success will be the same from week to week. There will still be plenty of opportunities for Singletary and Cooke could play a more permanent role as the season progresses. — Alaina Getzenberg
Isn’t it about time to give up on D’Andre Swift getting into a 15-touch role at any moment?
At this point, Jamaal Williams has pretty much established himself as Detroit’s leader, mainly because he’s available. The shoulder and ankle injuries that sidelined Swift for three games continue to persist, but he survived the pain. If he can, the coaching staff could reward him with a 15-touch game, but I don’t think that will be his permanent role until the end of the season when Williams finds his way. Williams currently leads the NFL in total rushing touchdowns (12) and scored three touchdowns in Detroit’s win over the New York Giants, their third in a row. Lions running back coach Duce Staley is known to be a dexterous backfield player. — Eric Woodyard
Seventy-five catches, 997 yards and 12 touchdowns… that was Davante Adams’ record in his first season as a top goal in Green Bay. Let’s be bold: is Christian Watson in 2023 above/below each of these thresholds?
This was Adams’ third year in the NFL. He was more experienced than Watson would be, so let’s recap. However, Watson runs at a slightly faster pace than Adams (plus he has an extra game that Adams didn’t have in 2016), so there’s a good chance of overrunning. Despite Watson having five touchdowns in his last two games, going to 12 next year still feels like a stretch. So it’s downstairs too. (And if Aaron Rodgers isn’t quarterback next season, then I reserve the right to replace all three with junior.) — Rob Demovski
Parris Campbell continues to attract attention, with Matt Ryan playing center. How close do you think he and Michael Pittman are in terms of targets/yards the rest of the way?
The switch from Frank Reich to Parks Frazier has made things a little more difficult to predict, but here’s a good sign for Campbell: he’s played 80% of offensive snaps in both games since Frazier took over. That’s where he’s been all season, so it shows that he continues to play an important role in the team’s plans after Reich. Ryan also has a knack for throwing crosses that Campbell likes to throw, so they fit well together in that regard. Their chemistry has been clear since training camp and I expect it to stay that way for the rest of the season. — Stephen Holder
Should fantasy managers understand that Damien Harris got more carries than Ramondre Stevenson (5-2) in the first quarter? Stevenson is a good passer, but is he in danger of missing out?
It’s more of a stand-in to show the Jets something different since the teams had met three weeks before and Stevenson was the top defenseman that day. So while the change was unexpected this week, it’s in line with Bill Belichick’s approach to a specific game plan. Team confidence in Stevenson, who played 49 snaps against the Jets compared to 15 for Harris, remains high. — Mike Reiss
Should fantasy managers buy into Juwan Johnson’s scoring flare?
Exactly. Johnson, a converted receiver, clearly comes into his own as a Year 2 TE and is looked to by the Saints earlier than the other TEs in a two-minute situation and often in the red zone. It will certainly continue to be used. Whether the Saints offense can be trusted to keep getting him into the end zone is another story, but if the Saints find themselves in situations where they need to throw frequently to catch up, Johnson will be one of the hard targets. — Katherine Terrell
Can we count on that kind of volume from Darius Slayton?
The Giants are running out of reliable recipients. Slayton is the only regular in this group to have scored at least six goals in three of their last four games. He’s a Daniel Jones safety blanket and a crisp WR1 for the Giants. Slayton is the only player on their roster they can count on to catch a few balls every week. Otherwise, it’s a worthy fantasy variant of the WR2, especially considering the Giants may be in catch-up mode more compared to quality competition in the future. — Jordan Raanan
True or False: There is not a single fantasy that managers should even consider launching.
FALSE. Yes, the Jets are looking pretty bad on offense right now, losing to the Patriots to no avail, but RB Michael Carter deserves to be considered as a starter this week against the Bears. The Jets will rely heavily on their ground game, with the Bears ranked 29th in quick defense. — Rich Jimini
Has Naji Harris made a turn for his loyal fantasy managers?
I am cautiously optimistic about this. Harris has gained momentum since last week with back-to-back games of at least 90 yards, two of his best performances of the season. Harris runs confidently and looks more like his 2021 self with heavy descents. The Steelers’ offense is still erratic even from quarter to quarter, but Harris is consistent. — Brook Pryor
Trailon Burks led the team in catches (7), targets (8) and yards (111) on Thursday night. Flash in the pot or late season making the difference for fantasy managers?
Burks’ success should be a sign of things to come in the future. But its target share can be inconsistent. The Titans have been trying all season to figure out how to get him a football. Unfortunately, opportunities aren’t always plentiful due to the Titans’ focus on the running game. Still expect Burke to play big when playing the action game. The 51-yard reception that Burks made to seal the Packers game is a great example of how Burks and quarterback Ryan Tannehill can take advantage of one-on-one opportunities when teams are focused on stopping Derrick Henry. — Turron Davenport