If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably noticed a series of tweets I share on a weekly basis regarding player and team defensive performances, all from a fantasy lens. I’m going to be sharing some of that same information with you here.
I use this each week as I am making my own lineup and waiver wire decisions and thought you might find this valuable as well.
Note: The scoring system used for this data is always PPR with four points for passing touchdowns.
All year to date fantasy ranks are based on total points.
Week Eleven QB1s (top 12 scorers)
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes saved the best for last as he not only vaulted to the overall QB1 spot for the week with his Sunday night primetime performance, but he also used a last-minute game-winning drive to climb from QB10 all the way to the top position. Mahomes finished with 329 yards and three touchdown passes. Bears quarterback Justin Fields finally took a small step back but still finished as the QB7 for the week. We’d later learn that he was dealing with an injury that could keep him out of action this week.
Year to Date QB1s
QB1 Games this Season
The top eight signal callers on the season-long list went largely unchanged last week with Mahomes, Josh Allen and Jalen Hurts locked in as the top-three fantasy passers on the year. Daniel Jones, Justin Herbert and Aaron Rodgers joined the list, replacing Trevor Lawrence, Tua Tagovailoa and Tom Brady, all of whom were on bye. Expect Lawrence and Tagovailoa to quickly regain their QB1 status this week.
Most QB1 Games Allowed
AFC West foes Kansas City and Las Vegas are the top teams to target when searching for a fantasy quarterback, each allowing eight QB1 games through eleven weeks of the season. Surprisingly though, neither team ranks among the three worst defenses when it comes to allowing fantasy points to quarterbacks. The Raiders face Geno Smith and the Seahawks this week while the Chiefs likely match up with Rams backup Bryce Perkins. Meanwhile, the trio of teams allowing more than 24 quarterback fantasy points per week are the Lions (vs. Josh Allen), Miami (vs. Kyle Allen) and Pittsburgh (vs. Matt Ryan.)
The Eagles have yet to surrender a QB1 game all season, which is bad news for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. The Bengals have given up just one top-12 game and Ryan Tannehill will try to change that this week. The Broncos (vs. Sam Darnold) and Texans (vs. Tua Tagovailoa) have also been difficult matchups for opposing quarterbacks this season.
Week Eleven RB1s (top 12 scorers)
Ezekiel Elliott was back on the field for the Dallas Cowboys, scoring two touchdowns and splitting backfield carries evenly. That didn’t matter though as Tony Pollard enjoyed another monster fantasy performance, scoring over 36 fantasy points, thanks to 109 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
Samaje Perine and Jamaal Williams each scored three touchdowns, earning them spots among the RB1s for the week and Latavius Murray finally pushed Melvin Gordon out of Denver.
Year to Date RB1s
Derrick Henry started the week with a crushing performance against the Packers in Green Bay, even throwing for a touchdown. That helped push him to the RB2 spot on the season. Josh Jacobs was another riser, now holding the RB4 spot, while Saquon Barkley and Leonard Fournette were fallers among the RB1s. Pollard is now the RB10 despite starting just two games this season.
RB1 Games this Season
Most RB1 Games Allowed
A trio of teams have allowed seven RB1 games through eleven weeks, including the Falcons, Texans and Chargers. All three are obvious weekly targets and that is good news for these backs this week: Antonio Gibson and Brian Robinson (vs. ATL), Jeff Wilson and Raheem Mostert (vs. HOU), and James Conner (vs. LAC.) The Browns (vs. Rachaad White/Leonard Fournette) and Raiders (vs. Kenneth Walker) are also allowing more than 27 fantasy points to opposing backs.
The Patriots, Buccaneers and Titans have each given up just one RB1 game all season. This week, New England tries to slow down Dalvin Cook on Thanksgiving, while the Bucs will be challenged by Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. The Titans host a banged up and iffy Joe Mixon, or his possible replacement, Perine.
Week Eleven WR1s (top 12 scorers)
It was a week for the rookies. Five first-year receivers finished among the top-twelve fantasy receivers for the week, including the first ever WR1 games for Treylon Burks and Wan’Dale Robinson. Unfortunately, Robinson also suffered a season-ending ACL injury. Christian Watson delivered once again and has now scored five touchdowns in the past two games.
Year to Date WR1s
Davante Adams walked off the Broncos with a long touchdown catch in overtime and his huge performance vaulted him up to the WR3 spot on the season. Amari Cooper and Chris Olave joined the top-twelve, replacing Ja’Marr Chase and Mike Evans. With Chase expected back and Evans coming off a bye, we should see that duo back on this list soon.
WR1 Games this Season
Most WR1 Games Allowed
The Lions and Rams have each allowed a league-high eight WR1 games this season, and each will face difficult challenges this week. Detroit, as is tradition, will begin the Thanksgiving week slate midday on Thursday, hosting Stefon Diggs and the Bills. It is never a question of whether Diggs is a fantasy starter but rather how many points will he score. The Rams visit the Chiefs this week and while the status of Juju Smith-Schuster is still undetermined, other Chiefs wideouts like Marquez Valdes-Scantling and rookie Skyy Moore could be in play here.
The Steelers (vs. Michael Pittman), Falcons (vs. Terry McLaurin) and Titans (vs. Chase/Tee Higgins) are allowing the most fantasy points to receivers, each being stung for more than 40 fantasy points per week.
Week Eleven TE1s (top 12 scorers)
Travis Kelce is a beast. Another three-touchdown game. Another overall TE1 week. In total fantasy points, Kelce now leads TE2 Mark Andrews by more than 89 points. That’s larger than the gap from Andrews to TE33 Greg Dulcich. Kelce has been the overall TE1 in 18% of his games the past six seasons, while falling outside of the top-twelve weekly scorers just 17% of the time. He’s more likely to be the overall TE1 than he is to be TE13 or worse. If you removed all of Kelce’s eleven touchdown this season, he’d still be the fantasy TE1 by more than 20 fantasy points. Unreal.
Year to Date TE1s
TJ Hockenson climbed up to the TE3 on the season, while Pat Freiermuth is proving to be a very solid second-tier fantasy tight end, behind the elite duo of Kelce and Andrews. George Kittle is finally back among the top-twelve scorers and Saints Juwan Johnson continues to rise, thanks to his work in the red zone.
TE1 Games this Season
Most TE1 Games Allowed
Arizona and Seattle are the clear targets when looking for a weekly fantasy tight end. This week, that means taking a shot on Foster Moreau (vs. SEA) and Gerald Everett (vs. ARI), assuming he plays. These two teams are the only squads in the league allowing more than 16 fantasy points to opposing tight ends.
With essentially two-thirds of the league allowing between two and four TE1 games on the year, it can be difficult to identify which matchups to avoid. There are five teams who have allowed less than nine fantasy points per game to the position. They are: Saints (vs. Kittle), Commanders (vs. Parker Hesse/MyCole Pruitt), Bears (vs. Tyler Conklin), Browns (vs. Cade Otton/Cam Brate) and 49ers (vs. Johnson/Adam Trautman.)
Finally, here is the chart summarizing how teams have fared against each position. I’ve also included the schedule for this week for reference.
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