Wentz has struggled, but his team is getting healthier and he should have a good game in Week 11
Fantasy owners are now heading into Week 11 with their teams. Some fantasy owners are likely out of the playoffs already (public service announcement: please continue to set a lineup and play, even if it is a free league, to make it fair to the rest of the league). Most likely, many others are on the bubble. Perhaps your team is 5-5, 6-4 or 4-6. Likely, these teams could make the playoffs with enough points or a few more wins.
It's important to look at matchups and start the best players on your roster. Also keep an eye out for injuries and players on the reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of Week 11.
Please note 5 Up/5 Down is a guide on players that should exceed or fall below their rank this week. This is based on past performance, injury status, and matchup. This is not a start/sit column, but rather a guide.
Teams on bye: Buffalo, Chicago, New York Giants, San Francisco
Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
Wentz has struggled this year, but his team is slowly getting healthier. He has Jalen Reagor as a new weapon and he should start finding tight end Dallas Goedert again. Wentz had been saving his fantasy value with rushing touchdowns, but he hasn't done that in the past two games. He actually didn't score any touchdowns in Week 10 against the Giants. He should rebound against the Browns. He's not a must-start or even a QB1, but he should exceed his No. 17 ranking.
La'Mical Perine, RB, New York Jets
This season, it's been rare to have a Jets player on the "start" or "up" list, but the team seems to want to get Perine involved. Joe Flacco is the quarterback so the passing game isn't going to be phenomenal. The Jets want to see if they have a franchise running back (or something close to it) in the rookie Perine. The team is going to give him as many opportunities as they can. He's ranked No. 39 for Week 11, but he has opportunity and a good matchup. He should exceed that.
Kalen Ballage, RB, Los Angeles Chargers
Ballage has had 15 and 18 carries in the two weeks following the bye. With Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson on injured reserve, the team needed someone to step up and surprisingly, that has been Ballage. He has a touchdown and seven receptions in those games as well. In Week 11, the Chargers face the Jets, which is a great matchup for Ballage. Joshua Kelley will still be involved, but Ballage should see some receptions and between-the-tackles work ahead of Kelley. Ballage is ranked No. 23 but should exceed that for this week.
Tee Higgins, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
Higgins has quietly been putting up fantasy numbers for owners. He's still available in almost 20 percent of Yahoo! leagues and should be owned. He's ranked No. 23 for Week 11, but he has at least 75 yards or a touchdown in each of the past four games. With four touchdowns on the season and two 100-yard games, he's quickly become one of Joe Burrow's favorite targets. He does have a tough matchup against Washington in Week 11, but the defense just allowed two different Detroit Lions receivers to score in Week 10.
Logan Thomas, TE, Washington Football Team
Washington faces the Bengals in Week 11, who allow the second-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. Thomas has been a part of this offense, regardless of who is at quarterback. In the past four games, he has at least three receptions for 28 yards and he has two touchdowns in that span. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect a massive game, but even a 4/40/1 stat line would be enough to vault him into the top 10 at his position. He's ranked No. 16 but should exceed that.
Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers
Fantasy owners aren't going to sit Rodgers unless they really have two great options. However, Rodgers is ranked No. 6, but he may not reach that in Week 11. The Packers face the Colts, which should be a good game. Rodgers should get Allen Lazard back, but the Colts defense is solid. In the past two weeks, they have held Lamar Jackson and Ryan Tannehill to under 175 passing yards and one touchdown each. It's going to be tough for Rodgers in Week 11.
Ronald Jones, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jones is coming off a game where he had 23 carries for 192 yards and a touchdown. However, that was against the Panthers, who allow the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs. In Week 11, he faces the Rams, who allow the seventh-fewest fantasy points to the position. Jones has been significantly better in games with a good matchup. He's not a great running back as a whole, but he seems to be getting the most work on the team. He's ranked No. 16 and is an RB2, but maybe not quite that high.
James Robinson, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Robinson is the ninth-ranked running back for Week 11. He has had at least 99 yards in each of the past three games, but the matchup this week is going to be tough. The Jags face the Steelers, who allow the fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs. They have only allowed running backs to score a total of six touchdowns all season. They've only allowed one running back to have more than 100 yards. The Steelers are an excellent defense and it is possible that the Jags end up falling behind and abandon the running game entirely. Robinson should be outside the top 10 this week.
Cooper Kupp, WR, Los Angeles Rams
The Rams face the Buccaneers this week, who have been tough against opposing receivers. With Josh Reynolds stepping up and Robert Woods as the top receiver, Kupp has underperformed this season. In Week 10, Kupp only had five receptions for 50 yards. It's possible he's dealing with an injury, but he just hasn't been the player that fantasy owners hoped for this season. He only has two games with more than seven receptions. He has two 100-yard games and two touchdowns. It's not bad, but it's also not likely he reaches his No. 16 ranking this week.
Jerry Jeudy, WR, Denver Broncos
Drew Lock is banged up and even though he says he's going to play, he will likely end up being a game-time decision. Whether it is Lock under center or Brett Rypien, it's not going to be good for Jeudy against the Dolphins. Jeudy himself was questionable ahead of Week 10 with a shoulder injury. He was limited in practice this week with an ankle injury. Between the injuries, the quarterback and the matchup, Jeudy won't hit his No. 29 ranking.
Jonnu Smith, TE, Tennessee Titans
The Titans take on the Ravens in Week 11. While the Titans' offense has looked good, the Ravens' defense is tough. They have only allowed four tight ends to score a touchdown his season. Smith's fantasy value is based on the fact that he has scored six touchdowns this season. If he doesn't find the end zone, he's certainly not going to reach his No. 8 ranking. It's hard to consider him a TE1, but the tight ends in the league are disappointing overall this year.
Full Disclosure from Week 10
5 Up (2/5 correct)
Drew Brees, QB, Saints (Ranked: 8, Actual: 24, left the game with an injury)
J.D. McKissic, RB, Washington (Ranked: 36, Actual: 12)
Duke Johnson, RB, Texans (Ranked: 38, Actual: 39)
Jalen Reagor, WR, Eagles (Ranked: 54, Actual: 47)
Austin Hooper, TE, Browns (Ranked: 11, Actual: 39)
5 Down (2/5 correct)
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Panthers (Ranked: 16, Actual: 9)
Wayne Gallman, RB, Giants (Ranked: 30 Actual: 11)
Adam Thielen, WR, Vikings (Ranked: 11, Actual: 13)
Tyler Lockett, WR, Seahawks (Ranked: 6, Actual: 32)
Rob Gronkowski, TE, Buccaneers (Ranked: 3, Actual: 1)
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.