Week 10 wasn’t too brutal in terms of injuries for fantasy managers. Aaron Jones went down and everyone held their breath, but his knee injury was deemed to be just an MCL sprain. He avoided the dreaded season-ending injury, which means he should be back in a few weeks. Until then, AJ Dillon will be a No. 1 running back.
Some other top running backs are returning this week (hopefully), including Miles Sanders and Saquon Barkley (and possibly Clyde Edwards-Helaire). While it’s not clear what their workload will look like, fantasy managers will no doubt be happy to have them back in their lineup.
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: Denver, Los Angeles Rams
Ryan Tannehill, QB, Tennessee Titans vs. Houston Texans
Tannehill is ranked No. 11, which puts him as a borderline QB1 for Week 11, but he should have a really good game this week. The Titans face the Texans, a great matchup for opposing quarterbacks. Even without Julio Jones, Tannehill is finding other weapons. He is still without Derrick Henry and it seems like Jeremy McNichols will also be out with a concussion. He'll have no choice but to throw the ball, and he should be successful this week.
Darrel Williams, RB, Kansas City Chiefs vs. Dallas Cowboys
The Chiefs have not decided if Clyde Edwards-Helaire will be activated from injured reserve to play this Sunday but even if he does, Williams has done enough to earn a bigger role until CEH is back to full health. He had an impressive touchdown catch in Week 10 and has passed the eye test running the football. The Chiefs face the Cowboys in Week 11 (followed by a bye in Week 12), and that is a great matchup that Williams should take advantage of and exceed his No. 26 ranking.
Latavius Murray, RB, Baltimore Ravens at Chicago Bears
Murray is ranked No. 59 because he’s been out with an ankle injury since Week 6. The Ravens released Le’Veon Bell earlier this week, which likely means that Murray is going to return on Sunday. He has scored four rushing touchdowns in the six games that he’s played this season, but he has only had more than 50 rushing yards once. Murray is definitely touchdown-dependent because the Ravens' running game is poor overall, but he should fare better than his ranking.
Rashod Bateman, WR, Baltimore Ravens at Chicago Bears
Marquise Brown has been on the injury report all week and it’s not clear how healthy he is heading into Week 11. He missed practice Wednesday and Thursday with a thigh injury and this may mean Bateman will have a bigger role in Week 11. Already in the past two weeks, Bateman has seen eight targets. He had the most receiving yards on the team in Week 10 with 80. He hasn’t scored a touchdown yet this season, but that may happen in Week 11 and he’ll exceed his No. 34 ranking.
David Njoku, TE, Cleveland Browns vs. Detroit Lions
Njoku is ranked No. 22, which means in most fantasy leagues, he’s not going to be started. However, he is seeing a slightly larger role now that Odell Beckham Jr. is no longer with the team. Austin Hooper is still in the picture and caught the touchdown in Week 10, but Njoku saw four targets last week. He’s only had one reception in each of the past two weeks, but his usage should increase against the Lions this week.
Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings
Rodgers had COVID-19 and was able to return for Week 10, but he did not look good. He threw for 292 yards and an interception, letting AJ Dillon handle the offense. Rodgers has been on the injury report with a toe injury and is likely still not 100 percent from being sick. The Packers face the Vikings in Week 11 and they need him back. However, ranking him No. 7 is awfully high for a player that has been struggling.
Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (MNF)
All signs point to Saquon Barkley returning in Week 11 after injuring his ankle in Week 5. However, Devontae Booker has done a decent job filling in for Barkley while he’s been out. The Giants are likely going to be careful with their star running back and not rush him back into full game action right away. Barkley is ranked No. 12 because of who he is, but be careful with treating him as an RB1 this week, coming off of injury.
Boston Scott, RB, Philadelphia Eagles vs. New Orleans Saints
With Miles Sanders coming back from injury, it seems Scott’s role will disappear. The team now has Jordan Howard to handle any goal-line work if they are looking to protect Sanders at all (or just want a bigger back to carry the ball into the end zone). Sanders is going to take over passing downs, which was Scott’s role, although he only had three receptions in the past four games. Scott is ranked No. 33, but if Sanders is active, it will be tough for him to reach that ranking.
Elijah Mitchell, RB, San Francisco 49ers at Jacksonville Jaguars
Mitchell is ranked No. 15 based on the great matchup with the Jaguars. However, he has a broken finger and just had a pin inserted into it. The team has not said he’s out, and he will likely be questionable heading into the game, but it would be a bit surprising if he does sit. The 49ers are already down JaMycal Hasty. Mitchell isn’t going to risk his health to play, but odds are he doesn’t get a full workload. He’s a risky RB2 this week.
Dawson Knox, TE, Buffalo Bills vs. Indianapolis Colts
After missing two games with a hand injury, Knox returned in Week 10. He had one target and he caught it for 17 yards. He’s ranked No. 8 among tight ends which seems high considering he is touchdown-dependent. He’s not getting the looks from Josh Allen that he had been earlier in the season. The Bills face the Colts, which is a good matchup, but No. 8 seems a bit high.
Full Disclosure from Week 10
Up (2/5 correct)
- Derek Carr, QB, Las Vegas Raiders (Ranked: 11, Actual: 7)
- Eno Benjamin, RB, Arizona Cardinals (Ranked: 43, Actual: 56)
- T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts (Ranked: 41, Actual: 98)
- Corey Davis, WR, New York Jets (Ranked: 40, Actual: 30)
- Pat Freiermuth, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers (Ranked: 12, Actual: 21)
Down (1/5 correct)
- Patrick Mahomes, QB, Kansas City Chiefs (Ranked: 5, Actual: 1)
- Alex Collins, RB, Seattle Seahawks (Ranked: 26, Actual: 40)
- Michael Carter, RB, New York Jets (Ranked: 20, Actual: 12)
- Deebo Samuel, WR, San Francisco 49ers (Ranked: 14, Actual: 1)
- Hunter Henry, TE, New England Patriots (Ranked: 10, Actual: 2)
— 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.