Henry John, @HankTimeSports
Deep Dives: Buried Treasures
Week 11 Edition
By: Henry John @HankTimeSports
As trading deadlines, approach and pass, scouring the depths for fantasy potential becomes more important than ever. Featured this week are two players in line for increased volume due to injuries around them. Plus, after featuring touchdown scorers in the tight end section the last two weeks, who has been chosen to keep the streak alive? Read on to find out!
J.D. McKissic, RB, Seattle Seahawks
Week 11 Opponent: vs. Falcons (MON)
Eddie Lacy. Thomas Rawls. C.J. Prosise. The running back committee in Seattle has been downright awful all season long. So awful in fact that rookie Chris Carson leads all running backs in rushing yards through Week 10 at a paltry 208. What makes that stat even more incredulous is that Carson hasn’t played since going down with an injury in Week 4. Pete Carroll said Monday that he might have a chance to return in December but until then, J.D. McKissic is the only Seahawks back worth touching. With no between-the-tackles run game to speak of, McKissic’s role as a pass-catching down back is not a volume knock because essentially every down is a passing down. He was clearly the most effective in Week 10’s win over the Cardinals, and his volume in the coming weeks may increase with Prosise suffering another ankle injury. While he isn’t a week to week starter, McKissic can be considered as a deep FLEX option in PPR leagues depending on matchups, and he at least provides running back depth as the injuries pile up across the NFL.
Keelan Cole, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 11 Opponent: at Browns
The entire Jaguars passing offense took a hit with the season-ending injury suffered by Allen Robinson back in Week 1. While Marqise Lee has done a fine job since being elevated to the team’s WR1, Blake Bortles’ second option, Allen Hurns, had to crawl off the field after his legs were taken out from under him on a huge hit near the end of Week 10’s game against the Chargers. Ryan O’Halloran of The Florida Times-Union reported that he left the locker room after the game with crutches and a boot on his right foot, so the prospects don’t look good for Hurns in the immediate future. This opens the door for Keelan Cole to see an expanded role in the coming weeks. Cole is already on an impressive three-game run, going for 64, 47, and 61 yards during Weeks 8 through 10. While the Jaguars will remain a predominantly run-first offense, Cole’s 12% target share on the season according to Player Profiler should get a bump with the dwindling lack of receiving talent around him.
C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Houston Texans
Week 11 Opponent: vs. Cardinals
The past two weeks, Tyler Higbee and Jermaine Gresham scored touchdowns after being the featured tight ends right here in Deep Dives. In an attempt to run that streak to three, we turn to one of the pleasant fantasy surprises of the 2016 season, C.J. Fiedorowicz. After being sidelined with a concussion since Week 1, he was able to return to the field in Week 10. While expectations aren’t what they might have been if Deshaun Watson was still leading the Texans offense, Fiedorowicz can be the big target that Tom Savage can count on. His volume is likely to get a bump in the near future as Will Fuller is questionable going forward after suffering cracked ribs in Week 10. Outside of DeAndre Hopkins, Fiedorowicz is probably the best pass-catching option the Texans have as injuries continue to derail their season.