Fabiano’s Fantasy Focus: Week 11, Volume I

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Every week during the season NFL Network and NFL.com Senior Fantasy Analyst Michael Fabiano joins Sports360AZ.com’s Brad Cesmat to share his insight on building and developing your fantasy team for success.

Here are some hi-lights from our most recent conversation (November 13th) with the Fantasy Sports Writer’s Association Hall of Famer.

In a season filled with questions endless about him, what are your final thoughts on Le’Veon Bell? “Le’Veon Bell will be the most dropped player in fantasy football come Tuesday morning which is insane because the guy was a top three pick in a lot of leagues. This is good news if you own James Conner because he will continue to be the featured back without any issues there. I also would suggest if you have Bell and Conner and you’re in a deeper league, you may want to pick up Jaylen Samuels who looks to be the handcuff for James Conner moving forward. Conner coming off the concussion. He’s still in the protocol. He’s expected to play this week but you almost always want to handcuff your stud running backs this time of the season because, God forbid, somebody gets hurt.”

With Cooper Kupp out in LA, who makes sense to add if you’re looking for someone to pick up the slack this week? “It stinks because Cooper Kupp is one of the better wide receivers in fantasy football. If you need a wide receiver, Josh Reynolds is next up. In the two games Kupp missed earlier this season, he was averaging right around 11 fantasy points in PPR leagues. So he is certainly worth a look off the waiver wire because you always want to have shares of explosive offenses and the Rams have one of the most explosive offenses in the league so he is going to be a popular add off waivers.”

With Dez Bryant now out, does Brandon Marshall make sense to add in New Orleans? “People aren’t going to go nuts and pick him up like Dez Bryant when he signed with the Saints but, again, you’ve got an offense that is putting up points at a historic rate and you could make an argument that Brandon Marshall could end up being the number two option in the passing attack behind Michael Thomas there unless Tre’Quan Smith can be a little bit more consistent. So, is he worth an add in all leagues? No. Is he worth an add if you’re looking for a wide receiver and you want some shares in that Saints’ offense? Absolutely.”

What do you make of the ultimate wildcard in Ryan Fitzpatrick? “He is like two or three picks away from being pulled and replaced by Jameis Winston at any time. Now, with six teams on a bye, would I play him this week? I think you probably have to because they’re still putting up tons of yards. I mean, the Buccaneers offense has been ridiculously productive this season. It’s just the defense is bad, that’s why the team’s not going anywhere this year. But the Bucs’ offense has been pretty productive in the passing game, not so much in their ground attack. Fitzpatrick is a risk/reward pick every time he plays because he is not secured as the top quarterback in Tampa Bay.”

Who do you like more this week: Alex Collins or Doug Martin? “I would go Alex Collins because the Bengals’ defense has been getting absolutely destroyed by running backs lately. We just saw two guys, Kamara and Ingram, score over 20 points on them last week. So I’d go with Collins, although Doug Martin is a good play this week as well if you’re in need of a flex starter because the matchup is very favorable against the Cardinals.”

If you had to ride one the rest of the season: Aaron Jones or Sony Michel? “I love Aaron Jones. You know I’ve been trying to talk Aaron Jones’ fantasy star into existence. It looks like it happened. I don’t know if I would go with him over Sony Michel for the rest of the season because Sony Michel, earlier this season, was a very solid RB2, bordering on an RB1. With an extra week to get healthy, I think the Patriots will get back on track. They’ll get Rob Gronkowski back so I think Michel will be very productive down the stretch. I still like Aaron Jones and I definitely like him this week against Seattle because their defense has been giving up five or six yards per carry their last four weeks.”    

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