The NFL kicked off November with some of the biggest divisional matchups of the season: a former underdog evened the score in the AFC East, the dominant team took the lead in the NFC West, and that Steelers-Ravens game was a real nail-biter right up until the last second.
The #Steelers now own the second-best #SuperBowlLV odds after beating the #Ravens to improve to 7-0.… https://t.co/2TV3fazOpg— Steelers Now (@Steelers Now)1604429236.0
Lamar Jackson said that the #Chiefs are the #Ravens "kryptonite" - what does it make the Steelers? Lamar's career… https://t.co/Sc6PC3vYYM— Dov Kleiman (@Dov Kleiman)1604421264.0
If you're competing for your own divisional title in your fantasy league, here are the drops, swaps and shops to make in Week 9.
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Alie-Cox had promising performances in Weeks 2-4, but after a knee injury sidelined him in Week 5, he hasn't been much of a fantasy factor since then. While he recently returned in Week 8, his workload has gone to Jack Doyle and Trey Burton, meaning Alie-Cox is third in line for tight end work. He's only rostered in three percent of ESPN Leagues, but if Mo Alie-Cox is still on your roster, it's best to leave him on the wire.
Also, some notes on the Colts' target share since Burton's return in Week 4: Frank Reich was literally showing Bu… https://t.co/b5dQX8MICM— Isaiah Sirois (@Isaiah Sirois)1603156609.0
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After a bye week and two weeks out with injury, Corey Davis was sitting on waiver wires everywhere until last week—he was picked up in 30.4 percent of leagues, and he's now rostered in 52.4 percent of them. Chances are 50/50 as to whether he's available or not, but do whatever you have to land the number one receiver in the Titans offense. In Week 8, Davis landed eight catches for 128 yards and a touchdown, so it looks like this guy is back on track for a significant season.
Conversely look at the difference for Corey Davis. Again small sample but he has performed SIGNIFICANTLY better wit… https://t.co/RvwTHpDfYN— Jordan Richards (@Jordan Richards)1604423138.0
NFL: Carolina Panthers at Green Bay Packers Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Don't let his fantasy points fool you: DJ Moore is a high risk, high reward play, but he's been pretty high reward the past few weeks. Three weeks in a row, Moore turned four or five passes into 93 yards each game, scoring three touchdowns in that three-game spread. While he doesn't get a lot of targets per game, Moore is a deep threat that sees a lot of opportunities, especially for touchdowns, so he's an ideal flex for the remainder of this season.
Receiving Yds #NFL 1. DeAndre Hopkins 704 2. Stefon Diggs 695 3. Robby Anderson 688 4. DK Metcalf 680 5. Calvin Ri… https://t.co/TjL0wAVLp4— El Ovoide (@El Ovoide)1604416111.0
NFL: Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals Billy Hardiman-USA TODAY Sports
Coming off a bye week, Chase Edmonds is ready to run the Arizona backfield as the top RB option in Week 9. With Kenyan Drake expected to be out for the next few weeks, Edmonds could be someone you want to trade for if you have a few extra wide receivers and lack RB depth. Edmonds is a pass-catching back, which bolsters his fantasy value enough to make him a safe bet as long as he starts.
@Rotoworld_FB Oh really, I was only expecting to ride Chase Edmonds to glory the next few weeks. I’m just gonna go… https://t.co/xE71IXJ7Q4— Flex RB (@Flex RB)1604328579.0
NFL: New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
In a game prediction I wrote for PatriotMaven, I predicted that Bill Belichick would force the Bills to rely on the run. While that turned out to be true, what I didn't anticipate was that Zack Moss would be so good at it. In his highest amount of snaps this season, Moss took 14 carries for 81 yards and two touchdowns. It seems more and more like Moss is the future of the Bills backfield—if he's available in your league, invest in him for the remainder of the Bills' season.
@thadbrown7 Zack Moss be like. https://t.co/fWBp9ndPRu— #BILLSMAFIA-TJDMCR (@#BILLSMAFIA-TJDMCR)1604425044.0
NFL: San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
As we said in Week 7, the 49ers roster is like a revolving door: each week, a new player gets injured, and a new guy comes to take his place. With Deebo Samuel and George Kittle out, Nick Mullens is likely to rely on Bourne, who is owned in only 9.3 percent of ESPN leagues. As with many NFL teams at this point in the season, Bourne is a sure bet because… he's the only one left to bet on.
WR Pickups: Owned in less than 50% of leagues Curtis Samuel Mecole Hardman Marvin Hall Jakobi Meyers Denzel Mims… https://t.co/MdsF0gTDlR— TheFantasyInsiders (@TheFantasyInsiders)1604419683.0
NFL: Washington Football Team at New York Giants Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
If you are reeling from the loss of Kittle and Bourne isn't right for your roster, consider picking up Logan Thomas. While his target share is concerning, Thomas made the most of his catches by scoring a touchdown in each of his last two games. Although he got four targets, he scored second in most major receiving categories in Week 7, and he stands to benefit against the Giants in Week 9 and from being in football's worst division this year.
TE Pickups: Owned in less than 50% of leagues Eric Ebron Trey Burton Jordan Reed Logan Thomas Ross Dwelley Albert… https://t.co/FD5oS4L4JR— TheFantasyInsiders (@TheFantasyInsiders)1604436361.0
Unless you're the Pittsburgh Steelers, chances are your team is still uncertain about making the playoffs.
The Packers lost, yet the Saints won. The Seahawks won, but so did the Rams. The NFC is in a frenzy, while the Steelers sit atop the AFC waiting for everyone else to catch up. With only five weeks left, the playoff picture is a little fuzzy, but it clarifies with each game.
Likewise, fantasy playoffs are just on the horizon, and unless you're undefeated, there's a strong chance you're still clamoring for a spot.
If you need to make some moves for a playoff berth, here are some suggestions in this week's drops, swaps and shops.
Note: For ESPN Leagues, all public leagues must submit trades before the trade deadline on Wednesday, November 25th at 12 ET. Rules vary within leagues, but this could be your last week for swaps.
As Ferris Bueller might say: The world of sports moves pretty fast; if you don't stop and look around at least once a week, you could miss it.
Here we'll review what you might have missed in the past week all in one place. Why spend hours scrolling through Twitter to catch up on the news you want? We've already done that for you, so remember to check back every Monday to get your dose of weekly sports review.
Taysom Hill, Andy Dalton, and P.J. Walker all lead their teams to Week 11 victories filling in for injured starting QBs. Cleveland moved ahead of the Ravens in the AFC North with their win over the Eagles while Baltimore fell to the Titans. The Steelers continued to roll and now sit at 10-0 atop the NFL. The Colts outlasted the Packers in an overtime thriller as Indianapolis is now positioning themselves as a team nobody wants to see come playoff time as they boast the best defense in the NFL.
Joe Burrow was injured in the Bengals' game against Washington and he miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury. This should make Justin Herbert the odds on favorite to win Rookie of the Year if you're interested in a futures bet.
At this point, I may never bet on the NFC West again.
Week 10 Vibe Check (2-2)
At this point, I may never bet on the NFC West again. After losing to the Rams last week, Seattle turned around and beat the Cardinals on Thursday night. Every matchup in that division is a heavyweight bout and it's hard to justify betting on one when they can all throw a haymaker at any time. Meanwhile, the Bengals weren't ready for a D like the Steelers and the QB of the future looked stuck in the present reality for the time being.
As for our wins, in a shocking turn of events, betting against the Chargers WORKED! Or, perhaps, I should say betting on the Dolphins worked. Brian Flores looks more and more like he was the true key to the Patriots defensive success in recent years. He took on two NFC teams back to back and cruised against the poor, befuddled Chargers. Tua coming into his own has certainly helped, as well.
Brandon Aiyuk tallied a whopping seven catches down in New Orleans, even as the 49ers completely sputtered and blew a chance to upset a Drew Brees-less Saints. This continues a month long streak of calling player props, which is almost certain to end this week after pointing out its existence. *Fingers crossed* *No jinx* *Reverse jinx*