With the Fantasy Football Playoffs closing in on us, this weeks Studs and Duds is going to focus on who played well last week and still might be available in your league. I’m doing this more to help you with that last push for playoffs by adding a guy that I think is going to be solid the rest of the season. For example I’m going to leave out obvious big names like Antonio Brown, Russell Wilson, and LeSean McCoy. These guys were studs last week but won’t be available in any of your leagues (most likely). Without further delay here are my week 11 Studs and Duds.
Case Keenum, QB Minnesota Vikings: Keenum has been a fairly consistent fantasy QB the his last 3 games scoring at least 17.2 points in each one. The reason I have him up here is because of his schedule the rest of the way. The Vikings play Detriot, Atlanta, Carolina, Cincinatti, Green Bay, and Chicago, in that order the rest of the way. None of these Defenses really scare me for the Vikings QB who’s team is currently sitting at 8-2 and looking really good.
Samaje Perine, RB Washington Redskins: Perine played really well against New Orleans with 23 carries for 117 yards and a TD. With the Redskins placing Rob Kelly on IR and most likely Chris Thompson following him, I think Perine becomes a top 20 back the rest of the year. I expect Perine to get 20+ carries a game going forward and the Redskins don’t play any tough run defenses besides Denver in week 16.
Kenny Stills, WR Miami Dolphins: Stills is on my studs list, but he comes with a couple conditions. He deserves to be added in all leagues and even played when Matt Moore starts for the Dolphins. In 2 of Moores 3 starts him and Stills have connected for 13 receptions 265 yards and 3 TD, giving Stills 44.5 fantasy points in those two games. Personally I think Moore gives the Dolphins a better chance to win than Cutler, but we will see how they play it going forward.
Adam Shaheen, TE Chicago Bears: Since Zach Miller went down with that gruesome career threatening injury ( hope he’s doing good now), Shaheen seems to have take over as the starting TE for the Chicago Bears. In the last 2 weeks he’s got 6 catches for 80 yards and a TD. Now I know that doesn’t seem like a lot but going forward I think Shaheen is a good add for someone having TE troubles. He will continue to build chemistry with QB Mitchell Trubisky and become a top 15 TE the rest of the way.
* side note * My duds list is still going to feature big names and very rarely would I recommend dropping some of these guys because of one bad week.
Alex Smith, QB Kansas City Chiefs: Smith has been really consistent up until last week, scoring double digit fantasy points in every game this season. However that wasn’t the case against the Giants. Don’t expect Smith to repeat this performance and keep him in your starting lineups, I’m sure Andy Reid and the Chiefs will figure it out.
DeMarco Murray, RB Tennessee Titans: Murray had another bad week last week and Its becoming somewhat of a trend. However the week before he had 3 touchdowns, so you never know what you’re going to get with him. Going forward he’s a high risk RB2 for me.
Golden Tate, WR Detroit Lions: Tate lands on the Duds list purely from his 3 catch 32 yard performance which was his worst since week 4 against the Vikings. Going forward Tate will be fine and continue to get WR2 fantasy points, and I think even WR1 in PPR formats.
Evan Engram, TE New York Giants: Engrams 1 catch for 9 yards was his worst performance since week 5 against the Chargers. As one of the top pass catchers left healthy on the Giants, I believe Engram won’t have another performance like this and continues to be a top 5 fantasy TE the rest of the way.
Written By: Jon Tetreault ( @jtetreault13 )