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What’s up fellow fantasy football owners? Has anyone else noticed how fantasy football is a lot like driving? You’re either pedal to the metal going full speed or you’rr caught swerving certain guys that have become or have the potential to become a major bump in the road. On the way to your championship aspirations we can’t be having bumps in the road, so I’m going to give you three swerve plays each and every week.
Driving right into week 11 our first swerve play of the week is Broncos running back Melvin Gordon. Gordon comes into this week ranked as the RB 26 in PPR format and is currently vastly underachieving. Gordon has four straight weeks of under thirteen fantasy points, and to make things worse in that four game stretch he has two games under five total fantasy points. When you think it couldn’t get any worse for Gordon, it does. Trending about as down as possible, he hasn’t even broken 100 scrimmage yards in that four game stretch. This week’s matchup he gets a Miami Dolphins defense that is very underrated as they are ranking seventh in total defense and twenty first against the run. With what we have seen so far this year, this is not a safe matchup. Swerve Melvin Gordon so he doesn’t wreck your lineup this week.
Taking a right turn onto Nelson street and heading down to 409, we get to our next swerve candidate of the week – Falcons running back Todd Gurley. To my surprise Gurley comes in ranked as the RB11. Although Gurley has had a strong season so far, he has now posted 4 straight games under 100 yards from scrimmage. In fantasy terms, Gurley has become very touchdown dependent. With little to no involvement in the passing game when Atlanta falls behind, Gurley a lot of times becomes irrelevant in the game plan. He is also only averaging 11 fantasy points per game in the last 4 contests. It’s tough enough to be an NFL running back, let alone with early stages of arthritis in your knees. As stated earlier, Gurley is still running back 11 and having a great year. However, he tends to phase out later in the year more than likely due to the arthritis issues he deals with. I think the trend of under 100 scrimmage yards a game continues this week and he becomes too TD dependent to play. Swerve Todd Gurley this week so he doesn’t crash your championship aspirations.
Cruising back through the Rockies we find our next swerve of the week. Denver Broncos tight end Noah Fant. After a hot start to the season, Fant has simply ran out of gas. It could have been the injury that held him out or the lackluster QB play. Drew Lock has more turnovers than passing touchdowns on the season. With all that baggage, Fant has become completely unreliable for fantasy managers. Since returning from injury, Fant hasn’t eclipsed fifty yards receiving, has zero touchdowns and has had over three receptions only ONCE. The matchup on top of the wheels falling off isn’t appealing any way you spin it. Miami comes in ranked seventh against tight ends this year and has yet to give up a big week to the position all season. Do yourself a favor and swerve Noah Fant this week so he doesn’t leave you out of gas, stranded on the side of the road and more importantly on the outside of the playoffs looking in.