The Rookie Report: Week 11

Nov 23, 2021
The Rookie Report: Week 11

In Fantasy Football, rookies are often the most confusing players to evaluate. Due to their inexperience and lack of sample size in the NFL, they are susceptible to inconsistency and volatility, creating chaos for your fantasy team. To help get a better understanding of how to deal with rookies, each week, I’ll be writing a column breaking down some of the most important rookies for fantasy and helping you decide how to value these players moving forward. Welcome to the Rookie Report.

Notes: Touches for running backs are calculated by adding carries and targets. An asterisk (*) next to a player indicates that they were on bye in Week 11.

Quarterbacks

Rookie QB Week 11 Stats (Season AVG in Parentheses)
Player Attempts Pass Yards Touchdowns Interceptions Fantasy Points Rank
Trevor Lawrence 25 (35.6) 158 (214.1) 0 (1) 0 (0.9) 8.62 (12.48) QB21
Trey Lance 0 (9.6) 0 (70.8) 0 (0.8) 0 (0.2) 0.4 (9.17) QB30
Justin Fields 11 (19.8) 79 (136.1) 0 (0.6) 0 (0.8) 3.46 (9.15) QB26
Mac Jones 26 (31.7) 207 (230.91) 1 (1.27) 1 (0.73) 10.38 (13.42) QB17

Trevor Lawrence, Jaguars

Lawrence was quite frankly putrid in the Jaguars’ blowout loss to the 49ers, throwing for well below 200 yards in a 30-10 loss. He hasn’t proven to be consistent enough to be a fantasy starter and is nothing more than a desperation option.

Zach Wilson, Jets

Wilson missed the Jets game with an injury but might make his return to action in week 12. He’s still not worth rostering in any form of fantasy format.

Trey Lance, 49ers

Lance continues to be the backup quarterback for the 49ers, and will not be fantasy-relevant as long as that remains.

Justin Fields, Bears

Fields left the Bears game early with an injury, but wasn’t great before that either. 4for4’s Adam Hutchinson writes that the severity of the injury could lead to Fields missing anywhere from 0 to 4 weeks, but with a Thursday afternoon Thanksgiving game coming up, I’d assume Fields is out. He can be dropped in most 10 and 12-team formats with the home stretch of the fantasy regular season coming up.

Mac Jones, Patriots

This was a typical Mac Jones fantasy performance, as he wasn’t forced to do much in the Patriots’ big victory on Thursday Night. Leave him on the waiver wires.

Running Backs

Rookie RB Week 11 Stats (Season AVG in Parentheses)
Player Touches Rush. Yards Touchdowns Fantasy Points Rank
Najee Harris 18 (18.8) 39 (68.5) 1 (0.7) 14.4 (16.9) RB12
Michael Carter 10 (11.1) 63 (43) 0 (0.4) 7.0 (11.2) RB26
Rhamondre Stevenson 13 (9.57) 69 (43.6) 0 (0.43) 8.0 (9.2) RB21

Najee Harris, Steelers

Najee turned in yet another incredibly solid fantasy performance, finishing as a top-12 running back for what feels like the 100th time this season. He’s one of the most dependable players in all of fantasy football and can be safely fired up as an RB1 each week.

Javonte Williams*, Broncos

Williams was on bye this week, but that shouldn’t affect his fantasy value too much. Unless the Broncos used the week off to establish Williams as the top dog in the backfield (over Melvin Gordon), I’d continue to treat Javonte as a FLEX-able player without much upside.

Michael Carter, Jets

It’s unfortunate that Carter, who was starting to get a hang of things in the NFL, suffered an injury this week and will be forced to miss at least a couple of weeks. Because of this untimely injury, Carter can be dropped if you need to pick someone up to make a playoff push. Otherwise, I’d stash him at the end of the bench or on an IR spot in case he makes a return.

Rhamondre Stevenson, Patriots

Stevenson saw a near 50/50 timeshare in the New England backfield, alternating series’ with Damien Harris. Given his talents as a runner, it is very possible that Stevenson continues to see such a workload, making him a FLEX-able player in fantasy—this New England running back room could become like Denver’s, with Stevenson playing the Javonte Williams to Damien HarrisMelvin Gordon.

Wide Receivers

Rookie WR Week 11 Stats (Season AVG in Parentheses)
Player Targets Rec. Yards Touchdowns Fantasy Points Rank Target Share
Ja'Marr Chase 6 (7.9) 32 (86.7) 1 (0.8) 11.5 (15.8) WR25 21.4%
DeVonta Smith 6 (6.72) 61 (60.36) 0 (0.36) 8.1 (10.3) WR34 26.1%
Jaylen Waddle 9 (8.45) 65 (56.55) 1 (0.36) 16.6 (10.8) WR12 26.5%
Rashod Bateman 6 (6.8) 29 (54) 0 (0) 4.4 (7.5) WR53 16.7%
Rondale Moore 11 (5) 51 (37.55) 0 (0.09) 10.6 (6.8) WR27 25.0%
Elijah Moore 11 (6.33) 141 (46.11) 1 (0.56) 25.6 (10.2) WR3 31.4%

Note: Giants wide receiver Kadarius Toney was not included in the initial publishing of this article as he played on Monday Night.

Ja’Marr Chase, Bengals

Chase was able to salvage his fantasy day with a late touchdown, but finished with just 32 receiving yards. I still wouldn’t be worried about his fantasy value—Chase can continue to be treated as a top-15 fantasy option week in and week out.

DeVonta Smith, Eagles

Smitty turned in yet another decent fantasy performance, totaling 61 receiving yards on four catches. His fantasy value has remained the same basically the whole season—a FLEX-able player with a boost in PPR formats.

Jaylen Waddle, Dolphins

Waddle had a stellar fantasy day on Sunday, finishing with eight catches and a rushing touchdown. He has a clear connection with Tua Tagovailoa and can be FLEX-ed so long as Tua remains under center. He gets a huge boost in PPR as well, as Waddle has had at least six catches in 6 out of 11 games this season.

Rondale Moore, Cardinals

Moore did his best running back impression against the Seahawks this week, racking up 11 catches for just 51 yards. Despite the solid day, I wouldn’t put too much faith in Moore moving forward, and he’s nothing more than a deep-bench stash.

Rashod Bateman, Ravens

Bateman wasn’t able to do much with Tyler Huntley under center instead of Lamar Jackson, leading to a subpar fantasy output. However, I wouldn’t get too down on him, as he has proven to be a reliable option with Lamar at quarterback. He’s a strong receiver off the bench that can be started in deeper leagues.

Kadarius Toney, Giants

Elijah Moore, Jets

Moore had a breakout performance versus the Dolphins on Sunday, accumulating north of 160 receiving yards and a touchdown en route to an overall WR3 finish on the week.

One interesting note in Moore's production is his splits with and without Zach Wilson at QB. He's much better without the #2 overall pick under center with much of his breakout coming with Wilson injured. However, while Wilson is expected to make his return to the lineup in the coming weeks, Moore has proven that he has enough talent and upside to be FLEX-ed in fantasy.

Tight End(s)

Rookie TE Week 11 Stats (Season AVG in Parentheses)
Player Targets Rec. Yards Touchdowns Fantasy Points Rank Target Share
Kyle Pitts 5 (6.9) 29 (63.5) 0 (0.1) 4.4 (9.1) TE25 16.1%
Pat Freiermuth 7 (4.9) 11 (28.7) 1 (0.5) 9.1 (7.5) TE11 15.9%

Kyle Pitts, Falcons

Pitts was essentially shut down by Bill Belichick on Thursday Night and was unable to produce despite the absence of both Cordarrelle Patterson and Calvin Ridley. Continue to start Pitts as a TE1 each week, but fantasy managers might have to lower their expectations for the former Florida superstar a little bit.

Pat Freiermuth, Steelers

Freiermuth continued his promising rookie season, catching his fifth touchdown of the season on Sunday Night. He’s one of the best tight end streaming options moving forward and can be treated as a back-end TE1.

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