Brad Menendez | Dec 15, 2018 | 0
Week 11 Duds: Joe Mixon, Leonard Fournette, Adrian Peterson
Joe Mixon at BAL
We’ve now seen one week of the Bengals offense without A.J. Green and I don’t like it. It amazes me that Marvin Lewis still has that job but hey, maybe he’s privy to information Bengal’s ownership doesn’t want to be made public. Perhaps the return of Hue Jackson will right the ship? He’s a self-proclaimed offensive guru and they really need one right about now. Sadly, I don’t think they have one in the building and the quarterback definitely doesn’t mask that fact. The team simply isn’t talented enough to overcome the loss of a great player like A.J. Green. It sounds like he has a chance to play all of the sudden but it would be well below 100% health. Baltimore is first in the NFL in the total defense so this will be an even tougher test than what Cincinnati faced last week at home against the Saints and they got blown out of the water. Mixon will be the team’s best player on the field and the Ravens know it. The table is set for him to disappoint for a second straight week.
Adrian Peterson vs. HOU
I’ve been sour on All Day since the start of the season and he’s been miles better than I thought he could be. I have strong reservations about him being worthy of a start this week though. The Redskins offensive line has been absolutely decimated. Brandon Scherff, Shawn Lauvao, and Geron Christian are all on IR at this point and Trent Williams is going to miss his third straight game after having surgery on a dislocated thumb. Enter the Houston Texans, who are allowing a meager 79.4 rushing yards to opposing offenses on the season. The majority of the damage done by running backs to this defense has been in the passing game, and that is obviously not AP’s forte. Washington’s piecemeal offensive line is in for a treat this week with J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney coming to town. Adrian is a lock to be on my bench this week if I had him. I’d rather take a shot on guys like Jalen Richard or Theo Riddick for their receiving upside.
Leonard Fournette vs. PIT
Owners that drafted Leonard Fournette have been kicking themselves all season. Finally, he’s back, and he produced in a big way against the Colts with 27.9 fantasy points last week. If you watched him play though, he didn’t look great running the ball. There were at least a handful of rushing attempts where he took the handoff and sort of just fell down behind the line of scrimmage when there wasn’t a hole. He didn’t explode into the line or try and bounce the play to the outside either. Fournette finished the game with 24 carries for 53 yards (2.2 ypc) and 5 catches for 56 yards with a touchdown both on the ground and through the air. That was against a much more forgiving Colts defense though. The Steelers are on a five-game win streak in which they’re allowing just 18.6 points per game. They also allow the third-fewest rushing and second-fewest passing yards to running backs on a per game basis. I have no faith in the Jaguars offense moving the ball effectively in this contest and for that reason, I think his upside is limited in this one.
Allen Robinson vs. MIN
Speaking of players that produced in Week 10, how about Allen Robinson? He went off for 6/133/2 last week after missing his previous two games. However, that was against a Lions team that has looked like a crew of sailors without a ship in recent weeks. The Vikings, on the other hand, are a completely different animal. They’ve played their best football as of late, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Minnesota ranks 4th in total defense this season and have had to play both the Saints and the Rams. They’ve been particularly good against opposing wide receivers as well, giving up the fourth-fewest points per game to the position through the first ten weeks of the season. This game has all the makings of a slug em’ out, play for field position, defensive NFC north contest out in the cold at Soldier Field. Temper expectations for Robinson as more of a middling WR3 than a repeat of last week’s performance.