Brad Menendez | Dec 15, 2018 | 0
Week 11 Studs: Carson Wentz, Dion Lewis, Josh Reynolds
Carson Wentz at NO
Andy Dalton needs to relinquish his nickname to the real “Red Rocket”, Carson Wentz, because the only thing he’s been firing at is his chance at a career beyond the Marvin Lewis era. Wentz isn’t quite back to 2017 form, but he’s been about steady as they come at the quarterback position this season. Since returning to the field Week 3, he’s scored fewer than 20 fantasy points just twice and one was that first game, which I think he gets a pass for. He hasn’t had a cupcake schedule either. The Eagles have faced the Titans, Vikings, Jaguars, and Cowboys, who are all top-12 defenses in FP/G allowed to the quarterback position. This week they are getting a Saints defense that allows the most FP/G to quarterbacks. New Orleans scores points in a hurry so the Eagles are going to need to pass to keep pace. They’re also desperate for a win at 4-5. Carson Wentz and the Eagles offense will come to play this week at the Superdome. It may be in a losing effort, but I expect him to have his best game of the season and finish as a top-5 QB.
Dion Lewis at IND
It took nearly half the season, but it appears the Titans coaching staff has finally figured out who their best running back is. Over the past three games, Dion Lewis has out-touched Derrick Henry 64 to 33 and out-gained him 345 yards to 155. The one downside to the time-share for Lewis is that he is not the goalline back. Henry has scored four rushing touchdowns in this stretch of games to Lewis’s zero. So why exactly do I like Lewis so much this week? Game script. The Colts offense is humming right now, averaging 33.3 points per game over the past six weeks. Tennessee has been good on defense but no one else has been able to slow Indianapolis down so I think they’re going to continue to score on their home turf. That’s good news for the Titans chain moving and passing down running back. The Colts defense also allows 7.9 receptions and 63.4 yards receiving to opposing running backs. All things considered, I have Dion Lewis pegged as high-end RB2 this week.
Golden Tate at NO
The Eagles newly acquired wide receiver had a disappointing debut in Week 10. He caught two balls for 19 yards and had an unfortunately limited impact on the game. The thing is, that is more than likely to happen when you play only 18 snaps the whole game! I mentioned this already with Carson Wentz but, the Eagles are desperate for a win and they have to go on the road against one of, if not the best, teams in the league this week. Gone are the days of the Eagles defense imposing their will and controlling games. Philadelphia is going to have to engage in a shootout against New Orleans and that isn’t going to go well if they don’t get Golden Tate firmly ingrained in their gameplan. They went out and got him because they knew they lacked playmakers on offense, specifically in the slot. That is a major weakness of the Saints and an area I believe will be exploited by Tate, not Nelson Agholor, this week. I have him inked in for 100 yards receiving and a touchdown in New Orleans.
Josh Reynolds at KC
It’s always unfortunate when a player becomes relevant as a result of a teammate going down with a season-ending injury. That is, sadly, the case with Josh Reynolds. Cooper Kupp suffered a torn ACL in last week’s game against the Seahawks and will miss the rest of the season. We’ve already seen Reynolds fill in for Kupp when he missed two games earlier in the year so we know that he’s going to be the beneficiary. That’s a big deal for the league’s 3rd highest scoring offense, especially one that runs a ton of 11 personnel (one running back, one tight end, and three wide receivers). I think we’re all well aware that the Chiefs and Rams are going to score points in bunches this Monday night and Vegas agrees. This game takes the cake for highest over/under in NFL history. Josh Reynolds already has one game this season with two touchdown catches against the Packers. He may not make quite that big of an impact in this one but definitely has WR2 upside if you need to dig deep this week.