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Here’s a look at dynasty risers and fallers following Week 11.
Dynasty Fantasy Football Risers & Fallers
Jayden Reed (WR – GB)
The second-round rookie out of Michigan State has flashed as a receiver this season, but he showed what he can do carrying the rock on Sunday. Jayden Reed turned three carries into 46 yards and a score to go with four receptions for 46 yards. Reed led the Packers in rushing and tallied 19.2 fantasy points, aided by his 32-yard touchdown run on an end-around.
Reed is now averaging 3.10 fantasy points per touch, good enough for top 20 amongst receivers. He has now topped 19 fantasy points three times this season. The Packers’ offense needs playmakers to step up, especially if Aaron Jones misses time. It would seem logical that Reed will get more involved down the stretch.
Brian Robinson Jr. (RB – WAS)
In Week 10, Brian Robinson Jr. caught six passes for 119 yards and a touchdown, so it seemed a no-brainer that he would be involved in the passing game again this week with Antonio Gibson out. Robinson Jr. was again a primary target in the passing game and snagged seven passes for 58 yards. Meanwhile, he handled his usual early-down role with 17 carries for 73 yards and posted 20.1 fantasy points. That’s good for 47.8 points across the last two weeks, an example of what Robinson can be as an every-down player in the Commanders’ offense.
It’s unclear how much time Gibson will miss, and we are too far out to predict how the offseason will shake out. However, Gibson will be a free agent next summer. Perhaps this is an opportunity for Robinson to prove he’s worthy of playing a workhorse role in the backfield.
Brandon Aiyuk (WR – SF)
It was back in Week 1 when I last wrote about Brandon Aiyuk as a dynasty riser, but he’s been better than you likely realize since then. He’s reached double-digit fantasy points in seven of nine games while notching 9.8 in one of the misses. Even more significant, Aiyuk averages 3.43 yards per route run this season. For reference, only three players have averaged 3.0+ yards per route run in a single season over the last decade. Between Aiyuk, Deebo Samuel, George Kittle and Christian McCaffrey, it’s often a hit-or-miss situation between the 49ers’ playmakers. Still, Aiyuk has been the most consistent this season.
Tank Dell (WR – HOU)
Which Texan will I write about this week, you ask? Tank Dell continues to climb dynasty rankings after his season and career-high of 149 receiving yards. The total came on eight receptions, one of which resulted in six for Houston. The rookie has now cleared 100 yards three times this season and has scored four touchdowns in the last three weeks, where he stands as the WR3 during that stretch.
Khalil Shakir (WR – BUF)
With three catches for 115 yards and a touchdown, Khalil Shakir enjoyed his best game in the NFL en route to 20.5 fantasy points. It was the first time Shakir cleared 100 yards, but he’s shown flashes throughout his young career. After accumulating 40 yards across his first six games on the season, Shakir has collected 323 yards over the last five games.
The issue preventing Shakir from becoming a potential fantasy starter is volume, as he’s topped four targets in just one game this season. The good news, however, is that he’s hit at least four targets in four of the last five games. I was a fan of Shakir as a prospect and am optimistic his usage will increase under new offensive coordinator Joe Brady.
Austin Ekeler (RB – LAC)
Although he’s had a relatively good season when he was healthy, Austin Ekeler was running in slow motion on Sunday. Ekeler has been mostly inefficient on the ground this season, and his 64 yards on 10 carries this week was largely aided by his 37-yard scamper. As have the receptions, his touchdown total has been the primary contributor to his fantasy output. Ekeler caught just two passes for six yards and posted just seven fantasy points. This game appears to be the outlier of Ekeler’s season thus far, but it’s difficult to ignore the inefficiencies and the shock of learning that he’s not running through mud out there.
Marquise Brown (WR – ARI)
Even with the return of Kyler Murray, Marquise Brown has struggled to generate any fantasy output, with just seven fantasy points in the last two games. Brown has yet to clear 100 yards in a game this season and has failed to get even halfway there in the last six games. Not only that, but the four targets Brown received last week were his fewest of the season, while the five he saw this week tied for the second-fewest. It’s worth noting that Murray missed him on a potential big gain last week, but the box scores do not look pretty.
Zach Wilson (QB – NYJ)
I mean, do I really need to say anything? Zach Wilson might be stuck to the bench for good this time.
Chigoziem Okonkwo (TE – TEN)
For the second week in a row, Josh Whyle has played more snaps than Chigoziem Okonkwo. The second-year tight end generated a lot of buzz as a breakout candidate this season but has come up short of being anywhere near a fantasy starter. He has failed to top 35 yards, has yet to find the endzone and has not reached double-digit fantasy points in a game this year. It will be increasingly difficult for the young tight end to achieve any of those marks as his snaps dwindle and the Titans’ offense falters.
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