Throw up the Yellow Flag for Pittman and Pitts

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As we move closer to the fantasy playoffs, getting maximum output is a priority and we may have to make some difficult decisions with the players who got us here. With so many injuries and one of the most rostered offenses on a bye this week, the luxury of sitting anyone may not be an option, but I’m here to at least bring some potential busts to light in order to temper expectations.

Here are five players who could struggle in Week 11 for a variety of reasons.

Michael Pittman, WR, Indianapolis Colts @ Bills

Pittman is the fantasy WR9 in half-PPR points per game over the last four weeks with 14.7, and he’s been a wonderful surprise for those who drafted him at his bargain-priced ADP of WR46 in the late-ninth round. This week could be a tough test for the sophomore wideout as he heads to Buffalo for a tilt with one of the league’s best secondaries.

The Bills have allowed the fewest receiving yards to WRs on a weekly basis, along with a measly three touchdowns all season so far to the position. Combined WR corps are only scoring 20.5 half-PPR points per game on the Bills through nine games, which should make it tough for Carson Wentz and Pittman to produce on Sunday.

Terry McLaurin, WR, Washington Football Team @ Carolina Panthers

It’s been a season of inconsistency so far for McLaurin and the Washington offense as a whole. He played through a collarbone injury last week and was game scripted out of production as they leaned very run-heavy against the Bucs.

This week could be a disappointment for McLaurin managers as the Panthers have shut down every WR corps they’ve faced in the past three weeks, limiting the Cardinals to just 12.3 half-PPR points collectively last week, the Patriots to only 6.2 as a unit in Week 9, and surrendering just 10.0 half-PPR points to Atlanta WRs in Week 8. It’s low-end WR2 city for Terry this week.

Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks vs. Arizona Cardinals

While it was admirable that Wilson worked so diligently to return to the field so soon after finger surgery, it was clear that he was not at full health last week against Green Bay. He posted a middling 50% completion percentage - where his career average sits at 65.1% - and put up single-digit fantasy points in the brutal shutout.

Things may not get better for the Seattle QB on Sunday when the Cardinals come to town, as their defensive unit has allowed the seventh-fewest passing yards so far in 2021 and the fourth-fewest fantasy points to QBs through 10 contests. If you have another viable signal caller it may be a good idea to go with him or just expect QB2 numbers from Wilson in this one.

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Kyle Pitts, TE, Atlanta Falcons vs. New England Patriots

I know none of you will bench Pitts, but at the very least we should probably lower our expectations for the rookie this week. The 21-year-old is getting the work, as he’s averaging seven targets per contest, but it’s just not translating to fantasy goodness in recent weeks. Pitts is the TE21 in half-PPR points per game over the last three weeks with just 6.0 and he has a difficult matchup in Week 11.

The Patriots are sixth against the TE and seventh against opposing WRs in fantasy points allowed this season which covers both bases for Pitts’ potential workload. If Cordarrelle Patterson is out this week he could be Atlanta’s main weapon which puts even more of a target on his back. Consider Pitts a lower-end TE1/TE2 in Week 11.

Zack Moss, RB, Buffalo Bills vs. Indianapolis Colts

Coming off a concussion scare in Week 9, Moss rushed seven times for 27 yards and a score last week. His usage in the passing game has been paramount to what fantasy success he’s had this sophomore season, and Moss was without a target in Week 10 against the worst-ranked team when it comes to opposing RBs. The 23-year-old hasn’t seen more than 10 carries since Week 5, hasn’t eclipsed 30 rushing yards since Week 6, and is at a 47% snap share to Devin Singletary’s 48% over the last three weeks.

A tilt with the Colts in Week 11 will be a tall order to make much happen for Moss, as they allow the second-fewest half-PPR points to enemy backfields this season (16.3). You may be in a position where you have to start him, but expect a low-end RB3 outing from Moss this week.