Yahoo Fantasy analysts Matt Harmon and Dalton Del Don make their picks for who might deliver an epic fantasy performance in Week 11.
MATT HARMON: It's time to see who we think will be fantasy legends for Week 11, presented by the all new 2023 Toyota Sequoia. Each week we're picking a handful of players who are match-up proof and ready to deliver an epic fantasy performance. Dalton, you get us started, man.
DALTON DEL DON: I'm going with Jonathan Taylor against the Eagles. He's finally healthy. He certainly appeared so last week after sitting out a game. He saw his second highest snap rate of his career last week. Saw elite usage during the first game ever without Nyheim Hines who's in Buffalo now. Indy's offensive line also performed well during the first game under Jeff Saturday. PFF graded it, I think it's the team's highest grade of the year. Matt Ryan is back at quarterback. He targets running backs far more than Sam Ehlinger was.
This week the Colts face an Eagles team traveling off a short week. They're a funnel defense that ranks first against the pass and 28th against the run in DVOA. And this is more of a recent thing. Jordan Davis went down about four games ago and they've just-- they've allowed 140 rushing yards in three straight games. Taylor's been a disappointment as the top fantasy pick, but he looks primed for a strong finish and he's going to deliver an epic fantasy performance this week.
MATT HARMON: Like that call. I love to see the Colts getting back to running the football there. Dalton, I'm going to be brave. I'm going to do it. I'm going to get excited about a Falcons pass catcher. It's not Kyle Pitts, though. I mean, come on. I'm not going to go down that road. I am excited about Drake London, though, this week. Marcus Mariota, it's kind of crazy and I think it especially showed itself on that Thursday night game against the Carolina Panthers, this guy is averaging 13.6 air yards per pass on late downs-- that's third and fourth downs-- since Week 8. He's been flinging it of late.
Now a 70.4 passer rating on those throws. He's not exactly been an effective downfield passer, but God bless him he's trying. Most importantly here, though, the Bears defense is second in the EPA allowed since Week 7. You know, we kind of expected this. While their offense has taken off, they traded away all those defensive players and the results have shown up the field. So I think this game could maybe bring the Falcons out of their shell a little bit. Maybe they just go ahead and run all over the Chicago Bears, but I think Drake London makes for a good wide receiver 3 start just in case this game turns into a pretty interesting little shootout there.
DALTON DEL DON: The Falcons have the third highest implied team total of the week, which is just wild for a team that runs so much. My next pick is Tee Higgins against Pittsburgh. Ja'Marr Chase reportedly is close to return but he's still out this week. Higgins, Meanwhile, should be fully recovered from his ankle injury coming off the bye. The last time we saw the Bengals play, Joe Mixon was getting all the touchdowns, five of them, so it's the passing attack's turn this week. TJ Watt admittedly makes the Steelers defense tougher, but this is still a unit that's bottom three in pressure rate this season, allowing the second most fantasy points to receivers, the second most passing scores in the league.
Higgins will be seeking revenge after Pittsburgh knocked him out with a concussion in Week 1. He's due for a blow up game without Chase. Might as well be this week against a shaky Pittsburgh defense. It's a perfect time for an epic performance from my guy Higgins.
MATT HARMON: I like that call there. That's a good one. For my last one I'm going to go back to the well. I believe I talked about Antonio Gibson in this segment last week. I'm going to actually talk about both Washington backs here because they're going against the Houston Texans. That's where you have to start. You've been on this for a while, Dalton, on the podcast talking about how they've just allowed consistent huge games to running backs. I think the Texans are the worst defense against the run in the NFL and I don't think it's really all that close at this point.
So I think Brian Robinson and Antonio Gibson can get it done. Now, of course, they might do it in different ways. We saw Brian Robinson kind of get back to being that sustained early down banger, like the grinder back that they envisioned him, on Monday night against the Eagles. Over the last two weeks, he has a 51% share of the team rush attempts, but just a 4% target share. Meanwhile, Antonio Gibson kind of the other end there. It just looks like a pretty classic, like, early down banger, change of pace type of third down looking back without JD McKissic.
There's 33% of the team rush attempts for Antonio Gibson with a 12% target share for Antonio Gibson. So if you've got either one of these Washington backs and you need some help and you got bye week blues, whatever, you've got injuries at the position-- who doesn't have injuries at running back at this point-- I think you can throw out either Brian Robinson or Antonio Gibson and project a pretty decent flex performance, running back three, something like that against this really, really bad Houston Texans defense.
And I think that stands-- by the way, Dalton, I think that stands regardless of who starts at quarterback for Washington, although you know I still want to see Taylor Heinicke, ODU's finest out there. All right, Dalton appreciate it, man. The all new 2023 Toyota Sequoia inspires drivers to live legendary. Check out the fully redesigned SUV at your local dealer or learn more at Toyota.com.