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NFL Week 11 fantasy: Surprises, disappointments & waiver adds




We’re in the final stretch of the fantasy football regular season and it’s as important as ever to keep a close eye on developments. Here’s a look at the events of week 11 and the resulting waivers.

Surprises: Cam Akers, RB, Rams

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Earlier this season, Akers’ career with the Rams appeared to be over as he was unhappy with his playing time. He returned after LA kept him until the close and became the team’s lead back on Sunday with 14 carries for 61 yards. Fantasy managers can’t expect much, though Matthew Stafford (Concussion) is out, but Akers is fantasy relevant again.

Surprises: Jacoby Brissett, QB, Browns

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Cleveland played much of Sunday’s game against Buffalo, and Brissett was the beneficiary. He was 28 of 41 for 324 yards and three touchdowns and garnered much of his production in garbage time.

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Surprises: Treylon Burks, WR, Titans

Surprises: Treylon Burks, WR, Titans

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Post-injury, Burks showed himself to be the No. 1 wideout Tennessee was hoping for when they drafted him in the first round this year. He had seven catches for 111 yards in the Titans’ upset win in Green Bay.

Surprises: Tony Pollard, RB, Cowboys

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With Ezekiel Elliott After his injury, Pollard should play second fiddle again. However, the two running backs each had 15 carries, and Pollard had one of the best plays of his career with 80 rushing yards plus six catches for 109 yards and two touchdowns.

Surprises: Demarcus Robinson, WR, Ravens

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An afterthought on the Chiefs’ offense early in his career, Robinson continues to shine in Baltimore. He led all Ravens receivers with nine catches for 128 yards against Carolina.

Disappointments: Saquon Barkley, RB, Giants

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The Giants and Barkley would likely quickly forget Sunday’s effort. The team was dominated by the Lions, and Barkley had just 15 carries for 22 yards and two catches for 13 yards.

Disappointments: Kirk Cousins, QB, Vikings

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Minnesota’s strong run came to a screeching halt as they were blown out at home by Dallas. Cousins ​​completed just 12 of 23 passes for 105 yards and was drafted late in the contest.

Disappointments: Dameon Pierce, RB, Texans

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For the Texans’ offense to be competitive, Pierce needs to shine. That certainly didn’t happen on Sunday with 10 carries for eight yards and two catches for nine yards.

Disappointments: Mike Williams, WR, Chargers

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Williams returned from a high ankle sprain and played for the first time in almost a month but was forced to leave after the injury worsened again after a catch. The hope is that he can play again this fantasy season.

Disappointments: Zach Wilson, QB, Jets

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It was expected that Wilson would fight again vs. Bill Belichick, but he couldn’t have played much worse in a 10-3 loss on Sunday. He completed just 9 of 22 passes for 77 yards and added three rushes for 26 yards. A bank’s whisper grows louder and louder.

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Waiver adds: James Cook, RB, Bills

Waiver adds: James Cook, RB, Bills

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Buffalo’s running game is taking shape as we head into the colder months, and Cook earned more carries after his game against Cleveland. He beat the maligned Browns offense with 11 carries for 86 yards.

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Waiver adds: Ronald Jones, RB, Chiefs

Waiver adds: Ronald Jones, RB, Chiefs

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Jones has been inactive in every game for the Chiefs this season, but that’s likely to change next week Clyde Edwards Helaire suffered a high ankle sprain. The former Bucs running back is capable, if his history is any indication, and could find the field on KC’s Running Back Committee.

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Waiver adds: Skyy Moore, WR, Chiefs

Waiver adds: Skyy Moore, WR, Chiefs

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Moore struggled through much of his rookie season, but he made the most of his opportunity on Sunday JuJu Smith-Schusterand Mecole Hardman injured, and Kadarius Toney get injured during the game. Moore finished with five catches for 63 yards and proved capable and should continue to see consistent work when his teammates are sidelined.

Waiver adds: Samaje Perine, RB, Bengals

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Perine is usually Cincinnati’s third down back, a must if Joe Mixon had to forgo the extension due to a concussion. Perine only had 11 carries for 30 yards, but he was a huge factor as a receiver, with four catches for 52 yards and three touchdowns.

Waiver adds: John Wolford, QB, Rams

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Matthew Stafford suffered his second concussion in three weeks in the Rams’ Week 11 loss. With the offensive line in tatters, the Rams could choose to keep Stafford safe from themselves for the foreseeable future. While Wolford struggled against Arizona last week and missed Sunday’s game with a neck injury, the team’s high probability of playing back-forward could allow the backup quarterback to pile up numbers on the stat sheet.


Ruturaj’s transformation: From back-bencher to leading light who hits seven sixes in one over




Whenever Ruturaj Gaikwad dons the Chennai Super Kings jersey, he enjoys hanging out with Mike Hussey. For a player who describes himself as an introvert and has a very close circle of friends, it’s not surprising that he uses Hussey as a sounding board. Gaikwad liked the way Hussey played – both the technique and the game plan.

The bond has strengthened over the seasons, as Gaikwad transitioned from a backbencher to an Orange Cap-winning opener with the Super Kings. There are similarities between the two. On Monday, Gaikwad posted his personal best, an unbeaten 220 in Maharashtra’s quarter-final win over Uttar Pradesh in the Vijay Hazare Trophy at Gujarat’s Narendra Modi Stadium.

And along the way, when he hit seven sixes in an over-off left-arm spinner Shiva Singh, there were shadows of Hussey beating Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal in the 2010 World T20 semifinals in the Caribbean.

None of Gaikwad’s sixes were hit with power, instead they were all simply lofted over the boundary rope, relying on timing.

Gaikwad’s explosive batting came in the 49th over of Maharashtra’s innings when he made the left arm attack on the spinner to loot 43 runs in the over. The over consisted of seven deliveries, as one of them was a no-ball. Each of them was sent over the rope. It is now the Indian List A record and surpasses the 35 runs conceded in an over by Hyderabad‘sDB Ravi Teja 2009-10 bowling for Kerala’s Raiphi Gomes. There was only one other instance of a bowler conceding 43 runs in an over when Central Districts’ Willem Ludjck was taken to the clean by the Northern Districts batsmen in New Zealand.

And not one of Gaikwad’s shots was crossed over. They were hit between mid-off and mid-wicket as suggested in the coaching manual. There was no anger at being banned from the white ball tours in India. There was no fist pumping or room for curses at the end.

There was only a smile and a hug from his partner on the other end.

Now Gaikwad didn’t have to wait as long as Hussey to be selected for the national team. The left-handed Australian waited almost a decade since his first-class debut to even be given an ODI cap. Gaikwad has already received its T20I and ODI caps, and even a test cap definitely remains a possibility given the transition coming up in a year.

Look at these numbers. Since the last edition of the Vijay Hazare Trophy, Gaikwad has scored 136 (112 balls), 154 (143), 124 (129), 21 (18), 168 (132), 124 (123), 40 (42) in his eight innings and 220 no (159).

“Score karna padega, Saar (must score sir),” says Mohan Jadhav, Gaikwad’s personal trainer. “Consistency has always been his forte since cricket in the age group. If you take 10 innings, he’ll do well in 6-7 innings. The only consistency he needs now is a handful of games before he makes the national team. Not a game here or there. Players need to be picked consistently, and that’s how they will perform. There’s no use complaining or feeling sad because you don’t get a chance. Every game is an opportunity to score, only the level varies. And if you’re desperate, chances are you’re moving further away from it. And the boy is modest and not complicated,” says Jadhav.

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They are beginning to see a different Gaikwad among his Maharashtra teammates this season. Whether it’s setting the training schedule or the game plan, the 25-year-old is the one who plans everything, so much so that some players even see him as a manager at times.

Instead of regular training sessions, Gaikwad changed times given the early start of the games. The morning sessions would start at 7am with warm-up exercises before match simulations starting at 8.30am lasting three hours. There is an hour and a half break before the usual web sessions begin. It’s an aspect that players are starting to like.

“He has become our everything,” says Azim Kazi, Maharashtra’s all-rounder. “We learn new things. He changed the whole lineup and our preparation. Even in the hotel we are together as a team. For example, he always left his hotel room open and we can ask him for help for everything. When a player has problems, he is the first to point it out off the field and tell how to fix it. What’s more impressive is his game plan and how he’s identified a role for everyone and used us judiciously,” Kazi added.

This quality of Gaikwad made her do it Chennai Super Kings to rate him highly. After that, there’s whispering in the Super Kings camp Ravindra Jadeja‘s unsuccessful stint as captain last season that MS Dhoni establishes Gaikwad as the heir apparent.

And among Maharashtra players there is a certain level of belief that nowadays they can see many dhoni characteristics in the workings of gaikwad. Whether it’s staying calm under pressure, or getting the message across silently, or supporting players who are struggling, there are players who will go above and beyond when Gaikwad asks them to. During their group stage, which was played at Ranchi, Gaikwad even visited Dhoni several times along with Mukesh Choudary and Kedar Jadhav. The former India captain even met the whole squad during their stay in his hometown.

“When Dhoni Bhai spoke it literally felt like it was Gaikwad. The things he said were similar to what Rutu told us. Since he’s been part of CSK he’s been able to interact with Dhoni Bhai and he’s passed on to us, but there are certainly a few similarities. We’ve all read and heard how Dhoni Bhai leads the team and that’s exactly what Gaikwad did here,” adds Kazi.

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How can the Minnesota Vikings clinch the NFC North in Week 13?




The Minnesota Vikings can win the NFC North in Week 13 thanks in part to the Packers’ Sunday Night Football loss.

Minnesota point difference suggests they could struggle in the postseason, but the remaining schedule could give them the first seed in the NFC should the Eagles falter.

The Vikings are imprison on a playoff spot thanks to a trio of division rivals who have disappointed so far in 2022. Namely, Green Bay was supposed to win the NFC North ahead of the regular season, but Aaron Rodgers and an exhausted receiving corps looked like a shell of their 2021 form. Rodgers might have a foot out the door himself.

For Minnesota to win in Week 13, they don’t have to worry about the Packers. In fact, it’s the Detroit Lions game that Vikings fans should watch next Sunday.

How Vikings can win the NFC North

Minnesota could be just a week away from winning the division. The clinch scenario isn’t too complicated, and should the Lions delay a celebration by a week, it won’t mean much at the end of the season.

Here’s how the Vikings can win the NFC North:

  1. Defeat the New York Jets in week 13
  2. Lions have to lose to the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 13

In the end it’s actually quite simple. A win and a loss in Detroit means pay dirt for Kevin O’Connell, Kirk Cousins ​​and Co.

A loss for the Lions against the Jaguars is actually quite doable. Detroit itself is only 4-7 and has plenty of defensive holes despite the pressure on the Buffalo Bills on Thanksgiving. Jacksonville picked up an upset win after overcoming a two-point deficit against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 12 that left Lamar Jackson infinitely frustrated.

For the Vikings, it’s a question of when, not if, they will become NFC North champions.

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Can the Browns make the playoffs?




Do the 4-7 Browns still have enough in the tank to make it through the postseason?

Cleveland’s tight end David Njoku believes the team has a chance.

“We’re not giving up. Everyone wants to write us off, but that doesn’t mean anything to us,” Njoku told reporters after the game.

Cleveland has reinforcements as QB Deshaun Watson is ‘officially back and active’ according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

The Browns may have been written off if the team failed to win the overtime win over the Buccaneers in Week 12. Head coach Kevin Stefanski gave QB Jacoby Brissett a cue ball after his last start.

“He believes in this dressing room. He believes in this team and I rate 7 for everything he’s done.” said Stefanski to the team.

Cleveland’s path into the postseason may seem difficult, but it’s possible. Four of the remaining six opponents currently have losing records or they have already defeated.

The Browns’ best shot might be to steal a wild card spot from the Bengals or Jets, each at 7-4.

However, the AFC North is still available. Cleveland is 2-1 in the division and still meets the Bengals, Ravens and Steelers.

Can the Browns make the comeback to reach the playoffs, or is Watson’s return a little late?

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