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Fantasy Football Week 11 Start ‘Em & Sit ‘Em: Mike Davis ready to deliver again as next man up in Carolina

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On Wednesday night, as part of a promotional Fantasy Football Today show we did for Express, Vikings running back Dalvin Cook joined us for a Zoom chat with invited guests. It was great hearing from one of the best running backs in the NFL.

There’s not much I can tell you about Cook that you don’t already know. He’s No. 2 in PPR for the season behind only Alvin Kamara, and Cook currently leads the NFL with 954 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns, along with 20 catches for 189 yards and a touchdown. He’s scored at least 22 PPR points in five of the eight games he played.

I tried to get him to divulge the game plan for Week 11 against the Cowboys. He wouldn’t share it, but you can probably guess — he’s getting the ball, which is something he covets. Cook has at least 22 carries in three games in a row and at least 24 total touches in each game over that span.

He should be awesome against the Cowboys, who have allowed two running backs to gain at least 128 rushing yards and a touchdown in their past four games. There have been five running backs this season with at least 17 carries against Dallas, and four of them have scored at least 16 PPR points (Malcolm Brown in Week 1, Devonta Freeman in Week 5, Kenyan Drake in Week 6 and Antonio Gibson in Week 7). Only Todd Gurley in Week 2 failed to reach that mark against the Cowboys when he finished with 21 carries for 61 yards and no catches.

Cook told us he’s excited about how the season has gone, and he’s looking forward to helping the Vikings make the a playoff push after a dismal start. Minnesota started the season 1-5, but they’ve won three in a row and have plenty of confidence heading into Week 11.

Cook is also aiming to win the NFL rushing title this year, and he’s already thinking about what to get his offensive linemen as a gift if that happens. But he knows there’s work to be done, and he’s ready to take on Dallas this week.

We asked him about his impact on Fantasy managers, and he had a message for everyone who has him on their rosters. Cook said, “I’m going to do my best to help all of you win.” So far, so good for Cook this season.

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I was hoping to be done with Mike Davis for the season. I was hoping that when Christian McCaffrey returned from his six-game absence with an ankle injury in Week 9 at Kansas City that Davis would return to the bench, and McCaffrey would again be a star. But things didn’t go according to plan.

McCaffrey injured his shoulder against the Chiefs, and he was forced to miss Week 10 against Tampa Bay. And now McCaffrey will again be out in Week 11 against Detroit. While I wish he was playing in this dream matchup against the Lions, it will once again be Davis to the rescue. He should be heroic for Fantasy managers this week.

Detroit is No. 1 in Fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs. The Lions are fourth in rushing yards allowed in the NFL at 1,274 and first in touchdowns allowed to running backs with 13 rushing and 18 total.

In the past three weeks alone, five running backs have scored at least 17 PPR points against Detroit (Nyheim Hines, Jordan Wilkins, Cook, Antonio Gibson and J.D. McKissic) with nine total touchdowns allowed. That bodes well for Davis, especially since the Lions have also allowed 21 receptions to running backs over that span.

Davis has struggled in his past four starts in place of McCaffrey, averaging just 8.8 PPR points over that span after he averaged 24 PPR points in the first three games McCaffrey missed. Part of that was tough matchups against Chicago in Week 6, New Orleans in Week 7 and Tampa Bay in Week 10, and we’ve also seen too much of Curtis Samuel in the backfield if you are a Davis Fantasy manager.

But this should be a great week for Davis. And maybe it’s the last hurrah for him if McCaffrey is back in Week 12. We’ll have to wait and see when McCaffrey can return to the field, but for now, you’re starting Davis with confidence against Detroit.

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Dolphins (at DEN): The Dolphins DST has been solid of late coming into Week 11 with three touchdowns, five sacks, three interceptions and three fumble recoveries in the past three games. Miami has also held the Jets, Rams and Chargers to 21 points or less in its past four games. In Drew Lock’s past five games he’s been sacked 10 times and has 10 interceptions over that span, and he’s dealing with a rib injury if he’s able to play. If Brett Rypien starts, he had three interceptions in Week 4 at the Jets.

  • Chargers (vs. NYJ): Joey Bosa appears on track to return after being out in Week 10 with a concussion, and the Jets have scored 10 points or less in four of their past five games.
  • Browns (vs. PHI): Carson Wentz has been sacked 35 times this season, and the Eagles are averaging just 20.7 points per game for the year. The Browns have allowed just 23 points in their past two games against the Raiders and Texans.
  • Vikings (vs. DAL): In four games without Dak Prescott (ankle), the Cowboys have allowed 15 sacks and scored 10 points or less three times. The last time Andy Dalton started and finished a game was in Week 6 against Arizona, and he had two interceptions.  

Colts (vs. GB): The Colts DST has been exceptional this season, but this isn’t the week to trust this unit. The Packers average 30.8 points per game, Aaron Rodgers has been sacked just 11 times and he only has three interceptions.

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