Fantasy football Week 11 recap and waiver wire suggestions

If you had a moderate lead midway through the third quarter of Sunday Night Football while facing an opponent who had Kirk Cousins in his lineup, you probably thought you were safe. Two long bombs later, Cousins probably took his owners to victory.

The Washington quarterback highlighted a nice week for signal callers in Week 11’s fantasy football action. He threw for 375 yards and three touchdowns against a terrible Packers defense. His 44-yard touchdown pass to Jamison Crowder (102 yards, TD) late in the third quarter preceeded a 70-yard fourth quarter toss to Pierre Garcon (116, TD).

Aaron Rodgers also played well as he tried to counteract the play of his defense, throwing for 351 yards and three touchdowns in the loss.

Russell Wilson owners should take note of how Cousins diced up the Packers since Wilson faces them in Week 14, likely the first round of your fantasy playoffs.

Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks scores a touchdown against linebacker Najee Goode #52 of the Philadelphia Eagles at CenturyLink Field on November 20, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks scores a touchdown against linebacker Najee Goode #52 of the Philadelphia Eagles at CenturyLink Field on November 20, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Wilson had another great week, throwing for 271 yards and a touchdown. He even caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Doug Baldwin.

Though Baldwin took a less traditional route to a productive fantasy week with that touchdown toss, he also had four catches for 104 yards.

The Seahawks are heating up as they make a push towards the playoffs. They appear to be on a collision course with the team with the best record in the NFC, the Dallas Cowboys.

The Cowboys’ new version of the triplets all played well in their win over the Ravens. Dak Prescott, Tony Romo’s rookie replacement, threw for 301 yards and three touchdowns, two of which went to Dez Bryant. Bryant finished with 80 yards receiving. Ezekiel Elliott displayed how high his standards have become with a ho-hum 97-yard performance. He added 30 yards receiving.

Dez Bryant #88 of the Dallas Cowboys dives for the end zone to score a touchdown after catching a pass from Dak Prescott during the third quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at AT&T Stadium on November 20, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Dez Bryant #88 of the Dallas Cowboys dives for the end zone to score a touchdown after catching a pass from Dak Prescott during the third quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at AT&T Stadium on November 20, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

The Ravens’ Steve Smith had a good game in the losing effort, catching eight passes for 99 yards and a touchdown.

Week 11’s top rushing performance also came from Sunday night’s game as rookie Rob Kelley solidified his place as Washington’s lead back. He rushed for 137 yards and three touchdowns. If you haven’t made the waiver claim I suggested in this space after Week 8, do it now.

David Johnson and Le’Veon Bell, of course, were in the top-3 of Week 11’s running back performances. Both had over 100 yards rushing and at least 50 yards receiving. Johnson scored twice and Bell found the end zone once.

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) stiff arms Cleveland Browns outside linebacker Jamie Collins (51) during the first half of an NFL football game in Cleveland, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell (26) stiff arms Cleveland Browns outside linebacker Jamie Collins (51) during the first half of an NFL football game in Cleveland, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

C.J. Prosise’s nice week was short-lived as he suffered a shoulder injury after rushing four times for 76 yards, including a spectacular 72-yard touchdown run. Thomas Rawls will be the Seattle starter from here out, though.

The second best performance by a quarterback came from Tom Brady, who threw for 280 yards and four scores. He connected well with Julian Edelman who had eight catches for 77 yards and a touchdown. Edelman even rushed for 12 yards. The Patriots were led on the ground by LeGarrette Blount, who benefitted from an expected game script in which he rushed 19 times for 124 yards.

Tim Hightower had over 100 yards from scrimmage on Thursday night and could be valuable if an injured Mark Ingram can’t return to action soon.

Other top performers were the Titans’ Marcus Mariota and Rishard Matthews. Tight ends Travis Kelce and Eric Ebron also impressed. The Lions and Vikings defenses also probably helped owners win their matchups this week.

Tight end Eric Ebron #85 of the Detroit Lions breaks the tackle of Paul Posluszny #51 of the Jacksonville Jaguars to score a touchdown during the second half of an NFL game at Ford Field on November 20, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

Tight end Eric Ebron #85 of the Detroit Lions breaks the tackle of Paul Posluszny #51 of the Jacksonville Jaguars to score a touchdown during the second half of an NFL game at Ford Field on November 20, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

Two surprising performances came from the Giants. Rashad Jennings had 85 yards rushing and a touchdown to go along with 44 yards receiving. Odell Beckham Jr. disappointed with a 5-catch, 46-yard performance.

Other duds were Matthew Stafford, Cam Newton, Tyrod Taylor and Ben Roethlisberger. Kelvin Benjamin, Golden Tate, Stefon Diggs and Michael Floyd were the week’s worst receivers.

Tight ends had a tough week as Greg Olsen, Tyler Eifert and Martellus Bennett all disappointed.

Though not his fault, A.J. Green’s hamstring injury has to have put a serious dent in many owners’ playoff chances.

Waiver wire suggestions:

Running backs

Wendell Smallwood, Eagles

Kenneth Dixon, Ravens

Dion Lewis, Patriots

Wide receivers

Tyler Boyd, Bengals

Tajae Sharpe, Titans

Tight ends

Eric Ebron, Lions