Week 11 Fantasy Football Market Share Report: Brandon Aiyuk Is Back
The anxiety level is starting to go up if your depth is suffering. Depth is essential, and if done right, provides an extra layer above handcuffing. Handcuffing is good down the stretch, but often the handcuff you need to explore isn't available.
Now is the time to search your waiver wire and see if there is some opportunity out there that might be a better fit than perhaps waiting on a Kenny Golladay-type player to finally pop or even one of the Denver Broncos receivers you keep hanging onto, but they keep disappointing. There's always an upgrade potentially somewhere.
Rushing Market Shares
Jeff Wilson, 49ers
Wilson totaled 19 carries for 50 yards and added a reception for 8 yards on a pair of targets.
With a 51.7% running back market share and "starter touches" throughout the game, Wilson embedded himself into an interesting situation where he could continue to dominate touches even when Mitchell returns. Sermon got an increased workload as Wilson's backup (10 carries) but continues to operate firmly in backup status.
In Week 12 against Minnesota, both teams have everything to play for and face something of a must-win. Wilson is a rested and ready RB2 if Mitchell sits again.
Tony Pollard, Cowboys
In a 19-9 loss to the Chiefs on Sunday, Pollard out-rushed Ezekiel Elliott on fewer carries. Pollard turned 7 carries into 50 yards and 2 receptions (on 2 targets) into 20 yards.
Elliott did get a little banged up in the game, and although he returned, he mustered just 32 rushing yards on 9 carries. Elliott did most of his damage in the air by grabbing 6 receptions for 36 yards.
Receiving Market Shares
Brandon Aiyuk, 49ers
Aiyuk grabbed 7 catches for 85 yards and 1 touchdown. He dominated the receiving target share with 36.8% of the work.
Jimmy Garoppolo only had to pass 19 times, but with George Kittle and Deebo Samuel grabbing headlines most weeks, Aiyuk is a nice grab for depth and could be a useful play down the stretch as Samuel sees more work on the ground (17 carries the past two weeks).
Marquez Valdez-Scantling, Packers
In a 34-31 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, the Green Bay Packers sure seemed interested in forcing several deep shots to Marquez Valdes-Scantling, and at the end of the game, one paid off for a long touchdown.
Valdez-Scantling led the Packers in yards (123) and targets (10). He caught four of those targets -- including one for the aforementioned score.
With a 32.2% target share and mostly man coverage (with obvious concern paid to Davante Adams), MVS was able to make several plays. Moving forward, he presents a bit of a cheap longshot flex option.
Redzone Market Shares
Myles Gaskin, Dolphins
Gaskin currently has 24 red-zone rushes but only a single touchdown to show for it.
Gaskin is getting 52.2% of the red zone rushing work for Miami, which sits him exactly 10th in the NFL for running backs in that department.
Pat Freiermuth, Steelers
At 24.6% of the red zone receiving work for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Freiermuth has been hyper-involved -- and it might only lead to more work.
It may be too late to trade for Freiermuth, but if you can, jump on it before the trade deadline.