There’s only room for one star in these places… and there’s a new sheriff in town. When it comes to running backs at Texas State, Houston rookie Dameon Pierce seemed to have the upper hand for most of the season. But of late, with Dallas’ Ezekiel Elliott delayed by a knee injury, another running back has become a deal breaker for fantasy football coaches.
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These players saw their fantasy values rise or fall based on their performances in Week 11:
RB Tony Pollard, Dallas Cowboys: Dallas walks a fine line between Pollard and Elliott, and each can play a role. Pollard has become the top fantasy game due to his contributions in the receiving game, as evidenced by his six receptions for 109 yards and two touchdowns against the Vikings.
RB Najee Harris, Pittsburgh Steelers: As the Steelers have struggled offensively, Harris has been an inconsistent fantasy starter. That all changed against Cincinnati when Harris reminded everyone with his 116 total yards and two touchdowns that talent finally comes out on top.
RB Samaje Perine, Cincinnati Bengals: Perine’s stock will skyrocket if Joe Mixon can’t return from concussion protocol. Every time Perine filled in, he produced, including all three of his TD receptions after Mixon left in the second quarter against Pittsburgh.
RB Jamaal Williams, Detroit Lions: Even with the return of D’Andre Swift, Williams has been getting the bulk of the carries. He has been in his prime in the red zone, with three rushing scores against the Giants to take the league lead in touchdowns with 12.
WR Josh Palmer, Los Angeles Chargers: Palmer’s star seemed to fade with the return of Keenan Allen and Mike Williams from injury. However, Williams got out early, and Palmer hauled in eight receptions for 106 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The sky’s the limit with Palmer’s emerging chemistry with quarterback Justin Herbert.
RB Dameon Pierce, Houston Texans: There’s no doubting Pierce’s talent, but he’s still a rookie on a bad team. As Sunday’s game at Washington began to drift, Pierce stopped being a factor with just 17 total yards.
RB James Robinson, New York Jets: Facing a tough Patriots defense, Robinson managed just 10 yards on seven carries. Even against a lesser opponent, there just doesn’t seem to be enough touches for him or Michael Carter to be fantasy factors.
WR Diontae Johnson, Pittsburgh Steelers: Put Johnson on a team with a great quarterback and he could average 100 receiving yards per game. But Kenny Pickett only seems to have eyes for fellow rookie George Pickens and tight end Pat Freiermuth, rendering Johnson (four receptions, 21 yards) an afterthought.
WR Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings: Thielen has been pretty quiet all season, but the trade that brought tight end TJ Hockenson to Minnesota has apparently further reduced his target participation. Thielen saw just three targets in a blowout loss to Dallas.
WR Isaiah McKenzie, Buffalo Bills: The signs are all good. Starting starting receiver, high-scoring offense, Josh Allen at quarterback. But McKenzie failed to catch his only target against the Browns.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Fantasy Football Stocks Watch: Tony Pollard Above, Dameon Pierce Below