Should You Start Jaxon Smith-Njigba or Romeo Doubs in Fantasy Football in Week 11?

Jaxon Smith-Njigba and Romeo Doubs are two solid fantasy football WR options -- which of the two is the better start in Week 11?

We’re diving into the outlooks for Jaxon Smith-Njigba and Romeo Doubs in fantasy football for Week 11. Who is the better player to start this week?

Should You Start Jaxon Smith-Njigba or Romeo Doubs This Week?

The Pro Football Network Start/Sit Optimizer says Doubs is the player to start. His projected 7.5 points include 3.9 receptions, 38.6 yards, and 0.3 TDs. That doesn’t seem like a big stat line, but it outperforms the PFN Consensus Projection for Smith-Njigba (7.4 points).

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My ranking for the wide receivers aligns with the consensus due to Doubs’ upside in a strong matchup. Smith-Njigba has a less favorable matchup this week, at least on paper. Both are Flex or WR3 types, but while Smith-Njigba is limited by being the third option in an up-and-down offense, Doubs can produce WR1 numbers and be the top target on his team.

Smith-Njigba’s Fantasy Outlook This Week

Since the Seattle Seahawks Week 5 bye, Smith-Njigba has been much more involved in the offense. He’s played at least 60% of snaps in every game after not hitting that threshold in any of the first four games. He’s also seen at least five targets in four of five games, allowing him to finish top-40 in four of those post-bye week games.

Smith-Njigba is still clearly the third target in the pecking order for Seattle, but he’s been able to be useful in that role. He has found the end zone in multiple games off the bye week, too, and has shown himself to be a viable Flex. Unfortunately, with Lockett and Metcalf healthy, that’s about it for his role.

The Los Angeles Rams matchup looks worse from a strong start to the season. Smith-Njigba struggled against them in Week 1, posting just 2.8 half-PPR points on five targets. Over the last four weeks, though, the Rams have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to the WR position.

Primary slot CB Cobie Durant has been alright, but the outside CBs have been fairly similar levels of meh. They’ve all allowed a similar number of catches and yards on the season. Where Durant has played well is in the red zone. Durant hasn’t allowed a TD in his coverage this year, capping his upside and keeping him as a low-ceiling Flex play.

Doubs’ Fantasy Outlook This Week

Doubs’ season has been up and down, but much of that can be attributed to things outside his control. Jordan Love has not been consistent enough to support any of the weapons on his team. As such, all have shown strong flashes, but none can be counted on for weekly playing time in fantasy lineups.

That said, Doubs is the closest thing the Green Bay Packers have to a consistent passing game option. His first four games this year produced three top-14 fantasy WR finishes. That Week 4 date likely matters, as that happens to be the final game before Christian Watson, the presumed WR1 in Green Bay, played a full-time role in the offense.

Since Week 5, Doubs has hit top-40 WR finishes three times and twice finished outside the top 50. Those finishes correspond with the weeks Doubs has found the end zone. Doubs sits in the top 10 among all WRs with 12 red-zone targets, so he’s a favorite target of Love’s when the team gets in close.

This week, the Packers play the Los Angeles Chargers, and that likely means good things. For one, teams can run all over the Chargers, so the Packers should be able to get to the red zone. Due to Watson’s size, expect struggling Michael Davis to get him and the 5’10” Asante Samuel Jr. to play on Doubs. While he’s been better, that’s a size mismatch.

The concern with a Samuel matchup is that he hasn’t been picked on in the TD department. He’s only allowed a single TD in his coverage. He tends to give up plenty of catches and decent yardage but not TDs. It’ll be interesting to see how this matchup plays out, but Watson has been trending down — good things for Doubs.

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