Week 11: Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em

Start ‘Em

Quarterback

Despite the Raiders struggles, Palmer has been a solid fantasy QB

  • Josh Freeman (vs Car) – Freeman has been on an absolute tear since the Bucs bye week. In those five games, he has put up 1467 yards, 13 touchdowns, and only one interception. Despite the fact that Carolina has been playing tough defense recently, continue to roll with Freeman as the Bucs make a playoff push.
  • Carson Palmer (vs NO) – On the opposite end of the spectrum, Palmer has been a great fantasy QB regardless of the Raiders’ woes as a team. He is averaging over 300 yards per game, and that should only increase without McFadden in the picture. Tack on the fact that over half the QB’s the Saints have faced have thrown for 300+ yards and 3+ TD’s, and Palmer should be a very nice week 11 play.

Runningback

  • Shonn Greene (@ StL) – With the lack of offensive weapons on this team, it’s almost insane that Shonn Greene isn’t getting more touches. He has only had two games in which he has gotten 20+ carries, but in both he has managed to put up over 15 fantasy points. St. Louis has allowed eight touchdowns to opposing RB’s this year, and it’s looking as if the Jets backfield will be monopolized by Shonn Greene (and the guaranteed 2-3 Tebow plays), as Joe McKnight and Bilal Powell are both injured.
  • Jamaal Charles (vs Cin) - After three back-to-back awful performances, Charles owners finally got a little optimism last week when he managed to run 23 times for 100 yards and a touchdown against a top Pittsburgh defense. Similar to Shonn Greene, it’s crazy that the Chiefs aren’t giving him the ball more. He has only gotten 20+ carries three times, but his average output for those three games, receiving statistics excluded, is 157 yards and 1 touchdown. Here’s to hoping the Chiefs give him the ball more.

Wide Receiver

  • Randall Cobb (WR – GB) – Really stroking the ego over my pre-season recommendation for this guy. 16 catches for 154 yards and five touchdowns in the past three games. He has been averaging eight targets per week during that same span; a clear indicator that Aaron Rodgers has no reservations about throwing his way. Basically, Cobb has been an absolute fantasy beast since Greg Jennings injury. Jermichael Finley’s fade into under-performing obscurity has only made things better. This kid is going to do big things, and is an absolute gem in keeper/dynasty formats.
  • Jeremy Maclin (@ Was) – When Nick Foles took over for Vick, Maclin managed to rack up eight catches (on 12 looks), 93 yards, and a touchdown. It seems like Maclin might be finding a whole new world of value under Foles, and could emerge as a breakout player in the remainder of the season. If you have some unneeded talent sitting on the bench, Maclin could be a tremendoes buy-low player for the playoffs.
  • Danny Amendola (@ NYJ) – Was back in action last week, doing what he does best – being a poor man’s Wes Welker. Seriously. In PPR leagues, you can’t go wrong here. I’d have no problems playing him against the Jets this week after he was able to put up 11 catches for 102 yards against a top SF defense.

Tight End

  • Greg Olsen (vs TB) – 19 targets in his past two games, including his monster game last week (nine catches, 102 yards, one TD). He is arguably Cam’s favorite target, and he sees a very penetrable Tampa pass defense this week that has allowed three touchdowns to the past two opposing tight ends they have faced.
  • Dustin Keller (@ StL) – Continues to be a primary target for Sanchez, despite his the relative bust of a performance last week against Seattle. Despite this, he had 14 catches for 160 yards and one TD in his previous two games, and should rebound nicely against a mediocre Rams defense.

Team Defense

  • Atlanta (vs Ari) – Would be very surprised if the Falcons D fails to put up double digits against a struggling, injury plagued Cardinals offense.
  • Both Teams from MNF: Chicago and SF – Both teams will be playing with banged up or backup QB’s, and incredible defenses. Not much scoring in this one, and probably a turnover or two.
  • Baltimore (@ Pit) – Call it a hunch, but I think Baltimore, despite injuries, sticks it to a gut-punched, sans-Roethlisberger Steelers team.

Sit ‘Em

Quarterback

  • Brandon Weeden (@ Dal) – I still like Weeden despite his past two mediocre performances. Interestingly, he has played much better on the road than at home, but I wouldn’t bet on him to break out of this slump on the road against a reinvigorated Dallas team.
  • Jay Cutler (@ SF) – Despite the Packers and Vikings breathing down their necks in the NFC North, I’d be surprised in the Bears risk further injury to Cutler. Even if he starts, he’ll still be banged up facing down 49′ers defense.
  • Alex Smith/Colin Kaepernick (vs Chi) – I love Colin Kaepernick. Just not this week against Chicago. I sincerely think he is fully capable of winning the starting job over Alex Smith. The kid has managed three rushing TD’s already this season, while operating from a role that offers few more snaps than what Tebow gets in New York. That’s more touchdowns than Calvin Johnson. In week 11. Regardless, neither QB is putting up good points this week.

Runningback

  • Rashad Jennings (@ Hou) – Wow, what a disappointment Jennings has been. He has only managed to scrape together roughly 14 fantasy points in three games (with favorable matchups) since taking over for MJD. It’s only going to get worse at Houston this week.
  • Vick Ballard/Donald Brown (@ NE) – The Colts will most likely have to pass the ball in this game to stay in it. Regardless of their gameplan, though, the Patriots run defense ranks ninth in the league, and fantasy owners are still looking at a Ballard/Brown timeshare in the backfield. Stay away.

Wide Receiver

  • Josh Gordon (@ Dal) – Was playing like a stud when Weeden was hot, but the two have cooled off together. I don’t like Weeden this week, and therefore I don’t like Gordon either. Has managed only seven combined fantasy points in the past two games.
  • Malcom Floyd (@ Den) – The only receiver to score against Denver in the past four games was AJ Green. Last time we saw this matchup, the Broncos absolutely punished the Chargers, for four interceptions and two fumble recoveries. Don’t be surprised if Floyd’s hotstreak ends in week 11.

Tight End

  • Jermichael Finley (@ Det) – Despite the favorable matchup, Finley is still not startable, as Tom Crabtree has looked the better player for the past several weeks.
  • Vernon Davis (vs Chi) – Davis has a storied history of putting up big numbers on MNF. However, with a questionable quarterback situation and a matchup against Chicago, the risk of him putting up a goose egg outweighs the unlikely benfit of him going off.

Team Defense

  • Green Bay (@ Det) – This game is looking like a shootout, and the Packers will be without Clay Matthews, presumably giving Stafford plenty of time to operate.
  • Pittsburgh (vs Bal) – It should be hard for this aging defense to stay off the field with Byron Leftwich under helm.

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