Week 11 is hear, and we are just a few weeks away from most league’s fantasy playoffs. Some of us are fighting for playoff seeding, while some of us are fighting for just a playoff spot. Regardless, it’s essential to stay on top of your weekly match ups in your pursuit of fantasy glory. It’s a good week to roll with the Raiders, and don’t sleep on the Dolphins this week. Let’s look at the Week 11 start’ems.
Carson Palmer – In just a few weeks Carson Palmer has developed a strong grasp of the Raiders offense and built rapport with the team’s young wide outs. The team gets Minnesota this week who will be without starters Antoine Winfield and Chris Cook making Palmer a strong play this week.
Ryan Fitzpatrick – Fitzpatty has had a tough go of it since getting his new contract extension in Buffalo, but Fitzpatrick is more of a match up based play anyway. This week he gets the Dolphins who have come on strong over the past few weeks, but still cannot stop the pass. Even if Stevie Johnson doesn’t play, Fitzpatrick is worth a look.
Matt Moore – Yup, Matt Moore. Moore has proven a capable QB over the past few weeks and against a 27th ranked Buffalo secondary could put up serviceable numbers if your in a 2 QB league or hurting at the position.
Others I like: Eli Manning – Manning has been a solid play from week to week and should continue to do so this week against a reeling Eagles team. Tony Romo – It’s amazing what a difference a half second to a second can make for a QB. DeMarco Murray has proven to be a great blocker and along with his threat to run has given Romo that extra moment to make his throws and it is paying off.
Marshawn Lynch – After running over 2 strong run defenses in Baltimore and Dallas, Lynch is a must start against a lowly St. Louis Rams run D, and with Seattle leaning more on the run “Beast Mode” will be in full effect.
Ryan Mathews – Mathews insisted that he could have come in during last Thursday’s game, but the Chargers decided they were down so much they kept him out. He has gotten an extra few days to rest his sore groin, and chances are he’ss get a full compliment of carries at Chicago, who has given up sizable chunks of yardage to running backs.
Kendall Hunter – Frank Gore says he will play this week, but it’s up in the air how much of the game he will play with a Thursday game against the Ravens on the horizon, Harbaugh may decide to lean on rookie Kendall Hunter making him a decent roll of the dice and an even stronger play if the 49ers decide to rest Gore.
Others I like: Reggie Bush – Like most owners I kind of had to rub my eyes to be sure it was Reggie Bush running effectively over the last 2 weeks, Buffalo is a good match up if the Dolphins continue to give him the carries. Michael Bush – McFadden is likely to be out just one more week so Bush is a good start. The Vikings are ranked 9th against the run, but haven’t really faced strong run games.
Denarius Moore – Moore has developed a quick rapport with Carson Palmer and has quickly established himself as the go-to guy in the passing game. With a match up against a quickly worsening Vikings secondary Moore will be a good start this week.
Brandon Lloyd – Already a favorite target of Sam Bradford, Lloyd gets a beatable Seahawks secondary at home. He is the best option in the passing game for the Rams.
Vincent Brown – With Malcom Floyd likely to miss another week Brown could be a solid play. After racking up 5 catches for 97 yards and touchdown last week, he could be highly involved again this week against a Bears defense that will likely look to shut down Vincent Jackson.
Others I like: Brandon Marshall – Even with the loss of the Dolphins starting QB Marshall is trending up with Matt Moore at the helm, who clearly looks to get the ball to Marshall. Against a shaky Bill D, he should be in for a solid game. Torrey Smith – The Bengals have lost starting CB Leon Hall for the season and will have to focus on covering Anquan Boldin likely leaving a beatable Seattle cast off Kelly Jennings on Smith.
Aaron Hernandez – Rob Gronkowski has been the more targeted TE in New England over the past few weeks, but Hernandez is due this week against a weak Kansas City D. It also helps that Hernandez is often spread out as a wide out in many offensive sets.
Jermichael Finley – Finley has become a week to week to player in fantasy, but it’s almost impossible to bench him. This week the Packers get Tampa Bay who have had issues with the underneath passes.
Anthony Fasano – He will be more of a spot play if your out the likes of Jimmy Graham or Owen Daniels this week, but Fansano has become a reliable outlet for Matt Moore and a decent match up against Buffalo this week.
Others I like: Fred Davis – Leonard Hankerson burst onto the scene only to go in IR, leaving Davis once again a primary target in the passing game for Washington. Tony Gonzalez – He’s playing like the Gonzalez of old, and is clearly Matt Ryan’s main red zone target.
Dan Bailey – With the Cowboys offense beginning to click in each facet, Bailey will be top fantasy kicker going forward, with this week being no exception against Washington.
Stephen Gostkowski – He’ll be a solid play as the Patriots will look to beat down the Chiefs at home.
Others I like: Mason Crosby – He may get most of your points by PATs this week, but he is solid play against a bottoming out Bucs D. David Akers – The 49ers have been able to move the ball well into the enemy territory and Akers has capitalized with 4 FGs in each of the past 2 games.
San Francisco – The Cardinals played well against a discombobulated Eagles team that has been on the ropes, but San Fran is a much more stout team.
New York Giants - The aforementioned Eagles will be without Vick and possibly without Jeremy Maclin this week. The once banged up Giants D will now get a banged up Eagles offense.
Others I like: New England – The Chiefs will struggle to adjust to Tyler Palko, and the Patriots will likely take advantage. Chicago – The Bear’s defense at home is tremendous, thanks in large part to the weather, and will get a Chargers offense that can’t seem to get it together.
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Written by David Willow
My name is David Willow. Your NFL and Fantasy Jedi. I have lived in Dallas, TX most of my life. I have been following both football and basketball since I was a child. I love being able to research and analyze different players and teams. I've been a fantasy sports enthusiast for around 8 years with some titles to back that. I have a Bachelors degree in History with a minor in English. Other hobbies include me being part of an acting workshop for five years, playing guitar, and working out. Hit me up with any comments, questions or opinions.