Did you have a good Week 10? Hard to believe that we're already at Week 11, but there is still some time to make a comeback in order to make the playoffs. They do start relatively soon, you know. And that's why you come here to check out this post.
Byes: IND, NO, HOU, PIT
Who to Start:
QB Carson Palmer (OAK) vs. MIN: He had a big night last Thursday against the Chargers, and this week, he goes up against a Vikings secondary that is really bad, and just lost their top corner Antoine Winfield for the year. Ouch. Palmer is steadily improving, so he should be a great play this week.
RB Reggie Bush (MIA) vs. BUF: He's enjoyed resurgent performances in his last 3 games, where he's finally played like the back that Miami expected him to be. On Sunday, he goes up against a Buffalo defense that got torched by DeMarco Murray last Sunday, and so Bush could have another big day.
WR Plaxico Burress (NYJ) vs. DEN THU: With Champ Bailey likely putting Santonio Holmes out on an island for most of the game, Burress should have a great matchup. The Denver defense is reeling, and is not very good at defending the pass.
WR Jordy Nelson (GB) vs. TB: We all know Aaron Rodgers spreads the ball around to everyone, and Jordy Nelson is just one of the guys. However, it seems that Nelson is getting more targets and TD's lately. To further his start, the Bucs come in 28th in pass defense. Watch out.
TE Tony Gonzalez (ATL) vs. TEN: The Titans do have trouble defending Tight Ends, and considering that Gonzalez is one of the most targeted TE's in the NFL, he could and should have a big game on Sunday.
DEF New England vs. KC MON: Tyler Palko. Enough said.
Who to Sit:
QB Joe Flacco (BAL) vs. CIN: Despite the fact that Leon Hall is out for Cincy for the rest of the season, Flacco has still been pretty bad overall this season. The Bengals defense is tenacious, so Flacco could struggle some on Sunday.
RB Any Washington Running Back vs. DAL: This is a new kind of bench suggestion, isn't it? Due to the fact that Mike Shanahan likes to bench and start players when you least expect him to, watch out for starting any Redskin back. It also doesn't help that Dallas has a good run defense.
WR DeSean Jackson (PHI) vs. NYG: I know what you're thinking, but considering the struggles that Jackson has had this season, and especially due to the uncertainty at the QB position for Philly, he may not have a very good game on Sunday against the Giants.
WR Eric Decker (DEN) vs. NYJ: He'll be on Revis Island, and there is a legit chance the Broncos may call fewer passing plays than the 8 they did last Sunday. Stay as far away as possible.
TE Jermaine Gresham (CIN) vs. BAL: The Ravens are very good at defending opposing Tight Ends, and I have a sneaking suspicion that the Ravens are going to be very mad when they play the Bengals on Sunday. Watch out.
DEF San Diego vs. CHI: The Bolts have been struggling mightily on defense, due to injuries and just overall drops in production. The Bears are hot coming into the game, and their offense has been very dynamic. I doubt the Bolts will have success on defense.
3 Super Sleepers:
QB Alex Smith (SF) vs. ARZ: The Cardinals pass defense has been atrocious this season despite a good performance last week, but don't expect that to continue. Alex Smith has been quiet and consistent this season, but he may have a big game this week.
WR Denarius Moore (OAK) vs. MIN: He broke out against the Chargers, and considering the way Palmer targets his receivers, Moore could have another big game against the porous Vikings on Sunday.
DEF Cleveland vs. JAX: They have been a quiet and consistent unit this season, but they may have a big game against a Jacksonville offense that is last in the NFL and has found no rhythm aside from Maurice Jones-Drew. They are free agents in most leagues, so if you lost the Steelers or Texans D, the Browns may be a good unit to pick.
QB Tony Romo (DAL) vs. WSH: I won't say that his performance last week was a mirage, but the Redskins pass defense has been pretty good this season, only allowing 8 total TD passes. Romo may have a slump this Sunday.
Good Luck in Week 11!