Wednesday, November 12, 2014

2014 Week 11 Fantasy Advice

Can you believe Week 11 is already here? This week we might see the first team eliminated from playoff contention officially in the Oakland Raiders (as if they weren't already in reality), and a team reach 9 wins as well. There are going to be new QB's, great games, and maybe a primetime game that isn't an abomination! Hooray!


Who to Start:

QB Matt Ryan (ATL) vs. CAR: While his road splits are very poor in comparison to his home ones, it's hard to think of this matchup and not feel a little giddy. The Panthers defense, especially their secondary is abhorrently bad this season, and Ryan still has Roddy White and Julio Jones to throw to.

RB Mark Ingram (NO) vs. CIN: In the endless merry-go-round that is the New Orleans Saints backfield, it looks like Ingram is on top for now. He's been running the ball very well of late, and is going up against a Bengals rush defense that has lost a lot of its luster over the season. He could be in for another big day.

WR DeSean Jackson (WSH) vs. TB: He's been on quite a hot streak recently, and that's likely going to continue against the Bucs, whose secondary has been absolutely shredded by almost everybody this season.

WR Kelvin Benjamin (CAR) vs. ATL: Despite the fact that Cam Newton has essentially become a crash test dummy behind the turnstile that is Carolina's O-Line, Benjamin if he sees the ball should have a comeback game against a Falcons secondary that might be as bad as Carolina's.

TE Dwayne Allen (IND) vs. NE: He doesn't put up a ton of yards, but boy does he pilfer red zone targets. He has 7 TD's this season and most of them come from short yardage situations. The Patriots haven't defended Tight Ends particularly well this season, so Allen should figure to get at least 1 TD Sunday Night.

DEF Denver vs. STL: Welcome back Shaun Hill! Your first test, should you choose to accept it, is to lead your Rams into battle against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos! Uh... *cowers in fear*... why can't Austin Davis play this week?

Who to Sit:

QB Russell Wilson (SEA) vs. KC: He's very hard to bench even with a matchup as poor as this one looks on paper, but if you have a better option available it might do you well to consider it. The Chiefs are incredibly tough on defense at Arrowhead, and the Seahawks have just not looked the same away from home.

RB Reggie Bush (DET) vs. ARZ: Not only do his carries seem to be slipping away by the minute due to injury concerns or what have you, the Cardinals have one of the league's best rushing defenses regardless. Steer clear.

WR Andre Johnson (HOU) vs. CLE: Up next in the "mediocre QB's to start for Houston" derby is Ryan Mallett, who may have ties with Bill O'Brien but that does little to inspire confidence for Andre Johnson this week, who has to go up against Joe Haden even if Tom Brady was chucking passes to him.

WR Michael Floyd (ARZ) vs. DET: His fantasy production was falling off even with Carson Palmer at the control, and it's harder to have much trust in Floyd to produce when Drew Stanton takes the wheel. The Lions defense is also really really good at the same time.

TE Martellus Bennett (CHI) vs. MIN: The September Stunner, the October Occult, and the November No-Show. In layman's terms, that means Bennett is awesome in September, and not very good in other months. My calendar says it's November 12th right now so...

DEF New England vs. IND: This one should be fairly obvious, but in case it isn't: Andrew Luck is always a torrent at home, and even though New England's defense has been spectacular of late, it can be had in games like this one.

3 Super Sleepers:

QB Teddy Bridgewater (MIN) vs. CHI: As most rookie QB's are, he's up and down. But this week he plays the Chicago defense which is certainly not your father's Chicago Bears defense. Bridgewater could be in for a breakout game.

RB Ryan Mathews (SD) vs. OAK: He's back! Even though he'll likely split carries and time with Branden Oliver, he should still be a decent fantasy option all things considering against the Raiders.

WR Mike Wallace (MIA) vs. BUF THU: Ryan Tannehill might be inconsistent overall, but he's consistent at home. The Bills have a tendency to shoot themselves in the foot even on defense, so this could lead to a big game for Mike Wallace.

Buyer Beware:

QB Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) vs. TEN MON: While the Titans are very terrible, the Steelers may be equally terrible away from home. Their only wins were against Carolina and Jacksonville, and they just lost to the Jets on the road. Forgive me for not wanting to trust them away from home at all, even in Nashville.

Good Luck in Week 11!

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