Before I cover the usual fantasy tips for the rest of Week 11, I feel like I have to put stance ahead for Tim Tebow.
All he does is win football games, as he’s 4-1 this season when starting games. However, he can’t hit receivers to save his life. He needs to improve as a passer. Plus, there are two important things to note:
- Tebow was not the primary force for Denver’s victory: The lights out defense was.
- Though ultimately Tebow did lead the game-winning driver, quarterback wins are an awful stat. Writers will never do away with it as a stat, but can they? Please?
On to the rest of Week 11!
(Byes: Indianapolis, New Orleans, Pittsburgh and Houston)
“Gun-to-my-Head-Sleeper-Matchups” of the Week
Ryan Fitzpatrick – Oh, Fitz. After you received your pricey contract extension, you have not performed well. But Miami is next! Surely, you won’t do crappy this week, right? Right??
Kendall Hunter – This is a kinda deep pick. Hunter was solid, but not great, filling in for Frank Gore last week against the Giants.
Maurice Morris – Sadly for Jahvid Best, he has yet to be cleared for game action. Send out Maurice again! He has a great matchup against Carolina.
Denarius Moore – Moore has shown oodles of deep threat ability throughout the year, and date with the terrible Minnesota defensive backs could result in some prime action for Moore.
Nate Washington – Washington gets a decent matchup against Atlanta. I don’t feel great about the play, but it’s a calculated risk.
Kellen Winslow – Green Bay’s offense has been phenomenal this season, no question. Its defense? Eh. I think Winslow has a sneaky-nice day Sunday.
Jaguars/Browns D/ST – The battle of inept offenses! McCoy! Gabbert! This will be an offensive struggle, so the defenses will benefit.
The JaMarcus Russell Honorary Prospective Fantasy Busts of the Week
Cam Newton – Newton has surprised everyone this year, and from a fantasy standpoint, he has been amazing. But this week, against a mad Lions team, I think Cam will perform more like last week than Week One.
Beanie Wells – Beanie is questionable for Sunday against the best run defense in the league. Yeah, a spot on the bench should be open for the oft-injured former Buckeye.
Ryan Mathews – Another difficult matchup for a top-20 back. In addition to the tough Chi-town D he will be facing, Mike Tolbert is still causing issues for Mathews’ fantasy value. Proceed with caution.
Victor Cruz – I actually think Cruz or teammate Hakeem Nicks could have a very good day against the troubled Eagles defense. If I placed a bet on who would play worse, I would choose Cruz with the smaller history of success.
Roddy White – White is half the fantasy receiver he used to be compared to last season. Going up against a tough Titans secondary will cause some issues for Roddy.
Ed Dickson – Dickson has had a nice breakout year for a tight end. Baltimore is facing Cincy this weekend, and I think the offense will feature a heavy dose of Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith now that Pro Bowl cornerback Leon Hall is out.
Eagles D/ST – The New York Giants will be facing either Vince Young or Mike Kafka on Sunday. Yeah, I thought that was all I needed to say.