Corner Lockdown - Week 11
Nov 14, 2013
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After struggling with injuries and bad players, the New York Giants look to have found their running back for the rest of the season. Andre Brown returned from a broken leg and absolutely chopped up the Oakland Raiders in Week 10. He ran the ball 30, yes 30 times, for 115 yards and a touchdown. He did add one catch for four yards as well. Brown was expected to get some carries, but I’m sure no one saw this kind of activity coming for the oft-injured tailback. If he can stay healthy then he will be a solid flex play the rest of the way for fantasy owners. Brown should be owned in all formats, so if for some strange reason he is available in your league, go add him now because a nice matchup against Green Bay is on the horizon.
Just when you thought the New Orleans backfield couldn’t get any more clustered, it has. Mark Ingram had a career game last week against the Dallas Cowboys, running for 145 yards and a score on just 14 carries. He also caught a few passes for 15 yards. The Saints already have been splitting carries between Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles so this only complicates things for owners of any of the three. Thomas still should be getting the most carries and targets, but Sproles steals a lot of targets himself and it looks as if Ingram is going to take some carries away from Thomas. On any given night one of the three backs can go off, but you never really know. At this point, Thomas and Sproles are must-starts, while Ingram is nothing more than a handcuff on the bench. Stay away from any Saints running back this week as New Orleans squares up against a hot San Francisco defense.
Josh McCown, QB, Chicago
With the news that Jay Cutler will be out on Sunday with both ankle and groin injuries, McCown gets the starting nod. He is a very intriguing play this week based on the fact that he’s been solid when given the chance to play. It doesn’t hurt matters that he has two of the hottest receivers in the league right now in Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery . Chicago is playing the inconsistent Baltimore defense and though the Ravens have a decent pass rush, they have been allowing some yards through the air. Throw in the Bears having home field advantage and McCown should be a decent option this week. Between his great receivers and Matt Forte out of the backfield, McCown could flirt with 20 fantasy points in Week 11.
Rishard Matthews, WR, Miami
Matthews came out of nowhere in Week 10, serving as Ryan Tannehill ’s go-to receiver the entire game. He erupted for 120 yards and two touchdowns on 11 receptions. Matthews was targeted 14 times and showed great chemistry with his quarterback. Although this will probably be the best game of his career, Matthews does have some sleeper appeal on the assumption that Tannehill will continue to use him as a safety valve in the slot. He has a decent shot to put up around half his output from last week when he plays the San Diego Chargers on Sunday. Consider him a WR3 or flex option when setting your lineups.
Lock of the Week
Case Keenum, QB, Houston
Though Keenum is 0-3 in his three starts since taking the starting job from Matt Schaub , he has put up solid fantasy numbers every game. He has thrown for 822 yards and seven touchdowns with no interception during this span. He’s averaged close to 20 fantasy points a week and should have his best game of the season in Week 11. Keenum gets a great matchup against a terrible Oakland defense that allowed fellow inexperienced quarterback Nick Foles to throw for seven touchdowns against them a few weeks ago. Don’t expect that kind of game, obviously, but I see Keenum throwing for close to 300 yards with at least two touchdown passes. Throw in 20 rushing yards and those numbers are good enough for me to call him a lock in Week 11.