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Week 11: Better Late Than Never

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With ten weeks now in the rear view mirror, hopefully your team is in contention for the playoffs. Some of you may even be blessed with earning a bye for the first round. I can also bet that a few readers may have not experienced a win yet this season. Whether your team has been terrorized by injuries, underwhelming performances, or simply battling opponents who “go off” each week, keep fighting. The Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers have experienced nightmare seasons, but fortunately, both recorded their first victory of the season in Week 10. They no longer will have to be compared to the 2008 Detroit Lions, which failed to win a game all season.

QB


Ben Roethlisberger has had better days. However, he and the Steelers have been on the "up and up" since beginning the year with four consecutive losses. Although Big Ben is still in the middle tier of quarterbacks, he has been relatively consistent with at least one passing touchdown in every game. Sacks and interceptions have been an issue, but he is still worthy of consideration in deeper leagues or if your starter is on a bye or injured. With an attractive matchup against the Detroit Lions secondary in Week 11, Roethlisberger should be a solid play.

Week 11 Forecast: 250 passing yards and 2 TD


RB

Donald Brown
  was flying under the radar in most drafts.  Ahmad Bradshaw ’s season-ending injury combined with the struggles of Trent Richardson have warranted that we take notice, yet again. In Week 11, Brown and the Colts welcome their division rival Tennessee Titans who have allowed two touchdowns to opposing backs in four straight games. Owners will hope his carries increase as he is averaging almost six yard per rush which nearly double Richardson’s production. Look for Brown to hit pay dirt this weekend.

Week 11 Forecast: 50 total yards and 1 TD


WR

Jerricho Cotchery has risen from his fantasy grave in the last few weeks to become a top waiver add. With four scores over his last two games, Roethlisberger seems to be looking his way more than ever in the red zone. Pittsburgh battles Detroit who allows the third most points to opposing wideouts including at least two touchdowns in each of the last two weeks.  Expect Cotchery to cash in for the third week in a row.

Week 11 Forecast: 50 receiving yards and 1 TD

TE

Rob Housler caught his first career touchdown last weekend, which is exciting but not enough to consider starting him. Instead, note that Housler has at least five targets and over 50 receiving yards in two of his last three games. With a matchup against Jacksonville, which allows the second most points to opposing tight ends including three touchdowns in the last two weeks, Housler’s name should be on your radar for this week.

Week 11 Forecast: 50 receiving yards and 1 TD



Defense/Special Teams

I bet you can’t get guess the second hottest defense over the last four weeks. The “no longer” lowly New York Giants have been improving offensively and defensively. With four sacks, two turnovers, and a blocked kick against Oakland in Week 10, they are playing with new life and should have a solid matchup against the
Aaron Rodgers -less Green Bay Packers who will like be starting Scott Tolzien with Matt Flynn as backup. 

Week 11 Forecast: 13 points


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Week 10 Results:

Quarterback

Eli Manning
Week 10 Forecast: 140 passing yards and one touchdown (ok call)

Running Back

Mike James
Week 10 Forecast: 100 total yards and 1 touchdown
Week 10 Results: 41 rushing yards (left game early with injury)

Wide Receiver

Emmanuel Sanders
Week 10 Forecast: 80 total yards and 1 touchdown
Week 10 Results: 38 total yards (bad call)

Tight End

Timothy Wright.  
Week 10 Forecast: 50 receiving yards and 1 touchdown
Week 10 Results: 19 receiving yards (bad call)

Defense/Special Teams

Arizona Cardinals
Week 10 Forecast: 13 points
Week 10 Forecast: 16 point (great call-points may vary by league settings)

Good luck in Week 11!