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Risers and Fallers – Week 11

E.J. Manuel –
The first-round rookie selection is set to make his home return this week (he played at Pittsburgh last week) after missing time with a knee injury. Even though Manuel is a rookie and will be given a long leash, you have to wonder how much will the Bills put up with before giving
Jeff Tuel

or Thad Lewis another shot at the starting job? While Tuel isn’t a sexy name, he played fairly well for a kid in a system that just chewed up and spit out
Matt Flynn

. Again, Manuel will be given a large buffer for mistakes and poor play but it’ll be interesting to see what happens if the knee flares up again or if the production just isn’t there. Manuel needs to be sure to get the job done in order to avoid checking the rearview mirror each week.

Ray Rice
What happened to
Ray Rice

in the offseason? Did he misplace his speed or trade in his ability to cut for the inability to reach the line of scrimmage? It’s been downright gross watching Rice receive carry after carry with catches in between and yet not be able to do anything with them. Somewhere
Adrian Peterson

is shaking his head wondering how many 200-yard games he would have in the same exact situation Rice is in. There really isn’t much rhyme or reason to it and we’re running out of time for him to correct the issue. If Rice can’t finish the season off with a bang, starting here in Week 11, he’ll find himself outside of the first round for the first time since his rookie year. In fact, he’s been so bad, he may find himself in the same position that
Maurice Jones-Drew

was in during drafts this year as a high-risk, high-reward payout somewhere near the end of the second, beginning of the third round.

Harry Douglas
What is going to happen to Douglas now that
Roddy White

seems to be fully recovered from his ankle and hamstring issues? Will the additional attention to White make Douglas a free roamer, able to capitalize on the lack of defensive focus? Or, will
Matt Ryan

revert to being pre-
Julio Jones


Matt Ryan

, where he littered
Roddy White

with target after target, sometimes 20-plus times a game? Douglas has done a good job performing as a WR3 over the past month or so but things could really be falling out from underneath him. This will be the first time this season that we know, and
Matt Ryan

knows, that
Roddy White

is able to give it a full go and Douglas may be stuck watching ball after ball sail over his head and into White’s hands.

Danny Woodhead
It looks as though San Diego has finally filled the void left behind from
Darren Sproles

when he left several years ago. Rivers is looking for Woodhead as a check down option often and the Chargers are running several screen plays in order to get Woodhead in space. Over the past month, the Chargers’ runner has been points per reception gold averaging nine catches with just less than 100 yards. The Miami Dolphins will look to contain Woodhead which would be a feat to say the least as they have been one of the worst run defending units in the entire league. Added to that is the fact that Miami does a surprisingly good job defending the sidelines and the long ball. With all of this in mind, it looks as though Woodhead is set for a heavy workload in Week 11. He needs to come through for owners using him as an RB2 and in the flex or he could be forced back into an emergency option only.

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