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START/BENCH: Week 11

Now that’s what I’m talking about! It may have taken until Week 10 but it was well worth the wait to see a week full of great NFL action. Not just good folks. GREAT! It could not have come at a better time in this pundits humble opinion. We had pulse-pounding down to the wire finishes in many games as well as great individual fantasy performances along the way.

Let’s face it. When you get the best of both worlds it really reminds us of why we love the NFL and fantasy football.

As we enter the home stretch of the fantasy season you will obvious take note that there are fewer and fewer adjustments to the ‘stud’ lists (there is one this week). By now, we have a pretty good idea of who belongs there but will still be keeping a close eye on the lists.

Here’s hoping that Week 11 can live up to the excitement and production we saw last week.

Let’s do this!

 

QUARTERBACK

STUDS

Aaron Rodgers
Andrew Luck
Tom Brady
Drew Brees
Derek Carr
Matt Ryan -bye week-
Philip Rivers –bye week-
Marcus Mariota
Matthew Stafford
Cam Newton
Ben Roethlisberger
Dak Prescott

Heading to the Show

Dak PrescottNow that Jerry Jones has admitted that the Cowboys will ride the hot hand with Prescott it’s time to move the rookie to the ‘stud’ list. Prescott has put up top-10 numbers scoring 18 total touchdowns while turning the ball over only five times. He’s developing a nice rapport of late with both TE Jason Witten and Dez Bryant which only enhances his fantasy value.

 

START

Blake Bortles, JACKSONVILLE at Detroit – This matchup is simply too juicy to pass up. While he continues to turn the ball over way too much, Bortles also continues to find the end zone. He has thrown for at least two touchdowns in the last three games while also averaging 29 rushing yards in that time. The Lions are a very generous defense when it comes to allowing fantasy points to the quarterback position. They’ve given up 20 passing touchdowns as well as a pair of rushing scores. Detroit also ranks among the bottom dwellers with only four interceptions through nine games. This a good week to roll out Bortles in what should be a high scoring game.

 

Russell Wilson, SEATTLE vs. Philadelphia – If Wilson performs as well as he has over the last couple of weeks he will soon be replacing someone on the ‘stud’ list (I’m eyeballing you Cam Newton). Wilson looks healthy again and his fantasy totals over the last two games have been what we’ve come to expect from him. Wilson has put up 646 total yards and scored six total touchdowns in the last two weeks. The Eagles held Matt Ryan in check last week but will face a Wilson that can once again extend plays with his legs. The Eagles have allowed eight touchdowns to the QB position in the last three games and we see Wilson continuing to roll.

 

Kirk Cousins, WASHINGTON vs. Green Bay – Cousins is lurking just outside the top-12 in fantasy scoring for quarterbacks and is trending upwards. In his last three games, Cousins is averaging 340 passing yards per game (he did have a five quarter game in there) and has scored six touchdowns while turning the ball over only two times. The Packers defense is a complete wreck right now especially their banged-up secondary. In the last three games, the Packers have allowed eight touchdown passes and an average of 288 passing yards. On the season, there have been four different QBs that have thrown for at least three touchdowns against this defense in a game. Here it comes…”We like that!”

 

Eli Manning, NY GIANTS vs. Chicago – The Giants are on a roll having won four straight games and Manning is starting to heat up. In those four games he has thrown for an average of 274 yards and 10 touchdowns. Manning is clicking with Odell Beckham Jr. again connecting for three touchdowns in the last two weeks. They should continue to put up big numbers this week at home against a Bears defense that just allowed over 300 passing yards and a pair of scores to Jameis Winston. In their last three games, Chicago has given up an average of two touchdown passes per game.

 

BENCH

Carson Palmer, ARIZONA at Minnesota – It’s tough to have a lot of confidence in Palmer as he comes off a shaky performance against an awful San Francisco 49ers defense. He did finish with 376 passing yards but managed to throw just a single touchdown while tossing a pair of interceptions. It was only the second time this season that the 49ers did not allow at least two touchdown passes in a game. Palmer just seems to be off this year and has only thrown 11 touchdown passes while turning the ball over 11 times. The Vikings defense has not been as dominant as they were early in the season but does still have 22 sacks and 10 interceptions. Palmer has been sacked 26 times and can be pressured into mistakes. There are better options.

 

Joe Flacco, BALTIMORE at Dallas – We will not chase the fine performance that Flacco had against the Browns last week when he threw for over 300 yards and three touchdowns. That was against the Browns at home and every one beats up on the Cleveland defense. Counting the three touchdown passes in Week 10, Flacco still has only nine on the season and 11 overall scores. He has now turned the ball over 11 times and is simply too erratic to trust on the road against a hot Dallas Cowboys team. Despite allowing three touchdown passes to Ben Roethlisberger last week, the Cowboys have allowed just six over their last four games. No thanks.

 

Jameis Winston, TAMPA BAY at Kansas City – Winston is coming off a very nice game against the Bears having posted over 300 yards and a pair of touchdown passes. He also threw his 10th interception of the season and that’s what worries me about Winston’s matchup this week. The Chiefs lead the league with 13 interceptions and have amassed 22 turnovers in 2016. In the last five games alone, the Chiefs have put up 12 turnovers and may have OLB Justin Houston back on the field this week. Winston can sometimes play fast and loose with the ball and Kansas City will make him pay for that this week.

 

Alex Smith, KANSAS CITY vs. Tampa Bay – We are not crazy about either QB in this Week 11 matchup. Smith looked horrible last week as he returned to the lineup posting 178 passing yards with no touchdown passes and an interception. He averaged less than five yards per pass attempt and was woefully erratic with his throws. Even against a Tampa Bay defense that’s allowed 19 touchdown passes in nine games, we can’t trust Smith. This offense may be without WR Jeremy Maclin again and will rely on the running game heavily.

About Wally Spurlin

Wally Spurlin is a Fantasy Football Staff Writer at Fantasy Sharks and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writer Association (FSWA). Spurlin’s work has appeared in print publications, including the FSWA award winning 2014 USA Today Fantasy Football magazine as well as the 2015 edition. Wally is also a weekly co-host on the Fantasy Football Feeding Frenzy pod cast on Fantasy Sharks Radio at Blog Talk Radio.Follow him on Twitter @WaltonSpurlin