Sunday - Apr 21, 2019

Home / Commentary / Week 11: Playoff Push

Week 11: Playoff Push

Welcome to the Week 11 edition of the Brew Crew Corner. This is the week where you make that final run for a playoff spot. Most leagues have four games left on the schedule, but there are also leagues that have just three more games. The way this season has gone, there is a good chance that the majority of you can still make the post season. I’ve been telling you for weeks to make those roster adjustments by dropping extra kickers, defenses and tight ends. Make sure you are covered at the quarterback position and then running back as these are the positions that see the greatest amount of injuries and changes in the second half of the season. Now is the time to make those final trades as deadlines should be fast approaching. You should adjust your lineup now to take advantage of matchups and players that are hot. Don’t forget the Thursday night games as you will have to make lineup decisions earlier in the week.

Top 20 players over the past four weeks.

4-Week Rank

Player

Avg.

Fantasy Points

1

Michael Vick, PHI, QB

38.5

2

Roddy White, ATL, WR

30

3

Arian Foster, HOU, RB

29.7

4

David Garrard, JAC, QB

29

5

Darren McFadden, OAK, RB

28

6

Adrian Peterson, MIN, RB

26.8

7

Peyton Hillis, CLE, RB

26.7

8

Maurice Jones-Drew, JAC, RB

25.3

9

Frank Gore, SF, RB

24

10

Eli Manning, NYG, QB

23.3

11

Dwayne Bowe, KCC, WR

23.2

12

Ahmad Bradshaw, NYG, RB

23

13

Terrell Owens, CIN, WR

23

14

Hakeem Nicks, NYG, WR

22.7

15

Calvin Johnson, DET, WR

22.3

16

Jamaal Charles, KCC, RB

22

17

Knowshon Moreno, DEN, RB

21.3

18

Philip Rivers, SD, QB

21.3

19

Kyle Orton, DEN, QB  

21

20

Steven Jackson, STL, RB

20.7

The Golden Mug Award

Awarded to the fantasy player who came through for their team.

Michael Vick – 333 passing yards, 4 TD; 8 rushes, 80 yards, 2 TD. Vick posted the best fantasy performance since Clinton Portis in 2003, who had 54 points from his 218-yards, five-touchdown game.

Dwayne Bowe – 13 receptions, 186 yards, 2 TD. Bowe has been hot with 454 receiving yards and eight touchdowns over the past five games.

Fred Jackson – 25 carries, 133 yards, 1 TD; 6 receptions, 37 yards, 1 TD. Jackson now has the bulk of the carries with Marshawn Lynch long gone and C.J. Spiller injured.

The Urinal Cake Award

Awarded to the fantasy player who you would like to, well you know.

Michael Turner – 17 carries, 39 yards. Turner averaged 2.29 yards per carry in a touch matchup. Jason Snelling had more production in that game.

Steve Smith – 3 receptions, 47 yards. Smith has not scored since Week 2 and has yet to have a 100-yard receiving game. His quarterback situation keeps getting worse by the week as the team will start recently signed Brian St. Pierre.

Jason Witten – 1 reception, 7 yards. The new plans in Dallas didn’t include Witten this week. Let’s hope he can get back on track.

MATCHUPS

Good quarterback matchups this week:

Matt Cassel against the Cardinals. Cassel is the No. 1 fantasy quarterback over the past four weeks – averaging 19.2 points a game – and he is coming off a career game. With Dwayne Bowe playing like he should, Cassel should continue to play well. He will face a Cardinals team allowing 269.3 yards per game (27th) with 14 touchdowns allowed this season.

Drew Brees against the Seahawks. The Saints will look to keep pace with the Falcons and will have a good matchup against the Seahawks, who are allowing 272.2 yards per game (28th) with 12 touchdowns allowed this season. Brees will have Reggie Bush back and has had two weeks to prepare. Brees was averaging 18.6 fantasy points in the three games prior to the bye week.

Sleeper Pick of the Week:
Colt McCoy against the Jaguars. McCoy has shown that he can compete at the next level and drove his team down the field last week to send the game into overtime. After facing the New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints, he gets a good matchup the next two weeks against the Jacksonville Jaguars and Carolina Panthers. Jacksonville is 29th in pass defense with 272.3 yards per game and has allowed the third-most touchdowns this season (19).

Good running back matchups this week:

Ray Rice against the Panthers. Rice owners are still waiting on that breakout game where he will go on a hot streak. Rice is still averaging 18 fantasy points a game but his lack of scoring has kept him out of the Top 10 running backs. The Panthers are allowing 131.6 yards per game (27th) and have allowed seven touchdowns this season.

Fred Jackson against the Bengals. In the Buffalo Bills’ first win of the season, Jackson carried the load and should have the backfield to himself for the remainder of the season with Spiller sidelined. He will face a poor Bengals team allowing 115.8 yards per game on the ground (22nd) and have given up eight touchdowns this season.

Sleeper Pick of the Week:
BenJarvus Green-Ellis against the Colts. Green-Ellis bounced back from a poor Week 9 performance to put up decent numbers against a tough Steelers defense. This week the matchup is in his favor against the Colts, who are 29th against the run allowing 133.2 yards per game with nine touchdowns allowed this season.

Bad quarterback matchups this week:

Michael Vick against the Giants. Don’t believe that Vick will have insane numbers every week like he did against the Washington Redskins. The Giants will be ready for Vick. This is the first of two meetings between these two teams, and the Giants are still good on defense allowing 187.2 yards per game with 14 touchdowns allowed this season. This game will give a big edge to the winner in the division so a lot will be riding on this game.

Tyler Thigpen against the Bears. In the Thursday night matchup Thigpen will make his first start for the Miami Dolphins. Thigpen has not played significant time since 2008. The Bears are quietly playing well and are now 7-3 this week with a win. Another aspect that isn’t getting a lot of notice is how well the defense has been playing. The Bears are allowing 219.6 yards per game (17th) but have only given up six touchdowns this season (tied for first).

Matt Schaub against the Jets. The news this week that Schaub had injured his bursa sac and had to stay overnight at a hospital should worry you tremendously. We remember how much time Peyton Manning took to come back from his injury. Even though Schaub doesn’t need surgery at this time, he will be limited on Sunday. That is all the Jets need as they are allowing 217.1 yards per game with 13 touchdowns allowed this season. The Texans have allowed 21 sacks (22nd) and will be hard pressed to keep Schaub from getting more if he can’t move around.

Bad running back matchups this week:

Mike Goodson against the Ravens. The Panthers can’t catch a break this season and as the injuries mount up, the schedule doesn’t help them out either. The team will start Brian St. Pierre who has been on the team less than two weeks, which means the offense will be running a basic package against the Ravens. If you got the Ravens’ defense, get ready to enjoy a good fantasy day for them. The Ravens are eighth against the run with 99.5 yards per game and have allowed just five touchdowns this season.

Steven Jackson against the Falcons. Jackson had a great game against a tough San Francisco 49ers’ defense but faces a tougher matchup this week against a good Falcons team. The Falcons have had time to rest from their Thursday night game against the Ravens and are seventh against the run, allowing 93.1 yards per game and just three touchdowns allowed this season.

Marshawn Lynch against the Saints. Lynch has played OK in good matchups, but has been awful when facing good defenses. The Saints are healthy and coming off a bye week which will limit Lynch. Look for the Saints to jump out early in this game, forcing Seattle to abandon the run.

Week 11: Now is the time to make that playoff push, make the most of your opportunities to make trades or roster moves.
 
Good Luck to everyone in Week 11. Follow @BrewCrewCorner
 
Cheers!

About Fantasy Sharks

FantasySharks.com began in 2003, disseminating fantasy football content on the web for free. It is, or has been, home to some of the most talented and best known fantasy writers on the planet. Owned and operated by Tony Holm (5 time Fantasy Sports Writer Association Hall-of-Fame nominee,) Tony started writing fantasy content in 1993 for the only three fantasy football web sites in existence at the time.