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Week 11: The Quarterback Shuffle

What a weekend for quarterbacks.  If you happen to compete in multiple fantasy football leagues, odds are one of your quarterbacks either suffered an injury or his role may be threatened. 

Let’s start with Michael Vick.  The struggling Philadelphia Eagles hit another roadblock with a loss to the Arizona Cardinals along with their star QB breaking a “couple” of ribs. 

The Houston Texans continued steamrolling as they pounded Tampa Bay, but appear to have sacrificed Matt Schaub for the season in the process as he suffered a significant foot injury. 

Matt Cassel injured his hand and underwent surgery this week, which will put the remainder of his season in jeopardy. 

Although less serious, Matthew Stafford has a fractured right index finger, which he is not blaming for his poor performance against Chicago. 

Ben Roethlisberger broke his right thumb in the win against Cincinnati and must be thankful for his bye during Week 11 to recover.

In Washington, Coach Shanahan pulled another “switcheroo” by deciding to start Rex Grossman over John Beck.  If you are starting a Washington Redskins’ quarterback in your league, I would suggest looking for any other option, literally ANY other option. 

The Arizona Cardinals’ John Skelton has not been great, but is making waves while Kevin Kolb recovers from injury. Monitor this situation closely if you are a Kolb owner in case Skelton threatens the starting gig.

With all of the quarterback injuries and uncertainty of Week 10, Tim Tebow improved his starting win-loss record to 3-1 with a victory over the Kansas City Chiefs despite completing a mere two passes!

Take a dive with me as look for solutions at quarterback and other positions to guide you to victory in Week 11.

QB Alex Smith– If your quarterback is either on a bye or injured for Week 11, you could do much worse than Alex Smith.  Smith will not post Aaron Rodgers’ or Drew Brees’ numbers, but he also will not hurt you. He has thrown for at least 200 yards and a score in back-to-back games against the solid defenses of the New York Giants and Washington Redskins. With an attractive matchup against the Arizona Cardinals who rank 24th in passing yards allowed per game, Smith should enjoy another productive start, especially if Frank Gore is limited or sidelined.

Week 11 Projection: 200 passing yards and 2 TDs

RB Michael Bush- Oakland Raiders’ backup running back Michael Bush always seems to answer when opportunity knocks. With McFadden sidelined Bush has averaged over 117 yards per game over the last three contests.  Minnesota’s defensive line may be intimidating, but has not shut down opposing backs recently. With McFadden likely out again in Week 11, start Bush with confidence.

Week 11 Projection: 125 total yards and 1 TD

WR Earl BennettJay Cutler finally found his favorite target.  It was not Johnny Knox, Devin Hester, or Roy Williams.  Instead, Cutler has quickly built chemistry with his former Vanderbilt teammate Earl Bennett.  Bennett has eleven targets and eleven catches since joining Chicago’s active roster. He is catching every ball that Cutler throws his way, even if it means suffering league fines for his glowing orange cleats. He has a favorable matchup against the nose-diving San Diego Chargers who have surrendered nine touchdowns and an average of 168 receiving yards to wideouts over the last four games.

Week 11 Projection: 80 total yards and 1 TD

TE Ed DicksonJoe Flacco has been inconsistent lately, which has hindered the production of wide receivers Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin.  However, Flacco and tight end Ed Dickson were on the same page in a losing effort against Seattle in Week 10.  Dickson hauled in ten passes on 14 targets for 79 yards and two scores. The Cincinnati secondary has been strong and prevented tight ends from scoring for four games in a row, but I predict this streak to end in Week 11.  Flacco will have trouble airing it out and will be looking for Dickson often.

Week 11 Projection: 60 receiving yards and 1 TD

DEF New England-  The Patriots’ defense has been absolutely atrocious this year ranking near last in most defensive categories. However, they appeared stronger and more confident in Week 10’s defeat of the New York Jets by allowing only sixteen points and earning five sacks, a fumble, and two picks.  The Kansas City offense led by Tyler Palko should be enough reason to give the Pats a shot as both teams tangle on Monday Night Football.

Week 11 Projection: 12 points


QB Matt Moore
Week 10 Projection: 200 passing yards and 2 TDs
Week 10 Results: 200 passing yards and 1 INT (Fail)

RB Roy Helu:
Week 10 Projection: 100 total yards and 1 TD
Wee k 10 Results: 54 total yards (Fail)

WR Laurent Robinson
Week 10 Projection: 100 receiving yards and 1 TD
Week 10 Results: 73 receiving yards and 2 TD (SUCCESS)

TE Owen Daniels
Week 10 Projection: 80 receiving yards
Wee k 10 Results:  31 receiving yards (Fail)

Jacksonville Defense
Week 10 Projection: 11 points 
Week 10 Results: 18 points (SUCCESS)

Best of luck this week!

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