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Week Eleven: Playoff Push

Week eleven should be the week you focus on a playoff run if you haven’t started to already. With three or four weeks left in the fantasy regular season, every game from here on out counts more and you want your team to get hot at the right time. Also check your league rules as some leagues have trade deadlines or roster freezes. Prepare yourself to cover all your bases. Shed your roster if you can of extra TEs, KRs and Defs. By now you should know who will start for you in these spots and who will just take up space. Also look for WW upgrades during this time as other owners will most likely start shedding these players as well. For those in Keeper leagues and maybe some Dynasty leagues, look for players that are out for the year that will have a chance to come back next year and play well. Stash him on your roster if you have the space.

Another factor you should consider in the upcoming four weeks are players coming back from injuries, players being demoted and promoted and the weather. Injuries are going to be a concern because if your in a league were the WW deadline has passed and your starter goes down, there is no way to pick up his back-up if he’s not on your roster. Be aware also of the flex TV schedule and games on Thursday and Saturday night. This will force you to play questionable players on Thursday or Saturday before you can see if they are healthy enough to play. Also if you are waiting for a game time decision player and his game is the flex game, your forced to pick between him or the other guy on your bench with a 1PM game.

 

This past weekend I had the opportunity to meet NY Giants Hall of Famer

Harry Carson.

Carson was brought to a game I was working by one of my clients. He is a stand up guy. He would shake hands and speak to everyone he came into contact with as well as signed autographs. As a Giants fan, this was a great experience to sit down and have a conversation with a Giants legend.

 

Year Three Wide Receivers

 

Every year owners look at receivers in their 3rd year and expect them to have a break out season. Here are the top 15 WRs entering their 3rd year and how they have done so far through week 10.

 

1.

       

Braylon Edwards

, CLE- 43 rec 752yds 10TDs. Braylon has established himself in

Cleveland as the go to guy. He said prior to the season that he wanted to be the franchise player and so far he is having a great season.

Cleveland has had only 5 players reach 1,000 yds in a season and have not had a 1,000 yd receiver since

Antonio Bryant in 2005.

2.

       

Roddy White

, ATL- 42 rec 642 yds 2TDs. White has been one of the bright spots for an

Atlanta team that is having a tough season. The Falcons are at the bottom of the league with 195.4 yds passing a game. Still White has caught 33% of the teams passing yards and has received 65 of the teams 189 targets to WRs.

3.

       

Reggie Brown

, PHI- 30 rec 429 yds 1TD. Brown has started the season slow but still has a chence to reach 1,000 yds receiving. He recorded his 1st TD of the season last week. Brown only had 46 receptions all last year but had 8TDs.

4.

       

Mark Clayton

, BAL- 29 rec 272 yds 0TD. Clayton last year almost reached the 1,000 yrd mark (939) but has been a disappointment this season. Some of that has been due to the play off the offense which is 21st in the league in passing yards with only 195.9 yds per game. Clayton had his 1st 100 yd game of the season.

5.

       

Vincent Jackson

, SD- 23 rec 364 yds 2TDs. Although he is on his way to passing his total yards from last year (453), he has not stepped up to become a bigger part of the offense. He is the 4th option on the team and over the last 3 games he has only 3 rec for 44 yds.

6.

       

Devery Henderson

, NO- 15 rec 241 yds 1TD.

Henderson is starting slow and has found himself in the dog house a few weeks ago. The good news is he had similar stats last year at this point, 11 rec for 221 yds and 3 TDs. He has the homerun threat and the Saints are playing well now. He must cut down his mistakes as

David Patton has taken over his spot.

7.

       

Brandon Jones

, TEN- 18 rec 223 yds 1TD.

Jones has missed some games due to injury and the passing game has not provided enough offense. The Titans are 29th in the league in passing yards with just 158.1 yds per game.

8.

       

Roydell Williams

, TEN- 27 rec 352 yds 1TD. Many thought Jones would be the go to guy but injuries have limited his production. Williams has the most targets on the team with 48 but his only TD came in week 2.

9.

       

Nate Washington

, PIT- 16 rec 251 yds 2TDs.

Washington is the 4th or 5th receiving option on this Steelers offense. His best game of the season was in week 9 when he posted 53 yds and 2TDs. Barring any major injuries, he will not be much of a factor.

10.

  

Troy Williamson

, MIN- 9 rec 151 yds 1TD. Many expected big things from Williamson since his rookie year but he has not produced. He has only 1 TD this year which was the 1st he scored since week 4 of the 2005 season. The Vikings offense is one of the worst in the league. They rank 31st in passing with 152.6 yds per game.

11.

  

Roscoe Parrish

, BUF- 23 rec 197 yds and 0TD. Parrish is having the same problems as most of these third year receivers, they play on bad passing offenses.

Buffalo is 28th in the league with 163.8 passing yds per game. He has 2 rec for 10 yds over the last 3 games.

12.

  

Matt Jones

, JAX- 9 rec 82 1TD. Jones has been a disappointment all season. It appears that he will not have a break out season any time soon. He has 4 receptions since week 6 and only 26 yds since then. Last week he was targeted just twice for no catches.

13.

  

Courtney Roby

, TEN- 2 rec 28 yds 0TDs. Like Jones and Williams, the passing game has limited the WR production. Roby has been a non-factor for his team.

14.

  

Mark Bradley

, CHI- 2 rec 26 yds 0TDs. Bradley is near the bottom of the WR depth charts and has not been thrown to much this season with only 7 targets going his way.

15.

  

Chris Henry

, CIN- 4 rec 99 yds 0TDs. Henry finished serving his suspension and played well in his 1st game back.

Last year he posted 16 rec 250 yds and 5 TDs in the final 7 games of the season.

 

The Golden Mug Award

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

Brian Westbrook

– 100 yds rush 1TD, 83 yds rec 2TDs. While many people felt

Adrian Peterson was the best RB in the league prior to his injury, Westy was gaining ground on him. Through 10 weeks Peterson had 1301 total yards and 9TDs. Westbrook through 10 weeks had 1219 total yards and 9TDs. Westbrook’s next four games are against

Miami, New England,

Seattle and the Giants. That’s 3 of 4 good match-ups for him.

 

Honorable Mention

Brett Favre-

351 yds and 3TDs. Favre continues to play well and has bailed out the owners who grabbed him late after missing out on the earlier QBs that were drafted. Favre has 6 300+ yard games and 6 multi TD games.

 

 

The Urinal Cake Award

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

Tony Gonzales

– 3 rec 29 yds. After 6 solid weeks Gonzales posted his lowest receiving totals of the years since week 1 when he had 28.

 

Dishonorable Mention

Payton Manning

– I never thought I would need to place his name on this list but his 6INTs took away from his 2TDs.

 

MATCH-UPS

The match-ups

I like this week for QBs:

Eli Manning

against the Lions. Last week Manning failed to lead the Giants into 1st place after a loss to

Dallas. This week he gets to redeem himself by leading

New York to a lead in the wild card chase by beating

Detroit on the road.

Detroit is still 30th in the league in passing yards allowed with 256.7 yds a game. Warner put up 259 yds and 3TDs last week against the Lions.

 

Kyle Boller

against the Browns. Boller will start this week and I believe that he has to play well if he ever wants another shot in the NFL.

Mark Clayton had his best game last week and Boller will look his way. Also Boller has thrown more TDs then McNair has this year (3TDs to 2TDs). Still facing a Browns team that gives up 272.8 yds a game is the best match-up he’ll see for awhile has he has to face San Diego, New England and Indianapolis next.

 

The match-ups

I like this week for RBs:

Willie Parker

against the Jets. Parker gets the best match-up for a RB this week facing the Jets who are last in the league allowing 152.2 yds a game. He will look to run on this team all day as the Jets are just a mess.

 

Chester

Taylor against the Raiders.

Taylor

finds himself as the starter again after Adrian Peterson suffered a knee injury.

Taylor is an effective RB with a great offensive line. He gets a favorable match-up against the Raiders who are 29th in the league allowing 144.2 yds per game.

 

The match-ups

I don’t like this week for QBs:

Brian Griese

against Seahawks. Griese left the game last week and was replace by Grossman who lead the team to a comeback win. Lovie Smith stated that if Griese is cleared to play then he will be ready to go but Grossman might still get playing time in this one. Both QBs face a tough match-up against a

Seattle team that played well last.

Seattle is 7th in the league only allowing 17.6 points per game.

 

Joey Harrington

against the Buccaneers. Harrington lead his team to a win over

Carolina but still threw under 200 yards. He got his 1st TD last week since week 4. The Falcons are 2nd to last in the league in scoring with only 15 points a game. They face a

Tampa

Bay team that is 3rd in the league only allowing 16 points a game. They are also 3rd in passing yards allowed with 173 yds per game.

 

The match-up

I don’t like this week for RBs:

Thomas Jones

against the Steelers. Jones will be on the other side of the field watching Parker run all day. He won’t see the field much as Parker will be moving the chains and eating up yards. When Jones does get to step on the field, he will face a Steelers team that is #1 in the league in rushing only giving up 72 yds a game.

 

DeAngelo Williams

against the Packers. Foster may or may not play this weekend depending on how bad his turf toe is. If Williams gets the bulk of the carries, he’s in for a long day.

Green Bay is 9th in the league with 92.9 yds rushing allowed. Although the Panthers are 12th in the league in rushing with 119 yds per game,

Green Bay will stack the box as

Carolina’s passing game has been awful.

 

Week ten’s brew of choice was Sam Adams. I was at a bar that was limited in choices so I picked the best of the group. As always drink responsibly and don’t drink and drive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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