Start & SitNovember 16, 2007


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Week 11

By Nick Hopkins

Recapping Week 10: the Packers and Seahawks pitched shut-outs, a late field goal kept the Dolphins winless, and the Chargers held on to hand the Superbowl Champions their second straight loss. Some relatively new names at running back – Jesse Chatman, Ryan Grant, and Selvin Young – had 100 yard games on the ground, cementing their relevance as fantasy players. Other big fantasy scorers included Brett Favre, who threw for 350 yards for the second week in a row, Terrell Owens, who scored twice with 125 yards receiving, and Shayne Graham, who came one field goal short of tying the record set by Rob Bironas earlier this year. Bye weeks are over for this year, now its time to buckle down for the stretch run! The Cafe’s Week 11 Start & Sit is here to help you tweak your lineup for this week’s slate of games.

Our system is based on two separate rankings: Risk and Reward. Each player or defense was given a statistical ranking for each of the two categories.

Risk is determined by anything that could negatively affect the player in question’s performance. This includes such things as matchup, situation, and injuries.

Reward is determined by anything that could positively affect the player in question’s performance. This includes such things as talent, matchup, and situation.

The Ranking for the two categories is as follows:

Risk: Score of 0 being the lowest risk, 10 being the highest risk.
Reward: Score of 0 being lowest reward, 10 being the highest reward.

 

QuarterbacksOpponentRatingRiskReward
Tom Brady – NEat BUF17.91.79.6
Peyton Manning – INDvs KC16.62.49.0
Tony Romo – DALvs WAS15.73.39.0
Ben Roethlisberger – PITat NYJ15.32.88.1
Drew Brees – NOat HOU14.63.17.7
Brett Favre – GBvs CAR14.63.58.1
Donovan McNabb – PHIvs MIA14.33.57.8
Carson Palmer – CINvs ARI14.33.47.7
Matt Hasselbeck – SEAvs CHI13.94.07.9
Kurt Warner – ARIat CIN13.44.37.7
Marc Bulger – STLat SF13.34.07.3
Derek Anderson – CLEat BAL13.35.08.3
Jon Kitna – DETvs NYG12.94.37.1
Eli Manning – NYGat DET12.64.06.6
Jeff Garcia – TBat ATL12.34.06.3
Jay Cutler – DENvs TEN11.95.06.9
Matt Schaub – HOUvs NO11.44.35.8
Philip Rivers – SDat JAC11.15.36.5
Vince Young – TENat DEN11.14.96.0
Jason Campbell – WASat DAL9.85.85.6
Rex Grossman – CHIat SEA9.66.35.9
David Garrard – JACvs SD9.45.75.0
Kyle Boller – BALvs CLE9.25.64.8
Sage Rosenfels – HOUvs NO9.15.34.4
Trent Dilfer – SFvs STL9.05.74.7
JP Losman – BUFvs NE9.06.95.9
Vinny Testaverde – CARat GB8.75.84.4
Joey Harrington – ATLvs TB8.75.84.5
Daunte Culpepper – OAKat MIN8.55.43.9
John Beck – MIAat PHI8.57.05.5
Brodie Croyle – KCat IND8.46.14.6
Brian Griese – CHIat SEA8.05.93.9
Kellen Clemens – NYJvs PIT8.06.44.4
Brooks Bollinger – MINvs OAK7.87.04.8
Quinn Gray – JACvs SD7.55.83.3
Tarvaris Jackson – MINvs OAK7.47.14.5
Steve McNair – BALvs CLE6.95.82.7
Cleo Lemon – MIAat PHI6.77.34.0
Byron Leftwich – ATLvs TB5.97.43.3
Chad Pennington – NYJvs PIT5.66.62.1
Matt Moore – CARat GB5.47.52.9
JaMarcus Russell – OAKat MIN5.16.81.9
Damon Huard – KCat IND5.07.62.6

 
Start:
Kurt Warner, ARI (13.4 rating): Warner bounced back from a rough game against the Bucs two weeks ago with a great game in a victory over the Lions this past week. The former NFL MVP tossed three touchdown passes against Detroit. He connected eight times with star wideout Larry Fitzgerald, twice for scores. Warner should be able to keep up this level of production against an equally hapless Bengals defense this week.

Sit:
Jason Campbell, WAS (9.8 rating): Campbell looked good last week, as he threw a career-high three touchdown passes with no interceptions in a losing effort. But injuries just keep piling up for the Redskins at wide receiver. Santana Moss is likely to sit out for the second week in a row with a heel injury. James Thrash, recipient of two of Campbell’s touchdown passes last week, is out with a knee injury, and Brandon Lloyd (OK, so he wasn’t doing much anyway) injured his collarbone in practice and will miss the remainder of the year. Even if the Redskins have finally decided to let Jason air it out, the injuries to his wide receivers and a tough matchup in Dallas make him a shaky start.
 

Running BacksOpponentRatingRiskReward
Brian Westbrook – PHIvs MIA17.62.09.6
Willie Parker – PITat NYJ16.42.48.9
Joseph Addai – INDvs KC16.13.29.3
LaDainian Tomlinson – SDat JAC15.63.79.3
Brandon Jacobs – NYGat DET15.32.88.1
Steven Jackson – STLat SF15.03.28.2
Reggie Bush – NOat HOU14.73.48.1
Willis McGahee – BALvs CLE14.53.37.8
Maurice Jones-Drew – JACvs SD13.74.07.8
Frank Gore – SFvs STL13.44.17.5
Chester Taylor – MINvs OAK13.44.68.0
Ryan Grant – GBvs CAR13.14.98.0
Clinton Portis – WASat DAL13.05.38.4
LenDale White – TENat DEN13.04.17.1
Edgerrin James – ARIat CIN12.94.27.1
Marion Barber – DALvs WAS12.74.57.1
Jesse Chatman – MIAat PHI12.55.27.7
Laurence Maroney – NEat BUF12.25.27.4
Rudi Johnson – CINvs ARI12.04.76.7
Kenny Watson – CINvs ARI12.05.07.0
Warrick Dunn – ATLvs TB12.04.76.7
Earnest Graham – TBat ATL11.74.46.1
Selvin Young – DENvs TEN11.64.96.4
Ron Dayne – HOUvs NO11.45.06.4
Kevin Jones – DETvs NYG11.35.16.5
Jamal Lewis – CLEat BAL11.05.16.1
Kevin Faulk – NEat BUF10.75.66.3
Fred Taylor – JACvs SD10.75.15.8
Priest Holmes – KCat IND10.55.86.3
DeAngelo Williams – CARat GB10.45.66.1
Cedric Benson – CHIat SEA10.15.35.4
Marshawn Lynch – BUFvs NE10.16.76.9
Julius Jones – DALvs WAS10.15.65.6
Maurice Morris – SEAvs CHI10.05.55.5
Ahman Green – HOUvs NO9.46.05.3
Justin Fargas – OAKat MIN9.36.45.8
Chris Henry – TENat DEN9.05.44.4
Thomas Jones – NYJvs PIT8.96.95.8
Kenton Keith – INDvs KC8.96.45.3
Travis Henry – DENvs TEN8.96.65.5
Najeh Davenport – PITat NYJ8.85.03.9
Reuben Droughns – NYGat DET8.85.54.3
Aaron Stecker – NOat HOU8.65.54.1
Michael Bennett – TBat ATL8.65.84.4
Chris Brown – TENat DEN8.45.94.2
DeShaun Foster – CARat GB8.46.44.8
Shaun Alexander – SEAvs CHI8.36.75.0
Brian Leonard – STLat SF8.15.73.9
Mewelde Moore – MINvs OAK7.95.53.4
TJ Duckett – DETvs NYG7.96.34.1
Michael Robinson – SFvs STL7.86.03.8
Adrian Peterson – CHIat SEA7.65.93.6
Michael Turner – SDat JAC7.66.54.1
Anthony Thomas – BUFvs NE7.67.14.6
Maurice Hicks – SFvs STL7.56.03.5
LaMont Jordan – OAKat MIN7.57.04.5
Brandon Jackson – GBvs CAR7.46.94.3
Jerious Norwood – ATLvs TB7.37.04.3
Correll Buckhalter – PHIvs MIA7.35.93.1
Derrick Ward – NYGat DET7.25.72.9
Tatum Bell – DETvs NYG7.26.03.2
Ladell Betts – WASat DAL7.16.94.0
Leon Washington – NYJvs PIT7.07.44.3
Kolby Smith – KCat IND6.97.14.0
Adrian Peterson – MINvs OAK6.96.33.1
Vernand Morency – GBvs CAR6.86.93.7
Marcel Shipp – ARIat CIN6.76.43.2
Greg Jones – JACvs SD6.66.63.1
Musa Smith – BALvs CLE6.56.22.7
Joe Echemandu – HOUvs NO6.57.13.6
Jason Wright – CLEat BAL6.46.42.8
Mike Anderson – BALvs CLE6.36.32.6
Tony Hunt – PHIvs MIA6.25.92.1
Patrick Cobbs – MIAat PHI6.17.33.4
Larry Johnson – KCat IND5.96.92.8
Andre Hall – DENvs TEN5.97.23.1
Dwayne Wright – BUFvs NE5.77.33.1
Jerome Harrison – CLEat BAL5.66.72.3

 
Start:
Brandon Jacobs, NYG (15.3 rating): Jacobs’ season got off to an inauspicious start when he got hurt in the Giants’ season opener in Dallas, but since his return to the field in Week 5 he has been very reliable, averaging over 100 yards rushing per game. The Giants appear to be committed to feeding the big man the ball and I expect this week in Detroit to be no different. If the Giants’ interior lineman can handle run-stuffing defensive tackle Shaun Rogers, Jacobs should have another solid game.

Sit:
Priest Holmes, KC (10.5 rating): Priest’s return to the field was not all that impressive, as he carried the ball 20 times for 65 yards, and this was against a Broncos run defense that is currently ranked second to last in the league. To be fair, Holmes is probably still a bit rusty, and as long as he remains the lead back he is still worth a spot start when needed. But the Colts are no pushovers on defense anymore, and they will surely be ready to snap their two game losing streak. Do not expect too much from Holmes in Week 11.
 

Wide ReceiversOpponentRatingRiskReward
Randy Moss – NEat BUF18.01.49.4
Reggie Wayne – INDvs KC16.32.69.0
Terrell Owens – DALvs WAS15.63.59.1
Wes Welker – NEat BUF15.42.68.1
TJ Houshmandzadeh – CINvs ARI14.93.58.4
Marques Colston – NOat HOU14.83.48.2
Larry Fitzgerald – ARIat CIN14.82.77.5
Hines Ward – PITat NYJ14.13.17.3
Torry Holt – STLat SF14.03.47.4
Plaxico Burress – NYGat DET13.74.07.8
Santonio Holmes – PITat NYJ13.73.57.2
Greg Jennings – GBvs CAR13.64.37.9
Chad Johnson – CINvs ARI13.24.37.5
Donte Stallworth – NEat BUF13.23.66.7
Braylon Edwards – CLEat BAL13.14.17.2
Anquan Boldin – ARIat CIN13.03.56.5
Kevin Curtis – PHIvs MIA13.04.37.3
Donald Driver – GBvs CAR12.64.36.9
Bobby Engram – SEAvs CHI12.64.67.2
Mark Clayton – BALvs CLE12.53.35.7
Chris Henry – CINvs ARI12.44.77.1
Joey Galloway – TBat ATL12.34.76.9
DJ Hackett – SEAvs CHI12.24.36.6
Andre Johnson – HOUvs NO12.14.96.9
Roy Williams – DETvs NYG12.14.97.0
Brandon Marshall – DENvs TEN11.95.47.3
Derrick Mason – BALvs CLE11.93.25.1
Bernard Berrian – CHIat SEA11.84.15.9
Ronald Curry – OAKat MIN11.73.95.6
Amani Toomer – NYGat DET11.74.25.9
Reggie Brown – PHIvs MIA11.54.96.4
Steve Smith – CARat GB11.45.36.6
Kevin Walter – HOUvs NO11.34.25.5
Lee Evans – BUFvs NE11.06.37.3
David Patten – NOat HOU11.04.55.5
Muhsin Muhammad – CHIat SEA11.04.85.7
Chris Chambers – SDat JAC10.85.15.9
Shaun McDonald – DETvs NYG10.75.05.8
Roddy White – ATLvs TB10.75.66.2
Jerricho Cotchery – NYJvs PIT10.66.16.7
Deion Branch – SEAvs CHI10.65.76.3
Patrick Crayton – DALvs WAS10.65.76.3
Drew Bennett – STLat SF10.54.85.3
Calvin Johnson – DETvs NYG10.55.56.0
Andre Davis – HOUvs NO10.44.95.3
Reggie Williams – JACvs SD10.34.75.1
Troy Williamson – MINvs OAK10.16.16.3
Dwayne Bowe – KCat IND10.15.45.5
Laveranues Coles – NYJvs PIT10.16.36.4
Sidney Rice – MINvs OAK10.06.16.1
Santana Moss – WASat DAL9.86.36.1
Antwaan Randle El – WASat DAL9.76.25.9
Devery Henderson – NOat HOU9.75.65.3
Darrell Jackson – SFvs STL9.65.45.0
Nate Burleson – SEAvs CHI9.65.34.9
Jerry Porter – OAKat MIN9.64.64.2
James Jones – GBvs CAR9.45.54.9
Arnaz Battle – SFvs STL9.44.94.3
Nate Washington – PITat NYJ9.45.04.3
Dennis Northcutt – JACvs SD9.35.14.4
Vincent Jackson – SDat JAC9.35.34.6
Ike Hilliard – TBat ATL9.25.44.7
Brandon Stokely – DENvs TEN9.16.05.2
Ted Ginn – MIAat PHI9.15.64.7
James Thrash – WASat DAL9.15.84.9
Mike Furrey – DETvs NYG9.05.84.9
Bryant Johnson – ARIat CIN9.04.73.7
Joe Jurevicius – CLEat BAL9.05.64.6
Isaac Bruce – STLat SF8.85.84.6
Roydell Williams – TENat DEN8.75.54.2
Marvin Harrison – INDvs KC8.66.45.1
Marty Booker – MIAat PHI8.55.33.9
Matt Jones – JACvs SD8.55.13.6
Brandon Jones – TENat DEN8.46.44.8
Demetrius Williams – BALvs CLE8.34.42.6
Jabar Gaffney – NEat BUF8.25.23.4
Devin Hester – CHIat SEA8.26.74.9
Derek Hagan – MIAat PHI8.05.83.7
Michael Jenkins – ATLvs TB7.96.14.1
Drew Carter – CARat GB7.96.44.3
Eric Moulds – TENat DEN7.86.34.1
Steve Smith – NYGat DET7.75.73.5
Michael Clayton – TBat ATL7.76.44.1
Lance Moore – NOat HOU7.46.03.4
Eddie Kennison – KCat IND7.46.43.9
Terrance Copper – NOat HOU7.45.63.0
Ernest Wilford – JACvs SD7.36.03.3
Justin Gage – TENat DEN7.26.94.1
Jacoby Jones – HOUvs NO7.16.13.3
Buster Davis – SDat JAC6.96.02.9
Bobby Wade – MINvs OAK6.97.14.0
Rashied Davis – CHIat SEA6.96.23.0
Jerheme Urban – ARIat CIN6.85.52.3
Anthony Gonzalez – INDvs KC6.85.62.4
Sammie Parker – KCat IND6.86.43.1
Joe Horn – ATLvs TB6.76.33.0
Cedrick Wilson – PITat NYJ6.65.62.2
Ruvell Martin – GBvs CAR6.66.53.1
Roscoe Parrish – BUFvs NE6.67.74.3
Ben Obomanu – SEAvs CHI6.55.92.4
Sam Hurd – DALvs WAS6.47.13.6
Javon Walker – DENvs TEN6.27.13.3
Dwayne Jarrett – CARat GB6.27.23.4
Ashley Lelie – SFvs STL6.16.62.8
Brandon Lloyd – WASat DAL6.06.22.3
Koren Robinson – GBvs CAR6.06.62.7
Robert Ferguson – MINvs OAK6.07.83.8
Malcolm Floyd – SDat JAC5.96.22.1
Antonio Chatman – CINvs ARI5.77.22.9
Laurent Robinson – ATLvs TB5.77.12.7
Glenn Martinez – DENvs TEN5.57.63.1
Tim Carter – CLEat BAL5.37.52.8
Sam Aiken – BUFvs NE5.18.43.4
Justin McCareins – NYJvs PIT4.97.92.7

 
Start:
Torry Holt, STL (14.0 rating): Holt has gone over 100 yards in each of his past two games, the first two times he has done that this season. He is certainly helped by the return of Marc Bulger and Steven Jackson to the Rams’ offense. St. Louis looked the best they have all year on offense, putting up 37 points against New Orleans for their first win of the year. That momentum should carry over against a San Francisco team that is really struggling.

Sit:
Laveranues Coles, NYJ (10.1 rating): Coles should be returning to the field this week after missing a game with a concussion. His first game back is a tough one, against the Steelers’ top rated pass defense. I would expect the Steelers to throw a lot of different looks at Jets’ rookie quarterback Kellen Clemens, causing problems for the Jets passing attack. If you can afford to keep Coles inactive for another week it might not be a bad idea to do so.
 

Tight EndsOpponentRatingRiskReward
Jeremy Shockey – NYGat DET16.02.18.2
Jason Witten – DALvs WAS15.13.58.7
Antonio Gates – SDat JAC15.03.98.9
Heath Miller – PITat NYJ14.13.27.3
Chris Cooley – WASat DAL13.34.78.0
Ben Watson – NEat BUF13.33.46.7
Eric Johnson – NOat HOU12.74.26.9
Kellen Winslow – CLEat BAL12.74.77.4
Tony Gonzalez – KCat IND12.25.67.8
Leonard Pope – ARIat CIN11.84.05.8
Owen Daniels – HOUvs NO11.74.15.8
Randy McMichael – STLat SF11.44.76.1
Vernon Davis – SFvs STL11.34.45.6
Donald Lee – GBvs CAR11.15.06.2
Todd Heap – BALvs CLE11.04.55.5
Greg Olsen – CHIat SEA10.94.55.4
Tony Scheffler – DENvs TEN10.85.36.1
LJ Smith – PHIvs MIA10.85.46.2
Dallas Clark – INDvs KC10.46.16.6
Zach Miller – OAKat MIN9.94.34.1
Kyle Brady – NEat BUF9.84.74.5
Desmond Clark – CHIat SEA9.65.04.6
Alge Crumpler – ATLvs TB9.46.45.9
Marcedes Lewis – JACvs SD9.14.94.0
Jeff King – CARat GB8.96.04.9
Ben Utecht – INDvs KC8.55.94.4
Will Heller – SEAvs CHI8.45.43.9
David Martin – MIAat PHI8.45.74.1
Marcus Pollard – SEAvs CHI8.35.94.2
Matt Spaeth – PITat NYJ8.35.94.1
Alex Smith – TBat ATL8.06.34.3
Justin Peelle – MIAat PHI7.95.83.7
Quinn Sypniewski – BALvs CLE7.74.82.5
Bo Scaife – TENat DEN7.76.74.4
Bryan Fletcher – INDvs KC7.76.23.9
George Wrighster – JACvs SD7.35.62.9
Jeb Putzier – HOUvs NO7.25.72.9
Matt Schobel – PHIvs MIA7.16.53.7
Ben Troupe – TENat DEN7.17.14.3
Bubba Franks – GBvs CAR7.06.93.9
Visanthe Shiancoe – MINvs OAK7.07.04.0
Anthony Becht – TBat ATL6.96.83.7
Daniel Graham – DENvs TEN6.67.03.6
Reggie Kelly – CINvs ARI6.56.93.4
Dan Campbell – DETvs NYG6.47.03.4
Robert Royal – BUFvs NE6.36.93.2
Anthony Fasano – DALvs WAS5.96.52.4
Chris Baker – NYJvs PIT5.97.93.8
Dwayne Blakley – ATLvs TB4.47.92.3

 
Start:
Jason Witten, DAL (15.1 rating): Witten had an off game against the Giants last week, catching only two passes for 12 yards. He is looking to bounce back this week against a Redskins’ defense that will be missing play-making safety Sean Taylor from the middle of the field. Rookie safety Laron Landry and second year linebacker Rocky McIntosh can sometime lose their man in coverage, which should allow Witten to get open in the middle of the field. I’d love to say my Skins will shut the Cowboys’ offense down, but with Taylor out I just don’t see it happening.

Sit:
Greg Olsen, CHI (10.9 rating): The rookie tight end has had a few nice games this season, but there have been others where he’s been practically invisible. That’s what you have to expect from a rookie tight end that is splitting time. In Rex Grossman’s return to the starting lineup last week, Desmond Clark had 2 catches for 24 yards, while Olsen did not make a single catch. Grossman gets the start again this week, and I would not expect much from either Bears’ tight ends again. Especially not in Seattle against a Seahawks’ defense that has allowed a league-low 5 touchdowns through the air this season.
 

KickersOpponentRatingRiskReward
Stephen Gostkowski – NEat BUF15.32.78.0
Shayne Graham – CINvs ARI15.22.98.0
Nick Folk – DALvs WAS14.93.28.1
Adam Vinatieri – INDvs KC14.73.17.8
Mason Crosby – GBvs CAR14.73.38.0
Jeff Reed – PITat NYJ14.52.97.3
Rob Bironas – TENat DEN14.33.57.8
Kris Brown – HOUvs NO13.93.47.3
David Akers – PHIvs MIA13.73.37.0
Josh Brown – SEAvs CHI13.73.37.0
Jeff Wilkins – STLat SF13.43.97.3
Jason Hanson – DETvs NYG13.33.97.3
Lawrence Tynes – NYGat DET13.13.66.7
Neil Rackers – ARIat CIN13.13.76.7
Matt Stover – BALvs CLE13.03.96.9
Phil Dawson – CLEat BAL13.04.06.9
Robbie Gould – CHIat SEA12.94.06.9
Nate Kaeding – SDat JAC12.24.26.4
Shaun Suisham – WASat DAL12.04.16.0
Matt Bryant – TBat ATL11.93.65.5
Jason Elam – DENvs TEN11.84.15.9
Olindo Mare – NOat HOU11.44.45.7
Ryan Longwell – MINvs OAK11.34.35.6
John Kasay – CARat GB11.24.45.6
Jay Feely – MIAat PHI11.24.76.0
Dave Rayner – KCat IND10.65.15.7
Rian Lindell – BUFvs NE10.44.75.0
John Carney – JACvs SD10.15.25.3
Mike Nugent – NYJvs PIT10.05.25.2
Morten Andersen – ATLvs TB9.95.35.2
Joe Nedney – SFvs STL9.65.04.6
Sebastian Janikowski – OAKat MIN9.45.44.9

 
Start:
Mason Crosby, GB (14.7 rating): The Packers offense is red-hot at the moment, and they are giving Crosby plenty of chances to put the ball through the uprights. To his credit, Crosby has done well, hitting 10/11 field goals in his last three games, with the only miss coming from 50+ yards out. Crosby is certainly worthy of a starting spot in your fantasy lineup at this point.

Sit:
Rian Lindell, BUF (10.4 rating): The Bills’ offense struggled to put points on the board against the NFL’s worst team last week. It’s hard to like their chances against the NFL’s best team this weekend. The last time these two teams met, Lindell scored only one point, his lowest total of the season. So yeah… don’t start him.
 

Team DefenseOpponentRatingRiskReward
New Englandat BUF15.73.28.9
Pittsburghat NYJ15.23.18.3
Indianapolisvs KC14.03.77.8
Philadelphiavs MIA13.73.37.0
Dallasvs WAS13.54.27.7
Green Bayvs CAR13.14.37.4
Minnesotavs OAK13.03.66.6
Tampa Bayat ATL12.73.66.3
San Diegoat JAC12.04.46.5
New York Giantsat DET11.85.47.1
Seattlevs CHI11.74.25.9
Tennesseeat DEN11.64.15.7
Denvervs TEN11.34.45.7
Clevelandat BAL11.24.05.2
Chicagoat SEA10.95.56.4
St. Louisat SF10.44.95.3
New Orleansat HOU10.24.95.1
Detroitvs NYG10.15.75.9
Oaklandat MIN10.14.64.7
Jacksonvillevs SD10.06.06.0
Baltimorevs CLE9.66.56.0
Arizonaat CIN9.06.15.1
Houstonvs NO8.86.45.2
Cincinnativs ARI8.75.54.2
Carolinaat GB8.36.54.9
Washingtonat DAL8.36.64.9
Atlantavs TB8.05.73.6
San Franciscovs STL7.85.83.6
Kansas Cityat IND7.47.14.5
Miamiat PHI7.36.53.8
New York Jetsvs PIT6.77.13.7
Buffalovs NE5.97.43.3

 
Start:
Seattle (11.7 rating): After shutting out the Niners, Seattle’s defense is ranked second in the NFL in points per game (15.7). They are also tied for third in sacks and tied for first in forced fumbles. I like their chances against the Grossman-led Bears at home.

Sit:
Carolina (8.3 rating): The Panthers just don’t seem to be playing very inspired defense this season. They have been particularly bad at making big plays. They used to be recognized as one of the better pass rushing teams in the league, but they are currently tied for worst in the NFL with only 9 total sacks on the season. Star defensive end Julius Peppers only has 1.5 sacks this year, after recording double digit sack totals in each of the past three seasons. Things are unlikely to get much better for this defense in Week 11, as they must travel to Lambeau Field to play the high-powered Packers’ offense.

 
Special thanks to SwiperNoSwiping, treat24, dream_017, madaslives911, WaCougMBS, plantation, suhgamer, latraffic, and joelamosobadiah for their rankings and involvement with this week's article. For more insights and additional fine-tuning, visit our Who to Start/Bench forum section or listen to The Coach's Voice on Fantasy Cafe Radio.
 
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