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Week 11: Final Bye Week Blues - 6 comments

By R.J. White

Week 11 marks the final bye week of the season, and to me, it’s probably been the worst of them all. I’m starting Drew Brees in nearly half my leagues and Ben Roethlisberger in another. I have Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown in multiple leagues — same with Marques Colston, Darren Sproles and Rashard Mendenhall. All that pales in comparison to being without Arian Foster for a week in my main league. At least I don’t have any Colts to bemoan.

RankQuarterbacksTeamOpponentScore
1Aaron RodgersGBvs. TB100
2Tom BradyNEvs. KC85
3Matthew StaffordDETvs. CAR82
4Eli ManningNYGvs. PHI80
5Cam NewtonCARat DET79
6Tony RomoDALat WAS78
7Matt RyanATLvs. TEN71
8Mark SanchezNYJat DEN71
9Philip RiversSDat CHI70
10Matt HasselbeckTENat ATL65
11Josh FreemanTBat GB65
12Tim TebowDENvs. NYJ62
13Carson PalmerOAKat MIN59
14Ryan FitzpatrickBUFat MIA57
15Tarvaris JacksonSEAat STL52
16John SkeltonARIat SF51
17Alex SmithSFvs. ARI51
18Jay CutlerCHIvs. SD50
19Vince YoungPHIat NYG47
20Joe FlaccoBALvs. CIN45
21Christian PonderMINvs. OAK44
22Tyler PalkoKCat NE44
23Andy DaltonCINat BAL41
24Sam BradfordSTLvs. SEA41
25Matt MooreMIAvs. BUF40
26Colt McCoyCLEvs. JAC37
27Rex GrossmanWASvs. DAL33
28Blaine GabbertJACat CLE25

Start: Mark Sanchez. Often panned as a poor NFL quarterback, Sanchez has actually been surprisingly good in fantasy leagues this season. In fact, with Matt Schaub likely out for the year, Sanchez is now the 12th best fantasy QB in the league, borderline QB1 material. QBs average two TDs against the Broncos, so look for another solid showing by Sanchez tonight.

Sit: Vince Young. Sneaky owners may be thinking about picking Young up and playing him for a week with Michael Vick hurt, but he doesn’t have nearly the upside of the man he’s replacing. Also, the Giants’ forgiving rush defense should put this game in the hands of LeSean McCoy, and with Jeremy Maclin banged up and DeSean Jackson’s feelings hurt, Young’s passing game options aren’t nearly as strong as you’d want them to be.

RankRunning BacksTeamOpponentScore
1LeSean McCoyPHIat NYG99
2Adrian PetersonMINvs. OAK98
3Matt ForteCHIvs. SD88
4Ray RiceBALvs. CIN87
5DeMarco MurrayDALat WAS86
6Maurice Jones-DrewJACat CLE83
7Fred JacksonBUFat MIA82
8Steven JacksonSTLvs. SEA79
9Marshawn LynchSEAat STL78
10Michael TurnerATLvs. TEN75
11Michael BushOAKat MIN74
12Ryan MathewsSDat CHI73
13James StarksGBvs. TB68
14Reggie BushMIAvs. BUF67
15Frank GoreSFvs. ARI66
16Willis McGaheeDENvs. NYJ65
17Brandon JacobsNYGvs. PHI65
18Chris JohnsonTENat ATL61
19BenJarvus Green-EllisNEvs. KC60
20Maurice MorrisDETvs. CAR60
21Beanie WellsARIat SF57
22Lance BallDENvs. NYJ55
23Jonathan StewartCARat DET49
24Mike TolbertSDat CHI49
25LeGarrette BlountTBat GB49
26Cedric BensonCINat BAL48
27Roy HeluWASvs. DAL48
28Shonn GreeneNYJat DEN47
29Jackie BattleKCat NE46
30Dexter McClusterKCat NE43
31Kendall HunterSFvs. ARI42
32Daniel ThomasMIAvs. BUF39
33Chris OgbonnayaCLEvs. JAC38
34Felix JonesDALat WAS38
35DeAngelo WilliamsCARat DET37
36Marion BarberCHIvs. SD36
37Ryan TorainWASvs. DAL36
38Danny WoodheadNEvs. KC36
39Keiland WilliamsDETvs. CAR32
40Ryan GrantGBvs. TB32
41Ronnie BrownPHIat NYG27
42Toby GerhartMINvs. OAK26
43Justin ForsettSEAat STL26
44Javon RingerTENat ATL25
45Kregg LumpkinTBat GB25
46D.J. WareNYGvs. PHI25
47Stevan RidleyNEvs. KC24
48Kevin SmithDETvs. CAR24
49Jacquizz RodgersATLvs. TEN23
50Deji KarimJACat CLE23
51Bernard ScottCINat BAL20
52Tashard ChoiceWASvs. DAL20
53Kevin FaulkNEvs. KC20
54Joe McKnightNYJat DEN19
55Thomas JonesKCat NE18
56Evan RoysterWASvs. DAL16
57Ricky WilliamsBALvs. CIN15
58C.J. SpillerBUFat MIA14
59Taiwan JonesOAKat MIN14
60Marcel ReeceOAKat MIN10

Start: Maurice Morris. You always want to take an RB1 facing the Panthers — even Chris Johnson was able to do damage against them in Week 10, and that’s saying something. Morris is a prime candidate for a 100-yard game with Jahvid Best still sidelined, so don’t hesitate to slip him into your flex spot this week.

Sit: Ryan Torain. After surprisingly starting last week, Torain unsurprisingly struggled. Trying to predict how Mike Shenanihan will use his RBs each week is like trying to win the lottery, so it’s best to avoid using any of Washington’s running backs if you can.

RankWide ReceiversTeamOpponentScore
1Wes WelkerNEvs. KC91
2Greg JenningsGBvs. TB90
3Calvin JohnsonDETvs. CAR88
4Steve SmithCARat DET87
5Larry FitzgeraldARIat SF85
6Brandon MarshallMIAvs. BUF84
7Hakeem NicksNYGvs. PHI82
8Dwayne BoweKCat NE74
9Vincent JacksonSDat CHI73
10Anquan BoldinBALvs. CIN70
11Brandon LloydSTLvs. SEA70
12Roddy WhiteATLvs. TEN68
13DeSean JacksonPHIat NYG68
14Jordy NelsonGBvs. TB66
15Santonio HolmesNYJat DEN62
16Denarius MooreOAKat MIN62
17Sidney RiceSEAat STL61
18Nate WashingtonTENat ATL60
19Dez BryantDALat WAS58
20Victor CruzNYGvs. PHI58
21Steve JohnsonBUFat MIA57
22David NelsonBUFat MIA57
23Deion BranchNEvs. KC55
24Percy HarvinMINvs. OAK55
25Mike WilliamsTBat GB55
26Plaxico BurressNYJat DEN54
27Jerome SimpsonCINat BAL53
28Michael CrabtreeSFvs. ARI52
29Laurent RobinsonDALat WAS50
30Torrey SmithBALvs. CIN50
31Earl BennettCHIvs. SD50
32Mario ManninghamNYGvs. PHI50
33Steve BreastonKCat NE50
34Vincent BrownSDat CHI49
35Doug BaldwinSEAat STL49
36Jason AvantPHIat NYG48
37Damian WilliamsTENat ATL48
38Harry DouglasATLvs. TEN46
39Jabar GaffneyWASvs. DAL45
40Early DoucetARIat SF45
41Jeremy MaclinPHIat NYG44
42Michael JenkinsMINvs. OAK43
43Preston ParkerTBat GB43
44James JonesGBvs. TB42
45Donald JonesBUFat MIA41
46Ben ObomanuSEAat STL41
47Greg LittleCLEvs. JAC40
48Braylon EdwardsSFvs. ARI40
49Arrelious BennTBat GB39
50Dezmon BriscoeTBat GB39
51Devin HesterCHIvs. SD38
52Jonathan BaldwinKCat NE38
53Darrius Heyward-BayOAKat MIN38
54A.J. GreenCINat BAL37
55Andre RobertsARIat SF37
56Mike WilliamsSEAat STL37
57Nate BurlesonDETvs. CAR36
58Steve SmithPHIat NYG36
59Davone BessMIAvs. BUF36
60Brian HartlineMIAvs. BUF36
61Brandon LaFellCARat DET35
62Donald DriverGBvs. TB34
63Andre CaldwellCINat BAL33
64Roy WilliamsCHIvs. SD30
65Austin PettisSTLvs. SEA30
66Eric DeckerDENvs. NYJ29
67Titus YoungDETvs. CAR28
68Lavelle HawkinsTENat ATL28
69Johnny KnoxCHIvs. SD26
70Danario AlexanderSTLvs. SEA26
71Randall CobbGBvs. TB26
72Jason HillJACat CLE25
73Mohamed MassaquoiCLEvs. JAC24
74Legedu NaaneeCARat DET23
75Eddie RoyalDENvs. NYJ21
76Mike ThomasJACat CLE21
77Patrick CraytonSDat CHI21
78Josh CribbsCLEvs. JAC20
79Chad OchocincoNEvs. KC19
80Brandon GibsonSTLvs. SEA18

Start: Denarius Moore. He’s clicking with Carson Palmer, placing him back on the fantasy radar in the second half of the season. Even better for Moore owners, Jacoby Ford has been ruled out this week for the Raiders, while Minnesota’s Antoine Winfield was just placed on the IR.

Sit: Eric Decker. When your quarterback is only completing two passes in a game, it doesn’t bode well for your fantasy outlook moving forward. Decker also has to contend with some pretty good cornerbacks in this week’s game against the Jets. Don’t tempt fate by starting him.

RankTight EndsTeamOpponentScore
1Rob GronkowskiNEvs. KC96
2Aaron HernandezNEvs. KC84
3Jason WittenDALat WAS83
4Antonio GatesSDat CHI80
5Fred DavisWASvs. DAL78
6Tony GonzalezATLvs. TEN73
7Jermichael FinleyGBvs. TB68
8Kellen WinslowTBat GB62
9Greg OlsenCARat DET60
10Brandon PettigrewDETvs. CAR60
11Jake BallardNYGvs. PHI58
12Vernon DavisSFvs. ARI57
13Ed DicksonBALvs. CIN55
14Jermaine GreshamCINat BAL53
15Ben WatsonCLEvs. JAC51
16Dustin KellerNYJat DEN50
17Brent CelekPHIat NYG45
18Scott ChandlerBUFat MIA43
19Jared CookTENat ATL40
20Kevin BossOAKat MIN40
21Evan MooreCLEvs. JAC39
22Visanthe ShiancoeMINvs. OAK38
23Jeremy ShockeyCARat DET36
24Marcedes LewisJACat CLE34
25Lance KendricksSTLvs. SEA34
26Delanie WalkerSFvs. ARI33
27Anthony FasanoMIAvs. BUF29
28Tony SchefflerDETvs. CAR28
29Leonard PopeKCat NE25
30Dennis PittaBALvs. CIN23

Start: Kellen Winslow. The Bucs are going to have to pass a lot on Sunday, and that should up the targets for Winslow this week.

Sit: Jared Cook. I’m past waiting for a breakout season from Cook, a guy with otherworldly talent that just hasn’t put it all together.

RankKickersTeamOpponentScore
1Dan BaileyDALat WAS80
2Sebastian JanikowskiOAKat MIN80
3David AkersSFvs. ARI74
4Stephen GostkowskiNEvs. KC68
5Jason HansonDETvs. CAR68
6Robbie GouldCHIvs. SD67
7Mason CrosbyGBvs. TB67
8Mike NugentCINat BAL64
9Billy CundiffBALvs. CIN64
10Alex HeneryPHIat NYG60
11Nick NovakSDat CHI59
12Nick FolkNYJat DEN58
13Josh ScobeeJACat CLE58
14Olindo MareCARat DET54
15Dan CarpenterMIAvs. BUF54
16Rob BironasTENat ATL53
17Dave RaynerBUFat MIA53
18Steven HauschkaSEAat STL51
19Connor BarthTBat GB46
20Matt BryantATLvs. TEN44
21Graham GanoWASvs. DAL43
22Ryan LongwellMINvs. OAK40
23Josh BrownSTLvs. SEA37
24Phil DawsonCLEvs. JAC37
25Ryan SuccopKCat NE34
26Matt PraterDENvs. NYJ32
27Jay FeelyARIat SF23
28Lawrence TynesNYGvs. PHI21

Start: Mike Nugent. The Bengals-Ravens matchup should be a defensive one, and I expect multiple field goals on both sides.

Sit: Phil Dawson. The Browns-Jaguars matchup should be a defensive one, but either one of these teams could get shut out.

RankTeam DefenseTeamOpponentScore
1Chicago BearsCHIvs. SD80
2San Francisco 49ersSFvs. ARI78
3New York JetsNYJat DEN76
4Detroit LionsDETvs. CAR69
5St. Louis RamsSTLvs. SEA66
6Dallas CowboysDALat WAS66
7Seattle SeahawksSEAat STL65
8Baltimore RavensBALvs. CIN65
9Cincinnati BengalsCINat BAL63
10Denver BroncosDENvs. NYJ61
11Buffalo BillsBUFat MIA61
12New England PatriotsNEvs. KC54
13Jacksonville JaguarsJACat CLE54
14Minnesota VikingsMINvs. OAK50
15Green Bay PackersGBvs. TB49
16New York GiantsNYGvs. PHI48
17Philadelphia EaglesPHIat NYG47
18Washington RedskinsWASvs. DAL45
19Tennessee TitansTENat ATL44
20San Diego ChargersSDat CHI43
21Carolina PanthersCARat DET42
22Cleveland BrownsCLEvs. JAC38
23Oakland RaidersOAKat MIN35
24Kansas City ChiefsKCat NE34
25Arizona CardinalsARIat SF33
26Atlanta FalconsATLvs. TEN28
27Tampa Bay BuccaneersTBat GB25
28Miami DolphinsMIAvs. BUF25

Start: St. Louis Rams. Tarvaris Jackson is still hurting, and it’s limiting the throws he can make. If the Rams defensive line can step up like they did against the Saints, this could get ugly.

Sit: Philadelphia Eagles. The team has struggled all year and seems very close to giving up on the season. The Giants will be looking for blood, as a win eliminates any chance the Eagles have at coming back in the division.

 
R.J. White is the head editor at the Cafe, writes for FanDuel and Razzball and has previously written for FanHouse. Catch up with him in the forums under the name daullaz. Follow him on Twitter; don't follow him in real life.
 
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6 Responses to “Week 11: Final Bye Week Blues”

  1. User avatar joejlitz says:

    Tough week for me this week and I’m gonna have to play some guys that rank low on the ratings, but I think Vincent Brown, Damian Williams, and the JAX defense will all outperform their rankings this week. I hope so, anyway!

    Oh! And Gronk is a beast!

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  2. User avatar Ted Spencer says:

    Hi R.J.!

    You helped me win my fantasy football super bowl last year we chatted at Fanball!

    I am looking for ROS – playoffs (weeks 15/16) DST. I was looking at New England, Cinncinati and Tennessee.

    Both Cinncinatti and NE got scooped up this week. What do you think of Tennessee? Or shouylf I just stream one week ahead … maybe starting with Carolina next week?

    Do you still do a regular chat … and is so what site can I find you on?

    Ted – Winnipeg

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  3. User avatar daullaz says:

    @Ted Spencer: We chat every Sunday at http://www.fanduel.com/insider, starting at 11:30 a.m. ET. The Cafe has held its own Sunday chat during the season as well, and if you spend any amount of time here you know the regulars on this site provide some of the best advice out there.

    As for your particular dilemma, Tennessee is a very good playoff pick with games against Indy and Jacksonville. If you feel you’re locked into the playoffs at this point and are just looking for Week 15/16 options, I think you should pick them up. However, if you’re worried at all about your playoff standing, it would be best to stream Ds every week.

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  4. User avatar Ted Spencer says:

    Thanks R.J. … you are right the regs know their stuff … I will try to join the chat either here or at Fanduel on Sunday!

    I will stream until clinched! Thanks for the help!

    Is there any other DST’s not likely taken you have your eye on for down the stretch?

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  5. User avatar daullaz says:

    @Ted Spencer: The Texans would be a nice pickup if their owner dropped them during the bye.

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  6. Youngsir620 says:

    vincent brown or steve johnson for this week?

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