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Week 11: QB Frenzy - 6 comments

By R.J. White

A rash of injuries at the QB position may have potential playoff fantasy teams scrambling to fill the highest-scoring position in fantasy football. Also, an injury to his teammate catapults C.J. Spiller into the top five, and more, in this week’s Start/Sit rankings.

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Carson Palmer. Matchups don’t get much better for QBs than the Saints, and Palmer’s been racking up points in recent weeks.
Marcel Reece. He’s the bell-cow back again in Week 11 with a great matchup against the Saints. PPR leagues shouldn’t pass, either.
Danny Amendola. He’s back from injury and racking up catches, making him a must-start in all formats moving forward.
Dustin Keller. He was held to just three catches in a tough matchup last week, but he had back-to-back seven-catch games before that.
Connor Barth. A rising star on an explosive offense, Barth gets a Panthers team surrendering the most FGs per week in fantasy.
Washington Redskins. The Eagles line is atrocious, and the ‘Skins get a rookie QB on the road in this excellent matchup.


Matt Schaub. A Week 2 matchup against the Jaguars produced just 195 yards and no TDs. Expect Houston to lean on the run.
Chris Ivory. Darren Sproles is expected to return, making all NO backs risky in Week 11. Play it safe with a less competitive situation.
Chris Givens. De-activated last week for violating team rules, Givens should be kept on bench to see how he’s used with Amendola.
Jacob Tamme. If anyone is still clinging to Tamme in hopes his history with Peyton will make for a good year, you’re deluding yourself.
David Akers. Akers is in the middle of a very non-Akers system, and the 49ers could struggle against a great Bears D.
New England Patriots. Luck showed in Week 10 he can excel on the road, and I don’t trust the Pats D, even against a rookie QB.

R.J. White is the head editor at the Cafe and contributes to's MLB Rumors blog. He has previously written for FanHouse, Razzball and FanDuel. 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: QB Frenzy”

  1. TitsMcGahee says:

    Can you explain why Willis Mcgahee is number 9 going against the 2nd ranked Rush Defense San Diego and having only rushed for like 50 yards in each of his past 2 games? I am trying to figure out who to start between McGahee vs. SD, SJAX @ NYJ, or Marcel Reese vs. NO

  2. User avatar daullaz says:

    I have the SD defense as just average against fantasy RBs, giving up about 125 totals yards and 0.67 TDs per game, according to Fleaflicker. Plus, NT Aubrayo Franklin isn’t going to play. In his previous game against SD, McGahee had 98 yards and no TDs. This time, I see him scoring at least once, making him a back-end RB1. The only thing that concerns me about McGahee isn’t the matchup, but his fumbling problems. However, Denver doesn’t really have much behind him pushing for playing time. Hillman isn’t ready.

    Marcel Reece is also a solid option for you. I wanted to put him higher, but at some point you have to step back and realize he’s OAK’s third-string RB, no matter how good the matchup is.

    The Fantasy Pros have McGahee 11, Jackson 13 and Reece 16 right now, for what it’s worth.

  3. Notorius says:

    Why do you have Ryan Mathews ranked so high?

    He is currently dealing with a neck injury that is holding him out of practice. In every game except for the Saints game (and all RB’s have had good games when playing the Saints) Ryan Mathews in a PPR league has put up average at best points. I’m honestly considering playing Donnie Avery or Mike Williams in his place this week. Playing L. McCoy and J. Charles at RB, R. Mathews was going to be my flex but I just can’t continue to bet on the hype instead of performance/track record.

    Can anyone give me a good reason why so many experts continue to rank Ryan Mathews as a top 15 RB when he has not showed that he is capable of being that in fantasy this year? Granted, last year he was great with his limited carries *when healthy* and this year he gets more carries, but then disappoints. Not to mention how much of an injury risk he is, any game he could go down and drop a fantasy egg as a result, right now he is currently dealing with a neck injury and is playing a solid Denver D in Denver; still he gets ranked top 10?! Why.

  4. User avatar daullaz says:

    @Notorius: I actually adjusted him pretty far down in the standard rankings, and didn’t realize it didn’t automatically carry over. I’ve transferred the standard RB rankings over to the PPR, so that should give you an idea where I have him with the injury in consideration.

    Mathews is 21st in points per game in my PPR league; take out Chris Ivory’s two-game effort, and that puts Mathews 20th. Three guys above him are on byes, two won’t play cause of injury. That puts him in the 15 range going by average production. I think you’re underselling him a little bit — when he’s healthy, he’s a starter as the 20th best back.

    That being said, I think Williams could be a worthy play for you, and wouldn’t argue against starting him over Mathews if you’re worried about the neck injury.

  5. TitsMcGahee says:

    @Duallaz thanks

  6. User avatar daullaz says:

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