Against the lowly Chiefs Dalton will have an excellent opportunity to put up 20 or more fantasy points.
(CIN) Andy Dalton vs. (KC) – For some reason I decided to stick with Eli Manning over Andy Dalton last week in the league I consider my most important, a decision that did not help me one bit. Luckily this weekend I don’t have to make the choice with Eli on bye, so Dalton gets the nod by default. However, even if Eli were playing this weekend I would have gone with Dalton vs. the Chiefs. Dalton is coming off his first four-touchdown game of the season and should have lots of momentum when his Bengals get the lowly Chiefs this weekend. I am expecting another three-touchdown game from Andy.
(IND) Andrew Luck vs. (NE) – Andrew Luck has not been putting up the same kind of numbers on the road as he has at home, but this weekend despite being on the road, I start look to start him. It is no secret that teams routinely are required to play keep up with the Patriots, meaning quarterbacks attempt more passes than usual, and usually with a level of success. Luck is the talk of the rookie quarterback world the last few weeks and has a chance to fuel the conversation further with a big statistical game against the Patriots.
(BUF) C.J. Spiller vs. (MIA) – With Fred Jackson ruled out for the Thursday Nighter against the Miami Dolphins, C.J. Spiller gets a massive bump in value. The Dolphins began the season as one of the best defenses against the run, and while they are still among the better, have certainly waned in recent weeks. With a solo-starting role (Go away Tashard Choice), Spiller should be able to have a dynamic week and come out as a top-10, possibly top-5 running back this week.
Jackson will be looking to make it his second 100-yard game in a row against the Jets this weekend.
(STL) Steven Jackson vs. (NYJ) – Steven Jackson is coming of his best game of the season against a very tough ‘49ers defense, going for over 100 yards with a touchdown on 29 carries in a 24-24 tie. This weekend I do not know that Jackson will get 25+ carries, but I do know the matchup against the Jets is much more enticing and hopefully Jackson can take advantage and give fantasy owners his second 100-yard game in a row.
(OAK) Marcel Reece vs. (NO) – Reece is featured on the Start ‘em list for a second week in a row after getting twenty touches and just over 100 total yards last week against the Ravens. This week Reece gets an even more favorable matchup against the Saints, and should be able to once again have 100+ total yards while hopefully adding a touchdown.
(PHI) Jeremy Maclin vs. (WAS) – Nick Foles is getting the nod over Michael Vick this weekend due to injury, though many believe Vick deserved to be sat at this point anyway. Foles is largely untested as an NFL starter but does have potential and some dangerous weapons on the team to work with. DeSean Jackson is a hit or miss deep threat that I think will take a hit from Foles starting, but think that Maclin can benefit from a new quarterback. Maclin is the taller and savvier receiver of the Eagles starter who runs better routes than his counter parts. The young Foles could look Maclin’s direction quite a bit in a matchup against the Redskins struggling secondary.
(NO) Lance Moore vs. (OAK) – Oakland was annihilated last weekend by the Ravens and now this week get an even better offence in the New Orleans Saints. Marques Colston and Jimmy Graham are must start options pretty much every week and against the Raiders, but I think Lance Moore will have a great opportunity to catch his third touchdown of the season.
Danario Alexander is looking like the replacement for Vincent Jackson that Philip rivers needed.
(SD) Denario Alexander vs. (DEN) – Alexander paid dividends for any fantasy owner who picked him up off the waiver wire and plugged him into their lineup last week as the wideout caught 135 yards and a touchdown. It seems obvious to me that the Chargers have missed having the big, tall Vincent Jackson as a receiving option this season, and perhaps Alexander is the solution. The matchup vs. Denver isn’t the greatest, but Malcolm Floyd and Antonio Gates should attract most of the defensive attention.
(CIN) Jermaine Gresham vs. (KC) – A.J. Green is of course a must start this weekend against the Chiefs, but Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham also has a great chance of cashing in with a score. He is the team best option behind Green, possessing excellent physical ability and can make plays down the field. I expect Andy Dalton to throw for at least a pair of touchdowns and like Gresham’s chance of grabbing one.
(BAL) Joe Flacco vs. (PIT) – Flacco is coming off of his best game of the season, accounting for four Baltimore Raven touchdowns against the Ravens in week ten. In week eleven though Joe get the division rival Steelers, and if history serves, this game will be hard hitting, possibly low scoring, and tough n quarterback. Don’t expect another big game from Flacco in week eleven.
Freeman has been a great fantasy starter in the last few weeks but might deserve a week off against the division rival Panthers.
(TB) Josh Freeman vs. (CAR) – Despite Freeman throwing for at least two or more touchdowns in each of his last five weeks, I do not like his chances of doing so for a sixth straight week. The Panthers are a divisional opponent of the Buccs so these two teams know each other quite well and might struggle to score points against on one another. Freman has been good for about 16+ points the last 5 weeks but I don’t think he breaks 15 against Carolina.
Their is no fire in the ‘burner’s’ numbers for this season; he might find himself on the waiver wire soon if he doesn’t step it up.
(ATL) Michael Turner vs. (ARZ) – Turner rushed for 15 yards on 13 carries against the Saints… That’s right, the Saints; pathetic. If you own Michael Turner you can likely expect a better performance against Arizona by default, but would not be expecting a touchdown or 100 yards.
(DEN) Willis McGahee vs. (SD) – McGahee has struggled the last two weeks, failing to reach 70 yards in both games and losing a fumble in two of the last three weeks. This week he gets the Chargers, a team he only rushed for 56 yards on 17 carries against when the two teams clashed a month ago. I am expecting similar stats from McGahee in this one; the Chargers have been tough against the run all season.
(JAX) Rashad Jennings vs. (HOU) – The Houston Texans have not allowed a running back to run for a touchdown still, and kept Matt Forte to 39 yards on 16 carries last weekend; I don’t like Rashad Jennings chances of doing to much better.
Crabtree has three touchdowns in his last two games but will be hard pressed to add another vs. the vaunted Bears secondary.
(SF) Michael Crabtree vs. (CHI) – Crabtree has been very good to fantasy owners the last two weeks, scoring three touchdowns over that time, but he will have a very hard time making in four in three weeks when the Chicago Bears visit. Crabtree will still see a god number of targets and will likely have some key first downs before the game in through, but I do not like the odds of him scoring.
(BAL) Anquan Boldin vs. (PIT) – Only one touchdown on the season and only one 100+ yard effort for Boldin, he has been quite the bust the last few weeks. Even with the Ravens scoring 55 points against the Raiders and QB Flacco throwing three touchdowns, Boldin was only able to come up with 4 catches on 7 targets for 37 yards. If I had Boldin starting in week eleven vs. the Steelers I might try to find a replacement.
(SD) Malcom Floyd vs. (DEN) – It might seem weird that I have Danario Alexander on my Start ‘em side of the list while his teammate and more talented counterpart Malcolm Floyd is relegated to the Sit ‘em side. The idea is that the Broncos have a very talented secondary, highlighted by the always-dangerous Champ Bailey. The odds of Bailey covering Alexander though are small; he will more likely be spending most of his time covering Floyd, leaving Alexander available to hopefully cash in on a long play or a touchdown. I expect Danario to outperform Floyd this weekend