The Fantasy Corner — Week 11

FANTASY FOOTBALL, New York, November 13

BY: Andrew Wroblewski

Drawing by Arielle Dollinger; Designed by Andrew Wroblewski
Drawing by Arielle Dollinger; Designed by Andrew Wroblewski

Coach RowBlessKey is back; Week 10 was my highest scoring yet.

My start ’ems put up a whopping 85 points in ESPN standard scoring and blew away my sit ’ems, which came in with 36 points.

I picked the week’s second best defense and tight end in D/ST Cardinals (27 points) and TE Julius Thomas (18 points); a top-five wide receiver in WR Kelvin Benjamin (19 points); and a top-10 kicker in K Steven Hauschka (8 points).

On the other end, WR Sammy Watkins, RB Lamar Miller, TE Delanie Walker and K Billy Cundiff combined for a measly 11 points as the core of my bench.

My best week yet and we’re only a week removed from the halfway mark of the season. That all being said, I should also mention that through 10 weeks my overall scoring has come out to 502-480 in favor of my start ‘ems. Not bad, not bad.

Anyway, let’s get rolling with the picks for week 11:

Start ’Em:

QB Robert Griffin III (WAS) vs TAM

When you’re feeling lucky you take risks. This week, I like QB Robert Griffin III. For Washington, its self-proclaimed “franchise” quarterback is banged up, but he’s determined. He’s shown in the past that he can be excellent – it’s just been a while since he’s actually done it. This week, though, he’s facing a secondary that’s mediocre at best.

WR Antonio Brown (PIT) at TEN

Much like last week’s TE Julius Thomas pick, yes of course you should start WR Antonio Brown. He’s been one of the most consistent fantasy wide receivers ever and he’s having a career year, but last week Brown may have single-handedly lost his team the game against a dreadful New York Jets squad. Look for Brown to bounce back this week in a big way.

RB Trent Richardson (IND) vs NE

Now we’re getting to the interesting stuff. RB Trent Richardson has arguably been one of the biggest trade busts of all-time, but he’s shown hints this season of what made him such a great college back. All season long, the Patriots have struggled to stop their opponents’ rushing attack and I don’t think this week will be much different; the surprise, though, will be that Richardson does most of the damage.

TE Mychal Rivera (OAK) at SD

Where did this kid come from? A sixth round pick in 2013, TE Mychal Rivera started his career off rather slowly – just 13 catches for 101 yards and 0 TDs in six starts. Since then, Rivera has exploded – 21 catches, 185 yards and 3 TDs in three games. He’s the most impressive option in Oakland’s offense and he’ll keep that up against San Diego.

K Shayne Graham (NO) vs CIN

Kicking in the Superdome is a thing of beauty; through the Saints’ four home games this season, K Shayne Graham has averaged 8.75 points – that’s impressive, for a kicker. Oddly enough, this week, Graham is kicking in the Superdome and he’s facing a Bengals team that allows, on average, 8.6 points to opposing kickers.

D/ST Broncos (DEN) at STL

Through nine games in 2014, the Rams have allowed an opposing defense/special teams to score eight touchdowns. That’s unreal. No other team even comes close to that mark. This week, the D/ST Broncos will get to feast and it’ll be glorious for fantasy owners.

Sit ’Em:

QB Matthew Stafford (DET) at ARI

I can’t argue with his performance last week; QB Matthew Stafford shined against the Dolphins. This week, however, he’ll face an even better defense – one that has limited opposing quarterbacks while at home all season.

WR Larry Fitzgerald (ARI) vs DET

On the other hand, WR Larry Fitzgerald isn’t going to have a walk in the park either – the Lions have the best defense in the NFL. Detroit has only allowed four TDs to opposing wide receivers this season and Fitzgerald will be without his usual starting quarterback as QB Carson Palmer is out for the season.

RB Fred Jackson (BUF) at MIA

The Buffalo Bills backfield is a mess. With RB Fred Jackson working his way back from injury, the Bills now have three backs all vying for the top spot. Almost assuredly that spot will belong to Jackson, but, like I said, he’s still hobbled by a groin injury that’s been nagging him since week 7.

TE Antonio Gates (SD) vs OAK

On paper, TE Antonio Gates is the third best fantasy tight end this season. But the 34-year old veteran is in his 12th season and has had games where he’s been invisible. One of those games was week 6 against Oakland where he was limited to 8 fantasy points. Expect the same this week.

K Cody Parkey (PHI) at GB

Kicking at Lambeau Field has been far from easy for visitors this season – they’re averaging just 4.75 fantasy points through Green Bay’s four home games. K Cody Parkey has struggled to be relevant at times on the road this year and I don’t expect that to change this week.

D/ST Steelers (PIT) at TEN

I’ve been seeing a lot of talk about the D/ST Steelers this week and I’m just not buying it. Coming off a dreadful performance against the woeful Jets last week and heading into a date with a Tennessee team that’s better than its record makes me want to stay away from Pittsburgh this week.

Originally published: Long Islander News: The Record
(Thursday, November 13 2014;  A24)

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