Week 11 is nearly over, and once again we had some of the usual suspects having big games, newcomers emphatically announcing their arrival, and huge pieces of championship chasing fantasy teams impacted by injury. Let’s take a quick stroll through the happenings of another action packed Sunday, and see who dominated, disappeared, and deserves to be dumped…

Matthew Stafford: Stafford came out of the gates with two quick interceptions and it seemed another four pick performance was on the horizon. Luckily for his owners, the Lion QB turned it on and led the Lions back from another huge deficit with 335 yards and 5 touchdown passes. That finger seems to be feeling alright. Look for Stafford to have another monster game on turkey day as he tries to keep the Lions close to the Packers.

Cam Newton: Cam was back in action, following up a stinker in week 10 with a nice week 11 performance. Ignore the four picks…the two rushing touchdowns are the reason you love having Cam by your side as you march into the playoffs.

Jake Locker: Old man Hasselbeck went out with an elbow injury, allowing Locker to step in and throw for 140 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Titans aren’t sure how long Hasselbeck will be out, but Locker is an interesting quarterback prospect. The guy can run like a gazelle, and has an absolute cannon….although you don’t always know where it is headed. If his accuracy has improved at all from his days at Washington, he may be useful in deep leagues, and is an absolute must-have in keeper/dynasty formats.

Kellen Winslow: The “soldier” only had two weeks of over 50 yards receiving this season before week 11, and then busted out with 132 yards on 9 catches. This is nothing more than the result of the Bucs trying to keep pace with the Packers, and I fully expect a 4 catch, 27 yard performance next week.

Ed Dickson: Dickson was on my watch list this week and followed up his stellar 10 catch-79 yard-2 touchdown week 10 performance with a solid 2 grabs for 21 yards in week 11. Dickson is nothing more than a backup fantasy tight end, move along.

Jordy Nelson: Jordy had another great performance in week 11, hauling in 6 passes for 123 yards and 2 touchdowns. This guy is an absolute must-start each week and has officially graduated from the “speedster who only catches a long touchdown every few weeks” class into the “Oh baby, this guy is awesome” class.

Mike Williams(tb): The king of empty targets finally came through for his owners on Sunday with 7 catches for 83 yards and a touchdown on 11 targets. Let’s all hope this is a sign of things to come as Williams owes the fantasy world some serious performances down the stretch to atone for his mediocre season thus far.

Nate Washington: Washington had a very pedestrian game going until Locker came in and hit him with 2 late touchdowns. It was nice to see Washington with some pep in his step, as Damian Williams was encroaching on his work in Tennessee. Stay tuned to the QB situation for the Titans, but it looks as if the young Locker feels comfortable with Washington already. The aforementioned Williams ended up with 1 catch on a whopping 11 targets.

Vincent Jackson: He’s awesome! He sucks! He’s awesome again! 7 catches for 165 yards and a touchdown for the infuriating VJax. If you own him, you have no choice but to buckle up and play him.

Jabar Gaffney: Gaffney is the lone Redskin receiver healthy enough to run after errant passes, so he ended up with a nice week 11 performance of 7-115 and a touchdown. With Moss and Hankerson out, Gaffney is all that’s left for the ‘skins and should get lots of looks down the stretch.

Jerome Simpson: AJ Green was out today, so Jerome was the man for Cincinnati. After the dust settled in Baltimore, Simpson had 8 catches for 152 yards on 13 targets. With Green active, Simpson is a medium-tier play but proved he can be very productive if he gets Green’s share of the targets.  Keep an eye on the injury news regarding Green this week, as another strong performance from Simpson could be upcoming.

Brandon Marshall: Just after it appeared Matt Moore was building a strong relationship with Marshall…he whammies us with 1 catch for 5 yards. Don’t get too crazy about this one, as he had a touchdown catch called back and I would expect him to climb right back on the horse next week at Dallas.

Stevie Johnson: A clunker for Stevie Johnson this week, as the Buffalo Bills have hit the crapper. Stay away from this passing game right now.

Kevin Smith: The title of King of Week 11 goes to Kevin Smith. After slicing up the Panthers for 3 touchdowns on 201 yards of total offense, it looks like Smith will be the Lion’s featured back going forward and just might give the Lions another reason to be cautious with Best. Get your FAAB money and waiver claims ready.

LeGarrette Blount: The issue with Blount is, and will always be, game flow. In games like today, where the Bucs are playing from behind, Blount needs to produce early or break a big run to avoid a dud for your fantasy team. Today he busted a long touchdown run and broke roughly 46 tackles along the way, ending up with 107 yards rushing on the day. He will be fine down the stretch, but certainly is not immune to bad performances if the Bucs fall behind quickly.

Chris Johnson: False alarm. Chris Johnson is NOT back. 12 carries for 13 yards? Yuck.

Adrian Peterson/James Starks/Fred Jackson: All suffered leg injuries of varying degrees and have MRI’s scheduled for Monday. Stay tuned to the news this week and get ready to nab Gerhart, Spiller, or Grant if any of these guys will miss time.

Jay Cutler: Cutler fractured the thumb on his throwing hand against San Diego today and it looks like he will be out for the season. Forte should still hold his value for the most part, and this will be a big hit to the promising development of Earl Bennett.

  1. Rocky says:

    With above average rb depth, I was looking to trade Gore for a star wideout. I was looking at Mike Wallace, Andre Johnson, Welker, Roddy, and Vincent Jackson. I already have Nicks and Marshall (with Crabtree and J. Ford on the bench) but looking for a playoff wr so I can play matchups. Which one of those wr’s do you suggest I go after?

  2. SmokeTNT says:

    Went against your advice and started Tebow over Stafford. Got an L of course, heh.

  3. Jeff Brubach

    Jeff Brubach says:

    @Rocky: If you are deep at running back, then any of them would be an upgrade, really. I would try for Wallace or Welker myself.

    @SmokeTNT: You win some, you lose some.

  4. amscalone says:

    better keeper situation for next year:

    a. johnson


    a. johnson


  5. Jeff Brubach

    Jeff Brubach says:

    @amscalone: I like the setup with Cam and Murray. You are going to win a LOT of games next year.

  6. Ben says:

    Another keeper situation:

    Calvin, Welker, Jordy


    Calvin, Welker, Beanie (and lose 10th rd pick)

  7. Alex says:


    Hey, I know it’s early but who do you think is the better play next week? Kevin Smith vs GB or Mike Tolbert vs DEN?

  8. Jeff Brubach

    Jeff Brubach says:

    @Ben: I would keep the package with Jordy. Then your Wr will be set and you can go get yourself some backs in the draft. Let someone else deal with Beanie and his injuries.

  9. Jeff Brubach

    Jeff Brubach says:

    @Alex: go with Smith

  10. Howard says:

    @Jeff In a 2QB league am currently starting Rivers and Hasselbeck. Am in second place and have concerns about Hasselbeck going forward. The WW is pretty thin: Locker, Ponder, Leinart, Moore, Palko, Grossman. Who would you go with in case Hasselbeck is out for any length? Thanks!

  11. herschel says:

    @Jeff: ppr league, who do you like best out of bjge, ridley and battle in tonights game?

  12. Jeff Brubach

    Jeff Brubach says:

    @Howard: I would go with Moore.

    @herschel: Battle…he seems like the safest bet.

  13. Brian says:

    Stupid Blount, if any of the Packers bring him down, he still has like a 5 point game — which I expected.

    Of course I benched him and now I am going to lose.

    Continue to roll Blount out there every week and hope he bursts out a freakish run or play the matchups? He’s my 3rd RB too.

  14. Jeff Brubach

    Jeff Brubach says:

    @Brian: I think you stick with him unless youve got a better option with a good matchup.

  15. Wally says:

    I picked up Kevin Smith and then dropped him because CBS said “don’t bother”… luckly Blount, and Ogbonnaya came through for me. This is a great site. Like fishermen not sharing a good fishing hole I have not shared it with my competitors.

  16. Randy04 says:

    I hope to pick up Kevin Smith, but might need to give up Jahvid Best or Felix Jones (I have Demarco Murray). What do you think? I might also be able to drop someone else, but am curious what you think if I had to go w/ one of these two.

    Also, at WR, I have Fitzgerald, Lloyd, Bennett, and Jacoby Ford. I’m worried that Bennett may have diminished value without Cutler at the helm. Would you drop him, and if so, would you do so for Miles Austin or possibly Santana Moss, both of whom have been dropped in my league? Other options would include Harry Douglas, Damien Williams, Vincent Brown, and others of this level.

  17. Nick says:

    @Jeff: I have Sanchez and Tebow at QB in a 10 team league (Yea, I have the worst QB’s in a shallow league, but i lost Schaub)…would you dump Sanchez or Tebow for Freeman, Flacco, Alex Smith, Ponder, Moore or Dalton?

  18. Randy04 says:

    P.S. If it helps to know this, I also have Arian Foster and Jonathan Stewart, and we start 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 TE, and 1 RB/WR/TE. Standard league. Thanks!

  19. Joe from NJ says:

    Please help… Solidly in playoffs.

    Jordy Nelson
    Laurent Robinson
    Damian Williams
    Santana Moss

    10 tm ppr got offered McFadden and Tate for Mathews… Do I pounce. Playoffs start week 14. When do u see dmc being back by?

  20. Joe from NJ says:

    Start 1 qb 2 rb 3 wr 1 flex sry forgot to add that to the above post

  21. Jeff Brubach

    Jeff Brubach says:

    @wally: thanks! We’re glad to have you.

    @Randy04: I would drop Felix for sure…and if you can live without a wr for another week or two, I would snag Austin.

  22. Jeff Brubach

    Jeff Brubach says:

    @Nick: Keep Tebow and dump Sanchez for Freeman.

    @Joe from NJ: I would do it. DMC is out again in week 12 but I would imagine he will be back by week 14. Tate is decent as a filler as well just in case. Mathews hasnt been great so I think its worth the risk.

  23. george says:

    pick one – celek or cosby .

  24. Nick says:

    @Jeff: Freeman is gone, who next on that list do you like? I can either pickup one of them for next week over Tebow, or start Tebow and have this pickup as backup

  25. Brian says:

    @Jeff Brubach: Thinking of trading Blount and Santonio for Jennings and C. Palmer.

    My current WRs are Holmes, Manningham, D. Moore, and Robinson. My only QB is Ryan.

    My RB’s are M.Bush, Murray, Felix, DMC, Helu, Blount.

    The owner is desperate for a RB. He has Bradshaw, Tolbert, and Starks haha.

    I’d get a nice upgrade in Jennings and nice backup in Palmer while possibly having Palmer/Moore connection. What do you think? Thanks.

  26. Jeff Brubach

    Jeff Brubach says:

    @george: Cosby

  27. Jeff Brubach

    Jeff Brubach says:

    @Nick: I would still roll with Tebow and go with Dalton next on the list.

    @Brian: I think that deal would work. Just make sure Jennings is practicing ok this week but I wouldn’t argue with you for making that deal.

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