Recapping the Sit ‘Em & Start ‘Em suggestions that I made for week eleven (11) of the 2013 Fantasy Football season.
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It was another rough week, especially from my Start ’em side; the Sit ’em side was decent.
(PHI) QB Nick Foles vs. (WAS): 17/26 298 yards, 9 rush 47 yards TD – Somehow Nick Foles was unable to throw for a touchdown against the Washington Redskins, but was able to save his fantasy day with a rushing touchdown to go along with his 298 yards passing. I was expecting the game to involve more than just 40 total points between these two potent offenses (and rather weak defences) but that was not the case. After McCoy scored his second rushing touchdown of the game in the third quarter to make it 24-0 for the Eagles, they did not score a point after that. Instead the Eagles toned it down and held on for an eight-point win, the first home win of the season. Foles and the Eagles are on bye in week 12 and play the Cardinals in week 13, but have four excellent matchups to finish the season and into the fantasy playoffs (Lions, Vikings, Bears, Cowboys).
(HOU) QB Case Keenum vs. (OAK): 13/24 170 yards TD, INT – After back to back three-touchdown games from Keenum, he took a pretty big step back with just one touchdown against the Raiders and threw his first interception of the season. While he may not be starting material this coming weekend against a Jaguars team that opponents usual run all over, he does have some good matchups however in the Patriots, Colts and Broncos still to go.
(SD) RB Danny Woodhead @ (MIA): 5 rush 21 yards, 2 catch 16 yards – I think I need to get over my disdain for Ryan Mathews, who had another 100+ yard game this past weekend against the Dolphins. Woodhead on the other hand only had seven total touches on the day for 37 yards, not good. Both players are Sit ‘em material next week when they visit the Chiefs who are coming off their first loss of the season.
(ARI) RB Andre Ellington @ (JAC): 9 rush 3 yards, 2 catch 10 yards – I have had high hopes for Andre Ellington in recent weeks, hoping that despite the return of Rashard Mendenhall, Ellington would get a solid workload. That has not been the case however as Mendenhall has had 13 carries each of the last two games while Ellington has received 11 and eight respectively. Both runners had awful games against the Jaguars despite the solid matchup and the Cardinals winning 27-14. I have lost a large amount of my faith in Ellington to be a helpful part of a winning fantasy team as we approach the fantasy playoffs and are currently in must-win match ups for many owners.
(PIT) RB Le’Veon Bell vs. (DET): 18 rush 36 yards, 4 catch 52 yards – Bell was unable to find the end zone for the third week in a row as I had hoped as the game was dominated by the two quarterbacks who each threw for over 360 yards and multiple touchdowns. While he was only able to muster 36 yards on the ground (2.0 yards per carry), Bell was involved in the passing game where he gained the majority of his yards. The Steelers threw more than usual against the Lions whom are routinely involved in high scoring affairs, starting the game with a pair of touchdown passes to Antonio Brown who had a massive game, but I see things returning to a more of a run based approach against the Browns, Ravens and Dolphins in the coming weeks.
(PHI) WR Riley Cooper vs. (WAS): 3 catch 37 yards – It was a disappointing fantasy outing from Riley Cooper who had been making waves along with quarterback Nick Foles. However, Cooper was still targeted a team high seven times, but only caught three of them for 37 yards. As mentioned before, the Eagles are in bye this coming week and then get Arizona, but Cooper will have some great matchups to close the season out and should help owners win some playoff matchups.
(HOU) WR DeAndre Hopkins vs. (OAK): 1 catch 7 yards – The most concerning part about Hopkins only catching one pass for 7 yards in the Texans loss to the Raiders was that he was only targeted twice the entire game. Andre Johnson received 17 targets as his talent level warrants while TE Garrett Graham was targeted 13 times for a team-high 136 yards while adding a touchdown. Hopkins was not on the field for much of the game due to what head coach Kubiak called “mental mistakes” or something along those lines. I would not trust starting Hopkins against the Jaguars this coming weekend.
(WAS) WR Leonard Hankerson @ (PHI): 1 catch 5 yards – I had figured that some quality fantasy value would go to someone unexpected for Washington when they took on the Eagles, I just didn’t think it would be quite so unexpected. Hankerson had a two-touchdown game against the Eagles in week one, so perhaps the Eagles made an effort to make sure that didn’t happen again. Instead it was Aldrick Robinson and Darrel Young who cashed in on limited work in the loss. This sleeper pick did not pay off and I would not hesitate putting him back on the waiver wire when needed. Yeah, my WR picks this week severely under performed.
(ARI) TE Rob Housler @ (TB): 6 catch 70 yards – Housler had another respectable game for a tight end with 70 yards on 6 catches (13 points in PPR). Quarterback Carson Palmer threw for over 400 yards in the win, which certainly helped the cause. I can picture Housler maintaining 50-75 yards per game the remainder of the season, but will need to catch some touchdowns to really become a top-12 tight end (he was 17th in week 11).
(SF) QB Colin Kaepernick @ (NO): 17/21 127 yards 2TD, 3 rush 25 yards – Kaepernick is getting a lot of criticism lately as the ‘49ers have lost two games in a row. In support of Kaepernick, the ‘49ers have played two very tough matchups against the Panthers defence and playing in the Superdome against the Saints. While he has only accounted for 5 touchdowns in his last four games (three pass, two rush), he has been without Michael Crabtree the entire time and lost Vernon Davis in the Panthers game. With Davis in the lineup, Manningham now available and Crabtree returning very soon, I think Kaepernick improves in the final weeks of the season.
TNF (IND) QB Andrew Luck @ (TEN): 23/36 232 yards, 9 rush 31 yards TD – While he did not throw a touchdown in the close win over Tennessee, Luck still had a solid game in my eyes and like Foles saved his fantasy day with a rushing touchdown. With only two 300+ yard games and two three-touchdown games (passing only) on the season, Luck has not become an elite fantasy starter in his second season, but he is leading his team to wins despite some key losses to the roster. While still start worthy pretty much every week, I don’t see him putting up elite numbers with the matchups he has the remainder of the season. (Cardinals, Titans, Bengals, Texans, Chiefs, Jaguars).
(JAC) RB Maurice Jones-Drew vs. (ARI): 14 rush 23 yards TD, 4 catch 12 yards – For the second week in a row MJD was able to find the end zone despite having very limited yardage. The good news is that Jones-Drew keeps being fed the ball. Drew has had double-digit carries every week of the season except for once and is still being used as a pass-catcher with 14 catches in his past three games. The bad news of course is that the Jaguars stink and limits how productive MJD can be despite the workload. He has a tough stretch ahead with matchups against the Texans, Browns and Texans once again.
(NE) RB Stevan Ridley vs. (CAR): 13 rush 48 yards TD – I was very happy to see Ridley fumble the ball early in this match up and watch from the sideline as Blount received his carries. Ridley did however make his way back into the game and was able to cash in on a one-yard touchdown rush in the fourth quarter to give him a 10-point fantasy day. I think Ridley is going to be RB2 quality going forward but should see some of his work go to Vereen, including every passing down.
(CAR) RB DeAngelo Williams vs. (NE): 6 rush 14 yards, 2 catch 11 yards – With the Panthers playing such excellent defence and using a three-headed rushing attack that includes Jon Stewart and Mike Tolbert along with Williams to keep legs fresh, I do not trust starting Williams. Despite touchdowns in two of his last four games, his workload in not enough to consider him a starter other than a low-end flex.
(GB) WR James Jones @ (NYG): 2 catch 55 yards – Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is expected to miss one more week before returning on Thanksgiving Thursday for the matchup against the Lions. While the Lions game is going to be one you want to start Jones in, I would strongly consider sitting him against the Vikings. He could be flex material however as the Vikings defence leaves much to be desired.
(OAK) WR Denarius Moore @ (HOU): 2 catch 11 yards TD – Moore cashed in a first quarter touchdown but was kept to just two total catches in the Raiders win. Youngster Rod Streater was the leading receiver for the Raiders with six catches for 84 yards on eight targets. It is tough to predict these Raider receivers as Streater has had more receiving yards in recent weeks but Moore has five touchdowns on the season (two for Streater). Backup quarterback Mike McGloin had a solid game for the Raiders, but could struggle this coming week if he starts again as opponents will have more tape on him. I would not start Moore or Streater as anything other than a desperation flex play.
Scary Start: (SD) WR Keenan Allen @ (MIA): 3 catch 45 yards – Keenan Allen, Antonio Gates and Vincent Brown were each targeted six times in the Chargers loss as Rivers spread the ball around to nine receivers. After having three 100+ yard games in four weeks, Allen has had just 86 total yards in the Chargers last two games. Allen is going to be a scary start again in the next two games as the Chargers play the Chiefs and Bengals and could extend their losing streak.