Fantasy Football Week 11 Rankings: Position-by-Position Breakdown

Gordie Gold@ggold3Correspondent INovember 14, 2012

Fantasy Football Week 11 Rankings: Position-by-Position Breakdown

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    Fifty-five points.

    That an NFL defense could allow that many points in a single game is flat-out embarrassing, but the Oakland Raiders managed to get it done.

    And that was against the Baltimore Ravens, who by no means have an explosive offense. Just imagine what the New Orleans Saints offense will do to the Raiders this week.

    With the NFL season entering Week 11, this is when fantasy football owners need to make that final push to make the playoffs. Here is a breakdown of the best fantasy matchups at each individual position for this week.


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    Best Matchups

    Carson Palmer vs. New Orleans Saints

    Palmer has been on a tear lately, throwing for 782 yards and six touchdowns in his last two games. Going up against the Saints defense, which is the worst in the league, Palmer should throw for at least 350 yards and two touchdowns.

    Andrew Luck vs. New England Patriots

    Luck has been playing terrific as of late, racking up 957 passing yards and five total touchdowns in his last three games. With the Indianapolis Colts in playoff contention, expect Luck to continue to carry this team.

    Going up against the Patriots, who have that 29th-ranked pass defense, Luck will have his fourth solid outing in a row.

    Worst Matchups

    Joe Flacco vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

    Flacco is coming off one of his best games in his career, in which he threw for 341 yards and three touchdowns while also rushing for one.

    Here is the thing though: Flacco is awful on the road. In his four road games this season, he has only thrown for more than 200 yards once, and he has only three touchdown passes total.

    Going up against the Steelers' top-ranked pass defense in Pittsburgh, expect Flacco to be a dud this week.

    Matt Ryan vs. Arizona Cardinals

    This doesn't mean Ryan is going to be a dud this week, but I would not expect him to put up the great numbers he usually does. The Cardinals have the second-best pass defense in the NFL and are allowing fewer than 200 passing yards per game.

    Ryan is most likely the best quarterback on your fantasy football roster so he will be in your starting lineup, but don't be surprised if he has a mediocre game this week.

Running Backs

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    Best Matchups

    Reggie Bush vs. Buffalo Bills

    I know Bush was benched last week, but he has way too much talent for the Miami Dolphins to keep him on the bench. Even if he splits carries with Daniel Thomas, Bush should still put up big numbers against the Bills' last-ranked rush defense (163.7 rushing yards per game).

    Oakland Raiders' starting running back vs. New Orleans Saints

    No one knows who is going to start for the Raiders this week, but whoever it is, they have to be in your starting lineup. Assuming Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson can't go, Marcel Reece will make a great No. 2 RB/Flex option.

    In his last two games, Reece has 199 total yards from scrimmage and has scored double-digit points in standard scoring fantasy football leagues. The Saints defense is horrible, so if Reece gets the start, he should have another double-digit performance.

    Worst Matchups

    Frank Gore vs. Chicago Bears

    Gore is one of the few workhorse running backs in the NFL, but this week he is going to run into trouble. Despite the fact that he will get around 20 carries, fantasy football owners should not expect much from Gore against the Bears defense.

    The Bears have the fourth-ranked run defense and will hold Gore to single-digit fantasy points this week.

    Willis McGahee vs. San Diego Chargers

    Fantasy football owners should leave McGahee on their bench this week. The Chargers have the second-best run defense in the league and appear to have McGahee's number. In their first matchup this season, McGahee only ran for 56 yards and averaged just 3.3 yards per carry.

Wide Receivers

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    Best Matchups

    Steve Smith vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Smith hasn't exactly been the fantasy stud everyone was expecting he would be this year. Despite only scoring one touchdown, Smith should have one of his better games this week.

    In Week 1 against the Bucs, he had seven catches for 106 receiving yards. The Bucs have the last-ranked pass defense, so look for Smith to have another 100-yard performance.

    Marques Colston vs. Oakland Raiders

    After getting torched for 55 points last week, things are not going to get any better for the Raiders defense as they take on the New Orleans Saints. Drew Brees is going to torch this defense that ranks 24th against the pass.

    Colston should get plenty of looks from Brees and find the end zone at least once.

    Worst Matchups

    Julio Jones vs. Arizona Cardinals

    I would be worried to start Jones this week, not only because the Cardinals have one of the best pass defenses in the NFL, but because he is the most inconsistent out of the Atlanta Falcons receivers.

    Jones has only been targeted more than 10 times in one game this season. Compare that to Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez, who have had four games with double-digit targets.

    Mike Wallace vs. Baltimore Ravens

    The Ravens' pass defense has not been great this season, but Wallace is not going to be the same wide receiver with no Ben Roethlisberger. If you feel comfortable with Byron Leftwich under center, then go ahead and start him, but my bet is Leftwich is going to be a dud.

Tight Ends

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    Best Matchups

    Greg Olsen vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Olsen is coming off his best game of the season, in which he had nine receptions, 102 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Look for him to continue this high level of play as the Carolina Panthers go up against the Bucs' last-ranked pass defense this week.

    Olsen had a decent outing against the Bucs in Week 1, recording six receptions for 56 yards. Look for Cam Newton to target Olsen often this week.

    Brent Celek vs. Washington Redskins

    With Nick Foles starting, expect Celek to get a ton of targets. Foles is going to be starting his first NFL game, and the Redskins defense is going to try to bring a significant amount of pressure to rattle him.

    With Foles seeing an aggressive pass rush, he is going to look to throw to Celek on short to intermediate routes.

    Worst Matchups

    Vernon Davis vs. Chicago Bears

    After scoring four touchdowns in his first three games, Davis has failed to find the end zone since then. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect his scoreless streak to end this week, as Davis will be going up against the Bears defense, which is one of the best in the league.

    Jermichael Finley vs. Detroit Lions

    Finley has been an absolute bust this season. It is clear Aaron Rodgers's primary targets are his wide receivers. Finley only has 29 receptions, 271 receiving and one touchdown.

    Going up against the Lions' ninth-ranked pass defense, expect Finley to continue to be a dud.