Fantasy Football Week 11: Ranking the Most Favorable Matchups at Each Position
Now is the time to rack up fantasy football points and increase the odds of postseason qualification.
And doing so comes in the form of starting the players with the best matchups. Because by regular season's end, total points become crucial in separating teams in your league with the same record.
Therefore, a quarterback such as Drew Brees can obviously be expected to dominate each week.
On Sunday, Brees and the New Orleans Saints travel to face the Oakland Raiders who field one of pro football's worst defenses. In short, Brees is this week's best quarterback matchup and will take a great deal of pressure off the rest of your roster.
Ahead, we look Brees and how the best fantasy matchups of each position rank in Week 11.
6. Tight End: Jason Witten, Cowboys (vs. Browns)
If there's been a constant on the Dallas Cowboys over recent history, it's the Tony Romo-to-Jason Witten connection.
Unfortunately, that connection hasn't been as stellar so far in 2012 compared to previous seasons. Through nine games, Witten has just one touchdown and 585 receiving yards. Still, he is first on Dallas in terms of targets and receptions, so it's easy to expect a big day versus the Cleveland Browns.
For one, Cleveland ranks No. 22 against the pass and allows 248 pass yards per game. Opposing quarterbacks have a 61.5 completion percentage on the Browns this season and 16 touchdown passes.
Therefore, Romo airing it out in Week 11 is to be anticipated. The Cowboys still need to find consistency on the ground, but that will only occur if the passing game gets going. And the sooner Witten is given targets the sooner Big D racks up impressive yards and points.
Honorable Mentions: Tony Gonzalez (vs. Cardinals), Rob Gronkowski (vs. Colts), Greg Olsen (vs. Buccaneers), Jimmy Graham (vs. Raiders)
5. Kicker: Alex Henery, Eagles (at Redskins)
The good news about the Philadelphia Eagles is that, no matter who is under center, this offense can move the ball. The bad news is that touchdowns remain scarce.
As a result, kicker Alex Henery becomes an appealing fantasy option against the Washington Redskins. Washington fields a defense that allows 398 total yards per game; however, the Eagles possess one of the NFL's worst red zone offenses.
Factor in Philly being turnover-prone and touchdown opportunities get reduced. Considering that the Redskins aren't a horrendous defense when backed up inside its own red zone, the Eagles will have a tough time crossing the goal line.
Hence, more field goal attempts for Henery.
Honorable Mentions: Connor Barth (vs. Panthers), Matt Prater (vs. Chargers), Sebastian Janikowski (vs. Saints), Phil Dawson (vs. Cowboys)
4. Wide Receiver: Vincent Jackson, Buccaneers (at Panthers)
When Vincent Jackson is in a rhythm, his big play potential becomes arguably the best around.
And to this point, in 2012 Jackson is averaging 21.4 yards per catch with 769 receiving yards, including six scores. Five times has he averaged above 20 yards per reception in a game this year, so expect more of the same against the Carolina Panthers.
The Cats may be ranked No. 16 against the pass, which isn't terrible. But the Panthers do allow a 67.5 completion percentage to opposing quarterbacks and have just six interceptions through nine games.
Well, Carolina faces an efficiently balanced offense in Tampa Bay that gets an average of 365.6 total yards each contest. Once they consider Doug Martin and the ground game, the Panthers can't afford to constantly double-cover Jackson throughout.
Honorable Mentions: A.J. Green (vs. Chiefs), Andre Johnson (vs. Jaguars), Julio Jones (vs. Cardinals), Calvin Johnson (vs. Packers), Wes Welker (vs. Colts)
3. Defense/Special Teams: Denver Broncos (vs. San Diego Chargers)
Last week, the Denver Broncos took a punt back for a touchdown, sacked Cam Newton seven times and brought an interception back for six.
While the Broncos were bulldozing the Panthers in Carolina, though, the San Diego Chargers got a punt blocked by Tampa Bay and Philip Rivers threw two interceptions.
Talk about divisional rivals on opposite ends of the spectrum, and the two square off in Denver on Sunday. Here, it's hard to imagine the Bolts moving well offensively with Von Miller and Co.'s pass rush.
Then there's Rivers being turnover-prone and San Diego's special teams flaws as well. It's a matchup of the Broncos defense and special teams rolling, whereas the Chargers offense and special teams remain inconsistent at best.
Honorable Mentions: Cincinnati Bengals (vs. Kansas City Chiefs), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. Carolina Panthers), Houston Texans (vs. Jacksonville Jaguars), Chicago Bears (vs. San Francisco 49ers)
2. Quarterback: Drew Brees, Saints (at Raiders)
Currently, the Oakland Raiders give up an average of 375 total yards and 31.6 points per game.
Even worse, the Raiders host the New Orleans Saints in Week 11.
Drew Brees and the Big Easy get over 390 total yards and 27.7 points per game. In addition, Oakland has virtually a non-existent pass rush and just six interceptions this season. For as impressive as Brees spreads the field at all dimensions, the Raiders don't have a chance in slowing him down.
The only option for Oakland is to run the ball offensively and keep Brees off the field. That said, New Orleans has improved its defense recently and being one-dimensional versus the Saints is only to NOLA's advantage.
1. Running Back: Arian Foster, Texans (vs. Jaguars)
It's not too often we see the NFL's best and worst teams line up in the same division.
The 2012 season offers just that this week between the Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars.
Already having smashed the Jags earlier, Houston can rightfully be expected to slam once again. Only this time, the Texans possess added confidence after Arian Foster went for 102 yards versus the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.
Jacksonville, on the other hand, significantly lacks defensively by allowing 389 total yards per game. The Jaguars cannot stack the box against Foster either, because that weakens the coverage versus Andre Johnson and adds vulnerability to play-action.
Houston will basically control the pace as it chooses, and Foster compiling over 150 total yards and scoring twice is to be expected.
Honorable Mentions: Doug Martin (vs. Panthers), Ray Rice (vs. Steelers), LeSean McCoy (vs. Redskins)
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