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Fantasy Football: 50 Most Valuable Assets for Week 11 (Sunday/Monday)

Jay ClemonsFantasy Sports Lead WriterOctober 12, 2016

Fantasy Football: 50 Most Valuable Assets for Week 11 (Sunday/Monday)

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    The following countdown touts the 50 most valuable fantasy players for Week 11, citing Sunday/Monday games only.

    To clarify, this listing doesn't project the 50 highest scorers for the weekend in standard-scoring or points-per-reception leagues. If that was the case, we'd have quarterback after quarterback occupying the penthouse spots, and that would be extremely boring to read...and write (especially since The Fantasy Blog already has a top 25 countdown for quarterbacks).

    This slideshow went heavy on running backs, wide receivers, quarterbacks and tight ends—the lifeblood positions of fantasy champions—but there was also room for two defenses. (Sorry, kickers.)

    Enjoy the show!

50. WR Malcom Floyd, San Diego Chargers

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    2012 Stats: 39 Catches, 572 Yards, 3 TD 

    Week 11 Opponent: at Denver

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. In three of his last five games, Malcom Floyd has accounted for 100 yards receiving or one touchdown.

    2. Through nine games, Floyd has collected six-plus targets six times.

    3. In standard-scoring leagues, Floyd has tallied double-digit fantasy points five times.

49. WR Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons

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    2012 Stats: 44 Catches, 703 Yards, 5 TD 

    Week 11 Opponent: vs. Arizona 

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. In standard-scoring leagues, Julio Jones currently ranks as the No. 10 receiver. By extension, Jones is the top-ranked WR2 in fantasy circles (just ahead of Denver's Eric Decker).

    2. For odd-numbered games this season (five total), Jones boasts per-outing averages of six catches, 93.4 yards and one touchdown.

    3. Before tweaking his ankle last week, he (four catches, 75 yards vs. New Orleans) was on his way to a third straight outing of 100-plus receiving yards.

    4. As of Saturday morning, Jones is a game-time decision for Sunday. Hence, the so-so ranking in today's countdown.

48. TE Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati Bengals

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    2012 Stats: 37 Catches, 448 Yards, 3 TD 

    Week 11 Opponent: at Kansas City 

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Jermaine Gresham, a rock-solid asset in the season's first half, will likely merit a top-10 ranking for the next three weeks, as the Bengals encounter three straight AFC West foes (Chiefs, Raiders, Chargers).

    2. Two weeks ago, Gresham busted the West-leading Broncos for six catches and 108 yards.

    3. Gresham has notched either 100 yards or one touchdown in his last two games.

47. RB Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons

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    2012 Stats: 612 Total Yards (529 Rushing), 5 TD 

    Week 11 Opponent: vs. Arizona 

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. For the season, Michael Turner has scored a touchdown in three of four home games.

    2. The bulldozing back remains a viable threat for 100 yards and one touchdown every Sunday.

    3. Turner should be highly motivated to perform well against Arizona after taking some heat for Atlanta's failed goal-line possession (a potential game-winner) against New Orleans last week, curtailing the Falcons' unblemished season.

    4. The Cardinals currently have the NFL's 25th-ranked rush defense, allowing 130 yards per game.

46. Defense/Special Teams, Denver Broncos

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    2012 Stats: 31 Sacks, 14 Turnovers, 4 Defensive Touchdowns 

    Week 11 Opponent: vs. San Diego 

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. To date, the Broncos are the only NFL defense with 30-plus sacks.

    2. Five weeks ago, Denver collected four sacks, forced six turnovers and returned one fumble and one interception for second-half touchdowns against San Diego.

    (The Broncos rallied from a 24-0 deficit to win 35-24.)

45. WR Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles

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    2012 Stats: 36 Catches, 449 Yards, 4 TD 

    Week 11 Opponent: at Washington

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. In his last four games, Jeremy Maclin has collected double-digit targets three times. In that span, he's also caught six or more balls three times.

    2. Last week, Maclin caught the only touchdown pass from new Eagles QB Nick Foles (in relief of an injured Michael Vick), who'll make his first NFL start on Sunday.

    3. As debuts go, Foles could not have asked for a better opponent in the Redskins, the NFL's worst pass defense.

    4. With Maclin, LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson and tight end Brent Celek playing at relative full strength, Foles has a legitimate shot at 260 yards passing and two touchdowns.

44. RB Mikel Leshoure, Detroit Lions

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    2012 Stats: 547 Total Yards (418 Rushing), 4 TD 

    Week 11 Opponent: vs. Green Bay

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Through seven games, Mikel Leshoure has accrued 83 total yards and/or one touchdown four times.

    2. He is just two weeks removed from rushing for three touchdowns against the Jaguars.

    3. Quite possibly the Lions' best power-speed rusher since Billy Sims, Leshoure is a reasonable threat for 100 yards and one touchdown every Sunday.

    4. From a modest standpoint, Leshoure has collected 13-plus touches in every outing.

43. TE Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys

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    2012 Stats: 66 Catches, 585 Yards, 1 TD 

    Week 11 Opponent: vs. Cleveland 

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Since Week 4, Jason Witten is a perfect 6-of-6 in collecting at least six receptions.

    2. In that span, Witten has also averaged 11.5 targets per game.

    3. The Cowboys star is only three weeks removed from setting the NFL single-game record for tight end receptions (18 against the Giants)—and presumably tight end targets (22). On that crazy day, he also rolled for 167 yards.

    4. From this point forward, Witten will likely post a top-four finish among his positional brethren.

42. WR Andre Johnson, Houston Texans

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    2012 Stats: 46 Catches, 597 Yards, 2 TD 

    Week 11 Opponent: vs. Jacksonville

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. In his last four games, Andre Johnson claims respectable averages of 7.3 catches, 10.3 targets and 78.5 yards. (The above numbers are a dramatic improvement from his deflating averages for Weeks 2-6.)

    2. The Jaguars currently have the NFL's 23rd-ranked defense against the pass, surrendering 252 yards per game.

41. RB Felix Jones, Dallas Cowboys

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    2012 Stats: 481 Total Yards (278 Rushing), 3 TD  

    Week 11 Opponent: vs. Cleveland

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Felix Jones has accounted for 74 total yards and/or one touchdown in his last five games.

    2. Jones has racked up 202 total yards and one touchdown in his last two outings.

    3. Dallas tailback DeMarco Murray (foot) is likely to sit another week.

    4. The Browns, the NFL's 27th-ranked rush defense, are surrendering 132 yards per game.

40. WR Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints

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    2012 Stats: 47 Catches, 652 Yards, 7 TD 

    Week 11 Opponent: at Oakland 

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. For Weeks 4-8, Marques Colston drew double-digit targets in all four games.

    2. Of his last six outings, Colston has scored at least one touchdown five times.

    3. Colston has been a fantasy force away from the cozy confines of the Superdome. In his last eight road games (including last year's playoffs), he has per-outing averages of seven catches, 98 yards and 0.63 touchdowns.

    4. In that span, he also crossed the PPR-elite threshold of six catches, 95 yards and/or one touchdown six times.

39. WR Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    2012 Stats: 36 Catches, 769 Yards, 6 TD 

    Week 11 Opponent: at Carolina

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. From Weeks 2-9, spanning seven games, Vincent Jackson posted three outings of 100-plus receiving yards and six touchdowns.

    2. Through nine games, V-Jax has drawn seven-plus targets seven times.

    3. Jackson is one of three receivers (Brian Hartline, Reggie Wayne) to register 200 yards in a single game this season, earning 216 yards and one TD against the Saints in Week 7.

    4. This is not a backhanded compliment: Jackson is easily the most productive asset among receivers with 40 or less catches.

38. WR Danny Amendola, St. Louis Rams

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    2012 Stats: 43 Catches, 497 Yards, 2 TD 

    Week 11 Opponent: vs. N.Y. Jets 

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Through six games, Danny Amendola has collected nine-plus targets five times.

    2. In even-numbered games this season, he boasts averages of 11 catches, 106 yards and 0.66 touchdowns.

    3. Amendola caught 11 balls for 102 yards against the 49ers last week. And that doesn't even count the 80-yard reception in overtime...which was negated by an illegal-formation penalty.

    4. For three home outings, Amendola has a superb grand total of 22 catches, 259 yards and two touchdowns.

37. RB Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins

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    2012 Stats: 828 Total Yards (793 Rushing), 5 TD  

    Week 11 Opponent: vs. Philadelphia 

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Of his first seven games, Alfred Morris racked up either 100 total yards or one touchdown six times.

    2. The rookie Morris has rushed for 100-plus yards in three of his last six outings.

    3. The Eagles have allowed 100-plus combined rushing yards in each of their last five games.

36. RB Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers

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    2012 Stats: 642 Total Yards (475 Rushing), 1 TD  

    Week 11 Opponent: at Denver 

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. On the modesty front, Ryan Mathews has tallied 72 total yards in all seven games

    2. Against the Broncos in Week 6, Mathews rolled for 93 total yards.

    3. In two games against Denver last year, Mathews averaged 142 total yards. (The downside to that: zero touchdowns.)

    4. Despite a so-so start to the season, Mathews remains the Chargers' workhorse back, garnering at least 18 touches four times since Week 5.

35. QB Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys

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    2012 Stats: 2,603 Yards Passing, 13 TD (1 Rush) 

    Week 11 Opponent: vs. Cleveland

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. In his last three games, Tony Romo has accounted for 967 yards passing and five touchdowns.

    2. For the year, Romo has crossed the QB-elite threshold of 275 total yards and/or three touchdowns five times.

    3. At home, Romo is averaging 342 yards passing and one touchdown.

34. RB Matt Forte, Chicago Bears

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    2012 Stats: 704 Total Yards (578 Rushing), 3 TD  

    Week 11 Opponent: at San Francisco

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. From Weeks 5-9, spanning four games, Forte racked up 469 total yards and two touchdowns. As a result, he posted double-digit fantasy points in all four weeks (PPR and standard-scoring rules).

    2. Of his last four games, Forte has collected five-plus targets three times.

    3. For what it's worth, Forte notched 161 total yards (130 receiving) in his only meeting with the 49ers (November 2009).

    4. When healthy, Forte is a top-15 back in standard-scoring leagues. However, he'll likely require Jay Cutler at quarterback to maintain that standing.

33. Defense/Special Teams, Chicago Bears

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    2012 Stats: 26 Sacks, 30 Turnovers, 7 Defensive Touchdowns 

    Week 11 Opponent: at San Francisco

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. The Bears are currently averaging double-digit fantasy points per game—the only defense to hold that honor.

    2. By my count, 10 NFL teams have yet to register a defensive touchdown this season. (Chicago already has seven.)

32. RB Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams

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    2012 Stats: 628 Total Yards (504 Rushing), 2 TD

    Week 11 Opponent: vs. N.Y. Jets 

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Steven Jackson rolled for a season-high 127 total yards (101 rushing) last week against the Niners. He logged 31 touches on the day.

    2. Jackson has scored a touchdown in two of his last three games.

    3. The Jets are currently the NFL's 30th-ranked rush defense, allowing 144.8 yards per game.

31. QB Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts

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    2012 Stats: 2,631 Yards Passing, 15 TD (5 Rush) 

    Week 11 Opponent: at New England 

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. In his last seven games, Andrew Luck boasts per-outing averages of 300 yards passing.

    2. In standard-scoring leagues, Luck currently ranks as the No. 6 quarterback in fantasy.

    3. The Patriots have the NFL's 29th-ranked pass defense, surrendering 286 yards per game.

30. WR Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears

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    2012 Stats: 67 Catches, 904 Yards, 7 TD 

    Week 11 Opponent: at San Francisco 

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Brandon Marshall has collected double-digit targets in each of the last five weeks.

    2. Since Week 4, Marshall is a perfect 6-of-6 in crossing the PPR-elite threshold of six catches, 95 yards and/or one touchdown.

    3. Assuming Jay Cutler (concussion) returns to the Bears lineup soon, Marshall should be a top-10 fantasy asset from this point forward.

    4. That said, Marshall's Week 11 ranking has been diluted by the uncertainty of Jason Campbell starting at quarterback.

    5. For what it's worth, Marshall has had only one regular season encounter against the 49ers—during his rookie campaign with the Broncos (2006). On that season's final Sunday, he finished with a pedestrian two catches for 20 yards.

29. WR Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals

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    2012 Stats: 51 Catches, 585 Yards, 4 TD 

    Week 11 Opponent: at Atlanta

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Since Week 3, Larry Fitzgerald has averaged 11.6 targets and 0.58 touchdowns per game. And yet, he only registered triple-digit yardage once in that span. (Fitzgerald had six games of 100-plus yards last season.)

    2. Regardless of the matchup, Fitzgerald has enough fantasy cachet to be a weekly top-10 pick (among receivers).

28. QB Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals

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    2012 Stats: 2,329 Yards Passing, 19 TD (1 Rush) 

    Week 11 Opponent: at Kansas City

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Andy Dalton has an impressive streak of three or more touchdowns (passing/rushing) in his last three road games.

    2. Of his last four games, Dalton has accounted for 300 total yards and/or three touchdowns three times.

    3. A.J. Green, Dalton's favorite target, is currently riding an eight-game streak of at least one touchdown. He's also the No. 1 receiver in fantasy circles.

27. WR Denarius Moore, Oakland Raiders

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    2012 Stats: 34 Catches, 575 Yards, 5 TD 

    Week 11 Opponent: vs. New Orleans 

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Denarius Moore has scored one touchdown in four of his last five games.

    2. He has collected a minimum of eight targets in all eight games.

    3. In standard-scoring leagues, he ranks No. 4 among receivers since Week 6.

    4. For the year, Moore is a perfect 8-of-8 in racking up 66 receiving yards and/or one touchdown.

    5. Moore is the No. 1 target with one of the NFL's most progressive passing offenses—especially during garbage time.

    6. If Darrius Heyward-Bey misses Sunday's game to injury, Moore would be a virtual lock for 12 targets against the Saints.

26. QB Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins

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    2012 Stats: 1,993 Yards Passing, 14 TD (6 Rush) 

    Week 11 Opponent: vs. Philadelphia

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Robert Griffin III has tallied multiple touchdowns in five games this season.

    2. By a large margin, Griffin leads all NFL quarterbacks in rushing yards (547). He also leads his position in rushing TDs (six).

    3. Of his nine games, Griffin has crossed the QB-elite threshold of 275 total yards and/or three TDs six times.

    4. Until a recent mini-slump, RG3 was the top-ranked fantasy quarterback in standard-scoring leagues.

25. TE Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons

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    2012 Stats: 61 Catches, 617 Yards, 6 TD 

    Week 11 Opponent: vs. Arizona

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Tony Gonzalez is one week removed from one of the signature performances of his Hall of Fame-worthy career—11 catches for 122 yards and two touchdowns against the Saints.

    2. Going up against Jimmy Graham (nine catches, 146 yards, two TD), it may have been the most prolific tight end duel in NFL history.

    3. For the season, Gonzalez already has four games of double-digit targets, including last Sunday's season-high of 15.

    4. In his first five games, Gonzalez scored at least one touchdown four times.

24. RB Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns

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    2012 Stats: 815 Total Yards (575 Rushing), 6 TD  

    Week 11 Opponent: at Dallas 

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Trent Richardson has rushed for 100-plus yards in his last two games. During that time, he logged 66 combined touches.

    2. For Weeks 2-5, Richardson tallied at least one touchdown.

    3. A superb option in PPR leagues, Richardson has caught four-plus balls five times as a rookie.

    4. Assuming full health, Richardson could easily finish the season as a top-10 back (regardless of scoring).

    5. He also has one of the most attractive schedules for Weeks 13-16—facing the Raiders, Chiefs, Redskins and Broncos.

23. QB Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions

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    2012 Stats: 2,720 Yards Passing, 14 TD (3 Rush) 

    Week 11 Opponent: vs. Green Bay

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Despite averaging only 1.22 TD passes per week, Matthew Stafford currently ranks as the No. 8 quarterback in fantasy.

    2. Through nine games, Stafford has crossed the QB-elite threshold of 275 total yards and/or three touchdowns eight times.

    3. The Lions star has already thrown for 300-plus yards five times this season.

    4. Stafford is just one year removed from 5,000 yards passing and 40 touchdowns. And thanks to him, Calvin Johnson has collected 200-plus yards in four of his last 13 games.

22. WR Wes Welker, New England Patriots

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    2012 Stats: 66 Catches, 810 Yards, 2 TD 

    Week 11 Opponent: vs. Indianapolis 

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Last year, Wes Welker stymied the Colts for 11 catches and 114 yards.

    2. For Weeks 2-6 of 2012, Welker tallied double-digit targets in five straight games.

    3. During that span, he averaged nine catches, 122 yards and 0.4 touchdowns.

    4. Welker has a reasonable shot to match or eclipse last year's output in catches (122), targets (173) and receiving yards (1,573).

    5. Through nine games, the Pats wideout has crossed the PPR-elite threshold of six catches, 95 yards and/or one touchdown eight times.

21. WR A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals

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    2012 Stats: 58 Catches, 820 Yards, 9 TD 

    Week 11 Opponent: at Kansas City

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. A.J. Green is the only NFL receiver with nine touchdowns.

    2. He has registered a touchdown in eight straight games, with two coming against the Browns in Week 6.

    3. Through nine games, Green has collected nine-plus targets eight times.

    4. Green is on the short list of candidates for fantasy MVP.

20. RB Willis McGahee, Denver Broncos

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    2012 Stats: 879 Total Yards (676 Rushing), 4 TD  

    Week 11 Opponent: vs. San Diego 

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. In standard-scoring leagues, Willis McGahee currently ranks as fantasy's No. 14 running back.

    2. Through nine games, McGahee has collected at least 89 total yards and/or one touchdown six times.

    3. Five weeks ago, McGahee rolled for 98 total yards against the Chargers. And against the Bolts last year, he rushed for a two-game average of 117 yards.

    4. McGahee already has four outings of four or more catches this season.

19. WR Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts

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    2012 Stats: 69 Catches, 931 Yards, 3 TD 

    Week 11 Opponent: at New England

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. For the season, Reggie Wayne has crossed the PPR-elite threshold of six catches, 95 yards and/or one touchdown eight times.

    2. Through nine games, Wayne has collected double-digit targets seven times.

    3. Wayne is one of three NFL receivers (Vincent Jackson, Brian Hartline) to post 200 yards in a single game, catching 13 balls for 212 yards and one TD against Green Bay (Week 5).

    4. The Colts and Patriots stopped being divisional rivals after the 2001 season. And yet, Wayne has a long track record of success against New England's pass defense.

    From 2002-11, spanning nine regular season games, Wayne averaged 5.8 catches, 78 yards and 0.6 touchdowns.

18. QB Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons

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    2012 Stats: 2,771 Yards Passing, 21 TD (1 Rush) 

    Week 11 Opponent: vs. Arizona

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Matt Ryan is just one week removed from racking up a career-high 411 yards passing (with three touchdowns) against the Saints.

    2. Of his last three games, Ryan has thrown for either 300 yards or three TDs.

    3. The understatement of the year: Ryan is on pace for new personal highs in passing yards (4,177) and TD passes (29).

    4. Ryan has weekly access to the NFL's best receiver-receiver-tight end combo—Roddy White, Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez.

    5. Through nine games, Ryan has crossed the QB-elite threshold of 275 total yards and/or three touchdowns seven times.

17. RB Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers

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    2012 Stats: 892 Total Yards (753 Rushing), 5 TD  

    Week 11 Opponent: vs. Chicago 

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Through nine games, Frank Gore has racked up 100 total yards and/or one touchdown six times.

    2. At home this season (five outings), Gore has stellar averages of 113 total yards and 0.6 touchdowns.

    3. When healthy, Gore should remain a top-12 tailback from this point forward.

    4. In three career games against the Bears, Gore has surprisingly stellar averages of 100 total yards and 0.66 TDs.

16. TE Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots

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    2012 Stats: 46 Catches, 611 Yards, 8 TD 

    Week 11 Opponent: vs. Indianapolis

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. In standard-scoring leagues, Rob Gronkowski currently ranks as the No. 1 tight end. As part of that, Gronk leads all of his positional brethren in touchdowns (eight).

    2. Of his last nine home games (including last year's playoffs), Gronk boasts per-outing averages of six catches, 78 yards and 1.2 touchdowns.

    3. Against the Colts in 2011, the Patriots star rolled for five catches, 64 yards and two scores.

    4. With Aaron Hernandez (ankle) likely out for Sunday, Gronkowski will command the lion's share of middle-field targets from QB Tom Brady. (On the flip side, he's more likely to draw double teams from Indy.)

15. WR Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos

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    2012 Stats: 54 Catches, 899 Yards, 4 TD 

    Week 11 Opponent: vs. San Diego

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. In standard-scoring leagues, Demaryius Thomas currently ranks as the No. 4 wide receiver.

    2. Thomas is just one week removed from a nine-catch, 135-yard effort against the Panthers. It marked his fifth game of 100-plus yards this season.

    3. Through nine games, Thomas has six outings of eight-plus targets (with four in double digits).

    4. Thomas' quarterback, Peyton Manning, is riding a seven-game streak of either 300 yards passing or three touchdowns.

14. RB Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs

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    2012 Stats: 896 Total Yards (738 Rushing), 4 TD  

    Week 11 Opponent: vs. Cincinnati 

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Jamaal Charles is just days removed from rushing for 100 yards and one touchdown against the vaunted Steelers—the NFL's No. 1 defense (yardage-wise).

    2. From Weeks 3-5, Charles amassed 564 total yards (an NFL high during that period) and three touchdowns, demonstrating his willingness to carry an anemic Chiefs offense.

    3. In his last four games against AFC North foes (dating back to 2010), Charles boasts stellar averages of 108.5 total yards and 0.5 TDs.

    4. When healthy, the Chiefs star is a viable threat for 150 total yards and one touchdown.

13. QB Tom Brady, New England Patriots

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    2012 Stats: 2,645 Yards Passing, 20 TD (2 Rush) 

    Week 11 Opponent: vs. Indianapolis

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Tom Brady has accounted for multiple touchdowns in six straight games.

    2. For the year, Brady is a perfect 9-of-9 in completing 60-plus percent of his passes.

    3. In his last four games against the Colts (dating back to 2007), Brady claims averages of 276 yards passing and 2.5 touchdowns.

12. WR Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons

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    2012 Stats: 54 Catches, 823 Yards, 4 TD 

    Week 11 Opponent: vs. Arizona

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Roddy White has been amazing at home this season, averaging 7.3 catches, 115 yards and one touchdown (four games).

    2. White also has a strong track record against the Cardinals: per-outing averages of nine catches, 14 targets, 81 yards and one TD in his last two meetings.

    3. In his last two games, White has 14 receptions, 23 targets and 232 yards.

11. RB LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles

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    2012 Stats: 873 Total Yards (705 Rushing), 5 TD  

    Week 11 Opponent: at Washington 

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. LeSean McCoy has collected either 100 total yards or one touchdown in his last three games.

    2. For Weeks 5-8, McCoy scored at least one touchdown (three receiving) each time.

    3. The Redskins are the NFL's 27th-ranked defense in terms of points allowed. Collectively, Washington has allowed nearly 400 yards per game.

    4. McCoy may have fallen short of the immense preseason expectations (especially from yours truly), but he's still on track for respectable tallies of 1,552 total yards and nine scores.

10. QB Carson Palmer, Oakland Raiders

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    2012 Stats: 2,723 Yards Passing, 16 TD (1 Rush) 

    Week 11 Opponent: vs. New Orleans

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Since Week 6, Carson Palmer ranks as the leader in overall fantasy points among quarterbacks.

    2. Through nine games, he has thrown for 297 yards and/or three touchdowns seven times.

    3. Against the Bucs two weeks ago, Palmer posted seasonal highs in completions (39), pass attempts (61), yards passing (414) and touchdowns (four).

    4. The Raiders have juicy matchups with the Saints, Bengals (Palmer's Cincy homecoming) and Browns in the next three weeks.

9. TE Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints

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    2012 Stats: 45 Catches, 533 Yards, 7 TD 

    Week 11 Opponent: at Oakland

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. As mentioned earlier, Tony Gonzalez and Jimmy Graham staged one of the all-time classic duels between tight ends last week, combining for 20 catches, 268 yards and four touchdowns.

    2. Graham has accounted for four touchdowns in the last three weeks.

    3. The Saints star already has two separate streaks of three straight games with at least one touchdown.

    4. Through eight games this season, Graham has collected eight or more targets seven times.

8. QB Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

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    2012 Stats: 2,847 Yards Passing, 26 TD (1 Rush) 

    Week 11 Opponent: at Oakland 

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Drew Brees' last five road games (including last year's playoffs) have all been outdoors on grass. In that span, Brees boasts remarkable averages of 364.6 yards passing and three touchdowns.

    2. In standard-scoring leagues, Brees currently ranks as the No. 1 quarterback in fantasy.

    3. Through nine games, he's a perfect 8-of-8 in tallying multiple touchdowns (one rushing in Week 2).

    4. Brees is on pace to become the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for 5,000 yards in back-to-back campaigns.

7. RB Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots

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    2012 Stats: 865 Total Yards (814 Rushing), 6 TD  

    Week 11 Opponent: vs. Indianapolis

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Of his last six games, Stevan Ridley has rushed for 100-plus yards and at least one touchdown four times.

    2. Ridley has remarkably similar home/away splits this season. At New England, he's averaging 90 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. On the road, Ridley's averaging 91.2 total yards and 0.8 TDs.

    3. For the season, Ridley has tallied 17 or more touches seven times.

    4. On the road, the Colts are collectively allowing an average of 129 rushing yards per game.

6. QB Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

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    2012 Stats: 2,383 Yards Passing, 25 TD  

    Week 11 Opponent: at Detroit 

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. In four career games after a bye, Aaron Rodgers boasts averages of 305 yards passing and 2.75 touchdowns.

    2. In six full outings against the Lions, Rodgers has averaged 288 yards passing and 2.7 TDs.

    3. He has a good shot at eclipsing last year's career highs in passing yards (4,643) and passing touchdowns (45). His 2011 mark of 48 total touchdowns is probably safe, though.

    4. Since Week 4, Rodgers has accounted for 22 of his 25 seasonal TDs.

5. WR Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions

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    2012 Stats: 60 Catches, 974 Yards, 2 TD 

    Week 11 Opponent: vs. Green Bay

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Calvin Johnson is one week removed from a 207-yard, one-touchdown outing against the Vikings—his fourth 200-yard day in his last 13 games (including last year's playoffs).

    2. For the season, Johnson is a perfect 9-of-9 in collecting seven-plus targets. In fact, he has drawn 11 or more targets six times.

    3. In nine career outings against the Packers, Johnson has crossed the PPR-elite threshold of six catches, 95 yards and/or one touchdown seven times.

    4. Going one step further, Johnson has four games of 100-plus yards and/or two touchdowns against Green Bay.

4. RB Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    2012 Stats: 1,158 Total Yards (862 Rushing), 8 TD 

    Week 11 Opponent: at Carolina

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. In standard-scoring leagues, Doug Martin currently ranks as the No. 3 running back. He's also on the short list of overall candidates for fantasy MVP.

    2. Perhaps you've heard about Martin's output for Weeks 8 and 9, when he rolled for 486 total yards and six touchdowns. Against the Raiders (Week 9), he rushed for a Bucs franchise-best 251 yards and four touchdowns.

    3. In the last four weeks, Martin has touched the ball 103 times—or 25.8 chances per game.

    4. The explosive rookie is a viable threat for 140 yards and one touchdown every time he takes the field.

3. QB Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos

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    2012 Stats: 2,705 Yards Passing, 21 TD  

    Week 11 Opponent: vs. San Diego

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Peyton Manning is potentially two outings away from tying his all-time streak of nine straight games of either 300 yards passing and/or three touchdowns (set in 2004).

    2. Manning, on the short list of MVP candidates, is averaging 307 yards passing and 2.5 touchdowns at home this season.

    3. Five weeks ago, he rallied the Broncos to a 35-24 comeback victory in San Diego. On that night, Peyton threw for 309 yards and three touchdowns.

    4. Manning could easily be the overall points leader in Week 11. Barring injury, he's a lock for 320 yards and multiple touchdowns.

2. RB Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens

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    2012 Stats: 941 Total Yards (657 Rushing), 7 TD 

    Week 11 Opponent: at Pittsburgh

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Through nine games, Ray Rice has amassed 96 total yards and/or one touchdown eight times.

    2. In his last eight road games (dating back to last year), Rice has garnered 1,031 total yards and four touchdowns for per-outing averages of 129 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns.

    3. In his last seven games against Pittsburgh (including the 2010 playoffs), Rice has averaged 98.3 total yards and 0.57 TDs. And of the seven outings, he notched 100 total yards and/or one TD five times.

1. RB Arian Foster, Houston Texans

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    2012 Stats: 964 Total Yards (872 Rushing), 12 TD 

    Week 11 Opponent: vs. Jacksonville

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Arian Foster is currently riding a 13-game touchdown streak, dating back to last season.

    2. Here's another streak of note: Foster has racked up at least one score in his last five games against the Jaguars. In that span, he's averaging 122 total yards and 1.2 touchdowns

    3. Foster, the No. 1 fantasy asset during the preseason, is on pace for 1,712 total yards and 21 touchdowns.

    4. The Texans star has rushed for 100-plus yards in back-to-back games.

    5. In five home outings, Foster has racked up 424 total yards and a staggering eight touchdowns.

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