Week 11 Fantasy Football Rankings: Middling QBs Who Will Produce Big Numbers

Ian Hanford@Ian_HanfordFeatured ColumnistNovember 18, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 11:  Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on November 11, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Shrewd fantasy football owners can't just rely on elite quarterbacks to lead their teams every week. 

The other guys must step as well sometimes. These guys don't have to be completely unknown guys, but inconsistent players still play favorable matchups at opportune times. Those are the guys you want to start.

With Sunday's slate rapidly approaching, it's time to get down to business.

Let's look at three middling quarterbacks who will put up big numbers in Week 11.


Cam Newton

According to ESPN, Newton has 143 points in standard-scoring leagues. Expect the Panthers to lose to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, but the dual-threat quarterback will have a big day in the losing effort.

The Buccaneers, despite their improved play, are last in the league at defending the pass. Allowing over 320 passing yards per game isn't good. Even an inconsistent player like Newton will be able to take advantage of their shoddy secondary.

Fantasy owners are probably frustrated with Newton at this point. He turns the ball over a lot, has a good game here and there, but mostly underwhelms. Assuming that you drafted him as your No. 1 signal-caller, he's been frustrating you all season long.

No matter how much he's made you angry up to this point, make an exception this week. Start him and enjoy.


Andy Dalton

This doesn't have as much to do with Kansas City's pass defense, because it's not bad at all (ninth in the league), but Dalton looked so good last week against the New York Giants.

Dalton has 145 fantasy points in ESPN's standard-scoring leagues. With the weapons at his disposal, he should have more.

He's coming off two above-average performances in a row. With him, it's all about confidence, and he should have plenty of that against the Chiefs.

I drafted Dalton at the very end of a draft. He was supposed to be a backup and no more than that, but he definitely has the skill players around him to be more than that.

It's hard to tell if he will ever find the consistency necessary to take Cincinnati to the next level, but expect a big game on Sunday.


Tony Romo

Romo is as hit-and-miss as it gets, but he's going to have a very solid fantasy week against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

The Cowboys quarterback has 127 points in ESPN's leagues. Turnovers and typical Romo mistakes have held him back from playing better, but that's just what you get with him.

Play Romo this week. Cleveland struggles to stop the pass, and he's actually had five solid weeks in a row. He's always capable of playing poorly, but the Browns present a favorable matchup.

Dallas knows that it has to win games if catching the Giants is a remote possibility. With DeMarco Murray out of the lineup, most of that responsibility rests on Romo's shoulders.

Most of the time that would scare me, but the Browns don't. Play him on Sunday.