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

Giancarlo Ferrari-KingFeatured ColumnistNovember 12, 2013

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

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    In the magical world we call fantasy football, Week 11 in the NFL season means the fantasy playoffs are just around the corner.

    Now more than ever before, every managerial decision counts.

    Making the right lineup decisions will determine whether you get to enjoy a nice playoff run or are relegated to the fantasy football hall of shame.

    So without further delay, it's time to check out a full position-by-position breakdown of all of your favorite fantasy football players.

     

    *All stats and fantasy football scoring information courtesy of ESPN.com unless noted otherwise.

Quarterbacks

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    1. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers: For Cam Newton owners, Week 10 was colossal disaster. Throwing for 169 yards, one interception and zero touchdowns, Newton struggled to put up points against a stingy 49ers defense. But Week 11 will bring nothing but good fortune for this young man. Going up against the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football, Newton will face off against the league's 30th-ranked run defense. With the ability to make plays with both his arm and legs, this matchup is a dream come true for fantasy owners.

    2. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins: Playing against the Philadelphia Eagles' 31st-ranked pass defense will give RG3 plenty of chances to shine in Week 11. Although the Eagles haven't surrendered more than 21 points since playing the New York Giants in Week 5, the Redskins offense has been hot lately. Look for Griffin to keep things rolling this week.

    3. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos: For Peyton Manning, talent outweighs a tough showdown with the unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs. Fantasy owners know Manning is flat-out unstoppable this season.

    4. Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles: Don't look now but Eagles quarterback Nick Foles has been a pretty solid fantasy quarterback this season. Throwing for 1,256 yards, 16 touchdowns and zero interceptions, Foles has looked extremely comfortable in Chip Kelly's offense. He will do some serious damage facing a Washington Redskins defense that just surrendered 34 points to the Minnesota Vikings.

    5. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks: Throwing for multiple touchdowns four games in a row, the red hot Russell Wilson faces off against a Vikings defense that has allowed 21 touchdowns through the air. With ESPN.com reporting wide receiver Percy Harvin is likely to suit up for the Seahawks, Wilson will have plenty of weapons to put up a ton of points in Week 11.

    6. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers: San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers will bounce back in Week 11 against an average Miami Dolphins secondary. Currently ranked as the fifth-highest scoring QB in fantasy football, look for Rivers to stuff the stat sheet coming off a tough loss to the Denver Broncos in Week 10.

    7. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions: Aside from his supreme skill, one thing you have to love about Matthew Stafford is that he throws the football an average of 41 times a game. With weapons like Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush out there on the field with him, Stafford is always a great play.

    8. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts: Over the last three weeks, Andrew Luck has thrown the football 125 times. With running back Trent Richardson struggling to produce, Luck has been the guy this team counts on to put up points. Heading into his Week 11 matchup with the Tennessee Titans, look for Luck to continue to sling the football all over the field.

    9. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers: Throwing 13 touchdowns to go along with 10 interceptions, Ben Roethlisberger has had his ups-and-downs fantasy-wise. But Week 11 presents the Steelers QB with a chance to shine. Facing the Detroit Lions' 27th-ranked pass defense makes Big Ben one quarterback worth starting.

    10. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints: Although Drew Brees is facing a San Francisco 49ers defense that has only given up 211 passing yards per game, this Saints gunslinger is too good not to score points. Just like every other week, you're starting Brees with confidence against the 49ers.

    11. Case Keenum, Houston Texans: Ever since taking over the starting job in Week 7, Case Keenum has been producing at a high level fantasy-wise. With seven touchdowns and zero interceptions to his credit, expect big things from Keenum this week against the Oakland Raiders.

    12. Tom Brady, New England Patriots: Is Tom Brady back? Coming off a monstrous 432-yard, four-touchdown performance, Brady will be looking to keep it going against a tough Carolina Panthers defense on Monday Night Football.

    13. Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins: For all of the success the San Diego Chargers have enjoyed this season, they have some major holes on defense. Allowing 279.6 passing yards per game means opposing quarterbacks always have a chance to do something special. Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill is no exception to that rule.

    14. Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs: Alex Smith cracks the top 15 this week because of the defense he's lining up against. While the Denver Broncos have shredded teams with their high-octane offense, defensively they've struggled defending the pass. Look for Smith to put up good numbers in this clash of division rivals.

    15. Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals: If you're one of those owners who has Tony Romo on a bye week, you should consider adding Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer this week. Although the Jacksonville Jaguars have the 13th-ranked pass defense this season, they have given up 18 touchdowns through the air. Palmer should be able to get into a rhythm early and find his big wide receivers throughout the contest.

    16. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens: If he can consistently find his star wide receiver Torrey Smith against a Bears pass defense that is giving up 249.8 yards per game, Joe Flacco will end up having himself a nice day at Solider Field.

    17. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons: Without Julio Jones out there running routes or any real running game, Matt Ryan hasn't been able to produce at the same high level we are accustomed to seeing. Even with Roddy White back in action, a matchup with Revis Island and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won't make things any easier on Ryan.

    18. Eli Manning, New York Giants: This season Eli Manning has fallen out of fantasy football relevance. Even with Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle by his side, Manning just hasn't got it done for fantasy owners. Play him with caution this week against the Green Bay Packers.

    19. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals: A division rivalry game against the Cleveland Browns and their 10th-ranked pass defense could be troublesome for Andy Dalton. The last time these two teams collided, Dalton finished the game with just 206 yards passing and one interception.

    20. Terrelle Pryor, Oakland Raiders: Struggling to produce against the New York Giants in Week 10, Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor is a risky play this week against the Houston Texans. While his ability to run the football always gives him a chance to make things happen, it's hard to justify playing Pryor this late into the fantasy season. 

Running Backs

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    1. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles: Shady McCoy exploded back on the scene last week against the Green Bay Packers. Racking up 155 yards rushing on 25 carries, McCoy's elite vision and burst was on display throughout the game. Now facing a Washington Redskins defense that has given up 31.9 points per game will allow McCoy to do his thing once again.

    2. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs: With a prime-time showdown against the Denver Broncos on the horizon, the Chiefs are going to give Jamaal Charles lots of touches. Look for him to become the focal point once again of this Kansas City offense.

    3. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks: Averaging 6.0 yards per carry over his last two games, Marshawn Lynch now gets the honor of playing a Vikings team that just gave up 139 yards to Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris. Can you say beast mode?

    4. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins: Don't look now, but Alfred Morris is third in rushing yards this season. With back-to-back 100-yard performances under his belt, Morris should be able to continue his strong 2013 fantasy campaign against an Eagles defense that is allowing 110.5 rushing yards per game.

    5. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers: With 700 yards and seven rushing touchdowns on the season, Frank Gore is doing what he does best—producing at a steady level for the San Francisco 49ers. With an offensive philosophy that's centered on running the football, Gore will always have plenty of opportunities to find pay dirt.

    6. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings: Lost amongst all of the Vikings struggles this season has been the stellar play of their iconic leader Adrian Peterson. With 786 yards rushing and nine touchdowns to his credit, AP has shown the world he is the most talented running back in the game today.

    7. Reggie Bush, Detroit Lions: Part of the division-leading 6-3 Detroit Lions, running back Reggie Bush has been a huge part of this team's success. With 966 total yards of offense, Bush will get plenty of touches once again this week against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    8. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers: With quarterback Aaron Rodgers out with a broken collarbone, the Packers have shifted their offense around rookie running back sensation Eddie Lacy. A bone-rattling runner, Lacy is a handful to bring down. This week against the New York Giants, expect more of the same hard-nosed running from from the former Alabama standout. 

    9. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens: It's been a shocking fall from grace for Ray Rice. Usually one of the most productive players in all of fantasy football, Rice has accumulated just 289 yards rushing this season on 115 carries. If there's any chance for Rice to break out, Week 11 against the Bears is it. Allowing a whopping 129.4 rushing yards a game, there will be no excuse this week if he doesn't get his act together.

    10. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears: Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman has really turned this offense into an exciting one to watch. With a dual-threat running back like Matt Forte at his disposal, Trestman has given his star back 201 touches so far this season. Forte should get back to work and put up points this week against a Ravens defense that is giving up 342.2 total yards per game this season.

    11. Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos: Playing on a ridiculously good offense, Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno has blossomed into a fantasy star this season. With nine total touchdowns to his credit, no matter what defense he goes up against, Moreno always has a chance to score. That trend will continue in Week 11 vs. the Kansas City Chiefs.

    12. Le'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers: In six games this season, Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell has compiled 339 yards rushing and four touchdowns. While he hasn't performed like fellow rookie backs Giovani Bernard or Eddie Lacy, Bell's style of rushing fits this offense perfectly. Taking on the Detroit Lions in Week 11, watch for Bell to get the lion's share of work once again.

    13. Andre Brown, New York Giants: In his triumphant return to the New York Giants, running back Andre Brown rushed for 117 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries. Forget being eased back into things, Brown is back and ready to perform for this struggling Giants offense.

    14. Ben Tate, Houston Texans: With ESPN's Adam Schefter reporting that Texans running back Arian Foster will miss the remainder of the season because of a bulging disc in his back, backup running back Ben Tate has stepped into the primary role. This week, though, you may have to temper your expectations for Tate going up against the Oakland Raiders' sixth-ranked run defense.

    15. Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins: Arguably the most frustrating running back in fantasy football this season has been Miami Dolphins speedster Lamar Miller. Although he's had a few solid performances this season, Miller has yet to register 20 carries in a single game. Play him with caution this week against the San Diego Chargers.

    16. DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers: Competing with both Mike Tolbert and Jonathan Stewart for carries, DeAngelo Williams will look to put up gaudy numbers against a weak New England Patriots run defense. Even though the matchup looks great on paper, Williams' limited workload is terribly concerning for fantasy owners.

    17. Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans: For fantasy owners this season, Chris Johnson has been frustrating to watch. Coming off a big game against the St. Louis Rams in Week 9, Johnson struggled to get anything going last week against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Now facing a Colts defense that has been vulnerable against the run, Johnson will have a shot to do big things once again in Week 11.

    18. Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots: If you stuck with Stevan Ridley this season, congratulations. Ridley has bounced back from a horrible start, scoring double-digit fantasy points in four straight games. This week, though, Ridley will be challenged. Facing the Carolina Panthers' second-ranked run defense won't be an easy task for any New England running back.

    19. Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals: With each passing week, Arizona Cardinals rookie running back Andre Ellington is showing the world he has a bright future in this league. A speedy runner with great vision, it feels like Ellington is always one touch away from ripping off a big chunk of yardage.

    20. Danny Woodhead, San Diego Chargers: While he hasn't rushed for more than 36 yards in a single game this season, San Diego Chargers running back Danny Woodhead has become a versatile weapon for this offense. Catching 53 passes for 408 yards and four touchdowns, Woodhead has more receptions than Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant.

Wide Receivers

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    1. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions: The best wide receiver in all of football going up against the 28th-ranked pass defense is a beautiful thing. There's no logical reason why Calvin Johnson won't be able to shred the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 11.

    2. DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles: Thanks to the strong play of Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, DeSean Jackson has been able to produce once again for all of his fantasy owners. That trend will continue this week against a poor Washington Redskins pass defense.

    3. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears: Even with starting quarterback Jay Cutler out this week thanks to a high ankle sprain, wide receiver Brandon Marshall should still be able to produce against the Ravens. Averaging 11.5 targets over his last four games, Marshall will get every chance possible to make big plays in Week 11.

    4. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers: Leading the NFL with 67 receptions, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown has been outstanding so far this season. Expect Brown to continue to get lots of targets in Week 11 going up against the Detroit Lions' 27th-ranked pass defense.

    5. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos: One of the focal points of an electric offense, Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas is coming off a three-touchdown performance in Week 10. As long as Peyton Manning keeps looking his way, Thomas will continue to produce for fantasy owners.

    6. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans: Scoring five touchdowns over his last two weeks, Andre Johnson has been dominant with Case Keenum at quarterback. The best part about having Johnson on your team right now is that Keenum has targeted him 25 times in back-to-back weeks. My advice? Start Johnson with confidence the rest of the way.

    7. Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens: If you own Torrey Smith, you're starting him this week. Taking on a struggling Chicago Bears pass defense, Smith should be able to create enough separation to make good things happen in Week 11.

    8. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: A target machine, Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson is a nice play this week against the 2-7 Atlanta Falcons. The last time these two teams met, Jackson finished the game with 138 yards receiving and two touchdowns.

    9. Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins: Back-to-back big games has put Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon back on the map. Facing the Eagles this week, Garcon is a must-start.

    10. Percy Harvin, Seattle Seahawks: If you were one of those owners who stashed Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin, it's time to celebrate. With ESPN.com reporting that Harvin will return to action in Week 11, Harvin should be in for a big night. Taking on his former team, expect the Seahawks to give the explosive Harvin lots of touches.

    11. Wes Welker, Denver Broncos: What else can you say about Wes Welker? He's just another dangerous weapon on an elite offense. This week he will look to rack up some serious yardage against a tough Kansas City defense.

    12. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts: In the absence of Reggie Wayne, the Colts have looked to second-year wide receiver T.Y. Hilton more than ever before. That will continue to be the case in Week 11 when the Colts take on the Tennessee Titans.

    13. Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns: Say what you want about the Cleveland Browns, but they have some serious talent on their roster. Wide receiver Josh Gordon is a prime example of that talent. Currently the 16th-highest-scoring wide receiver in fantasy football, it's easy to forget Gordon missed the first two games of the season due to suspension.

    14. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals: A.J. Green has been terrorizing opposing defenses over the last five weeks. Compiling 632 yards receiving and three touchdowns during that span, it looks like Green can't be stopped. But if any defense has a chance of containing him, it's the Cleveland Browns led by megastar cornerback Joe Haden. Expect to see a lot of Haden on Green in a gritty division battle.

    15. Victor Cruz, New York Giants: Over his last five games, we haven't seen Victor Cruz Salsa dance. Frustrated fantasy owners are praying this changes in Week 11. Facing a Packers defense that gave up 228 yards and three touchdowns to the Philadelphia Eagles, Cruz will get his shot to climb back into fantasy football relevance.

    16. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals: Where has Larry Fitzgerald gone? After getting off to a hot start this season, Fitzgerald hasn't been able to do much for fantasy owners. Now heading into a fantastic matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Fitzgerald has finally has a chance to do rebound in Week 11.

    17. Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers: If you own Keenan Allen, don't panic. Although he had a disappointing showing in Week 10, Allen is too talented to sit. He has earned the trust of his quarterback and has proven over the course of his brief career that he can create lots of separation on just about any route.

    18. Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears: Playing alongside Brandon Marshall means second-year wide receiver Alshon Jeffery gets lots of opportunities to make big plays. Finishing Week 10 with 18 targets, Jeffery is clearly has earned himself a big role within this offense. Keep him active Week 11 against the Ravens.

    19. Golden Tate, Seattle Seahawks: You have to love any No. 1 wide receiver in a talented offense lining up against the Minnesota Vikings' 29th-ranked pass defense. This week Golden Tate will get his chance to do some serious damage for fantasy owners.

    20. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers: Without Aaron Rodgers throwing him the football, Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson has seen his production dip. While this is frustrating for fantasy general managers everywhere, you have to put your trust in Nelson's talent. If you drafted him, you're playing him Week 11 against the Giants.

     

Tight Ends

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    1. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots: It's officially time to welcome Rob Gronkowski back to the wonderful world of fantasy football. Although the New England Patriots have a tough task ahead of them going up against the Carolina Panthers, Gronkowski is far too talented not to have himself a big game. 

    2. Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints: Foot injury or not, Jimmy Graham doesn't ever leave your starting lineup. Even against a stout San Francisco 49ers pass defense, Graham will have plenty of chances to make big plays in Week 11.

    3. Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins: In just a few weeks, Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed morphed from a waiver-wire player to a fantasy stud. Already a dynamic tight end, Reed has developed an outstanding chemistry with his quarterback. If you have him, you're playing him this week against the Philadelphia Eagles.

    4. Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers: If the San Diego Chargers offense has any hope of bouncing back in Week 11, it's going to have to rely on Antonio Gates. One of the most productive tight ends in all of fantasy football this season, Gates has once again become a must-start option.

    5. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers: Don't run away now! It's time to put your faith back in Greg Olsen. Listen, the Patriots have given up 13 passing touchdowns this season. And with the attention being shifted towards Steve Smith, look for Olsen to rebound nicely in Week 11.

    6. Julius Thomas, Denver Broncos: Peyton Manning absolutely loves his tight end Julius Thomas. With nine receiving touchdowns already to his name this season, watch for Thomas to slip through the coverage and get a whole bunch of targets this week against the Kansas City Chiefs.

    7. Jordan Cameron, Cleveland Browns: For Jordan Cameron, it really doesn't matter who's playing quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. A highly skilled pass-catching tight end, Cameron will keep finding ways to get open against a tough Cincinnati Bengals defense.

    8. Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons: As long as the Atlanta Falcons continue to struggle, tight end Tony Gonzalez will follow suit. One of the only trusted options left in this Falcons passing attack, Gonzalez will continue to see enough targets to contribute for the rest of the season.

    9. Timothy Wright, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Because of the offense he plays on, Timothy Wright is a risky play for fantasy owners. Wright's only saving grace in Week 11 is that he gets to play the 2-7 Atlanta Falcons at home. 

    10. Vernon Davis*, San Francisco 49ers: When Jason La Canfora from CBSSports.com first reported Vernon Davis was being evaluated for a possible concussion, must people began to worry. It's always hard watching a talented player suffer a head injury. Fantasy owners will need to monitor his status this week to see if he plays against the New Orleans Saints.

    11. Tyler, Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals: If tight end Jermaine Gresham can't suit up against the Browns, rookie Tyler Eifert becomes a nice play. With the spotlight on A.J. Green, Eifert will be a big part of Cincinnati's passing attack.

    12. Martellus Bennett, Chicago Bears: With so many weapons on this Chicago offense, it's hard to project Martellus Bennett having a big game. Start him at your own risk against the Ravens this week.

    13. Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts: Although he saw 10 passes thrown his way last week against the St. Louis Rams, Indianapolis Colts tight end Coby Fleener is just not a safe option for fantasy owners. A player who struggles to create constant separation on film, Fleener has a ways to go before he can be an effective tight end in this league.

    14. Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers: Finishing with just one reception in Week 10, Heath Miller has shown the world he's not worth starting in fantasy football right now. If you're desperate this week, there's always the outside chance Miller could catch a touchdown in the red zone.

    15. John Carlson, Minnesota Vikings: Replacing injured Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph, backup John Carlson had a huge day in Week 10. Racking up seven receptions for 98 yards and a touchdown, Carlson looked like his old self. The question now becomes, was this type of a performance a just a fluke or his he a viable option the rest of the way?

    16. Rob Housler, Arizona Cardinals: Even though he managed to score last week, Arizona Cardinals tight end Rob Housler is just too risky to start right now.

    17. Charles Clay, Miami Dolphins: With 45 targets on the season, Miami Dolphins tight end Charles Clay has had plenty of opportunities to put up points. The problem is he is part of an anemic Miami passing attack.

    18. Delanie Walker, Tennesse Titans: Don't let Delanie Walker's big Week 10 numbers fool you. This week, Walker will fall back to earth and put up another mediocre performance against the Colts.

    19. Brandon Pettigrew, Detroit Lions: Finishing with 70 yards on five receptions against the Bears, Brandon Pettigrew showed everyone that he can contribute when called upon. Sadly, with Calvin Johnson, Reggie Bush, Kris Durham and Joseph Fauria in the mix, Pettigrew's upside is extremely limited.

    20. Scott Chandler, Buffalo Bills: Being 6'7" will always give you a chance to score a touchdown in this league. If you're desperate this week for a tight end, Scott Chandler is always a threat to score in the red zone.

Kickers

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    1. Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots: A potential defensive showdown means Stephen Gostkowski will get his chance to kick lots of field goals in Week 11.

    2. Matt Prater, Denver Broncos: Even if the Denver Broncos don't score a ton of touchdowns in Week 11, Peyton Manning will drive them into Matt Prater's range all night long.

    3. Alex Henery, Philadelphia Eagles: Quarterback Nick Foles' emergence as fantasy stud has given new life to kicker Alex Henery. Play him with confidence against the Washington Redskins.

    4. Ryan Succop, Kansas City Chiefs: A big Week 11 clash with the Broncos makes Ryan Succop a must-start.

    5. Phil Dawson, San Francisco 49ers: As long as the San Francisco 49ers offense keeps struggling to score touchdowns, Phil Dawson will keep kicking long field goals. 

    6. Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens: Always a productive fantasy football kicker, Justin Tucker should be in your lineup against the Chicago Bears.

    7. Garrett Hartley, New Orleans Saints: When the New Orleans Saints score points, Garrett Hartley scores points. And as we all know, the Saints score a lot of points.

    8. Nick Folk, New York Jets: The second-best kicker in all of fantasy football this year has been New York Jets kicker Nick Folk. Scoring double-digit points in four straight games, Folk will continue to boot long field goals all game long against the Buffalo Bills.

    9. Nick Novak, San Diego Chargers: A benefactor of playing with a great offense, San Diego Chargers kicker Nick Novak should continue to produce this week against the Miami Dolphins.

    10. Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers: This week against the New York Giants, Mason Crosby is a solid play for any fantasy owner.

    11. Graham Gano, Carolina Panthers: Thanks to his outstanding accuracy and powerful leg, Graham Gano has become a quality option for fantasy owners this season.

    12. Steven Hauschka, Seattle Seahawks: Want some advice? Keep Seattle Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka active against the 2-7 Minnesota Vikings.

    13. Blair Walsh, Minnesota Vikings: With a stingy Seattle Seahawks defense lurking in the shadows, the Vikings will be forced to turn to their kicker for points.

    14. Robbie Gould, Chicago Bears: This isn't your father's Baltimore Ravens defense. The Bears will be able to move the football down field consistently, giving Robbie Gould enough chances to make an impact  this week.

    15. Caleb Sturgis, Miami Dolphins: Even though the Miami Dolphins don't have a great offense, they are playing a weak San Diego defense. That combination is a nice recipe for kicker Caleb Sturgis.

    16. Rob Bironas, Tennesse Titans: Thursday Night Football games can turn into snoozers. If that happens, Rob Bironas' owners will benefit greatly.

    17. Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland Raiders: Scoring 10 and eight points in consecutive weeks, Sebastian Janikowski is finally starting to find his groove. Keep him active this week against the Houston Texans.

    18. Mike Nugent, Cincinnati Bengals: You've heard it before. In fantasy football, a defensive struggle means the kicker will get plenty of chances to score points. Taking on a tough Cleveland Browns defense could lead Mike Nugent down the path of Week 11 success.

    19. Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis Colts: Just like his counterpart Rob Bironas, Adam Vinatieri has a shot to kick a lot of field goals in Week 11. 

    20. Shaun Suisham, Pittsburgh Steelers: Over the last three games, Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham has become a pretty solid fantasy option. With the Detroit Lions' 24th-ranked defense coming to town, Suisham is worth starting.

     

Team Defense/Special Teams

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    1. Seattle Seahawks: Get ready, because the best defense in football is set to explode this week against the Minnesota Vikings. Fantasy owners should expect lots of sacks and plenty of turnovers from their Seahawks.

    2. Arizona Cardinals: Taking on the Jacksonville Jaguars, you don't need anyone to tell you that the Arizona Cardinals D/ST unit is going to have one heck of a day. 

    3. New York Jets: Who would have thought the New York Jets would be 5-4 entering Week 11? Led by a ferocious defensive line, expect the Jets to put tons of pressure on Buffalo Bills starting quarterback EJ Manuel

    4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: They might be 1-8, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have some serious talent on the defensive side of the football. With a depleted Atlanta Falcons team coming to town, look for the Bucs to have a nice outing in Week 11.

    5. Indianapolis Colts: The best part about the NFL is that things change on a weekly basis. After giving up 38 points to the St. Louis Rams in Week 10, the Colts get their shot at redemption vs. the Tennessee Titans. You know head coach Chuck Pagano will have his defense ready to play on a short week.

    6. Cincinnati Bengals: After suffering back-to-back losses, the Bengals need to rebound against the Cleveland Browns this week. In order to secure that win, the Bengals will need to rely on their fourth-ranked defense to create turnovers.

    7. Houston Texans: Facing an Oakland Raiders team that has struggled to put up points in the last two weeks, the Houston Texans have a chance to do something special in Week 11. If you have them on your roster, you're starting them and praying for J.J. Watt to make his presence felt.

    8. Cleveland Browns: The last time the Browns and Bengals met, the Browns D/ST finished with 12 fantasy points. A unit that plays great coverage and generates lots of pressure, starting the Browns this week is a good decision for any fantasy general manager.

    9. San Francisco 49ers: Yes, Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints are scary. But don't forget this San Francisco 49ers defense has been outstanding over their last six games. It may not stop Brees from scoring points, but it does have the talent needed to make his life miserable.

    10. New Orleans Saints: Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan has his New Orleans defense firing on all cylinders. After watching how the Carolina Panthers held the 49ers to just nine points in Week 10, the Saints are a nice play this week at home.

    11. Carolina Panthers: Winners of five games in a row, the Panthers seem to have finally put it all together. Led by their outstanding defense, look for the Panthers to give Tom Brady and the New England Patriots one heck of a football game.

    12. Chicago Bears: Even though the Chicago Bears haven't looked themselves defensively this season, the fact is they are about to play a struggling Baltimore Ravens team. At 4-5, the Ravens haven't been able to get anything going on offense. Watch for the Bears to take advantage of the Ravens' constant barrage of offense's mistakes.

    13. Green Bay Packers: If you didn't know, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning throws tons of interceptions. This week, the Green Bay Packers will be able to generate lots of pressure and force Manning to make bad decisions. That's why this D/ST is an under-the-radar Week 11 play. 

    14. Kansas City Chiefs: While this isn't the ideal matchup for the Kansas City Chiefs defense, the fact that it can get after the quarterback should help it against the Denver Broncos. Challenging the Broncos wide receivers with lots of man coverage, look for the Chiefs to send waves of pressure in the direction of Peyton Manning.

    15. Denver Broncos: The weakest part of this Broncos team has a chance to be a big factor in Week 11. Going up against a Chiefs offense that has averaged just 317.3 yards per game, the Broncos will have their work cut out for them defensively.

    16. New England Patriots: For all of the their defensive issues last season, the New England Patriots have done a nice job of turning things around this year. If you don't have a better option in Week 11, you could roll the dice and play this D/ST against the Panthers.

    17. Baltimore Ravens: Scoring 11 points last week against the Bengals, the Ravens defense managed to find its groove. But can they keep that trend of great defense going against a relentless Chicago offense? It's going to be one daunting task for this D/ST.

    18. San Diego Chargers: If you're desperate for a defense this week, the San Diego Chargers might be worth a look. Taking on a Miami Dolphins team that hasn't scored more than 24 points since Week 2, the Chargers will get their chance to inflict some damage on Sunday.

    19. Atlanta Falcons: It's incredibly hard to recommend playing the Atlanta Falcons D/ST, but if it ever had a chance to have a big game, this is it. Facing the 1-8 Buccaneers, the Falcons have to focus their attention on wide receiver Vincent Jackson and tight end Timothy Wright.

    19. Detroit Lions: At 6-3, the Detroit Lions have looked fantastic so far this season. Holding the Bears to just 19 points, the Lions will be looking to continue their defensive success against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 11. If you are looking for a lottery ticket this week, take a chance on the Lions.  

     

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