It is crunch time in fantasy football leagues, and with the playoffs just around the corner, it is essential to win this week’s matchup.
Just because players have had a good season so far does not mean they will replicate that this week. Here are a few fantasy players who will not show up and be the biggest disappointments of Week 11.
Matt Forte, RB, Bears
The Chicago Bears will play host to the Baltimore Ravens this week as Matt Forte and the Bears look to bounce back from their loss to division rival, Detroit.
Forte has been really good fantasy-wise this season and will need a big week here with Cutler unavailable to play. This week, though, Forte will not get it done. The Ravens' rush defense, ranked No. 10 in the league, will be looking for a key win and know stopping Forte is the way to do it.
Expect the Ravens to load the box and test Josh McCown’s arm in this game. If McCown can get his receivers the ball early, the running game could open up for Forte, but that will not happen. Forte is in for another bad week coming off his 33-yard performance in Week 10.
Philip Rivers, QB, Chargers
Philip Rivers has had one of his best seasons of his career. So far this season he has been one of the top-ranked fantasy quarterbacks, but this week he will suffer.
The Chargers will be traveling to South Beach to take on the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins, who have lost five of their last six, will be looking to bounce back after a tough loss to Tampa Bay.
The defense of the Dolphins, however, has not been bad. In the past three weeks, they have held Tom Brady to an underwhelming 116 yards, they picked off Andy Dalton three times and held Mike Glennon to 139 yards.
The Chargers will continue to struggle this week as the Dolphins secondary will step up and frustrate Rivers. Just because the Dolphins have played poorly as a team does not mean Rivers will have a good game here. Think twice before starting Rivers here in Week 11.
Jordy Nelson, WR, Packers
Jordy Nelson has been one of the best wide receivers in fantasy football this season. This week Nelson and the Packers will travel to New York to face the Giants. The Giants, who have won three straight, will look to continue their improbable run and get another win closer to the division lead.
The Giants defense has not allowed a passing touchdown since the second quarter of Week 6! With their Week 9 bye, it means they have not allowed a touchdown through the air in 16 quarters.
While it would be smart to bet on Aaron Rodgers to end that streak, don't forget that Rodgers is still injured. As per Pro Football Talk, Scott Tolzien is the confirmed starter this week and with the Giants defense looking like it is officially back, look for him to really struggle this week. Do not anticipate a big week out of Nelson, who has not had more than 67 yards in the past two games with Rodgers sidelined.
Kansas City, Defense
Kansas City is the last undefeated team in football. Their defense has been ridiculously good but this week, they will struggle. It may be stubborn, but I’m still not sold on the Chiefs.
Jaguars, Cowboys, Eagles, Giants, Titans, Raiders, Texans, Browns, Bills. Those have been the Chiefs' opponents this year. Not a single one of those teams has a winning record. Now this week, they have to face Peyton Manning, in Denver, on Sunday night. That is never fun.
The top fantasy quarterback in the NFL and the best receiving core in the league are going to show the Chiefs aren’t as great as people think. Manning has only thrown less than three touchdowns twice this season and has yet to throw for less than two.
Peyton is going to put up big numbers as usual and torch the Chiefs secondary as Kansas City will suffer their first loss of the season.
One other player to keep an eye on is Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick has been very up and down all season but could struggle this week. With Vernon Davis questionable—as per Roto World—heading into the week that could cause problems for the 49ers QB. Keep an eye on Davis’ status and if he can’t go, Kaepernick needs to be on the fantasy bench.
Feel free to leave any questions or comments below on your fantasy lineup for this week. Good luck in Week 11!