The Broncos offensive line has been derided by the media of late. Peyton Manning is dealing with ankle issues. And Kansas City's swarming pass rush—the team leads the NFL with 36 sacks—will be en route to Denver this weekend.
Sounds like a recipe for impending disaster.
When there's a (Peyton) Manning, there's a way, and despite the offensive line criticism, Manning is still the second-toughest quarterback to sack in the NFL. We optimistically see this as a week Manning imposes his will on the Broncos' leading competition in the AFC West, if not the AFC or the NFL all around.
Wilson Owners Sitting Pretty
Not only is Russell Wilson potentially getting Percy Harvin (hip) back in the fold, he is also getting a suspect Vikings defense to face under the support of the 12th Man. The Vikings are the second-worst team in fantasy against quarterbacks, allowing a league-high 20 touchdown passes. Wilson is not only a must-start, but he is arguably the best play in Week 11 with both the aforementioned Manning and Drew Brees (vs. San Francisco) facing tough defenses.
Sit Brady? Not So Fast
Tom Brady had a subpar start by his lofty standards this season, and the No. 1 team in fantasy against quarterbacks is waiting in Carolina next Monday night. We still list Brady among the starts this week, though, because he was facing the previous No. 1 team in fantasy against quarterbacks in his last game before the bye, Pittsburgh, and he laid it to waste with his best performance of the year. With a healthy complement of weapons, Brady deserves your trust even in the toughest of matchups down the stretch now.
Like Him More
Like we said in this week's "Top Pickups," facing the third-worst team in fantasy against quarterbacks, Carson Palmer should be good for his first 300-yard passing game since Week 1. Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring) is as close to 100 percent as he has been all season and tight end Rob Housler, who scored his first career touchdown last week, is just getting started.
We consider Palmer a starter in standard leagues in this matchup at Jacksonville, and he is one of the quarterbacks we like more than a few spots more than the masses:
- Tom Brady
- Carson Palmer
- Joe Flacco
- Geno Smith
- Scott Tolzien
Like Him Less
The Redskins are the fourth-worst team in fantasy against quarterbacks and Nick Foles is scorching hot, so you have to start the new Eagles go-to man. We just don't think he is going to be as elite as he has shown in the past two games.
Absolutely start him, but a division opponent figures to handle him better than others, so he is among the quarterbacks we like less than the consensus below:
- Nick Foles
- Matt Ryan
- Ben Roethlisberger
- Josh McCown
- Jason Campbell
Week 11 Quarterbacks Rankings - Eric Mack