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Fantasy Football Week 11: Top Plays at Every Position

Eric MackFantasy Football Lead WriterNovember 15, 2013

Fantasy Football Week 11: Top Plays at Every Position

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    Robert Griffin's Redskins figure to engage in a shootout against the Eagles in Philadelphia on Sunday.
    Robert Griffin's Redskins figure to engage in a shootout against the Eagles in Philadelphia on Sunday.Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

    What happens when arguably the best defense in football, Kansas City, takes on the arguably the most prolific offense in NFL history in Denver? What happens when two of the worst secondaries match up in Philly (the Redskins vs. the Eagles)?

    Fireworks.

    We hope.

    Fantasy footballers love wide-open games and big scores. We break down the top plays in fantasy every Friday of the season here at Bleacher Report with a six-part slideshow. You get the news, notes, likes, dislikes and in-depth rankings position-by-position right here.

Quarterbacks: A Banged-Up Manning Against the Chiefs Pass Rush? No Problem

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    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.

    Nope.

    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:

    1. Tom Brady
    2. Carson Palmer
    3. Joe Flacco
    4. Geno Smith
    5. 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:

    1. Nick Foles
    2. Matt Ryan
    3. Ben Roethlisberger
    4. Josh McCown
    5. Jason Campbell
    Week 11 Quarterbacks Rankings - Eric Mack
    RankQuarterbacksTeamOpponentECRvs. ECR
    1Peyton ManningDenvs. KC10
    2Drew BreesNOvs. SF20
    3Russell WilsonSeavs. Min30
    4Robert GriffinWasat Phi5+1
    5Cam NewtonCarvs. NE7+2
    6Matthew StaffordDetat Pit60
    7Tom BradyNEat Car11+4
    8Nick Foles Phivs. Was4-4
    9Philip RiversSDat Mia8-1
    10Andrew LuckIndat Ten100
    11Carson PalmerAriat Jac 19+8
    12Case Keenum Houvs. Oak9-3
    13Colin KaepernickSFat NO16+3
    14Andy DaltonCinvs. Cle 140
    15Alex SmithKCat Den18+3
    16Matt RyanAtlat TB12-4
    17Ben RoethlisbergerPitvs. Det 13-4
    18Joe Flacco Balat Chi24+6
    19Mike Glennon TBvs. Atl 17-2
    20Geno SmithNYJat Buf 28+8
    21Eli ManningNYGvs. GB20-1
    22Scott Tolzien GBat NYG 26+4
    23Ryan FitzpatrickTenvs. Ind22-1
    24Ryan Tannehill Miavs. SD21-3
    25Josh McCown Chivs. Bal 15-10
    26Terrelle PryorOakat Hou 25-1
    27EJ ManuelBufvs. NYJ 270
    28Jason CampbellCleat Cin 23-5
    29Chad Henne Jacvs. Ari290
    30Christian PonderMinat Sea300
    31Matt McGloin Oakat Hou 310
    Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) from over 100 experts provided by FantasyPros.

Running Backs: We Love the Chargers' Matchup and Hate the Jags Against Arizona

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    The way you beat a good defense is to run the ball right at it, and don’t stop. It is the way Arian Foster, Zac Stacy and Mike James each busted 100 yards against the Seattle defensive front. It took all three over 25 carries to do so.

    Those three performances are the reasons why Seattle is merely 15th against the run. It is also the reason we feel compelled to keep Adrian Peterson as the No. 1 play of Week 11, despite traveling up to Seattle.

     

    Miami Is Soft and Can Be Beated By the Run

    If you did not watch last Monday's Dolphins-Bucs game, you might not know just how soft the Dolphins look up front defensively. They are the second-worst team in fantasy against running backs and eighth-worst against the run. This makes Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead a pair of must-start backs this week.

     

    Cardinal Rule

    Arizona has somewhat quietly crept up to being one of the best run defenses in football. They have some big stars on that defense, and they are No. 1 against fantasy running backs and No. 3 against the run. It sets up for a bad week to trust Maurice Jones-Drew, who is missing practice time with a knee issue of late. MJD, coming off a season-high 21 carries for a mere 41 yards, has played like the oldest 28-year-old running back in football this season.

     

    Like Him More

    Like we said in the Fantasy Football Notebook on Wednesday, Bernard Pierce is one of the more underrated commodities around right now, particularly with the talk the Ravens are going to go with the hot hand going forward for their struggling and 30th-ranked running game. With the Bears defensive front equally maligned (31st against the run) we like Pierce as a sleeper this week.

    He rates among the backs we like two handful of spots more than the consensus.

    1. C.J. Spiller
    2. Trent Richardson (already played Thursday night)
    3. Bernard Pierce
    4. Bryce Brown
    5. Montee Ball

     

    Like Him Less

    Rex Ryan has turned around the Jets in one year, and it has more to do with the defense than the overanalyzed quarterback play in New York. The Jets are No. 1 against the run and No. 3 against running backs in fantasy, so you cannot like Fred Jackson as a starter this week.

    Spiller will get more of the pie this week, and Jackson is among the running backs we rank significantly lower than the masses below:

    1. Andre Brown
    2. Rashad Jennings
    3. Pierre Thomas
    4. Fred Jackson
    5. Shane Vereen
    Week 11 Running Backs Rankings - Eric Mack
    RankRunning BacksTeamOpponentECRvs. ECR
    1Adrian PetersonMinat Sea4+3
    2Jamaal CharlesKCat Den1-1
    3 LeSean McCoyPhivs. Was2-1
    4Marshawn LynchSeavs. Min3-1
    5Matt ForteChivs. Bal 7+2
    6Frank GoreSFat NO60
    7Reggie BushDetat Pit5-2
    8Alfred MorrisWasat Phi9+1
    9Eddie LacyGBat NYG 10+1
    10Chris JohnsonTenvs. Ind14+4
    11 Knowshon MorenoDenvs. KC8-3
    12Ray RiceBalat Chi19+7
    13 Le'Veon BellPitvs. Det 130
    14Ben TateHouvs. Oak12-2
    15Stevan RidleyNEat Car20+5
    16Chris IvoryNYJat Buf 23+7
    17C.J. SpillerBufvs. NYJ 28+11
    18Ryan MathewsSDat Mia21+3
    19Andre BrownNYGvs. GB11-8
    20Andre EllingtonAriat Jac 16-4
    21Darren SprolesNOvs. SF27+6
    22 Giovani BernardCinvs. Cle 15-7
    23Trent RichardsonIndat Ten33+10
    24Danny Woodhead SDat Mia17-7
    25Rashard MendenhallAriat Jac 31+6
    26 Rashad JenningsOakat Hou 18-8
    27Donald BrownIndat Ten34+7
    28Steven JacksonAtlat TB29+1
    29Maurice Jones-DrewJacvs. Ari26-3
    30Brian LeonardTBvs. Atl 300
    31Lamar MillerMiavs. SD25-6
    32Bernard PierceBalat Chi41+9
    33DeAngelo WilliamsCarvs. NE35+2
    34Pierre ThomasNOvs. SF24-10
    35Fred JacksonBufvs. NYJ 22-13
    36Jonathan StewartCarvs. NE38+2
    37Bryce BrownPhivs. Was55+18
    38 Montee BallDenvs. KC56+18
    39Daniel ThomasMiavs. SD48+9
    40Kendall HunterSFat NO57+17
    41Shane Vereen NEat Car32-9
    42 BenJarvus Green-EllisCinvs. Cle 36-6
    43 Joique BellDetat Pit39-4
    44Chris Ogbonnaya Cleat Cin 46+2
    45Dennis JohnsonHouvs. Oak53+8
    46 Shonn GreeneTenvs. Ind42-4
    47Mike Tolbert Carvs. NE43-4
    48James StarksGBat NYG 50+2
    49 Bilal PowellNYJat Buf 40-9
    50Robert Turbin Seavs. Min62+12
    51Mark IngramNOvs. SF45-6
    52 Jacquizz RodgersAtlat TB44-8
    53Willis McGaheeCleat Cin 47-6
    54Bobby Rainey TBvs. Atl 37-17
    55Peyton Hillis NYGvs. GB52-3
    56 LeGarrette Blount NEat Car70+14
    57Felix JonesPitvs. Det 67+10
    58Roy Helu Wasat Phi49-9
    59Michael BushChivs. Bal 61+2
    60 Fozzy WhittakerCleat Cin 59-1
    61Brandon JacobsNYGvs. GB71+10
    62Anthony DixonSFat NO83+21
    63 Denard RobinsonJacvs. Ari64+1
    64C.J. AndersonDenvs. KC74+10
    65Ronnie BrownSDat Mia66+1
    66Jason Snelling Atlat TB60-6
    67 Knile DavisKCat Den81+14
    68 Tashard ChoiceBufvs. NYJ 80+12
    69Johnathan FranklinGBat NYG 86+17
    70 LaMichael JamesSFat NO73+3
    Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) from over 100 experts provided by FantasyPros.

Wide Receivers: Fantasy Anticipating Percy Harvin's Long-Awaited Seahawks Debut

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    We have waited weeks, if not months, for Percy Harvin's Seahawks debut, and it looks like it just might come against his former team, the Vikings, on Sunday in Seattle. We cannot necessarily rank Harvin as a fantasy start, but you have to love his potential and motivation to stick it to his former team.

    He also has the benefit of the unknown.

    "We're very familiar with Percy's talent and how we used him here, but we have no idea of what they're going to do with him," Leslie Frazier told Clare Farnsworth of the Seahawks official website.

    That alone might be enough for you to stick Harvin in your lineup as a third receiver or a flex, particularly in PPR formats, despite warnings against early expectations by ESPN blogger Terry Blount.

     

    Texans' Best Yet to Come

    It has been a lost season in Houston, but the silver lining has been the emergence of Case Keenum at quarterback and the development of rookie receiver DeAndre Hopkins. That duo has been good, and they have helped make Andre Johnson his best, too. Johnson has scored five touchdowns in two games for the first time in his career, mostly because the Texans have been so run-heavy in the Johnson era. Expect the Texans to attack the Raiders (fifth worst against wide receivers) through the air.

     

    Saints Not Only Not a Pushover, They're Impenetrable

    That was an impressive performance against Dez Bryant and the Cowboys a week ago in the Superdome, so you have to hate your 49ers receiving options this week. Anquan Boldin is coming off getting shut down against the second-best team in fantasy against wide receivers (Carolina) and now draws the Saints, the third-best team against the pass. Mario Manningham will prove fantasy-worthy down the stretch, but he's a bad play here, too.

     

    Like Him More

    The Dolphins' Rishard Matthews enjoyed a breakthrough Monday night and was justifiably the most-added wide receiver in fantasy this week. He is hot and facing a favorable matchup against the Chargers, the fourth-worst team in fantasy against wide receivers.

    Matthews is among the receivers we like more than the consensus this week:

    1. Percy Harvin
    2. Rishard Matthews
    3. James Jones
    4. Dexter McCluster
    5. Brandon LaFell

     

    Like Him Less

    On the other side of the ledger, Mike Wallace (hamstring) has been almost a nonfactor for the Dolphins this season as a big-ticket free-agent acquisition. He has been particularly overshadowed by Brian Hartline and Matthews of late, too. He is among the receiver we like less than the masses below:

    1. Mike Wallace
    2. Brian Hartline
    3. Dwayne Bowe
    4. Harry Douglas
    5. Mike Brown
    Week 11 Wide Receivers Rankings - Eric Mack
    RankWide ReceiversTeamOpponentECRvs. ECR
    1Calvin JohnsonDetat Pit10
    2A.J. GreenCinvs. Cle5+3
    3Brandon MarshallChivs. Bal30
    4DeSean JacksonPhivs. Was40
    5Demaryius ThomasDenvs. KC7+2
    6Wes WelkerDenvs. KC10+4
    7Andre JohnsonHouvs. Oak2-5
    8Larry FitzgeraldAriat Jac14+6
    9Pierre GarconWasat Phi6-3
    10Victor CruzNYGvs. GB11+1
    11Vincent JacksonTBvs. Atl8-3
    12Jordy NelsonGBat NYG19+7
    13Eric DeckerDenvs. KC15+2
    14Antonio BrownPitvs. Det9-5
    15Josh GordonCleat Cin16+1
    16T.Y. HiltonIndat Ten12-4
    17Riley CooperPhivs. Was20+3
    18Alshon JefferyChivs. Bal13-5
    19Torrey SmithBalat Chi18-1
    20Danny AmendolaNEat Car25+5
    21Marques ColstonNOvs. SF27+6
    22Keenan AllenSDat Mia17-5
    23Cecil ShortsJacvs. Ari21-2
    24Roddy WhiteAtlat TB30+6
    25Percy HarvinSeavs. Min34+9
    26Steve SmithCarvs. NE24-2
    27Hakeem NicksNYGvs. GB28+1
    28Golden TateSeavs. Min22-6
    29Rishard MatthewsMiavs. SD45+16
    30DeAndre HopkinsHouvs. Oak29-1
    31James JonesGBat NYG40+9
    32Anquan BoldinSFat NO36+4
    33Mike WallaceMiavs. SD23-10
    34Steve JohnsonBufvs. NYJ41+7
    35Emmanuel SandersPitvs. Det32-3
    36Kendall WrightTenvs. Ind31-5
    37Aaron DobsonNEat Car33-4
    38Brandon LaFellCarvs. NE46+8
    39Marvin JonesCinvs. Cle43+4
    40Rueben RandleNYGvs. GB44+4
    41Dexter McClusterKCat Den60+19
    42Michael FloydAriat Jac37-5
    43Brian HartlineMiavs. SD35-8
    44Denarius MooreOakat Hou38-6
    45Jarrett BoykinGBat NYG42-3
    46Marlon BrownBalat Chi49+3
    47Santonio HolmesNYJat Buf50+3
    48Dwayne BoweKCat Den39-9
    49Donnie AveryKCat Den61+12
    50Doug BaldwinSeavs. Min48-2
    51Mohamed SanuCinvs. Cle86+35
    52Greg JenningsMinat Sea59+7
    53Nate WashingtonTenvs. Ind55+2
    54Kenny StillsNOvs. SF47-7
    55Eddie RoyalSDat Mia58+3
    56Harry DouglasAtlat TB26-30
    57Lance MooreNOvs. SF52-5
    58Nate BurlesonDetat Pit65+7
    59Mario ManninghamSFat NO68+9
    60Kenbrell ThompkinsNEat Car75+15
    61Jason AvantPhivs. Was79+18
    62Julian EdelmanNEat Car72+10
    63Jacoby JonesBalat Chi73+10
    64Vincent BrownSDat Mia69+5
    65David NelsonNYJat Buf71+6
    66Leonard HankersonWasat Phi62-4
    67Ted GinnCarvs. NE80+13
    68Greg LittleCleat Cin63-5
    69Darrius Heyward-BeyIndat Ten77+8
    70Jon BaldwinSFat NO100+30
    71Mike BrownJacvs. Ari53-18
    72Lavon BrazillIndat Ten101+29
    73Davone BessCleat Cin85+12
    74Jerome SimpsonMinat Sea84+10
    75Tiquan UnderwoodTBvs. Atl51-24
    76Stephen HillNYJat Buf67-9
    77Ace SandersJacvs. Ari83+6
    78Rod StreaterOakat Hou81+3
    79Andre RobertsAriat Jac56-23
    80Robert MeachemNOvs. SF102+22
    81Jermaine KearseSeavs. Min66-15
    82Kris DurhamDetat Pit57-25
    83Justin HunterTenvs. Ind64-19
    84Santana MossWasat Phi96+12
    85Jacoby FordOakat Hou109+24
    86Kyle WilliamsKCat Den113+27
    Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) from over 100 experts provided by FantasyPros.

Tight Ends: We Rank Rob Gronkowski over the Now-Limited Jimmy Graham

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    No one is going to consider sitting all-world tight end Jimmy Graham, but it is important to note the management program the Saints have him on now amid his partially torn plantar fascia, according to ESPN's Mike Triplett.

    It was reason enough for us to rank the Pats' Rob Gronkowski as the top play at the position in Week 11, despite the fact he faces a Panthers fourth-ranked (tied) pass defense.

     

    Take It to the Housler

    A favorite breakout by this writer in the preseason, Rob Housler finally scored in Week 10 and now he gets the Jaguars defense that has allowed the third-most points to tight end in fantasy. Housler's season started slow because of a high-ankle sprain, but he's healthy and full-go now. He is a potential top-12 fantasy option down the stretch, especially in Week 11 with his matchup.

     

    Broncos' Thomas Put to Ultimate Test

    We are going to see just how much Julius Thomas belongs in the Graham-Gronk elite tier of fantasy tight ends. Thomas has scored a touchdown in seven of nine games and is on pace to average a touchdown a game. He goes up against a Chiefs defense that hasn't allowed a tight end to reach the end zone all season, the only team in the NFL to boast that stat. You cannot sit Thomas, but the Chiefs are No. 1 against the position, allowing a league-low 314 yards to tight ends.

     

    Like Him More

    No one can bank on Zach Miller getting into the end zone on a consistent basis, but the Seahawks are facing the second-worst team in fantasy against tight ends in the Vikings. They have allowed a league-high nine touchdowns to the position. It is the reason Miller is among the tight ends we like more than the consensus this week:

    1. Vernon Davis
    2. Greg Olsen
    3. Rob Housler
    4. Zach Miller
    5. Dallas Clark

     

    Like Him Less

    The Eagles are right behind the Chiefs in being a difficult matchup for tight ends, allowing just one touchdown to the position. The Eagles are third best against the position, and the Redskins' Jordan Reed is among the options we like less than the masses, despite still ranking as a must-start:

    1. Jordan Reed
    2. Martellus Bennett
    3. Garrett Graham
    4. Scott Chandler
    5. Tyler Eifert
    Week 11 Tight Ends Rankings - Eric Mack
    RankTight EndsTeamOpponentECRvs. ECR
    1Rob GronkowskiNEat Car10
    2Jimmy GrahamNOvs. SF20
    3Julius ThomasDenvs. KC4+1
    4Vernon DavisSFat NO6+2
    5Jordan ReedWasat Phi3-2
    6Antonio GatesSDat Mia5-1
    7Jordan CameronCleat Cin70
    8Greg OlsenCarvs. NE10+2
    9Tony GonzalezAtlat TB8-1
    10Coby FleenerIndat Ten11+1
    11Martellus BennettChivs. Bal9-2
    12Tim WrightTBvs. Atl13+1
    13Heath MillerPitvs. Det12-1
    14Charles ClayMiavs. SD140
    15Rob HouslerAriat Jac18+3
    16John CarlsonMinat Sea17+1
    17Garrett GrahamHouvs. Oak15-2
    18Zach MillerSeavs. Min22+4
    19Dallas ClarkBalat Chi26+7
    20Scott ChandlerBufvs. NYJ16-4
    21Delanie WalkerTenvs. Ind20-1
    22Zach ErtzPhivs. Was27+5
    23Jermaine GreshamCinvs. Cle33+10
    24Tyler EifertCinvs. Cle19-5
    25Brandon PettigrewDetat Pit21-4
    26Anthony FasanoKCat Den32+6
    27Joseph FauriaDetat Pit36+9
    28Brent CelekPhivs. Was29+1
    29Brandon MyersNYGvs. GB24-5
    30Kellen WinslowNYJat Buf25-5
    31Andrew QuarlessGBat NYG35+4
    32Marcedes LewisJacvs. Ari23-9
    33Jeff CumberlandNYJat Buf28-5
    Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) from over 100 experts provided by FantasyPros.

Defense/Special Teams: Chiefs Are Elite, but Don't Expect Much in Denver

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    You don't mess with Peyton Manning in Denver—no matter his health, no matter his patchwork offensive line and no matter the opponent. The Kansas City Chiefs defense has been the No. 1 unit in fantasy, but you have to hate the matchup this week.

    We rank the Chiefs out of the starting options in standard fantasy leagues.

     

    Don't Sleep on the Packers

    If you are streaming defenses and like to go with the matchups, you have to consider the Packers. Sure, they are without their first two quarterbacks, but they can run the ball and stop the run. Also, the error-prone Eli Manning behind a bad offensive line has made the Giants the most generous opponent in fantasy for defense/special teams units.

     

    Steelers' Curtain Has Been Drawn

    Pittsburgh is in a rare position, scoring the fewest fantasy points per game in standard scoring leagues. It also has a tough matchup against the Lions, the second-best team in fantasy against defenses to date. You should own the Steelers defense in any leagues, much less considering starting them right now.

     

    Like Him More

    The Jets haven't put up a lot of fantasy points this season defensively, but the Bills are the sixth-worst team in fantasy against defenses. You have to like the Jets coming off a bye against these Bills. The Jets are among the units we like more than the consensus this week:

    1. New York Jets
    2. Detroit Lions
    3. Chicago Bears
    4. New England Patriots
    5. Green Bay Packers

     

    Like Him Less

    The Patriots are giving up sacks and have been inconsistent in general in the passing game, but they don't turn the ball over, and Tom Brady looked like he was ready to turn the corner on his disappointing season in his last game before the bye. The Panthers are a starting fantasy defense against anyone, but we like that unit less than the masses below:

    1. Carolina Panthers
    2. Cleveland Browns
    3. Buffalo Bills
    4. Indianapolis Colts (already played Thursday night)
    5. New York Giants (out of B/R's top 20 below)
    Week 11 Defenses and Special Teams Rankings - Eric Mack
    RankDefenses and Special TeamsTeamOpponentECRvs. ECR
    1Seattle SeahawksSeavs. Min10
    2Arizona CardinalsAriat Jac20
    3Cincinnati BengalsCinvs. Cle30
    4New York JetsNYJat Buf7+3
    5Houston TexansHouvs. Oak6+1
    6Detroit LionsDetat Pit13+7
    7Chicago BearsChivs. Bal9+2
    8New England PatriotsNEat Car11+3
    9Denver BroncosDenvs. KC10+1
    10Green Bay PackersGBat NYG15+5
    11Carolina PanthersCarvs. NE4-7
    12New Orleans SaintsNOvs. SF120
    13Baltimore RavensBalat Chi18+5
    14San Diego ChargersSDat Mia17+3
    15Kansas City ChiefsKCat Den19+4
    16San Francisco 49ersSFat NO160
    17Atlanta FalconsAtlat TB21+4
    18Cleveland BrownsCleat Cin14-4
    19Buffalo BillsBufvs. NYJ5-14
    20Indianapolis ColtsIndat Ten8-12
    Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) from over 100 experts provided by FantasyPros.

Kickers: Jump Back on the Jets' Folk for the Rest of the Season

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    Nick Folk was dropped before his bye, but you can make him an every-week option here on out.
    Nick Folk was dropped before his bye, but you can make him an every-week option here on out.Scott Cunningham/Getty Images

    Stephen Gostkowski and Nick Folk went into their bye week as the highest-scoring kickers in fantasy and return as must-start options in all leagues. Yes, Folk has even earned that status for the Jets in their rebound season.

     

    Folk Tale

    The Bills have been the third-worst team in fantasy against kickers, and they have allowed a league-high 25 field-goal attempts through 10 games. Expect a three-field-goal day Sunday, which makes him a must-start in all leagues—which he should stay for the remainder of the season regardless of the matchup.

     

    Texans Kicker Not Making Us Feel Randy

    Houston's season has been a bust in so many ways, and kicker Randy Bullock hasn't helped the cause any. He has missed a league-high nine attempts in his first season, and while the Raiders matchup makes everyone look favorable in fantasy, Oakland has allowed a league low with 12 field-goal attempts and nine makes, tied with the 49ers (No. 1 in fantasy against kickers) in both categories. Bullock is a bad play even in the most favorable of matchups.

     

    Like Him More

    You might be somewhat cold on the Packers offense without Aaron Rodgers, but we wouldn't give up on kicker Mason Crosby. The Giants are still in the bottom 10 of fantasy against kickers, and the Packers can move the ball into the red zone with the sixth-best rushing attack in football, thanks mostly to Eddie Lacy.

    Crosby is among the kickers we like more than the masses below:

    1. Stephen Gostkowski
    2. Nick Folk
    3. Mason Crosby
    4. Phil Dawson
    5. Alex Henery

     

    Like Him Less

    You won't sit Matt Prater in any leagues, but the Chiefs are good enough to limit the Broncos more than any other team has to date. Prater remains elite in our rankings, but he is among the kickers we like less than the consensus this week:

    1. Matt Prater
    2. Garrett Hartley
    3. Nick Novak
    4. Jay Feely
    5. David Akers
    Week 11 Kickers Rankings - Eric Mack
    RankKickersTeamOpponentECRvs. ECR
    1Steven HauschkaSeavs. Min2+1
    2Stephen GostkowskiNEat Car4+2
    3Nick FolkNYJat Buf7+4
    4Matt PraterDenvs. KC1-3
    5Mason CrosbyGBat NYG12+7
    6Phil DawsonSFat NO18+12
    7Alex HeneryPhivs. Was9+2
    8Justin TuckerBalat Chi6-2
    9Adam VinatieriIndat Ten17+8
    10Matt BryantAtlat TB100
    11Garrett HartleyNOvs. SF8-3
    12Ryan SuccopKCat Den21+9
    13Caleb SturgisMiavs. SD25+12
    14Nick NovakSDat Mia3-11
    15Mike NugentCinvs. Cle26+11
    16Sebastian JanikowskiOakat Hou28+12
    17Jay FeelyAriat Jac13-4
    18David AkersDetat Pit5-13
    19Graham GanoCarvs. NE20+1
    20Rob BironasTenvs. Ind29+9
    21Kai ForbathWasat Phi16-5
    22Josh BrownNYGvs. GB24+2
    Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) from over 100 experts provided by FantasyPros.

     

     

    Eric Mack, one of the giants among fantasy writers, is the Fantasy Football Lead Writer for Bleacher Report this season. Follow him on Twitter, where you can ask him endless questions about your team, rip him for his content and even challenge him to a head-to-head fantasy game. You can also listen to him on his podcast that he deprecatingly dubbed the Fantasy FatCast.

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