Fantasy Football Week 11: Ranking Best Players This Week

Jeremy FuchsCorrespondent IIINovember 15, 2013

ST. LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 28: Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks passes in the second quarter against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on October 28, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Michael Thomas/Getty Images)
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With the playoffs just around the corner, every roster decision needs to be perfect. Your highest scoring player can't be on your bench. You can't start the guy who puts up a doughnut hole. If you do, it could mean missing the playoffs.

Or maybe a player gets injured during the game. That happened to me. Down 10 points last week headed into Monday night, I had Mike James ready to go. And then he gets injured. Oh, and in my league, Rashad Jennings, sitting pretty on my bench, got 11 points. Ouch.

So every decision is of the utmost importance. These next few weeks are crucial.

That's why I've taken the liberty of ranking the top 50 players in fantasy football for Week 11. Need to know which QB to start? Look no further. Riley Cooper or Pierre Garcon for your flex spot? It's all here.

Below is the list of the 50 best players, and then after that we'll discuss a few players of note.

Week 11 Top 50 Fantasy Players
1.Russell WilsonQBMinnesota
2.Tom BradyQBCarolina
3.Matt RyanQBTampa Bay
4.Drew BreesQBSan Francisco
5.Frank GoreRBNew Orleans
6.Nick FolesQBWashington
7.Calvin JohnsonWRPittsburgh
8.Peyton ManningQBKansas City
9.Marshawn LynchRBMinnesota
10.Adrian PetersonRBSeattle
11.Joe FlaccoQBChicago
12.Philip RiversQBMiami
13.Reggie BushRBPittsburgh
14.DeSean JacksonWRWashington
15.Knowshon MorenoRBKansas City
16.Ben RoethlisbergerQBDetroit
17.Andre BrownRBGreen Bay
18.Matt ForteRBBaltimore
19.Robert Griffin IIIQBPhiladelphia
20.Andre JohnsonWROakland
21.Matthew StaffordQBPittsburgh
22.Ben TateRBOakland
23.Demaryius ThomasWRKansas City
24.Victor CruzWRGreen Bay
25.Eddie LacyRBNew York Giants
26.Vincent JacksonWRAtlanta
27.LeSean McCoyRBWashington
28.Andre EllingtonRBJacksonville
29.Cam NewtonQBNew England
30.Case KeenumQBOakland
31.Le'Veon BellRBDetroit
32.Alfred MorrisRBPhiladelphia
33.Rob GronkowskiTECarolina
34.Brandon MarshallWRBaltimore
35.Eli ManningQBGreen Bay
36.Wes WelkerWRKansas City
37.Danny AmendolaWRCarolina
38.A.J. GreenWRCleveland
39.Jimmy GrahamTESan Francisco
40.Brian LeonardRBAtlanta
41.Chris IvoryRBBuffalo
42.Keenan AllenWRMiami
43.DeAngelo WilliamsRBNew England
44.Jordy NelsonWRNew York Giants
45.Maurice Jones-DrewRBArizona
46.Antonio BrownWRDetroit
47.Larry FitzgeraldWRJacksonville
48.Pierre GarconWRPhiladelphia
49.Riley CooperWRWashington
50.Jamaal CharlesRBDenver


Russell Wilson

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 28:  Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks throws a pass before the NFL game against the St. Louis Rams at Edward Jones Dome on October 28, 2013 in St Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Andy Lyons/Getty Images

I have Russell Wilson as my top-rated player this week.

I know that he's not exactly the quarterback you think of when it comes to fantasy. He may be a better football player than fantasy player.

But this could be his week.

For one, he takes on a woeful Minnesota defense, that gives up 285.7 yards per game through the air, which is ranked 29th in the league.

For another, the Seahawks are getting Percy Harvin back:

Harvin might not have his best game, but even his presence should give the Vikings fits. It will open up room for Golden Tate and John Carlson.

Wilson is the safest and best play this week, and he will give your team a huge boost as a QB1.


Jimmy Graham

NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 27:  Jimmy Graham #80 of the New Orleans Saints reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 27, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Chris Graythen/Getty Images

I have Jimmy Graham ranked 39th this week. Yes, it seems low.

But it's not. Look, Graham has been shut down this year. He didn't have a catch against New England and had just three against Buffalo.

The San Francisco 49ers have the eighth-ranked pass defense, giving up just 211.7 yards through the air per game. They have one of the best linebacking corps in the league. He will be double- and tripled-team.

The Niners will just copy what the New England Patriots did. By double- and triple-teaming him, Graham just doesn't have the room to run.

You can beat the Saints if you take Graham out of the picture. That's exactly what's going to happen on Sunday.


Philip Rivers

SAN DIEGO, CA - NOVEMBER 10:  Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers throws the ball against the Denver Broncos during their game on November 10, 2013 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
Donald Miralle/Getty Images

Looking for a quarterback? Philip Rivers might be a good option.

I have him ranked 12th, but that may be a bit low. He could have a huge game.

He's going up against the Miami Dolphins, who may have a few other things on their mind.

Oh, and they're not good. They give up 238 passing yards per game, and they've only held one opponent under 20 points.

Rivers is having a fantastic season. He's thrown for 2,691 yards, 18 touchdowns and just seven picks. He's completed 71.6 percent of his passes.

It looks like Rivers and Keenan Allen have developed chemistry, too. I think this could be a huge week for Rivers. He's a must-start.