Fantasy Football Week 11: Players Set to Bounce Back in a Big Way This Weekend

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent INovember 16, 2013

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A disappointing performance from one of your key fantasy players can force you to think twice about inserting them into your lineup the following week. But sometimes a poor outing can be chalked up to a bad matchup.

Whether it's a star receiver getting pushed around by a stout secondary or a running back being shutdown by a dominant front seven, talented players rarely stay down for long.

In that spirit, let's highlight a trio of prime-time fantasy performers who are sure to bounce back in a big way in Week 11.

*Scoring statistics according to ESPN Fantasy


Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons, QB

ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 20:  Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons looks to pass against Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Georgia Dome on October 20, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Average Points: 16.0

Week 11 Opponent: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is set to end his streak of poor play in Week 11 when Atlanta travels to Tampa Bay. After all, the Bucs are on a short week and Ryan was sensational the last time the two teams met in Week 7.

Ryan threw for a season-high three touchdowns in the Falcons' win in the Georgia Dome and should find the end zone on more than one occasion again on Sunday.

While Tampa isn't surrendering a ton of yardage through the air this season, it's giving up a good amount of passing touchdowns. Only seven teams in the NFL have allowed more passing touchdowns than the Bucs in 2013.

The Bucs even allowed two touchdowns against Miami's Ryan Tannehill in Week 10.


Wes Welker, Denver Broncos, WR

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 27:  Wide receiver Wes Welker #83 of the Denver Broncos tip-toes into the end zone for a touchdown after making a reception during the first quarter against the Washington Redskins at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on Octob
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Average Points: 11.7

Week 11 Opponent: Kansas City Chiefs

Wes Welker was surprisingly quiet in Week 10's win over the San Diego Chargers, but that is sure to change on Sunday.

Peyton Manning only targeted Welker six times against San Diego and was busy throwing to Demaryius Thomas and Knowshon Moreno out of the backfield. With the Broncos set to face off against one of the league's most stout defensive units in Kansas City in Week 11, Welker is sure to take on a larger role within the offense, especially from the slot in the red zone.

As ESPN Fantasy points out, Welker leads the NFL in most red-zone yardage since 2008 and ranks third in red-zone targets over the past five years. 

Look for Denver to try to exploit Kansas City's defense around or inside the 20-yard line by getting the ball to the ultra quick and elusive Welker.


Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins, RB

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - OCTOBER 31: (R) Lamar Miller #26 of the Miami Dolphins runs with the ball under pressure from Carlos Dunlap #96 of the Cincinnati Bengals at Sun Life Stadium on October 31, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty
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Average Points: 6.1

Week 11 Opponent: San Diego Chargers 

Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller turned in his worst fantasy performance since Week 1 last Monday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But Week 11's showdown with the San Diego Chargers presents the second-year back with an excellent breakout opportunity. 

The Bolts boast one of the more porous rush defenses in football this season and are allowing a ridiculous 4.8 yards per carry. Only Dallas, Kansas City and New Orleans are allowing more.

Keep in mind that Miller is just two weeks removed from the best rushing performance of his career against the Cincinnati Bengals. That same week, the Chargers' defense allowed 209 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns to the Washington Redskins.

Clearly, San Diego's front seven is suspect against the run, making Miller a brilliant play this weekend. 


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