Week 11 Fantasy Football Rankings: Analyzing Top Starts for Every Position

Andrew GouldFeatured ColumnistNovember 15, 2013

GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 10: LeSean McCoy #25 of the Philadelphia Eagles gets around Clay Matthews #52 of the Green Bay Packers during a first quarter run at Lambeau Field on November 10, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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The dreaded bye week is almost a thing of the past for fantasy football owners.

This weekend, 30 NFL squads will take the field, giving fantasy managers more options at their disposal. Those with Dallas Cowboys on their roster will have to fill a void or two, but gamers will not be counting on a St. Louis Ram other than the burgeoning Zac Stacy. 

That means this week's rankings should be more prominently filled with stars occupying the top spots. Gone are the days of pressing Keenan Allen into top-10 duty.

Who will be Week 11's top fantasy performers? To the ranking tables we go!

 

Quarterback

Week 11 QB Rankings
RankPlayerMatchup
1Drew BreesSan Francisco 49ers
2Peyton ManningKansas City Chiefs
3Russell WilsonMinnesota Vikings
4Philip Riversat Miami Dolphins
5Robert Griffin IIIat Philadelphia Eagles
6Matthew Staffordat Pittsburgh Steelers
7Nick FolesWashington Redskins
8Cam NewtonNew England Patriots
9Ben RoethlisbergerDetroit Lions
10Tom Bradyat Carolina Panthers
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Do Drew Brees and Peyton Manning have particularly promising matchups? No. Are you still insane for even considering benching one of them? Absolutely. (Unless you have both, but in that case, how? And why?)

Russell Wilson is this week's fringe fantasy starter who volts into top-five quarterback territory due to his appetizing matchup against the Vikings, who allow 399.3 total yards per game. A returning Percy Harvin would sweeten the pot even more.

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 10:  Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks passes for a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on November 10, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Starting any quarterback against Carolina is risky business, but it will take a strong-minded individual to sit Tom Brady after burning the Pittsburgh Steelers for 432 yards and four touchdowns.

The Lions allow 275.6 passing yards per game and will force the Pittsburgh Steelers to fire away through the air. Ben Roethlisberger compiled a combined 789 yards against the Vikings and Bears earlier in the season, so consider using him against another defensively challenged NFC North squad.

 

Running Back

Week 11 RB Rankings
RankPlayerMatchup
1LeSean McCoyWashington Redskins
2Jamaal Charlesat Denver Broncos
3Marshawn LynchMinnesota Vikings
4Adrian Petersonat Seattle Seahawks
5Frank Goreat New Orleans Saints
6Knowshon MorenoKansas City Chiefs
7Reggie Bushat Pittsburgh Steelers
8Alfred Morrisat Philadelphia Eagles
9Matt Fortevs. Baltimore Ravens
10Eddie Lacyat New York Giants
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After Dallas, Washington allows the most fantasy points per game to running backs at 21.6, according to ESPN. LeSean McCoy earned 184 rushing yards and a touchdown during their earlier meeting.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 13:  Frank Gore #21 of the San Francisco 49ers is tackled by Calais Campbell #93 of the Arizona Cardinals at Candlestick Park on October 13, 2013 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The Chiefs lead the league in defensive sacks and takeaways, but they also surrender 5.0 yards per carry. Don't shy away from Knowshon Moreno this Sunday.

Against the Saints, who ran third against the pass but 23rd against the run, don't be surprised if Frank Gore gets the ball 25-30 times for a San Francisco team that records the league's least amount of passing yards.

Not included above, Andre Brown is now the undisputed No. 1 back for the Giants. Chris Ivory should receive another heavy workload against the Bills, and Andre Ellington will have a monster game if the Cardinals just give him the darn ball.

 

Wide Receiver

Week 11 WR Rankings
RankPlayerMatchup
1Calvin Johnsonat Pittsburgh Steelers
2Andre JohnsonOakland Raiders
3DeSean JacksonWashington Redskins
4Brandon Marshallat Chicago Bears
5Pierre Garconat Philadelphia Eagles
6A.J. GreenCleveland Browns
7Vincent JacksonAtlanta Falcons
8Antonio BrownDetroit Lions
9Demaryius ThomasKansas City Chiefs
10Victor CruzGreen Bay Packers
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I don't know—are you guys really sold on this Calvin Johnson guy? Yes? Fine, I'll give him a shot against Pittsburgh, who allowed 55 points to the Patriots during Week 9.

Exhibit A on why you never let touchdowns guide your decisions: After starting the first seven games of 2013 without a touchdown, Andre Johnson has scored five times in the past two games. The targets and production were always there, so naturally, the end-zone trips followed. Kudos to those who bought low on the star wideout.

HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 03: Andre Johnson #80 of the Houston Texans catches a 41 yard pass for a touchdown in the first quarter as he gets behind Antoine Bethea #41 of the Indianapolis Colts at Reliant Stadium on November 3, 2013 in Houston, Texas. (Photo
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Denver's trio of receivers have a tough secondary awaiting them, but they're too good to bench. The same goes for A.J. Green, who should be followed by Joe Haden all day.

I endorsed Big Ben, so some receiver has to reap those rewards. Enter Antonio Brown,who has caught at least five passes in every game this season.

 

Tight End

Week 11 TE Rankings
RankPlayerMatchup
1Jimmy GrahamSan Francisco 49ers
2Rob Gronkowskiat Carolina Panthers
3Antonio Gatesat Miami Dolphins
4Jordan Reedat Philadelphia Eagles
5Julius ThomasKansas City Chiefs
6Jordan Cameronat Cincinnati Bengals
7Tony Gonzalezat Tampa Bay Buccaneers
8Vernon Davisat New Orleans Saints
9Greg OlsenNew England Patriots
10Timothy WrightAtlanta Falcons
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The Dolphins have surrendered the seventh-most fantasy points per game (8.8) against tight ends, so expect a nice effort from Antonio Gates. He hasn't scored in his last five games, but the big man has averaged 8.4 targets during that stretch.

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 27:  Tight end Jordan Reed #86 of the Washington Redskins stiff-arms safety Mike Adams #20 of the Denver Broncos after making a reception during the fourth quarter at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on October 27, 2013 in De
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The Eagles have the only defense playing in Week 11 that yields more than 300 passing yards per game. That makes Jordan Reed one of many Washington skill players worth starting on Sunday.

Jordan Cameron is no longer praised as a fantasy deity after totaling a subdued 240 yards and a touchdown in his last five games (including a four-yard dud last weekend), but he's still a top talent who caught 10 passes the last time he faced the Bengals.

 

Defense

Week 11 Defense Rankings
RankTeamMatchup
1Seattle SeahawksMinnesota Vikings
2Arizona Cardinalsat Jacksonville Jaguars
3Cincinnati BengalsCleveland Browns
4Houston TexansOakland Raiders
5Carolina PanthersNew England Patriots
6Buffalo BillsNew York Jets
7Chicago BearsBaltimore Ravens
8New England Patriotsat Carolina Panthers
9New York Jetsat Buffalo Bills
10New York GiantsGreen Bay Packers
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The Texans still lead the league with 280.0 yards allowed per game. They're going to eventually figure this out, and Oakland is as good of an opponent as any to start against.

With 32 sacks and 16 takeaways, the Bills are a sneaky, good fantasy defense. Take a chance on Geno Smith increasing his 16-turnover tally.

PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 10:  Jairus Byrd #31 of the Buffalo Bills runs after catching an interception in the first half against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the game on November 10, 2013 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K.
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Over the past three games, the Giants have collected eight turnovers and were responsible for just three touchdowns. Their opponents have guided this turnaround, but Scott Tolzien isn't Aaron Rodgers.

Although the Chiefs have been far and beyond the best fantasy defense this season, it's not safe starting them against the Broncos. But if the decision boils down to use them or dump them, hope for the best against a battered Peyton Manning.

 

Kicker

Week 11 K Rankings
RankPlayerMatchup
1Steven HauschkaMinnesota Vikings
2Matt PraterKansas City Chiefs
3Nick Folkat Buffalo Bills
4Nick Novakat Miami Dolphins
5Justin Tuckerat Chicago Bears
6Alex HeneryWashington Redskins
7Robbie GouldBaltimore Ravens
8David Akersat Pittsburgh Steelers
9Stephen Gostkowskiat Carolina Panthers
10Graham GanoNew England Patriots
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The Jets have the perfect offense for a kicker's fantasy value. They can move the ball but not prolifically enough to find the end zone with poise. Nick Folk has converted six field goals of 40 yards or more during their last three games.

Graham Gano has made five 50-yard field goals for a team that feels little need to force the issue with such a stout defense backing it up.