Week 11 is coming to an end and we’re starting to get a slightly better view of the NFL playoff picture, although we still have a long way to go. We’re going over some of the Week 11 surprises in the NFL, as well as the Top 10 Fantasy Football Surprises.
How about those Buffalo Bills, who came back to score 42 unanswered points against the Cincinnati Bengals? They were down 28-7 at one point, but made a second half resurgence that allowed them to beat the Bengals by 18 points.
Another shock was the Washington Redskins bouncing back from the embarrassing Monday Night performance against the Philadelphia Eagles and beating the Tennessee Titans in overtime 19-16. Mike Shanahan most likely won’t make the playoffs with that team, but they aren’t quitting, that’s for sure.
It’s time to show some love to the Eagles after beating the Giants by two scores in a sloppy offensive performance on both sides. Eli Manning threw three interceptions and the Giants fumbled four times, losing two of them. Michael Vick and the Eagles fumbled four times as well, also losing two. But they prevailed in the fourth quarter after being down 17-16, scoring a touchdown, and getting the two point conversion.
But let’s move on to the Fantasy Football Surprises for Week 11:
10. Browns Defense/Special Teams
The Browns' defense did more than enough to help them win, but the offense couldn’t capitalize on the turnovers as Cleveland lost a heartbreaker to the Jaguars.
But if you started the Browns defense, you got some good fantasy points as they intercepted David Garrard three times and Maurice Jones-Drew once. They recovered two fumbles, one in which Abram Elam returned for a touchdown.
The Browns most likely scored around 21-25 points for your fantasy team.
9. Fred Jackson, RB, Buffalo Bills
Jackson makes this list again because I’m apparently severely underrating him.
The Cincinnati defense is just in shambles, and the Buffalo offense took advantage of it.
Jackson rushed for 116 yards on 21 carries and recorded two rushing touchdowns. He caught three passes for 13 yards as well, amassing around 24 points for fantasy owners.
8. Jon Kitna, QB, Dallas Cowboys
Kitna is proving to be a nice QB2 for fantasy owners.
The Cowboys have now won two straight with this 35-19 victory over the Detroit Lions. Kitna only threw for 147 yards, but he threw three touchdown passes, and ran for another touchdown.
He amassed 40 yards rushing as well, and totaled around 27 points for fantasy owners.
7. Thomas Jones, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
Jones makes this list because it seemed like he was slowing down and wasn’t having as big a role in the KC offense as in previous weeks.
In Weeks 9 and 10, he combined for just four fantasy points, and it seemed like a good time to bench him.
Instead, he rushed for 71 yards, and two touchdowns in a 31-13 victory over the lowly Cardinals.
6. Robert Meachem, WR, New Orleans Saints
Meachem makes this list after catching two touchdown passes.
His performance didn’t “WOW” anybody as he only caught three balls for 50 yards, but the two touchdowns made him a great Flex play in Week 11.
This is surprising only because Meachem just shows up randomly in the Saints offense.
It’s too hard to predict when he’ll get a score with so many weapons for Drew Brees.
Meachem totaled around 17 fantasy points for owners who decided to start him.
5. Blair White, WR, Indianapolis Colts
If you can’t already tell, this isn’t a huge week for surprises.
White makes the list based on his two touchdowns despite just catching five passes for 42 yards.
He filled in well for Austin Collie, who left the game early.
White could be a nice Flex pickup if Collie starts to miss time, as it is clear Collie isn’t 100 percent.
White rewarded fantasy owners with around 16 fantasy points.
4. David Gettis, WR, Carolina Panthers
Gettis is one play away from not being on the fantasy radar at all, but his 88 yard touchdown reception gets him on the list as he grabbed two passes for 92 yards and one touchdown.
He totaled 15 fantasy points, but what’s most surprising is that he did it with Brian St. Pierre at quarterback.
That’s pretty scary, and nobody could have predicted that pass and catch hookup.
3. Nate Burleson, WR, Detroit Lions
Burleson is looking more and more like a legit Flex play each week. He gets targeted heavily, and Week 11 didn’t change that at all.
He was targeted 10 times, catching seven passes for 97 yards and scoring a touchdown. He even rushed the ball once for 15 yards.
Despite a Lion loss, Burleson amassed around 16 points for fantasy owners.
2. Joel Dreessen, TE, Houston Texans
This is the third time Dreessen has had a solid performance with Owen Daniels inactive on the day.
Dreessen caught just four passes, but got in the end zone once, and had 106 yards receiving.
Owen Daniels has not been healthy all season, and has been a disappointment.
If you’re looking for a sleeper tight end, target Dreessen whenever Daniels is out of the game.
Dreessen rewarded fantasy owners with 16 fantasy points.
1. Mike Goodson, RB, Carolina Panthers
I was all about Mike Goodson for Week 10, but I suggested that owners consider benching him in Week 11 against a Baltimore team who has allowed just one 100 yard or more rusher in 2010 (Peyton Hillis in Week 3).
But Goodson, formerly the Panthers fourth string running back, rushed for 120 yards on 22 carries.
He also caught five passes for 31 yards, but failed to get into the end zone.
Goodson still rewarded owners with 15 fantasy points, which is pretty good for a guy who didn’t get in the end zone and went into Week 11 with a dreadful match-up.