Week 11 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: 5 Sneaky Quarterback Plays To Consider

Brian LendinoCorrespondent IINovember 15, 2011

Week 11 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: 5 Sneaky Quarterback Plays To Consider

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    Week 11 is the final week for byes in the NFL, but most notably, the quarterbacks off this week will leave fantasy owners scrambling for a replacement.

    Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger are both on bye weeks, as well as Matt Schaub and a slew of other quarterbacks who have been bit by the injury bug.

    Here are five sneaky quarterback plays you should go with if you want to come out victorious in Week 11.

Carson Palmer, Oakland

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    Carson Palmer is only getting better and more comfortable within the Raiders offense and that bodes well for fantasy owners everywhere.

    He backed up his 332-yard, three-touchdown performance against Denver with a 299-yard, three-touchdown performance on Thursday night against San Diego.

    He is still turning the ball over but has gotten better since he first stepped back on the field and I expect him to continue to improve.

    He has a favorable matchup this weekend against a Minnesota secondary that ranks third to last in the entire NFL in yards allowed and has given up 18 passing touchdowns.

    I would seriously consider starting Carson under normal circumstances at this point.

Matt Moore, Miami

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    I love making bold calls and Matt Moore is a bold call that I'm very confident about.

    Reggie Bush has been playing as good as he ever has and it's really alleviated some of the pressure off of Moore. I mean, don't look now but the Dolphins have won two straight.

    In those two games, Matt Moore has thrown three touchdowns against only one interception.

    This week he squares off against a Buffalo defense that struggles to get after the quarterback and is allowing 261 yards per game through the air.

    Moore is a deep sleeper you should consider in two-quarterback league, or if you're desperate with injuries or byes.

Alex Smith, San Fransisco

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    Who is this Alex Smith and what did he do with the old Alex Smith?

    For real though, what Mr. Smith, Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers have done this season is nothing short of amazing.

    I don't like Alex Smith as an every week starter just because the consistent stats aren't there, but if you have a starter on bye this week Smith has a great matchup.

    Arizona isn't great on defense and the 49ers are at home. I think both lean toward Alex Smith scoring a couple touchdowns and not turning the ball over.

    Michael Crabtree coming around, Braylon Edwards being healthy and Vernon Davis being, well, Vernon Davis, only helps the cause.

Matt Hasselbeck, Tennessee

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    Matt Hasselbeck is and always has been your prototypical game-manager style quarterback, but over the course of the 2011 season he has put up impressive numbers.

    In Week 10, recovering from a thumb injury, Hasselbeck put up good numbers against Carolina's defense and draws the Falcons in Week 11.

    Atlanta is giving up just over 250 yards through the air, including at least 300 yards to quarterbacks like Jay Cutler and Tarvaris Jackson.

    If Chris Johnson can repeat his previous week's production and give the defense a reason to stack the box, Hasselbeck could thrive this week against Atlanta.

Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay

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    Josh Freeman had a horrible day against the Texans in which he threw three interceptions, and that might shy owners away.

    That was the Texans defense, though. He should see a better day against a Packers defense that ranks second to last in yards allowed at nearly 300 per game.

    The Bucs are on the brink of being completely shunned from the playoff race and I see them relying on their leader to try and get back into the discussion.

    Plus, I presume that Freeman and the Bucs will be playing from behind forcing them to throw the ball more.

    I like Freeman a lot this week. I think he bounces back nicely and finds the end zone at least three times between passing and rushing.