Week 11 Fantasy Football Rankings: Players Primed to Bounce Back

Avi Wolfman-ArentCorrespondent IINovember 16, 2011

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 13: Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions throws a pass against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on November 13, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Lions 37-13.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Some days you eat the bear, some days the bear eats you. If you're Matthew Stafford, some days the entire Bears defense devours you, vomits you and comes back for seconds.

But don't fret fantasy owners, even the best and brightest have off days.

Of those who struggled last week, these players will respond with strong performances in Week 11 and thereby renew your faith in their fantasy greatness.

Stay the course, keep the faith and always, always keep your cliches close at hand.

Adrian Peterson, RB

When the Green Bay Packers get rolling, nothing and no one stands in their way. Peterson and his Vikings ran into the Packer buzzsaw Monday night and the star runner never really got going. A lone touchdown saved what otherwise could have been a disastrous day.

Week 11 will sing a different song, as Minnesota returns home to face the Oakland Raiders and their 25th-ranked rushing defense. With Christian Ponder struggling last week (52.3 QB rating), the Vikes will lean extra hard on their All-Pro runner.

Peterson hits pay dirt twice and tops 100 yards rushing come Sunday.

Matthew Stafford, QB

Even breakout seasons have a few hiccups and, against the Bears last week, fantasy owners got a brutal reminder that Matthew Stafford is still a young QB with a tendency to play loose. His four INTs torpedoed the Lions' chances and killed his fantasy value.

But, there's good news. Stafford and his Lions still moved the ball on offense, and they're up against the 30th-rated scoring defense this week in the Carolina Panthers.

Detroit should find the end zone three or more times and I expect Stafford to be involved in most of those scores.

Anquan Boldin, WR

Baltimore's offense never got going last week in Seattle and Boldin limped to his worst fantasy week of the year. And although a match-up against the Bengals won't make things easy on Flacco and Co., I like the Ravens offense for a few reasons.

First, the Bengals are second in the league against the run. That'll force Baltimore to the air, where Boldin's the go-to target. I also think Baltimore's defense will force a young Bengals offense into mistakes. Those mistakes lead to extra possessions for the Ravens' offense and a big day for Boldin.

Jake Ballard, TE

Against a tough 49ers defense, Giants tight end Jake Ballard found himself over-matched and out of the game plan. The script flips this week as New York takes on a Philadelphia Eagles team that struggles to cover the middle of the field.

With Eagles starting safety Nate Allen working his way back from injury, a weak Philadelphia core looks even more vulnerable. Expect Eli to target Ballard in the red zone and work the match-ups with the Philly secondary/linebacking corps all day.

Josh Freeman, QB

A miserable fantasy season for Josh Freeman hit a new nadir in last week's loss to the Houston Texans. If you own Freeman, tip your cap to Houston's excellent pass defense (second in the NFL) and move on.

In Week 11, Freeman gets a shot at an erratic Packers pass defense and bounces back in a big way.

Because they're so good, Green Bay tends to get ahead early and force teams to play from behind. As a result, the Packers rank 31st in pass defense.

Expect that script to play out on Sunday, with Tampa Bay losing and Freeman accumulating a slew of yardage.