Fantasy Football Week 11: Must-Starts for Jets, Broncos Thursday Night Football

Brian LendinoCorrespondent IINovember 17, 2011

Fantasy Football Week 11: Must-Starts for Jets, Broncos Thursday Night Football

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    I don't think it takes a rocket scientist to identify that a game between the New York Jets and Denver Broncos isn't exactly an ideal fantasy football matchup.

    However, it does have some pretty nice plays that you can try and exploit to get those added points toward a much needed fantasy victory.

    Here are five guys I like to get some work in tonight on Thursday Night Football.

    Spoiler Alert: Yes, Tim Tebow is involved!

Santonio Holmes

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    Holmes had a nice night against the Patriots' shoddy defense which saw him catch six balls for 93 yards.

    The fact that Holmes has caught a touchdown pass in three of his last five games brings him to fantasy relevance and I expect him to make that stat four in his last six games with a score against the Broncos.

    Denver's pass defense has been old all season and ranks near the bottom in terms of receptions allowed to wide receivers.

    In fact, they have four separate games this season where they've allowed at least 15 receptions to opposing receivers. If the trend is to continue I would assume that most of those catches would be to Holmes.

Shonn Greene

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    Shonn Greene has always been a headache to fantasy owners because of his inconsistency and because LaDainian Tomlinson always seems to steal his goal-line thunder.

    With Tomlinson out for Thursday's game, that opens up the goal line should the Jets get there.

    Greene isn't going to go for 100 yards tonight, it'd be a bold prediction for me to say so, but I do think he'll find the end zone.

    I'm looking for around 90 total yards and a score from Mr. Greene this evening.

Mark Sanchez

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    I really don't enjoy putting Mark Sanchez on here, but with Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger and Matt Schaub on bye, and given the matchup, I think that Sanchez is your bye-week filler must-start.

    The Broncos pass defense is so bad that the only team that has given up more passing scores is Indianapolis.

    Sanchez will be able to move the ball, and surprisingly, I think this game will be close. Meaning there will be no ground-and-pound necessary and Sanchez will have the ball in his hands all game.

    I'm not sure that bodes well for the Jets' chances of winning, but I think Sanchez's stats will benefit from the Jets' game plan tonight.

Jets D/ST

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    The Broncos aren't the most efficient team on offense and the Jets defense isn't too shabby themselves.

    Also, with Willis McGahee hampered with injury and Knowshon Moreno out for the season, the Broncos offense will rely heavily on Lance Ball and Tim Tebow.

    This one should be a no-brainer so I won't go into too much detail but look for a turnover or two, and/or Joe McKnight to take one to the house in the kicking game.

Tim Tebow

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    Here it is. The moment I know you're been waiting for.

    I want to start by saying that Tim Tebow in a game context isn't exactly who I want running my offense, but in terms of fantasy football, he's a great option for your team.

    Tebow somehow finds a way to find the end zone. I don't really know how to explain it given how completely unconventional it is in regards to what we're used to seeing in the NFL.

    It's going to tough for Tebow to throw the ball on the outside against the Jets corners, but my surprise for you is this:

    Tebow is going to rush for 100 yards tonight. Find the end zone, too.

    The way John Fox is talking about continuing to tailor the offense for Tebow has to be optimistic for fantasy owners.

    I like him. You should like him.