Week 11 Start 'Em Sit 'Em: Matt Moore and Surprising QBs Set To Explode

Tom LoughreyAnalyst IIINovember 18, 2011

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 13:  Matt Moore #8 of the Miami Dolphins passes during a game against the Washington Redskins at Sun Life Stadium on November 13, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Players who start off the NFL season hot aren’t necessarily going to be there for you all year, so starting Matt Moore, Carson Palmer and Marshawn Lynch in Week 11 shouldn’t scare you—it should excite you.

These guys may have not been at the top of your list at the beginning of the year, but they will push you toward the playoffs on Sunday.

Here’s why.


Matt Moore

The Dolphins quarterback has thrown as many interceptions as touchdowns, with four each this season.

However, Moore registered three of his TDs against Kansas City two weeks ago. The Dolphins are winners of two straight, and they face the Buffalo Bills next. The Bills have lost their last two games. They also have the 27th-ranked pass defense in the NFL.

The emergence of Reggie Bush and the running game and the incredible play of the Dolphins defense in the last two games will enable Moore to succeed.


Carson Palmer

The Oakland Raiders watched Carson Palmer throw three interceptions in his debut with the team. Many were—and still are—critical of the veteran QB.

However, Palmer has tossed five touchdowns in the past two games. He also collected 631 combined yards. Next up for Palmer and the Raiders are the Minnesota Vikings and their 30th-ranked pass defense.

Palmer will be circa 2005 on Sunday, which means touchdowns.


Marshawn Lynch

Marshawn Lynch has flashes where he’s the one of the hardest runners in the NFL. You might remember this one.

He has the skill to go with it.

The Seattle RB has the talent to succeed in the NFL, and he’s just finally getting the chance to show he’s capable of doing what he did in his first two seasons in the league. In the cold Buffalo weather, Lynch had back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons and averaged over four yards per carry.

Lynch only carried the ball 74 times in the first six games of the season. He’s had 55 carries for 244 yards in the last two games.

He’s a must-start against the Arizona Cardinals.