Fantasy Football Start 'Em or Sit 'Em Week 11: Ray Rice and More

Eric StashinSenior Writer INovember 19, 2011

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 11:  Running back  Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens carries the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the season opener at M&T Bank Stadium on September 11, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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There are always some intriguing numbers that helps lead us to our fantasy football decisions. Let’s take a look at some of them for Week 10:

8 = Number of Eli Manning touchdown passes in his last two games vs. Philadelphia

While the Eagles' passing defense was supposed to be one of the best in the league, they have had some serious holes this season. They aren’t giving up a ton of yardage (219.6 passing yards per game), but they are tied for the fourth-most passing touchdowns allowed at 17. With the level Manning and the Giants offense is playing at, he remains a good play in all formats, regardless of the matchup.

13 = The total number of carries Ray Rice has in the Ravens’ last two losses

Over their past four victories, Rice is averaging 21 carries per game. Is anyone not expecting him to get significantly more touches this week against the Bengals? Despite Cincinnati allowing the second-fewest rushing yards per game (86.8 yards), they have allowed eight TD. Throw in his potential to produce in the passing game and he remains one of the elite options in the game. It comes down to the gameplanning, and you have to think Baltimore has learned from their mistakes.

19 = The number of targets for Denarius Moore the past two weeks

It’s become extremely evident who Carson Palmer’s go-to receiver is, hasn’t it? Over the same period, no other Raider has been targeted more than eight times (Jacoby Ford, who has eight targets, is currently injured and not expected to play in Week 11). Against a Vikings passing defense allowing the third most yards per game (272.8), as well as 18 TD vs. just six INT, look for Moore to thrive once again.

45.8 = Steve Johnson’s average yards per game since Week 4

To make matters worse, over these six games he’s scored just one touchdown. His high over this stretch is 84 yards, the only time he’s exceeded 58 yards, and he’s coming off a two-catch, eight-yard performance. While the Miami Dolphins pass defense has been unimpressive this season, it is tough to trust Johnson heading into Week 11. He’s a WR2 at best until he proves otherwise, and depending on your other options he easily could find a spot on your bench.

70 = Fred Davis’ total number of receiving yards over the past two week

That came against the 49ers and Dolphins, both of whom are in the bottom eight of the league in passing defense. This week he draws a tougher defense in the Cowboys, a team he has a total of five receptions for 76 yards against in his past five games against. He has the upside that keeps him usable, but it is tough to consider him a must use option.

137 = Beanie Wells' total number of rushing yards four career games against the 49ers

Only once has he had more than fseven carries or 29 yards (Week 14 of 2009) against San Francisco. This season the 49ers are the best rushing defense in the league, and Wells is dealing with a knee injury. It’s hard to consider him anything more than a FLEX option for Week 11.

308 = Total receiving yards for Rob Gronkowski over past three weeks

He has quickly emerged as one of, if not the elite tight end in the game, hasn’t he? It doesn’t matter who the opponent is or what other receiving options the team has, he just produces week in and week out. He had one poor two week stretch (46 total yards in Week 4 & 5), otherwise he has at least 74 yards in every game. With three games of two touchdowns, it’s impossible not to like him.

Make sure to check out the rest of our Week 11 articles:

Top 25 Quarterbacks

Top 40 Running Backs

Top 50 Wide Receivers

Top 15 Defenses

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