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Week 11 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Vince Young and More Hidden Gems to Bank On

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 13:  Vince Young #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles warms up before the start of the Eagles game against the Arizona Cardinals at Lincoln Financial Field on November 13, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The Cardinals won 21-17. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Michael DixonAnalyst IIINovember 19, 2011

Fantasy weeks aren't always won with star performances. Sure, sometimes a star will nearly win a match on his own, but that's rare. 

No, matches and eventually titles are won by players that make a gamble or two that pay off. So, for Week 11, take a look at a few guys worth gambling on. 

Now, if you have a loaded lineup at these positions, these guys aren't going to be relevant. But if you're sitting here trying to figure out a way to sneak a few points, give these guys at least a second look.


Vince Young

ESPN reported that Michael Vick and Jeremy Maclin have been ruled out for Sunday night's game between the Eagles and Giants. So, Vince Young will step into the role of starter.

What exactly has Vince Young done to give me any confidence that he'll do well? 

Well, from a wins and losses perspective, very little. He's certainly not a good passer.

But Tim Tebow has been a valuable fantasy player since becoming the starter, and he's certainly not that way because he passes the ball well.

Rushing yards count for more than passing yards, and I have to imagine that Young will be running a lot. The Giants have a pass rush that will force him to move around, and he'll be missing one of his better receivers in Maclin. 


Ronnie Brown

This actually goes in line with what was said about Young. LeSean McCoy is the clear No. 1 back in Philadelphia. Actually, he's one of the best backs in the NFL.

But the Eagles are going to have to find a way to mask a few things. First, Vince Young is just not a very good passer. Second, the strength of the Giants' defense is its pass rush.

What the Giants don't do is defend the run very well. So, while McCoy is the clear No. 1 option, don't be surprised to see Brown get a few more totes than usual to keep McCoy well rested.


Jon Baldwin

For one, he's going against a secondary that is prone to giving up a big play. Matt Cassel is out, but there is a way to look at this as a positive for Baldwin.

When backup quarterbacks start, they tend to look for guys they're comfortable with. The guys they're comfortable with are the ones that they work with in practice, who are also second team players. That's Baldwin. 

Additionally, my best guess is that the Chiefs will be behind early and often in this one. That means they will be passing and passing a lot.


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